Burbank Bulletin

November 15, 2021


Dear Luther Burbank Families,

We have busy days ahead as our Thanksgiving break quickly approaches!

On Tuesday evening, interested students and parents are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the Luther Burbank 2021-2022 drama season. This meeting will be held in the Mary Rowlandson auditorium at 6:30 PM. We ask that all students be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Also on Tuesday evening, the district will host a Digital Information and Safety Night for all parents and members of the community. Topics of this informational presentation will include Chromebook expectations, technology tools, digital safety, and social media. This event will be held in the Florence Sawyer media center at 6:00 PM.

Next Monday, November 22nd, the Luther Burbank and Mary Rowlandson schools will continue its practice of ALiCE safety training with a second drill this school year. ALiCE is an acronym for A (Alert); L (Lockdown); i (Inform); C (Counter); and E (Evacuate). In October, our first drill focused on E (Evacuation) protocols. Monday's safety drill practice will be held in conjunction with the Lancaster Police Department and will focus on procedures related to L (Lockdown). Our students have done an outstanding job with our safety practices to date, and we have every expectation that they will carry forward this level of decorum and attention forward to our next practice.

On November 23rd, we have a special Thanksgiving-inspired community activity prepared for the afternoon. A little bit of competition and a whole lot of fun!

With much gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving,


Dates to Remember

November 16: Digital Literacy Night for Families, Florence Sawyer School, 6:00 PM

November 16: LBMS Drama Information Meeting, MRE Auditorium, 6:30 PM

November 17: SEPAC Event, Anxiety Presentation, 7:00 PM (Virtual)

November 18: LBMS School Council, 3:00

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School

December 2: SOS Program, 7th Grade Students

December 3: Trimester 1 Grades Close

December 6th & 7th: Drama Auditions (Time TBA)

December 10: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 Dismissal

December 13th & 14th: Drama Call Backs (Time TBA)

December 14: LBMS Winter Concert, NRHS Auditorium, 6:30 PM

December 16: LBMS School Council, 3:00

December 17: Trimester 1 Report Cards Issued

December 23-31: Winter Break, No School

Link to NRSD 2021-2022 School Calendar

LBMS Drama Club Information Night, Tuesday, November 16th

On Tuesday evening, interested students and parents are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the Luther Burbank 2021-2022 drama season. This meeting will be held in the Mary Rowlandson auditorium at 6:30 PM. Important information about the upcoming season will be shared; as such, we ask for all students to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Because this is an indoor event, face coverings are required.

This year's performance will be Seussical, Jr.! Seussical Jr. is a fun and whimsical play, and we are looking forward to making it come alive on the stage. Along with students who love to sing, dance, and perform, our drama program is looking for students with all kinds of interests. So if your child isn't necessarily a performer, but they are creative, love art or are really into electronics and technology, we have a place for them, too! Drama is such a special place for students to learn and shine, not just on the stage, but in all the little pieces needed to put on a successful show. Please join Stacy Kramer, director, and Sharon Poch, backstage helper extraordinaire, on Tuesday evening to hear more and to talk through any questions you may have about the upcoming drama season.

Save the Date:

Auditions: December 6th & December 7th (Time TBA)

Call Backs (if necessary): December 13th & 14th (Time TBA)


On Wednesday, November 16th, the Nashoba Regional School District will be hosting a Digital Information and Safety Night for all parents and community members. The event will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Florence Sawyer School Media Center (face coverings required). Topics will include Chromebook expectations, technology tools, digital safety, and internet guidelines. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
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You're invited to the 2021 Luther Burbank Winter Concert!

The Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 14th, at 6:30 pm at the Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium. There is no fee for admission, and we are very excited to finally welcome back our in-person audience. Masks are required for all audience members and performing students for the duration of the event. The Winter Concert will feature the Grade 6 Concert Band, Grade 7/8 Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, and Honors Wind Ensemble. You can look forward to selections of Irish folk music, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Tchaikovsky, and music from the musical "Dear Evan Hansen."

Interested in Joining us for a Book Club???

