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Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
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Burbank School Newsletter, October 19, 2018

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

As parent /teacher conference time is approaching, you may engage in conversations with teachers about ways that you can help support reading and math at home. Reading is something we often suggest for families to do at home on a regular basis. Sharing books that both you and your child find interesting or enjoy, is not only fun, but important to emphasize how reading is important at any age. Reading daily (reading to a child, and having the child read to you), and having conversations about books, are all important activities related to reading at home. Math is also important to discuss at home, and there are so many opportunities to discuss math in meaningful ways outside the classroom walls. When running errands, talking, reading, or doing laundry with your child(ren), work to actively “find the math” in each situation.

Here are some suggestions on how to do that:

Follow the Money: Any time the cost of something comes up in daily life, let your child figure out the estimated total cost, how much change you would get in a given situation, or how much it cost to buy multiples of an item. Help them figure out how much more one item costs than another, etc. Practice identifying coins and their values. Using their own money, have your child count and decide if they have enough to make a certain purchase.

Work the Crowd: If your child wants or has a set of something (e.g. 20 Pokémon cards, $10, a page of 100 stickers), how much would you need to have for everyone in the family to have the same amount? How much for the whole class? What about for the whole school?

Take Time to Make Time: Get your child a wrist watch with an analog face. Ask them to estimate how long it will take to complete an activity and then figure out how much time it actually took. Use mental math to try to figure out big questions like “How many days until your birthday?” Or “How many minutes are in a year?”

Cook up Some Math: Meal preparation times are full of opportunities to explore math concepts. Involve your student in reading recipes and thinking about how to halve, double, or triple the ingredients. Ask the student to measure out the ingredients. Involving your child in these cooking experiences can help bring fractions to life for them.

It’s often fun to either engage in these conversations with students about math, or to play math games as a family-these things can make learning fun! Enjoy the weekend!

Sincerely,

Dr. Clifford

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 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.

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.

Boys underwear size small:

https://www.amazon.com

Boy’s underwear size medium: https://www.amazon.com

Heather Blake, RN, Burbank School Nurse

PTA News

Parent-Teacher Book Drop

Burbank and Belmont teachers are in constant need of books to replenish their classroom libraries. Please bag and bring gently used children’s books to your parent-teacher conference. Bring books of any reading level, not just for your child’s particular grade. Your child’s teacher will collect them, and they will be sorted and redistributed by the Belmont Public School ELA Curriculum Director (and Burbank parent) Jaynene DeLitt-Young.

Box Tops Collection: October 24th & 25th

It's time to send in your BoxTops! There will be two collection days - Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25 - in front of the school during morning drop off. You can also drop BoxTops in the collection box in the main office, or send them in via your child's take-home folder. Questions? Contact Mike Raiter at mjraiter@hotmail.com.

ANNUAL APPEAL: HELP US GET TO THE FINISH LINE

The PTA’s Annual Appeal had strong September, reaching 75% of our goal of $30,000! Thank you to those who have already contributed! Let’s keep the momentum going by donating online at https://burbank-pta.org/donate, or by sending a check in your child’s school folder. We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $125 PER CURRENT BURBANK CHILD. Every bit helps, so please join us and give what you can.

Past partnerships between the Burbank PTA and the Burbank school include teacher grants, SMART boards, grade-level enrichment activities, “Mathbrary” for Grade 2, Colonial Day for Grade 3, Kindergarten field trips, and many more.

SAFE ROUTES: NEW SIGNS SHOWING PARKING RESTRICTIONS

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 while the rolling drop-off is underway. Thank you for driving slowly and parking carefully so as not to block driveways or crosswalks. This will help to keep everyone safe.

SAFE ROUTES: NEW SIGNS SHOWING PARKING RESTRICTIONS

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 while the rolling drop-off is underway. Thank you for driving slowly and parking carefully so as not to block driveways or crosswalks. This will help to keep everyone safe.

posted: October 19, 2018 by webmaster
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