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Burbank School Newsletter, February 17, 2017

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Learn Think Create Serve

Dear Burbank Families,

We started off the day with a Community Meeting in the gym. All students attended, and the third grade did a great job focusing on our Open Circle concept of strengthening relationships, which included cooperating and including others in our play. Mrs. O’Sullivan read the book Swimmy by Leo Leonni.

Thank you to all of the families who came out to support STEM Night on Wednesday night. The gym was alive with various presentations, and families engaging in different activities related to science, technology, engineering and math. I heard from many parents who said that their children didn’t want to leave; they were very interested in all of the different interactive exhibits. A big thank you to the PTA who organized this event. The planning behind this event, starts in September, and requires many volunteers.

Yesterday we were lucky to have Renaissonics visit Burbank. This year the FBE supported our third grade music curriculum by funding the professional consort Renaissonics. Renaissonics is acknowledged as an innovative ensemble incorporating Renaissance musical practices with unique blends and performance of modern musical styles. This includes performances featuring the recorder -- one of the instruments studied in the third grade music curriculum. When students experience a familiar instrument in a new context with advanced technical level, possibilities for advancement and achievement in personal studies can grow. Thank you FBE and Renaissonics for enriching our music program!

Finally, we are supporting Cradles to Crayons today in collaboration with the Belmontian Club at Belmont High School. Families have donated generously to this cause today, by either donating a dollar, or brining in pajamas for families in need. We discussed this at our Community Meeting this morning, connecting our core value of well being for others.

Have a great vacation week! Enjoy time with family!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember:

Friday, February 17: Cradles to Crayons Pajama Day

February 20-24: NO SCHOOL – Vacation Week

Wednesday, March 8: EARLY RELEASE - Parent Conferences (Tues. Schedule)

Friday, March 10: Burbank Movie Night

Wednesday, March 15: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences (Wed. Schedule)

Wednesday, March 22: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences (Thurs. Schedule)

Thursday, March 23: Geography Challenge Gr. K-1 9-9:50 Gr. 2 10-10:30 – in the cafeteria

Friday, March 24: Geography Challenge 9:00-10:00 in the Cafeteria

Testing Dates – Please Note

April 2017

Tuesday, April 4th: Grade 3 ELA session 1, Gallant Grade 4 ELA session 1

Wednesday, April 5th: Grade 3 ELA session 2, Ames Grade 4 ELA session 1

Thursday, April 6th: Grade 3 ELA session 3, von Huene Grade 4 ELA session 1

Friday, April 7th: Gallant Grade 4 ELA session 2

Monday, April 10th: Ames Grade 4 ELA session 2

Wednesday, April 12th: von Huene Grade 4 ELA session 2

Thursday, April 13th: Gallant Grade 4 ELA session 3

Monday, April 24th: Ames Grade 4 ELA session 3

Tuesday, April 25th: von Huene Grade 4 ELA session 3

Thursday, April 27th: Gallant Grade 4 Math session 1 (Kindergarten Registration is happening this day, but it will take place in the kindergarten classrooms, not in the library)

Friday, April 28th: Ames Grade 4 Math session 1 (Kindergarten Registration is happening this day, but teachers will be meeting in the conference room)

May 2017

Monday, May 1st: von Huene Grade 4 Math session 1

Tuesday, May 2nd: Grade 3 Math session 1

Wednesday, May 3rd ELA Testing Window Ends (All ELA Make up tests must be completed)

Thursday, May 4th: Grade 3 Math session 2, Gallant Grade 4 Math session 2

Friday, May 5th: Ames Grade 4 Math session 2

Monday, May 8th: von Huene Grade 4 Math session 2

Friday, May 26th: Math Testing Window Ends (All Math Make up tests must be completed)

TODAY is the Last Chance for Lost & Found Items!!

We have an extraordinary amount of lost and found items. Today, Friday, February 17th all items will be removed from the Lost and Found box and given to charity.



Parent-Teacher Conferences, Spring 2017 Session

The Burbank School will be registering parent/teacher conferences online. Conferences begin on Wednesday, March 8th. Registration for all conferences opened Wednesday, February 15th.

How do parents register for a conference?
To register for a conference, please go to: . On the registration form, enter your name, e-mail address, phone number, and student name/grade level and then click on “Register”.

At the next screen, select the name of your child’s teacher. Once you have selected a teacher, you will be asked to select an available conference time. After selecting a conference time, you will then be able to print or e-mail your schedule.

If I have difficulty registering, who do I call?
Please send an email to or call (617) 993-5452.

What happens if I cannot make any of the listed conference times?
Conferences can always be scheduled offline as you have done in the past. Please contact your child’s teacher directly.

How do I change my conference times?
To change your conference time, go to: and log back into the system using your e-mail address. You can then delete the old conference time and add a new one. You can also make changes by calling Nicole Femino, Conference Coordinator, at (617) 993-5452.