The cold days ahead offer the perfect time to read a good book, right? Our Luther Burbank faculty is very excited to announce this year's Parent/Teacher Book Club title, How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

Written by best-selling authors, Faber and Mazlish, this book offers a practical resource with easy-to-implement suggestions to help us tackle the tough issues teens and families face today.

Our Book Club will include three virtual meetings scheduled for January 5th, February 2nd, and March 30th from 6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom. The meetings will be informal - simply an opportunity for us to gather together with parents to discuss strategies presented in a very good book.

If you are interested in joining our Book Study, please complete this short survey and we will be in touch. The survey will close on Friday, December 17th.

Congratulations, Caroline Pinto, LBMS Project 351 Ambassador

Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service leaders through the yearlong engagement of an eighth-grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Youth are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. Founded in 2011, Project 351 has engaged 3,381 unsung heroes and quiet leaders as change agents in their community. Together, these remarkable eighth-graders have impacted more than 650,000 neighbors through transformational service. The 2021-2022 Luther Burbank Middle School Project 351 Ambassador is Caroline Pinto. Congratulations, Caroline!

Socktober, A Huge Success - Thank you, Students and Families!

The socks have been counted! Luther Burbank Middle School will donate 249 pairs of socks to a local homeless shelter. Thank you, students and staff, for your kindness and generosity with your donations. The winning grade donated 176 pairs. Congratulations, grade 6!

Cross-Country Update, State Middle School Championship

The State Middle School Championship Race was held on Saturday, November 6th at Devens Willard Field and five Luther Burbank runners competed. The girls had Aubrey Christian and Michelly Gamache run in the 6th grade girl’s race. Aubrey took home a medal with a 15th place finish completing the 1.87 mile course in 13:08. Michelly placed 152nd in a field of 212 runners from across the state. Connor Pinto finished 24th in a field of 262 sixth grade boys runners crossing the finish line with a time of 12:45. Miles Brunelle paced 94th with 14:23 and Noah Trussell placed 130 with a time of 15:06. This concluded the Cross Country season. Congratulations to the girls team on their undefeated season!

Upcoming SEPAC Events

November 17, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Virtual

Rising Anxiety Among Children

Presentation by Dr. Jacque Cutillo, Ph.D., LLP, LPC, LMHC of the Few Center

Join Us: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 84411920657

Passcode: 308674

December 1, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Virtual

Mediation and Appeals

Presentation by the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA)

Join Us: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 875 0078 8651

Passcode: CcZKN9

From the Health Office

Please be reminded that we request that you notify the school if your child is going to be late or absent. You can do so easily by emailing LBMSattendance@nrsd.net Please remember to include any/all symptoms that your child is experiencing. We continue to monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 and this communication is essential to maintaining the health and safety of our community. Please feel free to call Darlene Perkins at 978-365-5629 if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

The Nashoba Regional School District began using the SOS: Signs of Suicide Program over 12 years ago as a tool to teach our students about mental health. The program helps our 7th grade students learn about the signs of depression and how they can get help for themselves or a friend. This program is more important than ever with the increasing mental health needs due to the pandemic. The message of the program is ACT: Acknowledge, Care, Tell. Acknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression, self-injury or suicide in a friend and that it is serious. Care by letting your friend know that you care about him or her and that you are concerned that he or she needs help you cannot provide. Tell a trusted adult. Take your friend with you or go alone if you need to. The program starts with students viewing a video that is followed by a discussion led by a nurse, guidance counselor, social worker or health educator. Students may elect to speak with any of this team if they have questions or concerns privately at any time after the presentation.

A letter has been emailed to the parents/guardians of all 7th grade students informing them of the student presentation on Thursday, December 2nd. While we hope that all students will participate, parents do have the right to opt their student out without penalty. To help parents understand the scope of the program, as well as to know what to look for in their own child, we encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent If you would like to opt your child out of this program, please contact Darlene Perkins no later than Tuesday, November 30 by calling 978-365-5629 or emailing her at dperkins@nrsd.net.

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.

Interested in Substitute Teaching for the 2021-2022 School Year? We Need You!

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. 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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