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PTA News -- Feb. 14, 2017

What's Happening This Week

Look in your child's backpack today for a flyer about our Adopt-a-Chomebook initiative. It's a chance for families to make a big impact here at the school with a much-needed technology purchase. More information below.

Please join us tomorrow evening for STEM Night. Last year's event was a lot of fun for all involved. We could still use some volunteers for the event.


Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

Join us for Burbank STEM Night tomorrow!

Join us for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Night - An evening of exploration and discovery!

Wednesday, February 15
6:00-6:30pm (or until it is gone) - Pizza for sale in the cafeteria
6:30-8:00pm – Hands-on exhibits and activities in the gym

Special guests will be joining many exciting exhibitors from the Burbank community. We welcome Alyssa Goodman with the World Wide Telescope & iRobot.

Examples of some recent classroom STEM projects will be on display at STEM Night and throughout the school all week. Bring the family & have fun with STEM!

Click here to volunteer during the event

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

Adopt-A-Chromebook and Help Burbank Excel!

The PTA is raising additional funds to give Burbank students greater access to technology resources. The specific goal of this initiative is to raise funds to purchase several sets of Chromebooks (30 per set) and mobile charge carts so that they can be utilized throughout the school. Chromebooks are inexpensive, versatile laptops that connect to the Internet and utilize robust, cloud-based apps.

Dr. Clifford and Burbank teachers approached the PTA after multiple grant requests were declined elsewhere. The money isn’t available in the school budget to make this purchase, but the time is right to move forward now. A group of Burbank families has pledged to adopt one Chromebook every time funds are raised to purchase an additional one, until a complete set is funded. This offer expires March 1st. Will you help activate their pledge?

Donate online: visit

Donate by check to “Burbank PTA” and return with the attached flyer in your child’s backpack.

Donate at STEM Night on February 15th by cash, check, or credit card.

Read more on the attached flyer, or bring your questions to the PTA table at STEM Night.

Burbank Walks

Here are two creative ways for your family to promote walking and Safe Routes to School:

Send a Sidewalk Valentine!
Spread a little love in your neighborhood this week! Children can color in the attached "sidewalk valentine" and deliver it to a mailbox as they walk to school. It's always nice to thank our neighbors for clearing their sidewalks, and to send a friendly reminder that Burbank is a walking school, even in winter!

Design a Safe Routes to School yard sign!
Mass. Safe Routes to School invites students in grades 2-8 to enter a yard sign design contest. Yard signs should have a message about driver awareness and pedestrian safety around schools. Please see the attached pdf for SRTS Yard Sign Contest details (make this link to pdf). Children may work on a design at home (either hand drawn or printed 8.5" x 11") and bring it to the Burbank school office, labeled with student's name, school name and grade, by Wednesday March 15. The PTA will then send all entries to Mass SRTS before the contest deadline of March 20. Winning designs will be made into signs for state-wide distribution around the next Walk to School Day in May. Happy designing!

Questions? Contact Harriet Wong (, Clare Crawford (, Hyon-Jee Voigt (, Katie Sbay (

Geography Challenge
Registration Still Open

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.

Registration is still open. Visit to sign up. Please only register once per team.

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. 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

Following the Safe Routes to School informational meeting held on January 11th (agenda here), the PTA has formed a Safe Routes to School Committee to engage with town departments and community members for pedestrian safety awareness and infrastructure improvements.

As reported at the February PTA Meeting, the SRTS Committee is currently focused on working with Glenn Clancy, Director of Community Development/Planning, and the police traffic officers to advocate for a series of changes to improve safety at the crosswalk on School Street, including:

  • Reflective "Yield" sign in the crosswalk (already provided by police & DPW) "Your speed is" detection & display signs on each approach to the 20mph school zone (to be installed in spring)
  • Curbing and sidewalk repair on both sides of School Street (pending capital budget approval, for installation by September)
  • Push-button activated flashing crosswalk alert sign system at crosswalk (pending capital budget approval, for installation by September)
  • Raised tables on straight sections of School St, to slow traffic approaching crosswalk (under consideration by town departments).

We are grateful for the collaborative response from the town departments, and for the support of Burbank families as we continue to make progress towards some infrastructure improvements.

How you can help:

  1. Call the town planning office at 617 993-2666 and convey your support for improved safety measures on School Street.
  2. If you are a Town Meeting member, or otherwise involved in the town's budgeting process, please look out for and support these capital budget items requested by the planning department.
  3. Join us! Get involved in a town-wide pedestrian safety campaign to raise awareness and advocate for changes to town planning policy. Come to a meeting of the Belmont SRTS Working Group on Monday, February 27, 7pm at the Town Hall. Contact Mary Lewis for more info and to get on an email list.
  4. Stay aware and engaged! Many families turned out for the Winter Walk to School Day on February 1st, and many are displaying yard signs to remind drivers to drive and park carefully. Talk to your neighbors and friends and help keep others aware of safety needs and our shared responsibilities.
  5. If you live on School St or another busy street near Burbank and wish to display a "Slow Down!" yard sign, please contact Heather Barr
Thanks for your support. Please contact a SRTS Committee member with questions, concerns, or suggestions. Harriet Wong, Heather Barr,


When? Friday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where? Burbank Cafeteria
Movie: Moana

Wear your pajamas, bring a blanket or pillow. Get cozy and enjoy the movie!

Siblings are welcome. *Please note--all children must be accompanied by an adult. This is NOT a drop-off event. Snacks and water will be available for purchase, $1 each.

Questions? Please contact Jesse Souweine ( or Kelly Imberman (

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

Wednesday, February 15th: STEM Night

February 20-24: February Break

March 10: Movie Night

March 23-24: Geography Challenge

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Community Postings




February 15 at 7 pm: After Spring. West Newton Cinema (1296 Washington Street, West Newton, MA)

February 16 at 7 pm: All of Me Belmont Public Library

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 West Newton Cinema, 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.


A Night Out with the FBE
Tickets on Sale Now!

Join the FBE for A NIGHT OUT March 18th, 7:00-10:30 and Help Make A Difference in the Belmont Public Schools!

PURCHASE TICKETS or MAKE A DONATION. Tickets for this event sell out quickly, so Don’t Wait!

NEW THIS YEAR! Silent Auction with great ‘night out’ packages and experiences, Cocktail Party and Much More – Stay Tuned


Thank you for your support of the FBE!

Burbank Elementary School PTA

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Belmont MA 02478

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