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PTA News -- Feb. 5, 2018

In this Week's Newsletter

  • TONIGHT: Executive Function Presentation and PTA Meeting
  • Needed: Activity Hosts & Volunteers for STEM Night!
  • Register for the 23rd Annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge
  • Mark your calendars: February & March events
  • Facebook: connect with the Burbank community
  • Community Events: Ends Tonight: FBE's Online Camp Auction; Tickets Available Now: FBE Silver Anniversary Fundraiser on March 17th; Save the Date: SEPAC Resource Fair on March 28th

But first, a few announcements. . .

PTA Meeting and Executive Function Presentation tonight, 7:00-8:30 p.m. @ the Burbank Cafeteria! Rachel Kalinsky, M.Ed., CAGS, and Executive Function Coach at Beyond Booksmart, will present on Initiation, Planning and Emotional Regulation in elementary-aged children. We will also vote on how to allocate the surplus funds generated by the annual appeal. Please plan to attend.

STEM Night Volunteers Needed: STEM Night is a wonderful event that always draws a huge crowd of Burbank students and their families. It takes a village to successfully run such a large event – will you be part of our village? We need STEM Activity Station Hosts and Volunteers for STEM Night to sign up to ensure that STEM Night can happen. Please sign up today! Not sure what to do? The STEM Committee is happy to help brainstorm! See below for their contact information.

New Lost & Found Procedure: Due to the large volume of items in the lost and found and the fact that there is not space to accommodate all of these items, the lost and found box will be emptied at the beginning of every month. Please make sure to check the lost and found as soon as you notice something is missing.


Executive Function Presentation
at February 5th PTA Meeting
from 7:00-8:30 pm

What does Executive Function have to do with my child?

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



Host an Activity or Volunteer on STEM Night!

Thursday, February 15th
6:30-8:00 p.m.


We need YOUR help to make STEM Night a success!


VOLUNTEER (before, during, or after STEM Night)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night at Burbank is an exciting evening of hands-on exploration for all ages! Mark your calendars now so you don't miss this fun night of discovery and wonder. There will even be pizza-by-the-slice for sale in the cafeteria starting at 6:00 p.m. so you can make a night of it.

Questions or ideas? Contact one of the STEM Committee Members:

Register for the 23rd Annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge!

Event dates: Thursday March 22 & Friday March 23

The 23rd annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge is fast approaching! This year the Junior Division (grades K, 1, and 2) will be held on Thursday, March 22nd and the Senior Division (grades 3 and 4) will be held on Friday, March 23rd.

Registration is open from February 1 through February 14 and will be conducted online. Please visit Geography Challenge Registration to sign up. Please only register once per team.

The schedule for the Geography Challenge will be as follows:

  • Grades K-1: 9-9:50am, Thursday, March 22nd
  • Grade 2: 10-10:30am, Thursday, March 22nd (after K-1 students)
  • Grades 3-4: 9-10am, Friday, March 23rd


    The Geography Challenge is a non-competitive display of students’ knowledge. As in past years, students form teams of 3 or 4 members and answer questions found in the Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge Study Book, which will be distributed in early March. Students who participate will have the opportunity to learn basic geography facts and terms. The Geography Challenge is unique to Burbank - we are the only elementary school in Belmont that hosts this fun, educational activity. All students attend the Geography Challenge regardless of whether they are on a team. For more information, please see our Geography Challenge FAQs.

    Questions? Contact the Geography Challenge Co-Chairs:

  • Mark Your Calendars!

    TONIGHT: Monday, February 5th

    PTA Meeting & Executive Function Presentation:
    7:00-8:30 p.m. in Burbank Cafeteria

    Wednesday, February 7th

    3rd Annual MA Winter Walk & Roll to School Day

    Thursday, February 15th

    STEM Night: 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Burbank Gym.
    Pizza for sale in the Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.

    Monday, February 19th – Friday, February 23rd

    February Recess: no school

    Friday, March 9th

    Burbank Movie Night: 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Burbank Cafeteria

    Thursday, March 22nd & Friday, March 23rd

    23rd Annual Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge:
    during morning school hours in Burbank Cafeteria

    Wednesday March 28th

    Resource Fair: Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
    7 p.m. @ Butler Elementary School

    Facebook: Connect with the Burbank Community

    Join us on Facebook at the Burbank PTA Community group.
    Hope to see you there!

    Community Events


    The FBE’s Online Camp Auction Ends Tonight!

    From preschool programs to overnight camps, the FBE Online Camp Auction has something for every child. There are local offerings for a variety of age ranges and overnight options perfect for those children who wish to venture out of the area for camp.

    Please visit the FBE’s Online Camp Auction website for detailed descriptions of each camp offering including dates and restrictions and start bidding! The FBE Online Camp Auction will close on Monday, February 5th at 8pm.

    • BASEC at Burbank
    • Belmont Day School
    • Belmont Hill School Sports Camp
    • Belmont Summer Enrichment
    • Camp Avoda (Middleboro, MA)
    • Camp Cody (Freedom, NH)
    • Camp North Star (Poland, ME)
    • Evergreen Day School
    • Habitat (Mass Audubon)
    • The Kendall School
    • Powers Music School
    • Running Brook Camps
    • Slocum Soccer School
    • Summer Fenn Day Camp

    Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to solidify your child’s summer plans and thank you for your support of the FBE! Questions:


    Celebrate the Foundation for Belmont Education’s 25 Years of Making a Difference in the Belmont Public Schools at our Silver Anniversary Fundraiser

    Saturday, March 17th
    7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    Belmont Hill School

    Purchase TicketsEvent DetailsDonate to the FBE

    Tickets for this event sell out quickly, so don’t wait!

    Back by Popular Demand: Live & Silent Auctions filled with exceptional event packages and one-of-a-kind experiences.



    Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council: Resource Fair

    March 28 @ 7 p.m. at the Butler elementary School cafeteria

    90 White Street, Belmont MA 02478

    Come explore a variety of community resources for students including:

  • Behavioral Services
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Adaptive Sports
  • Educational Assessment
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Services
  • Tutoring
  • Advocacy The Belmont SEPAC works to advocate, advise and assist families.


    Burbank Elementary School PTA

    266 School Street
    Belmont MA 02478

    PTA Co-Presidents

    Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

    Seetha Burtner

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