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Burbank School Newsletter, December 7, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Learn Think Create Serve

Dear Burbank Families,

The stretch between Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter vacation really allows for in-depth and for the most part uninterrupted learning in the classroom. So much learning goes on during this span of time, even though it can be a busy time of year for many families.

Previously this year, I used a quote from The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey, regarding being early for school, and ready to meet the day rested, and calm. I read this book this past summer, and I found myself going through it again this week, a particular quote regarding parents’ attitudes about school caught my attention:

Your attitudes toward education will be your child’s attitude. Like-wise, your enthusiasm for the process of learning for learning’s safe is vital to instilling the same in your child. Let your child see you reading for fun. Pick up a book about a topic you know nothing about and become the resident expert on something, maybe Greek gods, Renaissance art or botany.

Sometimes, I think we forget how valuable learning something can be for all of us. We all send messages to students about what is important, and I think we all believe that learning something new is always worth conveying to our children.

Have a great weekend!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

Friday, December 21: Winter Assembly in the gym

December 24-January 1: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL – Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Friday, January 25: Burbank Skating Party

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.

Save the Date: Kindergarten Parent Information Night for School Year 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce Kindergarten Parent Information Night for parents and guardians of students entering kindergarten at Belmont Public Schools in 2019-2020 on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Winthrop L. Chenery Middle School auditorium, 95 Washington Street (snow date Thursday, January 31).

This is a general information night with all four elementary schools represented; Mary Lee Burbank, Daniel Butler, Roger Wellington, and Winn Brook. Presenting is Superintendent John Phelan along with school and central office personnel.

New in March is Kindergarten Central Registration for families with kindergarten students entering in 2019-2020. More details will be presented at Kindergarten Information Night and information is also available on the Belmont Public Schools website at:

We hope to see you there!

(Please note Kindergarten Parent Information Night is for Adults Only)

Attention Parents of 4th Grade Students

An updated physical exam is required by Massachusetts law for 4th grade students. Please send in to the clinic a copy of your child’s annual physical that has been completed within the past 12 months.

Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Heather Blake, M.Ed., BSN, RN, Burbank School Nurse

Fax: 617-484-2050, Phone: 617-993-5506

PTA News

Give for the Holidays: $2,500 Still to Go!

We are at 90% of our goal of $30,000, with $2,500 left to go! The PTA's funds go towards supporting our school community, and this year we have a larger school. This holiday season, if you haven't already, please give what you can and help push us over the finish line! Make a donation online at, 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. Your contribution directly helps enrich your child’s school experience. Every bit helps, so please join us and give what you can.

Examples of past partnerships between the Burbank PTA and the Burbank school include teacher grants, SMART boards, classroom supplies, grade-level enrichment activities, “Mathbrary” for Grade 2, Colonial Day for Grade 3, Kindergarten field trips, online enrichment subscriptions for Grades K-4, community-building events, school library and classroom library support, and teacher professional development.


Students of Burbank Elementary embraced the "Kids Helping Kids" spirit and collected over $1,800 for the annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF drive this year! This is enough money to provide 3,600 children with therapeutic ready-to-use food or UNICEF backpacks for 360 children to go to school. A friendly intra-school competition for the highest percentage of participation was narrowly won by Ms. Cox's class.

Thank you to all the parents who helped make this such a success!

posted: December 7, 2018 by webmaster
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