Belmont Public Schools
Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School
266 School Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5500
attendance line: 617 - 993 - 5502
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today is: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dear Burbank Families,

The school year is off to a wonderful start.  The students are working hard, and seem to be enjoying their days back in school.  I am very impressed with the high level of teaching and learning that is happening at the Burbank School. 

On Wednesday, September 10th, the PTA held a Welcome Coffee, and it was a pleasure meeting so many parents.

You should have received, The Burbank School Code of Behavior and Respect booklet which went home with all students the first day.  This booklet outlines our core values at Burbank, along with rights and responsibilities that we all share at our school.  I have discussed these rights and responsibilities with students, and I would ask parents and students if they have not done so to review this booklet and return the contract to their teacher.  I would also like to remind families to review the Burbank Family Handbook which is posted on our school website.

I am really looking forward to seeing parents at our Curriculum Night on Monday, September 22nd.  The Curriculum Night schedule will be as follows:

Curriculum Night Schedule for Monday, September, 22 [7:00-8:45pm]

  • 7:00-7:45  Grades 3 & 4 curriculum in classrooms
  • 8:00-8:45  Grades K, 1, 2 curriculum in classrooms
  • 7:30-8:15  Meet specialists (Art, Music, PE) in their classrooms
  • 7:30-8:15  Support Staff available in the cafeteria
  • 7:00-8:45  PTA Members will be in lobby outside the gym for general information

I would also like to invite families to attend our Habits of Success assemblies which are on the following dates, from 11:00-11:30 a.m. in the gym:

  • September 29th
  • October 27th
  • November 17th
  • January 26th
  • February 9th
  • April 13th

During our assemblies we discuss the “Habits of Success” and our school core values.  Each assembly has a different theme, and each class will be sharing with the school community an example of one of the core values in action.  We are looking forward to seeing Burbank families at our assemblies, but remind everyone that this is an opportunity to observe our assemblies and not a time to engage in conversation with teachers or students.

Please remember that Wednesday, September 17th is an early release day, students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m.  Also please remember this will be a "flip flop" day- Monday the 15th is a Wednesday schedule, and Wednesday the 17th is a Monday schedule .

 This is most important due to Instrumental Music, which is normally on Monday morning-this week it will be on Wednesday, September 17th.

Nearly all early release days are on Wednesdays.  In order for children not to miss the same specialist or program on these early release Wednesdays, another day of the week schedule sometimes replaces Wednesday’s schedule.  For example, if Wednesday is a Monday schedule, then Monday will be Wednesday schedule for Physical Education, Art, Music, Library and Computer lab.  Instrumental Music always follows the early release day schedule changes.

I want to thank everyone for helping to ensure that the Burbank School is off to a great start!

Tricia Clifford, Ed.D

updated: 9/16/2014  
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