Sunday, February 28, 2016

Walk-a-thon Fundraising Update and Family Science Playground Info-This Thursday 3/3/16 at 6:30pm in the MUR

Hello Buri Buri Bobcats!

The Walk-a-Thon was an amazing success! The students loved it. We gave them whistles and noisemakers and played fun music while they walked. Melissa Kohlmeister lead cheers and we had a great party! Several students and teachers even asked if we could have a walk-a-thon every week :)

We counted the donations turned in so far and were overwhelmed by the amazing generosity of our Buri families and friends. We thank you for supporting our students! Close to 40% of students so far have participated in fundraising. That is amazing! We hope to do just a little better. We are a few thousand dollars away from meeting our goal to be able to bring Playworks to our school.

We are still accepting donations through this Friday March 4 so there is still time to participate! If you lost your envelope you can print a donation form HERE and turn it in at the office or to your child's teacher. More information on Walk-a-thon and prize info can be found here:


Please join us this Thursday 3/3/16 at 6:30pm for our PTA meeting and Family Science Playground! We will announce the fundraising total as well as report on other school happenings. After the short meeting we'll begin our Family Science Playground event!

Some of the fun things kids will do at Science night:
  • Learn about polymers making a bouncy ball
  • Explore states of matter by freezing bubbles with dry ice
  • Look under the microscope at prepared specimens like animal blood and onion skin
  • Make your own musical instrument 
  • Observe chemical reactions by making elephant toothpaste
  • Much more!
Big thanks Aleah Valenzuela and Carlos Thomas for planning this event for Buri Buri! We still need a few volunteers to help out at the event so if you can give 30 minutes, please email us at

See you Thursday at 6:30 in the MUR!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Someone Special Dance! Coming Soon!

**Get your Someone Special Dance tickets before and after school this week. 

Buri Buri Someone Special Dance!

Join us at our Hawaiian themed family dance party at Alta Loma Ram Hall on Friday March 18, 2016 from 6-9pm! Tickets are $15 per person and include entrance, food, drinks, and one picture. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Teachers and staff are encouraged to join in on the fun. Children under 2 are free (please note how many children under 2 on order form)

Payment with order form is due Wednesday, March 9th, and may be turned into the school office or to your student’s teacher. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets will be delivered to your student the week of March 14th.

Volunteer to help out at the dance or help sell tickets before and get 1 free ticket! Sign up HERE or email us at

See you there! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Important notice from the CA PTA regarding your child's privacy

Your child's personal information is being released: Voice your concerns NOW
A February federal court ruling is requiring the California Department of Education to release all personal data -- even including names and Social Security numbers -- on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students including your child's information. Take action now to voice your objection to releasing your child's personal information!

What you can do right now: Voice your objection
Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:

1. Download the form -- available in English and Spanish

2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to: 

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal. 

3. Mail a copy to the California Department of Education at:

California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Morgan Hill Court Ruling.

The deadline to submit objection forms and make your voice heard is April 1, so don’t delay – get yours in the mail to the court and CDE today! Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted.


It’s hard to fathom that a judge would allow such an overexposure of children’s information. While California State PTA is not part of the court ruling, we are exploring other avenues to delay, reduce or possibly reverse the release of so much of our children’s personal information. California State PTA has a long history of protecting and upholding students’ privacy rights, and today is no different. Read our media statement, and we'll keep you updated as we learn more.


In April 2012, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law.

While this lawsuit called for students’ general demographic information, a federal court has just ruled that CDE must release all data -- even including names and Social Security numbers -- it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 – more than 10 million students. Find out more from the CDE. Read the California Department of Education's media statement.

This message is being sent to all PTA members.
Please share with parents, families and your school community.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Walk-A-Thon Thursday Feb 25, 2016 Donations due on 2/25/16 but will be accepted through 3/4/16

Hello Buri Buri Families!

Walk-a-Thon Information was sent home with students today. Please check their folders to make sure you get the info for this event! Additional infosheets and envelopes are available in the office. Here are the details:

Thursday February 25, 2016 
Grades K-2 will walk approx ¼ mile around the school grounds 
Grades 3-5 will walk approx 1 mile around the school grounds

Parents and family are welcome to come and cheer on the walkers! 
All students are invited to walk regardless of fundraising participation.
In case of rain, we will walk on Monday Feb 29th instead. 

Your PTA is organizing the Walk-A-Thon to raise funds to bring the Playworks program to our school in the 2016-17 school year. Playworks is an amazing program that provides recess coaches who lead daily organized recess games, offer non-competitive after-school leagues, a junior coach program for 4th and 5th grades and even provide before school recess programs. Playworks programs foster good sportsmanship, teamwork and conflict resolution. Their goal is for every student to have a great recess.

We would love to bring this program to our school, especially during construction. While we patiently wait for our school to be completed, our students are sharing half the space they had prior to construction. Typically more than 200 students are in the yard at a time with only have one small play structure to share. We need this program now more than ever.
  • · If we raise $15,000 we will have Playworks at our school one week a month during the entire school year.
  • · If we raise $65,000 we can have Playworks at the school for 8 hours every day during the entire school year. 
Details of the full program are on our website: We hope you will generously support this fundraiser so all of our students can benefit from this great program.

When you are finished fundraising, please turn in your donation envelopes to the PTA box in the office or your child’s teacher. Donations are due by February 25, 2016.

The PTA is a 501c3 organization so all donations are tax deductible. Please contact if you would like a donation receipt for tax purposes.

Retrocat T-Shirt
This one-of-a-kind baseball-style t-shirt features royal blue sleeves and yellow Bobcat lettering. The Bobcat logo was taken from an original design from a Buri Buri sweatshirt worn by Kindergarten teacher Mr. Jones. He says it’s about 20 years old! We loved it so much we decided to bring it back for this one-time-only event. This will be your only chance to get one of these classic t-shirts as we will not include them as part of our regular spirit wear. To get one free, simply raise $75! You can then purchase additional shirts for $25 each, but you must reach the $75 donation level to qualify.

Spiritwear Stickers: These stickers prominently feature the Buri Buri logo and are 4 x 4 inches in size. Stick them on your binder or on your backpack and show off your Buri Buri pride! Get yours free when you raise at least $20! They are awesome!

Top Fundraiser Rewards:

#1: Zoomer Interactive Puppy Robot

#2: Razor Black Label R-Tec Kick Scooter

#3: K’NEX 52 Model Building Set

Donor Honor Circles: We will thank individual and business donors on our website and in a newsletter sent home to all Buri Buri students!

Silver Circle: Donate $50 
Gold Circle: Donate $100 
Diamond Circle: Donate $200 or more 

Classroom Rewards:
Class with most funds raised: $100 Prize: Teachers can decide to use this towards field trips, arts and science programs or whatever their class wants!

Classes with most participation in each grade level: (fundraising any amount, even $1) will get a popcorn party! If more than one class per grade has 100% participation, each will get the popcorn party!