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PTA News -- Apr. 4, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Don't miss the Burbank Talent Show this Friday at 6:00pm. It's sure to be an entertaining evening!

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

Lastly, a reminder that today is Election Day in Belmont - don't forget to vote! Local elections can be decided by just a few votes, so they are the most powerful way to make your voice heard. For information on candidates and how to vote, check out the League of Women Voters website.

Have a great week,

Jessie and Katherine

Burbank's Got Talent!

Come enjoy an evening of music, dancing, laughter, and talents of all sorts, presented by Burbank's own students! The Talent Show will start promptly at 6:00pm. Don't miss it!

What: Burbank Talent Show
When: Friday, April 7th @ 6:00pm
Where: Burbank Gym

Thank you for supporting the Food Drive!


Thank you to all who gave so generously to help restock the Belmont Food Pantry! Burbank students and families donated hundreds of items and surpassed expectations. Thank you for helping make a difference!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the food drive, especially Social Action Co-Chairs Breda and Jim Zimkus and Food Pantry Representative Martin Guentert for organzing the event.

Belmont Shopping Night
Thursday, April 27th, 6:30-9:00pm

Mark your calendars for a night of local shopping to support Belmont's Elementary Schools. On the evening of Thursday, April 27th, many of the shops in Belmont Center will donate 15% of their proceeds to the elementary schools. Stay turned for more information!

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


Burbank Gardens Set for Spring!

At last it's starting to feel like spring, complete with April showers! Check out the snowdrops and crocuses in the Garden Classroom, the garlic shoots in the Vegetable Garden, and the daffodils sprouting in the flower beds out front. Spend a few minutes with your child exploring the gardens to look for other signs of spring. The gardens are always open to all!

The PTA Gardens Committee is planning for spring gardening activities that are linked to the curriculum. With guidance from Dr. Clifford and the District's Elementary Science Facilitator, we are working with teachers to plan garden activities for each grade level that will reinforce concepts and standards in science as well as other subject areas. The goal is for all students to experience hands-on learning through investigations of soil, seeds, roots, shoots, flowers, insects.... And for students to enjoy helping the school gardens grow!

To enable classes to bring their learning outside to the gardens, we will need helping hands!

If you would enjoy helping students with garden activities during the school day, please contact the Garden-Curriculum Liaison for your child's grade: Kindergarten - Kim Foster; 1st grade - Heather Barr; 2nd grade - Harriet Wong; 3rd grade - Jeanne Caldwell; 4th grade - Julia Coelho.

In addition, there will be 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 and fun ways to help, such as:

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

Please watch the PTA News for further details and sign-ups.

Thanks for supporting the Burbank Gardens, and happy spring! Burbank Gardens Committee, Heather Barr, Kim Foster, and Harriet Wong.

Upcoming Events

April 7: Burbank Talent Show

April 17-21: April Break (no school)

April 27 & 28: No Kindergarten

April 27: Belmont Shopping Night

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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


Belmont High School Building Committee Community Forum April 6th

The first Belmont Community Forum on the Belmont High School Project will be held at the Beech Street Center at 266 Beech Street in Belmont, MA on Thursday, April 6, 2017 starting at 7:00 p.m. The agenda for this meeting will begin with a Project update presented by the Belmont High School Building Committee followed by an update on the Educational Plan presented by Superintendent John Phelan. These presentations will then be followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comments.

More information can be found on the Belmont High School Building Committee’s web site at or by emailing questions to or by contacting Gerald Boyle, Director of Facilities, at 617-993-2640.

Belmont is Raining Poetry - Submit a Poem!

Belmont elementary students are invited to submit a poem to Belmont Raining Poetry, a new project celebrating art and safe routes to schools. Five poems will be selected to be temporarily installed on sidewalks using Mass Poetry’s unique formula which is only visible in the rain. Our puddle-tastic spring theme is inspired by e. e. cummings’s poem “In Just-“ – a testimony to childhood and springtime - and by poet-judge, Matthew J. Burgess, author of Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings.

Submit By: Fri., April 14th by 3:00 p.m.
Entry Form:

Need inspiration? Find Matthew’s lesson guide on our site! Winning poems will be announced in late April!

This project is supported by a grant from the Belmont Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Contact Organizer: Kate Bowen at

Becca Pizzi Family Fun Run

5K and 1 Mile for kids on Sunday, April 30th at Belmont High School Track. 1 Mile Kids Race begins at 9:00am, and 5K begins at 9:30am. Register at

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