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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5500
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Burbank School Newsletter, November 17, 2017

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being
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Dear Burbank Families,
It’s been a busy week at Burbank!  On Monday, the third graders went to Plymouth Plantation, which is always a great field trip-an excllent learning experience for everyone.  The third graders this morning presented their “Invention Projects” to their families during open houses throughout the third grade.  
Last night was “Library Night”, which was well attended.  Every year this event grows, and last night, I think our participation level was the highest it’s ever been.  Thank you to the PTA for organizing this event.  Thank you to Robin Hines, Melissa Chalmers, and Brianna Normile for sharing stories with the students during library night.  I also was able to share a quick story too-one of my favorites, I Wish You More, by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.
As the weather gets colder, which it already has, please consider using the rolling drop off on Gale Rd. If you drive your child to school, using the rolling drop off enables us to have less parked cars around the school, and contributes to a safer system for dropping students off in the morning. The rolling drop off is designed for parents to drive up, stay in their car, while two staff members are on duty and can help children exit cars onto the sidewalk.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Clifford
Dates to Remember
  • Saturday, November 18: Fall Landscape Cleanup
  • Tuesday, November 21: PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY
  • Wednesday, November 22: EARLY RELEASE DAY – Thanksgiving Break-Wed. schedule
  • Thursday Nov.23-Friday Nov. 24: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break 
  • Friday, December 8: Burbank Book Fair
  • Friday, December 22: Winter Assembly – K, 1, & 2 - 9:00-9:30 3 & 4 - 10:00-10:30am
  • December 25 - January 1: NO SCHOOL – Winter Recess
  • Monday, January 15: NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Day
  • Friday, January 12: Burbank Skating Party at the Belmont Skating Rink on Concord Ave.
Notice To Student Council Members
The next Student Council Meeting which was originally scheduled for November 29th has been changed to Wednesday, December 13th in the Library at 1:40 immediately following dismissal.  The meeting will end at 2:40 and Dr. Clifford will bring the students to the black top area behind the school.
New Lost & Found Procedure 
Due to the large volume of items in the lost and found and the fact that we don’t have the space to accommodate all of these items, the lost and found box will be emptied at the beginning of every month.  Please make sure to check the lost and found as soon as you notice something is missing.
Picture Re-Takes – Tuesday, November 21st 
Tuesday, November 21 is picture re-take day.  If you are unhappy with your child’s school picture, or your child was absent on picture day, please inform your child’s teacher that she/he needs a re-take.  Send your child to school on Tuesday the 21st with a smile and the complete packet of photos you wish to have redone, or a completed order form with payment if he/she has not yet been photographed.  Extra order forms are available from Mrs. Sacca in the school office.  Please contact Katherine Poulin-Kerstien at with any questions.
Morning Arrival on the Blacktop
A wonderful tradition that has existed at Burbank for a very long time has been the opportunity families have to meet each other and talk during the morning drop off, from 8:25-8:35 a.m.  This tradition has helped build a nice community feeling at Burbank, and is one that I really enjoy, as I know many families do too.  
As our school has grown and changed, there has been an increased number of people on the blacktop during this time.  Due to this increasing number of classes at Burbank, and volume of people on the blacktop in the morning, I’ve asked that only “soft balls” be played with during that timeframe-this would include any nerf-type balls which should be played with in the basketball area by the gym. 
Children have the opportunity to bring other balls to school (basketballs, kickballs, etc.) and play with them during their snack recess or lunch recess, when there are fewer people on the blacktop.  Please help us ensure that all of our Burbank community members are safe during these ten minutes before school, thank you for supporting this!
Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
(This is an excerpt from the Burbank Family Handbook, which all families should review at the beginning of the school year-it can be found on the Burbank website)
There are potential problems when children get dropped off or picked up. 
  • Some children run across the street to get from the car to school or from school to the car. Make sure your child gets on the sidewalk and uses the crosswalk at Sharpe and at Gale Roads, and every street crossing. 
  • Cars should not stop in the middle of the road to pick up or drop off a child. This is very dangerous, backs up traffic and has potential for accidents. 
  • Double parking on Sharpe Road does not allow busses or other cars to get by and causes backups and potential accidents. Parking on the curve is illegal, as posted. 
  • Cars should not block stairs, ramp entrances, or crosswalks. 
  • Please do not park between the “No Parking” signs on Gale Rd. in the drop off area.  This area is designated for parents to drop their students off, onto the sidewalk and then pull out without parking their car.  This enables other parents to pull in and drop their children off too.  It is also helpful if parents do not park on the opposite side of the street, as cars may tend to pull out into the road at the same time causing an accident.  
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.

