Please note that Constant Comment will be on break next week due to Middle School conferences and Thanksgiving.
I’ve been trying to improve my ‘wellness’ practice over the past few years, and one strategy has been trying to be less focused on stresses, responsibilities, and problems (the ‘work’ of life) and more focused on gratitude, for the hundred blessings I might be grateful for at any given time.
As we near Thanksgiving I am reminded that one of the greatest blessings in my life and my family’s is Burgundy! As Head of School, I know as well as anyone that we’re not perfect, if perfect exists in schools; but I believe in what we are doing, I believe in our heritage and in our people and in our future, and, most of all, I am 100% certain of the gifts Burgundy is giving our children, including my own, for whom Burgundy has been absolutely formative in important and positive ways.
Therefore, because I believe in the idea of Burgundy and the learning community that is us, I don’t hesitate, along with Tee, to commit to an annual giving contribution each year — because we give to the causes that matter, and Burgundy is certainly one of them. To those of you who have joined us with your own participation in Annual Giving, we salute and thank you! Annual giving supports everything we do, as part of our operational budget, including things like field trips, professional development, and financial aid.
Our “barnometer” (barn thermometer) sign tracking participation rates went up for display recently along the road at the carpool line, and we’re glad to have 18% participation from current parents and guardians as of November 10. We would love to get 100% participation! Regardless of the total amount raised, that, in the Burgundy spirit of family and community, would be quite a statement of our commitment to our children, our school, and learning community. Thanks for doing what you can, what makes sense for your family.
If you make a single philanthropic gift to Burgundy, Annual Giving is the gift we request as priority, because Annual Giving funds so much. (If you’re making a pledge also to Campus Renewal, we can help arrange the two pledges.) Pledge to Annual Giving now, and you can pay by June 30 for this year! Sign up for a monthly payment, as we’ve done... It’s easy. On a monthly basis our best gift feels smaller and not so scary! There are many ways to give: online, U.S. mail, via a return envelope included with parent and trustee Mike Hill’s letter (recently mailed), or as part of Giving Tuesday coming up November 28.
Thank you in advance!
As you prepare to do holiday shopping—both groceries and gifts—please be aware of the affinity programs Burgundy has with local and national retailers. Sign up your grocery loyalty card (Giant and Harris Teeter) to benefit Burgundy and look for Box Tops on the products you buy. If you shop at Pottery Barn or Amazon.com you can give to Burgundy through their affinity programs. For more details, visit the Ways to Give page and click the Affinity Programs tab. We appreciate the community's support in these supplemental fundraising opportunities.
Share a smile—and a percentage of your purchase—by shopping at Amazon Smile! Visit Smile.Amazon.com, where you will be prompted to choose a charitable organization you'd like to support. Type "Burgundy" into the search tool, select our school, and Burgundy will receive 0.5% of the purchase price of your eligible purchases. These dollars add up, and last year Smile shoppers earned $528.75 for Burgundy’s Annual Giving fund. Thank you!
Please note that only purchases made after logging on from Smile.Amazon.com (not Amazon.com) qualify. Be sure to designate Burgundy before any big shopping sprees on Black Friday or Cyber Monday!
You may be participating in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday—but after that comes Giving Tuesday! Started just a few years ago, the Giving Tuesday campaign encourages people to give locally to organizations in their communities and show support online through social media. Look for an email on Giving Tuesday, November 28, and like Burgundy's Facebook page for more opportunities to interact.
You can also support Burgundy through workplace giving if your employer participates in United Way or the Combined Federal Campaign. Our United Way number is 8380 and our CFC number is 15325. Please don’t forget to send in a copy of your pledge form to Michele in the Advancement Office.
Keep watching Constant Comment for more information on all the classes we will be offering during the winter session of after school enrichment classes. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
- Registration begins Friday, December 8
- Registration ends Wednesday, January 3
- First day of winter enrichment classes: Monday, January 8
- Last day of classes: Friday, March 9
- Make-up week: Monday, March 12-Friday, March 16
While work is continuing inside the building, the most visible progress the last several days has been outside on the Campus Commons. Workers have begun installing the multi-colored asphalt pavers that create the top surface of the Commons. While pavers are being installed, access to the library requires going around the back (orchard and garden side) of the building. We appreciate your understanding and patience as construction progresses.
When complete, we’re happy to share that the Campus Commons will be dedicated to Ann Van Deusen, longtime Burgundy librarian and alumni parent and grandparent. Ann retired from Burgundy in June 2015 and passed away later that year.
The new bridge from the Gym and Middle School is being built and will connect to the Art & Community Center’s big porch, which will have benches and other seating areas.
The Burgundy barnyard may soon be home to a rescue turkey! Blossom is currently being fostered by Abbie Hubbard of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, who fostered rooster Chickpea before he came to Burgundy. Abbie believes Blossom, only a few months old, will be happier at Burgundy. Get to know Blossom and Abbie’s dog Minnow in a feature article from The Dodo, an animal-news focused website.
The fall season was filled with excitement, heartache, nail-biting plays and great soccer touches. The Coed Varsity soccer team demonstrated true character in times of adversity and made incredible improvement both technically and tactically on the field. In the varsity season opener, a 6-5 loss against Alexandria Country Day School, they showed they were going to be a competitive and entertaining team to watch.
The Burgundy Soccer Blazers finished 4th place in the ABC league. Many of the team losses were one-goal deciding games and reflective of how hard they fought as a team. On the season, the Blazers scored 23 goals as a team, averaging more than 3 goals a game. The program centered on developing quality touches on the ball, maintaining possession, on-field communication, fundamental tactical concepts, teamwork, and making the most of every play or opportunity on the field.
The season ended with a heartbreaking overtime loss to Capitol Hill Day School in the quarterfinal of the ABC league tournament. The Blazers walked off the field with class and pride after a gritty and grueling battle!
We would like to recognize our 8th graders for their dedication, leadership and grit! The team had eleven 8th graders: Nathan, Priel, Sante, Julia, Dylan, Alex, Travis, Arturo, Nathaniel, Jacob and Max. Thanks for representing Burgundy and making a positive impact on the program. Best of luck!
Special thanks to our soccer families for their continued support and flexibility with the rescheduled games, rain and road trips!
Sheridan School, a progressive school in Washington, DC, has shared an event that Burgundy community members are invited to attend. On Wednesday, November 29, Sheridan will welcome Alex Myers for a conversation about supporting transgender students and others in our community. This is an event for anyone who is interested in this topic, not just family and friends of transgender students. Alex is a writer, teacher, and advocate for transgender rights. The first openly transgender student at Phillips Exeter and Harvard, Alex has worked with schools since coming out in 1995 on how to best to support transgender students.
Alex will discuss his own experience as a transgender student and teacher, talk about what gender is and how it affects social interactions of all kinds, and share ideas for designing school facilities and programs to best serve transgender students as well as improve the overall school culture around gender norms.
- When: Wednesday, November 29, 6:30pm
- Where: Sheridan School, 4400 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
- RSVP: Supporting Transgender Students RSVP Form
Tonight offers one more chance to catch the 6th graders performing Burgundy On Broadway: It's All Greek to Me! The show starts at 7 p.m. at Aldersgate Community Church in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria. Tickets are available online and at the door.
The Class Listings & Contact Information page (available after logging in) is part of the online family directory, and includes the most up-to-date contact information we have for Burgundy families.
A recent meeting of Game Club was a popular one, drawing 20 students and a Burgundy alumnus. Photos by Nadia Grenier.