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PTA News -- May 8, 2018
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Join Us! Be a PTA Co-Chair Next School Year! Find more information HERE
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Join the PTA in thanking our teachers each day this week, May 7th-11th
  • PTA Meeting & Presentation: "Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both": May 14th from 7:00-8:30pm in Burbank Cafeteria
  • Burbank is Community Strong Fun Run: Exercise for a good cause on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30-6:00
  • 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: Tonight: Belmont High School Building Project design update; Now until May 20th: COLLECT and SORT for Cradles to Crayons; May 23rd: "Basic Rights in Special Education" presentation

But first, a few important announcements. . .

Thank you to the all volunteers who came to beautify the Burbank landscape on Sunday. The Burbank grounds are cleaned up, planted and layered with mulch in readiness for spring. Children and adults came to help, play, chat, and clean up the school grounds. Thank you to Mary Lewis and Martin Guentert, the Landscape Co-Chairs, and Harriet Wong, Kim Foster, and Heather Barr, the Garden Co-Chairs, for organizing this event to keep Burbank beautiful.



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 got off to a great start last week and will continue this week. Get yourself to school by any means that help the enviroment: walk, bike, bus, or carpool for the next 5 Wednesdays and help your class earn the coveted Sneaker Trophy! New this year: the class with the most trophy wins will get to have their picture taken with Dr. Clifford!



Be a PTA 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!


"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)

Burbank is Community Strong Fun Run!

Thursday, May 17th (Rain date May 24th)
4:30-6:00 p.m.

It's time for the Burbank community to come together and help those in need! For this family event hosted by Burbank, sudents and families are invited to walk/run the Burbank quarter-mile course multiple times using their given marathon card. Families are welcome and we ask for parental supervision.

Proceeds will be equally donated to the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation and the Jimmy Fund.

There is a $1 registration fee per participant with the option of donating more. Please be sure to look for the green slips in your child's folder and turn them in with your donation by Tuesday, May 15th. Checks can be made to the Burbank PTA and are tax deductible.


Please contact the organizers, Katie Crow or Katie Sbay to help out with this low-key and fun event. Six to eight volunteers are wanted.

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!

Monday, May 7th - Friday, May 11th

Teacher Appreciation Week: Join us in thanking our teachers for their excellence and commitment with a daily activity

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

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.

COLLECT and SORT for Cradles to Crayons

For the fifth year, Belmont Day School is the collection site for the town-wide Belmont clothing drive and sorting event to support Cradles to Crayons. Our relationship with Cradles to Crayons goes back several years and in that time, the residents of Belmont have helped to provide clothing, toys and school supplies for thousands of children across the state of Massachusetts.

Help make this drive a success!

  • Bring clean, gently used toys, books and children's clothing (up to size adult medium) and drop them off in the well-marked collection container at Belmont Day School, 55 Day School Lane, Belmont.
  • Sign-up with your friends or family to participate in the sorting event which will take place on Sunday, May 20th from 10am-12pm in the Belmont Day School Performing Arts Center where you can organize books, help to check donated items for quality and cleanliness and clean donated toys. This event is open to adults and children. Students will receive credit for community service hours worked at this event. (Email if you plan to attend.)
  • Help to spread the word by reaching out to your friends and forwarding this information and the attached flier to your friend club, child's soccer team, place of worship etc. It takes a lot of donations to fill the collection container!

Thank you for your help!

Basic Rights in Special Education

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:45pm

Daniel Butler Elementary School Cafeteria

90 White Street, Belmont.

(Cafeteria entrance is on the side of building by the parking lot.)

This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child's school to decide the child's eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child's progress in school.

Presented by: The Federation for Children with Special Needs.

RSVP's requested: Email Diane Hutchins-Fridmann

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