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PTA News -- Jan. 10, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Happy New Year, and welcome back to Burbank! We hope everyone had a nice holiday break.

Sign-ups for the Burbank Talent Show are scheduled to open at the end of the month and we very quickly must find several willing volunteers if the show is to happen this year. The Talent Show is is a wonderful night for our community to come together and support our students as they share their fabulous talents. See below for more details, and if you can help, please email

Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

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.

Help Needed for the Burbank Talent Show

Mark your calendars... the Burbank Talent show is coming April 7th, 2017! The Talent Show is a beloved Burbank event featuring 40 exciting and varied acts by students from all grades. To ensure that the show goes off without a hitch, we are in need of volunteers to assist with sign-up and rehearsals (see description of duties below). Please, if you can help, let us know ASAP. These positions must be filled before sign-up opens January 31st.

Sign-Up Co-Chair (1-2 volunteers):
- Announce and organize sign-up and collection of materials (waivers, mp3s)
- Communicate with parents and answer questions as needed
- Monitor sign-up process, particularly during the evening of Jan 31

Rehearsal Co-Chair (1-2 volunteers):
- Schedule and organize rehearsals and rehearsal schedule
- Communicate with parents about rehearsals
- Oversee the running of rehearsals, working closely with rehearsal volunteers

Contact Anne-Louise Klaus, Talent Show Coordinator at to volunteer or with questions.


Go Skating with your Burbank Friends!

Friday, January 20th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Skip Viglirolo Skating Rink

Please join your Burbank friends for a fun night of skating! We have the rink to ourselves from 7-8 pm, but all are welcome to stay for public skate from 8-10 pm. Thanks to a generous donation from Dunkin' Donuts, we will have free hot chocolate. Be sure to bring your own skates - the rink does NOT rent skates. Helmets are recommended.

Please consider bringing a donation for the Belmont Food Pantry - there will be collection boxes set up when you arrive. The most needed items are: ground coffee, dish detergent, canned sweet corn, pasta sauce (in jars, not cans), rice pilaf, toothpaste, white canned tuna, and juice boxes.

Questions? Contact Laura Hill at or Heather Brenhouse at

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!

Go to

Save the Date: Burbank STEM Night

Please mark your calendars for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night on the evening of Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. Join us for an exciting evening of hands-on exploration for all ages!

Calling all STEM enthusiasts: We need your help to make STEM Night success! Please consider hosting an activity of your choice or helping in some other way. Look for sign-up information next week.

Questions? Contact one of the STEM Committee Members: Sarah Olken (, Jerome Dubois (, John Lohavichan (, Adam Poulin-Kerstien (, or Steve Sears (

Burbank Walks...
Even in the Winter

Over the winter we encourage families to walk to and from school as often as they can. The Walking School Buses are taking a break, but Burbank will celebrate a Winter Walk to School Day on Wednesday, February 1st.

Remind your children of these winter walking safety tips:
* Allow extra time for dressing and walking - snow can be such fun!
* Wear bright colors, or reflector strips on jackets/backpacks
* Wear boots with good grips
* Stay on the sidewalk, even if it has not yet been cleared
* Cross with a crossing guard, or at established crosswalks.

Stay warm and safe, and please drive slowly and carefully around the school!

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 20th: Burbank Skating Party

Tuesday, January 31st: Talent Show Sign-Up Opens

Wednesday, February 1st: Winter Walk to School Day

Monday, February 6th: PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 15th: STEM Night

View PTA Calendar

Community Postings


Family Film Festival

Belmont World Film is holding its 2017 Family Film Festival - Where Books Come Alive! - January 13-16. Screenings take place at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Studio Cinema and the Belmont Media Center in Belmont, and the Brattle Theat er in Cambridge. For movie listings, tickets and more information, please visit

Belmont World Film (BWF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, promotes cross-cultural understanding through film screenings accompanied by discussions led by expert speakers, cultural performances, and ethnic cuisine. This format distinguishes BWF’s screenings of international feature films, documentaries, animation, and shorts from traditional film presentations. BWF began with the premise that foreign-language film can not only be a vehicle for hearing another language in action, but it can also foster an emotional understanding of other cultures.


Green Corner: Recycling Textiles in Belmont

Did your family receive new clothes or stuffed animals for the holidays and now you want to get rid of your old ones? Please don’t throw them in the trash! As long as textiles are clean and dry they can be donated and/or recycled. For recycling purposes don’t worry if they are worn, torn, permanently stained or missing a button or zipper. Some examples of textiles are: clothing, shoes, handbags, sheets, towels and draperies. A list of textiles that can be recycled is available here.

Below are some ways to recycle textiles:
- Drop off at DPW Recycle Days, held in May and October
- Call for a pick-up at your home from your favorite local charity
- Use textiles boxes located around town:
-- St. Vincent de Paul boxes behind St. Joseph’s Church via Orchard St.
-- Planet Aid boxes located on Lexington St, at Thayer Rd, or on Mill St. at Concord Ave

Any questions or suggestions, please contact Mary Beth Calnan, Belmont Recycling Coordinator at or 617-993-2689.


Save the Date: FBE Spring Dinner
March 18th, 2017 from 6:30-11:00 pm

The Annual Foundation for Belmont Education Fundraiser is only three months away! It’s time to SAVE THE DATE and help the FBE get ready for its largest fundraising event of the year.

There are many ways to help the FBE prepare for this fantastic event:
Learn About Volunteer Opportunities
View and Donate items from our Auction Wish List
Learn about the FBE and what we do to support the Belmont Public Schools

Questions? Contact

Thank you for your support of the FBE!

Burbank Elementary School PTA

266 School Street
Belmont MA 02478

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Jessie Bennett

Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

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