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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5500
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Burbank School Newsletter, April 27, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being
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Dear Burbank Families,

Now that April vacation is over, we look to the last few weeks of school, which always includes the most fun events of the year! Yesterday, the third grade was able to walk to the Belmont Art Gallery at the Homer Building in Belmont Center. I joined them for a little while, and I was amazed at the wonderful art on display. I was also impressed with the students’ interest and participation in the activities that art teacher, Nicole Pond had them participate in, while viewing the variety of art on display. Thanks to Nicole Pond and the third grade teachers, for organizing this trip and for giving our students the opportunity to explore beyond the classroom walls, and take a look at art in our community.

This week we will hold Kindergarten Registration on Thursday and Friday, May 3rd and 4th. A reminder that there is no school for kindergarten students on these days in Belmont.

We have completed the ELA MCAS for grades 3 and 4. On Friday, May 11th and Monday May 14th third graders will take the Math MCAS, and on Tuesday, May 15th, and Thursday, May 17th the fourth graders will take the Math MCAS. Having four Chromebook carts for the fourth grade classes to use during their computer based testing has been great. This has allowed us to have all three classes test at the same time, and not disturb the computer lab or the library. Many thanks to everyone who helped support purchasing Chromebooks at Burbank!

Have a great weekend, I think spring is finally here…


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember


  • 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!

Palaver Strings Come to Town!

FREE Concert at BHS Auditorium, Monday, May 14, 7-8 PM

Join us for an evening of exciting contemporary and classical chamber music as the Palaver Strings bring music to life! Up close and personal with the artists, this 12 member ensemble creatively captures the spirit of music in all its forms. Each member of Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences. It is in this personal and unconventional setting that Palaver Strings is able to use music to aid the discussion of social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire our peers and community to support the arts. This concert is appropriate for all students in the BPS schools.

More info on the group can be found here:

This concert is generously funded by the FBE (Foundation for Belmont Education.)

A Message for Grade 4 Parents/Guardians from Chenery Middle School:

Although Grade 5 probably seems a long way off, here at Chenery we are eagerly looking forward to your child’s entry into our school community! Class placement and school orientation are two of the most important things to you and your children during this time of transition, so we want to be certain that we are as thoughtful and thorough as possible. To that end, please take note of the following dates:


  • Starting on Tuesday, May 1st and continuing through Thursday, May 31st we will make available “Placement Consideration Forms” at each elementary school main office. They are not required to be completed, but if you have any special circumstances you would like us to know about before assigning your child to a teacher and a team please submit one for your child. For the sake of convenience, all forms can be picked up and returned to the main office at your child’s elementary school.
  • On Tuesday, June 5th @ 6:30-8:00pm in the Chenery Auditorium we will be hosting a special “Parent/Guardian Orientation” presentation for all incoming Grade 4 Parents/Guardians. We will provide a brief PowerPoint presentation, answer any questions, and then give a brief building tour of Grade 5 learning spaces. Please note that this is an adult-only event.
  • During the week of Monday, June 4th through Friday, June 8th all Grade 4 classrooms will have the opportunity to come to Chenery Middle School for a “Student Orientation” and building tour. This opportunity will be arranged in conjunction with Grade 4 classroom teachers and Principals. Please note that this will occur during the school day and is a child-only event.


If you have any additional questions regarding placement, please contact me at school at 617-993-5800. My office is always open to you.

We are looking forward to welcoming your child next year to the Chenery family!

Michael E. McAllister W.L. Chenery Middle School

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. tricycles, 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


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.

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