Belmont Public Schools
Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5500
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Dear Burbank Families,
Fall is truly upon us now.  As the weather gets colder, we expect students to bring more and varied clothing to prepare for time outdoors.  Please be sure to send appropriately warm clothes on days that require it.  Since this is New England, I highly suggest a layering approach.  Cold mornings can transform into scorching afternoons and the ability to adapt is important.  We know that our students are good at taking off those layers, but as our Lost & Found bin attests they aren’t yet proficient at it.  Labeling coats, hats, gloves, and other items will greatly increase your chances of seeing those items back at home.  See me if you want to borrow a Sharpie!
I am pleased to announce that one of the benefits of having our school counselor, Kristin Romig, full time this year is that she has been able to devote time to services that just weren’t possible on a part time basis.  She will be visiting each of our Kindergarten classrooms for lessons on mindfulness.  Her aim is to help our youngest students develop habits of self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-regulation, all of which help promote Burbank’s core values of Love of Learning, Respect, and Wellbeing! Thank you Mrs. Romig! She has also provided me with Mindfulness Quote of the Month:
Three things in human life are important:
the first is to be kind;
the second is to be kind;
and the third is to be kind.
― Henry James
Wise words. Have a great weekend Burbank!
Principal Okie

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, October 14: NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, October 23: EARLY DISMISSAL – Parents Conferences- Tuesday schedule
  • Thursday, October 24: Individual & Class Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 30: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences-Friday schedule 
  • Wednesday, November 6: EARLY RELEASE – Parent Conferences-Thursday schedule
  • Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
  • Thursday, November 14: Burbank Library Night
  • Wednesday, November 27: EARLY RELEASE for Thanksgiving Break - Wednesday schedule
  • November 28 & 29: NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Early Release Day Flip – Flop Schedule 

                             October 23, 30, and November 6 and 27 are all Early Release days.  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.
Dear Parents/Guardians:
The Burbank School, along with hundreds of schools nationwide, will be participating in a national healthy-eating initiative called P.A.C.K. Week. 

Pack Assorted Colors for Kids Week.
October 21st – 25th

This is a fun and educational program that encouraging kids to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as each has its own nutritional benefits.  To get the broadest range of nutrients, all colors are important – Purple, white, red, yellow, orange and green.  And kids love eating the rainbow! Each day of P.A.C.K. Week has been assigned a different color and we’re asking you to pack a fruit or vegetable for your child’s snack based on the color of the day.  All forms of fruits and vegetables count, so consider packing 100% fruit juice, dried fruits or canned fruits/veggies as tasty options.  Here are the days of P.A.C.K. Week with some packing tips to make it easy:
• Monday, October 21st is Pack Purple Day – consider packing purple 100% grape juice, raisins, blueberries and Concord grapes.
• Tuesday, October 22nd is Pack White Day – bananas, white peaches, pears, cauliflower with dressing are tasty choices.
• Wednesday, October 23rd is Pack Red Day – apples, cherries, strawberries, red pepper slices or grape tomatoes are great options
• Thursday, October 24th is Pack Yellow/Orange Day - baby carrots, dried apricots, pineapple, nectarines or oranges are easy to pack
• Friday, October 25th is Pack Green Day – go green with green grapes, celery sticks, broccoli florets, or a green apple.
We are also suggesting that your child wear the color of the day to make the program more fun!
Thanks for your support.
Heather Blake, BSN, M.Ed., RN
Burbank School Nurse
PTA News

Vision & Hearing Screening

                Vision and hearing screening will begin soon at the Burbank School. This is done annually in accordance with Massachusetts General  Law. Each student is screened annually and notification is sent home if a child has difficulty with any of the screenings. If you do not receive notification, you can assume that your child has passed the basic school screening. These screenings are not intended to substitute for medical care. They are designed to ensure that students are able to participate in the school learning environment to the best of their abilities. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Heather Blake, BSN, M.Ed., RN (Burbank School Nurse)

PTA News

              The PTA is an essential partner to the Burbank School, and your contribution directly helps enrich your child’s school experience. We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $130 PER CURRENT BURBANK CHILD.
Here are some examples of how the Burbank PTA supports the Burbank community:
             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  ✦ Teacher Professional Development
Every bit helps, so please join us and give what you can.
Send in a check, join in person with a check or credit card at Curriculum Night or donate online at:


posted: October 4, 2019 by webmaster
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