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PTA News -- Nov. 14, 2017
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Contribute now and break the 90/40 ratio in our Annual Appeal!
  • Library Night this Thursday!
  • Beautify Burbank at the Fall Landscape Clean-Up
  • Mark your calendars: November events
  • Explore the Wide World of Books at the Burbank Book Fair
  • SEL Presentation summary and home connections
  • Facebook – an easy way to stay on top of Burbank business
  • Volunteer your time and skills for Burbank PTA Initiatives
  • Community Events

But first, a few notes...

Students collected more than $1,500 for UNICEF this year as part of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program! Thank you to the Social Action Committee for organizing it. The class award for highest level of participation this year goes to Ms. Normile's 2nd grade class – keep an eye out for their picture with Dr. Clifford in the Belmont Citizen Herald. Thank you to all the students who participated!


It's Spiritwear time! Orders are due Wednesday, November 22nd (no exceptions) – use the paper form your child brought home or order online at Cheddar Up. Questions? Ask Cathy Meyer or Jessie Bennett.

For those who have been wondering, the Burbank Directory will be coming soon. Many thanks to Directory Co-Chairs, Sonia Gulbankian and Julie Sheffield, who worked hard to collect, organize, and proofread the directory, and are now working with the printer to get them distributed ASAP!

Finally, thank you to Dr. Clifford and Jeff Forti for making time to present about the SEL Open Circle curriculum to parents at the PTA meeting yesterday. A summary of their presentation is below.

Contribute now and break the 90/40 ratio in our Annual Appeal!

We are excited to report that the Annual Appeal Drive might be short and sweet this year! Thanks to generous giving by 40% of families, we have raised more than 90% of the PTA budget, which directly benefits our school and children. To the 60% who haven't gotten around to giving yet, we invite you to join in! We would love to reach 100% budget with 100% participation. Will you give $5, $25, $125, or any amount you're comfortable with, to make up the remaining ground?

Help us reach 100% BUDGET

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.

Burbank Library Night this Thursday!

November 16th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Burbank students and their families are invited to LIBRARY NIGHT! This is a chance for Burbank kids, families and teachers to celebrate our library. Kids are invited to come in pajamas or in costume. We will have milk, cookies, and sparkling water, a bookmark craft table, and, most importantly, celebrity readers reading favorite stories!

Volunteers – parents and middle/high schoolers – needed! Volunteer duties include set up, managing the food or crafts table, or cleanup. Please contact Stephanie Burt ( to volunteer!

Fall Landscape Clean-Up

Saturday, November 18th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, November 19th)

Come help us clean up leaves, plant bulbs, and prepare the gardens for winter! It's fun and it promotes a sense of stewardship of our school grounds! Bring a rake labeled with your name!

Click Here to Volunteer

Come help for as long as you can! Feel free to come, even if you haven't signed up ahead of time!

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, November 16th

Library Night: book readings in the library starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by milk & cookies in the cafeteria

Saturday, November 18th
(rain date: Sunday, November 19th)

Fall Landscape Clean-Up:
on the Burbank grounds from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21st

Picture Retake Day: For a retake, bring your photo package (except for the class photo, which you keep). For a missed picture day, bring a completed order form (available in the office).

Wednesday, November 22nd

Early release day: school ends at 11:40 a.m. for the start of Thanksgiving recess, Wednesday schedule

Thursday, November 23rd & Friday, November 24th

Thanksgiving Recess: no school

Explore the Wide World of Books
at the Burbank Book Fair

Friday, December 8th, 12:00-6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars now for one of Burbank's best events and opportunities to support the school. This year's Book Fair will feature a high quality selection of children's books from our NEW provider, Best Book Fairs. Come any time between 12 noon - 6:30 pm to treat your young readers to inspiring new titles, get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and have a great time supporting Burbank! All proceeds directly benefit the Burbank School Library. You also get a chance to contribute books to teacher's classroom and the library through our Wish List program. And, as a treat for the kids, there will also be a 45-minute magic show!

Many helping hands are needed to run a successful Book Fair. Go to the Book Fair Volunteer sign up to select a task and time slot. Thank you!

Find a Volunteer Slot that Works for You

Questions? Please contact Jessie Bennett.
Interested in helping? Contact Peter Dizikes.

PTA Meeting SEL Presentation: Summary and Home Connections

Dr. Clifford and Jeff Forti shared how the Burbank school uses the Open Circle Curriculum to foster our children's social-emotional learning. Jeff Forti explained that students must feel understood and emotionally safe in school to do their best learning. Dr. Clifford presented a Power Point showing the structure of the curriculum. Open Circle focuses on 5 Core Competencies: Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Dr. Clifford explained that the curriculum spirals, meaning that the curriculm covers the same topics year after year, getting progessively more indepth and advanced at each grade level. Meeting participants were able to review binders with the grade-level Open Circle materials used by the teachers. Dr. Clifford shared that the curriculum includes Home Link materials that teachers can send home and encouraged interested parents to request it from the classroom teacher. Jeff Forti shared a handout "The Key Jar: 48 Questions to Ask Your Kids" which are conversation starters for parents to use to engage their children and encourage communication.

Presentation Home Connections:

  • Open Circle Home Link materials – please contact your child's teacher to request
  • "The Key Jar: 48 Questions to Ask Your Kids" – will be coming by email from your room parents

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!

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 are still looking for one co-chair to help promote walking/biking 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.

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

BPS/BASEC Parent Lecture Series Presents:
Managing Anxiety at School and Home: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle

Belmont High School Auditorium
November 15th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Come see Lynn Lyons, LICSW and psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents, talk about anxiety and how it can take over everyday routines and activities. Hear about her concrete strategies educators and parents can use to handle anxiety at home and in the classroom.

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:
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?

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Seetha Burtner

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