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Message from the President

As the Parents Council winds up another memorable year at Burroughs, I have many thanks to give. 

Thank you to the Potpourri chairs — Rob Leavitt, Liz Isaak and Heather Strahorn — along with their many department chairs and volunteers. They spent countless hours sorting, boxing, unloading, organizing, staging, selling and accounting to make this wonderful event take place. I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy this incredible event which not only raises money for our school but demonstrates school spirit and a sense of community that reaches well beyond JBS.

Thank you to the Annual Dinner and Auction chairs for their months of planning for what promises to be a fabulous evening on Saturday, May 13. Jan Luhmann and Avani Nayak have assembled some spectacular auction items ranging from a tree climbing session with Mr. Dee to a dream villa in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. Thank you to Erin Minkin and Laura Padousis for planning the dinner and table decorations. And…another big thank you to all of the tireless volunteers who worked to make this event a huge success. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

And finally, thank you, all parents, who volunteer in many different ways throughout the year to make our school a wonderful place for not only our children but for everyone who walks through our doors at Burroughs. It is your commitment and boundless energy that have amazed me throughout the year, and to each of you, I extend a special thank you. Working with you on behalf of our children has been an honor and a pleasure.

I hope you all have a relaxing and fun summer. See you in the fall!

Jeanne Mulligan

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Potpourri, an Adventure!

The 48th annual John Burroughs School Potpourri was an adventure that proved once again to be successful on many levels: building unity and tradition in the Burroughs community, providing affordable shopping for the greater St. Louis community, contributing to our sustainability goals and providing funds for our school. 

Beginning at 6:30 am on Move-In Day, Saturday, April 22, an army of volunteers unloaded trailers full of furniture and donations into the field house. The rain cancellation of many Saturday athletic events contributed to the larger-than-usual student volunteer numbers, and despite the wet weather, the trailers were unloaded in record time.

Leading up to Potpourri, Dan Barton’s computer video editing class showed several videos to introduce this year's theme, Have an Adventure, Change the Future, Kick Some Past. Each morning of Potpourri week, students started morning assemblies with raffle drawings that included gift certificates to local favorites such as Ted Drewes and Lululemon Athletica. Prizes representing the past and future were awarded: a turntable, Polaroid camera and Snapchat glasses. Recycled Rags, Jewelry, Books and Bakery drew large crowds in the Commons. The Potpourri Restaurant served up BBQ, pizza and burritos in the Haertter Hall lobby. Snow cones, ice cream and cotton candy were enjoyed inside this year because of the cool, wet weather, but that did not slow down sales. Another rainy day canceled many athletic events on Friday, and the students, free from their athletic commitments for the afternoon, flocked to the sweet treats.

While the students were enjoying all the festivities, parent volunteers were transforming the field house for the sale. Volunteers unpacked, organized and priced a year’s worth of donations and were ready for the pre-sale on Thursday. Lines were long and smiles were wide as it took more than eight minutes for all the shoppers to file in.    

On general sale day, Saturday, April 29, the rain did not stop the first shopper from arriving long before the doors were opened. A steady stream of people who braved the steady stream of rain were rewarded with great values on everything from toddler clothing to fine artwork. Potpourri culminated with the Plant Sale on Friday, May 5, a sunny day ending the nearly two weeks of storms that left many parts of the St. Louis area flooded.

Our sincere thanks to all the parents, students, faculty and staff who made Potpourri 2017 a success. We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented and energetic volunteers, and we thank you all for another great year!

—Co-Chairs Rob Leavitt, Heather Strahorn and Liz Isaak

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Bookstore Volunteers

It’s time to confirm your bookstore shift for next year. The sign-up sheet is posted in the bookstore. Please either highlight your name to keep the same shift next year, cross your name out and move to a vacant shift that better suits your schedule, or cross your name out and take a break if you’re over-extended. If you would like to start small, consider signing up for one of the new "fifth week" time slots. These shifts happen just one or two times per school year – allowing you to get a firm date on your calendar, without a huge time commitment. Adding your name to the sub list is another great way to try working in the bookstore. E-mail requests for subs go out periodically. Simply reply if you’re able to cover a shift.

— Co-chairs Cathy Carlson, Kirsten Schultz and Rachel Wilkins


"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed in early August.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.