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Dear JBS Parents,

On behalf of the Parents Council Board, I would like to welcome all new and returning parents to the 2017-18 school year.  

The main purpose of the Parents Council at Burroughs is to build community within our school. Volunteering at Parents Council events is a great way to become involved. Many of the events are already in the planning stages, and your participation is both encouraged and welcome! Please take a look at the many volunteer opportunities available.

Another way to learn more about the Parents Council is to attend one of the back-to-school parent coffees. These informal coffees are held in conference room 2 (off the Commons):

  • 7th grade – 1-2:30 pm, Friday, August 11
  • 8th grade –  9-10:30 am, Friday, August 11
  • 9th grade –  2:30-4 pm, Wednesday, August 9

You can also find out about the Parents Council committees and events on our web pages. Spend a little time (or a lot!) checking out the page links in the menu at left. They’re filled with useful information that will be updated throughout the year, so check back often.

Still not sure what you want to do? You can always contact me. Or, feel free to contact any of the committee chairs directly. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Anne Bishop
Parents Council President

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Library Volunteers

While we all watch the new STAR building go up, and envision a new library full of collaborative spaces, quiet study rooms and exciting programming areas, the temporary library is still buzzing right along and busy as ever. The library needs volunteer support as much as it ever did! Join the library volunteer crew in its temporary digs in the Cissel Center multipurpose room (second floor next to seventh and eighth grade lockers). Find out what books the library is buying, watch classes use the space, see how students collaborate and study at Burroughs. It’s never dull in the library. For more information or to volunteer, contact Anya Drozdova today.

— Co-chairs Anya Drozdova & Elizabeth Peng

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Bookstore Volunteers

Looking for a fun way to get involved? The JBS bookstore has a few remaining shifts available for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to be added to the sub list, please contact Kirsten Schultz. Also, make sure to start the year off right with your JBS fan wear favorites. Come check out the new selection beginning August 24th! 

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

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Unique Boutique

22 Years of Art and Fine Crafts
Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017

Want to meet other JBS parents and chat in a fun, relaxed setting? Unique Boutique crafting and baking sessions are just the place for that!

  1. JBS Signatures crafting sessions
    The Signatures booth features gifts and home décor made by Burroughs parents at special crafting sessions. You don’t need any special skills for these simple, beautiful projects! Everyone is welcome.

    9-11 am, Wednesday, September 27, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
    9-11 am, Tuesday, October 10, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
    1-3 pm, Thursday, October 26, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
    11 am-2 pm, Thursday, November 9, Stroup home

  2. Incredible Edibles Baking Parties
    Love to bake? We host baking parties for the Incredible Edibles booth. Watch the JBS Unique Boutique webpage and JBS/This Week e-mails for times and locations.

Would you like to be part of the overall committee that organizes Unique Boutique? Many sub-committees work together to create a fun and memorable weekend. Anyone is welcome to attend committee meetings:

  • 8:30-10 am, Wednesday, September 13, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
  • 8:30-10 am, Wednesday, October 18, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
  • 8:30-10 am, Wednesday, November 8, conference room 2 (off the Commons)

Sign up for all Unique Boutique volunteer opportunities here!

Please contact either of us if you have questions.

— Co-chairs Cheri Smith & Susan Jones


We are on Facebook (@JBSUniqueBoutique), posting updates, photos, and artist profiles.

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Potpourri Is Back in Business

The new school year is just around the corner, and believe it or not, it’s not too soon to start thinking about Potpourri 2018! On the heels of a very successful and FUN event in April 2017, many department chairs have recommitted for Potpourri 2018. But, there are still several great positions we’d love to fill in the next few months. If you’d like to get more involved this year, we can help you find a great fit for your time and talents.

The Potpourri trailer returned to its usual spot near the Clayton Road circle in late July and is accepting donations. An end-of-summer purge or basement clean-out is an excellent way to help us get a jump on gathering great items for our sale! Sorts are held several times a month in the pink garage (just south of the field hockey field) – our first one is from 8:30 to 11:30 am, Friday, August 25. Be sure to check the schedule on the Potpourri page of the Parents Council website for additional sort dates as well as our Potpourri committee meetings. It takes a mighty village to pull off an exciting event like Potpourri – we hope you’ll consider diving in and getting involved this year!

—Co-Chairs Heather Strahorn, Mary Tricamo-Park & Ben Park

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Annual Dinner and Auction

Please save the date for the JBS Annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The Annual Dinner and Auction committee will start meeting this fall. If you are interested in helping please contact either of us.

— Co-chairs Norene Bennett or Avani Nayak

"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed September 14.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.