Burbank Bulletin

April 26, 2021


Dear Luther Burbank Families,

Welcome back! I hope that this message finds everyone having enjoyed a vacation filled with rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. It was great to see the students upon their return this morning. The days are longer (and warmer!) and the trees will be in full bloom shortly. It's hard to believe that we are turning the calendar to May this week. It's certainly been a year unlike any other. Our faculty and students have all done such an incredible job with all of the challenges we have faced this year, and we look forward to our continued journey in the weeks ahead.

May is scheduled to be a very busy month. Our students will complete a shortened version of this year’s state-wide MCAS testing. This year's MCAS has been reduced to one testing session for each content area, ELA, mathematics, science technology engineering (gr. 8 only). Tests are designed to last under two hours each, but students will be provided additional time within the school day if needed. For our remote learners, DESE has developed a process for remote MCAS administration to accommodate those families who have chosen to have their children learn remotely through the end of the school year. Please stay tuned for more information. For more information for Parents and Guardians about state-wide testing, click here.

Testing will take place from May 18th - June 3rd. We thank you in advance for supporting your child with positive encouragement and ensuring your child’s timely attendance on his/her testing days. End-of-year events are also around the corner. Please refer to this Bulletin for a list of days/times for MCAS and mark your calendars accordingly.

Thank you, again, for your continued support,


Laura Friend


Dates to Remember

May 13: School Council, 3:00 PM

May 18: ELA MCAS Testing, Gr. 6

May 19: ELA MCAS Testing, RLA Gr. 6, 7, 8

May 20: ELA MCAS Testing, Gr. 8

May 21: ELA MCAS Testing, Gr. 7

May 25: Math MCAS Testing, Gr. 6

May 26: Math MCAS Testing, RLA Gr. 6, 7, 8

May 27: Math MCAS Testing, Gr. 7

May 28: Memorial Day Recognition

May 31: Memorial Day, No School

June 2: Early Release, Dismissal @ 11:30 AM

June 3: Math MCAS Testing, Gr. 8

June 4: STE MCAS Testing, Gr. 8

June 9: STE MCAS Testing, RLA Gr. 8 only

June 15: 8th Grade Special Day of Fun

June 17: Morning Field Day, Gr. 6

June 17: Afternoon Field Day, Gr. 7

June 18: Morning Field Day, Gr. 8

June 18: Afternoon Minute-To-Win-It, All School

June 22: 8th Grade Recognition Night (Rain Date, June 21) - Outdoor/In-Person Ceremony, More Info to Follow

June 23: Last Day of School, Early Release, Dismissal @ 10:45 (no lunch served)

Spring MCAS Testing Schedule

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COVID Protocols and Daily At-Home Health Checks

As we enter the final stretch of the school year, we ask for your continued support and monitoring of COVID symptoms for your family to ensure the health and safety of our school community. It is important that families continue to follow all the health and safety protocols that have been used throughout the year. We know that our adherence to these protocols has helped support the safety of our students and staff. Please continue to conduct a daily check of your child for any type of COVID symptoms each morning. This may be challenging this time of year with spring and the allergies that accompany the change in seasons. However, we have noticed that students are being diagnosed with COVID with what appears to be mild allergy symptoms such as a runny nose and slight cough. If you notice this in your child we ask that you do not send your child to school and contact our nurse. Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children:

❏ Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

❏ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

❏ Sore throat

❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❏ New loss of taste or smell

❏ Headache when in combination with other symptoms

❏ Muscle aches or body aches

❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❏ Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

❏ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms please do not send them to school and contact Nurse Darlene Perkins at dperkins@nrsd.net or 978-365-4558 x 1002.

LBMS COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols for Students and Families

Please review our LBMS COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols for Students and Families which reflects changes to accommodate our students' full return. This updated document is linked here and can also be found on our website.

A Reminder about Bike Riding and Helmets

As the weather warms up we are seeing an increase in students who are choosing to ride their bikes to school. As a reminder, students with bicycles on campus must wear helmets and are responsible for their own locks. Students will not be allowed to ride their bike home without wearing a helmet. Students biking home will not be dismissed until after the buses have exited the parking lot.

Refillable Water Bottles - Reminder

With the warmer weather upon us, we ask for our families' help. Please help your child stay hydrated throughout the day by sending them to school with a water bottle filled with water. If room allows in the backpack, an extra water bottle is helpful as well.

It's Calendar Time! Information from the Lancaster PTO

Thank You to all who have participated in our PTO Calendar Raffle! We are hoping for an exciting May when we get to hand out all of these fantastic prizes. If you have not done so already please send in your envelope and tickets so we can make sure they are entered into the drawing.

Any tickets received after May 1 will be eligible for the remaining prizes after the date received.

Daily winners will be contacted via email or phone.

Attached is a copy of the calendar and the ticket sheet for any last minute entries.

Thanks for your support.

PTO Calendar Committee

Lancaster PTO Raffle Calendar May 2021.pdf

Lancaster PTO Raffle Tickets.pdf

Interested in Substitute Teaching? We Need You!

We always want to bring talented and enthusiastic substitute teachers on board at Luther Burbank. This year, with the pandemic, we have found ourselves with an even more profound need for substitute teachers. 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.

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/