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PTA News - Dec. 20, 2017
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Annual Appeal a Resounding Success!
  • February Preview: Executive Function Presentation & STEM Night
  • Mark your calendars: December & January events
  • AmazonSmile: Support Burbank while you shop
  • Facebook: an easy way to connect with the Burbank community
  • Take the Lead on Burbank Initiatives
  • Community Events

But first, a few thank yous...

TOY DRIVE: Thank you to all the students who participated in the Burbank Giving Days Toy Drive last week, and especially to Social Action Co-Chair Carrie Palmer for organizing the drive! Over 250 toys were collected and will be delivered to Boston Children's Hospital this week.


STAFF APPRECIATION: Thank you to the volunteer chefs and bakers who brought a tasty lunch spread of chili, cornbread, salad, appetizers, and desserts to show appreciation for our wonderful Burbank staff. Thank you also to the Staff Appreciation Committee for organizing the event.

JACKET PROJECT: Finally, thank you to Spiritwear Co-Chair Cathy Meyer and all the Room Parents for coordinating the staff jacket project. Now every single Burbank staff member has nifty custom spiritwear!

Happy Holidays!

Annual Appeal a Resounding Success!

The numbers are in and this year's Annual Appeal Drive was an overwhelming success! Over 50% of Burbank families and many Burbank staff and teachers participated, contributing over $30,000 in all. This is more than $5,000 above our goal!

How should we spend our additional funds? Come to the next PTA meeting, the evening of February 5th, and vote on your choices.

February Preview:
Executive Function Presentation and Burbank STEM Night

What does Executive Function have to do with my child?

Find out at the February 5th PTA Meeting when Rachel Kalinsky of Beyond Booksmart will present. Mark your calendars so you can attend this relevant and informative presentation.


Burbank STEM Night
Thursday, February 15th

Join us for an exciting evening of hands-on exploration for all ages at Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night at Burbank School on the evening of Thursday, February 15th!

Calling all STEM enthusiasts: We need your help! STEM Night will be a success only if we get your participation. Please consider hosting an activity of your choice or helping in some other way. Please look for sign-up information in the New Year.

Questions or ideas? Contact one of the STEM Committee Members: Sarah Olken (, Peter Lakov (, Mike Raiter ( or Adam Poulin-Kerstien (

Mark Your Calendars!

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

Friday, January 12th

Burbank Skating Party: 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Skip Viglirolo Skating Rink in Belmont

Monday, January 15th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no school


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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 Committee Leadership Needed

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

Landscape Committee

One co-chair needed to keep the Burbank grounds beautiful in fall and spring. The landscape committee co-chairs coordinate beautification and clean-up projects to keep our school accessible, safe, and pleasant for the entire Burbank community. This role will be particularly important when the modulars arrive and the landscape changes.

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


Save the Date for the FBE Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Celebrate 25 years of making a difference in the Belmont Public Schools by being a part of this exciting occasion. Click here for more information about how to get involved.


Belmont High School Building Project
January Presentations, Meetings, and Workshops

Important decisions still need to be made regarding the Belmont High School Building Project. There are many opportunities to be involved in this process, including attending presentations and participating in community meetings and workshops.

  • Grade Configuration
    School Committee Meeting Presentation and Discussion
    Tuesday, January 9th, 7:00 PM, Belmont High School Auditorium
  • Traffic
    Presentation and Discussion
    Thursday, January 11th, 6:30 PM, Wellington School Cafeteria
  • Design Update
    Tuesday, January 16th, 7:00 PM, Chenery Community Room
  • Grade Configuration and Preliminary Design Option Selection
    Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:00 PM, Chenery Community Room

Burbank Elementary School PTA

266 School Street
Belmont MA 02478

PTA Co-Presidents

Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

Seetha Burtner

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posted: December 20, 2017 by webmaster
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