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PTA News -- Nov. 21, 2017
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Contribute now and break the 90/40 ratio in our Annual Appeal!
  • Mark your calendars: November & December events
  • Explore the Wide World of Books at the Burbank Book Fair
  • Put faces to names by joining the Burbank Community on Facebook
  • Volunteer your time and skills for Burbank PTA Initiatives
  • Community Events

Today is the last day to order Spirit Wear! Click the link below to order online quickly and easily!

Order Spirit Wear!


There was an amazing turnout for Library Night last week! Students of all ages enjoyed readings by Burbank teachers Kaitlyn Talbot and Brianna Normile, Library Aide Robin Hines, and Principal Clifford, followed by milk and cookies and crafts. Thank you to the Burbank staff who gave their time to read, to all the volunteers who helped before, during, and after the event, and especially to Stephanie Burt who pulled the whole thing together!


As you may have noticed, the Burbank grounds got spruced up over the weekend. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped blow, rake, bag, and haul leaves, and to tidy and winterize the gardens. Special thanks to Mary Lewis and Martin Guentert for organizing the cleanup effort, and to Kim Foster, Heather Barr, and Harriet Wong for coordinating the winterization of the gardens.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Break the 90/40 ratio!
Contribute to the Annual Appeal!

Only three and a half weeks to the end of the annual appeal drive! Thanks to generous giving by just over 40% of families, we have raised more than 90% of the PTA budget, which directly benefits all Burbank children. If you haven't given yet, help us finish strong and give today.

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.

Mark Your Calendars!

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

Friday, December 8th

Burbank Book Fair: 12:00-6:30 p.m. in the Burbank gym.
Includes a magic show at ~3:15 p.m.

Friday, December 22nd

Winter Assembly: in the Burbank gym. Grades K, 1, & 2 at 9:00 a.m., grades 3 & 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, December 25th – Monday, January 1st

Winter Recess: no school

Explore the Wide World of Books
at the Burbank Book Fair

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

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 to treat your young readers to inspiring new titles, get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and support the Burbank School Library! Visit the Wish List table to purchase books for your child's classroom and the library. Plus a 45-minute magic show to keep the kids entertained while you shop!

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 slot that works for you

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



Join us on Facebook
at the Burbank PTA Community group

Put faces to the names of parents you only know via email! Join the community on Facebook! Stay up to date! 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

One co-chair needed to re-establish the Burbank Green Team. This volunteer 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

Belmont High School Building Project Community Input Survey ending soon

The Belmont High School Building Project Community Input Survey is online and we want to hear from you! Share your opinions on the Belmont High School Building Project by filling out the BHSBC Survey at

We have received surveys from more than 1,200 community members, but we still want to hear from you! Please take five minutes to complete the SURVEY before November 30th.

You can also sign up for email updates and learn more about the project, including timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, at Thank you for your input on this important project! Questions?

Building Committee Members Needed

On November 13, 2017, a Special Town Meeting approved appropriations for schematic design and the creation of at least two Building Committees: one for short-term projects involving the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Police Station and another one for the Library. Building Committees are appointed by the Moderator and report to Town Meeting; they are authorized to spend the appropriated funds on the specific project. Moderator Mike Widmer will collect letters of interest and qualifications from those willing to contribute to the skill set of the Building Committee.

Some of the desirable qualifications for members of a Building Committee include — finance, accounting, lawyer, neighbor, architect, engineer, project management or other relevant experience, such as expertise with the specific uses of the building project. Finance and accounting are particular areas of experience needed for these committees.

You can send a letter of interest and qualifications to Moderator Mike Widmer or to the Town Clerk.

The Moderator is looking to collect all letters of interest and qualifications on or before December 1, 2017.

Burbank Elementary School PTA

266 School Street
Belmont MA 02478

PTA Co-Presidents

Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

Seetha Burtner

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