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PTA News -- May 16, 2017
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What's Happening This Week

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our final PTA Meeting of the year

The PTA is grateful to Superintendent Phelan for attending Monday night's meeting on short notice. The discussion focused on concerns and challenges facing the district and town in making important decisions about modulars to ease school enrollment. Key takeaways from the meeting:

  • Superintendent Phelan has taken the plans for a bus/parking lane in the front of the school off the table for now (although with increased busing this may need to be revisited in the future).
  • The goal is to have modulars in place at Butler or Burbank in the fall of 2018. The School Committee will make a decision in June regarding which school will be the site for modulars.
  • The request for modulars will have to be approved by the Board of Selectmen before going to Town Meeting for a vote for funding.
  • The modulars would have similar impacts on the Burbank community and on the Butler community, and the decision faced by the administration and the school committee will take into account many factors.
  • The Space Task Force did not consider Wellington and Winn Brook appropriate for modulars because of several factors, foremost of which are site constraints and that existing enrollment at both schools is already higher than Burbank and Butler.
  • The administration will continue to communicate with parents about the decision-making process and seek out input from the stakeholders.

Community Fun Run this Thursday afternoon: Please help if you can!

It looks like it will be a gorgeous, summery day on Thursday. See below for more details, and please email Katie Sbay ( to volunteer.


Have a great week!

Jessie and Katherine

Dine Out and Support the Burbank PTA


Wednesday, May 24th
My Other Kitchen

Make dinner easy on yourself next Wednesday evening and let My Other Kitchen do the cooking. The restaurant will contribute 15% of sales to the Burbank PTA.

Burbank is Community Strong Fun Run
May 18th at 4:30 pm

The Burbank is Community Strong Fun Run will take place on Thursday, May 18th from 4:30-6:00 pm. Now in it's fifth year, this annual event was established in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013 and raises money for two organizations, the Martin Richard Foundation (MR8) and an organization selected by the fourth grader class, this year Boston Children’s Hospital.

At the Fun Run students run/walk around the school as many times as they choose visiting the two checkpoints to have their marathon cards marked. It is a wonderful way for the school to come together for a great cause. We need parent helpers! Please email Katie Sbay ( to volunteer.

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!

Join "Belmont Bikers" at PMC Kids Ride this Sunday

Join your Burbank friends at Belmont's Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride this Sunday, May 21st, at Belmont Hill School from 11:00 am-2:00 pm and help raise money for the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For more information please visit

Feel free to contact Breda and Jim Zimkus (; with any questions.

Join the Fun of Walking Wednesdays


Leave the car behind (or park further away) and enjoy walking, biking, or scootering to school each and every Wednesday this spring. Sneaker Trophies will be awarded each Wednesday to the classes with the highest number of students walking/biking/scootering to school. Last week 228 Burbank students walked or biked to school! Congratulations to Mrs. Johnstons's Kindergarten class for winning the rainbow trophy, to Mrs. Wollner's 1st grade class for winning the golden trophy, and to Mrs. Pierson's and Mrs. O'Sullivan's 3rd grade classes to co-winning the silver trophy.

Happy spring!
Burbank Walks Committee

2nd Graders Check out Life Under a Log


While there's a lot about New England woods that we can see - chipmunks, stone walls, pine needles - there is much more that we seldom see. On each fallen twig, under every log, and in each pile of leaves, there are animals and other living things. By exploring this important habitat, Burbank's 2nd graders discovered and explored the decomposers that are constantly working out of sight. More information about this program including vocabulary and subject preview is available for download on the Mass Audubon website.

Save the Date:
Burbank Field Day is June 1st

Burbank Field Day is set for Thursday, June 1st (rain date, June 8th). There will be two sessions during the day - feel free to sign up for one or both sessions:

  • 3rd and 4th Graders: 09:00am - 11:30am
  • K, 1st, and 2nd Graders: 12:10pm - 2:40pm

Be on the lookout for an email from your room parent to sign up and volunteer for this great event! Thank you in advance for volunteering!

If you have any questions, please contact Field Day Co-chair Krasi Petkov at

Help Burbank's Gardens Grow!

Volunteers are needed to help care for the gardens this spring! Sign up for a weekend or two this spring to water the seedlings in the vegetable gardens or the plantings in the Garden Classroom, and to help keep the weeds at bay. Regular spring watering will help protect our lovely gardens against summer heat! No experience necessary, and Garden Committee members are happy to show you what to do. Please pick a weekend or two in May-June; you can tend the garden any time Saturday or Sunday as suits your family's schedule. Sign Up for Spring Garden Care

Questions? Email Kim Foster at

Help water the gardens during SUMMER vacation

Could your family look after one of the school gardens for a week this summer? Hot dry summers are hard on the gardens and we rely on volunteers to keep them green and growing through the fall. Tending the gardens is a fun way to involve your kids in helping care for their school. Plus you get to pick and eat what is ready to harvest in the vegetable garden! If you are new to the gardens we'll show you what to do; no gardening expertise required! Watering and light weeding can be done mornings or evenings, a few times during the week depending on the weather. Please sign up for a week (or two) to fit your summer schedule.

Questions? Email Kim Foster at

Sign up for Summer garden tending

Thanks to the Belmont Garden Club

The PTA would like to acknowledge the Belmont Garden Club for their generous donation towards maintaining Burbank's gardens. This is welcome help towards the cost of new plants and mulch just added to the Garden Classroom.

Upcoming Events

May 18: Community Fun Run

May 21: PMC Kids Ride

May 29: Memorial Day - School Closed

May 31: Early Release Day

June 1: Field Day

June 9: Spring Garden Party

June 21: Last Day of School - Early Release


View PTA Calendar



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.


MAY 20
Belmont High School Auditorium

On Saturday, May 20th, the Asian American Club at Belmont High School will be hosting their annual Asian Night with various performances put together by their students.

Doors Open at 5:30 PM
Show Starts at 6:00 PM

Tickets in Advance: $7 Students / $10 Adults
Tickets at the Door: $10 Students / $12 Adults
To Reserve Tickets Contact
Ticket Price Includes Post-Show Catering (e.g., Sushi and Thai Cuisine)

Proceeds Donated to the Red Cross


GUEST SPEAKER, Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel, Conservation Law Foundation May 31, 7:00 pm Chenery Auditorium

Planning time on the Cape, the Coast of Maine, Block Island or at any coastal destination this summer? Join us for a special presentation on oceans and climate change and add a new element of discovery and meaning to your vacation. This discussion will focus on the importance of oceans to life on the planet, the paradox of how they are, at the same time, very big and yet hold finite resources, and it will examine how humans understand and manage our oceans through science, poetry, law, photography, diving, fishing, and in countless other ways. The talk will also consider the challenges we face in keeping our oceans healthy, including the ever-growing difficulties tied to climate change. The presentation will emphasize how great humans are at solving problems when we are focused on doing so and examine what remediation is being explored.

This will be an interactive presentation with awe-inspiring visuals and a dynamic discussion with Mr. Shelley. Don’t miss this important discussion of the impact of climate change and environmental stewardship on one of New England’s most precious resources, our oceans!

Questions? Contact Madeline Fraser Cook, or Laurie Bufano,

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