Latest News

Keep reading for news from the Family Network, the bookstore, Potpourri, and Unique Boutique.

Family Network

The JBS Family Network promotes communication and the exchange of ideas on adolescence and parenting through many on-campus events, such as book clubs, parenting together programs, parent-to-parent events, and more. All parents are always welcome to attend all Family Network events.   

Friday, October 18

Parenting Book Club

8:30 am, conference room 2
Jennifer Jones (Counseling & Wellness) leads a discussion of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.

Wednesday, October 30

The 7th Grade Year
8:30 am, conference room 2
Jennifer Jones (Counseling & Wellness) leads a discussion of Staying Connected: Parenting a 7th Grader.

Monday, November 4

The 9th Grade Year
12 pm, conference room 2
Kim Bouldin-Jones (Counseling & Wellness) leads a discussion of Secret Life of the 9th Grader: Understanding and Supporting Your New Highschooler Throughout Schoolwork, Socializing, Peer Pressure and Sports.

Tuesday, November 6

The 11th Grade Year
12 pm, conference rooms 1 & 2
Evonne Weinhaus, author of STOP Struggling With Your Teen, leads a discussion, "Reduce Risky Behavior: Moving from Conflict to Connection." 

Thursday, November 7

The 12th Grade Year
8:30 am, conference room 2
Connie Jones MA, LPC Counseling Services, leads a discussion titled "Science, Stress and Seniors: The neuroscience behind stress and how we can help ourselves and our children navigate senior year.”

Wednesday, November 11

Faculty-led Book Club
5 pm, conference room 3
Jennifer Jones (Counseling & Wellness) leads a discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, followed by an optional Q&A.

Friday, November 15

The 8th Grade Year

12 pm, conference rooms 1 & 2
Sally Kilbride (Counseling & Wellness) leads a discussion of How to Navigate Difficult Conversations with Your Eighth Grader.

Wednesday, November 20

Family Network Committee Meeting

8:30 am, conference rooms 1 & 2

Thursday, February 13

Family Network Committee Meeting

1 pm, conference rooms 1 & 2
Student panel (lunch served)

Thursday, February 20

Faculty-led Book Club

12 pm, Classroom 1, Stamper Family Library (STAR building)
Linda Mercer, Library Chair, leads a discussion of Soul of an Octopus: a Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
by Sy Montgomery. Optional Q&A to follow. 

Wednesday, April 15

Faculty-led Book Club

3:30 pm, Conference Room #3
Jamie Wagner (Social Studies/World Civ) leads a discussion of His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. Optional Q&A to follow. 

Wednesday, May 13

Family Network Committee Meeting

8:30 am, conference rooms 1 & 2

—Co-chairs Kristin Scully & Julie Hyken

Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities 

Looking for a fun way to get involved and interact with the students?  The JBS Bookstore has shifts available for the 2019-2020 school year:

First Mondays, 1 to 3:30 pm
Fifth Monday, 3/30, 1 to 3:30 pm
First Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Second Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 pm
Second Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Fourth Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Fifth Wednesdays, 10/30,1/29 and 4/29 
First Thursdays, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Fourth Thursdays 10:30 am to 1 pm
Fifth Thursdays, 8/29,10/31,1/30 and 4/30, 10:30 am 1 pm
Fifth Fridays, 8/30,1/3 and 5/29, 10:30 am to 1pm.

To see all available shifts, please visit the bookstore volunteer calendar. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to be added to the substitute list, please contact Christina Clark, JBS bookstore co-chair. 

—Co-chairs Christina Clarke and Rachel Rackers

Potpourri 2020

Potpourri 2020 is off to a great start! The trailers are filling up, and we have seen many new faces at our sorts. THANK YOU! A very special thank you goes out to Ed and his entire Plant Ops Team. They helped move our trailers, and make sure the sort room (now located on the lower level of the Brauer Building) is ready to go before each sorting session.  
With the sorts moving smoothly, we are now focusing our efforts on filling our department needs. We have quite a few department co-chair spaces available due to graduating families from last year. This is a super fun job, and it gives you the opportunity to interact and meet so many people from the JBS community. We would like the chance to tell you about it in detail — so please don’t be shy. If you are interested in just finding out the details, please contact us, and we will have a casual conversation about what’s available and what the job entails. The spirit throughout Potpourri is uplifting and invigorating and will have a lasting impact. You will make friends and are guaranteed to have a great time, so please consider joining us!
All parents are always invited to join us at the sorts, which happen from 8:30 to 11:30 am. As we search, we spend a lot of time laughing, you just never know what you might find! Our seventh sort happens at 8:30 am on Monday, October 14 in the Potpourri room in the lower level of the Brauer Building. We're also actively filling department chair positions, so reach out if you are interested.
As always, please keep those donations coming! Stop by the trailer at the Clayton Road entrance and unload your gently used clothing, sporting goods, toys, household items and more. Please note, the tax forms located on the inside door of the trailer are for you to take home with you and keep for your records — the school does not provide you with any tax documents.
Potpourri is a time when the community benefits and a time when the Burroughs families should be very proud. Please join us, and make this the best year yet!

—Co-chairs Daryl Rosen-Huitt and Stephanie DePlanty

Unique Boutique

The school year has begun and plans are well underway for Unique Boutique 2019! The next Unique Boutique planning committee meeting is on Tuesday, October 8 at 8:30 am in Conference Room #2.  Everyone is welcome, and volunteers are needed!  We are specifically looking for one more person to help with the Bakery committee; please let us know if you are interested. 
Be on the lookout for crafting and baking volunteer opportunities later this month on Sign-up Genius. This is a great way to meet and get to know other Burroughs parents at the beginning of the new school year!  Please contact us if you have any questions. 

—Co-chairs Stefanie Greenberg and Beth Herbster 

"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed in September.)