Burbank Bulletin

November 12, 2019


I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend. A special thank you to all of our veterans for their patriotism and service. We appreciate the sacrifices our veterans and their families have made in commitment to our country. Thank you.

I write to let you know that the Luther Burbank and Mary Rowlandson schools will engage in a lockdown practice tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, November 13th. This practice will include enhanced protocols and procedures as part of our district’s implementation of the ALiCE option-based safety training model. This is the second year of implementation of the ALiCE training model. ALiCE is an acronym for A (Alert); L (Lockdown); i (Inform); C (Counter); and E (Evacuate). In October, we practiced our E (Evacuation) protocols as a Lancaster school complex; our students did a tremendous job and served as excellent models for their younger elementary peers. Wednesday’s focus will be on practicing procedures related to Lockdown in the ALiCE protocols.

Wednesday's practice will be held in conjunction with the Lancaster Police Department.

In terms of next steps, our school’s Safety Committee will meet next week to reflect on our practices to date and plan for future steps accordingly. As I do with all of our safety practices, I will keep you informed prior to the drill so that you may speak with your child ahead of the practice should you so choose.

Yours in partnership,

Laura Friend



Dates to Remember

November 12: SkyDome Planetarium Program, 6th grade (thank you, Lancaster PTO)

November 14: Middle School Matters Parent/Teacher Book Study meeting, 6:00 PM

November 14: SEPAC Election Meeting & Workshop, 6:30 PM, NRHS, Room 216

November 16: Sam Pawlak 5K, 1:30 PM

November 20: Picture Retakes, 8:00 AM (forms available in the office)

November 21: Minuteman Visit for Interested 8th Grade Students

November 21: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

December 3: LBMS Drama Auditions, 6:00-8:00 PM

December 5: LBMS Drama Auditions, 6:00-8:00 PM

December 6: Trimester 1 Ends, Grades Close

December 6: School Dance! 6:00-8:00 PM

December 13: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 AM Dismissal

December 17: LBMS Winter Concert, 6:30 PM

December 19: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

December 20: Report Cards Issued

December 23 - January 1: Winter Break

Congratulations, Ava Walker, LBMS Project 351 Ambassador

Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service leaders through the yearlong engagement of an eighth-grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Youth are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. Founded in 2011, Project 351 has engaged 3,381 unsung heroes and quiet leaders as change agents in their community. Together, these remarkable eighth-graders have impacted more than 650,000 neighbors through transformational service.

The 2019-2020 Luther Burbank Middle School Project 351 Ambassador is Ava Walker. Ava is an enthusiastic and dedicated student, and she leads by example. Her energy shines every Positive Sign Thursday in the front hallway. She gives freely, and with a gigantic smile.

Congratulations, Ava!

Socktober, A Huge Success - Thank you, Students and Families!

From Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, November 1, LBMS Student Council ran a sock donation called Socktober. Students, parents, and staff were encouraged to bring in new, packaged socks in order to help a local homeless shelter. The student council is pleased to announce that LBMS was able to donate 444 pairs of socks to those in need. Thank you, everyone, for your kindness and generosity. You have all made an impact on someone’s life.

Middle School Basketball About to Begin

We will continue to use an online registration process for all middle school athletic teams each season (cross-country, basketball, baseball, softball, and track) this year. Burbank's Registration link for basketball can be found here: https://forms.gle/633KGBa7QKrnHhnR9. Tryouts for the winter season will begin the week of December 2nd. In a separate email this week, you will receive information that is critical for ALL student athletes should they consider trying out for basketball this winter season.

Luther Burbank Drama, Auditions

Auditions for this year's LBMS Musical, Seussical, Jr., will be held on Tuesday, December 3, and Thursday, December 5, 2019, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Students will need to attend both audition dates if they would like to be considered for all roles, unless they've made alternate arrangements ahead of time with the director, Ms. Hawkes. Rehearsals will run every Tuesday and Thursday through the performances on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2020. All events will be held in the auditorium.

LBMS School Dance, December 6th

The Luther Burbank Student Council will sponsor a dance on Friday, December 6th, from 6-8. $5 admission and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Dances are a great way for students to socialize and show off their dancing moves!

4th Annual Sam Pawlak Memorial 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, November 16th

The 4th Annual Sam Pawlak Memorial 5k run/walk will be held this Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 1:30 PM. This fun family event takes place at the Mary Rowlandson/Luther Burbank schools in Lancaster. Runners, walkers, and stroller pushers are encouraged to come out and support the Nashoba community in memory of Sam Pawlak. Half of the proceeds from this event will be awarded as a scholarship to a graduating senior from NRHS. There will also be a 1 mile fun run for children that begins at 1:00 PM. Come dressed in your favorite holiday attire. Prizes awarded for best dressed. Hot chocolate served post race. Click here to register.

Author, Julie Berry, Visits Luther Burbank 7th Grade

Last Thursday, author, Julie Berry, presented to our 7th graders. During her presentation, Ms. Berry shared insights on being a writer and gave students an insight into her recently published books. After the presentation, Ms. Berry conducted a whole-grade writing workshop. We are very grateful to the Lancaster PTO/Cultural Enrichment for supporting this real-world opportunity for our students.

Music ADDED to Positive Sign Thursdays at Luther Burbank

Each Thursday, our Student Council starts the day with a good dose of positivity and thankfulness. Students and staff greet students as they enter the building with a positive message. Most recently, we have also added music to our Positive Sign Thursday fun. Mr. Newton has initiated a playlist request for staff and students. Each Thursday, songs from the playlist are selected and music is streamed through our intercom system filling our hallways with music (and, sometimes, dancing students and teachers!) How can you not smile?

#PositiveSignThursday #theLBMSway