Friday, April 12, 2013
Belmont fourth graders treated to a visit to Mexico thanks to Veronica Robles and the Foundation for Belmont Education.
On Tuesday, April 9, the fourth grade classes at the Burbank Elementary School experienced a little bit of Mexico through an musical performance by Veronica Robles, a musician, TV presenter and educator with a passion for celebrating and sharing Mexican culture. Robles' visit was arranged by the school's PTA Enrichment Committee using a grant from the Foundation for Belmont Education to enhance the fourth grade social studies unit on Mexico. Veronica presented the history of her country through music, dance and a wide array of costumes. Donned in full attire, she demonstrated a traditional Aztec dance and provided several examples of how the Spanish influenced clothing, language and music in Mexico. The students learned new Spanish …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Players lend a hand to promote NFL's health and fitness initiative.
Saturday, February 16
It was a pep rally to remember when New England Patriots players visited the Burbank Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 15. All-pro tight end and fan favorite, Rob Gronkowski, and linebacker, Jeff Tarpinian, spoke to enthusiastic students and teachers in the school's gym on the importance of eating healthy and exercising regularly. The Burbank School and the Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) partnered to invite the players to come and celebrate the students' success in the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program this year. BASEC student council members demonstrated drills and activities with new recess equipment provided through a grant from the NFL's health and fitness initiative. Two Burbank students were selected from each …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Burbank's Book Fair, Friday night at the Benton, Playtime, Yoga and "The Sessions."
1. The Burbank Elementary School is holding its annual book fair from noon to 6 p.m. in the Burbank School gymnasium. This year's fair features a wide range of new and popular book titles that will appeal to children of all ages. During the book fair, students will have the opportunity to take part in arts and crafts activities. At 3:15 p.m., Awesome Robb will entertain the crowd with absurd magic tricks and crazy juggling antics. For each book purchased, a percentage of the sale goes directly towards funding new books for the Burbank School library. 2. It's Friday Night at the Benton Library. Belmont's volunteer-run independent library will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Take a leisurely look at the library including the latest New York …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Town schools are joining people around the US, world for international event.
Hundreds of students from Wellington, Butler and Burbank elementary schools will be putting on their walking shoes and – with a 50 percent chance of rain – their raincoats and carry their umbrellas as they stride to school tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Oct. 3, as Belmont helps celebrate International Walk to School Day. Students will join with parents, teachers, community leaders – Selectman Andy Rojas at the Wellington and Dan Scharfman at the Burbank – and celebrity walkers including Mr. “S”, retired Wellington PE teacher Richard Samaria, as Belmont joins more than 110 communities in Massachusetts and 6,000 worldwide to promote a healthy way to get to school and start the day. In coordination with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Third-year participating in world-wide event.
For the third year in a row, Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) students at the Chenery Middle School and Burbank Elementary School participated in the global Pinwheels for Peace project. Students created pinwheels with drawings and words of peace and on Sept. 21, International Peace Day they joined millions of other children around the world to "plant the pinwheels" and create an outdoor art installation. BASEC students created more than 300 pinwheels, and as the wind blew their thoughts of peace were spread in Belmont and throughout the world.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Once thought lost, American elm now back; elementary school now has one.
With 10,000 mature varieties on public land and an equal number on private property, no one can say Belmont doesn't have a shortage of trees. In fact, Belmont has the distinction of being named a Tree City U.S.A for the past 26 years (which, with Reading, is the longest consecutive run in Massachusetts) and has a large number of distinguished trees throughout town. But last week, Town Tree Warden Thomas Walsh with the help from the Department of Public Works and fourth graders from Burbank Elementary, planted a tree in the front lawn of the school that hasn't been seen around town since it was given up for dead half a century ago. "This is your tree," Walsh told the 50 or so students as they planted an American elm near Burbank's School …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Burbank fourth-graders put on musical ceremony for Belmont veterans.
Burbank Elementary School fourth-graders were so dedicated to having everything perfect for their Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 10, that they were practicing songs right up to the minute when the Belmont men and women who fought in foreign wars walked into the school’s cafeteria. Parents, teachers and guests immediately stood to greet the veterans led by Officer of the Day, Kip Gaudet, and escorting 91-year-old Josephine Curtin, who served in the Navy WAVES during World War II. “It’s an honor for us to be here,” Gaudet said before introducing the other veterans. He said they were all thrilled with the warm welcome and, especially, by the musical performance by the students. Burbank chorus director Alix Pollack and Winn Brook …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Both sites considered substandard; residents question timing and approach from school dept.
Why has it taken so long for town officials to address the unsafe condition of the Butler Elementary School playground? That’s the question several parents have been asking in the wake of the closing yesterday of the structures at the Butler and Winn Brook Elementary schools. “How could it have deteriorated so much without anyone noticing,” asked a parent of a Butler School student. “How could things have gone so far without any allocation of funds and then things happened so quickly (with tape indicating children could not enter the playground during school hours)?” the parent – who wished not to be identified – told Belmont Patch. Students at the Butler and Winn Brook schools will not be able to enter the playgrounds during recess now …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
International Walk to School Day is tomorrow, Oct. 5, as Wellington, Butler students lead the way.
Hundreds of students from Wellington and Burbank elementary will be walking to school on Wednesday along with parents, teachers, community leaders and celebrity walkers including Mr. “S” – retired Wellington PE teacher Richard Samaria and Selectman Angelo Firenze as Belmont join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day tomorrow, Oct. 5. In coordination with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program, the event will begin at 8 am with kids, parents and community leaders meeting on street corners throughout Belmont and walking to school. Walkers will arrive at the school between 8:20 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for a meet and greet and special prizes. The walkers, the time and location where they will meet to begin…