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PTA News -- Sept. 26, 2017
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Burbank PTA Community now on Facebook
  • BOKS Registration Open Now
  • Remember to update your contact info with the district to be included in the directory
  • Mark your calendars: October events
  • Burbank Walk-It Tickets and Walking School Bus Wednesdays starting soon
  • PTA Co-Chairs Still Needed

The Fall Social on Friday was a great way to kick of the year! Many thanks to Rebecca Sen and Rebecca Lavoie Dean for their fantastic planning and to all the volunteers who made it possible

Today is the last day to sign up for a Walk-it Ticket. See below for more info.

Thank you to everyone who came to our first PTA meeting of the year on Monday evening. We had a good turnout for a discussion of the Burbank Modulars Project and the work of the Belmont High School Building Committee. Draft minutes of the meeting are available on Google Drive.


The Burbank PTA is now on Facebook!

We invite all current Burbank parents, caregivers, teachers and staff to join us! Our group is called, you guessed it, Burbank PTA Community and we can be found by searching for the group name on Facebook or clicking below. Hope to see many of you there!

BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success)

Interested in having your child kick off the day with some healthy fun and exercise? If so, we hope you will join us for a new session of BOKS! BOKS is a before school exercise program that runs from 7:40-8:30 am on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Burbank gym. Activties and games are led by our all-star PE teacher, Katie Crow. The new session will start on Tuesday, October 10 and will run for 10 weeks through December 13.

Look for a registration form to come home in your child's backpack soon. Completed registration forms and payment are due back to the school by Wednesday, October 4.

Be included in the Burbank Directory

The PTA School Directory committee generates a valuable resource for families each year - the Burbank Directory - using information provided by the school district.

You should have received an email last week from the district with the subject line: “BURBANK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Please verify information for Student Name.” Click through the link in this email. Whether or not you wish to be included in the directory, it is important to verify your contact information with the school district, so don't ignore this email.


There are two opt-in categories, both of which are different from the Publicity Opt-Out (which appears on the last page of the form):

  1. At the bottom of each Parent/Guardian box: select “Yes” for the district to release your email to the PTA. The text will read:
    • PTO/PTA Directory: Include my email address in the PTO/PTA directory?
  2. In the last box on the Parent/Guardian page, under the heading “Directory Information Option,” select “Yes” for the district to release your information to the PTA. The text will read:
    • PTO/PTA Directory: Include my student's name, classroom, home phone and street address.

The information we receive is as follows: student name, homeroom, grade, parent(s) name(s), home address, home phone number, and parent e-mail address(es) (if opted-in). The school district may send parent names as "Parent 1 & Parent 2."

If you would like to request that parent names display a certain way in the directory, or include a second phone number, email address, or a parent/guardian with a different address, please e-mail Sonia Gulbankian at and include the following information: student name, homeroom, grade, parent(s) name, any changes or additional information you would like included. You have until September 30th to request changes or additions.

Library Volunteers
Class Sign-Up

Library volunteer slots are filling up, so sign up soon using the link below (click the tabs along the top to switch grades). Please sign up for approximately 3-5 volunteer shifts throughout the year.


Please contact Hannah Fischer Whitmer if you would like to volunteer but missed library training.

Mark Your Calendars!

Wed, Oct 4 is iWalk/Bike to School Day and the start of both the Burbank Walk-It Ticket program and Walking School Bus Wednesdays

Wed, Oct 4 is an early release day: school ends at 11:40am

School Picture Day on Thurs, Oct 5

High School Building Committee
Community Engagement Meetings

Miss the Community Engagement meeting last night? Visit the Belmont High School Building Committee website for information. You can also plan to attend any of the following in their series of community meetings about the new high school:

  • Friday, October 13th - 1:15 pm - Beech Street Center
  • Saturday, October 28th - 10:00 am - Belmont High School
  • Wednesday, November 15th - 7:30 pm – Town Hall
  • Tuesday, December 12th - 7:00 pm - Belmont High School

To sign up for email updates and to learn more about the Belmont High School Building Project, including project timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, please visit Questions?


