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PTA News -- Mar. 20, 2018
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Deadline Extended! Register Now for Burbank Multicultural Fair: Special Performances & Master of Ceremonies
  • Geography Challenge: Call for Volunteers & Event Schedule
  • "Shop at Wilson Farm" Day 2018: Wednesday, March 28th
  • Burbank Food Drive: Thursday, March 29th
  • Mark your calendars: March-April Events
  • Facebook: connect with the Burbank community
  • Community Events: FBE Online Auction: Open until March 25th; Outstanding Teacher Awards: Nominate by March 31st; Save the Date: SEPAC Resource Fair on March 28th

But first, a few announcements. . .

Volunteers Needed for the Geography Challenge: This year, because of snow days, we have two other school events rescheduled close to the Geography Challenge, and less-than-usual volunteer support. We would love more help to ensure the event runs smoothly. If you plan to attend, please consider volunteering 15-45 minutes – you can volunteer AND watch your child! You can view available slots at Volunteer at Geography Challenge. Please note that the 2nd grade Geography Challenge teams will start at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 22nd, and NOT at 9:00 am.

Staff Appreciation on Wednesday: Thank you to all who have stepped up to host or bring food! We are almost there! We just need 2 volunteers for clean-up between 2:30-3 p.m. If you can make this time, please sign up at Staff Appreciation Sign-Up.

Want to collect an award for us? The Burbank PTA is being recognized for an increase in membership this year at the Annual Massachusetts PTA Convention on April 7th. Check out the workshops and event schedule at Mass PTA Convention. We'll sponsor registration for any two Burbank PTA members who would like to attend. To sign up, email Katherine or Seetha.

Deadline Extended!
Register Now for the Burbank Multicultural Fair


Food! Music! Art! Performances!

Let's showcase the colorful mosaic of cultures, interests, backgrounds and experiences that make up the Burbank community! Register by Sunday, March 25th at midnight, to perform or set up an exhibit about a country or culture you love. This is a unique opportunity for our children (and adults) to share about, and learn from, each other! The fair will be held on:

Thursday, April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm
in the Burbank Cafeteria and Gym

Featuring Special Performances:

Avalon Ballroom Dance

9th Grade Jazz Group from our own Belmont HS

Master of Ceremonies:

Burbank teachers Jenn Ellis and Meghan Gallagher

Ways to participate:

  • Set up an exhibit. This can include arts and crafts, maps, flags, pictures, games, souvenirs, currency, national clothes or food. It’s up to you!
  • Perform for 3-5 minutes on stage. This can be a dance, music, acrobatics, a demonstration, or any special presentation from the specific ancestry, culture, or country you are presenting.

Don't forget to wear your culture/country’s traditional clothing!

Register here!

Registration is limited for exhibits and performances, so sign up today! If you have any questions about ideas, email Seetha Burtner (, Patricia Wolff (, or Narine Van Hal (


Geography Challenge Next Week

We Need Your Help!

This two day event needs helping hands before, during and after. If you plan to attend, please consider also signing up to volunteer at one of the slots of time in the link below. Thank you very much!

Volunteer at Geography Challenge

Event Schedule

Families are welcome to come support their student and enjoy the display of knowledge and teamwork. Don’t forget to coordinate with your team on a theme or color to wear the day of the Challenge. Please note the date and start times for each grade:

  • March 22nd, 9:00-9:50 am: Kindergarten & 1st Grade
  • March 22nd, 10:00-10:30 am: 2nd Grade
  • March 23rd, 9:00-10:00 am: 3rd & 4th Grade

Questions? Contact the Geography Challenge Co-Chairs:
 Clare Crawford (
 Kathy Collins DerKazarian (
 Aida Parnagian (
 Irina Zhygalko (




Thank you for supporting Belmont Public Schools!

Burbank Food Drive
Thursday, March 29th

Help stock the Belmont Food Pantry! We will be collecting food and toiletries on the blacktop during morning drop-off on Thursday, March 29th. Please share what you can!

Food Items in Highest Demand:

  • Ground Coffee
  • Instant Coffee
  • Chunky Peanut Butter (not creamy)
  • Instant Cook Rice (instant, not regular)
  • Pasta Sauce in Jars (not cans)
  • Dried beans (1 lb bags, not cans)
  • Certain Canned Veggies (Corn, Spinach, Mushroom, Beets, Potato only)
  • 2 lb boxes of Granulated Sugar
  • Condiments

Toiletries & Paper Goods in Highest Demand:

  • Dish Detergent
  • Spray Cleaners
  • Dish Sponges
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Napkins

Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, March 21st

  • Early release: school ends at 11:40 a.m., Thursday schedule
  • Staff Appreciation Spread during parent-teacher conferences
  • Thursday, March 22nd & Friday, March 23rd

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

    Sunday, March 25th at midnight

    Deadline to register for Burbank's Multicultural Fair:
    Register your performance or exhibit today!

    Wednesday, March 28th

  • Wilson Farm Shopping Day: 20% of your purchase supports Belmont Schools
  • Belmont SEPAC Resource Fair: 7-8 p.m. @ Butler Elementary School
  • Thursday, March 29th

    Burbank Food Drive: Food and toiletry collection for the Belmont Food Pantry on the blacktop before school

    Thursday, April 5th

    The Burbank Multicultural Fair:
    6:30-8:30 at the Burbank cafeteria and gym

    Connect, sign-up, stay informed, and participate!

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

    Community Events

    FBE Online Auction is Open for Bidding at


    • Concert, Theater & Sports Tickets
    • Special Belmont Experiences
    • Architectural, Home Repair & Design Services
    • Summer Camps & College Prep Courses
    • Health Club Memberships, Fitness Classes & Spa Services
    • Boston & Local Restaurant Gift Certificates
    • Hotels, Vacation Getaways & Much More!



    Outstanding Teacher Awards, 2018

    Submit Nominations by March 31st

    The Foundation for Belmont Education is excited to announce the 2018 Outstanding Teacher Awards. This program recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions made by teachers in the Belmont Public Schools. Nominations are currently being accepted for these awards. Belmont parents and community members, Belmont Public School colleagues, and high school and middle school students can submit nominations for teachers - of any grade, subject, or specialty - who deserve this special recognition. Teachers from Belmont’s six schools are chosen for this award. Each award winner will be honored at a surprise celebration at their school and at a district-wide awards ceremony to be held on May 1st at the Chenery Middle School.

    Nominate an Outstanding Teacher Today!

    Online Nomination Form
    More information

    Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council: Resource Fair

    March 28 @ 7-8 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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    posted: March 21, 2018 by webmaster
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