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Burbank School Newsletter, December 21, 2018

We Strive for Love of Learning, Respect and Well Being

Dear Burbank Families,

We had our Annual Burbank Winter Assembly this morning-which is one of the best traditions at Burbank. We had two sessions, the first was for grades K-2, and the second was for grades 3 and 4. I want to thank Kate Hayashi our music teacher for organizing and planning this great assembly-also thanks to all of the staff members who helped with the rehearsals and all of the preparation. Thanks also to the students-they all did a great job!

I hope that everyone has a relaxing and fun vacation. Safe travels to those that will be away for vacation. I look forward to seeing everyone back at Burbank on Wednesday, January 2nd. Thank you for supporting our school, and for sharing your wonderful children with us!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • December 24-January 1: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break
  • Wednesday, January 16: Science Curriculum Presentation Coffee - 8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria
  • Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL – Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Friday, January 25: Burbank Skating Party
  • Wednesday, February 6: Winter Walk to School
  • Wednesday, February 13: STEM Night
  • February 18-22: NO SCHOOL – February Break

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.

From the Art Room

Mrs. Pond is looking for donations of battery operated table lamps, salt lamps, and a few plug-in floor lamps to help with lessons on shading and light! Please contact Nicole Pond with any questions npond@belmont.,

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)

Wellness Reminder

The best ways to keep your children healthy and in school include:

  • Helping them get enough sleep (School-age children need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night). The immune system is repaired and the body restored during sleep--making sleep critical to good health.
  • Remind your children to wash their hands frequently—at least before eating meals. This is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Make sure your children start the day with breakfast and bring a nutritious snack. Children who miss breakfast have difficulty concentrating and participating fully in the classroom. Studies have shown that students who skip breakfast have lower test scores, poor memory and concentration, and are not as happy or well adjusted.
  • Please keep children home who have had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours. When a child is sent home with a fever, they may not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.

Thank you,

Heather Blake, 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

Library Shelf Read With Robin Hines

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 8:45 a.m.

Love books? Come help! Follow the link below to sign up. Coffee and goodies courtesy of Robin Hines, our beloved library aide.

Twice a year, library volunteers help Robin Hines go through all the books in the library to put them back in order so our kids (and Robin) can find them. This is called a shelf read. The next shelf read will be Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 starting at 8:45 a.m.

Students will be doing testing in the computer lab at the back of the library while we are doing the shelf read. The students will have headphones on, but, as always, we will keep our voices down while chatting.

To sign up please go to the link below and choose the tab that says "Burbank Library Shelf Read" (on the mobile version this is a drop-down list). Questions? Contact Amitha Knight at

Sign Up for Library Shelf Read


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

Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided by the PTA

BPS Science Curriculum Director, Jessica DeFrances, will present 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!

Annual Appeal a Resounding Success!

The numbers are in and this year's Annual Appeal Drive was an overwhelming success! Over 50% of Burbank families and many Burbank staff and teachers participated. Thanks to your generous contributions, we have raised $30,835 at last tally, putting us at slightly over our goal. Great job Burbank!

If you haven't given to the PTA yet this year, any additional contributions can help expand our funding options. Donate via the link below or by sending in a check made out to Burbank PTA.

posted: December 21, 2018 by webmaster
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