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Burbank School Newsletter, May 11, 2018

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Dear Burbank Families,

This morning I was discussing the Fourth Grade Moving on Ceremony with a parent, and I realized that many of you may not be familiar with some of the events that we have here each year, so I thought I would provide some information, so you’ll know what to expect.

The Burbank Fun Run (May 17th, at 4:30) was started a few years ago, in an effort to support local charities. The students run around the building and for each lap they receive a stamp-the goal is to run as many as you can. The students donate a dollar to participate and the fourth grade students have traditionally decided on which local charity to donate the proceeds from the Fun Run.

Colonial Day (May 18th) has been a tradition here at Burbank for several years now. Students in third grade participate in a culminating “day” to connect with their study of colonial times. They dress up in colonial attire; they participate all day in different activities that are typical of that time period. They also eat a colonial style lunch. This requires great parental support, and is a highlight of students’ experience at Burbank.

The Fourth Grade Moving on Ceremony (June 12th, 9:00 a.m.) happens in the morning in the cafeteria. Fourth grade students sing several songs, and usually discuss their experience at Burbank over the years. I hand out certificates for students, they sing a nice ending song and families are invited-it’s a nice morning.


Grade 4 BBQ (June 18th, 5:30 p.m.) happens on an early evening, on our front lawn. Families come and have a nice dinner, and students play on together. This is a nice casual event, where we get to have dinner, and spend some time together as a fourth grade class.

The End of Year Assembly (June 15th, 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.) happens usually close to the last day of school. This year it’s on June 15th. There are two sessions, one in the morning starting at 9:00 a.m. for grades K-2, and 10:00 a.m. for grades 3 and 4. This assembly happens in the gym. Parents are invited. Students perform a few songs, and our music teacher Kate Hayashi leads each of the grade levels in their singing and performances. If you can walk to Burbank that morning, that would be great, parking can be difficult.

So those are some of the highlights during the last few weeks of the school. If you are new to Burbank, I hope this gives you some insight into the events that we have traditionally participated in-as always, thank you to the many volunteers that make many of these events possible at Burbank!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 14: PTA Meeting – 7:00-8:30pm
  • Thursday, May 17: Burbank Fun Run
  • 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
  • Monday, June 18: Grade 4 BBQ
  • Wednesday, June 20: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – EARLY RELEASE 11:40 dismissal

MCAS 2018 Burbank School Schedule

  • May 2017 Mathematics
  • 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!

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

Welcome to fifth grade at Chenery!

We would like to invite you to join us on May 30 at 6:30pm for our final Chenery PTO meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. This meeting offers a great opportunity to meet Chenery parents, PTO volunteers, teachers and administrators.

Our agenda includes:

  • Presentations by Chenery Teachers on PLT work in the study of Cultural Competencies--an ongoing SEL focus at Chenery
  • Superintendent John Phelan and BHSBC Member Jamie Shea with an update on the Belmont High School Building Project
  • Introduction and approval of our PTO Executive Board and PTO Budget for 2018-2019


May 30, 6:30pm, Chenery Conference Room

We look forward to meeting you! Laurie Bufano and Barbara Bulfoni

Co-Presidents, Chenery PTO

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

PTA Meeting on May 14 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Presentation: Dr. Clifford and a Belmont district ELA expert will present: Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both

Raffle: Attendance gets your name entered in a raffle for front-row reserved seats at the year-end assembly

Free childcare will be provided: Contact Jessie Bennett at to RSVP (required)

Make a difference at your child's school-- be a PTA Co-chair next school year.

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. Please take a look at our 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 and answer your questions before you make your final decision. We invite you to participate during the 2018-2019 school year.


posted: May 11, 2018 by webmaster
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