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PTA News -- Mar. 21, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Happy spring! As we start to shake off winter and welcome the new season, take a moment every now and again to observe the changes taking place in Burbank's lovely gardens - they are always open to all!

The Geography Challenge is this Thursday and Friday. We still need a few volunteers, especially with setup on both days and the transition on Thursday from the K/1st graders to the 2nd graders. Please sign up here.

Have a great week,

Jessie and Katherine

Geography Challenge this week!

Join us this Thursday and Friday in the Burbank cafeteria for the Geography Challenge! We hope participating teams are having fun learning and practicing the geography facts.

Call for Volunteers: Help the Geography Challenge run smoothly!
We still need a few volunteers, especially with setup on both days and the transition on Thursday from the K/1st graders to the 2nd graders. Please sign up using the link below. Thank you very much!

Volunteer for Geography Challenge

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 (

Second Graders Lift Their Teachers


The second graders accepted the challenge and experimented with classical physics principles to lift their teachers off the ground. The students learned about levers, fulcrums, torque, and mechanical work, and had a blast giving their teachers a lift. Many thanks to Sarah Olken, STEM Week Co-Chair, for organizing this activity and to the second grade teachers for their participation.

Burbank Food Drive
Thursday, March 30th

Help stock the Belmont Food Pantry! We will be collecting food and toiletries on the blacktop during drop-off on Thursday, March 30th. Please share what you can!

Most Needed Food Items:

  • Cooking Oil
  • Instant coffee
  • Grape Jelly
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Canned Corn
  • Sugar (2lb box)
  • Pasta Sauce (in jars)
  • Tomato paste
  • Peanut Butter

Most Needed Toiletries/Paper Goods:

  • Paper Towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar Soap
  • Shaving Cream

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).

Burbank Gardens
Set for Spring!


We welcome the official start of spring this week, cheered by signs of spring in the school gardens! There are snowdrops and crocuses peeping bravely through the snow in the Garden Classroom (located between the building and playground), and garlic shoots in the Vegetable Garden (behind the school between the blacktop and staff parking lot). We hope you will take a few minutes with your child to look carefully around the gardens and see if you can spot these and other signs of spring. The gardens are always open to all!


The PTA Gardens Committee is planning for spring gardening activities. We surveyed the teachers and received positive and helpful feedback about garden-based learning activities for students. We are working with Dr Clifford and the teachers to plan garden activities for each grade that support specific curriculum topics and standards across various subject areas. The goal is for all students to experience hands-on learning in the school gardens, and to enjoy helping the gardens grow!

To make this possible, we will need the support of families like you! There will be many and various opportunities for parents/families to get involved and lend a hand this spring and summer. No expertise is needed! Please watch this newsletter and emails from your class room parents for easy ways to help, such as:

  • help tidy up the Burbank grounds and gardens on Spring Cleanup Day, Sunday May 7
  • assist with class learning activities in the gardens during the school day
  • help water the school gardens in spring (training provided)
  • come with your child/ren to be Garden Helpers for a short time before or after school - days/times TBD
  • sign up to tend the school gardens for one week during summer break (training provided)

Thanks for supporting the Burbank Gardens, and happy spring!

For more information please email a Gardens Committee member: Heather Barr, Kim Foster, or Harriet Wong.

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 23-24: Geography Challenge

March 30: Burbank Food Drive

April 7: Burbank Talent Show

April 17-21: April Break (no school)

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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.

FBE Online Auction Still Open

The FBE’s on-line auction is going strong. It’s time to THINK SPRING with architectural, interior design, and handyman and landscape service gift certificates. Or, get outside and enjoy the spring weather (it’s sure to come soon) with sports tickets, alfresco dining at local restaurants, or a trip to the zoo. The On-line Auction ends on Sunday, March 26th at 10 pm. For details and to bid on on-line auction items, visit

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 -


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Forum
Raising Resilient Kids

Come to this year’s social and emotional learning presentation to learn about resilience--how to foster it at home and how we’re fostering it in the schools. This presentation is part of the district’s social and emotional learning initiative, generously funded by the Foundation for Belmont Education. Choose the presentation that best fits your child and/or your schedule:
Elementary Presentation
Monday, April 3, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Chenery Middle School Auditorium

Middle and High School Presentation
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Belmont High School Auditorium

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