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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, October 27, 2017


We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being
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Dear Burbank Families,

Parent/teacher conferences have started. We will continue with conferences on November 1st and the 8th which are both early dismissal days, when children are dismissed at 11:40 a.m.  Thank you in advance (if you haven’t already) for attending a conference-it’s a great opportunity to find more about your child’s progress and experiences at school.

On Tuesday, we will be holding our Annual Crazy Hat and Hair Day!  This is an opportunity for students to show their creative side-either with an interesting hair style, or a wild hat!  

People often ask me how school is going, and usually at about this time in the school year, I feel that it’s settling down a bit. Routines have been established, students know their classmates better and their teachers and there seems to be a rhythm to the days now that the “newness” has worn off a bit.  Thank you for sharing your children with us-I spent some time in a kindergarten classroom on Wednesday, and I always enjoy five and six-year olds perspectives on the world, they see things much clearly then most of us, and their honesty is refreshing!  

Have a great weekend!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • 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
  • Friday, December 22: Winter Assembly – K,1, & 2 - 9:00-9:30 3 & 4 - 10:00-10:30am 

 Parent Conference Early Release Day – 11:40am Dismissal

November 1 & 8 are early release days for fall parent conferences.  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.  

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.

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.

Burbank Clothing, Gift Drive

As the cold weather and winter holidays approach, some Burbank families may be in need of support in providing winter clothing items and/or holiday gifts for their children.  If you are in need of this support, please complete this form by clicking on this link.  Due to limited resources, we can only accept requests for current Burbank students and not for siblings who don’t attend Burbank.  Please complete the form for each child who might need support by November 3, 2017.  Parents/guardians will be notified when their requested items are ready.  Items will need to be picked up at the Burbank School the week of December 18th-22nd. 

If you have any questions or need a paper copy of the survey, please contact our school counselor, Kristin Romig

Winter Assemblies & Our Growing Community!

Each school year brings new opportunities to learn and grow for students, families,

and educators. One way our music program will change this year includes our

format for the Winter Assemblies.

2017-2018 Burbank Winter Assemblies     Friday, December 22   Burbank Elementary Gym

  • Kindergarten, First, & Second Grade  -  9:00-9:30 a.m.
  • Third & Fourth Grade  -  10:00-10:30 a.m.

With our increased student enrollment and limited space at school, there will be separate assemblies on Friday, December 22nd at 9 a.m. for students in kindergarten through second grade, and then a program for third and fourth graders at 10 a.m.

As this is the school day before winter break and considering available space in the gym, students will only be able to attend the program in which they are performing . Students will work with their homeroom teachers before and after their respective assembly to prepare for the winter break, and will not be able to leave their homeroom to watch the alternate program. We encourage families with siblings in both assemblies to share stories and reflections about favorite parts of each assembly at home over the break.

One tradition for our Winter Assemblies that we are planning to continue for both programs includes singing Aline Shader’s partner song composition, Here In My House . We hope you and your family will be practicing at home to join in music-making together at the assemblies. You can listen to a recording and see lyrics for this song at

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

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.  

Volunteer at the FBE Spelling Bee

The FBE Spelling Bee is right around the corner.  It takes many many volunteers to run an event of this scale.  Please join us! Volunteer! Many roles and shifts are available throughout the day.  Click here to sign up!

We can't do it without you!

Thank you for your support of the FBE!

Laurie Bufano and Barbara Bulfoni

Co-Chairs, 2017 FBE Spelling Bee

Belmont High School Ski Team's Annual Ski & Sports Sale:

Saturday November 11th 10am-2pm at the Belmont High School Cafeteria

New ski equipment by Rogers Ski & Sport, used ski and sports equipment, as well as some ski and sports equipment and clothing that are sold on a consignment basis.  For consignment sales, drop-off sale items between 8-10am and we will sell them for you and split profits to support the team.  Come to gear-up and get ready for the upcoming winter season!  For more info visit

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!

Social-Emotional Learning: The Open Circle Curriculum at Burbank

Presentation at the next PTA Meeting

November 13, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

The Burbank school uses the excellent Open Circle Curriculum across grades and integrated into the school day, to support our children's Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Do you ever wonder what it's all about? Come to the Burbank cafeteria on November 13, right after morning drop-off, for a dialog with Tricia Clifford, Burbank principal, and Jeff Forti, Burbank school psychologist to learn more about SEL at Burbank. Get your questions answered and leave with tips on how you can support and extend your child's social and emotional growth across school, at home, and in the community.

Green Team

Two co-chairs needed to re-establish the Burbank Green Team. These volunteers will work with the Green Team volunteers from the other Belmont schools and the community to promote environmentally-friendly initiatives.

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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