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Burbank School Newsletter, September 15, 2017

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Dear Burbank Families,
Now that school has been in session for a few days, my sense is that students, parents and teachers are settling into the new routines. This can sometimes be difficult for young children. I know teachers are working on daily routines, and I realize parents are also working on routines at home. Most children find a great deal of comfort in routines, especially before and after school. If there is any way that the school can help with suggestions on homework routines in particular, please ask your child’s teacher.
I remember reading an article a while ago, about how stressful new routines can be for everyone, parents and students-and within the article the writer explained that for students starting school is similar to an adult starting a new job. The feelings of uncertainty and apprehension are the same whether you’re 7 or 37. So when students can’t find their shoes, or their backpacks, or have misplaced a piece of homework, it might be helpful to remember what it’s like to start a new job.
The PTA held a parent coffee this morning in the library-thank you to everyone who helped put this together, it was really nice to see many new faces, and returning families too.
I’m looking forward to seeing parents at the Burbank Curriculum Night, on Monday, September 18th. On Curriculum Night you can find out more about the routines and what your child will be learning this school year. Also, the first PTA meeting will be on Monday, September 25th, at 7:00 p.m., in the cafeteria, I hope you’ll be able to join us.
Tricia Clifford, Ed.D
Dates to Remember
Monday, September 18: Burbank Curriculum Night, 6:30pm. (FOR PARENTS ONLY)
Friday, September 22: PTA Family Social 6:00pm-8:30pm.
Monday, September 25: PTA Meeting 7:00pm-8:30pm. Cafeteria
Wednesday, October 4: EARLY DISMISSAL –Professional Development
Thursday, October 5: Individual & Class Picture Day
Monday, October 9: NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
Wednesday, October 25: EARLY RELEASE DAY – Parent Conferences-Tuesday schedule

Curriculum Night Schedule for Monday, September, 18 [6:30-8:15pm]
6:30-7:15 Grades K, 1 and 2 curriculum in classrooms
7:30-8:15 Grades 3 and 4 curriculum in classrooms
7:00-7:45 Meet specialists (Art, Music, PE) in their classrooms
7:00-7:45 Support Staff available in the cafeteria
6:30-8:15 PTA Members will be in lobby outside the gym for general information
This is a Parent Only School Event. Children should NOT attend
The PTA will have a table at Curriculum Night located outside the library.

Library News
Welcome back to the Burbank Library! For any new families interested in volunteering in the library, we will have two training sessions. Thursday Sept. 21st and Monday Sept.25th at drop off time. It is a very easy and friendly system for book circulation and should only take about 15 minutes. For those that can NOT make these dates/times please contact library parent volunteer, Hannah Fischer at
And she will try to meet with you at another time.
I look forward to another great year in the library with lots of good reading! Thank you for your support of our library. We couldn’t do it without our parents.
Robin Hines/Burbank Library

Belmont’s All Town Chorus
Belmont’s All Town Chorus is an opportunity to sing with musicians from the Belmont district in grades 2-6 on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Burbank music room. Signups are available at . More information is available at or . We look forward to hearing from you!

PTA News
PTA Meeting – September 25
Please join us for the first PTA meeting of the year on Monday, September 26 in the Burbank cafeteria. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Greet old and new friends.
Burbank families, you are warmly invited to enjoy an evening of
Friday, September 22, 6 pm - 8 pm
Join us for fun with friends - old and new - as we celebrate our wonderful Burbank community!
Need dinner? Pizza will be for sale by the slice beginning at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria (until sold out).
Dancing begins at 6:30pm, in the gym, led by Caller Steve Park. Mr. Park will talk us through every move, making it easy for dancers of all ages to join in!
We will take a break for ice cream, and then resume dancing until 8:00pm.
We need some help to make the evening run smoothly. Please sign up to volunteer!
Volunteer at Sign Up Genius
Please email either Rebecca if you have any questions about the Fall Social. Thank you! Co-Chairs Rebecca Deane ( Rebecca Sen (
Be included in the Burbank Directory
The PTA School Directory committee generates a valuable resource for families each year - the Burbank Directory - using information provided by the school district.
You should have received an email last week from the district with the subject line: “BURBANK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Please verify information for Student Name.” Click through the link in this email. Whether or not you wish to be included in the directory, it is important to verify your contact information with the school district, so don't ignore this email.
There are two opt-in categories, both of which are different from the Publicity Opt-Out (which appears on the last page of the form):
  1. At the bottom of each Parent/Guardian box: select “Yes” for the district to release your email to the PTA. The text will read:
    • PTO/PTA Directory: Include my email address in the PTO/PTA directory?
  2. In the last box on the Parent/Guardian page, under the heading “Directory Information Option,” select “Yes” for the district to release your information to the PTA. The text will read:
    • PTO/PTA Directory: Include my student's name, classroom, home phone and street address.
The information we receive is as follows: student name, homeroom, grade, parent(s) name(s), home address, home phone number, and parent e-mail address(es) (if opted-in). The school district may send parent names as "Parent 1 & Parent 2."
If you would like to request that parent names display a certain way in the directory, or include a second phone number, email address, or a parent/guardian with a different address, please e-mail Sonia Gulbankian at and include the following information: student name, homeroom, grade, parent(s) name, any changes or additional information you would like included. You have until September 30th to request changes or additions.

