On May 13, one month from tonight, I hope that all parents will join us for the Auction and Annual Dinner, our gathering to mark another great year.
This year it will be particularly special and memorable as we will use the occasion to celebrate the groundbreaking on our new science, technology and research building. Many years of thoughtful planning and fundraising are coming to fruition, and we are ready to move forward — what better night could there be to beat the drum, kick up our heels, and commend the work that we have accomplished and will accomplish in the next year.
I have always enjoyed this evening because it truly "feels" like Burroughs. The auction is very low key, and while everyone is invited to bid, there is absolutely no pressure to do so. Many folks simply visit with old and new friends. The entertainment is provided by our own student jazz band, and we honor our retiring and long-serving faculty members in the course of the evening. While the Parents Council certainly hopes to raise funds to support the school (and has amassed an incredible array of auction items), the true goal of the evening is to build and celebrate the wonderful community that we all share. This is a night that we hope every family can attend and enjoy.
This year — for the first time in my memory — we've moved the auction into the Commons and the dinner into the Quad under the stars!
Spring is a sprint at Burroughs. Between now and mid-May, we will have welcomed our new seventh grade families; our seniors will have had their last day of classes and decided where they plan to study next year; our music groups and actors will have performed most of their final concerts and plays; and our spring teams will be well on their way to state tournaments. And on top of that, our parents will have hosted author Julie Lythcott-Haims and will have delivered another amazing Potpourri Week, just days before hosting this great evening.
The bottom line is that Burroughs wouldn't be Burroughs without all of you. I hope to see you soon and see you often over the next month and on May 13, when we come together to mark the beginning of an exciting construction project. At the same time, we remain mindful that the most important thing about the new space will be the people in the building — the students who will learn there, the teachers who will teach there, and the parents who do so, so much to support them all!