Burbank Bulletin

June 3, 2019


Our 8th grade students had an amazing time in Washington, D.C. last week. Not only did they learn a lot about our nation’s history, they really seemed to have a blast. Our students also demonstrated exceptional respect and behavior despite incredibly busy days, LOTS of walking, and some pretty hot temperatures! Numerous tour guides made a point of commenting on how impressed they were with our students’ content knowledge and their overall respectful behavior. Our students did us proud! And, I know, that these unsolicited compliments are a direct result of our tremendous parents and teachers who have helped shape our students into the people they have become. They are ready for the next phase of their journey into high school - and, boy, they will be MISSED!

This past weekend I read a blog post by Divergent EDU's Mandy Froehlich. Titled, "A Note to Graduating Parents and Teachers," the post hit a chord with me as both an educator and as a parent. In fact, the post touched me so much that I have shared it with our faculty, and I now share it with you. Froehlich reflects on the phases, or "eras", our children journey through with humor and great insight. There's a "lot of heart in these last few weeks" whether you are graduating or moving onto high school like our beloved 8th graders. With this "heart" comes pride - pride in our students' accomplishments and pride in knowing that our students are ready for the crazy, wonderful journey ahead.

Yours in partnership,

Laura Friend



Dates to Remember

June 4: MFA Visits 8th Grade

June 4: Do It For Douce Relay, NRHS, 5:30PM

June 10: Rena Finder Visit, Gr 7/8 - Parents Welcome! 10:00AM

June 10: Meet and Greet – Incoming grade 6, 6:30 PM (Title 1 Meet and Greet @ 6:00PM)

June 13: Student Book Swap - Get Ready for a Summer of Reading!

June 14: Field Day/Minute to Win It (All Day School Event), Rain Date, 6/13

June 17: Move Up Day

June 17: 8th Grade Recognition, 6:00 PM, Dance to Follow

June 18: Last Day of School (as of today), Early Release (no lunch served)

Rena Finder Visit - Please Consider Joining Us

On Monday, June 10th, we will be honored to welcome Rena Finder to Luther Burbank. Some of you may remember that Ms. Finder visited our school a few years ago. Her visit had a long-lasting impact on our students and staff, and we welcome her return with open arms.

Ms. Finder, who survived the Holocaust as a result of the efforts of Oskar Schindler, will speak with our 7th and 8th grade students about her experiences as a young girl living during the German invasion of Poland. Ms. Finder was 10 years old when the Nazis invaded her home country of Poland, and she and her mother were sent to Plaszow to work. Ms. Finder credits Oskar Schindler with saving her life along with that of her mother and grandfather and the lives of hundreds of others. We look forward to Ms. Finder’s words of strength, courage, and determination and her important message of “standing-up” in the face of injustice.

Our LBMS school community welcomes all family and community members to join us as we listen to Ms. Finder's words of hope. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. MRE auditorium.

We are hugely indebted to the Lancaster PTO, Cultural Enrichment, for their support of this event.

Great East Earns Platinum

Congratulation to the 7th & 8th Grade Band and their director, Ms. Belhumeur. They earned Luther Burbank's first ever platinum award at Great East Music Festival. This is the highest possible award, and is only given to ensembles scoring a 95 or above out of 100 possible points. Congratulations - we couldn't be more proud of this accomplishment!

Spring Sports Season Wraps Up

Our spring sport season wraps up this week. We would love to have you join us at the final events!

Track and Field - June 4: NRHS, 3:30 pm

Baseball - all at LBMS: June 4 vs. Hale, 3:30 pm; June 6 vs Maynard

Softball - all at LBMS: June 4 vs. Hale, 3:30 pm; June 6 vs Maynard

LBMS Book Swap

Do you have any middle school appropriate books that your children have already read? Would you be willing to part with them knowing they could be enjoyed by your child's classmates? Would you like your child to have easy access to books of their choosing this summer?

We're excited to announce plans for a Book Swap again this June. Please check your bookshelves to see what you might be willing to contribute. We're looking to circulate gently used books in preparation for the summer break. Please refer to the flyer included in the Community News Events attached to this email for more information. Happy reading!

LBMS Field Day – Parent Volunteers Needed! June 14th

We will be holding our Annual Field Day on June 14th. This event is a super-charged full day of fun and community-building. We would love your company and your help. Please consider donating your time and joining us!

We are still in need of parent/guardian volunteers from 8:00-11:00 AM for field day activities and from 11:00-12:30 PM to supervise our annual cookout and volleyball tournament.

Please email Judy Ursuliak at jursuliak@nrsd.net if you are willing and able to volunteer. Please email by June 7th with your available time slot, 8:00-11:00 and/or 11:00-12:30. An updated CORI on file will be required.

We are also in need of donations of water to help keep our students hydrated. All donations of 12-24 oz. water bottles will gladly be accepted in the school office up until June 14th. Thank you for your support!

LBMS School Store – Spring and Summer Merchandise - Store Closing June 7th

Please pick up some NEW spring and summer merchandise and don some school spirit. All proceeds go to our Student Activity Fund. If you are interested in ordering items, click here to access the online store. Items will be delivered to Luther Burbank and distributed from there. Go Lancers!

2019-2020 School Calendar

The Nashoba Regional School District School Committee has approved next year’s school calendar. Click here to access the calendar.

Positive Sign Thursdays Continue!

Our Student Council continues to spread an additional dose of positivity and thankfulness around on Thursdays through Positive Sign Thursdays! Each Thursday, students and staff greet students as they enter the building with a different positive message. Check out these great pictures from recent weeks! (see more pictures @LBMSPrincipal)

#PositiveSignThursday #theLBMSway