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PTA News -- February 12, 2019

Mary Lee Burbank Parent Teacher Association
February 12, 2019 Newsletter

 

In this week’s newsletter

  • Deadline Extended! Sign Up for Burbank's Geography Challenge
  • STEM Night is 2/13: Sign Up to Volunteer!
  • Belmont Books: Shop Online Till Midnight Today!
  • Cradles to Crayons Donation Day: Friday, February 15th
  • Movie Night: "Ferdinand" on March 8th
  • Community Events: Mass Hort Workshop, Parent Speaker Series, FBE Auction/Gala
  • Mark Your Calendars: February and March
Coffee With the Principal: Please join us for an informal coffee and breakfast bites with Tricia Clifford from 8:45-9:30 a.m. on March 18 at the Burbank Conference Room (across from the school library). Format is open-ended and topics to be discussed include MCAS and any other topics attendees bring up. 

Thank You to all the children who participated in Winter Walk-to-School Day, and organizers Hyon-Jee Voigt, Tiao Xie and Katie S'Bay. Thank you Katie Crow for the dance party on the blacktop!  It was great to see the children enjoying fresh air and sunshine!

Thank you to all who voted for PTA Co-President last week. The results are in! Jessica Smith was overwhelmingly approved to be Burbank's PTA Co-President from now until September 2020. Jess has worked in the Belmont Public Schools for 16 years as an occupational therapist, has been the Belmont High School field hockey coach for 15 years, and has lived in Belmont for three years. She is parent to two current and one incoming Burbank students: Mia is in 3rd grade, Henry is in 1st grade, and Cameron will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. Jess completed college and graduate school at Tufts University. She hopes to bring her knowledge of education and the Belmont curriculum to the Burbank PTA. Welcome Jess! We're glad to have you on board! 

 
 


GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DEADLINE EXTENDED TILL FRIDAY 2/15

Please support your student in forming a team to participate in this unique Burbank tradition!

Grades K-2: 9- 10:30am, Thursday, March 21st

Grades 3-4: 9-10am, Friday, March 22nd

Click the button below to register. Please only register once per team. 

Click here for our FAQs about the event.  Fun, teamwork, learning, and enrichment are all part of the Geography Challenge!  If you have any questions after reading the registration materials, please contact one of the Geography Challenge co-chairs.  We hope that your child decides to participate this year.


PTA Geography Challenge Co-Chairs

Kathy Collins DerKazarian, kaceycoll@yahoo.com

Aida Parnagian, aida0519@yahoo.com

Irina Zhygalko, irina.zhygalko@gmail.com

Heather Rubeski  hrubeski@gmail.com

Geography Challenge Registration
STEM NIGHT IS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th!
Burbank Gym, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Pizza for sale at 6:00 pm

We Need Your Help on Wednesday
Click on the button below to volunteer  

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Night at Burbank is an exciting evening of hands-on exploration for all ages! Don't miss this fun night of discovery and wonder.

 Questions or ideas? Contact one of the STEM Committee Members: Sarah Olken (sarah.olken@gmail.com), Adam Poulin-Kerstien (akerstien@gmail.com), or Katherine Poulin-Kerstien (kpoulinkerstien@gmail.com). 

Help a Boston Friend attend STEM Night

 Calling Belmont-Boston Friends!

Burbank students who live in Boston might need a place to hang out before STEM night starts, when their parents can meet them at Burbank.  If you would like to host a Boston Friend on Wednesday, February 13th, between pickup at 2:50pm and the start of STEM night at 6:30pm, please contact Jenny Kresse at jennykresse08@gmail.com.  Thanks in advance for your hospitality!

Be a Volunteer for STEM Night

Shop Belmont Books online Till Midnight Today!
Use the promo code
BURBANK19 and you'll support the PTA! 20% of all sales using the code will go to the PTA.
Turnout for the event was kind of low because of so many kids out with a stomach bug, so help us out and get some great books!

