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PTA News -- October 1, 2019

Mary Lee Burbank Parent Teacher Association

October 1, 2019 Newsletter


In this week’s newsletter 

  • ANNUAL APPEAL - Enrichment
  • AmazonSmile
  • BOKS
  • POMS
  • FBE Run
  • Mark Your Calendars:  October
The PTA would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to Seetha Burtner, Jenny Kresse, Lourene Scott, Cliff Gallant and Jess Ames for hosting the Boston-Belmont Friends Group Meet & Greet on Curriculum Night. 
Curriculum Night was a great opportunity for parents to better understand a day in the life of their child(ren), as well as see what's store for the coming year.

We also want to thank our wonderful teachers, specialists and principal. We are grateful for all that you do! 


The PTA is an essential partner to the Burbank School, and your contribution directly helps enrich your child’s school experience. We ask you to contribute whatever you’re comfortable giving, and if you need a number, we suggest $130 PER CURRENT BURBANK CHILD.

With the many contributions from families like you, the PTA consults with teachers to bring multiple enrichment programs to each grade level. These programs complement the K-4 curriculum and provide memorable hands-on learning opportunities for all students. Here is an overview of what is offered:


  • Perkins School for the Blind – deaf/blind spokesperson – Social Studies/the Senses (winter) 

  • Life on the Farm – Drumlin Farm – Social Studies/farms (fall)

  • Force and Motion – Discovery Museum – Science (spring)

First Grade: 

  • Weather –Discovery Museum – Science (fall)

  • Aquatic Invertebrates – Mass Audubon Habitat – Science (spring)

  • Life Cycles – Museum of Science – Science (spring) 

Second Grade: 

  • Debbie Miller – author and expert on Alaska – ELA/Social Studies (fall)

  • Jambo Africa – expert on East Africa – Social Studies/Kenya (spring)

  • Physical Changes of Matter – Discovery Museum – Science (spring)

Third Grade: 

  • Weather programming (fall)

  • Origamido – origami expert Michael LaFosse – Math (winter)

  • Paul Revere House – interactive history of colonial Boston – Social Studies (spring)

  • Animal Adaptations – Museum of Science – Science (spring)
Fourth Grade:
  • The Science of Sound – Discovery Museum – Science (fall)

  • Bees – beekeeper expert – Science  (spring)

  • Stephen Krensky – children’s author –  ELA (spring)


PLEASE JOIN US, and give what you can.

Send in a check, donate online with an e-check or credit card using CheddarUp, link below:

Burbank PTA 2019 Annual Appeal

What is AmazonSmile?

  • AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as the Amazon you know. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

How do I shop on AmazonSmile?

  • To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

  • Search for – Mary Lee Burbank School PTA as your charity.
    You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Confirm your Charity

  • Any time you are logged into AmazonSmile, your charity is displayed below the search bar. Use the drop down to learn about your selected non-profit, see how much your shopping has contributed, and edit the charity you are supporting.
Why not further support the Burbank PTA while shopping on Amazon
Is one of your goals to help your child(ren) create healthy habits that will last?
Join us for the 14th session of BOKS!!!
BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) is a before school exercise program that runs from 7:40 - 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Burbank gymnasium.

The fall session starts on Tuesday, October 15th, and runs for 10 weeks through December 19th.

How do you sign-up:    Complete the registration form which was sent home in your child(ren)'s take-home folder and return it to the school office by Tuesday, October 8th. 
The fee is $60 per child, and covers the cost of our Lead Trainer, Katie Crow, equipment and a t-shirt for each child.


5K and 1 Mile Races

Sunday, October 6, at 9:30 am -- Belmont High School Track


Join friends, family, neighbors, classmates and teammates at this great community event! Run, walk, or stroll as an individual or register a team.

Last year, more than 800 runners from Belmont and across the Bay State raised $25,000 to support education in Belmont, helping the Foundation for Belmont Education make a difference in the Belmont Public Schools.


Learn about volunteer opportunities and donation options at



To encourage walking and biking to school, the Burbank Walks PTA committee is excited to offer a “Walk-it Ticket” to every student interested in participating.

Your child clip their Walk-it Ticket to their backpack and keep recording walking trips to or from school through Wednesday December 4th . When they turn in their Walk-it Ticket , they will see their name and total number of walks displayed on the Burbank Walks Hall of Fame.

To register your child, please click on the button below to fill out the registration form, no later than Wednesday, October 2nd.

Questions? Contact Wenhong Liu at

Walk-It Ticket Registration
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Mark Your Calendars

  • International Walk / Bike to School Day, Wednesday 10/2
  • FBE Run, Sunday 10/6 at 9:30 a.m. Belmont High School Track
  • Belmont Serves, Monday 10/14
  • School Picture Day, Thursday 10/24
Our mailing address is:
266 School Street, Belmont MA 02478

General email:
Jess Smith, PTA Co-President:
Liane Brecknock, PTA Co-President:
Rebecca Sen, Treasurer:
Kelly Fanning, Secretary:

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

Seetha Burtner, Events Vice-President: 

posted: October 1, 2019 by webmaster
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