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PTA News -- May 15, 2018
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • Tonight! PTA Meeting & Presentation "Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both": 7:00-8:30pm in Burbank Cafeteria. Plus a Raffle & Free Walk-in Childcare*
  • Join Us! Be a PTA Co-Chair Next School Year! Find more information here
  • Volunteer for Field Day on June 7th
  • Sign up for Garden Classroom Summer Maintenance here
  • Pan Mass Challenge for Kids Belmont Ride: Join fellow Burbank Students on "Belmont Bikers" Team this Sunday!
  • Mark your calendars: Check out all the May & June Events
  • Facebook: connect with your Burbank friends and community
  • Community Events

But first, a few important announcements. . .

Belmont Schools Update: Wondering what's happening with the Burbank Modulars Project? What about the BHS Building Project? Join us for a presentation by Superintendent John Phelan and Building Committee Representative Jamie Shea to get up to speed on these important topics. The meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5th in the Burbank Library.

Walking Wednesdays Sneaker Trophy Challenge: Burbank Walking Wednesdays continues this week. Get yourself to school by any means that help the environment: walk, bike, bus, or carpool for the next 4 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!

"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 by Dr. Clifford and Jaynene Dellitt-Young, Belmont Public Schools K-4 ELA & SS Curriculum Specialist, on "Curriculum Leaps, Summer Regression, and How to be Prepared for Both." We will also cast votes on PTA plans for the next school year.


Enter a raffle to win a pair of front-row reserved seats at the year-end assembly of your choice.


RSVP to Jessie Bennett to reserve your spot. *Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows.


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!

Volunteer for FIELD DAY
on June 7th


Burbank Field Day is set for Thursday, June 7th (rain date, June 14th). There will be two sessions during the day - feel free to sign up for one or both sessions:

  • 3rd and 4th Graders: 9:00am - 11:30am
  • K, 1st, and 2nd Graders: 12:10pm - 2:40pm

Garden Classroom Summer Maintenance


Help us keep the Garden Classroom beautiful all summer! The vegetable garden will be taking a break while construction is done on the blacktop but we hope to have some beans, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes growing in the Garden Classroom. Sign up to weed and water for a week during the summer. In addition to having fun taking care of the plants, you can take home any produce you find that is ready to pick! A brief training can be arranged for those new to helping with the garden. You will probably need to visit the garden about 3 times during your sign-up week (depending on the weather).


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 14th

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

Wednesday, May 30th

Early release day: 11:40 a.m. dismissal, Friday schedule

Tuesday, June 5th

Belmont Schools Update: with Superintendent Phelan & Building Committee Representative Jamie Shea, 8:45-9:45 a.m. in Burbank Library

Thursday, June 7th

Field Day: a day filled with FUN activities, 3rd & 4th graders participate 9:00-11:30 a.m. and K-2nd graders participate 12:10-3:20 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, June 14th)

Tuesday, June 12th

Fourth Grade Moving On Ceremony: 9:00 a.m. in the Burbank Cafeteria

Friday, June 15th

End of Year Assembly: at 9:00 a.m. for K-2nd grades and at 10:00 a.m. for 3-4th grades, in the gym

Wednesday, June 20th

Last Day of School: 11:40 a.m. dismissal

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

Traffic Solutions Discussion
Wednesday, May 16th @ 7:00 pm
Wellington Elementary Cafeteria

Public meeting with High School Building Committee Meeting to discuss traffic concerns related to the 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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