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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, April 6, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

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Dear Burbank Families,

Last night the Multicultural Fair was held at Burbank, and what a night! There were so many presentations in the cafeteria. Countries from around the world were represented. Each of the tables had displays outlining information from various countries, including information about language, food, geography and cultural history. Families devoted a great deal of time and energy creating the presentations and speaking to students, parents and staff that stopped at the tables to hear about the country represented. After the time in the cafeteria looking at the presentations, everyone went to the gym where there were several different performances representing many cultures around the world. We have the Multicultural Fair every other year, and I have to say it’s one of my absolute favorite events. I really love seeing all of the families come together and share different cultures; it provides such a rich experience for everyone. Thanks again to all of the families (including the PTA committee, and Jen Ellis and Meghan Gallagher) who helped to make this a meaningful night at Burbank!

MCAS begins today for third graders. They will continue with MCAS on Monday, and then fourth grade will have MCAS on the 10th and 12th. Please help students prepare for testing, by getting enough sleep, eating well and arriving to school on time, thank you.

Don’t forget April vacation is coming up, during the week of April 16th-20th. When we return from vacation Kindergarten Registration will happen in Belmont, May 3rd and 4th, with no school for kindergarten students on those two days.

Have a great weekend!



Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember


  • April 16-20: NO SCHOOL – Vacation Week
  • Wednesday, April 25: Burbank Day at Belmont Book Store – 4:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 3 & Friday May 4: No School for Kindergarteners
  • Monday, May 28: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 30: EARLY RELEASE DAY – 11:40 dismissal Friday Schedule


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.

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.


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 is 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.

Pan Mass Challenge for Kids – Sunday, May 20th

Calling all kids ages 3-12! Join your Burbank friends at Belmont's Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Ride on Sunday, May 20th, at Belmont Hill School from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, which will raise money for the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

You can ride alone, as a family, put together your own team, or join the "Belmont Bikers" team, which is made up of children from the Belmont Elementary Schools. Trikes, big wheels and training wheels are allowed on the "Tot Lot” loop (and can have help from parents if needed), which will take place in the parking lot of the Belmont Hill School campus. Those without training wheels can head out on the "Adventure Loop" (1 mile route guided by Belmont police and volunteers). Children can do as little as one loop or as many as they can fit in an hour. After the ride there are free refreshments, music, bouncy houses, face painting and other fun activities. The Yawkee Way store is donating $20 gift cards to all registered riders again this year!

For more general information about registration, route options, and the post-ride party, see:

Feel free to contact Breda or Jim Zimkus (;, PTA Social Action Committee, with any questions that you may have.

PTA News


A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and helpers who made the Multicultural Fair last night a truly pleasurable and successful event. We really appreciate the good cheer and energy which made putting on the event so rewarding. Thank you also to the exhibitors who outdid themselves with creative exhibits, activities and delicious food, and the performers who shared their exceptional talents with us. Thank you to our MCs Jen Ellis and Meghan Gallagher, and to Evan Eckstrom who did so much more than sound, for this event! We hope all who came, enjoyed it.


Burbank loves books, and Belmont Books has them! Join us for an in-store celebration to delight our children and support the school. Special guest readers starting at 6 p.m. 20% of sales* support the Burbank PTA.


  • Kids and parents can browse books with their friends.
  • Families can support reading in the classrooms and school by shopping Burbank wish lists.
  • All in-store sales during these three hours will support the school, so encourage friends and family to shop, too!


*Gift cards, special orders, and purchases at the Black Bear Cafe do not apply.

posted: April 6, 2018 by webmaster
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