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PTA News -- Oct. 10, 2017

In this Week's Newsletter

  • Annual Appeal Drive Starts Today
  • Join Burbank PTA on Facebook
  • Mark your calendars: October events
  • Gardens News
  • PTA Volunteers Needed

But first, a few notes...

There is still space in BOKS, the before-school exercise program! Use the paper registration form (sent home several weeks ago) to register, or contact Alisa at Parents and guardians can sign up to volunteer during BOKS sessions here. If you volunteer five times, you qualify for the participation discount.

It's time to send in your BoxTops! There will be two collection days - Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 - on the black-top during morning dropoff. You can also drop BoxTops in the collection box in the main office, or send them in via your child's takehome folder.

A big thank you to the Landscape and Garden Committees and the volunteers who braved the rain during Belmont Serves Day to spread woodchips on the playground and spruce up the gardens by pruning, weeding, and planting flowers. The Landscape Committee, co-chaired by Mary Lewis and Martin Guentert, and the Garden Committees, co-chaired by Harriet Wong, Heather Barr, and Kim Foster, put in a tremendous effort every fall and spring to beautify Burbank, keep the gardens growing, and make the school a more inviting place for all the students.

Burbank PTA Annual Appeal Drive

Your tax-deductible contribution to the Burbank PTA directly supports students and staff throughout the year. We do a ONE-TIME Annual Appeal Drive to cover the entire year and this is it! We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $125 PER CHILD.

Want to know what your contribution will support? Here are some examples:

  • Mini-grants to teachers for innovative school-year projects
  • SMART Boards
  • Reimbursements for needed classroom supplies
  • Enrichment activities for all grades
  • Math IXL program for Grade 4
  • Colonial Day for Grade 3
  • Kindergarten Field Trips
  • RazKids subscription for Grades K-2
  • New sound system for school assemblies
  • Teacher training for Open Circle social-emotional curriculum
  • Level Reading Libraries

Without the generosity of Burbank families, none of the PTA’s work would be possible. The funds raised and spent by the PTA have a significant impact on your child’s daily classroom experience. Our goal this year is 100% participation. Every bit helps our school community, so please join us and give what you can.

Give online to the Annual Appeal TODAY!

Can’t keep up with all the PTA emails, flyers and newsletters?

Join us on the Burbank PTA Community FaceBook page! It's an easy way to stay up to date on what's happening at Burbank. We can be found by searching for the group name on Facebook or clicking below. Hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendars!

Tuesday, October 10th - Friday, December 8th

Annual Appeal Drive

Thursday, October 19th & Friday, October 20th

BoxTops Collection: on the blacktop before school

Wednesday, October 25th

Early release day: school ends at 11:40am, Tuesday schedule

Garden News

Student Learning in the Gardens

Kindergarten and first grade classes have visited the gardens to see what is growing, observe signs of fall, and look closely at seeds. Second grade classes will explore the gardens this week. Read more about the first grade garden activities at

Volunteers are welcome and needed to help with class garden activities! Please watch for email calls for garden volunteers via your room parents.

Garden Harvest Table

Last Friday the vegetables and herbs picked by students during their class garden visits were displayed and shared at dismissal time with Burbank families. We hope everyone enjoyed the tomatoes, herbs, kale, beans, and cucumbers! Thank you for stopping by the table, and thanks to Kim Foster for preparing the produce for display.

Look for the Garden Harvest Table again this Friday evening at BASEC pickup time!


Cindy's Garden Makeover

Thank you Belmont Serves volunteers for working hard in the rain to beautify Cindy's Memorial Garden. Located in front of the school by the flagpole, this garden was established 10 years ago by the Belmont Garden Club in memory of a Burbank mother who loved gardening. In honor of its tenth anniversary, the garden now has colorful mums and perennials, and plenty of bulbs for spring blooms. Thanks to Pemberton Farms for generously donating several bags of bulbs, and to Home Depot for donating yard waste bags.

Questions, or interested in helping out? Please contact Harriet Wong or Kim Foster.

PTA Volunteers Needed

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

Fourth Grade Moving On: Yearbook

The yearbook team could use a couple more volunteers to help organize and collect pictures and edit the yearbook. InDesign, Photoshop, and organizational skills a plus!

Fourth Grade: School Store

We need two volunteers to work with groups of 4th grade student volunteers to market and run the Burbank School Store (open selected Fridays after school). The proceeds from the school store support the Fourth Grade Moving On activities.

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.

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.

Many Fall walking programs are already set up and underway. We are looking for two people to begin coordinating with current co-chairs Jessie Bennett and Hyon-Jee Voigt to get walking/biking programs in place for spring, and transition into the co-chair positions.

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


Registration Open NOW

I'm sure you've heard the BUZZ -- it's Spelling Bee time!

The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) will hold its annual Spelling Bee at the Chenery Middle School on Saturday, November 4th. The Bee is open to all students in grades K-6 and is an exciting event for students, family, and friends. Kindergarten through fourth grade swarms are non-competitive. Spellers are asked to write a word on a white board - as a team - and are simply told if they are correct or not. Word lists are provided weeks ahead of the event, so there is plenty of time to prepare. To make this event the place to B-E-E, teams are encouraged to come up with creative names and attend the event in costume.

Online registration is available at and runs from Oct. 3rd – Oct. 20th. This event historically fills before the October 20th registration deadline, so start forming teams (teachers are always happy to help) and register as soon as possible. Please note that to register your child, you will need the team’s name and the names of all teammates. For more information, to register, and to view the 2017 word lists, please visit If you have questions or need assistance, please contact

It takes many volunteers to make the Spelling Bee “Buzz” along smoothly. Please sign up here to assist!

High School Building Committee
Community Engagement Meetings

Visit the Belmont High School Building Project website for information about the project, and 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?

Halloween Pumpkin Party:Pumpkin decorating and carving

Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Get READY for Halloween by decorating and carving your own pumpkins at the Beech Street Center. Grades K-3 will decorate and Grades 4-6 have the option to carve! Take them home and share with your family, friends, and neighborhood!

Bring your own pumpkin, size of your choice. Staff will be on board to help. RSVP BY PHONE (617)993-2760. Space is Limited!

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.

5th Annual Belmont Center Halloween Window Painting Contest

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 9am to 3pm
Open to kids in Grades 2-8
Rain date Sunday, October 29th 9am-3pm

Register at A Chocolate Dream 68 Leonard Street, (617) 484-4119

Register before 6pm Wednesday, October 18th, the fee is $10 per child/window

After the deadline, the fee is $15 per child/window Make Checks payable to: BCBA or cash

See the attached flyer for more details.

Burbank Elementary School PTA

266 School Street
Belmont MA 02478

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Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

Seetha Burtner

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