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PTA News -- Mar. 28, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Please contribute to the Burbank Food Drive and help us stock up the Belmont Food Pantry. See below for suggested items, and bring your contributions on Thursday morning.

The Geography Challenge last week was fabulous. Thanks to our committee chairs Clare Crawford, Kathy Collins DerKazarian, Elizabeth Dustin, and Aida Parnagian for contributing their time and energy to plan the event. If your child enjoyed the Geography Challenge this year and you are interested in helping out next year, please email Jessie Bennett

We are also on the lookout for someone who is good with numbers to volunteer as the PTA Treasurer next year. It's a significant time commitment but can be fit in around full-time employment, and it is an invaluable contribution to the PTA and the school. Send an email to if you would like to learn more.

Have a great week,

Jessie and Katherine


Geography Challenge Thanks!

Congratulations to all the Burbank students who participated in the 22nd Annual Geography Challenge held this week! We had more than 250 Burbank students participating in this two day event, making it our largest challenge ever.

Thank you very much to our parent volunteers Jessie Bennett, Steph Burt, Mary Lewis, Sonia Gulbankian, David Palmer, Krasimira Petkov, Irina Zhygalko, Harriet Wong, Katherine Bicer, Natsuyo Hamamatsu, Sophie Dagostino, Tiao Xie, Julia Coelho, Hannah Fischer, Elizabeth Woo, Son Hwang, Nah-Young Shin, Elizabeth Dustin, and Rebecca Lavoie Deane. Thank you to our moderator Evan Eckstrom for guiding the teams through the event and thank you to our custodians Steven Gebhardt and Divino Roza.

Many thanks!

Kathleen Collins Derkazarian, Clare Crawford, & Aida Parnagian.

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

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 30: Burbank Food Drive

April 7: Burbank Talent Show

April 17-21: April Break (no school)

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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

Community Postings


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 -


Burbank Elementary School PTA

266 School Street
Belmont MA 02478

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