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PTA News -- August 20, 2018

What's Happening

New Parking & Traffic Rules Start in September

There are big changes to the drop-off and pick-up procedures this year. Please review this pamphlet to familiarize yourself with the details before school starts. Looking for carpool partners? Sign up here.

New Teachers Join Burbank Staff


Help us extend a warm welcome to three new Burbank teachers: 1st grade teacher Diana Weinstein, 2nd grade teacher Gina Stoyle, and 2nd grade teacher Hannah Oliphant!

Burbank Garden Cleanup
Volunteers Needed!

Parents and high-school volunteers are needed to help during one (or more) of four planned working sessions to conduct significant restoration work and weeding following this summer's construction around the school:

  • Saturday 8/25, 8-11 am
  • Sunday 8/26, 9-11 am
  • Monday 8/27, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8/29, 4:30-6:30 pm

To volunteer, please sign-up online here: Burbank Garden Classroom Maintenance. Thanks for supporting the Burbank gardens!

Thanks for supporting the Burbank gardens! Questions? Email the Burbank Gardens Committee: Kim Foster ( or Harriet Wong (

Student Tour Guides Needed
for New Family Scavenger Hunt

Calling all current Burbank students and recent Burbank alums! Come be a Burbank Tour Guide at this year's New Family Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, August 30! Student volunteers will be stationed in pairs at various locations throughout the building (e.g., the gym, the cafeteria, etc.) to greet the new families and give a brief overview of their location.

There will be two 1-hour Scavenger Hunt sessions: one at 9:00 am for incoming Kindergartners and one at 10:00 am for incoming students in grades 1-4. Student volunteers can sign up for one or both sessions, and will need to arrive 10 minutes before the start of their first session.

Please sign up here. Thank you for helping to welcome new students and their families to the Burbank community!

Questions? Contact Katherine Poulin-Kerstien at (

Want to be a Room Parent?

We are seeking to fill open Room Parent positions for this school year. Our goal is to have two (2) Room Parents per classroom. The role of a Room Parent is to facilitate communication by sending out PTA information to the class email list, coordinate class gifts, support the teacher with classroom needs, and attending Curriculum Night on Sept. 17. If you have a student in one of the classrooms below and are interested in a fun and rewarding experience at Burbank, please contact Meghan Wright, Room Parent Coordinator, at

  • Kindergarten: Cox, Chalmers, Talbot
  • 1st Grade: Wollner, Johnston
  • 2nd Grade: Normile, Mongeau
  • 3rd Grade: Pierson, Flaherty, Costa
  • 4th Grade: Stoppel, Gallant, Von Huene, Ames

PTA Board for 2018-2019

Fill an important role on the PTA Board: How do you feel about the work that the PTA does at Burbank? Do you feel that it is valuable? Do you have a drive to be part of helping build community and supporting teachers? Our current PTA board is short one member. Katherine Poulin-Kerstien has served her two-year term as Co-President, and we haven't yet found her replacement. She is valiantly continuing to help over the summer, but our community is large enough to find a good person who will take the baton. Please reach out to Jessie Bennett if you have any interest in taking on a leadership role along with the current Board members below.:

  • Seetha Burtner, Co-President
  • Katherine Poulin-Kerstien, Co-President
  • Jessie Bennett, Secretary
  • Hyon-Jee Voigt, Treasurer

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Sept. 6 or Friday, Sept. 7:
First day of Kindergarten (half day)

Thursday, September 6:
First Day of School (1:40 pm release)

Friday, September 14 @ 8:45 a.m. (library):
PTA Welcome Coffee

Monday, September 24 @ 6:30 p.m. (cafeteria):
PTA Meeting

Friday, September 28 @ 6:30 p.m. (cafeteria):
Fall Social (please note the new start time)


Burbank PTA Annual Appeal Drive
September 10 - November 21, 2018

Your tax-deductible contribution to the Burbank PTA directly supports students and staff throughout the year. We do a ONE-TIME Annual Appeal Drive to cover the entire year, which officially starts on September 10, and goes through November 21. If you'd like to check off this box on your to-do list early, we have the Burbank PTA 2018 Annual Appeal online site ready to go. We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $125 PER BURBANK CHILD.

Want to know what your contribution will support? Here are some examples:

  • teacher grants
  • SMART Boards
  • Reimbursements for needed classroom supplies
  • Enrichment activities for all grades
  • Mathbrary for Grade 2
  • Colonial Day for Grade 3
  • Kindergarten Field Trips
  • Online Reading/Math subscriptions for all grades
  • Community-building events
  • Teacher training for Open Circle social-emotional curriculum
  • School library and classroom library support

Without the generosity of Burbank families, none of the PTA’s work would be possible. The funds raised and spent by the PTA have a significant impact on your child’s daily classroom experience. Our goal this year is 100% participation. Every bit helps our school community, so please join us and give what you can.

Join the Burbank PTA 2018 Annual Appeal

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

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

Community Postings


Meet Belmont
Tuesday, Aug. 28 6:00-8:00 pm at Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington Street

  • Meet local government representatives and nonprofit leaders
  • Discover recreation and arts programs
  • Find community organizations, volunteering and other actvities
  • Participate in our democracy—register to vote
  • Support the Belmont Food Bank with a non-perishable food or toiletry item


  • Burbank Elementary School PTA

    266 School Street
    Belmont MA 02478

    PTA Co-Presidents

    Seetha Burtner

    Katherine Poulin-Kerstien

    PTA Website

    Support the PTA

    PTA Calendar

    Burbank Weather Station 


    posted: August 30, 2018 by webmaster
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