Burbank Bulletin

Monday, November 26, 2018



I hope that this message finds everyone rested and full from having enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. 8th graders, those Joyce's Pies added just the right sweet finish to the Thanksgiving feast. Truth be told, I had more than MY share of pie this Thanksgiving (lemon meringue pie to be exact!) Thanksgiving is the best holiday. It provides us the perfect opportunity to be with family and friends, enjoy that extra slice of pie, and stop and be thankful. And, we have many reasons to be thankful. We are especially grateful for our larger school-wide community. This year, we were able to provide Thanksgiving baskets to close to 20 MRE/LBMS families with the support of our community partners. A special thank you to Corrective Chiropractic, Congregational Church of Lancaster, Garafoli, Heffernan and Bruneau Dentistry, Hometown Bank, APEX Painting, Lancaster Gardens, Sterling Manufacturing, the Lancaster PTO, the Murphy Family, the Cherubini Family, the Castner Family, and the Jewett Family for their generosity. As well, a very SPECIAL thank you to Mrs. Perkins for all of her efforts with this community project which helped spread the bounty to many. Thank you, Mrs. Perkins!

As we step into the week ahead and take a peek into December, we know that we will be busy. Basketball tryouts take place this week; rehearsals for drama begin on Tuesday; a school dance is planned for December 7th; participating students will showcase their knowledge at our upcoming Geography Bee; our winter concert will take place mid-month; our 8th graders will head to the Hanover Theatre for A Christmas Carol, and the first trimester will come to a close with report cards and our third annual honor roll breakfast.

With gratitude,

Laura Friend


Dates to Remember

November 26 & 27: Basketball Tryouts

November 27: LBMS Drama Rehearsals Begin

November 30: Trimester 1 Grades Close

December 4: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

December 7: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 Dismissal

December 7: School Dance, 6:00 PM

December 12: Winter Concert, 6:30 PM

December 14: Trimester 1 Report Cards Issued

December 18: 8th Grade Field Trip to the Hanover Theatre, A Christmas Carol (Rescheduled)

December 21: Trimester 1 Honor Roll Breakfast, 7:00 AM

December 24: Winter Break Begins

January 7: Geography Bee, 6:00 PM (Rescheduled)


Middle School Basketball About to Begin! Reminder

Two day tryouts will be on Monday, 11/26, and Tuesday, 11/27, in the Burbank gymnasium. The boys’ tryouts will be held from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The girls’ tryouts will be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. All interested students must have registered online and have a current physical on file with the nurse prior to trying out. Please click here to access the online registration. We are fortunate to have both Coach McClintock and Coach Dillon returning as coaches for the season. Please show your school spirit and join us to cheer on our teams. Look for our basketball game schedules online.

It's Getting Cold Out There!

Winter has definitely made its presence known with the cold temperatures of late. I know it’s difficult to wrangle with a middle-age student about clothing, but please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. When the temperature is 20 degrees or warmer, we go outside for recess. It is important that students have a coat. Hats and gloves are great. Pants and sweatshirts, too!

LBMS Drama - Rehearsals Begin

Our LBMS Drama Club has held auditions and student roles for this spring’s musical have been cast. Mark your calendars for our spring performance of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court on March 29, 30 and 31, 2018. We are very excited to announce that this year there will be four performances of the show.

Questions can be sent to lbmsdramaclub@gmail.com

February Vacation Camp for Middle Schoolers

Based on positive feedback from a survey sent earlier this year to middle school parents, two new programs have been added to the district's enrichment February Vacation Camp.

As described in the attached brochure, February Vacation Camp, a Sports Conditioning/Nutrition program and an Engineering program will be offered. Space is limited in both these programs, so please enroll your child soon. Registration instructions are included in the brochure. You can also find information about our February Vacation Camp on the school's website under Families/Extended Learning/Vacation Camps.

The Great LBMS Read

This past fall, PBS launched The Great American Read in which To Kill a Mockingbird was selected as America's best-loved novel. Inspired by this series, we launched The Great LBMS Read, embarking on a similar journey to determine the middle school fiction book LBMS loves the most. Our goal was to generate excitement about reading and introduce new books to students, with the recommendations coming from the students themselves.

Starting in October, we had students vote for their favorite middle school fiction book on the library website. Over 240 votes were received and the list was narrowed down to the 28 books that received the most votes. Students are now in the process of voting for their favorite book from the top 28. You can view the top 28 on the library website. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner of The Great LBMS Read before the winter break.

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LBMS Robotics Shines at First Lego League Competition

On November 17, the Luther Burbank robotics team, the RoboLancers, competed in Upton against 17 other local teams. This year‘s competition was called “Into Orbit” and the theme involved the challenges astronauts might face during prolonged space travel. Our 10-member team researched the effects of mental health on astronauts in space. They spoke with the Luther Burbank guidance counselor, and they also had the opportunity to interview Troy Eastin, a rocket scientist in Houston Texas via Skype. As part of their presentation for their solution, the team produced a 3-D printed prototype. They were also able to create a simulation that helps astronauts cope for long stretches of time in space. The team received high scores for their innovative solution. Well done!

Catch That Spirit - LBMS Spirit Week