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PTA News -- May 1, 2018
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Join Us! Be a PTA Co-Chair Next School Year! Find more information HERE
  • Staff Appreciation Cinco de Mayo Luncheon this Wednesday! Sign up to participate or contribute
  • Spring Garden & Landscape Clean-Up Day this Sunday! Join other Burbank families to clean-up the grounds & gardens on May 6
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Daily ideas for how each student can thank teachers next week, May 7th-11th
  • PTA Meeting & Presentation: "Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both" on May 14th: 7:00-8:30pm in Burbank Cafeteria with a Presentation, PTA business, Raffle & Free Childcare
  • Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Belmont Ride: Join fellow Burbank Students on "Belmont Bikers" Team
  • Mark your calendars: Check out all the May Events
  • Facebook: connect with your Burbank friends and community
  • Community Events

But first, a few important announcements. . .

Gale Road Parking Changes: A no-parking restriction has been implemented across from the rolling drop-off zone on Gale Road during the 8-9 a.m. morning drop-off time. On the map, the restricted-parking area is shown in red across from the rolling drop-off zone shown in green. The changes have been implemented to improve safety during the 8-9am morning drop-off time. Thank you for adhering to these new regulations and not parking between the No Parking signs on Gale Road during morning drop-off.


Walking Wednesdays Sneaker Trophy Challenge: Burbank Walking Wednesdays are starting again this week on May 2nd, which is MA Walk/Bike to School Day. Get yourself to school by any means other than in your family car for the next 6 Wednesdays and help your class earn the coveted Sneaker Trophy!

Congratulations to Mrs. Cox, Outstanding Teacher of the Year! Come out to support Mrs. Cox as she is honored at a public ceremony today, Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30-8:00pm at Chenery. There will be a 6:30 pm reception in the cafeteria, immediately followed by the awards ceremony in the auditorium.


How will YOU participate in the PTA?
Be a Co-Chair Next School Year!

Certain committees – Directory, Fall Social, Talent Show, and Garden – are most in need of co-chair volunteers. In addition, all committees are open to additional volunteers, fresh perspectives, and new energy. Please see the online VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM for information about all the committees and to indicate your interest.

Do you have questions about the time commitment involved? We have answers.

The number of hours involved, as well as the timing (day, evening or weekend; year-round or seasonal) varies from committee to committee, and volunteers find the sweet spot that works for them. Time estimates and a short description for all the committees are provided on the VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM. Use the form to let you know what sounds interesting, and we will contact you to provide more information and see if you want to opt in.

Thank you for giving your time and talents!


Do you have colorful decorations you're willing to loan us? Some time to spare on May 2? A desire to feed the staff and teachers? Willingness to click on a signup genius form to review slots? Then read on...

The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is this Wednesday, May 2nd.

This annual luncheon (Cinco de Mayo theme this year!) is different and more festive than the food spreads we periodically set up in the teachers' lounge during parent-teacher-conference weeks. For this May event, we convert the library and conference room into cheerful dining spaces. We choose a theme, decorate the rooms and tables, set up the food, and give out party favors. The staff gets to sit down as a big group and have lunch together, and they really enjoy it. We pull it together with many volunteers taking on small tasks, and together they make for a lovely event.

There are many ways to help before, during, and after the event on May 2. Please take a look at the sign up sheet and see what works for you. Thank you for your contribution!


If you would like to contribute but can't give your time, donations towards staff appreciation supplies or events are welcome.


Spring Garden & Landscape Clean-Up Day

This Sunday, May 6th
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Bring your tools and helping hands of all ages to the spring clean-up this Sunday afternoon. We'll tidy up the gardens and grounds, clean up leaves, weed, mulch and perhaps plant a few flowers in our last landscaping event of the year. It's fun and it promotes a sense of stewardship of our school grounds! Older students and Scouts can earn community service hours.

Please feel free to join us for whatever amount of time you can! RSVP using the link below so we can keep you in the loop.

RSVP for Clean-Up Day Here


"Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both"

Monday, May 14th
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Burbank Cafeteria

Join us for a presentation on "Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both" and to cast votes on PTA plans for next year.


Attendance gets your name entered in a raffle for front-row reserved seats at the year-end assembly of your choice.


Contact Jessie Bennett to RSVP (Required)

Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Belmont Ride


Sunday, May 20th
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Belmont Hill School

Calling all kids ages 3-12! Join your Burbank friends at Belmont's Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Ride to help raise money for the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

You can ride alone, as a family, put together your own team, or join the "Belmont Bikers" team, which is made up of children from the Belmont Elementary Schools. After the ride there are free refreshments, music, bouncy houses, face painting and other fun activities. The Yawkee Way store is donating $20 gift cards to all registered riders again this year!

For more general information about registration, route options, and the post-ride party, visit

Feel free to contact Breda ( or Jim Zimkus (, PTA Social Action Committee, with any questions.

Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • MA Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day: Get energized for school and kick-off the annual Sneaker Trophy Challenge (Wednesdays through June 6th)
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon: a Cinco de Mayo-themed lunch provided by the PTA to thank all Burbank teachers and staff

    Sunday, May 6th

    Spring Landscape Clean-Up: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Help beautify the grounds and prepare the gardens for spring
    (Rain date: Saturday, May 12th)

    Monday, May 14

    PTA Presentation & Meeting: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Presentation: "Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both" & PTA votes for the next school year

    Thursday, May 17th

    Burbank is Community Strong Fun Run: come together with the Burbank community to support a good cause
    (Rain date: Thursday, May 24th)

    Sunday, May 20th

    Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Belmont Ride:
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Belmont Hill School

    Monday, May 28th

    Memorial Day: no school

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

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

    Community Events

    Inside and Out: Informal Summer Learning
    Presentation by Bill Shribman, WGBH

    Wednesday, May 2nd
    Chenery Middle School Auditorium
    6:30-8:00 pm

    Bill Shribman, Senior Executive Producer and Director of Digital Partnerships at WGBH in Boston discusses his team's work in creating nontraditional learning opportunities for kids, especially ones that will get them outside this summer. With vacations coming up, he'll talk about some of the ways to keep students' brains active while sill enjoying their time away from school.

    Interested in childcare? Email

    Free Nature Workshops at the Chenery – registrations due Friday

    The Chenery Middle School and Mass Audubon’s Habitat Intergenerational Program (HIP) proudly announce this year's offerings of our annual Courtyard Nature Workshops: Natural Paints, Composting Made Simple, Cyanotype Printing, Making Bug Hotels, and Shrews, Voles & Mice. These intergenerational workshops are free and open to everyone ages 10 to 110. For more information and to register, please click here. Registration forms are due May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ligon (

    Belmont High School Building Project

    Design Update with Virtual Reality Presentation
    Tuesday, May 8th @ 7:00 pm
    Chenery Middle School Community Room

    Join the joint School Committee & High School Building Committee Meeting for the latest information about the Belmont High School Building Project.

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