BE End of the Year Letter


         Berkshire Local School District   BURTON ELEMENTARY

                 13724 Carlton Street, Burton, OH 44021

                   440-834-3380, ext. 1101 440-834-8361 (Fax)



June 1st, 2017


Dear Burton Elementary Families,


Congratulations on a fantastic 2016-2017 school year! I am so proud of all our students, staff and families! Our main goal everyday at Burton Elementary is to provide an environment that is safe and positive so that students can learn and grow into confident, successful young people. We understand the importance of academics, and we continue to provide a rigorous curriculum that challenges everyone. We also understand the importance of building strong character. “Be Kind, Be Wise, Be a Friend” is our motto that all the students strive to achieve each and everyday!


We witnessed many acts of kindness that made it on our “Throw Kindness Like Confetti” bulletin board! Our goal was to fill the board with many wonderful acts of kindness!  Along with acts of kindness, the staff and students discussed the importance of Grit, Growth Mindset, compassion, hard work ethic, and confidence! These are all traits that will help our students be successful in anything they do!


The staff and students also worked throughout the year on integrating Google, Chromebooks, MAP Testing and school-wide programming into their classrooms. We will be happy to be one-to-one with technology next year throughout the school!



Burton Elementary School will continue to follow the same Professional Learning Community schedule for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will continue to hold weekly early dismissals on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. for staff Professional Development. Please note that bus routes will pick up students from Burton Elementary School every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. If you are picking up your child, please arrive by 2:30 p.m.



These are some good suggestions of “on-level” books that our students enjoy.  Please encourage your child to read their suggested book(s). This is recommended for help with fluency and comprehension skills! We are often asked for summer recommendations, and these are just a few ideas! The Burton Public Library will be hosting their summer reading program beginning on June 7th. They would love to see your child at the library participating in the free fun events!


Entering Grade 1: Clifford the Big Red Dog books by Norman Bridwell

Entering Grade 2: Henry and Mudge Books by Cynthia Rylant

Entering Grade 3: Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Entering Grade 4: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Entering Grade 5: The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

Entering Grade 6: Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli



Study Island is a  program that was purchased school-wide and it is a great source to give your students extra practice over the summer months. It gives them access to grade level and ability level questions to help support their learning. These are the following steps to access their accounts:



Click Login Button

Select “Study Island for Schools”

Login Name: firstnamelastname.berk (example: mandyrandles.berk)

Password: Badgers




Class fees for the 2017-2018 school year are listed below.  Please make sure payment is sent to the Burton Elementary office by September 22, 2017, checks can be made payable to Berkshire Schools.  K- $55.00   1 - $55.00    2 - $55.00    3 - $55.00   4 - $55.00   5 - $55.00   6 - $55.00



Please review and refer to the 2017-2018 supply list which will come home with your report cards on Friday,  June 2nd.  You can also access the supply list on the Berkshire website.  



Class Lists will be posted at the end of the day on June 19th. They will be posted on the front doors at Burton Elementary. The lists have been completed and reviewed by all school staff members. The entire staff reviews all class lists and ensures that students are placed in the best possible classes for their success!



Open House will be early this year to allow the students to visit their classrooms before the first day of school. Open House will be on August 22nd from 5:00-6:00 pm. It will be still the same Open House format. You can come in and out of the rooms to visit us! I hope to see you there :)



The Burton Elementary office will be closed from June 19th-August 11th. Your phone call will be returned by our office staff when they are back in the office from summer break! Thank you :)


I enjoy working with your students each and every day and am grateful for all of your support. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the events, activities, concerts and social gatherings that have helped contribute to your child’s well-rounded educational experience. I appreciate the time and talents that you give to us throughout the year and always enjoy building a rapport with your families.


We have a special school with wonderful students, families, staff members and community support. This has been an exciting year full of activities and events that have made the year memorable. It takes teamwork and collaboration to ensure our students are receiving the best possible education and social development!


Thank you again to our staff, students and families for all of the support for our school throughout the year! Thank you also to our parent volunteers and PTO for helping to create all of these wonderful memories with events throughout the year!


Enjoy the summer with your family and friends, and we look forward to seeing you back here in August! Please visit our website at throughout the summer for any district updates!



See You in August!


Mandy Randles

Burton Elementary Principal   





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