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PTA News -- January 15, 2019

Mary Lee Burbank Parent Teacher Association
January 15, 2019 Newsletter


In this week’s newsletter

  • Tomorrow After Morning Drop-off! Science Curriculum Presentation and Coffee
  • Skating Party! 
  • Talent Show Information and Important Dates
  • Belmont Books Event on Wednesday, February 6
  • Mark Your Calendars: January and February 

Note about Tomorrow's Presentation: We are fortunate to have Jessice DeFrances, the BPS Science Curriculum Director, present to us about the new science standards and how they are implemented in Burbank. Please plan to attend this informative presentation, which will start at 8:45 a.m. in the cafetorium. Coffee and breakfast treats courtesy of the PTA. The presentation will be followed by a brief PTA business to vote on updated PTA by-laws.  These were distributed by room parents as a pdf. document last December.If you did not receive a copy, please contact Liane Brecknock at 



Presentation for parents on Wednesday, 1/16/19 @ 8:45 a.m.
Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided by the PTA

Please mark your calendars...

BPS Science Curriculum Director, Jessica DeFrances, will present about the science curriculum at the Belmont elementary schools, on Wednesday, January 16, at 8:45 a.m. in Burbank cafeteria. Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided by the PTA. The science curriculum has changed in recent years, so please plan to attend and learn what our young scientists at Burbank have been up to!
Fun, free, and includes hot chocolate :) 
(Bring your family, your skates and your helmet!)

Join your classmates for a fun and free evening of ice skating! On January 25 from 7 to 8 pm, the Burbank PTA is hosting our annual skating night at the Viglirolo Skating Rink (297 Concord Ave, on the Belmont High School campus). We'll provide fun music and free hot chocolate to keep us energized. Skates are not available, so please bring your own. Helmets are strongly recommended. Questions? Contact Kristen Zecchi ( or Heather Brenhouse (


Is your Burbank student a budding actor? A dancer whose energy needs an audience and outlet? A magician with stuff to show or make disappear? A performer whose talent cannot be defined but must be shared? If so, they are invited to sign up for the 2019 Burbank Talent Show!
WATCH FOR AN EMAIL on January 29th with the sign-up link. 

BE READY WITH YOUR ENTRY DETAILS. The sign-up window is from January 29-February 3 and slots fill up fast, so keep your information ready in advance.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GET READY. Follow the "Burbank Talent Show 2019 Information" link below for information to help get your entry ready.

Key dates to remember:

Sign-Up Window: Tuesday, January 29th-February 3rd
Music due: Friday, March 1st
Rehearsals: Thursday, March 28th: Thursday from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 2nd from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (participants must attend at least one)

  • Sign-ups are first come, first served. We are accepting no more than 40 acts for this year's show. Once that limit has been reached, we will maintain a wait list.
  • Anyone who signs up on time, but does not have his/her music in by the March 1st deadline will NOT be able to participate in the show.
  • You will also be asked to sign and submit a participation waiver by March1st. 
  • Only ONE Act per performer. Current Mary Lee Burbank Elementary students only.
  • 2 minutes maximum performance time per act.
  • An email with information on how to process downloaded music will be sent out to participants after February 1st. For acts with music, a music file in the proper mp3 format and with the desired clipping and length must be submitted to the committee by March 1st, 2019.
  • Each performer must attend at least one rehearsal, and be accompanied to rehearsal by a parent or other authorized adult unless they're attending rehearsal as part of BASEC. Rehearsal times for a second rehearsal for each performer are subject to availability.
  • - We ask you to be aware of the language and message of your child's act. The committee reserves the right to veto a selection, if necessary.  

Thank you,
Tara Smith & Mollica Manandhar, Talent Show Co-Chairs
Burbank Talent Show 2019 Information

Burbank loves books, and Belmont Books has them! 

FROM 2:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M.

Join us for an in-store celebration to delight our children and support the school, with celebrity readers, teacher wish lists, and books, books books! 


Kids and parents can browse books with their friends. Families can support reading in the classrooms and school by shopping Burbank wish lists.

All in-store sales during these three hours will support the school, so encourage friends and family to shop, too!

20% of sales support the Burbank PTA. 

Join the Burbank PTA Community on Facebook

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday January 16th:
Presentation by Jessica DeFrances, BPS Science Curriculum Director
8:45 a.m. at Burbank Cafetorium

Friday, January 25th:

7 pm. at Viglirolo Skating Rink, 221 Concord St., Belmont

Tuesday, January 29th to Sunday, February 3rd
Sign-Ups for Burbank Talent Show

Wednesday, February 6th 
2 pm - 7:30 pm @ Belmont Books
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: January 15, 2019 by webmaster
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