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Burbank School Newsletter, October 13, 2017

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Dear Burbank Families,

Parent conferences are coming up; they will be starting on the 25th, and continuing through November-the information regarding how to sign up for a conference is outlined below in the newsletter. As you know, conferences are a great opportunity to discuss information that you as families have about your child with the classroom teacher, and to also hear from the teacher how the first few weeks of school have gone.

Routines have become part of the daily experience of students at this point, and I find that when I talk to students they have a good sense about their classmates, and teachers and know what is expected and feel at ease with their daily routine at school.

The Burbank Student Council has been promoting “Crazy Hat and Hair Day” which will be on Tuesday, October 31st, this year. Style your hair in a different way, or wear a favorite hat. This is a favorite day for many, and I look forward to selecting my own hat or hairstyle for that day!

Have a great weekend!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

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

Tuesday, October 31st: Crazy Hat and Hair Day

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

No Dogs Allowed On School Grounds

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.

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 16th – 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 16th is Pack Purple Day – consider packing purple 100% grape juice, raisins, blueberries and Concord grapes.
  • Tuesday, October 17th is Pack White Day – bananas, white peaches, pears, cauliflower with dressing are tasty choices.
  • Wednesday, October 18th is Pack Red Day – apples, cherries, strawberries, red pepper slices or grape tomatoes are great options
  • Thursday, October 19th is Pack Yellow/Orange Day - baby carrots, dried apricots, pineapple, nectarines or oranges are easy to pack
  • Friday, October 20th 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

Support the PTA Annual Appeal

Your tax-deductible contribution to the Burbank PTA directly supports students and staff throughout the year. We do a ONE-TIME Annual Appeal Drive to cover the entire year and this is it! We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $125 PER CHILD. Our goal this year is 100% participation. Every bit helps our school community, so please join us and give what you can. Give online at: Thank you!

BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success)

There is still space in BOKS, the before-school exercise program! Use the paper registration form (sent home several weeks ago) to register, or contact Alisa at Parents and guardians can sign up to volunteer during BOKS sessions here. If you volunteer five times, you qualify for the participation discount.

BoxTops Collection: October 19th & 20th

It's time to send in your BoxTops! There will be two collection days - Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 - on the black-top during morning drop off. You can also drop BoxTops in the collection box in the main office, or send them in via your child's take-home folder.

PTA Volunteers Needed

If you can commit to take on a leadership role this year, the following committees are in urgent need of motivated people to step up.

Fourth Grade Moving On: Yearbook

The yearbook team could use a couple more volunteers to help organize and collect pictures and edit the yearbook. InDesign, Photoshop, and organizational skills a plus!

Fourth Grade: School Store

We need two volunteers to work with groups of 4th grade student volunteers to market and run the Burbank School Store (open selected Fridays after school). The proceeds from the school store support the Fourth Grade Moving On activities.

Garden Classroom

We need at least one more co-chair to help maintain the beautiful Garden Classroom. This position involves managing the maintenance and development of the garden, as well as coordinating volunteer efforts in the garden, and collaborating with the Landscape, Veggie Garden, and Garden Curriculum co-chairs.

Burbank Walks

We need two co-chairs to help promote walking/biking/scooting to school. The co-chairs will organize Walk to School Days (October, February & May); organize “walking school buses”; and promote pedestrian and bike safety.

Many Fall walking programs are already set up and underway. We are looking for two people to begin coordinating with current co-chairs Jessie Bennett and Hyon-Jee Voigt to get walking/biking programs in place for spring, and transition into the co-chair positions.

If any of these roles interests you, please email Katherine or Seetha. The PTA is a completely volunteer run organization, and the positive impact felt by students, teachers, and our community is immeasurable. Thank you for giving of your time and talents!

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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