Burbank Bulletin

November 9, 2020


Dear Luther Burbank Families,

I hope this message finds you having enjoyed a nice weekend and the sunshine on both Saturday AND Sunday. We continue to battle the beautiful fall foliage at the Friend household. It would seem that the leaves from our entire street have found their way to our lawn, but we are determined to be victorious in the end. Well, victorious at this moment in time, that is. Not sure we will share that same sentiment next week!

As we look ahead to this week, we would like to extend 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 from the Luther Burbank school community.

Thank you to all of you who completed the LBMS Return to School Parent Feedback Survey in October. Last Thursday, the Luther Burbank faculty and staff reviewed and discussed the survey results during our monthly staff meeting, and grade level teams will further review grade-specific feedback over the course of this week and develop plans to address areas of need as appropriate. The Luther Burbank School Council will meet next Thursday to review your feedback as well.

Below is a summary snapshot of the survey feedback for your overall awareness:

  • 40% of Luther Burbank families participated in the survey

  • 86% of families rated their child's back to school experience a "3" or "4," with "4" being excellent

  • 99.2% of families indicated their child feels "safe" and "supported" while at school

  • Open-field comments reflected a great amount of positive feedback for remote band (thank you, Ms. Belhumeur!)

  • Open-field comments noted that in person days are allowing much needed time for interaction with peers and teachers; families also noted that they have seen an overall increase in their child's independence during learning from home days.

  • Open-field comments reflected suggestions for quantity and organization of asynchronous learning, an increase in synchronous check-in opportunities when feasible, and an audit of the current weight of student backpacks.

Thank you, again, for your feedback. While our ultimate goal is to return to "normalcy" and a full return for our students, without concern for COVID, your thoughts and suggestions are incredibly helpful in the interim. Your feedback provides us with information about what is working for your child/your family and what areas may be worthy of consideration for improvement in a solution-seeking manner. As always, we appreciate you!

Yours in Partnership,

Laura Friend

Dates to Remember

November 18: Minuteman Parent Information Sessions

November 10: Hat Day! (Student Council Sponsored Event)

November 11: No School, Veterans Day

November 13: Hat Day! (Student Council Sponsored Event)

November 19: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

November 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

December 9: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 AM Dismissal

December 11: Trimester 1 Grades Close

December 23: Trimester 1 Report Cards Issued

December 24 - January 1: Winter Break

Out of State Travel

There have been some questions relative to traveling out of state and what that means for access to school. The school district and our local Board of Health are following the state guidelines that are detailed at the following link. Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order.

The Nashoba Regional School District's Nurse Leader Lesa Guilbicki has indicated that these orders may change for the coming holiday season.

Change in Learning Model Requests

As the natural transition point of the trimester approaches, the Nashoba Regional School District is asking that any families seeking a change in learning model for their child email their child’s building principal by November 20th. All requests for a change in learning model should include the reason for the request. Requests will be reviewed and changes will be made based on capacity. Please be aware that capacity is limited due to social distancing protocols in the hybrid model and current class sizes in the remote learning academy model. Families will be notified by December 4th of the status of their request.

Purple Pinkie Day

Join us on November 10th and 13th as we help promote understanding and support of Rotary International’s effort to eliminate the disease of polio for good. Why is it called Purple Pinkie? When a child is vaccinated for polio, he/she has a purple stamp placed on their little finger. Building on this symbolism, our students will learn about the efforts to raise funds for oral vaccine in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria the three countries where polio still remains and become part of the solution. Since one dollar is the estimated cost to immunize a child from polio, students are encouraged to bring in a dollar or more to help with the cause.

This year the Student Council will donate the proceeds from the upcoming Hat Days. Best of all, the donations will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation so every donation will go even farther.

MyHomeworkApp - Parent Tutorial

As you are aware, this year we have transitioned to a virtual student planner, MyHomeworkApp. This virtual system replaces our students' paper planners and agenda books. The virtual planner allows for students, teachers, and parents alike to view a student's agenda and see all assignments and "work to do" whether it be homework for synchronous days or asynchronous work during learning from home days. We are hopeful that this will be "one stop shopping" for our students and parents. All homework and work assigned will be located in one place. The electronic hall pass system allows for students to access the restroom during the school day in a singular fashion, supporting social distancing, and allows students to do so without having to sign out on a common sign-out sheet.

Gregg Newton, our instructional technology specialist, has created a MyHomeworkApp demo for families. The demo includes an overview of the tool and directions on how to use the tool as a parent. Please check it out. We hope that you will find this tutorial helpful. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

MyHomeworkApp Demo

A Reminder from the Health Office

With winter closely approaching and the flu season upon us, this is a reminder about the Massachusetts state mandate for the influenza vaccination. The vaccine is required by December 31, 2020 and includes remote learning academy students and hybrid students. When your child receives their vaccination, please forward a copy to the health office. For more information about this requirement and the flu, you may visit the attached links Flu vaccine now required and Flu facts.

If you have not submitted your child/children's updated immunization and physical, please forward to the health office at your earliest convenience.

As some of you are aware, attendance notices are sent when your child is absent from a synchronous check in on their learn from home days. Please remind your child that if they miss a synchronous check in, they should email their teachers and inform them of the reason. If internet access has been the issue, students or parents should call the main office. These check ins are important as they determine attendance for the day and provide students with an additional opportunity to receive help if needed.

Any questions you might have please contact Nurse Amy at 978-365-5629 or ajamieson@nrsd.net.

Minuteman Parent Information Sessions

Hear from Minuteman's Assistant Principal for Admissions, Anthony Chiariello, and a panel of current parents to learn more about Minuteman.

November 18th @7p https://zoom.us/j/92373137761

Click here for Minuteman's Monthly Newsletter.

LBMS Best Buddies Gear

We are super excited to offer LBMS Best Buddies Gear. A huge thank you to Cheryl Lonardo and our PACE Program for getting this online shop off the ground.

Shop 24/7, 365 days a year. Check it out and catch some SPIRIT!!!!!!!

Link to order: https://lbmsbestbuddies.secure-decoration.com/