Does your students need motivation to walk/bike/scoot to and from school? Get a “Walk-it Ticket” to provide that extra incentive!

Please fill out this registration form by Wednesday, September 27th to get your “Walk-it” Ticket. Walk-It Tickets will be distributed in early October, and students can tally their "walks" through December 6th.

Questions? Contact Hyon-Jee Voigt at

Still in Need of Key PTA Co-Chairs

If you can commit to take on a leadership role next year, the following committees are in urgent need of motivated people to step up.

Garden Classroom

We need at least one more co-chair to help maintain the beautiful Garden Classroom. This position involves managing the maintenance and development of the garden, as well as coordinating volunteer efforts in the garden, and collaborating with the Landscape, Veggie Garden, and Garden Curriculum co-chairs.

Garden Curriculum Integration

We need one co-chair for Kindergarten to help coordinate grade-level outings to Burbank's gardens. The co-chairs will coordinate with a grade-level teacher liaison and other garden committees to identify and facilitate activities in the gardens related to curriculum.

Burbank Walks

We need two co-chairs to help promote walking/biking/scooting to school. The co-chairs will organize Walk to School Days (October, February & May); organize “walking school buses”; and promote pedestrian and bike safety.

If any of these roles interests you, please email Katherine or Seetha. 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!

Community Postings


OFF The clock
An exhibition of works by Belmont Public School Art Teachers

Check out the exhibit of work by our school districit's fabulous art teachersat the Belmont Art Gallery, showing now through October 6. Including works by the following Belmont Public School Art Teachers:

  • Danette English
  • Cathy Larkin
  • Kathleen Byrnes Publicover
  • Andrew Roy
  • Ashley Crusco
  • Nicole Pond
  • Meghann Remick
  • Mark Milowsky
  • Regina Kalajian

Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Homer Municipal Building, 3rd fl. 19 Moore Street, Belmont Center
For directions:

Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE)
5th Annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pre-registration is closed, but it's not too late to join the “I Ran the Dan” club! Day-of registration will be available before the races begin.
Dan Scharfman Memorial Run
5K and 2K (1.24 miles) Races
Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am
Belmont High School Track

Volunteer/Donate here. All proceeds from the Run support the Dan Scharfman Education Innovation Fund, part of the FBE’s Innovative Teaching Initiative (ITI).

Last year, more than 850 runners from Belmont and across the Bay State “Ran the Dan” and more than $25,000 was raised to support teachers and education in Belmont. For more information about the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run and the Foundation for Belmont Education, visit


There is a new Girl Scout troops forming at Burbank this year for Kindergartners: Troop #82027. If you would like more information, contact Kylia Garver (

Belmont Serves Day
Monday, October 9

The annual Belmont Serves event will be held on Columbus Day morning October 9. Come join your friends and neighbors for a morning of community service! There will be a variety of projects including the family friendly Food Drive, conservation land projects, and school garden projects. The event will begin at 8:30 with sign in and a light breakfast at First Church Unitarian Universalist on Concord Avenue. Projects will last until noon, when volunteers will gather for pizza and ice cream. School community service slips will be available. This event is sponsored by the Belmont Religious Council.

Junior League's Designer Show House
October 7th to November 5th
1853 William Flagg Homer House in Belmont, MA

The home is currently owned by the Belmont Woman's Club and was previously owned by William Flagg Homer, uncle of the painter Winslow Homer. The house has beautiful views of the Boston skyline and more than twenty soon-to-be renovated spaces by interior designers from all over the area - it will be a fantastic experience for anyone interested in interior design, architecture, and historic homes.

Individual tickets to the Show House are available for purchase for $35-40, discounted rates are available to groups of 10 or more (groups of 10-19 are $33/person and groups of 20+ are $30/person). All tours are self-guided and no reservations are needed beyond tickets - groups and individuals alike are welcome at any time during the Show House’s open hours. More information about the Show House can be found here, and tickets can be purchased here.

Burbank Elementary School PTA

266 School Street
Belmont MA 02478

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