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PTA News -- June 5, 2018
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In this Week's Newsletter

  • School Gardens! Burbank Directory! Fall Social! and more... Find out how you can help keep Burbank's many traditions alive here.
  • Field Day is this Thursday, June 7th! Morning volunteers needed; slush ingredients listed below
  • Art Installation & Garden Tour: On Monday, June 11, come tour the garden and view a new outdoor art exhibit after drop-off!
  • Mark your calendars: Check out upcoming June Events
  • Facebook: connect with your Burbank friends and community
  • Community Events

But first, a few important announcements. . .

2nd Grade Wax Museum: Thank you to the 2nd Grade teachers and students for putting on a spectacular wax museum today! The children read biographies of a notable figure and dressed up as their chosen person today. It was a colorful and well-attended event!


RESCHEDULED: Due to the rainy weather, the Garden Tours & Tasks event planned for Monday, June 4th, has been rescheduled to Monday, June 11, after dismissal from 2:50-3:30 p.m.. Parents/caregivers, please accompany your children. Come see the new art installation of colorful Burbank rocks representing our vibrant community of unique individuals! Your child can show you the rock they painted. Enjoy a quick tour of the garden - featuring plants for butterflies and pollinators, Colonial herbs, and root-view veggies! Helpers of all ages can water the garden, and/or pull up some weeds. Join us! ~The Burbank Gardens Committee

Thank you for May 31st talk: Thank you Superintendent Phelan and BHS Building Committee representative Jamie Shea for the May 31st update on the Burbank Modulars & Belmont High School Building Project. Thank you to the parents who attended to stay informed ahead of November's citizen's vote on the BHS project, and to Katherine Poulin-Kerstein for setting up the talk and bringing coffee and donuts.

Last Week! Walking Wednesdays Sneaker Trophy Challenge: This is the last week of Burbank Walking Wednesdays. Get yourself to school by any means that help the environment: walk, bike, bus, or carpool, and help your class earn the Sneaker Trophy!. Last week, Mrs. Chalmers' class won the Rainbow Trophy (for Kindergarten), Ms. Normile's class won the Gold Trophy (for 1st & 2nd grades), and Mr. von Huene's class won the Silver Trophy (for 3rd & 4th grades) for the 5th week in a row! We had an overall 77% of students coming to school by environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Great Job!


Help Keep Burbank's Many Traditions Alive
Be a PTA Co-Chair Next School Year!

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. Please note, certain committees – the Directory, Fall Social, Burbank Walks, and Garden Committees – are most in need of volunteers.

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!

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


The PTA has ordered Richie's Ice in the all-natural Blue Raspberry and Watermelon flavors. Please find the ingredients listed below, and contact Heather Blake, RN, Burbank School Nurse, with any concerns.

  • Watermelon: Water, White Grape and/or Pineapple Juice Conc., Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Added Color (Fruit and Vegetable Juice)
  • Blue Raspberry: Water, White Grape and/or Pineapple Juice Conc., Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Artificial Color (Blue 1 Red 40)

Garden Tour, Art-Installation Viewing &
Garden Blog!



Monday, June 11, 2:50-3:30 pm Come see the new art installation of colorful Burbank rocks representing our vibrant community of unique individuals! Your child painted a rock during this whole-school art and SEL project.
  • Come see the rock your child painted– your child can show it to you (please leave it there to be part of the colorful art installation!).
  • Enjoy a quick tour of the garden - featuring plants for butterflies and pollinators, Colonial herbs, and root-view veggies!
  • Helpers of all ages can water the garden, and/or pull up some weeds.
  • Join us in the Garden Classroom!


    The children have been working the soil—enjoy the colorful photographs and learn what each grade has been up to in the Burbank Gardens, in the BURBANK GARDEN BLOG!! Thanks to Kim Foster for keeping the blog updated!

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Thursday, June 7th

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

    Monday, June 11th

    Art Installation and Garden Tour: 2:50-3:30 p.m. in the Burbank Gardens

    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

    FBE STAR Awards – Say Thank You to a Special Teacher

    Make a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more to the Foundation for Belmont Education's STAR program and the FBE will send your honored individual a STAR certificate, including your name(s) and an optional personalized message. The dollar amount of your gift will not be included. For more information about the STAR Award program, including online ordering or to print out an order form, please visit

    Please place your order by June 12th to ensure delivery to your honored individual before schools close for the summer.

    If you have questions about the STAR Award program, please email Chris Kochem at or (617) 489-4661.

    Spring into Summer Reading at the Chenery Author Festival & Book Fair!

    Thursday, June 7, 2018, 3:00 - 5:30 pm in the Chenery Cafeteria, followed by a 6:30 pm signing at Belmont Books, 79 Leonard Street, Belmont.

    Book sales to benefit Chenery Library. Stock up on summer reading titles! All elementary school students in Belmont are invited!

    • Meet authors & ask them questions!
    • Buy books & have authors sign them!
    • Discover what’s happening at Belmont Public Library!
    • Help support the awesome Chenery Library!
    • Join the authors for pizza and conversation after Chenery event at Belmont Books from 6:30-8!

    Burbank Elementary School PTA

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    Belmont MA 02478

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    Seetha Burtner

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    posted: June 6, 2018 by webmaster
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