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Burbank School Newsletter, March 15, 2019

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

What a fun week! Each morning students from the second grade have been coming to the office to conduct announcements to tell everyone about the books they are reading during our “Burbank Reads Across America”. This morning the second graders from Ms. Normille’s class discussed, “Frindle”, one of my favorite books!

The 24th annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday, March 21st (junior division: grades K, 1, and 2) and Friday, March 22nd (senior division: grades 3 and 4) in the cafeteria. Please note that the schedule for each grade level is a bit different this year.

The schedule for the Geography Challenge will be as follows:

  • Grade K: 9 am - 9:30 am on Thursday, March 21st
  • Grade 1: 9:40 am – 10:20 am on Thursday, March 21st
  • Grade 2: 10:30 am – 11:10 am on Thursday, March 21st
  • Grades 3-4: 9:00 am - 10:20 am on Friday, March 22nd

Have a delightful weekend!

Sincerely,

Dr. Clifford

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, March 18: Coffee with the Principal – 8:45-9:30am
  • Wednesday, March 20: EARLY RELEASE–11:40 a.m. dismissal–Parent Conferences (Thurs. Sched)
  • Thursday, March 21: Geography Challenge grades K-2 9:00-10:30 a.m. (see schedule above)
  • Friday, March 22: Geography Challenge grades 3 & 4 – 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Parent Conference Early Release Day – 11:40 a.m. Dismissal

March 20th is an early release day for fall parent conferences Please mark this date 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. On

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.

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
COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL

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.

The 24th annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday, March 21st (junior division: grades K, 1, and 2) and Friday, March 22nd (senior division: grades 3 and 4) in the cafeteria.

The schedule for the Geography Challenge will be as follows:

  • Grade K: 9 am - 9:30 am on Thursday, March 21st
  • Grade 1: 9:40 am – 10:20 am on Thursday, March 21st
  • Grade 2: 10:30 am – 11:10 am on Thursday, March 21st
  • Grades 3-4: 9:00 am - 10:10 am, Friday, March 22nd

252 students from kindergarten to 4th grade formed 70 teams to participate in Geography Challenge this year. Fun, teamwork and learning are all part of this unique Burbank tradition. Students are encouraged to coordinate with their team on a theme or color to wear on the Day of the Challenge. Parents who wish to volunteer at the event can sign up here

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949aeaf23a3fe3-geography

posted: March 15, 2019 by webmaster
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