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PTA News -- October 23, 2018

Mary Lee Burbank Parent Teacher Association
October 23, 2018 Newsletter


In this week’s newsletter


Parent-Teacher Book Drop



Is your house overflowing with unread or outgrown children's fiction and non-fiction books? Burbank and Belmont teachers are in constant need of books to replenish their classroom libraries. Help us match supply and demand and get these books some TLC in a new home!  Please bag and bring gently used children’s books to your parent-teacher conference. Bring books of any reading level, not just for your child’s particular grade. Your child’s teacher will collect them, and they will be sorted and redistributed by the Belmont Public School ELA Curriculum Director (and Burbank parent) Jaynene DeLitt-Young. What a great way to share your books!


Box Tops Collection: October 24th & 25th

It's time to send in your BoxTops! There will be two collection days - Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25 - in front of the school during morning drop off. You can also drop BoxTops in the collection box in the main office, or send them in via your child's take-home folder. Questions? Contact Mike Raiter at


A reminder to collect change and make change in kids' lives by participating in the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat program.

On Thursday November 1st, students can participate in “Fill A Bucket” Day by turning in their UNICEF collection boxes (or making a donation) on the blacktop. Students can fill the UNICEF bucket to provide children around the world with medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief, and education.

In the spirit of “Fill A Bucket” Day, students are also encouraged do or say something kind to fill a friend’s bucket. The Burbank class with the highest percentage of class participants to return UNICEF collection boxes will be honored by the school and have their picture taken with Dr. Clifford!

Please contact the PTA Social Action Committee (Breda Zimkus, or Jim Zimkus, with questions.

Fall Landscape Clean-Up

Saturday, November 17th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, November 18th)

Come help us clean up leaves and prepare the gardens for winter! It's fun and it promotes a sense of stewardship of our school grounds. Bring a rake labeled with your name. Kids are encouraged to join!

In addition, we are looking for three adults who are experienced leaf blowers to help out in the morning 10am-12pm.
Help out at the Fall Cleanup


The PTA’s Annual Appeal had strong momentum through September. Thanks to generous contributions from 130 families and several teachers, we have met 75% of our goal of $30,000! Thank you to those who have already contributed! We are aiming for 100% participation to make our annual budget. Let’s keep the momentum going. Make a donation online at, or by sending a check in your child’s school folder. We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $125 PER CURRENT BURBANK CHILD. Your contribution directly helps enrich your child’s school experience. Every bit helps, so please join us and give what you can.

Examples of past partnerships between the Burbank PTA and the Burbank school include teacher grants, SMART boards, classroom supplies, grade-level enrichment activities, “Mathbrary” for Grade 2, Colonial Day for Grade 3, Kindergarten field trips, online enrichment subscriptions for Grades K-4, community-building events, school library and classroom library support, and teacher professional development.

Donate to the Annual Appeal Today

Connect with the Burbank PTA online


FBE Spelling Bee Needs Volunteers

The FBE Spelling Bee is coming up on November 3 and we need an army of volunteers to make it happen. If you have a child in the Bee (even if you don't) please consider volunteering for an hour or two to make sure the Bee runs smoothly.

We need help directing spellers, helping coordinate kids before they go on stage and generally keeping the Bee running like clockwork. Volunteers help make this special day possible
Sign Up to Help With the FBE Spelling Bee

Mark Your Calendars

  • Wed. October 24th and Thurs. October 25th: Box Tops Collection
  • Wednesday, October 24: Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:40 a.m. Dismissal; Tuesday Schedule
  • Wednesday, October 31: Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:40 a.m. Dismissal; Friday Schedule
  • Wednesday, October 31: Crazy Hat/Hair Day
  • Monday, November 5: Morning PTA Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:40 a.m. Dismissal; Thursday Schedule
  • Thursday, November 15: Library Night @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17: Fall Landscape Clean Up @ 1 p.m. (rain date Sunday. November 18)
Our mailing address is:
266 School Street, Belmont MA 02478

General email:
Seetha Burtner, PTA Co-President:
Jessie Bennett, PTA Co-President:
Hyon-Jee Voigt, Treasurer:
Liane Brecknock, Secretary:
Katherine Poulin-Kerstien, Past PTA Co-President:

posted: October 27, 2018 by webmaster
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