News about Burgundy's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes.
April 29: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 30/May 1: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
May 2-3: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Come and get your summer reading! Burgundy's book fair will begin Monday, April 29. Classes will visit the library during the day on Monday (April 29) or Tuesday (April 30) to browse and create wishlists. Families are welcome to return with their children to shop or students may bring money to purchase books during the day. A detailed letter and preview flyer will be coming home this week with your child. Middle school required summer reading will be available. Pay by credit card (in person), cash, or check (made payable to BFCDS). A percentage of each sale supports Burgundy’s library. Back by popular demand: Teacher wishlists will be available if you would like to donate books to classrooms. Thanks for supporting the library!!
This winter featured four slam-dunk seasons, player development, an exciting OT win, post-season runs, technical and tactical skill building, and a great fan base from our Burgundy community. Special thanks to our basketball families for their continued support! A huge shout-out to the maintenance team for their help preparing the gym for game-time! The program would not be possible without the leadership, time, and effort from our coaches — thanks to Prince, EJ, Matt, Andy & Jon for building Burgundy Basketball on all cylinders.
JV Boys Basketball
The JV basketball team formed a powerful force that took on a series of opponents that were often far more experienced, yet we prevailed and played to a combined 4-3 record. The team was a mixture of eager 5th and 6th graders, some total beginners and others who had some degree of experience, but they formed a determined "single clenched fist of togetherness" to take on and beat both Brown and Alexandria Country Day, not that we are keeping track. It would be more accurate to say two clenched fists and ten scrunched toes, because our squad sometimes consisted of twenty players. All the players without exception deserve to be proud of both their development of skills and their growth in sportsmanship and teamwork. We are also very thankful for the very meaningful contributions of coach Andy before he left to serve his country. The players had fun and developed foundational basketball skills that will serve them well next year. It was an honor to work with your children.
(JV Boys Head Coach)
JV Girls Basketball
The Girls JV Basketball Team included both 6th and 5th grade. With 19 girls, the team did an awesome job competing and practicing in a large setting. Our ballers had an opportunity to play with their grade teammates only. Two games were played just by the 5th graders only, two 6th graders only, and three whole team games.The girls brought great competitiveness and sportsmanship to each game. The team showed much improvement by the end of the season as their ball handling, ball passing abilities, and scoring enhanced. We focused on teaching the fundamentals of basketball such as team work, unselfishness, and composure. It was an exciting and rewarding season and we look forward to next year!
(JV Girls Head Coach)
Girls Varsity Basketball
The Girls Varsity Basketball finished the season in the top tier of league play and demonstrated a true understanding of our tactical systems, teamwork, and technical skills necessary for team success. One of our themes throughout the season was our defensive system of play and we took ownership and pride in pressuring the ball, disrupting our opponents, and battling on the boards. As a team we referenced two things in life that are always in our control — our attitude and how hard we work — and related that to the defensive game of basketball. As a result of outstanding defensive effort the Varsity Girls team advanced to the final four of tournament play facing the reigning Champs of Browne Academy. The scoreboard showed Browne Academy who repeated as league champions on the winning side but we believed it was a moral victory for our squad who gave extended effort on every play, team cohesion was connecting on all cylinders, and Burgundy pride was a powerful force. This season every player made an impact in games and training sessions by developing their technical skills, embracing their role(s) on the team and making the most of their opportunity on the floor. Shout-out to our 8th graders – Anjani and Helena who were newcomers but jumped right into active “D” and the leadership and dedication Maddie P. & Caelan brought to gym and program over the last three years. Thanks to Coach EJ for assisting our squad and we applaud our team for their excellent energy and efforts as witnessed tremendous growth over the seven game season.
