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Message from the President

I am happy to report that Back to School Night was a success. There were 150 “students” registered for classes, which is the largest response in more than 20 years. Thank you to Alex McNett for spearheading this fantastic event and to the wonderful faculty and staff at Burroughs for all their support.

We are quickly building up to the school musical, Pippin, which will be performed at 7:30 pm, on February 23-25, in Haertter Hall. The Producers will be “behind the scenes” making sure all of the details are covered. If you would like to assist on performance nights, please contact Producers chair Susan Jones for further details.

Now is the time to mark your calendars for the International Dinner on Friday, March 10, in the dining room. This is truly a unique (and delicious!) event planned especially for the Burroughs community. Come by between 5:30 and 7:30 pm and enjoy a global feast featuring the culinary talents of JBS parents and students, as well as favorite local restaurants. Admission is $10, and there’s no need to RSVP. Entertainment will be provided by Grupo Atlantico, an international dance troupe. If you would like to donate your favorite international dish or help with the event, please sign up here or contact chairs Sonia Zamanou-Erickson or Debbie Treacy-Meier.

April brings Potpourri—our 500-family garage sale extravaganza! It all starts with Potpourri Move-In Day on Saturday, April 22. We rely on our JBS community to help us convert the field house from empty to full in just a few hours. Come in the morning, afternoon or evening. Your time is appreciated. Whether you’re new to the school or preparing for your senior to graduate, it’s a JBS tradition you don’t want to miss. Potpourri week promises to be as exciting and fun as ever. Parents are invited (and needed) to help with the many activities held on campus throughout the week and for the Potpourri sale from 7:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 30. Please contact the Potpourri chairs—Rob Leavitt, Liz Issak and Heather Strahorn—if you have questions or want to sign up.

You will want to attend the Annual Dinner and Auction, scheduled for 6 pm, Saturday, May 13, at Burroughs. This is a low-key and fun evening! Chairs Avani Nayak and Jan Luhmann would love to hear from you with questions or donation ideas!

I hope to see you around Burroughs at these wonderful events. As always, thank you for all you do to support the Parents Council and ultimately Burroughs!

Jeanne Mulligan

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ISE Gears Up for International Dinner

Plan to join other JBS families for the International Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Friday, March 10, in the dining room. This event will feature authentic and delicious international cuisine representing the diversity of our JBS community. Grupo Atlantico will provide live entertainment. If you would like to donate your favorite international dish, please sign up here or contact either of us. Cost is $10 at the door, cash or store card. Children under 5 are free. All in the JBS community are welcome to attend.

Parents who would like to be involved in planning the event, please attend the meeting at 8:30 am, Friday, February 24, in conference room 2 (off the Commons) or contact one of us.

—Co-chairs Sonia Zamanou-Erickson and Debbie Treacy-Meier 

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Potpourri Is the FUN Part of Fundraising

Potpourri is many things: a 48-year Burroughs tradition, a successful long-standing sustainability project, a great St. Louis community outreach, a JBS community builder, our largest fundraiser and… it’s fun!

On Move-In Day (Saturday, April 22), parents, students and whole families will pitch in to fill the field house with boxes and furniture. During the following week, parents reconnect with friends while arranging departments for the sale (April 29). Alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and many parents, even those whose children have graduated, come to the field house and donate their time to organize the largest fundraiser of the year. The students enjoy a semi carnival-like atmosphere during free periods at the beginning, middle and end of each day. Practically everyone walks away from this week-long event with a renewed sense of community and maybe a bargain or two on sale day.

Join in the FUN of Potpourri

Here is how you can get involved:

  • Start right away by contacting a Potpourri chairperson.
  • Purchase raffle tickets. Our raffle co-chairs Pia Koster and Julie Hyken have a great line-up of prizes and a fun theme for this year’s raffle, which they will reveal in the near future. 
  • Watch for February and March emails with links to Sign Up Genius identifying opportunities during and leading up to Sale Day.  Restaurant, Cotton Candy, Cashiers, and Setup are just a few of the areas that need YOUR help.
  • Drop by a sorting session.  No experience necessary. Click here for remaining sort dates.
  • Donate your new or gently used items to the sale. The donation trailer is parked in the Clayton lot. Moving boxes are also needed.

We look forward to seeing you during the week,

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

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Family Network

Faculty-Led Book Club

R. J. Palacio
3:30 to 4:30 pm (optional Q&A until 5 pm), Tuesday, March 14, conference room 2 (off the Commons)
Led by Sally Killbride, counselor for grades 7, 9 and 11

Green Metropolis
By David Owen
3:30 to 4:40 pm, Tuesday, May 9, conference room 2
Led by history teacher Jamie Wagner

Faculty-Led Group Questions: Contact Risa Brown.

Parenting Book Discussions

How to Raise an Adult
By Julie Lythcott-Haims
8:30 to 10:30 am, on the following Fridays:
February 24 (conference room 2)
April 21 (conference room 2)
Led by Prue Gershman, JBS Counseling and Wellness Department

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, will speak at 7 pm, Tuesday, April 25, in Haertter Hall. She will continue the conversation over lunch at noon, Wednesday, April 26, in conference room 2 (off the Commons). As dean of freshmen at Stanford University for a decade, Lythcott-Haims was a fierce advocate for young adults and a critic of parental over-involvement in the lives of college students. She began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. Her book, How to Raise an Adult (published in more than two dozen countries), gave rise to a TED Talk (released in fall 2016) and a sequel (out in 2018). Her memoir on race, Real American, will be out in fall 2017. Lythcott-Haims is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School and California College of the Arts.

Parenting Group Questions? Contact Margaret Duncan or Cheryl Bartnett.

Books for the book groups are available for sale in the JBS bookstore.

—Co-chairs Deborah LeMoine & Wendy Panagos

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Annual Dinner and Auction

Picnic Under the STARS

Saturday, May 13 is a night not to be missed! Although many things will remain the same — our relaxed, silent auction and open-seating, farm-table dinner — some very exciting things are changing! 

In order to best celebrate our highly anticipated science, technology and research building, we're going outside to Picnic Under the Stars for dinner! We’ll enjoy a buffet-style elegant picnic in the Quad (under a weatherproof tent, if needed). During dinner, we'll enjoy a slide show of our students, bid farewell to the buildings north of us and celebrate what's about to happen! We hope all JBS parents, faculty and staff will be there to enjoy this magical night, so mark your calendars now!

In the meantime, look for your auction catalog in the mail right after spring break. We have some exciting items from unique faculty-led experiences to an all-inclusive stay for four at a luxury Wyoming ranch. We still need your help, too! If interested in volunteering or donating wine for the wine pull ($25 value), please e-mail either of us.

—Co-chairs Jan Luhmann and Avani Nayak

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"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed April 13.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.