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Burbank School Newsletter, April 7, 2017

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

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Dear Burbank Families,

Tonight is a special night at Burbank, as we host, “Burbanks Got Talent”! The students are very excited about the talent show -I’ve been watching their rehearsals, and today I’ve had several conversations with students about their anticipated performances. I’m looking forward to seeing a great show! I know that everyone, both students and parents have devoted a lot of time and effort to this extravaganza, and I know we all appreciate their efforts! Tonight, the show will begin at 6:00 p.m., in the gym.

We continue to participate in MCAS testing, and I want to thank all of the families for ensuring that students have breakfast and are well rested-I can tell that students are ready to do their very best.

Have a great weekend!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember:

Friday, April 7: Burbank Talent Show - TONIGHT

April 17-21: NO SCHOOL April Vacation

Wednesday, May 3: Massachusetts Walk to School Day

Wednesday, May 3: Burbank Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Sunday, May 7: Burbank Spring Landscape Clean Up

Monday, May 15: Burbank PTA Meeting – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 17: Last Student Council Meeting – 1:40 in the library

Thursday, May 18: Community Fun Run (rain date 5/12)

Monday, May 29: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 31: EARLY RELEASE Professional for Staff (11:40 dismissal)

Testing Dates – Please Note

April 2017

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)

Clothes for the Clinic: sweat pants or leggings

The clinic could use some new or gently used sweat pants or legging (size 6 and larger) for those occasions when a student needs a change of clothing. Thank you for any donations.

Heather Blake, RN

Burbank School Nurse

Belmont is Raining Poetry - Submit a Poem!

Belmont elementary school students are invited to submit a poem to Belmont Raining Poetry, a new project celebrating art and safe routes to schools. Five poems will be selected to be temporarily installed on sidewalks using Mass Poetry’s unique formula which is only visible in the rain. Our puddle-tastic spring theme is inspired by e. e. Cummings poem “In Just-“ – a testimony to childhood and springtime - and by poet-judge, Matthew J. Burgess, author of Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings.

Submit By: Fri., April 14th by 3:00 p.m.

Entry Form:

**Need inspiration? Find Matthew’s lesson guide on our site!**

Winning poems will be announced in late April!

This project is supported by a grant from the Belmont Cultural Council, a local agency which is

supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact Organizer: Kate Bowen at

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.


April 11 –On April 11th, the Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) will be hosting another free parent lecture Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students – “Creating Safe Environments for LGBTQ Children and Families” at Burbank Elementary 6:30-8:00pm. Each year BASEC brings various experts to Belmont to talk about issues relating to child development. The upcoming speaker, Zach Kerr of Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students will be speaking on behalf of the state laws and policies supporting youth who have socially transitioned their gender. His talk will focus on how to improve school climate through best practices. Attached is a flyer with more information about Mr. Kerr, Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students, and details about the date and time of the lecture.

Thursday, May 4th - Dr. Caryn Bello Fostering Healthy Body Image in a Body Shaming World Burbank Elementary School Cafeteria from 6:30 - 8pm

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

PTA News

Burbank Talent Show Tonight!

Come enjoy an evening of music, dancing, laughter, and talents of all sorts, presented by Burbank's own students! The Talent Show will start promptly at 6:00 pm. Don't miss it!

When: Friday, April 7th @ 6:00pm

Where: Burbank Gym

Thank you for supporting the Food Drive!

Thank you to all who gave so generously to help restock the Belmont Food Pantry! Burbank students and families donated hundreds of items and surpassed expectations. Thank you for helping make a difference!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the food drive, especially Social Action Co-Chairs Breda and Jim Zimkus and Food Pantry Representative Martin Guentert for organizing the event.

Belmont Shopping Night - Thursday, April 27th, 6:30-9:00pm

Mark your calendars for a night of local shopping to support Belmont's Elementary Schools. On the evening of Thursday, April 27th, many of the shops in Belmont Center will donate 15% of their proceeds to the elementary schools. Stay turned for more information!

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: April 7, 2017 by webmaster
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