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From the Parents Council President

I am so pleased to announce that at our November 1st meeting, the Parents Council Board voted unanimously to approve four gifts to the school totaling $162,922! The Parents Council Board approved an unrestricted gift of $45,000 to the operating budget, one of the largest annual fund gifts the school receives. The Parents Council donated to the new STAR building via a $60,000 payment this year toward the $250,000 pledge approved last year. This STAR building capital gift is for a biology CLAB in honor of the late Elaine Childress (Science, 1987-2015.) In addition, the Parents Council made a one-time special gift of $30,000 to support the new kiln/foundry project outside of the sculpture room. And finally, a gift of $27,922 was granted to support wish list items requested by faculty and club sponsors which fall outside of the school’s regular operating budgets. If you would like to see a complete list of approved wish list items, click here. The source of income for these substantial gifts is our three major fundraisers: Unique Boutique, Potpourri and the Annual Dinner & Auction. Thank you to all the volunteers who share their time, creativity and expertise with the Parents Council. We had an amazing year, and these gifts would not be possible without you!

Anne Bishop

Keep reading for news from the Unique Boutique, Family Network, Auction and Dinner, Potpourri and International Student Exchange committees and the grade 9 co-chairs.

Time for Unique Boutique!

Art and Fine Crafts Event
10 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017 

It’s time ... almost. Here’s your chance to help the school while getting your holiday shopping done!

Highlights of what you’ll see at this year’s show:

  • 55 exhibitors (many are new!)
  • JBS-themed gifts at Signatures
  • Frozen, unbaked apple pies at Incredible Edibles
  • A unique selection of clothing, accessories, jewelry, home décor, beauty products and gourmet treats

FREE admission for current Burroughs parents ($5 general public).

See more on Facebook and share the event.

— Co-chairs Cheri Smith & Susan Jones

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International Student Exchange

Exchange Student Host Family

Burroughs has a long tradition of participation in AFS-USA (formerly known as the American Field Service). Students have hailed from many parts of the globe, including Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Bethlehem. Students from countries not named here also are interested. While the commitment is for only one school year, the benefits are lifelong — for the visiting student, for Burroughs, and for the host family. Typically, our exchange students are eleventh graders. However, that does not mean that a member of the host family need be an eleventh grader. In fact, different ages can make for better dynamics at home as the exchange student enters the host family more as a sibling. This year we have an eleventh grader named Sara Ceballos Aballe from Spain staying with Peter and Holly Tasker and their children Becket ’21 and Rosalie.  

For details about the program, contact Karley King, parent liaison to Burroughs and AFS, or contact Meera Jain  or Yasmira Watson, co-chairs of the International Student Exchange Committee. The committee's goal is to select a host family for the 2018-2019 school year by January 15, 2018.

International Week

The JBS International week will be March 5-9, 2018. The International Dinner will be Friday, March 9. The ISE Committee welcomes volunteers to sign up now to help with the various aspects of the International Dinner using SignUp Genius. Contact either of us if you have any questions.

— Co-chairs Meera Jain & Yasmira Watson

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Family Network

Parenting Book Discussions

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
by Lisa Damour


Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson
Discussion Leader: Prue Gershman (Counseling & Wellness)
Books will be discussed on an alternating schedule.
8:30 to 10 am, December 1, January 26, February 23 and April 13 (all Fridays)
in conference room 2 (off the Commons)

Parenting Together

Discussions tailored to the age of your child.

11th Grade Parenting Together
Details to follow
4 pm, Friday, December 8

8th Grade Parenting Together
7th grade parents also are invited to this presentation.
Details to follow
7 pm, Wednesday, January 10, Haertter Hall

Faculty-Led Discussion

Into the Wild
by John Krakauer
Discussion Leader: Anita Hagerman (English)
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, January 9,
in conference room 3 (across from the bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


Nightmare Alley
by William Lindsay Gresham
Discussion Leader: Jim Lowe (Classics; College Counseling)
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, March 13
in conference room 3 (across from bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
by Chris Hedges
Discussion Leader: Jamie Wagner (History)
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 8,
conference room 3 (across from the bookstore)
Optional Q&A to follow


The next Family Network committee meeting will be at 8:30 am, Wednesday, November 29, in conference room 2 (off the Commons). All are invited.

Co-chairs Kellie Hynes & Wendy Panagos

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JBS Auction and Dinner

Save the date and join us at JBS Ranch, a casual, western-themed auction and dinner for parents, on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Planning has begun, and our next auction committee meeting will be at 8:30 am, Tuesday October 17, in conference room 2 (off the Commons). The Auction Committee is looking for donations of bottles of whiskey or bourbon for a Whiskey Pull at this year's event. Please drop your donation off at the Development Office. All parents are also invited to the auction committee meeting at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 14. Contact either of us if you have any questions.

— Co-chairs Norene Bennett & Avani Nayak

Potpourri 2018

Fall is here and exciting changes have blown into the sort room! Thanks to JBS parents Kathy and Rob Wunderlich, we have fabulous new uniformly sized boxes! This has added great efficiency to our sorts, allowing us to save a step and sort donations right into boxes headed for storage. We've also streamlined our Goodwill donations. Come see how neat and tidy our sort room looks! Our next sort is from 8:30 to 11:30 am, Friday, November 17. Of course, the change of seasons is also a great time to go through your coat closet and donate the ones you've outgrown or never wear. We'll gladly take your old coats ... as well as any other gently used items. Simply drop them off in the Potpourri trailer in the Clayton Road lot (just south of the athletic center). We'll take it from there. Lastly, we are still on the hunt for seven or eight department co-chairs. If you're interested and have some time to help the week of April 21-28, we'll gladly find a good fit for your time and talents. It takes hundreds of volunteers to pull off this massive sale, so please consider joining the team for this exciting 50th anniversary of Potpourri!

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

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Grade-Level Committees

Grade 9

We were so glad to see some of you at the parent coffees this year! Be on the lookout for dates in 2018. We hope to accommodate everyone so you can drop by for coffee and conversation!

9th Grade Party (7 to 10 pm, Friday, November 10) There are sign-up opportunities in our Sign-Up Genius to bring treats or chaperone for the evening.  Please also read the additional notes from Scott Deken on etiquette for the evening, posted in the JBS/9th Grade Principal Link.

9th Grade Parent Dinner (6:30 to 8:30 pm, Sunday, November 12). If you haven’t already, please RSVP through Sign-Up Genius. Your bookstore account will be store carded $25 per person (non-refundable after you RSVP).

Sandwich Swap for Parents (noon to 2 pm, Friday, November 17, at the home of Scott and Anne Sutter) Please bring a sandwich to share; chips and drinks will be provided. You can RSVP through Sign-Up Genius.

Thank you for making this such a great year so far!  Let us know how we can help in any way.

— Co-chairs Scott & Anne Sutter and Shawn & Paula Robinson

"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed January 18.) Until then, follow the links at left for more information about Parents Council leadership, contact information, meeting dates, Potpourri sort dates and more.