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Burbank School Newsletter, March 8, 2019

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Dear Burbank Families,

On Tuesday we began “Burbank Reads Across America”. This month we are focusing on several different reading activities throughout the school, as many schools are doing throughout the country, with “Read Across America” activities. One of the activities we are engaged in daily during the month of March, is having students come to the office and share a summary of a book they’ve read with the school community through the speaker system. By sharing books with everyone in our school community, we hope that students will try a book they haven’t read. It’s exciting to listen to the students describe, with such enthusiasm, books they want others to know about.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are happening this month. The first conferences happened last Wednesday, and we have conferences scheduled for the 13th and 20th which are both early dismissal days at 11:40 a.m. Conferences are an important time to hear how your student is progressing in school. Conferences are also an opportunity for parents to share information about their student so that the teacher can also understand how the student is experiencing school.

The Geography Challenge is coming up soon! This year the Challenge is on the 21st for grades K-2, and on the 22nd for third and fourth graders. The Geography Challenge is a wonderful tradition here at Burbank, and something everyone always looks forward to!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, March 8: Burbank Movie Night – 6:30-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 13: EARLY RELEASE–11:40 dismissal–Parent Conferences (Wed. Sched.)
  • Monday, March 18: Coffee with the Principal – 8:45-9:30am
  • Wednesday, March 20: EARLY RELEASE–11:40 dismissal–Parent Conferences (Thurs. Sched)
  • Thursday, March 21: Geography Challenge grades K-2 9:00-10:30am
  • Friday, March 22: Geography Challenge grades 3 & 4 – 9:00-10:00am

Parent Conference Early Release Day – 11:40am Dismissal

March 13 & 20th are early release days for fall parent conferences Please mark these dates on your calendar. On all early release days, all students are released from school at 11:40 a.m. No lunches are served. BASEC (after school program) begins at 11:40 a.m.

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.

MCAS spring 2019 Testing Schedule for Burbank School

April 2019 ELA

  • Tuesday April 23rd: Grade 3 ELA session 1
  • Thursday, April 25th: Grade 3 ELA session 2
  • Monday, April 29th: Grade 4 ELA session 1
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Grade 4 ELA session 2

May 2019 Mathematics

  • Tuesday, May 14th: Grade 3 Math session 1
  • Thursday, May 16th: Grade 3 Math session 2
  • Monday, May 20th: Grade 4 Math session 1
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Grade 4 Math session 2

Kindergarten Information Evening – Thursday, April 25, 2019

On Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 there will be an Informational Evening for parents who have completed the Kindergarten registration process and whose children have been assigned to the Burbank School.

The meeting will take place in the gym. Dr. Clifford will address parents and welcome them to Burbank School. She will give a brief description of the Kindergarten Screening Process which will take place later in the spring. Dr. Clifford will also give a brief overview of the Kindergarten Program. Heather Blake the School Nurse will also be there to discuss Health Information.

5th Annual Boston Belmont Friends Group Family Bowling Event

Join us at the 5th Annual BBFG Bowling Event

All Boston and Belmont families attending Belmont Public Schools are welcome to join in the fun for bowling, pizza, and making new friends. This event is open to K-12 families thanks to funding from Belmont Against Racism.

Date: March 10th

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Boston Bowl, 820 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA (easy access, exit 12 off 93 South)

What: Bowling, Pizza & Drinks, and Meeting New Friends

RSVP: Please RSVP to Lorraine Kermond at (include family name, student names, grade levels, and number of bowlers)

When Students Are Absent From School More Than 15 Days

Due to the increase in families taking extended vacations from school we would like to remind parents of the Belmont Public School’s policy regarding absences.

If a student is gone from Belmont Public Schools 16 or more days, they will be inactivated. On return the parent must bring proof of residency to the school. The student is not guaranteed placement in the same classroom or even in the same school. Placement is determined by the Superintendent. The family also should contact the Assistant Superintendent for home schooling plans while they are away.

Missing nearly a month of school has a great impact on a student’s learning. It is very hard to make up three weeks or more of school. Teachers are not required to put together packets of work for any students who will be out of school for an extended period.

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.

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

PTA News

Join your Burbank friends for a fun Friday night movie!

When? TONIGHT - Friday, March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where? Burbank Cafeteria

Wear your pajamas, bring a blanket or pillow. Get cozy and enjoy the movie!

Siblings are welcome

*Please note--all children must be accompanied by an adult. This is NOT a drop-off event.

Snacks and water will be available for purchase, $1 each.

Questions? Please contact Jesse Souweine ( or Kelly Imberman (


Please join us for an informal coffee and breakfast bites with Dr.Tricia Clifford on March 18 from 8:45-9:30 a.m. at the Burbank Conference Room (across from the school library).

The format is open-ended and topics to be discussed include MCAS and any other topics attendees bring up.

posted: March 8, 2019 by webmaster
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