Burbank Bulletin

May 9, 2022


Dear Luther Burbank Families,

This week's message begins with an enormous THANK YOU! Thank you to the Lancaster PTO and thank you to all of our families for showering our staff with care and lots and LOTS of treats during Teacher Appreciation week last week. WOW! From donuts to chips to ice cream, our staff felt the love each and every day. The week concluded with school supplies, a secret raffle, and a visit from the Frozen Hoagies food truck. It was a lot of fun to see our teachers return to their classroom with an overstuffed ice cream sandwich in hand. After seeing the ice cream sandwiches go by, one student stopped me in the hallway and remarked, "Mrs. Friend, I'm glad the teachers got a special treat today. They deserve it." My response, "I couldn't agree more. They ABSOLUTELY do." I am not quite sure what was sweeter, the ice cream sandwich or that comment. Well, actually, I do know - the comment, for sure. We definitely have the best students (and teachers) at LBMS.

Speaking of "the best," last week brought some great news on the student and community front. On the student front, four of our 7th grade students took TOP HONORS in the Woods Hole Data Jam Competition, a competition sponsored by the Northeast U.S. Shelf Long Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Students submitted a collaborative data-informed project which was then evaluated by scientists associated with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Please read, below, for more information. Congrats to our student scientists!

On the community front, our Luther Burbank Best Buddies Chapter was recognized as a Top Fundraising Team during the Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Polar Park on Saturday. A special thank you to Mrs. Lonardo and to all of our students and families who participated in these fundraising efforts. A special thank you, as well, to those students and families who gave their time to participate in Saturday's walk. Best Buddies is an incredibly meaningful program that empowers the special abilities of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are proud of our LBMS Best Buddies program which, notably, was one of the first middle school chapters to be established in Massachusetts.


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2022 LBMS MCAS Testing Schedule

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Dates to Remember

May 10: Softball & Baseball, 3:30 @ Clinton

May 10: SEPAC Meeting & Elections

May 12: Baseball, 3:30 @ Tahanto

May 12: Softball, 4:00 @ Home

May 12: Track & Field, 3:30 @ Clinton

May 16: Track & Field, 4:00 @ Groton-Dunstable

May 17: Softball & Baseball, 3:30 @ Home

May 19: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

May 19: Softball & Baseball, 3:30 @ Home

May 20: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 Dismissal

May 23: Track & Field, 3:30 @ NRHS

May 24: Softball & Baseball, 3:30 @ Home

May 26: Softball & Baseball, 3:30 @ Home

May 26: Memorial Day Assembly, 9:00 AM (tentative)

May 27: Great East Music Festival

May 30: Memorial Day Parade, Time TBA

May 30: Holiday, No School

May 31: Softball, 3:45 @ Shrewsbury

June 1: Softball & Baseball, 3:30 @ Home

June 3: Track & Field District Meet, 3:30 @ NRHS

June 6: Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meet and Greet, 6:00 (in person, MRE Auditorium)

June 8: Lancaster PTO, 6:30 PM

June 9: 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston (Full Day)

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

June 16: 8th Grade Recognition Night, 6:00 PM (more information to follow)

June 17: 8th Grade - DAY OF FUN!

June 17: Move-Up Day

June 20: Holiday, No School

June 21: Last Day of School, Early Release (no lunch served), 10:45 Dismissal

Link to NRSD 2021-2022 School Calendar

At Home Covid Testing Program Continues

For those students participating in our At Home Covid Testing program, students will receive their next testing kit this Thursday, May 12th.

Testing Schedule for LBMS:

  • Wednesdays: Weekly PCR Covid "Pool Testing" Safety Checks - in school
  • Every other Thursday: Students take home Rapid Antigen Testing Kit (kit includes 2 tests/1 test to be administered at home each Saturday. It's not too late to sign up (see link below).
  • Saturdays: At Home Rapid Antigen Testing (at home).
  • At Home Testing Schedule through the month of May, as follows:

    • May 14

    • May 21

    • May 28


7th Graders Take Top Honors in Woods Hole Data Jam Competition

Twenty-three 7th grade students from Luther Burbank submitted reports and creative projects to the Woods Hole Data Jam Competition run by the Northeast U.S. Shelf Long-term Ecological Research. They were among 120 students in grades 7 to 12 to compete with projects this year. We are thrilled to announce that one of six Luther Burbank groups to submit projects won the award for the Mini-Jam competition. Congratulations go to Emma Hudak, Lillian Principe, Lauren Richardson and Vinnie Cosentino for their project titled Copepods vs. Baby Whales, which included a written report and a claymation video. Projects were judged by scientists from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine who provided each group with specific feedback on their project. Their project can be viewed along with the other winners at https://sites.google.com/view/nes-lter-schoolyard-datajam/winners-ring

Woods Hole Institute announcement of winners:


Data Jam Winners 2022


The LBMS/MRE spirit wear store is open!!!!