As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Geography Challenge Information

The Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday, March 23rd, and Friday, March 24th, in the Burbank cafeteria.

Registration is now open and will be conducted online. Please visit when you are ready to sign up. Please only register once per team. Registration will be open from February 1 through February 15th.

Please note an important scheduling change from previous years. Due to increased enrollment throughout the school, the schedule for the Geography Challenge will be as follows:

Grades K-1: 9-9:50am, Thursday, March 23rd

Grade 2: 10-10:30am, Thursday, March 23rd (after the K-1 students depart)

Grades 3-4: 9-10am, Friday, March 24th

The Geography Challenge is a non-competitive display of students’ knowledge. As in past years, students form teams of 3 or 4 members and answer questions found in the Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge Study Book, which will be distributed before the event. Students who participate will have the opportunity to learn basic geography facts and terms. Participation in the Geography Challenge tends to be high, with about two-thirds of all Burbank students electing to take part. The Geography Challenge is unique to Burbank - we are the only elementary school in Belmont that hosts this fun, educational activity. All students attend the Geography Challenge regardless of whether they are on a team.


The STEM Week planning committee sends a big THANK YOU to all the parents who volunteered to help and all the students who participated at STEM Night this week. It was a pleasure to see so many students engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

We would also like to thank Empow Studios, 6 River Systems, Beyond Benign and the parent volunteers who helped with the STEM enrichment activities in the classrooms this week (snow day events will be rescheduled, so stay tuned 1st and 2nd grade!).

Join the FBE for A NIGHT OUT and Help
Make A Difference in the Belmont Public Schools!


Tickets for this event sell out quickly, so Don’t Wait!

Silent Auction with great ‘night out’ packages & experiences
Cocktail Party & Much More – Stay Tuned


3RD Annual Parent Lecture Series

Each year the Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) hosts a free parent lecture series funded graciously by a grant from Belmont Savings Bank. The lecture series brings experts to the Belmont community to speak on behalf of various relevant topics pertaining to the healthy development of children. This year's series is focusing on how to engage in conversation about such tough topics and how to talk to our children about these issues. Below is a listing of all the dates, times, and locations for each speaker.

March 7 – Kristelle Lavallee – “Supporting the Mental Health of Teens in the Age of Facebook and Snapchat” at Belmont High 6:30-8:00pm

March 28 – Adoptive Families Together – “Navigating Challenging Adoption Talk” at

Burbank Elementary 6:30-8:00pm

April 11 – Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students – “Creating Safe Environments for LGBTQ Children and Families” at Burbank Elementary 6:30-8:00pm

May 16 – Dr. Aparna Mujumdar – “Gender-Based Messages: What Are We Telling Our Children?” at Burbank Elementary 6:30-8:00pm

Attention: Parents of 4th graders

Massachusetts law requires proof of physical examination for children in grade 4 (as well as Kindergarten, 7th, and 10th grades). If your child is in one of the grades in which a periodic health examination is required, please send it in to the clinic as soon as possible. The physical exam may be sent as an email attachment to: It may also be faxed to: 617-484-2050, if that is more convenient.

Thank you, Heather Blake, M.Ed., BSN, RN

Green Corner

Did your family receive new clothes or stuffed animals for the holidays and now you want to get rid of your old ones? Please don’t throw them in the trash! As long as textiles are clean and dry they can be donated and/or recycled.

For recycling purposes don’t worry if they are worn, torn, permanently stained or missing a button or zipper. Some examples of textiles are: clothing, shoes, handbags, sheets, towels and draperies.

Here is a list of textiles that can be recycled:

Below are some ways to recycle textiles:

Drop off at DPW Recycle Days, held in May and October.

Call for a pick-up at your home from your favorite local charity.

Use textiles boxes located around town: St. Vincent de Paul boxes behind St. Joseph’s Church via Orchard St. Planet Aid boxes are located on Lexington St. at Thayer Rd. or Mill St. at Concord Ave.

Any questions or suggestions, please contact Mary Beth Calnan/Belmont Recycling Coordinator at or 617-993-2689.

PTA News

Start Planning Your Act for the Burbank Talent Show

The Burbank Talent show, scheduled for April 7th, is a beloved Burbank event featuring exciting and varied acts by students from all grades. Now is the time for all interested students to start planning their acts! Sign-ups will open January 31st and are on a first come, first served basis. Please keep the following requirements in mind when planning:

- Burbank students only.

- Each child may be in one act. A group act counts.

- Acts may be no more than 2 minutes total.

- There will be a maximum of 40 acts in the show.

Contact Anne-Louise Klaus, Talent Show Coordinator at with questions.

A Way to Support the PTA While You Shop

If you shop at Amazon, you can support the PTA in a very easy way. Visit Amazon Smile at to designate the Burbank PTA, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to us!

posted: February 17, 2017 by webmaster
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