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PTA News -- Mar. 27, 2018

In this Week's Newsletter

  • "Shop at Wilson Farm" Day 2018: This Wednesday, March 28th
  • Burbank Food Drive: This Thursday, March 29th
  • Geography Challenge: K-2nd grade event this Friday, March 30th; Volunteers Needed
  • Burbank Multicultural Fair: Save the Date & Sign Up to Help
  • Mark your calendars: March-April Events
  • Facebook: connect with the Burbank community
  • Community Events: Outstanding Teacher Awards: Nominate by this Saturday, March 31st; SEPAC Resource Fair: this Thursday, March 28th

But first, a few announcements. . .

Volunteers Needed for the Geography Challenge: The junior division of the Geography Challenge has been rescheduled for this Friday, March 30th. Kindergarten and 1st grade teams will start at 9:00 am, and 2nd grade teams will start at 10:00 am. We still need more helpers to ensure the event runs smoothly. If you plan to attend, please consider volunteering before, during, or after – you can volunteer AND watch your child! You can view available slots at this link: Volunteer at Geography Challenge.

Staff Appreciation: Thank you to the volunteers who contributed generously with delicious food and precious time to staff appreciation last Wednesday! We appreciate your support of the Burbank Staff during parent-teacher conferences!

Multicultural Fair: Registration for the Multicultural Fair is now closed. Participants, please look for a confirmation email by tomorrow morning. If you think you signed up but don't receive an email, contact someone on the committee: Seetha Burtner, Patricia Wolff, or Narine Van Hal.

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.

This Wednesday!
March 28th


Use the attached flyer (digital or hardcopy) at checkout when you shop at Wilson Farm this Wednesday and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Belmont Public Schools!

Thank you for supporting Belmont Public Schools!

Burbank Food Drive
This 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!

In addition to food/toiletry donations, the food bank also accepts cash donations, which is uses to keep the pantry stocked between food drives. We will be collecting cash donations for the pantry – any amount is appreciated!

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


Geography Challenge
Junior Division
This Friday

We Need Your Help!

We are still looking for 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 start times for each grade:

  • March 30th, 9:00-9:50 am: Kindergarten & 1st Grade
  • March 30th, 10:00-10:30 am: 2nd Grade

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

Burbank Multicultural Fair
Thursday, April 5th


Food! Music! Art! Performances!

Come enjoy a showcase of the colorful mosaic of cultures, interests, backgrounds, and experiences that make up the Burbank community! This is a unique opportunity for our children (and adults) to share about, and learn from, each other!

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

Featuring Special Performances:

Avalon Ballroom Dance
The Belmont HS 9th Grade Jazz Group

Master of Ceremonies:

Burbank teachers Jenn Ellis and Meghan Gallagher

Help as a Volunteer at the Fair:

We invite helpers to join us to create a successful Multicultural Fair! Whether you have a half hour or two hours, whether you want to prepare materials at home or help on the day of the event, your volunteer time is much appreciated and essential. Thank you for considering volunteering your time and talent for the MC Fair!

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Questions? Contact the Multicultural Fair Co-Chairs: Seetha Burtner (, Patricia Wolff (, or Narine Van Hal (

Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, March 28th

Early release: school ends at 11:40 a.m.
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

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

Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th

April Recess: no school

Wednesday, April 25th

Burbank Day @ Belmont Books: special guest readers & purchases support Burbank

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

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

Community Events


Outstanding Teacher Awards, 2018

Submit Nominations by this Saturday, 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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