(Varsity Girls Head Coach)
Boys Varsity Basketball
The Burgundy Blazers had an extremely successful season. Led by Coach EJ (Emily Jonas '03) with assistance from Matt Sahlin, the Boys Varsity Basketball team grew tremendously over the course of this basketball season. They began with individual skills that developed with time and ultimately the cohesion of each skilled player merged together to create a phenomenal team. Fundamentals such as shooting, passing, and defense were essential for our season and each Blazer learned how to bring their skills to the forefront and benefit each game. They not only deepened their understanding of basketball, but also learned a number of different defense systems, offensive plays, and created a strong press defense which led to a number of turnovers and points during vital games. A major strength of this Blazer team is the element of quick decision making and ball movement as a unit. Day one, we did not have that in motion. The final game, it was clear that this team learned how to move the ball, get into the lane and inside, and play as a Blazer team. With their return to the Championship, the Blazers played their hearts out in a thrilling match vs. ACDS. With a strong defensive practice of a 1-3-1 zone defense, the Blazers were able to stop the shooting range of their opponent. Their passion and power led to one of the most epic games in Blazer history. That is what Coach EJ is most proud of. They left it all out on the court and made their school, coaches, and community proud. We took 2nd place in this tough season closer, and the 8th graders have “passed the torch” to the next generation of Blazers. Thank you players, families, coaches, and Burgundy for a fun, dedicated, and overall phenomenal season!
-Emily (EJ) Jonas '03
(Boys Varsity Head Coach)
Experience the magic of Burgundy through the eyes of our students!
We are delighted to invite all grandparents and special friends to visit Burgundy on Friday, May 3, 2019.
Schedule of Events
- 8:15 a.m. "Welcome to Burgundy!" Breakfast
- 9:15 a.m. 8th Grade Musical Performance and Remarks
- 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
- 10:30 a.m. Classroom Visits
- 11:45 a.m. Lower School Performances
- 12:30 p.m. Programming Ends, Grandparents & Special Friends Depart
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take my grandchild/special friend home at 12:30 p.m.?
The celebration of Grandparents and Special Friends concludes at 12:30 p.m., and the rest of the day will be regularly scheduled classes and instruction for the kids. We encourage families to have their children attend the full day of school, picking up at our regular dismissal of 3:15 p.m. If you wish to take a student home early, please notify receptionist Geraldine Soriano at 703-960-3431 in advance.
Who can be considered a special friend?
Any person who plays an important role in a child’s life — family friend, aunts, uncles, godparents, an older brother or sister, even parents can serve as special friends. It is an opportunity for our students to showcase their love of Burgundy to the people they care about most!
Burgundy has a large campus - will there be assistance getting around if needed? Is the campus accessible?
Yes. The campus is nearly fully accessible, with handicap accessible bathrooms. There is some rougher terrain around the more pastoral parts of the farm campus. We will have golf carts that will help those in need of assistance get from place to place. For those who do not need assistance, we encourage you to wear comfortable walking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather, as some time will be spent outside transitioning from building to building.
Additional inquiries? Please call Matt Sahlin, Director of Advancement at 703.842.0466.
We are delighted to invite all grandparents and special friends to visit Burgundy on Friday, May 3, 2019. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. More details to follow!
Please call 703.842.0466 with any questions.
Congratulations to Robert Williams for moving on to the Regional 2019 Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair! His project involved finding a way for wet suits to stay warmer longer.
From Robert's paper: "I want to do this project because my family and I are divers and towards the end of our dives we always get cold even with wetsuits, so I would like to find a solution to this."
From Robert's mom, Sarah: "Everything you guys have given as teachers has contributed to his love of learning and figuring things out. Thank you for everything!"
We are so proud of you, Robert!
The Middle School will host a parents-only showing of the documentary, "Screenagers," on Wednesday, 2/20 from 7-9 p.m. in the Logan Loft Community Room. (There will also be a student showing for students in grades five through eight during the school day that same day.)
The event is open to parents of students in grades 5 through 8. Childcare will be provided, details coming soon. The viewing of the film will be about 70 minutes long, followed by small group discussions.
Our goal in sharing this film is to continue the conversation around our students and technology, to share best practices and build a network of partners with the Middle School community. We also want to provide parents with the tools to generate healthy and impactful discussions regarding technology with their children.
We hope you will join us!
On Saturday afternoon, a group of Middle Schoolers helped to wrap presents for Wesley Housing's program that provides holiday gifts for clients who live in their housing units.
Wesley Housing chooses some of their clients who are really struggling to make ends meet, and asks them to make a wish list of gifts for all members of their family. Generous donors bought these gifts, some "adopting" entire families, and our students wrapped them beautifully so the gifts can be a welcome and beautiful surprise, especially for the children in these families!
