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The January 30, 2018 School Board Meeting will be held at McKinley Elementary. It begins at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR.

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Posted by: Kirsten Diktakis, District Admin, Burlingame School District
Published: 1/24/18




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                     New Student

All New Students:

New Student Enrollment, including Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students, will begin on February 5, 2018. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, for the 2018-2019 school year.

Transitional Kindergarten is available to students whose fifth birthday is between September 2 and December 2, 2018 

Schools have an established number of K-5 students that each can accommodate based on capacity. If a school reaches capacity in any grade level, the ‘unhoused’ students will be accommodated at one of the other elementary schools in the district.

New student enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. The District encourages parents to enroll early in the process. There is no guarantee of attendance in the student’s neighborhood school. Placement of each student is subject to capacity at each school.

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Posted by: Gigi Costa, District Admin, Burlingame School District
Published: 1/11/18




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As a part of our spring of 2016 long-term Facility planning process, we collected feedback from over 350 parents, staff, school site councils, and community members.  That data informed priorities for our Facilities.  The top three priorities from that process were:
 
Replace Aging Classrooms & Portables with New Construction 
Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) / Food Service Improvements 
Safety & Security
 
The Board of Trustees are using the proceeds from the Measure M Bond campaign to address our community's top priorities.  The governing board has directed staff to implement projects to replace rented portable classrooms with permanent construction; improve the learning environments of our MPRs and finishes in our food service kitchens; and advance Safety and Security for our campuses.

As a part of improving Safety and Security of our campuses the district has already added ID badges for staff, and added fencing and gates creating single entry points at all campuses.  As a next step, because of unique existing conditions, we are installing intercom call buttons at Franklin, Lincoln, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Washington Schools' entries.

We already keep gates locked during school hours, except those that allow entry to the school office (which, therefore, also allow access to the entire campus).  The new call buttons will allow the school to secure the front entry into the school.

These intercom call buttons and the signage are currently being installed.  We anticipate turning this on next year upon return from the winter break.

The entry signs are as follows:

 
Please use the intercom to gain entry during school hours 
  1. Press red button, wait for instructions
  2. A team member will respond once available
  3. When asked, please stand in front of panel and identify yourself clearly
  4. After entry, please ensure the door is closed firmly behind you
 
If no response, we may be assisting others, please wait, then press red button again.
 
We are fortunate to have a supportive community.  Keeping our staff and students safe has always been, and continues to be, a priority of our district.

We thank you for your anticipated cooperation during this transition.  Your school's Principal will notify you via newsletter of the date your individual school will implement this safety measure. 
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Posted by: Kirsten Diktakis, District Admin, Burlingame School District
Published: 11/20/17




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BSD Students Celebrate Ability Awareness Week with “Stand in the Light”

To further celebrate Ability Awareness, students across the district learned the melody and lyrics to Stand in the Light, popularized by Jordan Smith. With its message of respect and acceptance of the unique nature and abilities of each and every one of us, it made for an uplifting experience. Connecting to this week’s theme that "Every Child Needs a Champion", teachers are invited to discuss the words to the song as a backdrop of what it means to be seen as uniquely you and to be accepted for who you are in everyday life.

Enjoy the message and the music in this montage video produced by KBIS students (with special thanks to John Collaros, Carol Prater, BSD Choir accompanists, David Griffin, Kristi Birrell and the KBIS student team).

Stand In The Light

Jordan Smith

Stand in the light and be seen as we are...

 

Didn't I tell you I hear what you say

Never look back as you're walking away

Carry the music, the memories and keep them inside you...

 

Laugh every day

Don't stop those tears from falling down

 

This is who I am inside

This is who I am, I'm not gonna hide

Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far

To stand in the light and be seen as we are

So stand in the light and be seen as we are

 

With courage and kindness, hold on to your faith

You get what you give and it's never too late

To reach for the branch and climb up, leaving sadness behind you...

 

Fight hard for love

We can never give enough

 

This is who I am inside

This is who I am, I'm not gonna hide

Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far

To stand in the light and be seen as we are

So stand in the light and be seen as we are

 

Riding the storms that come raging toward us, we dive

Holding our breath as we break through the surface

With arms open wide, with arms open wide

 

This is who I am inside

This is who I am, I'm not gonna hide

Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far

To stand in the light and be seen as we are

So stand in the light and be seen as we are

 

Songwriters: Lauren Christy / Stephen Moccio

Stand In The Light lyrics © Reservoir Media Management, Inc.

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Posted by: Bruce Duncan, District Admin, Burlingame School District
Published: 10/13/17




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Burlingame School District is celebrating the diverse abilities of all children, of all people through Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week 2017.

“Start the Conversation” bracelets (distributed to Grade 4-8 students across all BSD school sites) will invite and encourage open discussion of ability topics.  

Through various experiential activities, BSD students will be able to increase their awareness and understanding of the wide range of diverse abilities possessed by people in our community and the world. In doing so, they will also have the opportunity to cultivate greater empathy for the challenges faced by others and their experiences of living and learning.

Inspired by Rita F. Pierson, a 40-year educator passionate about connecting with every single one of her students, the theme for this year’s Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week is “Every Child Needs a Champion!”

Every child deserves a champion – a [person] who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. – Rita F. Pierson

Being a “C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N” for others can involve taking actions and extending ourselves in ways that acknowledge and embrace the unique qualities and diverse abilities of others, assisting them to grow and become their greatest possible self.

 

The 2017 Ability Awareness and Tolerance Pledge:

 

I pledge to be a CHAMPION:

Communicate

Help

Advocate

Mentor

Protect

Inspire

Offer support

Nurture

 

BSD students will have opportunities this week to explore this pledge and respond to its message through their own actions.

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Posted by: Bruce Duncan, District Admin, Burlingame School District
Published: 10/11/17