The Belmont High School Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams will headline the second annual Soccer Night in Belmont on Saturday, September 23, joined at the event by hundreds of younger players from Belmont 2nd Soccer and the Belmont Soccer Association, their coaches, and other members of the Belmont soccer community.
Soccer Night in Belmont will feature a doubleheader under the lights at Harris Field: a Girls game at 4:30 pm followed by a Boys game at 6:30 pm, both against league rival Winchester. 2nd Soccer and BSA players will participate by parading out with players during the pre-game ceremonies, acting as ball-boys and ball-girls, and competing in mini-games on Harris Field during halftime of both games.
“This event showcases our successful varsity teams and recognizes the role of Belmont 2nd Soccer and BSA in nurturing the talent that makes up these teams year in and year out,” said event organizer John Carson. “We had a big crowd of 600+ in 2016 despite the rain, and we’re really hoping to exceed that this year. It’s a really fun night that builds bonds between our “little kid” players and “big kid” high school players, virtually all of whom came up through the Belmont youth program.”
Admission to Soccer Night in Belmont is free, and the first 100 kids wearing their team uniform will receive a commemorative soccer gift. Concessions including pizza, hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, provided by Parents of Music Students (POMS) so families can come for the games and feed the kids at the same time.
Soccer Night in Belmont is sponsored by Belmont 2nd Soccer, Belmont Soccer Association, Belmont Savings Bank, Puma, The Rising, Phoenix Landing, with special thanks to Friends of Belmont Soccer (FOBS) and Belmont Athletic Director Jim Davis.
Further information for soccer players who wish to participate on the field will be distributed through their 2nd Soccer and BSA coaches in the coming weeks. Those wishing to volunteer at the event should contact
September 2017, Green Corner
Welcome back!
For families new to Belmont – we are a dual stream community, which means we separate paper and cardboard from the containers (plastic, glass, aluminum, and milk/juice cartons). Here is a link to the Town webpage on recycling:
Please remember that recycling also takes place in our school classrooms and cafeterias. Reviewing and modeling this at home would help students improve their recycling efforts at school.
Another easy way to help out the environment is,if your child brings their lunch to school, use a reusable lunch bag/water bottle and only pack food they will eat.
Mark your calendars with the following dates for trash and recycling information:
September 25th Board of Selectmen Meeting
The Department of Public Works will present information regarding trash collection methods. The RFP for Solid Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection will be issued in October. Please come to learn more. On the DPW website -Trash and Recycling Information (bottom of page on the above link), there are informational links about the options in an earlier PowerPoint presentation and recommendations from DSM, a national firm that specializes in trash characterization audits.
October 21st, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Are you getting rid of summer clothing and items around your home in anticipation of the fall? Please don’t throw these items in the trash, instead bring them to the October DPW Recycle Day.
Residents will have the chance to recycle textiles, bulky rigid plastics, electronics, bicycles and paper shredding on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 – 1:00pm at the Town Yard, 37 C Street. Please note that residents should check the website and the local newspaper for upcoming information of what exactly will be collected.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mary Beth Calnan, Belmont Recycling Coordinator, 617-993-2689 or
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