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PTA News -- Mar. 15, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

We hope everyone had a good snow day yesterday. Delayed opening plus early release today makes for a very short school day.

Next week is the Geography Challenge. We still need a few volunteers, so if you want to be part of a great tradition at Burbank, please sign up here.

Big thanks to Jessse Souweine and Kelly Imberman McGee for planning a very fun and well-attended Movie Night last Friday! Community Building events like Movie Night are part of what makes Burbank such a special place.

Have a great week,

Jessie and Katherine

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.

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

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.

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

Update on School Street Safety

On Thursday 3/2 we attended the Capital Budget Committee meeting at which Glenn Clancy presented his request for $38k for improvements to the School St crosswalk and sidewalks. Glenn explained his proposed package of curbing, pedestrian operated flashing crosswalk signs, and two raised tables on each approach to the crosswalk (he discussed these explicitly even though they were not in his written proposal) to slow traffic, and why it makes sense to install these improvements this summer, ready for the new school year.

We merely added that we represent many concerned families, that this is a key walking/crossing route for Chenery as well as Burbank students, and that abutting residents on School St are supportive of changes that improve safety.

The Committee was receptive to the plans and certainly aware of the traffic and safety concerns re School St. There was agreement in the room that raised elements are effective in slowing traffic, and becoming more common, and the DPW reps said they will work around raised tables when plowing.

The committee did not vote on the proposal during this meeting. They will release a list of approved capital projects later (we will try to find out when this will be).

Glenn said after the meeting he thinks "the project is a go", and so we remain hopeful!

Harriet Wong, Burbank Walks Commitee

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!

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Upcoming Events

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.


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.

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!

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Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

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