A Joyous Lower School Picnic

Distanced or not — you can't stop Burke's from being Burke's.

Hundreds of Burke’s families along with faculty and staff came together over Zoom for the annual Lower School Picnic! It was a wonderful lunch break filled with laughter, dancing, and smiles. As Lower School Music Teacher Ms. Mandelstein said, we had many, persevering, and flexible snake dancers!
In a normal year, fourth-grade students who are interested in helping Head of School Michele Williams lead the Snake Dance put their names into a hat for a random drawing. Since we couldn’t dance together this year,  the selected fourth-grader kicked off the event with a special welcome followed by third graders who helped educate families on how to compost, reuse, and recycle their picnic fixings!
Lower School P.E. Teachers Mr. Portero-Brown and Mr. Hay lead the families in warm-ups and then came the dancing! We enjoyed our traditional "Snake Dance" (and all those fierce snake faces, caught on Zoom), along with "Bashana Haba'ah" to celebrate the Jewish New Year. And, in honoring our distance protocols, we ended with the classic line dance, "The Electric Slide." We may have just started a new Burke's tradition!
Click here to see some of the # LSPicnic2020 Instagram posts!
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