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PTA News -- May 2, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Spring is here, and that means it's time for our Spring Walk to School Day and the Spring Landscape Cleanup. Read below for more details.

The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is tomorrow: Wednesday, May 3rd. We still could use a couple more volunteers, so please sign up here if you can help!

If you see 4th Grade Teacher, Cliff Gallant, be sure to congratulate him on receiving a 2017 Outstanding Teachers of the Year award! The FBE is hosting a reception and awards ceremony tonight, May 2, at Chenery Middle School starting at 6:30 pm. Students, families, colleagues, and community members are encouraged to attend and join the FBE in recognizing Mr. Gallant and the other award recipients.


Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

Help Make Burbank Beautiful

Join us Sunday, May 7 from 2-5 pm for Burbank's Spring Landscape Clean-Up

(Rain Date, Sunday, May 21, 2-5 pm)

Spring is here and we need you to help us get the gardens in order. Come join us for our annual spring cleanup - rake leaves, pull weeds, spread mulch and wood chips, and plant some new plants!

Sign up to help at the Spring Landscape Cleanup

Come for all three hours, or as long as you can - any length of involvement is welcome. Burbank families, please indicate the hours you intend to attend when you sign up for one of the projects using the Signup Genius link. CMS and BHS students, please sign up in the designated slots for your respective schools below and check-in at the gazebo by the playground to be assigned to a project when you arrive.

We'll have some supplies, but we please bring the following tools if you have them (be sure to label all items):

  • gloves
  • rakes
  • shovels
  • wheelbarrows
  • brooms
  • weeders

Thanks and see you Sunday! Questions? Email Mary Lewis

Help Needed for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Please sign up to help out with the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Help us treat Burbank's fabulous teachers and staff to a well-deserved rest and repast as we host a Mediterranean themed luncheon on Wednesday May 3! We need your help to make this event everything the Burbank staff deserves.

Sign Up to Help or Contribute

You may also make a monetary donation to support the luncheon. These are very welcome! Please make checks payable to the Burbank PTA and send them to your child’s teacher in an envelope marked “Staff Lunch," or submit your donation using the link below. Thank you for helping us show appreciation to the teachers!

Make a donation to the Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Questions? Please contact Seetha Burtner at

MA Walk/Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 3rd

Leave the car behind (or park further away) and enjoy walking, biking, or scootering to school on May 3rd. Students are encouraged to wear Burbank spirit wear or colors (blue/purple and yellow/gold), to look out for the Celebrity Walkers, and join a celebration on the blacktop.

Walk/Bike to School Day kicks off our spring season of Walking Wednesdays, and the return of Burbank's Sneaker Trophy contest! Sneaker Trophies will be awarded each Wednesday to the classes with the highest number of students walking/biking/scootering to school.

Walking School Bus groups will also resume on May 3, and walk together every Wednesday morning through June. To learn more about the Walking School Buses and how to join, see the Burbank Walks page of the PTA website, and follow this link for a Walking School Bus parental consent form:

Happy spring!
Burbank Walks Committee

Make a big impact, with a time commitment that works for you… Be a PTA Committee or Event Co-Chair!

Share your time and talents to enhance the Burbank community. The PTA is building the slate of committee and event chairs for the 2017-2018 school year. This list has a brief description of each co-chair position. Use the form attached to the list or the online form to let us know how you might like to get involved. Expressing interest now does not commit you - if you let us know you are interested, we will give you more information. You can decide whether to take it on once you know what the commitment entails.

The PTA is a completely volunteer run organization, and the positive impact felt by students, teachers, and our community is immeasurable. Thank you for giving of your time and talents!

Volunteer Today!

May 3: MA Walk to School Day

May 7: Spring Landscape Clean Up

May 15: Final PTA Meeting of the year

June 21: Last Day of School - Early Release


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Community Postings


PMC Kids Ride - Registration Open

Calling all kids ages 3-12! Join your friends and neighbors at Belmont's Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Ride on Sunday, May 21st, at Belmont Hill School from 11:00 am-2:00 pm (but come late or leave early if needed), which will raise money for the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Trikes, big wheels and training wheels are allowed on the "Tot Lot” loop (and can have help from parents if needed), which will take place in the parking lot of the Belmont Hill School campus. Those without training wheels can head out on the "Adventure Loop" (1 mile route guided by volunteers). Children can do as little as one loop or as many as they can fit in an hour. After the ride there are free refreshments, music, bouncy houses, face painting and other fun activities, including a visit from Pat the Patriot!

For more general information about registration, route options, and the post-ride party, see:

You can ride alone, as a family, put together your own team, or join the "Belmont Bikers" team, which is made up of children from the Belmont Elementary Schools. The Yawkee Way store is donating $20 gift cards to all registered riders again this year!

If you are thirteen or older, come join the fun as a volunteer! Click on "register to volunteer" to help with anything from assisting riders on the courses to face painting. Parents, this also great opportunity to cheer your rider on from the route!

Feel free to contact Breda or Jim Zimkus (; with any questions that you may have.


Free Courtyard Nature Workshops at the Chenery

The Chenery Middle School and Mass. Audubon’s Habitat Intergenerational Program (HIP) proudly announce this year's offerings of our annual Courtyard Nature Workshops: Insect Safari, Cyanotype Printing, Build a Mosaic Garden Pot, Composting Made Simple, Tai Chi, Belmont's Wild Animals, and Stepping Stones Construction. These intergenerational workshops are free and open to everyone ages 10 to 110. For more information and to register, please click here.

Registration forms are due Friday, May 5. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Ligon at

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