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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, June 15, 2018

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

It’s hard to believe the last day of school is Wednesday! What a great year! The “End-of-Year” assembly this morning was wonderful! We were able to hear songs from each grade level, and to learn more about what student’s have been learning in music class. The fourth graders did an excellent job singing at their last assembly at Burbank. Thank you to Ms. Hayashi, our music teacher for her work on this event.

We have been in the process of interviewing new teachers to join us at Burbank. When we have completed that process, I will communicate who the teachers will be for each classroom via the listserv. We will have four classrooms at each grade level K-4 at Burbank in the fall.

Please have a safe, fun and relaxing summer. It has been, and continues to be, a pleasure to work with your children, thank you for sharing them with us!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

Monday, June 18: Grade 4 BBQ

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

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.

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.

PTA News

Enjoy the Art Installation in the Burbank Gardens!

Families are invited to visit and enjoy the school's Garden Classroom (near the playground) whenever they can during the rest of the school year! View the colorful rocks that each child in the school has painted, and installed in the Burbank Gardens, as part of social-emotional learning and to express their unique personalities and inspirational messages.

Pitch in and create something good-- be a PTA Co-chair next school year!

Why give some of 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: June 15, 2018 by webmaster
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