The teachers and Elizabeth, Jared, Pat, and I are back from the annual faculty retreat, which took place at the Cove Monday and Tuesday. We had a wonderful kick-off with teachers, with ice-breakers, great meals, and recreation time, along with a slate of team meetings and great professional conversations on diversity and differentiation, two of our summer reading topics! We are fortunate to have such an incredible mountain campus and academic program there! And, yes, it was hot even there! Big thanks to Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies Director Vini Schoene ’73, David Sicree, and Jennifer Smith for hosting us!
Teachers, administrators, and staff are on campus this week here in Alexandria, in coordinating meetings, setting up classrooms, and generally getting ready for the first day of school, next Wednesday! Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, is the orientation day for new parents and students.
We'll have the long weekend coming up to contemplate our hopes and dreams for the coming year and for teachers to put final touches on their classroom spaces. And then, beginning with the preliminary activities Tuesday, we will be greeting your children with open hearts, minds, and arms. We look forward to seeing you and your students! Don't forget the BPA First Day Coffee on Wednesday and the Burgundy Back to School BBQ on Friday next week!
See you soon!
Thursday evening we held our 8th Grade Graduation in the Gym. As always, it was incredible!
Burgundy's graduations feature the graduating 8th graders; a very small portion of the ceremonies are adults speaking! The program for the graduation each year is designed by the graduating 8th graders themselves, with a minimum of facilitative help from their teachers and the ‘bones’ of the traditions carried forward from previous graduations. The graduation typically consists of speeches and musical and artistic performances by the students, along with an opening video, with a skit or song from advisors, comments from the Middle School Head and short remarks from the Head. As a result, each year's graduation manifests the particular character and talents of that class. They typically run, including a lengthy but poignant processional and video, less than 80 minutes and are superbly entertaining and most of all, beautifully reflective of the Burgundy mission and spirit!
Last night, the students expressed their strong connections to Burgundy and sense of Burgundy as a second home, their respect and affection for one another, and their appreciation for their teachers and parents who have helped them become the people they are today. Very moving, and sprinkled among a set of dazzling musical performances.
In my own brief remarks, I spoke about the ‘gift of time’ children receive at Burgundy. It is a gift that is patient and respectful of children’s developmental variety and needs. It is the crux of the student-teacher relationships. And it makes all the difference!
We wish the best to the Class of 2018! We will miss them. But we know they're going to continue to be amazing people in high school and beyond!
This morning, with the now graduated 8th graders on a class outing to King's Dominion, we gathered the rising K-8 students and faculty in the Gym to celebrate the close of another school year. With thunderous cheers we 'installed' the rising 8th graders as the new student leaders of the school, and we honored each class's 'graduation' to the next class. We also offered heartfelt farewells to departing teachers and staff before Assistant Head of School Elizabeth Lener and Cathy Manley led us in song.
Thank you for all of your support this year! And thank you today and always to the Burgundy teachers and staff for the incredible amount of work they have put in and for the love they've afforded our students.
It has been a great last week of school, capping off a great year. Next week, while teachers and administrators wrap up with faculty work week, there will be an exciting Gap Camp. The following week, Elizabeth and many teachers will continue work to plan improvements to our curriculum. Many of our staff will be on campus working much of the summer, please say hello if you're around!
We hope to see many familiar faces at Gap Camp, Summer Day Camp, or BCWS Camp! Regardless of your summer plans, have a wonderful summer!
On Thursday, June 7, Burgundy celebrates the graduation of the 8th grade Class of 2018. The graduation ceremony is a student-directed event, and each member of the class will play a role.
After their time at Burgundy, these young alumni plan to attend a variety of independent and public high schools:
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- Bishop O'Connell High School
- Collège du Léman (Switzerland)
- Edmund Burke School
- Episcopal High School
- Flint Hill School
- Georgetown Day School
- Gonzaga College High School
- Justice High School
- Madeira School
- Maret School
- McDonough High School (Maryland)
- National Cathedral School
- Ponte Vedra High School (Florida)
- Rock Ridge High School
- Sidwell Friends School
- St. Andrew's School (Delaware)
- St. George's Independent School (Tennessee)
- St. Paul's School (New Hampshire)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
- T.C. Williams High School
- Thomas Edison High School
- West Potomac High School