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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, March 23, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Learn      Think      Create      Serve

Dear Burbank Families,

We started off the day here at Burbank with a Third Grade Open House-which was well attended by many families-thanks for making the time to come check out all of the learning that’s been happening!  This morning we had the Annual Geography Challenge in the cafeteria, for third and fourth graders.  Student studied the material and were well prepared for the event.  Many thanks to the students for displaying one of our cores values “Love of Learning” by participating in the Geography Challenge. Through this process, students learn a great deal not only about Belmont, but about the world-through questions that ask about all different types of geographical terms.  It’s great to see students engaged in learning that is fun, and has so many practical implications for their lives as citizens. Thank you to the PTA, parents, and students for your efforts!  A reminder that the Geography Challenge for K-2 grade students was reschedule (due to the snow day) to Friday, March 30th, starting at 9:00 a.m., in the cafeteria, I hope you can join us!

Another quick reminder-this Wednesday, March 28th is a parent/teacher conference early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m., this was rescheduled due to a snow day.  

We begin MCAS testing on Friday, April 6th (please see the schedule outlined further in the newsletter).  As we prepare for this test in both English Language Arts and mathematics, for third and fourth graders, I would suggest that students eat a good breakfast, get plenty of sleep, and remain calm.  I have found that creating an atmosphere of calmness and relaxation helps students to settle into the testing sessions with confidence and perspective.  Our teachers have done an amazing job in preparing our students. Thank you for continued support!

Have a delightful weekend!


Dr. Clifford


Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, March 28: EARLY RELEASE 11:40 DISMISSAL (parent conferences)
  • Thursday, March 22:  Geography Challenge – K & 1 – 9:00-10:00am and Gr.2 10:00-10:30am
  • Friday, March 23: Geography Challenge – 3 & 4 – 9:00-10:00am
  • Wednesday, March 28: Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Resource Fair - 7:00pm  Butler School
  • Thursday, April 5: Multicultural Night
  • April 16-20: NO SCHOOL – Vacation Week
  • Thursday, May 3 & Friday May 4: No School for Kindergarteners 
  •  Parent Conference Early Release Day – 11:40am Dismissal
  • March 28 is a makeup early release day for spring parent conferences.  Please mark this makeup date 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.  

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

Students Who Are Tardy

School begins at 8:40am every day.  Any student who arrives after 8:40am. is marked tardy.  If your child is tardy it has an impact on the class when your child needs time to be part of the class after everything has started. 

Coverage on the Black Top begins at 8:25am.  Students can arrive any time after 8:25am.  At 8:35am. the bell rings and children are brought into the building.  If a child is tardy parents should bring the student to the office.  Parents should not bring the tardy child to the classroom.  When both a parent and a student arrive to a classroom late it only adds to the confusion.  Please make every effort to get your child(ren) to school on time.

Outstanding Teacher Award

The Foundation for Belmont Education is excited to announce the 2018 Outstanding Teacher Awards. This program recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions made by teachers in the Belmont Public Schools.

Nominations are currently being accepted for these awards. Belmont parents and community members, Belmont Public School colleagues, and high school and middle school students can submit nominations for teachers - of any grade, subject, or specialty - who deserve this special recognition.

Teachers from Belmont’s six schools are chosen for this award. Each award winner will be honored at a surprise celebration at their school and at a district-wide awards ceremony to be held on May 1st at the Chenery Middle School.

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher Today! 

Nomination Criteria and Online Nomination Form (submit before March 31, 2018):

For more information:


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.  

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.

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.  

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.

PTA News 

BOWL WITH FRIENDS: Join the 4th Annual Boston Belmont Friends Group Family Bowling Event on March 11 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.!  All Boston and Belmont families attending Belmont Public Schools are welcome to join in the fun for bowling, pizza, and making new friends. This event is open to K-12 families thanks to funding from Belmont Against Racism.

Where: Boston Bowl, 820 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA (easy access, exit 12 off 93 South)

What: Bowling, Pizza & Drinks, and Meeting New Friends

RSVP: Please RSVP by March 8th to Laura Hill at  (include family name, student names, grade levels, and number of bowlers)

posted: March 23, 2018 by webmaster
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