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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, June 1, 2018

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

This morning the second grade is off to Franklin Park Zoo for a field trip, and the third grade is off on their field trip discovering the Freedom Trail in Boston. They just left, and the school feels very quiet. We’ve had so many opportunities for interactive learning, and this will continue with events scheduled for the upcoming last days of school.

On Tuesday, the 5th, the fourth graders will walk up to Chenery and have an opportunity to learn more about the school and the program in 5th grade. Our annual Field Day is on June 7th…which is coming up soon!

We have several events at the end of the year, and I want to thank all of the staff members and families who help to make each one of these events meaningful and fun for all of us!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, June 7: Burbank Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 12: Shelf Reading in the Library – begins at drop off
  • 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

Field Day Schedule – Thursday, June 7

Grades 3 & 4 – 9:30 -11:30

Grades K, 1 & 2 – 12:40-2:40

Last Day of School – EARLY RELEASE 11:40 Dismissal

Wednesday, June 20 is the last day of school. Please mark this date on your calendar. All students will be released from school at 11:40am. No lunches are served. There will be no BASEC program on the last day of school.

End of the Year Assembly – 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!

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:

  • 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.

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 buses 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

Garden events today and Monday

Families are invited to visit and enjoy the school's Garden Classroom (near the playground) after dismissal on the dates listed below. Come take a guided tour, see what's growing, learn about fragrant Colonial Herbs, check out the veggies in the root-view planters, and help out with easy weeding and watering jobs. Children and adults welcome!

  • Friday, June 1, 2:50-3:30 pm Come learn about Colonial Herbs, then help water the herbs and butterfly garden.
  • Monday, June 4, 2:50-3:30 pm Come see the brand new installation of Burbank's painted rocks, celebrating the individuality of every student and teacher in our school community! Your child painted a rock during this whole-school art and SEL project – come find their special rock in the garden (but please leave it there to be part of the colorful art installation).

Volunteer for Field Day, June 7

Burbank Field Day is set for Thursday, June 7th (rain date, June 14th). There will be two sessions during the day - feel free to sign up for one or both sessions:

  • 3rd and 4th Graders: 9:00am - 11:30am
  • K, 1st, and 2nd Graders: 12:10pm - 2:40pm

Sign up to help out here:

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 ( peVYjJk8kqPwPyoWIXSKFUzpB2jdvh6KEVa4iByzEOfw/viewform) 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: June 1, 2018 by webmaster
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