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PTA News -- March 26, 2019

Mary Lee Burbank Parent Teacher Association
March 26, 2019 Newsletter


In this week’s newsletter

  • Nominate An Outstanding Educator: Deadline is March 31
  • Burbank's Got Talent: Join Us the Evening of April 5
  • Get $25/Give $25: STEM Camp at Empow
  • Join the PTA Board for 2019-2020
  • Cradles to Crayons: Save Your Gently Used Items
  • Mark Your Calendars

Geography Challenge
A huge shout out to the Geography Challenge co-chairs Kathy Collins DerKazarian, Aida Parnagian, Irina Zhygalko, Heather Rubeski and to the volunteers on the day of the events. It was a great success and the children had an incredible time. Thank you for your time and commitment!

Nominate an Outstanding Educator!

Nominations are being accepted for the FBE’s Outstanding Teacher Awards. Belmont parents and community members, Belmont Public School colleagues, and high school and middle school students can submit nominations for teachers - of any grade, subject, or specialty - who deserve this special recognition.

Based on nominations from the community, teachers from Belmont’s six schools are chosen for this award. Each award winner will be honored, first at a surprise celebration at their school, and then at a district-wide awards ceremony to be held on May 2nd at the Chenery Middle School.

Nomination Criteria and Online Nomination Form
(submit before March 31, 2019):

For more information:


Join us at the Burbank Talent Show
Featuring incredible 39 acts:

Songs! Dances! Hula Hoop! Musical Instruments! Martial Arts! Gymnastics! Trivia!

Kicking off the show is "Teacher's Party Tricks"!

Friday April 5th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Burbank Gymnasium*

*At Intermission, snacks will be served in the Cafeteria


Looking for a STEM summer camp? Empow Studios is offering a discount of $25 off their STEM Camps in/around Belmont by using coupon code BPTO25. For every registration they get using this code, they will donate an additional $25 to the Burbank PTA. To learn more about Empow Studios STEM Camp in Belmont, Cambridge, Lexington, and more, please visit:

Join the PTA Board for 2019-2020

How do you feel about the work that the PTA does at Burbank? Do you feel that it is valuable? Do you want to be part of helping build community and supporting teachers?

Our current beloved Treasurer, Hyon-Jee Voigt, will be "graduating" to Chenery, so there is an opening for the Treasurer position on the PTA Board next year.

Please reach out to any nominations committee member listed below to learn more, and we will also be happy to set you up for a conversation with Hyon-Jee about what the role entails. 

We encourage parents who have just joined Burbank to not be shy! Please reach out your participation is welcome and we value any skills you contribute to the school community. 

Sincerely, The nomination committee:

Seetha Burtner (
Carrie Palmer (
Katherine Poulin-Kerstien (
Kirsten Hashemi

For the sixth year, Belmont Day School is the collection site for the town-wide Belmont clothing drive and sorting event to support Cradles to Crayons.
April 22nd to May 18th, bring your items to the container that will be located at Belmont Day School.
As you do your spring cleaning please set aside gently used children's toys, books and clothing to contribute to the effort. The Belmont clothing drive has helped to provide clothing, toys and school supplies for thousands of children across the state of Massachusetts.
Join the Burbank PTA Community on Facebook

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, 3/29 @ 9:00 am

Friday, April 5

April 15-19

Monday 4/22 to Saturday 5/18
Our mailing address is:
266 School Street, Belmont MA 02478

General email:
Seetha Burtner, PTA Co-President:
Jess Smith: PTA Co-President:
Hyon-Jee Voigt, Treasurer:
Liane Brecknock, Secretary:
Katherine Poulin-Kerstien, Events Vice-President:

Carrie Palmer, Enrichments Vice-President: 
Heather Rubeski, Grants Vice-President: 

posted: March 31, 2019 by webmaster
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