News about Burgundy's phenomenal campuses, including Campus Renewal Initiative.
Burgundy is featured in a recent story from MindShift, an educational reporting project from public radio station KQED. The story highlights the shift toward dog-friendly school campuses and employing both official and unofficial “comfort dogs.” For the story, a reporter spoke with Head of School Jeff Sindler, 8th grader Max S., and 1st grade Goats student Maggie H. about Jeff’s dog Cameron and their experience with dogs on campus.
Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies Director Vini Schoene ’73 reminds us that ticks cannot read calendars, and with some bouts of warmer weather lately they may be active earlier than usual.
Families should be more vigilant about checking their children as we enter spring and early summer. Due to licensing guidelines for the school, Burgundy staff on the Alexandria campus cannot remove ticks which have already embedded in the skin. If a child comes to the school clinic with a tick, the health coordinator will contact parents or guardians so they can attend to their child when he or she comes home. (Policies are different at the Cove, where adults do remove ticks.) Please review CDC advice on preventing tick bites, as well as finding and removing ticks.
This year’s Arts Festival will be in a new home—the Logan Arts & Community Center! The event was originally scheduled for March 13, but we are rescheduling it for Tuesday, April 10. The date change will allow for the installation of a layer of paneling on the walls of the gallery—necessary before we can display art there. Delivery of the panels has been delayed. With this change, the Arts Festival coincides with the celebration and dedication of the building and Campus Commons on the following morning of Wednesday, April 11.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by supporting your personal wildlife sanctuary? This is family friendly and we have fun, but it is a WORK weekend, so you are responsible for your own children, will likely help supervise others, and we have jobs for all of them. Also, most jobs are gritty, heavy, and require adults who have both hands free.
Come for any or all of the weekend. You bring your own bedding and lots of layers of clothes. We feed you well. “The advantage of Opening is that you are not obliged to eat up any leftovers.” — Paul Glist, Emeritus Work Weekender.
For more details and to let us know you are coming: firstname.lastname@example.org
With snow in the forecast, we bet you’re thinking about summer! The Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp is set to have another great year of fun, excitement, and meaningful experiences for your campers. Registration for Summer 2018 camp is open now!
Visit www.burgundysummer.org for all the details, including dates, rates, and descriptions of our camp programs. We have some exciting new camps this summer, such as Silver Knights Chess, Tae Kwon Do, and Fencing with the NOVA Fencing Club. All of your old favorites are back as well, and with a return to week-to-week registration, it has never been easier or more fun to have nature and nurture all summer long at Burgundy!
Please contact Hugh Squire (email@example.com) or Laura Motaweh (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for news and information about the Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp!
With inquiries from some parents and in light of recent events, we wanted to share the parent guide and overview of Burgundy’s Crisis and Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). Burgundy's first priority is the safety and well being of its students, along with the safety of its faculty and staff. Accordingly, the CEMP guides our faculty-staff and students, as well as parents, in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a crisis or emergency that may arise. For safety reasons, the full plan is not published but is available to review with an appointment.
The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place over Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-19.
This is really easy for any age. Pick your time, go out, count what you can in as little as 15 minutes, and report it. You DON’T have to know all the birds. To learn more, check out http://gbbc.birdcount.org.
— Vini, who banded birds with her teacher in the Burgundy class of ’73
I am happy to report that this week we received from Fairfax County our "Non-Residential Use Permit for the Burgundy Farm Country Day School Arts & Community Center!" Yes, this is the occupancy permit for the new building! We are beginning a gradual move-in and at this point our goal is for arts, drama, and music classes to meet in their new spaces in late February, sometime after President’s Day weekend. Our maintenance team and some contractors are finishing punch-list items and completing other tasks to make sure the building is ready for our students and faculty, and we’re expecting one more visit from the fire marshal. But slowly and surely, we’re moving in!
We will start making limited use of the building next week, beginning with the Annual Meeting of the Corporation Tuesday night, which will be in the theater/community room. All parents and guardians are welcome. Please register if you plan to attend. Then we’ll invite all our students inside for our regular all school meeting Wednesday morning. We know they will be very excited!
Please save the date of Wednesday, April 11, for a brief dedication and celebration of the new building and Campus Commons. The building will be officially named in recognition of a gift of over $1.5 million for Campus Renewal from Dan and Gloria Logan and The Reva & David Logan Foundation. Their gift supports both the building and the Campus Commons. As previously announced, the Campus Commons will be dedicated to the memory of longtime librarian, teacher, alumni parent, and grandparent Ann Van Deusen.
Many members of the Burgundy community past and present have been involved in almost a decade of planning for and execution of this project. We are delighted that the construction was accomplished so briskly, having kicked off just over a year ago when demolition began on the old Loft. We appreciate everything that everyone in the community has contributed to this effort—from design and use feedback to donations to patience during the demolition and construction process. The Arts & Community Center and the Campus Commons will be a gift for our students and our entire community now and for many generations to come!
Does your child want to head to the Cove for camp this summer? Registration is now open! Please note that space is limited and some sessions are already filled with a waitlist and others are filling quickly. If you have any questions, please contact the camp registrar Michele McCabe at email@example.com.
Dreaming of summer? Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp is working to make your dreams a reality! We believe that summers should be fun, exciting, and nurturing! Our camp experience spurs children’s social and intellectual development, and encourages personal growth and confidence. At Burgundy, through shared experiences in a caring and inclusive camp community, in a beautiful natural camp setting, children are respected and appreciated for who they are. Led by a warm and professional staff, campers learn to communicate, problem solve, empathize, care for the natural world, and most important, play and enjoy themselves.
Registration for the Summer Day Camp will begin in mid-February. This year day camp will run for 8 weeks, beginning on June 18 and running through the week of August 6. There will be no camp on Wednesday, July 4, and that week of camp will be prorated accordingly.
New this year:
- Week-long sessions: Summer Day Camp is switching to week-to-week registration in order to accommodate the busy summer schedules of our families. Just pick the weeks that work for you! Please note that a few specialty camps remain two-week commitments.
- Everything’s online: Get details about all our programs at our new website, www.burgundysummer.org! Camper forms will also be available there. Registration is also online via CampBrain.
- New summer partners: Introducing our new summer partners for campers in our Middle and Upper Divisions: Silver Knight Chess, KSS Programs Tae Kwon Do, and NOVA Fencing Club. Learn more about these wonderful programs on our website.