At the moment t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and sweatshirts are available. We will be adding a few other items shortly and we will send out an update when those items become available.

The store will be open through May 25th. Happy Shopping!


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Angst: Raising Awareness around Anxiety

“Angst” is an iNDIEFLIX Original Documentary film program with a 56-minute run time, designed to raise awareness around anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families. May is Mental Health Awareness month, so this opportunity is both relevant and timely. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, experts, and parents. The program’s goal is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. “Angst” is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

The Gardner Community Action Team (GCAT) is hosting a live virtual screening of “Angst” and a panel discussion over Zoom on Tuesday, May 10th 2022 at 6 PM Eastern Time- interested parties can register here:


“Angst” will then be available to our schools and community for online streaming for ONE WEEK ONLY between May 11th and May 17th, 2022, with the streaming link becoming available on May 11th.

Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for Scholars is a group of volunteers responsible for raising and awarding many

thousands of dollars each year in scholarships to high school seniors of Nashoba Regional High School. Nashoba Dollars for Scholars will be awarding over $30,000 to graduates this Spring.

The group is looking for parents across the district with children in grade school, middle school and/or high school who want to get involved with a meaningful organization that directly impacts Nashoba students. Please see the flyer below, or contact the chapter president at nashobaregionaldfs@gmail.com, to learn more about the opportunity!

Check Out What our Students are Reading...

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Substitute Teacher Pay Increase

The substitute rate is now $100/day for teachers and instructional assistants. If you know of anyone who may be available/interested in substitute teaching, please send them our way. We are happy to work with schedules and allow for flexibility where we can.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute teacher and/or are interested in applying to become a substitute teacher, please email Laura Friend at lfriend@nrsd.net or call our main office at 978-365-4558. Substitute teaching offers flexibility and a direct interface with our awesome students. It also offers interested community members a way to contribute to our school.

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2021-2022 LBMS Student and Parent Handbook

Students and families are asked to review the 2021-2022 LBMS Student and Handbook. Our LBMS COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols document serve as a complement to the handbook.

Nashoba Nutrition Services

Lunch menus and important updates can be viewed here

School Calendars

NRSD 2021-2022 School Year and 6 Day Cycle Calendars


Earth Day Celebration!

Sunday, May 15th ~ 5 PM – 7 PM ~ Lancaster Community Center

Lilac Planting

Free Family Friendly Lawn Games, Free Recycled Crafts,

$5 BBQ- full meal! Chips, Burgers (Veggie, Cheese, Hamburger, Hot Dogs & Beverage)

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Mark your calendars: NRHS Pops Concerts are Coming!

Come enjoy some fun musical selections at the Nashoba Regional High School in May!

NRHS Pops Concerts:

  • NRHS Choral groups will perform on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm
  • NRHS Bands will perform on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 pm

NRHS Pops Concerts are held in the NRHS auditorium (12 Green Road, Bolton, MA). Admission is $5 per person (seniors and students are free), payable at the door. These concerts are family friendly...younger musicians are especially encouraged to attend. Come and enjoy music at Nashoba Regional High School!

Second Annual Bolton Pride Parade

Please join us in honoring and celebrating our LGBTQIA+ community. Following the parade, we will hold a rally on the town common with public speakers, tables hosted by local organizations, vendors, music, yoga, music and dance performances, a cash raffle to benefit Out Metrowest, and food/ice cream trucks!

  • Sunday June 5, 2022
  • 2:00 pm Walking parade from Emerson school to the Town Common
  • 2:30-6:00 pm Rally on the Town Common
  • *parking at Emerson and Florence Sawyer schools

Check out the Bolton Pride Parade and Rally event page on Facebook for more information.

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Innovation School - Summer Camp Opportunity

The Innovation School in Cambridge brings creative education to students around the world. Their mission is to empower the next generation of young designers, entrepreneurs, makers and inventors who will impact their communities and world through their work and ideas. Currently, registration has begun for their in-person summer camp program. Click on this link for more information: