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PTA News -- Mar. 7, 2017

What's Happening This Week

Today, Tuesday March 7th, is Wilson Farm Shopping Day. Show the shopping day flyer at the store and Wilson Farm will donate 20% of your purchase to the Belmont Public Schools.

Thank you to all who supported the Adopt-a-Chromebook initiative - the community's quick response and your generosity were remarkable! We are pleased to announce that the drive was a success and that the PTA is in the process of purchasing 60 Chromebooks and two charging carts for the school. This is twice our original goal, and we are proud to provide this valuable resource to Burbank students and teachers. We look forward to reporting to the community how the Chromebooks are utilized in the coming months and years.

With gratitude,

Jessie and Katherine



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 (



The Geography Challenge is fast approaching!

This year’s Challenge will be held on Thursday, March 23rd, and Friday, March 24th, in the Burbank cafeteria. We hope participating teams have fun learning and practicing for the Geography Challenge. The study guides are now available:

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grades 3-4
Families are welcome to come support their student and enjoy the display of knowledge and teamwork. Don’t forget to coordinate with your team on a theme or color to wear the day of the Challenge.


Call for Volunteers: Help the Geography Challenge run smoothly!
This two day event needs helping hands before, during and after. If you are free, please check out the link and sign up if you can. Thank you very much!

Volunteer for Geography Challenge


Questions? Contact a co-chair: Clare Crawford (, Kathy Collins DerKazarian (, Elizabeth Dustin (, and Aida Parnagian (

Enriching Experiences at Burbank


Renaissonics Plays for Third Grade

This year the FBE supported the third grade music curriculum by funding the professional concert Renaissonics. Renaissonics is acknowledged as an innovative ensemble incorporating Renaissance musical practices with unique blends and performance of modern musical styles. This includes performances featuring the recorder -- one of the instruments studied in the 3rd grade music curriculum. When students experience a familiar instrument in a new and advanced context, there is great opportunity for personal and educational growth. We are so appreciative of teacher, parent, and community support to enrich our music program at Burbank!



Second Grade Meets Sled Dog Teddy & His Musher

Last month the second grade was treated to an exciting visit from John Kenney and his Siberian Husky, Teddy. Mr. Kenney is an experienced dog musher with forty years of experience who shares his experiences with all the Belmont Elementary Schools each year. In addition to introducing Teddy, Mr. Kenney demonstrates how his dog sled works. This visit enriches the 2nd grade unit on Alaska and the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. We thank Mr. Kenney for volunteering his time. He does not get paid, but asks for a donation to two local Siberian Husky Rescue organizations, to which the PTA generously contributes.



Origami Master Wows Third Grade

Last month, Burbank’s third grade classes were treated to a phenomenal origami instruction workshop, Origamido, by origami master Michael LaFosse. Mr. LaFosse is the author of more than 70 origami books and instructional videos and displays his origami masterpieces in art and academic institutes across the globe. Detailing how math and geometry skills are used in origami, Mr. LaFosse showed the students how to create boats and hearts – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Students spent much of their inside recess time that week (thanks to ALL the snow) creating origami art and each child returned home with many of their own pieces. This program, funded by the PTA for several years, is always a favorite among teachers and students.

Join us at the 3rd Annual Boston Belmont Friends Bowling Event!

All Boston and Belmont families attending Belmont Public Schools are welcome to join in the fun for bowling, pizza, and making new friends. This event is open to K-12 families thanks to funding from Belmont Against Racism.
Date: March 26th
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Boston Bowl, 820 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA (easy access, exit 12 off 93 South)
What: Bowling, Pizza, Arcade Tokens, and Meeting New Friends

Please RSVP by March 19th to Carol Sabia at or 617-388-8083 (include family name, student(s) name, grade level, and number of bowlers).

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

March 7th: Wilson Farm Shopping Day

March 8: Early Release Day - Tues Schedule (conferences)

March 10: Movie Night

March 15: Early Release Day - Wed Schedule (conferences)

March 22: Early Release Day - Thurs Schedule (conferences)

March 23-24: Geography Challenge

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All programs are free. Call 617-993-2880 for more information.


MAKER CLUB FOR KIDS IN GRADES 1 AND 2 -- Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00pm
Join the Duct Tape Network for an afternoon of creativity and making. Come flex your creative muscles as we challenge you to bring your ideas to life through design challenges. For kids in grades 1 and 2. Registration required. Register online or call 617-993-2880.

STORYOGA -- Thursday, March 23 at 3:30pm
Join yoga instructor Edith Petrosyan for this yoga based class that combines imaginative play with educational elements. Please come in comfortable clothing to move in and bring a yoga mat. For kids in grades K-2. Registration required. Register online or call 617-993-2880.


NIGHT OWLS STORYTIME -- Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30pm
Join us for this new monthly storytime featuring stories, songs, and a craft. Ideal for kids ages 3-6.

Boston STEM Fair

BostonTechMom is sponsoring the Boston STEM Fair on Sunday, March 12 at the Arsenal Project Shopping Center in Watertown, MA from 1 pm-4 pm. This event is for parents and kids (K-12) who want to learn about opportunities in STEM. Visitors can meet local organizations who are inspiring today’s students with unique, hands-on programs that build interest and knowledge in STEM, and learn about summer camps, after-school programs, college planning and tech entrepreneurship. The event is free and open to the public. Full details are here:

FBE Outstanding Teacher Awards

The Foundation for Belmont Education is excited to announce the 2017 Outstanding Teacher Awards. This program recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions made by teachers in the Belmont Public Schools. Nominations are currently being accepted for these awards. Belmont parents and community members, Belmont Public School colleagues, and high school or middle school students can submit nominations for teachers - of any grade, subject, or specialty - who they feel deserve this special recognition. Teachers from Belmont’s six schools are chosen for this award. Each award winner will be honored at a surprise celebration at their school and at a district-wide awards ceremony to be held on May 2nd at the Chenery Middle School.

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher Today!

Nomination Criteria and Online Nomination Form (submit before March 31, 2017):

For more information:

Questions? Karen Gray -

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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