Burbank Bulletin

January 7, 2019



I hope this message finds everyone well and having enjoyed a celebratory holiday season and happy new year. It's hard to believe that we have turned the calendar to 2019!

Vacation time provides everyone an opportunity to rest and recharge. I hope that this was the case for you and your family. While the break from the steady and busy pace is always greatly appreciated, it is also great to see our hallways filled with staff and students again.

Our Luther Burbank faculty came back to school last week ready to go for the start of the new year. Mr. Grant and I were able to spend time in all of our classrooms last week. During our visits, we were able to observe active and engaged students settling right back into the daily routine of learning and inquiry. It is great to see our community in action… back together again. An awesome start to a new year ahead.

Stay warm!

Laura Friend


Dates to Remember

January 7: Geography Bee, 6:00 PM

January 8: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

January 8: Basketball at Home vs. Littleton, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 9: Lancaster PTO, Mary Rowlandson Libary, 6:30 PM

January 10: Basketball at Home vs. Hudson, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 11: Early Release Professional Development, Dismissal at 11:30 AM

January 12: LBMS Chorus Performs at Worcester Railers

January 14: Basketball at Florence Sawyer School, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 17: Basketball at Home vs. Fowler, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

January 22: Basketball at Hale, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 24: Basketball at Home vs. Clinton, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 29: Basketball at Bromfield, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 31: Basketball at Home vs. Tahanto, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

February 4: Spelling Bee, 6:00 PM (Mark Your Calendars)


Middle School Basketball - Come on Out and Support our Lancers!

Our boys' and girls' teams continue to demonstrate strong performance both at home and away. Come on out and cheer on our teams!

We have two home games this week. On Tuesday, we will host Littleton and on Thursday, we will welcome Hudson. Games begin at 3:30 and 4:45 PM. Go Lancers!

For more information about the Lancer basketball schedule, click here.

Honor Roll Recap

Congratulations to all of our students who achieved the honor roll during the first trimester. I’m very pleased to report that 147 of our students met the honor roll criteria. We had a great turnout at our first honor roll breakfast before the holiday break, and we are looking forward to offering the event again at the conclusion of the second trimester. Honor roll names will be printed in the Clinton Item in the near future. Please be on the lookout.

Luther Burbank Award Recipients

Congratulations to our first trimester recipients of the Luther Burbank Award. The Luther Burbank Award is in its third year. Recipients are selected by their teachers for demonstrating the qualities of citizenship, respect, and kindness. These qualities are ones that epitomize the vision set forth by our school’s namesake, Luther Burbank. Please take a look at our video monitor in the main hallway where we recognize these award recipients: Willow Spice (gr. 6), Noah Beckner (gr. 6), Lauren DiTullio (gr. 7), Matthew Basteri (gr. 7), Michelle Nguyen (gr. 8), and Joshua Cordio (gr. 8).

LBMS Chorus to Sing at Worcester Railers Game, January 12th

On Saturday, January 12th, the LBMS Chorus will be singing the National Anthem at a Worcester Railers Hockey game at the DCU center. The LBS/MRE PTO is supporting this as a community event, and is selling tickets for the "Lancaster Section" at the game: tickets are $12/person, with an option to add a Railers hat for an additional $2. It would be great to have our community there to cheer on our students (and our new local ECHL hockey team)! Tickets must be ordered by January 8th (paper form order through PTO, tickets delivered to the school) or January 11th (online orders, tickets at DCU Center "will call" window to be picked up).

The Great LBMS Read - Results Are In!

The results are in from The Great LMBS Read! After weeks of voting, with over 200 votes submitted in the final round, Holes by Louis Sachar was declared LBMS' favorite middle school fiction book. You can view the top 10 vote-getting books on the library website.

Lancaster PTO Auction - Save the Date and Help Needed!

The PTO Auction is set for March 30th and class auction projects are always a big hit! The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are looking for parents to help to coordinate a class auction project for each grade level.

If you are willing and able to assist with this, please contact Laura Pagington lpagington@nrsd.net.

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.

6th Graders Participate in Community Service Learning Project

A group of 6th grade students worked with Jen Fletcher, our school social worker intern, on an end-of-year leadership project. The end product was not only a gift of time but blankets and cards which were donated to a local homeless shelter.

2nd Annual Reindeer Games a Big Hit!

On Friday, December 21st, LBMS Advisory Groups participated in a school-wide, fun-filled, community-building event. Each group participated in 6 different activities; the afternoon concluded in the gymnasium with a (hysterical) teacher "reindeer" obstacle course. So much fun!

Honor Roll Breakfast - Congratulations on a Job Well Done!