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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
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Burbank School Newsletter, September 29, 2017

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

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Dear Burbank Families,

This is one of the busiest times of the year! I always find September to fast- paced, between all of the startup events, meetings, and activities both personally and professionally. When October arrives, I feel as though I can finally take a deep breath, and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and weather.

This past week, the PTA met on Monday, I spoke briefly about the School Improvement Plan, which is on our website. Superintendent John Phelan was our guest speaker and he discussed several important issues including the plans for the process of building a new Belmont High, and information regarding the plan for the modular classrooms.

A reminder regarding dogs from our handbook (if you haven’t reviewed our family handbook, here is the link:

The town by-law reads: “No dogs will be allowed under any circumstances in the following areas of town: all cemetery land, all public school playgrounds and athletic fields and all recreation department playgrounds and athletic fields.” At the Burbank School, the “playgrounds” include the area around the play structures and the entire blacktop area. In addition, we request that dogs be kept away from all entrances and pathways during morning arrival time, throughout the school day, and during afternoon dismissal time.

I want to thank the PTA for starting the year off with an informative meeting, and for their efforts in all areas. I was recently asked by someone, “What’s special about the Burbank School?”, and I said that the teachers, students and families all want the same thing-they want Burbank School to be the best it can be! These collaborative efforts ensure that we are focusing on the core values at Burbank, love of learning, respect and well being.


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, October 4: EARLY DISMISSAL–Professional Development- Wednesday Schedule

Thursday, October 5: Individual & Class Picture Day

Monday, October 9: NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 25: EARLY RELEASE DAY – Parent Conferences-Tuesday schedule

Wednesday, November 1: EARLY RELEASE DAY – Parent Conferences-Thursday schedule

Wednesday, November 8: EARLY RELEASE DAY – Parent Conferences-Friday schedule

Thursday, November 16: Library Night

Wednesday, November 22: EARLY RELEASE DAY–Thanksgiving Break –Wednesday schedule

Friday, December 8: Burbank Book Fair

Early Release Days – 11:40am Dismissal

October 4 is an EARLY RELEASE DAY for Professional Development meetings. October 25, November 1 and 8 are EARLY RELEASE DAYS for fall parent conferences and November 22 is an EARLY RELEASE DAY for the Thanksgiving Break.

Please mark these dates on your calendar. On all early release days, all students are released from school at 11:40am. No lunches are served. BASEC (after school program) begins at 11:40am except on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

There is no BASEC on November 22nd.

Early Release Day Schedules

Nearly all early release days are on Wednesdays. In order for children not to miss the same specialist or program on these early release Wednesdays, another day of the week’s schedule sometimes replaces Wednesday’s schedule. For example, if Wednesday is a Thursday schedule, then Thursday will be Wednesday’s schedule for Physical Education, Art, Music, Library and Computer lab. Instrumental Music always follows the early release day schedule changes.

Check Dates to Remember for these changes.

Attention Parents of 4th Grade Students

An updated physical exam is required by Massachusetts law for students in 4th grade. If I have not yet received a physical that was done within the past year, please send one to the clinic as soon as possible.

Please call with any questions at 617-993-5506.

Thank you,

Heather Blake, BSN, M.Ed., RN

PTA News

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):

At the bottom of each Parent/Guardian box: select “Yes” for the district to release your email to the PTA. The text will read:

o PTO/PTA Directory: Include my email address in the PTO/PTA directory?

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:

o 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.

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:

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

posted: September 29, 2017 by webmaster
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