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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, October 12, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being Learn Think Create Serve

Dear Burbank Families,

It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-October. While many teachers are still getting to know their students, many of them know a great deal already about each one. We’ve spent a lot of time as a staff collecting data on what students know and we’ve been able to analyze that data to help us implement strategies (which would include everything from improving lesson plans to creating intervention groups) to help students achieve to the best of their ability.

I hope you’ve had the opportunity to sign up for a parent/teacher conference. Much of the information that teachers will be sharing with parents will be based on the academic information we’ve been able to gather and how this information will inform their work with our students. At Burbank, we believe strongly in the home-school connection-we are a team, working to help each student grow.

On another note-I want to thank the Belmont Serves group (along with many Burbank families past and present) who helped clear out what has traditionally been known as the “BASEC” garden, outside the art and music rooms. I was so surprised and extremely happy to see the garden revitalized-the new plantings look so welcoming. The Burbank School looks amazing-and this sends a message to our students, that we care about our school and that together as a community, we take pride in caring for it.


Tricia Clifford, Ed.D

Dates to Remember

  • 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
  • Monday, November 5: PTA Meeting – 8:45am in the cafeteria
  • Wednesday, November 7: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences-Thursday schedule
  • Monday, November 12: NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
  • Thursday, November 15: Library Night at Burbank
  • Saturday, November 17: Fall Landscape Clean-up 1:00pm. (rain date 11/18)
  • 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 Schedule

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.

Arrival in the morning when it’s raining

When it’s raining in the morning during arrival, all students K-3 should enter the school via the back door out by the blacktop. Fourth graders can go into the modular classrooms. Please do not come through the front doors and report to classrooms. Students do not enter classrooms until after 8:35 a.m., thank you!

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


"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. 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. Thanks to grant funding from the FBE (Foundation for Belmont Education), this workshop is free. Spaces are limited to 25 adult participants. Sign up for the workshop here: To learn more, please email Harriet Wong Read about the Burbank Gardens and how they are used by students and teachers here:


Thank you to Belmont serves volunteers and parent volunteers for making the garden area under the library windows pretty! A special thanks to BASED for the mulch.

Thank you to the Burbank Walks committee (Hyon-Jee Voigt, Tiao Xie, Katie S'bay and Burbank's own PE teacher, Katie Crow, for kicking off the Walk It Ticket program and organizing International Walk/Bike to School Day.


The November 6th election has national, state, and local importance. Make your voice heard! The deadline to register to vote in the November election is October 17th, so do it today!


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.

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 12, 2018 by webmaster
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