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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Dear Burbank Families,

This is one of the busiest times of the year! I always find September to be fast- paced, between all of the startup events, meetings, and activities both personally and professionally, I feel like I’m on a fast moving treadmill! When October arrives, I feel as though I can finally take a deep breath, and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and weather.
I recently came across a great resource for parents-the Massachusetts Department of Education has posted “parent guides” on their website. These guides outline each of the frameworks for each individual grade level. If you are interested in learning more about what the state frameworks are for each grade level, please use this link to the Department of Education website:

This past week, the PTA met on Monday, I spoke briefly about the modular classrooms, Curriculum Night, and the “data sweeps”. Superintendent John Phelan was our guest speaker, and he discussed several important issues including the plans and the process related to building a new Belmont High School.

I want to thank the PTA for starting the year off with an informative meeting, and for their efforts in all areas. I was recently asked by someone, “What’s special about the Burbank School?”, and I said that the teachers, students and families all want the same thing-they want Burbank School to be the best it can be! These collaborative efforts ensure that we are focusing on the core values at Burbank, love of learning, respect and well being. I hope I see many of you tonight at the fall social!

Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember


  • Friday, September 28: TONIGHT - Burbank Fall Social 6:00pm
  • Thursday, October 4: Individual & Class Picture Day
  • Monday, October 8: NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, October 24: EARLY DISMISSAL –Parents Conferences- Tuesday schedule
  • Wednesday, October 31: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences-Friday schedule
  • Wednesday, November 7: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences-Thursday schedule
  • Monday, November 12: NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day


Art Room Request

Mrs. Pond, the art teacher, is looking for donations of wipes and tissues? If you would like to donate any of these items you can drop them off in the office or the Art room.

Burbank Participating in P.A.C.K. Week


The Burbank School, along with hundreds of schools nationwide, will be participating in a national healthy-eating initiative called P.A.C.K. Week.

Pack Assorted Colors for Kids Week.

October 15th – 19th
This is a fun and educational program that encouraging kids to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as each has its own nutritional benefits. To get the broadest range of nutrients, all colors are important – Purple, white, red, yellow, orange and green. And kids love eating the rainbow! Each day of P.A.C.K. Week has been assigned a different color and we’re asking you to pack a fruit or vegetable for your child’s snack based on the color of the day. All forms of fruits and vegetables count, so consider packing 100% fruit juice, dried fruits or canned fruits/veggies as tasty options. Here are the days of P.A.C.K. Week with some packing tips to make it easy:


  • Monday, October 15th is Pack Purple Day – consider packing purple 100% grape juice, raisins, blueberries and Concord grapes.
  • Tuesday, October 16th is Pack White Day – bananas, white peaches, pears, cauliflower with dressing are tasty choices.
  • Wednesday, October 17th is Pack Red Day – apples, cherries, strawberries, red pepper slices or grape tomatoes are great options
  • Thursday, October 18th is Pack Yellow/Orange Day - baby carrots, dried apricots, pineapple, nectarines or oranges are easy to pack
  • Friday, October 19th is Pack Green Day – go green with green grapes, celery sticks, broccoli florets, or a green apple.


We are also suggesting that your child wear the color of the day to make the program more fun!

Thanks for your support. Heather Blake, BSN, M.Ed., RN, Burbank School Nurse

6th Annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run – September 30th


The 6th Annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run is only THREE weeks away! Celebrate the beginning of the school year by joining your family, friends, neighbors, classmates, and teammates at the community event of the season.

Run (or walk or stroll) as an individual or register as a team. It's time to lace up your running shoes and join the "I Ran the Dan" club! There are 5K and 2K Races, run one or both! Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Belmont High School Track. Race shirts given to the first 500 registrants. Last year, more than 850 runners “Ran the Dan” and more than $25,000 was raised to support teachers and education in Belmont. And if running isn’t for you, there are still many opportunities to be involved with this fantastic event. To learn about volunteer opportunities and donation options, please visit Foundation for Belmont Education website at!


PTA News

Fall Social Tonight: 6:30-8 p.m.


A fun evening of music, dancing, cider and donuts! Friday, September 28th. Burbank Elementary School. Party starts at 6:30pm in the cafeteria!

Pizza for sale by the slice beginning at 6:00pm until sold out. Dancing starts at 7:15 pm in the gym! Featuring the Belmont High School Jazz Quintet.



To encourage walking and biking to school, the Burbank Walks PTA committee is excited to offer a “Walk-it Ticket” to every student interested in participating.


Walking to school has many benefits. Children get fresh air, meet friends, and arrive at school ready to learn. Walking strengthens our community and is good for the environment too!

Your child can clip their Walk-it Ticket to their backpack and keep recording walking trips to or from school through December 5th (Wednesday), then turn in their Walk-it Ticket to see their name and total number of walks displayed on the Burbank Walks Hall of Fame.

To ensure your child receives their “Walk-it” Ticket, please fill out the registration form below by Wednesday, October 3rd:

Questions? Contact Tiao Xie at

PTA Meeting summary and documents

Thank you to all those who attended Monday’s PTA meeting. The membership voted on the following items:

  • Appointment of Jessie Bennett as PTA Co-President
  • Appointment of Liane Brecknock as Secretary
  • Donation of $1,000 out of PTA reserves to co-sponsor the speaker series Thriving in a Diverse World: Raising Racially Aware
  • Children with BASEC and Belmont Public Schools. Thank you to the Burbank PTA membership for your generosity.


Superintendent John Phelan and Belmont High School Building Committee member (and Burbank parent) Jamie Shea gave an informative presentation about the proposed 7-12 Middle/High School. The PTA appreciates the time, commitment and work they put into communicating clearly, thoroughly and openly about the project. The PTA encourages all families to be informed about this issue. If you couldn't make the meeting, you can review the presentation by clicking the link below.

How to Opt In to the Burbank Directory:

To be part of the Burbank Directory, please check off the box on the Student Update Form that gives the district your permission to include your and/or your child's information in the directory. The Student Update form link was sent on Sept. 6 in an email with subject line: “BURBANK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Please verify information for <Student Name>"

posted: October 5, 2018 by webmaster
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