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Oceanology environmental trips. volunteer efforts such as classroom

The PTO also supports Burgess through many volunteers, assisting with the Jog-A-Thon, Dive Into

Books and Read To Reading Day, Cookie

Feed. Caper

They provide refreshments for Open House, Community and faculty luncheons as well as financial support for field

trips their

and recess materials for students. This dedicated group continually commitment to Burgess and their efforts are much appreciated.

demonstrates

Special Events/Community Service Many special events occur during the school year which reinforce and extend the educational mission of our school. We offered both a fall and spring After School Enrichment Program, continued the Extended Day Program for parents needing a location for their children before and after school and we offered an Academic Tutorial Program for students in need of academic assistance. The annual holiday and spring concerts, the All-Region Concert and Art Show, music department performances at the Senior Center and OSV, annual Talent Show, Camp Bournedale Trip, Project Oceanology, multiple community service learning projects, Community Reading Day and Memorial Day Program could not take place without the dedicated staff and volunteers that make these events possible. The Burgess Community came together to provide Holiday Gift Baskets for thirty-four families in our area. The annual Fifth Grade Wreath Making Project provided many needy foster children with holiday gifts they would not have received otherwise and Burgess staff members participated in the annual Festival of Giving Tress. The above are all evidence of a commitment by the staff, students and parents to sharing our gifts with others in our community.

Throughout the year, we have made a strong effort to improve communication between Burgess Elementary School and the parents and students we serve on a daily basis. The Burgess Website, ConnectED, our telephone notification system, increased communication with local newspapers and The Connection, our PTO Newsletter, all have contributed to improving the lines of communication between school and home.

Once again, I would like to extend sincere thanks to the citizens of Sturbridge, and especially to the parents of our students, for their commitment to Burgess and its many programs. The young children of Sturbridge are indeed fortunate to live in a community that supports and values a strong education. I am proud to be the principal of Burgess Elementary School and I look forward to working with you in the year to come.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel J. Carlson, Principal BURGESS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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