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
A Note from the Clinic
Halloween is over and it’s time to think about healthy snacks again. If you are running out of ideas for what to pack, please see the information below for some healthy suggestions for Mix and Match Snacks. Please note that these may not be appropriate for every classroom depending on individual health needs.

Non-starchy vegetable, fruit                                                      A source of protein & or fat
Or minimally processed grain
1 cup baby carrots                   - - - - - - - - - - - - -                        2 tablespoons hummus
1 sliced cucumber                     - - - - - - - - - - - - -                       2 tablespoons Ranch dressing
1 cup celery                               - - - - - - - - - - - - -                      1 cheese stick
1 small apple                             - - - - - - - - - - - - -                      1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 Clementine                             - - - - - - - - - - - - -                       24 almonds
1 cup strawberries                     - - - - - - - - - - - - -                       ½ cup cottage cheese
1 cup grapes                             - - - - - - - - - - - - -                       1 cup 1% or 2% milk
2 tablespoons dried fruit                       - - - - - - - - - - - - -            1 cup plain yogurt
6 whole-grain crackers (i.e. Triscuits)      - - - - - - - - - - - - -           2 tablespoons guacamole
1 slice “stone ground” bread                    - - - - - - - - - - - - -         1 hard boiled egg
Heather Blake, M.Ed., BSN, RN
Burbank School Nurse
PTA News
Contribute now and break the 90/40 ratio in our Annual Appeal!
We are excited to report that the Annual Appeal Drive might be short and sweet this year! Thanks to generous giving by 40% of families, we have raised more than 90% of the PTA budget, which directly benefits our school and children. To the 60% who haven't gotten around to giving yet, we invite you to join in! We would love to reach 100% budget with 100% participation. Will you give $5, $25, $125, or any amount you're comfortable with, to make up the remaining ground? Help us reach 100% BUDGETwith 100% PARTICIPATION! Online payment option include credit card (fee of 3.5% + $0.45) or e-check ($0.45 fee). You can also donate by check, made payable to "Burbank PTA" and submitted to your child's teacher.
It's Spiritwear Time! 
Orders are due Wednesday, November 22nd (no exceptions) – use the paper form your child brought home or order online at Cheddar Up. Questions? Ask Cathy Meyer or Jessie Bennett.
Fall Landscape Clean-Up: Saturday, November 18th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, November 19th)
Come help us clean up leaves, plant bulbs, and prepare the gardens for winter! It's fun and it promotes a sense of stewardship of our school grounds! Bring a rake labeled with your name! Click Here to Volunteer Come help for as long as you can! Feel free to come, even if you haven't signed up ahead of time!
Sign up to help with the Burbank Book Fair - Friday, December 8, 12pm-6:30pm
Many helping hands are needed to run one of Burbank's best events and opportunities to support the school:  Explore the Wide World of Books!  Please consider giving some time to help out! Go to the Book Fair Volunteer sign up to select a task and time slot. Find a Volunteer Slot that Works for You. This year's Book Fair will feature a high quality selection of children's books from our NEW provider, Best Book Fairs. Come any time between 12 noon - 6:30 pm to treat your young readers to inspiring new titles, get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and have a great time supporting Burbank! All proceeds directly benefit the Burbank School Library. You also get a chance to contribute books to teacher's classroom and the library through our Wish List program. Questions? Please contact Jessie Bennett. Interested in helping? Contact Peter Dizikes. 
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.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mary Beth Calnan, Belmont Recycling Coordinator, 617-993-2689 or

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