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Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
We’re thrilled to announce that both the Fall Fair and Burgundy Auction will be chaired by returning volunteers in the 2018-2019 school year! Alex Rutherford and Darcy Katzin return to chair the Fall Fair on Saturday, October 13, 2018, while Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson will helm the auction on Saturday, March 2, 2019. We appreciate having an extended commitment from both of these sets of co-chairs. Please keep in mind that we’re collecting supplies for Kids’ Closet, Used Books, and... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Thank you to everyone who made a donation to Burgundy's Annual Giving Fund for 2017-2018! This year we saw significant increases in two key areas: parent participation and overall giving. For the parents, there was a 30% increase in participation, which is a fantastic achievement. Overall, the Annual Giving Fund saw an increase of 15% in dollars raised, which is another cause for great celebration! We want to thank all of the volunteers who dedicated themselves to ensure the success of this... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Once you’re connected to Burgundy, you’re always a part of our family! We encourage alumni, their families, and former faculty and staff to stay connected. In addition to sharing news back and forth, we’re also happy to host visitors. Recently we enjoyed two visits in one day! Alumnus Mike Bianco, who attended Burgundy for two years of elementary school in 1946-1948, and his friend Pat stopped by to see the many changes to our Alexandria campus since his student days. Former teacher and alumna... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Officially, Burgundy's very successful auction was just one night in March, but the experiences offered as auction items have kept the fun going during the spring and summer! Several students and families have recently benefited from auction parties and events. There were pool parties where students splashed into summer, a fairy wand-making party to bring a little magic to the end of the year, and handprint parties where JK students left their mark on the Norton House wall. Children and... Read More
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018
We regret that we have sad and surprising news for our community. Early the evening of June 21, Topaz, Burgundy's young filly, passed away after a brief illness. Topaz began showing signs of digestive discomfort on Wednesday evening. The vet visited and began treatment but recommended taking Topaz to a veterinary hospital. Caretaker Ali Shepard '04 took Topaz and her mom Poppy to the the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg. Poppy was there to be a comforting presence for... Read More
Posted by Jeff Sindler, Head of School on Friday, June 8, 2018
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... Read More
Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018
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... Read More
Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018
Updated photo: Mayapples of years past!In various places around campus, mayapples are growing. World languages teacher Carrie Ustun has explained that these are rare and protected wildflowers in Virginia. (Please note that mayapples are not edible.) They have many other names, including podophyllum, mandrake, and hog apple. The number of mayapples growing around Burgundy varies, and sometimes dwindles due to playing children and animal foragers. Please pay careful attention in areas where you... Read More
Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018
Merchandise on Burgundy's Jostens school store is customizable, and print on demand. For the last several months, we have partnered with Jostens to provide an online school store. We are sorry to announce that due to customer service concerns, we plan to end our contract with Jostens early. If you’d like to make any final online purchases, please do so by Friday, June 8. Don’t forget that merchandise is also available at Norton House, including clothing (limited sizes available) and lots of... Read More
Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018
We are delighted to announce that this year's auction grossed $143,045 (unaudited). The net proceeds of $121,174 will go directly to student financial aid at Burgundy and help maintain the diversity that benefits all members of the Burgundy community. Thank you to our wonderful auction co-chairs Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson and to all of the students, parents and friends, faculty and staff, as well as members of the business community, who helped to make our 2018 auction a success.