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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
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Burbank School Newsletter, April 13, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Learn      Think      Create      Serve 

Dear Burbank Families,

April vacation is here!  When we return from vacation all of the spring activities and special events will be in full swing.

Kindergarten Registration will be held on Thursday, May 3rd and May 4th. Incoming kindergarten students will visit Burbank on May 3rd, and teachers will continue to work on registration and placement on May 4thPlease note that there will be no kindergarten in Belmont on May 3rd and 4th.  We are really excited to meet the new members of the Burbank School!

We have already completed a great deal of MCAS testing, and when we return from vacation we will continue with testing, the schedule is outlined below.  Please try to be prompt on those days so that testing can begin.

Have a nice, safe, and relaxing April vacation.  I hope everyone finds time to play outside, share time with family and friends, and finally feel the warmth of the sun!


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

Tuesday, April  24 & Thursday    26: Ukulele Presentations for Grade 4

Thursday, May 3 & Friday May 4: No School for Kindergarteners

Friday, May 18: Colonial Day for Grade 3 - All Day

Friday, May 25: Composition Packets sent home for Grade 2

Monday, May 28: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 30: EARLY RELEASE DAY – 11:40 dismissal  Friday Schedule

Tuesday, June 12: Grade 4 Moving On Program – 9:00am.

Friday, June 15: End of Year Assembly – K, 1 & 2 9:00-9:30 – 3 & 4 10:00-10:30

Wednesday, June 20: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – EARLY RELEASE 11:40 dismissal

MCAS 2018 Burbank School Schedule

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

End of the Year Assemby – Friday, June 15, 2018

Kindergarten, First and Second Grade from 9:00-9:30am in the gym

Third and Fourth Grade from 10:00-10:30am in the gym

There will be two separate presentations for students to share classroom music curriculum.  Students in grades 3 & 4 will not be allowed to attend the K, 1 & 2 performance and students in grades K, 1 & 2 will not be allowed to attend the grade 3 & 4 performance.  Students will only be able to attend the assembly in which they are presenting.  We look forward to sharing and making music with you!

Students Who Are Tardy

School begins at 8:40 a.m. 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


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. 


Why give your valuable time to the PTA? 

-- To benefit YOUR CHILD

-- To improve and build community at OUR school

-- Because it’s FUN! 

The PTA is a completely volunteer run organization. Every year we run multiple programs at the Burbank that make a difference and enhance the school community. Make a BIG difference with even a SMALL contribution of your time, skills and talents. Join us during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Please take a look at this VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM for more information about the positions available and to indicate your interest. Expressing interest now is NOT a commitment – once we hear from you, we will provide more information before you make your final decision. 

PTA MEETING: May 14 FROM 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the last PTA meeting of the year! We cover important agenda items and make decisions in preparation of the next school year. Free childcare will be provided. 

posted: April 13, 2018 by webmaster
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