 

Burbank School Teacher Wishlist

On Friday, February 15th we will have our P.J. day for Cradles to Crayons.  If your child would like to wear their pajamas to school on that Friday they must either bring a $1 donation for Cradles to Crayons or a new pair of pajamas.  All the donations will go to Cradles to Crayons.

BURBANK MOVIE NIGHT: FERDINAND

Join your Burbank friends for a fun Friday night movie!

When?  Friday, March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where?  Burbank Cafeteria

Wear your pajamas, bring a blanket or pillow.  Get cozy and enjoy the movie!

Siblings are welcome

*Please note--all children must be accompanied by an adult.  This is NOT a drop-off event.

Snacks and water will be available for purchase, $1 each.

Questions?  Please contact Jesse Souweine (jessesouweine@gmail.com) or Kelly Imberman (kmcgee28@hotmail.com).

Join the Burbank PTA Community on Facebook
On Thursday February 21st, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, join members of the Burbank Garden Committee to discover ways to overcome challenges faced in new and established school gardens. Presentations and workshops will inspire and share garden models that address common issues in creative and simple ways.
Our very own Burbank Garden Committee members, Kim Foster and Harriet Wong, are presenting, Developing a Curriculum-based School Program (without overwhelming teachers).
 
All Burbank teachers and parents can register at the discounted rate of $40 by using Burbank Elementary on the registration form in the place of member number.
Mass Hort’s campus, The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley

 
MASS HORT Garden Conference Registration
JOIN US FOR THE PARENT LECTURE SERIES ON RAISING RACIALLY AWARE CHILDREN
The first talk is on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chenery Auditorium. Click here for DETAILS/POSTER

THE FOUNDATION FOR BELMONT EDUCATION 
ON-LINE AUCTION IS OPEN FOR BIDDING AT
WWW.FBE-BELMONT.ORG/AUCTION

HUNDREDS OF FANTASTIC ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE, INCLUDING:

Concert, Theater & Sports Tickets
Special Belmont Experiences
Architectural, Home Repair & Design Services
Summer Camps & College Prep Courses
Health Club Memberships, Fitness Classes & Spa Services
Boston & Local Restaurant Gift Certificates
Hotels, Vacation Getaways & Much More! 

VIEW ITEMS, BID NOW, AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE BELMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

AUCTION ENDS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 25th AT 10 PM.
Questions? auction@fbe-belmont.org


The FBE's Annual Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, March 16th. Information and tickets are available at:
https://fbe-belmont.org/event/2019-annual-fundraiser/

Mark Your Calendars


Wednesday, February 13th
STEM NIGHT
6:30-8:00 pm in the Burbank Gym. Pizza sales start at 6:00 pm
Registration deadline for Geography Challenge

Friday February 15th
BRING NEW PJs or $1 to DONATE
Cradles to Crayons

 

February 16-24
WINTER BREAK -- NO SCHOOL

Thursday, February 21st
MASS HORT WORKSHOP 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Friday, 3/8 @ 6:30 pm
MOVIE NIGHT: FERDINAND


Monday, 3/20 @ 8:45 a.m.
COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL (location TBD)

Wednesday, 3/20 @ 6:30 pm
RAISING RACIALLY AWARE CHILDREN-PART 1


Thursday, 3/21 and Friday 3/22
GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE

Our mailing address is:
266 School Street, Belmont MA 02478

General email: maryleeburbankpta@gmail.com
Seetha Burtner, PTA Co-President: seethanarayan@comcast.net
Jess Smith: PTA Co-President: jsmith@belmont.k12.ma.us
Hyon-Jee Voigt, Treasurer: hyonjee@gmail.com
Liane Brecknock, Secretary: liane.brecknock@gmail.com
Katherine Poulin-Kerstien, Events Vice-President: kpoulinkerstien@gmail.com

Carrie Palmer, Enrichments Vice-President: cbither2002@yahoo.com 
Heather Rubeski, Grants Vice-President: hrubeski@gmail.com 

 
 
posted: February 16, 2019 by webmaster
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