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Burbank School Newsletter, October 5, 2018

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

Last Friday night the PTA hosted the Annual Burbank Social, students enjoyed pizza and a fun time in the gym! Many new families attended-thanks to the PTA for hosting this event!

I spent time yesterday in a kindergarten classroom. There have been many different philosophical and educational trends that have come and gone. When I spend time in kindergarten classes now (which I do often, and enjoy every minute!) I am so impressed with “how” and “what” children are learning. They are confident in their ability to count, write letters and numbers, and to express their mathematical thinking and writing ideas. The workshop model in reading, writing and math has allowed students the opportunity to learn letters, sounds, and numbers, in a way that is process-oriented, focusing on conceptual understanding, critical thinking, and skills.

We held out first community meeting a few weeks ago, and as many of you know, our focus during these meetings is to discuss our core values at Burbank, which are love of learning, respect and well being-and we also discuss Open Circle, which is our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program at Burbank. Social Emotional Learning has not only been a district-wide focus for many years, it has also been a focus here at Burbank too. This year during our Burbank Community Meetings we will be discussing these Open Circle themes: “Beginning Together” (which will include, school listening look, and a focus on our core values), “Managing Ourselves” (Managing Emotions), “Managing Ourselves” (focus on Mindfulness), “Strengthening Relationships” (Cooperating), “How to Sort Problems” (Teasing, Bullying, Bystander), “Problem Solving” (Persistence, Multiple Solutions to a Problem).

Thank you to all of the families who helped with “Picture Day” yesterday! It went really well. Also, thank you to all of the families who have taken the time to read our information regarding arrival in the morning-this has helped a great deal! Families are walking to school if they can, parking on streets near the school and walking to the school, or utilizing the rolling drop off on Gale Rd. I’ve noticed that the drop off in the morning has been going very well.

I hope you enjoy a nice long weekend!

Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, October 8: NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, October 24: EARLY DISMISSAL –Parents Conferences- Tuesday schedule
  • Wednesday, October 31: Crazy Hat & Hair Day
  • 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
  • Thursday, November 15: Library Night at Burbank
  • Wednesday, November 21: EARLY RELEASE – Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday schedule
  • November 22-23: NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Parent Conference Early Release Day – 11:40am Dismissal

October 24, 31 and November 7 are early release days for fall parent conferences. November 21 is Early Release for Thanksgiving break. Please mark these dates on your calendar. On all early release days, all students are released from school at 11:40am. No lunches are served. BASEC (after school program) begins at 11:40am. On November 21 there will be NO BASEC.

Early Release Day Schedules

Nearly all early release days are on Wednesdays. In order for children not to miss the same specialist or program on these early release Wednesdays, another day of the week’s schedule sometimes replaces Wednesday’s schedule. For example, if Wednesday is a Thursday schedule, then Thursday will be Wednesday’s schedule for Physical Education, Art, Music, Library and Computer lab. Instrumental Music always follows the early release day schedule changes.
Check Dates to Remember for these changes.

Lost & Found Reminder

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.

Crazy Hat & Hair Day – October 31st

Students in grades 1-4 will be able to wear a crazy hat or fix their hair in a creative crazy way on Wednesday, October 31st. This is always a fun-filled day for the students.

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.

Clothes for the Clinic: boys sweat pants and underpants

The clinic could use some new or gently used sweat pants (sizes 5-10) and some new boy’s underpants for those occasions when a student needs a change of clothing. Thank you for any donations.

Heather Blake, RN

Burbank School Nurse

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

PTA News

SCHOOL GARDENS TRAINING WORKSHOP: MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 3:00-5:00 "Understanding Gardening Work and Curriculum Connections"

Parents, guardians and teachers interested in helping with student activities in the school gardens are invited to take part in this special training opportunity on Monday, October 15, 2018 from 3 - 5 pm @ Burbank School Conference Room, with visits to the Garden Classroom and Vegetable Garden. Thanks to grant funding from the FBE (Foundation for Belmont Education), this workshop is free. Spaces are limited to 25 adult participants. To sign up or learn more, please email Harriet Wong

Katie Folts, Director of Education at Massachusetts Horticultural Society, will lead a workshop reviewing some basics of gardening in Massachusetts. She will share practical tips on garden-classroom management, review monthly garden tasks that can engage students, and highlight connections to Belmont's K-4 curriculum. Volunteers will gain practical tips for gardening with children and familiarity with the school gardens at Burbank.

Read about the Burbank Gardens and how they are used by students and teachers here:


In the interest of safety and as approved by the Traffic Advisory Committee, the town has installed and adjusted signs on Sharpe Road and Gale Road so that areas with parking restrictions are clearly marked. Please carefully observe all posted signs, noting that on Gale Road there is no parking on the left side of the street on school mornings 8-9 am and afternoons 1-3 pm. Please take care not to block driveways or crosswalks.

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 school project will not move forward unless Belmont voters approve the funding via a ballot question in the November 6th election. 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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