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PTA News -- Jan. 24, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

The STEM Week Committee is currently recruiting exhibitors and volunteers to help make STEM Night a success! Details and sign up infomation is below.

Last Thursday the PTA hosted a Safe Routes to School meeting. A summary of the meeting is below, as well as ways in which you can get involved.

Burbank's Skating Night last Friday was such fun! It was so great to see so many Burbank families out on the ice having a good time. A big thank you to Laura Hill and Heather Brenhouse for organizing the event, and to Dunkin Donuts for donating the hot chocolate!

Many exciting activities makes for a long and interesting newsletter again this week. Read on to find out about the upcoming session of BOKS, the student-run School Store, a recent 1st grade enrichment activity, Winter Walk to School Day, registration for the Talent Show, and the Geographpy Challenge.

Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

Volunteers Needed for Burbank STEM Night

Join us for an exciting evening of hands-on exploration for all ages at Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night on Wednesday, Feb 15th!

We need YOUR help to make STEM Night a success! 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 (

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. Registration paperwork went home in backpacks last week.

Questions? Please contact Alissa Schreiner at

Safe Routes to School Meeting Summary

Last Thursday, the PTA hosted a meeting to discuss Safe Routes to School efforts and pedestrian safety on School St. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Belmont Police Department, Glenn Clancy from Belmont Community Development Department, representatives from the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, Dr Clifford, Burbank parents, and School St residents. To read more about the meeting, as well as see the agenda and a summary of PTA Safe Routes initiatives click here.

The PTA is forming a Safe Routes Committee to continue to engage with town departments. To join or learn more about this working group contact Harriet Wong (

To get involved in supporting a broader Pedestrian Safety Campaign to raise awareness, organize events or petitions, display signs, etc. contact Mary Lewis (

If you live on School St or another busy street and want a "Slow Down!" yard sign, please contact Heather Barr (

School Store Open on Fridays!

Help the Fourth Graders learn about entrepreneurship and raise funds for their Moving On Ceremony by visiting the student-run school store. The store is open every Friday outside of the gym from dismissal to 3:30 pm.

Questions? Please contact Tatiana Pantazopoulos (

The Discovery Museum Takes First Graders by Storm


The Burbank first grade students were transformed into meteorologists on January 17th as they conducted weather related experiments. They also combined art and science to create cloud prints. Parents of first graders: check your child’s backpack for their Weather Observation Kit and free ticket to the Museum. The Discovery Museums Traveling Science Workshop on Weather was a wonderful conclusion to the students' weather unit and made possible by your donations to the PTA and organized by the Enrichment Committee.


Massachusetts Winter Walk to School Day is Wednesday, February 1st

Wear a warm colorful hat and join Burbank friends and other Massachusetts schools in walking to school on February 1st, whatever the weather! We'll have a dance party on the blacktop to celebrate being a walking school! Walking is good exercise, good fun, reduces traffic congestion, and strengthens our community.

Join one of Burbank's Walking School Bus groups on Wednesday morning, Feb 1st. To learn more about the Walking School Bus routes and how to join, click here.

Share these winter walking safety tips with your family:
* Wear bright or reflective clothing, with layers for warmth
* Wear boots with grips
* Watch out for wet or dark areas of sidewalk
* Walk like a penguin! Slow, small steps are safest in snow or ice
* Stay on sidewalks and use designated crosswalks, even when they are snowy.

The Burbank Walks Committee thanks you for walking! Clare Crawford (, Katie Sbay (, Hyon-Jee Voigt (, and Harriet Wong (

Plan Your Act Now!
Talent Show Registration Opens Jan 31st

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.

Geography Challenge Coming in March

The 22nd annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday March 23rd (junior division: grades K, 1 and 2) and Friday March 24th (senior division: grades 3 and 4).

The Geography Challenge is a non-competitive display of students’ knowledge. As in past years, students form teams of 3 or 4 members and answer questions found in the Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge Study Book, which will be distributed a few weeks before the event. Students who participate will have the opportunity to learn basic geography facts and terms. Participation in the Geography Challenge tends to be high, with about two-thirds of all Burbank students electing to take part. Students who decide not to participate get to watch the challenge and cheer for their classmates. The Geography Challenge is unique to Burbank - we are the only elementary school in Belmont that hosts this fun, educational activity.

Stay tuned for more details about times and registration. If you have any questions about the event, please contact one of the Geography Challenge co-chairs. We hope that your child decides to participate this year.

PTA Geography Challenge Co-Chairs: Clare Crawford (, Kathy Collins DerKazarian (, Elizabeth Dustin (, and Aida Parnagian (

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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Upcoming Events

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

February 20-24: February Break

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.






A Community Responds: Three Films on the Global Refugee Crisis is a film series presented by the Belmont Public Library, Belmont World Film, Beth El Temple Center, and the First Church of Belmont. The films will be screened on three Thursday nights in February: February 2 and 9 at the Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road), and February 16 at the Belmont Public Library (336 Concord Avenue). All screenings begin at 7 PM, and will be followed by discussion. Tickets are available online.


International Valentine’s Celebration

Saturday, Feb 11th 12-2 PM

Come to Belmont Library’s Assembly Room for a fun all-ages lunch time celebration. Meet new and long time Belmont neighbors. Free, drop-in.

Make Valentine’s Day cards, learn about Valentine’s Day in America and similar traditions around the world. Enjoy cold cuts and cookies!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Belmont Public Schools and Belmont Against Racism.

Drop-in, no sign up necessary, for kids, teens, and adults.



Need some library materials late? Looking for something fun to do as a family after work and school? The Children’s Room of the Belmont Public Library is now open until 8:00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and offers the following evening programs.

EVENING EXPLORERS: OPTICAL ILLUSIONS – Monday, January 30 from 6:30 -7:30pm

Stop by the Children’s Room to see some cool optical illusions—you won’t believe your eyes! You can also make your own optical illusion to take home. Ideal for kids in grades 1-4.


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!

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