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Posted by Michele McCabe, Advancement and Annual Giving Coordinator on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Just before the school year began, Burgundy received a generous donation online to our Annual Giving Fund. The donor was not listed in our records so I contacted her about her connection to Burgundy and she shared this story: My mother, Wilma, attended Burgundy many years ago. In fact, you may not have been an official school when she attended. It would have been around 1945/46, under the name Wilma Bailey. If it helps, her parents were William and Dorothy Bailey. My mom struggled all her life... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Throughout the day Monday, May 15, Burgundy students signed their names on the steel beam that will be the last to be placed in the frame of the new Arts & Community Center. Steel work continues and recent rain has protracted the work somewhat, but we’re still looking forward to our “topping out” celebration soon. We’ll let you know as soon as we can set a date!
Posted by Charlene Pritzker on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
On Saturday, April 29, a small, but very productive group of Burgundy students and parents continued our celebrations of Earth Week by cleaning up fallen timber and invasive growth around a gazebo bridge near the boat launch area at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton. This park is one of several that protect the waterway and surrounding lands along the Occoquan River. It also holds an important place in the history of women's rights and suffrage. Turning Point Plaza at Occoquan Regional Park... Read More
Posted by Charlene Pritzker on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This year’s Book Swap was open for browsing and choosing books all day Thursday, April 27. Each class came through the book swap at a time convenient for their schedule. Luisa Reyes of Wright to Read, an Alexandria literacy-focused nonprofit, and Cindy Woodruff, our librarian, in addition to classroom teachers, helped students select a book to take home. All Burgundy students chose a book. The remaining books were donated to Wright to Read so they could give books for summer reading to all... Read More
Posted by Elizabeth Lener, Pat Harden and Joe Peacock on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Practice putting down your cell phone like Joe, Pat, and Elizabeth!Burgundy families were offered a screening of the film Screenagers on Sunday, May 7, which which was attended by about 50 adults and 30 students. In recent years we have periodically invited outside experts on internet safety to speak to our community about similar issues, but this film was particularly valuable in its focus on the strains on family life created by the rapid proliferation of digital devices. Some of the issues... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
Check out the latest newsletter from Forrester Construction for a recap of all the work that’s happened over the last month building the new Arts & Community Center! As you may have noticed, much of the work has been erecting steel beams to create the skeleton of the new building, like in the video above. We’re planning something fun when the final piece of steel is placed — check out the newsletter to learn more! More news and newsletters on our Campus Renewal page.
Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Kindergarten Frogs class had a special guest last week — author Dr. Lesley Francis visited to share her own work and that of her grandfather, famous poet Robert Frost. Dr. Francis talked to the students about common elements of poetry, including rhythm and rhyme, and the students were quick to share examples of rhyming words they know. They enjoyed hearing some familiar nursery rhymes from Mother Goose as well as several of Robert Frost’s outdoors-focused poems including “The Last Word of... Read More
Posted by Margaret Connor on Monday, May 1, 2017
7th grades observing heart survery at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in April 2017. Photo by parent Joanne Petty. For nearly 20 years, Burgundy Middle School students have visited Inova Heart and Vascular Institute to observe heart surgeries in action and learn more about heart health. Middle School science teacher Doug Fishman coordinates this opportunity for students. He estimates that nearly 600 7th graders have participated in the field trips over the years. Doug believes students... Read More
Posted by Jen Pusatere on Friday, April 14, 2017
On Monday we had a special visit from alumna Ashley Ware Jenkins ’98. Ashley is a working actor, and last year she joined the cast of The Lion King—first with the touring production and then as part of the Broadway cast! When it was announced that this year’s 8th grade musical would be The Lion King Jr., former teacher and 8th grade parent Henry Edwards and alumni coordinator Michele McCabe worked together to arrange Ashley’s visit. Ashley and her mother, Tari Thompson, came to campus Monday... Read More
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017
After winning the school bee and doing well on a written test, 5th grader Gabriel represented Burgundy last week at the State Geographic Bee. The competition consisted of 3 rounds: a preliminary round to reduce the 100 candidates to 10, a final round to determine the top 2, and lastly a championship round between the final 2 students to determine 1st and 2nd places. Gabriel’s family reports that he achieved perfect scores in the preliminary round with 18 other students. He also correctly... Read More

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