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PTA News -- Jan. 31, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

We still need activity exhibitors and volunteers for STEM Night on Feb 15. Please help out if you can! Details and sign up infomation is below.

Sign-ups for two great Burbank traditions open this week: Burbank Talent Show on Tues, Jan 31st and Geography Challenge on Wed, Feb 1st. Both sign-ups will be online, and the links will be sent via email by Dr. Clifford.

Wednesday, Feb 1st is also MA Winter Walk to School Day. Let's celebrate being a walking school!

The next PTA meeting will be Monday, Feb 6th. In addition to regular PTA business, Dr. Clifford and Ms. Ames will present information about technology at Burbank. We hope you can join us!

Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

Burbank STEM Night only 2 weeks away

We need YOUR help to make STEM Night on Feb 15th a success! Host an activity of your choice 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 (

PTA Meeting next Monday:
Technology at Burbank

Join us next Monday, Feb 6th at 7:00 pm in the Burbank Cafeteria to find out about technology at Burbank. Dr. Clifford and 4th grade teacher Ms. Ames will present how Burbank's current technological resources are utilized, their limitations and their challenges, and the benefits that expanded access to technology would bring.


The Talent Show Sign-Up goes LIVE
Tues, January 31st (today!) at 8:30pm

Yesterday (Jan 30th) you received an email from Dr. Clifford with a link to the online Sign-Up Form and an information sheet with instructions came home in your child’s backpack last week (extra copies available in school office). Remember, sign up is first come, first served - so sign up quickly!

If you have any questions please contact Marin Mayall, Sign-Up Chair by emailing and in the Subject Line write: Marin Mayall - Sign-Up.

Winter Walk to School Day
Wed, February 1st

Wear a warm colorful hat and join Burbank friends and other MA 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 Feb 1st. To learn more about the Walking School Bus routes and how to join, click here.

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


There is more traffic around Burbank during the winter months as more families commute to school by car. We ask everyone to please drive slowly and carefully, park safely, and follow all posted signage when driving to and from Burbank (more info available on PTA website). Specifically:
* do NOT park in No Parking areas (indicated with signs and safety cones)
* do NOT block crosswalks, sidewalks, or driveways
* DO use the designated drop-off areas on Gale Rd and Sharpe Rd
* do NOT leave your car in the drop off areas
* LEFT TURN only from Sharpe Rd onto School St in the mornings (protects crosswalk across School St)
* DO obey the one-way only traffic designation on Gale Rd and Sharpe Rd during school hours

Thank you for helping keep our students SAFE!

Geography Challenge Registration
Opens Wed, February 1st

The 22nd annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday March 23rd and Friday March 24th in the Burbank cafeteria.

Please note an important scheduling change from previous years. Due to increased enrollment throughout the school, the schedule for the Geography Challenge will be as follows:
Grades K-1: 9-9:50am, Thursday, March 23rd
Grade 2: 10-10:30am, Thursday, March 23rd (after the K-1 students depart)
Grades 3-4: 9-10am, Friday, March 24th

The Geography Challenge is a non-competitive display of students’ knowledge and is unique to Burbank - we are the only elementary school in Belmont that hosts this fun, educational activity. All students attend the Geography Challenge regardless of whether they are on a team.

This year, registration will be conducted online. Registration will open February 1 and will close February 15th. Stay tuned for a link to online registration and FAQs about the event on February 1. If you have any questions, 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 (

Safe Routes Committee Update

The PTA Safe Routes to School Committee is working with town departments to promote safety for students and families walking to school. The immediate priority is to address the crosswalk at the front of Burbank on School Street, where the crossing guard was hit by a vehicle in January. Potential safety improvements could include signs displaying drivers' speed as they approach the school from each direction, the installation of curbs to protect sidewalks, a pedestrian-triggered flashing warning sign at the crosswalk, and hopefully, traffic calming measures along School Street as cars approach from both directions. These proposed measures need to be approved through the town's budgeting process.

We are also trying to create a group that would advocate for pedestrian safety concerns town-wide. If you are interested in joining us in this effort, please 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 (

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

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, February 1st: Winter Walk to School Day

Wednesday, February 1st: Geography Challenge Sign-Up Opens

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

Wednesday, February 15th: STEM Night

February 20-24: February Break

March 10: Movie Night

March 23-24: Geography Challenge

View PTA Calendar

Community Postings


The FBE’s Online Camp Auction opened for bidding on Thursday, January 26th!

From preschool programs to overnight camps, the FBE Online Camp Auction has something for every child. There are local offerings for a variety of age ranges and overnight options perfect for those children who wish to venture out of the area for camp.

Please visit the FBE’s Online Camp Auction website for detailed descriptions of each camp offering including dates and restrictions and start bidding! The FBE Online Camp Auction will close on Monday, February 6th at 8pm.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to solidify your child’s summer plans and thank you for your support of the FBE! Questions: Contact Barb Chinoporos at






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.


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

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