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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
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Burbank School Newsletter, November 30, 2017

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

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Dear Burbank Families,

I hope you all enjoyed some time off last week. We are settling in now for the next few weeks before winter break, and I’m finding during my classroom observations that the students are focused, engaged in learning, and making nice progress. I observed in a kindergarten classroom yesterday, where students have already mastered several “sight” words, or words they know by heart, and I also observed in a second grade classroom where they were sharing their personal narratives with “bright beginnings”. It’s always nice to see where students start when they enter kindergarten and where they are in second grade, which is amazing in regards to reading and writing.

On December 8th we are having a Burbank Spirit Day! Students should wear Burbank colors (blue, white, gold), or their favorite Burbank Spirit Wear! December 8th is also our Annual Burbank Book Fair-which is always a fun event for everyone! Thank you as always for your continued support in so ways at Burbank-the Book Fair is one of many events that happen with such great success because of the support of Burbank families.


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

Friday, December 8: Burbank Spirit Day – Wear Your Spirit Wear

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.

Thank you to the PTA Landscape Committee and Volunteers

If you’ve walked around the Burbank School lately, you’ll notice that the grounds look really great! The Garden Classroom is already for winter-with leaves cleared and bushes trimmed-thank you to everyone who helped to make our grounds look so cared for and maintained!

Spirit Day on Friday, December 8

Burbank students and staff-wear your Burbank Spirit Wear on Friday, December 8th-we are celebrating Burbank! You can also wear Burbank colors-blue, white, yellow too!

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.

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

Burbank Directory News:

The Burbank student directories are out and were sent home in your child’s backpack this week (1 directory per family). If you did not receive one, please see Mrs. Sacca in the main office for a copy.

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.

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.

posted: November 30, 2017 by webmaster
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