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PTA News -- Jan. 17, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Friday is Burbank Skating Night! Grab your skates and head to the rink for a fun night out with your friends!

Thursday night the PTA will host an informational meeting about Safe Routes to School and pedestrian safety around Burbank. Come hear about efforts to address safety concerns and find out how you can help.

Some exciting Burbank events are coming soon! Volunteers for STEM Night are needed to host an activity and help in other ways - sign up now! The end of the month will bring both sign-ups for the Talent Show and a new session of BOKS. More details about all these programs and events below.

Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

Safe Routes to School Informational Meeting

Parents and local residents are invited to an informational meeting about pedestrian safety on School Street and all routes to Burbank on Thursday, Jan 19 from 7-8pm in the cafeteria. Come hear about collaborative efforts to address safety concerns around Burbank, progress to date, and proposed plans for future improvements. Discuss how you can help and effective next steps.

All are welcome; please spread the word.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Poulin-Kerstien at or Harriet Wong at

Go Skating with your Burbank Friends!

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

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

Volunteers Needed for 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: Help make STEM Night a success! Please host an activity of your choice (sign up by Feb 1) or help in some other way:

Click here to host an activity Click here to volunteer ahead of time/during the event

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

Start Planning Your Act
for the Burbank Talent Show

The Burbank Talent show, scheduled for April 7th, is a beloved Burbank event featuring exciting and varied acts by students from all grades. Now is the time for all interested students to start planning their acts! Sign-ups will open January 31st and are on a first come, first served basis. Please keep the following requirements in mind when planning:
- Burbank students only.
- Each child may be in one act. A group act counts.
- Acts may be no more than 2 minutes total.
- There will be a maximum of 40 acts in the show.

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

BOKS Kicking Off on January 31st

Calling all health nuts who like to have fun... Join us for BOKS to kick off a healthy and fun 2017! Grab your sneakers and head to the Burbank gymnasium on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7:40-8:30. This session of BOKS will run from January 31 through April 12. Look out for paperwork in backpacks soon.

Questions? Please contact Alissa Schreiner at

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!

Go to

Stay Safe While Walking to School

Over the winter the Burbank Walks Committee encourages families to continue walking to and from school as often as they can. Burbank will celebrate a Winter Walk to School Day on Wed, February 1st. Stay tuned for details!

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


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

PTA Co-Presidents

Jessie Bennett

Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

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posted: January 18, 2017 by webmaster
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