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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, February 2, 2018
We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being
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Dear Burbank Families,
On Monday night, February 5th, there will be a PTA meeting in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Also, on Thursday, February 15th the PTA will be hosting a Burbank STEM Night. This has always been a huge hit. STEM Night provides many families with the opportunity to present exhibits related to STEM, and I am always amazed at the variety of exhibits that fill our gym during this event. Please plan to come if you can-it’s a very interactive night for both students and parents!
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember
  • Monday, February 5: PTA Meeting – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 15: STEM Night at Burbank
  • February 19-23: NO SCHOOL Vacation Week
  • Friday, March 9: Burbank Movie Night
  • Thursday, March 22: Geography Challenge – K, 1 & 2 – 9:00-10:00am
  • Friday, March 23: Geography Challenge – 3 & 4 – 9:00-10:00am
Extended Absences From School
Parents should know that students who miss more than 15 consecutive days of school without a medical exemption will be inactivated from the school roster. Parents will need to re-register once the child returns. We cannot guarantee that your child will be placed in Burbank. Placement will be determined by the numbers across town.

MCAS 2018 Burbank School Schedule
April 2017 ELA
  • Friday, April 6th: Grade 3 ELA session 1
  • Monday, April 9th: Grade 3 ELA session 2
  • Tuesday, April 10th: Grade 4 ELA session 1
  • Thursday, April 12th: Grade 4 ELA session 2
May 2017 Mathematics
  • Friday, May 11th: Grade 3 Math session 1
  • Monday, May 14th: Grade 3 Math session 2
  • Tuesday, May 15th: Grade 4 Math session 1
  • Thursday, May 17th: Grade 4 Math session 2
23rd Annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge
The 23rd annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday March 22nd (junior division: grades K, 1, and 2) and Friday March 23rd (senior division: grades 3 and 4) in the cafeteria.
Registration is now open and will be conducted online. Please visit when you are ready to sign up. Please only register once per team. Registration will be open from February 1st through February 14th.
The schedule for the Geography Challenge will be as follows:
Grades K-1: 9-9:50am, Thursday, March 22nd
Grade 2: 10-10:30am, Thursday, March 22nd (after the K-1 students depart)
Grades 3-4: 9-10am, Friday, March 23rd
From School Nurse 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
I have been tracking the number of students absent at the Burbank School and have recently noticed a slight increase in student absences. Some of these absences are due to symptoms of influenza (flu). These symptoms have included fever, cough, sore throat and sometimes body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some students have also had diarrhea and vomiting. The most important thing that can be done to prevent the flu from spreading is to keep your sick child at home. Parents must help by checking the health status of their children before they head off to school in the morning.
Students with flu-like symptoms such as fever over 100 degrees and sore throat or cough must stay at home in order to help prevent germs from spreading. Although the custodians are frequently disinfecting banisters, door handles, restrooms, and other commonly handled items, the flu is highly contagious. If your child does develop flu-like symptoms, he/she should be kept home for 7 days after symptoms start or until your child is completely well and fever-free for a full day, whichever is longer.
Please call me with any questions or concerns and to report any diagnosed cases of influenza.
Thank you,
Heather Blake, M.Ed., BSN, RN
Burbank School Nurse

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.
The FBE’s Online Camp Auction is open for bidding!
From preschool programs to overnight camps, the FBE Online Camp Auction has something for every child. There are local offerings for a variety of age ranges and overnight options perfect for those children who wish to venture out of the area for camp.
Please visit the FBE’s Online Camp Auction website for detailed descriptions of each camp offering including dates and restrictions and start bidding!
The FBE Online Camp Auction will close on Monday, February 5th at 8pm
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to solidify your child’s summer plans and thank you for your support of the FBE!

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder
(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.
PTA News
February Preview
Friday, February 5th
What does Executive Function have to do with my child? Find out February 5th, at 7 p.m. when Rachel Kalinsky of Beyond Booksmart will present. Mark your calendars so you can attend this relevant and informative presentation and PTA meeting.
Thursday, February 15th
Burbank STEM Night: Calling all STEM enthusiasts: We need your help! STEM Night will be a success only if we get your participation. Please consider hosting an activity of your choice or helping in some other way. Please look for sign-up information in the New Year. Questions or ideas? Contact one of the STEM Committee Members: Sarah Olken (, Peter Lakov (, Mike Raiter ( or Adam Poulin-Kerstien ( Thursday, February 15th. Join us for an exciting evening of hands-on exploration for all ages at Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night at Burbank School on the evening of Thursday, February 15th!
February Green Corner 2018
Have you heard how China and its National Sword policy are affecting global recycling markets? In the United States, recycling is being thrown away! Why, you may ask. Just google National Sword and recycling and you will quickly find out.
China doesn’t want any recycling imports with contamination. MRF’s (Material Recovery Facilities, where recycling is separated and baled) can’t take the chance of having loads rejected on the docks in China. MRF’s are slowing down the conveyor belt and hiring more help to spot and pick out contamination. This has caused recycling to pile up at these facilities. At some facilities it is gotten to the point that the Department of Environmental Protection has granted waivers to dispose of this recycling.
How can Belmont residents help? Just recycle what you are asked to recycle. No “wishful recycling”. Just because it is plastic or has a recycle sign on it doesn’t mean you can put it in your curbside bin.

Recycle: Paper, if you can rip it you can put in your bin
  • Clean gable and aseptic cartons
  • Clean Glass containers
  • Clean plastic, containers #1-7, (usually it has a cap or lid)
  • Cardboard, flattened and less than 3’ x 3’, do not fold but cut to this dimension
  • Clean metal containers
  • Don’t Recycle: No plastic bags or film, bring to grocery store and put in designated bin
  • No food residue on recyclables
  • No plastic toys, utensils, cups or plates
  • No napkins or paper towels
  • No straws
  • No metal unless containers
  • No plastic or foil packets
  • No Styrofoam
Remember more is not better! However, recycling done correctly is appreciated!! Please review the recycling brochure or the website.
For any comments or questions please contact Mary Beth Calnan, Belmont Recycling Coordinator,
Our last cardboard event collected so much cardboard that we had to turn residents away. We are having another event:
Cardboard Recycling Event
Weather permitting
February 10th
9:00am – 12:00pm
Town Yard/37 C Street
If weather is severe event will be moved to February 17th
Please only oversized cardboard that is flattened
No Styrofoam or packing materials
No wet, soiled or food contaminated cardboard
posted: February 2, 2018 by webmaster
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