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Burbank School Newsletter, October 6, 2017

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Learn Think Create Serve

Dear Burbank Families,

It’s hard to believe it’s already October. While many teachers are still getting to know their students, many of them know a great deal already about each student. We’ve spent a lot of time as a staff collecting data on what students know and fortunately, we’ve been able to analyze that data to help us implement strategies (which would include everything from improving lesson plans to creating intervention groups) to help students achieve to the best of their ability.

Registration for parent/teacher conferences starts today, October 6th. I hope you will take the opportunity to sign up for a parent/teacher conference. Much of the information that teachers will be sharing with parents will be based on the academic information we’ve been able to gather during the first few weeks of school. Attending a conference will provide information to parents about ways they can support their student(s) at home-whether it’s reading with their child every night, playing math games, or writing for enjoyment-information about ways that parents can help students supports all of our efforts.

I hope you enjoy a nice Columbus Day Weekend!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

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

Saturday, November 18: Fall Landscape Cleanup

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

Friday, December 8: Burbank Book Fair

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

Registering For Conferences

The Burbank School will be registering parent/teacher conferences online. Conferences begin on October 25th.

Registration for all conferences opens on October 6th and closes on October 20th.

How do parents register for a conference?

To register for a conference, please go to: and select your school. On the registration form, enter your name, e-mail address, password, phone number, and student name 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 confirm your selection and print or e-mail your schedule.

If I have difficulty registering, who do I call?

Please call Nicole Femino, Conference Coordinator, at (617) 993-5452. Please include your name, your child’s full name, school they attend, and teacher.

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 and password. You can then delete the old conference time and add a new one. Do not contact your child’s teacher. You can also make changes by e-mailing or calling Nicole Femino, Conference Coordinator, at (617) 993-5452 or Please include your name, your child’s full name, school they attend, and teacher.

Donations For the Art Room

Nicole Pond, the art teacher, is in need of wipes for her classroom. Any parent who would like to donate wipes can drop them off in the office any time.

Burbank Participating in P.A.C.K. Week

The Burbank School, along with hundreds of schools nationwide, will be participating in a national healthy-eating initiative called P.A.C.K. Week.

Pack Assorted Colors for Kids Week.

October 17th – 20th

This is a fun and educational program that encouraging kids to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as each has its own nutritional benefits. To get the broadest range of nutrients, all colors are important – Purple, white, red, yellow, orange and green. And kids love eating the rainbow! Each day of P.A.C.K. Week has been assigned a different color and we’re asking you to pack a fruit or vegetable for your child’s snack based on the color of the day. All forms of fruits and vegetables count, so consider packing 100% fruit juice, dried fruits or canned fruits/veggies as tasty options. Here are the days of P.A.C.K. Week with some packing tips to make it easy:

  • Monday, October 17th is Pack Purple Day – consider packing purple 100% grape juice, raisins, blueberries and Concord grapes.
  • Tuesday, October 18th is Pack White Day – bananas, white peaches, pears, cauliflower with dressing are tasty choices.
  • Wednesday, October 19th is Pack Red Day – apples, cherries, strawberries, red pepper slices or grape tomatoes are great options
  • Thursday, October 20th is Pack Yellow/Orange Day - baby carrots, dried apricots, pineapple, nectarines or oranges are easy to pack
  • Friday, October 21st is Pack Green Day – go green with green grapes, celery sticks, broccoli florets, or a green apple.

We are also suggesting that your child wear the color of the day to make the program more fun!

Thanks for your support. Heather Blake, BSN, M.Ed., RN, Burbank School Nurse


Registration Opens October 3rd

I'm sure you've heard the BUZZ -- it's Spelling Bee time!

The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) will hold its annual Spelling Bee at the Chenery Middle School on Saturday, November 4th. The Bee is open to all students in grades K-6 and is an exciting event for students, family, and friends.

Kindergarten through fourth grade swarms are non-competitive. Spellers are asked to write a word on a white board - as a team - and are simply told if they are correct or not. Word lists are provided weeks ahead of the event, so there is plenty of time to prepare. To make this event the place to B-E-E, teams are encouraged to come up with creative names and attend the event in costume.

Online registration is available at and runs from Oct. 3rd – Oct. 20th. This event historically fills before the October 20th registration deadline, so start forming teams (teachers are always happy to help) and register as soon as possible. Please note that to register your child, you will need the team’s name and the names of all teammates. For more information, to register, and to view the 2017 word lists, please visit If you have questions or need assistance, please contact

It takes many volunteers to make the Spelling Bee “Buzz” along smoothly. Please sign up here to assist!

Thank you!

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:

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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