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PTA News -- Dec. 13, 2016

What's Happening This Week

Celebrate the end of the Walk to School! season with a wacky Beach Party this Wednesday, Dec 14. Please see below for details.

Burbank mugs, water bottles, and tote bags: the perfect gifts for teachers, staff, family, and anyone else who loves Burbank. Look for them at the Winter Concert, or contact Katherine to arrange purchase.

As the weather becomes more wintery and more families are driving to school, please drive safely, observe all driving and parking rules, and be heedful of pedestrians. Thank you!

Have a Great Week!

Jessie and Katherine

3rd Graders Electrified by Museum of Science Presentation


On December 7th, Burbank's third graders were treated to a Museum of Science electromagnetism presentation. At this hands-on workshop, students explored the properties of electricity and magnetics. Student volunteers had hair-raising experiences, were shocked (gently) by the material, and learned first-hand the strength of magnets. In addition, topics of discussion (and experimentation) included conductors, insulators, repulsive and attractive forces, and many other topics that complimented the third grade science curriculum.

A great thank you to all who support the Burbank PTA and make great enrichment programs like this possible!

Walk to School! Wednesday, December 14

We'll celebrate our final Walking Wednesday of the Fall with a wacky Beach Party to chase the chill away! Leave the car behind, grab your sunglasses and sunhat, and think sunshine as you walk to school with friends. Join the fun Beach Party on the blacktop before the whistle!

Students with a Walk-it Ticket should make sure it is up to date, and hand it in to their teacher on Wednesday, December 14. Students will be recognized for a good job walking regularly to school. Contact Hyon-Jee Voigt if you have questions about Walk-it Tickets:

Thanks for walking!

PTA Burbank Walks Committee
Clare Crawford, Hyon-Jee Voigt, Katie Sbay, Harriet Wong


Support Burbank 2nd Graders, Sage and Jamie

Please support Burbank 2nd graders, Sage and Jamie Diesenhouse, who recently lost their parent, Susan, to cancer. A scholarship fund has been set up at Cambridge Savings Bank. All money raised will go directly to Sage's and Jamie's college funds. This PayPay link ( can be used to donate. There is no fee for money donated via this link.

A Way to Support the PTA While You Shop

If you shop at Amazon, you can support the PTA in a very easy way. Click the link below to designate the Burbank PTA on Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to us!

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Before 2016 Ends...
Support the Burbank Annual Appeal

We are very close to our goal of $24,000. Help us hit (and surpass!) this target, and you'll be helping to do great things at our school.

PTA Annual Appeal
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Upcoming Events

Friday, December 23rd, 9:00am: Burbank Winter Concert

Monday, December 26th to Monday, January 2nd: Winter Recess

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Community Postings


Stand-Up for Safety and Civility
Hands Around the Pond at Belmont’s Clay Pit Pond

1000 people needed for this first-ever event Dec. 17

In the spirit of continuing to be a welcoming community, and acknowledging the recent increase in hate crimes across the Commonwealth and nationwide, residents of Belmont and surrounding communities are invited to Stand-Up for Safety – Hands Around the Pond on Saturday, December 17th from 1-2 p.m. on the Concord Avenue side of Clay Pit Pond in Belmont. The highlight of the event will be a “hands around the pond”, a powerful visual statement of residents standing shoulder to shoulder and linking hands around the pond. In addition, residents will be able to review plans for the proposed Veterans’ Memorial at this location, and to acknowledge the service of local veterans who are currently championing the Memorial project.

Due to the non-political and on-partisan nature of this event, participants are requested to refrain from carrying a sign or wearing clothing that is affiliated with an individual political candidate’s name or slogan. Participants are also encouraged to dress for the elements. Parking is available in the Belmont High School Parking Lot, and walking, biking and car-pooling are encouraged. This is a family friendly event suitable for all ages, but it is requested that all dogs except service dogs are kept at home.

This event is being coordinated by members of the Stand-Up Campaign, a non-political and non-partisan organization committed to kindness, decency and civil discourse. The Stand-Up Campaign is a branch of Belmont Against Racism. Co-sponsors to date include the Belmont Human Rights Commission, The Belmont Veterans Memorial Committee the Belmont Religious Council, and A Path Appears in Belmont : A Campaign to Make A Difference. For more information, please contact or Donna Ruvolo at 617-797-1365.


Cityside Subaru Selects the Foundation for Belmont Education as a Share the Love Local Charity

For the third year, Cityside Subaru of Belmont has selected the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) to benefit from the Subaru Share the Love fundraiser, a national initiative by the car manufacturer that has donated close to $90 million to local charities across the U.S. during the past six years. Under this program, consumers who purchase or lease a new vehicle between November 17th and January 2nd can select the Foundation for Belmont Education as their charity of choice, and Subaru will donate $250 to the FBE in support of educational excellence in Belmont’s public schools. Last year, Cityside Subaru donated $22,600 to the FBE through the Share the Love program.

If you are in the market to purchase or lease a new car and want to help the Belmont Public schools in the process, please click here for more information about Cityside Subaru’s Share the Love program. Together, Cityside Subaru and the Foundation for Belmont Education are making a difference in the Belmont Public Schools.

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posted: December 16, 2016 by webmaster
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