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PTA News -- February 3, 2020

Mary Lee Burbank Parent Teacher Association

February 3, 2020 Newsletter


In this week’s newsletter 

  • STEM Night is 2/12: Host or Volunteer
  • Tomorrow: MA Walk to School Day
  • Geography Challenge Registration: Now Through the 12th
  • Mark Your Calendars

Burbank families had a great time Friday evening during our skating party! It was great to see so many in attendance, enjoying the company of friends and the hot chocolate! A big thank you to Heather Brenhouse for organizing the event! 


MA Winter Walk to School Day:
Wednesday, February 5th


Wear a warm colorful hat and join your Burbank friends and other Massachusetts schools in walking to school on, whatever the weather!
Walking is good exercise, good fun, reduces traffic congestion, and strengthens our community. 


Winter walking safety tips:

- Wear bright or reflective clothing, with layers for warmth

- In snow or ice, wear boots with grips

- Watch out for wet or dark areas of sidewalk

- Walk like a penguin! Slow, small steps are safest in snow or ice  

- Stay on sidewalks and use designated crosswalks, even when they are snowy.


Thanks for walking!  

PTA Burbank Walks committee
Kristen Rodehorst (
Wenhong Liu (

Burbank Gym, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Pizza for sale in cafeteria at 6:00 pm

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

Calling all STEM enthusiasts (parents and students alike)...

Start planning your STEM Night activities now!
We need your help to make STEM Night a success, so please consider hosting an activity of your choice or volunteering during the event

Sign up using the links below

Questions or ideas? Contact the STEM Committee:
Adam Poulin-Kerstien (
Katherine Poulin-Kerstien (
Kabir Hemrajani (

Host a STEM Night Activity
Be a Volunteer for STEM Night
CALLING all Belmont - Boston Friends !
Want to help a Boston friend attend STEM Night ???

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 12th, between pickup at 1:40pm and the start of STEM night at 6:30pm,
please contact Jenny Kresse at
Thanks in advance for your hospitality!

The 25th annual Dr. Feinberg          Geography Challenge

       It will be held in the Burbank Cafeteria:

      Grades K-2, Thursday March 19th, 9-11:30am
                  Grades participate one at a time

      Grades 3-4, Friday March 20th, 9-10:30am
                  Combined participation




Team registration is now open and is conducted online. 
Students sign up as a team of 3-4, not as individual students.  You need the students names and their teachers names to complete the registration.
Visit when you are ready to sign up.  Please only register once per team.  Registration will be open until Wednesday, February 12th.



The Geography Challenge is a non-competitive display of students’ knowledge. 
As in past years, students form teams of 3 or 4 members and answer questions found in the Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge Study Books, which will be distributed before the event. 
Students who participate will have the opportunity to learn basic geography facts and terms. 
Fun, teamwork, learning, and enrichment are all part of the Geography Challenge! 

Participation in the Geography Challenge tends to be high, with about two-thirds of all Burbank students electing to take part. 

The Geography Challenge is unique to Burbank - we are the only elementary school in Belmont that hosts this fun, educational activity. 

All students attend the Geography Challenge regardless of whether they are on a team, and parents and family are welcome to attend.

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.

Sincerely, The PTA Geography Challenge Co-Chairs

Irina Zhygalko,

Heather Rubeski,

Lindsay Doherty,



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Mark Your Calendars

  • MA Winter Walk to School Day    2/5
  • STEM Night     2/12
  • Movie Night     3/6
  • Coffee with the Principal     3/16
  • Geography Challenge     3/19 & 3/20
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: February 4, 2020 by webmaster
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