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Burbank School Newsletter, December 14, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Learn Think Create Serve

Dear Burbank Families,

I met with the Burbank Garden Classroom committee earlier this week. Many of you might be familiar with the Garden Classroom, which is right out by the playground, along the building. In 2014, with the support of the Burbank PTA and the FBE, we were able to install a wonderful Garden Classroom-a place where students could learn, play and enjoy nature. Over the years, many parents have supported the garden in a variety of ways. The garden has become tied to our science curriculum, along with other curricular areas, including social studies, math and social-emotional learning. If you have the chance, please go to the Burbank Garden Classroom website,

On Friday, the 21st we will have our annual Burbank Winter Assembly (parents/guardians are invited to join us!)-a long standing tradition at the Burbank School. Please note that students in grades K-2 will be performing 9:00-9:30 a.m., and students in grades three and four will be performing from 10:00-10:30 a.m. in the gym. Seating is limited, so I would suggest coming early, and walking to Burbank if that’s possible for your family. This is always a special time to reflect on the first part of the school year, and look forward to the second part of the year. I want to thank Kate Hayashi and the staff for their preparations for this assembly in advance.


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

Friday, December 21: Winter Assembly in the gym

December 24-January 1: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Wednesday, January 16: Science Curriculum Presentation Coffee - 8:45am in the cafeteria

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

Friday, January 25: Burbank Skating Party

Winter Assemblies & Our Growing Community!

2018-2019 Burbank Winter Assemblies

Friday, December 21

Burbank Elementary Gym

Kindergarten, First, & Second Grade - 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Third & Fourth Grade - 10:00-10:30 a.m.

With our increased student enrollment and limited space at school, there will be two assemblies on Friday, December 21. Students in kindergarten, first and second grade will perform from 9:00 to 9:30am. A program for third and fourth graders will begin at 10:00 a.m.

As this is the school day before winter break and considering available space in the gym, students will only be able to attend the program in which they are performing . Students will work with their homeroom teachers before and after their respective assembly to prepare for the winter break, and will not be able to leave their homeroom to watch the alternate program. We encourage families with siblings in both assemblies to share stories and reflections about favorite parts of each assembly at home over the break. If you can walk to the assemblies, please do so. Parking will be limited.

One tradition for our Winter Assemblies that we are planning to continue for both programs includes singing Aline Shader’s partner song composition, Here In My House . We hope you and your family will be practicing at home to join in music-making together at the assemblies. You can listen to a recording and see lyrics for this song at

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)

Nursing Notes: Tobacco education

I have recently completed the tobacco education program in all four third grade classrooms. The third graders learned about the anatomy and physiology of breathing. They learned about the chemicals contained in tobacco and the harmful effects they can have on the body. This included a discussion of chewing and smoking tobacco. We calculated the monetary cost of cigarettes and brain-stormed alternative uses for that money. I was impressed by their questions and enthusiasm. Please ask them about what they learned.

Heather Blake, M.Ed., BSN, RN

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


Presentation for parents on 1/16/19 @ 8:45 a.m.

BPS Science Curriculum Director, Jessica DeFrances, will present information about the science curriculum at the Belmont elementary schools, on Wednesday, January 16, at 8:45 a.m. in Burbank cafeteria. Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided by the PTA. The science curriculum has changed in recent years, so please plan to attend and learn what our young scientists at Burbank have been up to!

posted: December 14, 2018 by webmaster
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