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PTA News -- Oct. 24, 2017
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Support Annual Appeal Drive
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Open Circle Curriculum at Burbank
  • Mark your calendars: October & November events
  • Belmont SEPAC Events this Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Join Burbank PTA on Facebook
  • Belmont High School Building Project Meeting & Tour this weekend
  • PTA Volunteers Still Needed

But first, a few notes...

A friendly reminder about parking on Sharpe Street at the curve: This year there are new “No Parking” signs on Sharpe Street at the curve where parking was formerly allowed. This change was made because we have more buses coming in, and cars parked on the Sharpe Street curve can sometimes block these buses and/or make it dangerous to turn in the narrow space. We encourage parking further back on Sharpe and walking part of the way to ease the flow of traffic. Thanks!

This Halloween Burbank students can help children around the world who need food, clean water, or medicine by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. The Burbank class with the highest participation will be honored by the school and have their picture taken with Dr. Clifford! A UNICEF box and informational sheet should have come home in your child's backpack last week. Additional boxes will be available for pickup in the school office. Please contact Breda Zimkus or Jim Zimkus with questions.

Support the Annual Appeal Drive

We are two-thirds of the way towards our fundraising target for the year &mdash thank you! We hope to achieve 100% participation in this year's Annual Appeal Drive, so please consider donating to the PTA. Your contribution translates directly into benefits for our school and students and is tax-deductible.

We raise most of our funds directly through this one time annual appeal instead of year-round fundraisers or sales. Our suggested donation is $125 per child, but we ask that every family contribute whatever is comfortable. Every bit helps our school community, so please join us and give what you can.

Give online to the Annual Appeal TODAY!

Online payment option include credit card (fee of 3.5% + $0.45) or e-check ($0.45 fee). You can also donate by check, made payable to "Burbank PTA" and submitted to your child's teacher.

Social-Emotional Learning:
The Open Circle Curriculum at Burbank

Presentation at the next PTA Meeting
November 13, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

The Burbank school uses the excellent Open Circle Curriculum across grades and integrated into the school day, to support our children's Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Do you ever wonder what it's all about? Come to the Burbank cafeteria on November 13, right after morning drop-off, for a dialog with Tricia Clifford, Burbank principal, and Jeff Forti, Burbank school psychologist to learn more about SEL at Burbank. Get your questions answered and leave with tips on how you can support and extend your child's social and emotional growth across school, at home, and in the community.

Mark Your Calendars!

Tuesday, October 24th

SEPAC Information Panel with Student Services Team:
in the Butler Cafeteria from 6:30-9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 25th

SEPAC Coffee & Tea:
at Bruegger's Bagels in Belmont Center at 10:30 am

Wednesday, October 25th

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

Saturday, October 28th

Belmont High School Building Project Meeting & Tour:
in the BHS Auditorium at 10:00 am

Tuesday, October 31st

Crazy Hat and Hair Day: organized by Burbank Student Council

Wednesday, November 1st

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

Thursday, November 1st & Friday, November 2nd

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Collection:
on the blacktop before school

Wednesday, November 8th

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

Monday, November 13th

PTA Meeting featuring a Social-Emotional Learning Presentation: in the Burbank Cafeteria from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) October Events

Free and open to all parents

Q & A/Parent Information Panel with Student Services

  • Wednesday Oct. 25
  • 6:30-7 pm Parent Mingle
  • 7-8:45 pm Presentation
  • Butler Elementary School Cafeteria

Panel: Ken Kramer, Director of SS; Mary Jane Weinstein, Assistant Director of SS; Patric Barbieri, Director of LABBB program; Brianna Wall, Director of Early Childhood Preschool Program; Belmont School Committee member

This is a great opportunity for anyone in the Belmont Community to come and ask about any of the services that are under the umbrella of Student Services in Belmont. For example, did you know that Student Services does not just cover Special Education services? They take care of Health and Medical issues and Nursing. The Early Education Preschool Program in Belmont is under this umbrella as well as the LABBB Collaborative (Lexington,Arlington, Belmont, Bedford & Burlington).The LABBB Collaborative provides quality specialized services to children in all the towns mentioned above while maximizing the economies of scale of all of these towns. A School Committee member plans to be on the panel too to answer any budget question or any curriculum related question. This has been a very informative presentation for parents who might be feeling frustrated about "how it all works." This is one of the reasons this presentation repeats each year.

If you have a student that is receiving any special services or if you would just like more information about any of the student services mentioned above, this would be a great time to come and get answers to your questions.

The SEPAC events are filmed and aired by the BMC (Belmont Media Center). RSVP's appreciated: Email Diane Hutchins-Fridmann at (name, grade, # of parents/friends attending).

Belmont SEPAC Coffee & Tea

  • October 26, 2017
  • 10:30 am
  • Brueggers Bagels, 41 Leonard Street

Would you like to get together with other parents who have children receiving services during the morning hours after the kids have been dropped off at school to have a cup of coffee/tea and support one another? If yes, then join the group for this once-a-month coffee.

Stay on top of PTA news by joining the Burbank PTA Community on Facebook

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!

Join the High School Building Committee for a Community Engagement Meeting

Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 am
with Optional Facility Tours Starting at 9:00 am

Belmont High School Auditorium, 221 Concord Avenue

Come find out about:

  • High School Building Project Updates
  • District Alternative Solutions
  • Existing Conditions and Space Summary
  • Traffic Update
  • Exploring Site Options
  • Questions & Comments

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

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.

Burbank Walks

We need two co-chairs to help promote walking/biking/scooting to school. The co-chairs will organize Walk to School Days (February & May); organize “walking school buses”; and promote pedestrian and bike safety. The fall walking programs are already underway, so new volunteers will work with current co-chairs to get walking/biking programs in place for spring.

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.

Green Team

Two co-chairs needed to re-establish the Burbank Green Team. These volunteers will work with the Green Team volunteers from the other Belmont schools and the community to promote environmentally-friendly initiatives.

School Store (4th Grade)

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.

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

Volunteer at the FBE Spelling Bee

The FBE Spelling Bee is right around the corner. It takes many many volunteers to run an event of this scale. Please join us! Volunteer! Many roles and shifts are available throughout the day. Go to to sign up!

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:

  • 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

PTA Co-Presidents

Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

Seetha Burtner

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