Burbank Bulletin

February 3, 2020


Can you believe it’s February? Just two short weeks and our students will be enjoying a well-deserved respite with February break. Before you know it, it will be March! The year is flying by!

Learning is certainly in full swing at Luther Burbank. Students at each grade level are fully immersed in all different types of activities and learning opportunities. School is BUSY! Spelling bees, basketball, fitness, painting, community learning, rock cycles, nonfiction, (lots of) writing, Egypt, data-jams, changes in matter, solving and graphing compound inequalities, research papers, and district-select auditions… that’s certainly not everything, but it’s A LOT! A lot of learning going on, and we love it.

Looking ahead, the next two weeks promise more of the same level of learning and activity. Student Council has organized Spirit Week this week, with Pajama Day to kick it all off. Tonight, we will host our annual LBMS Spelling Bee and crown this year's LBMS Spelling Champion. 26 students will compete in this evening's event, and one will be crowned Champion. Our Champion will represent us in the regional Spelling Bee phase. Good luck to all! Boys and girls basketball teams will finish out their season with four more games. If you are able, please come join us as we cheer on both teams at our last home game this Tuesday, Feb. 4th. It’s always great to see our bleachers filled with fans! On Friday, Feb. 14th we will send our students off to vacation with our 3rd Annual Ballin' @ Burbank event in the afternoon. We have a staff vs. students basketball game and a half-time pop-a-shot competition planned. Fun for the players and even more fun for the spectators!

In gratitude,

Laura Friend


Dates to Remember

February 3: Spelling Bee, 6:00 PM

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

February 5: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 AM Dismissal

February 6: Basketball at Bromfield, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

February 6: Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, 6:30 PM, Perkins

February 11: Basketball at Tahanto, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

February 13: Basketball at West Boylston, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

February 14: Ballin' @ Burbank, 12:30

February 17-21: February Vacation, No School

February 27: LBMS School Council, 3:00

March 3: No School, Election Day

March 4: Pick-A-Time Opens, 7:00 PM

March 5: NRHS Student/Parent Presentation, Incoming 9th Graders (Save the Date)

March 6: No School, Full Day Professional Development

March 13: Trimester 2 Grades Close

March 18: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conferences, Afternoon & Evening

March 25: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conferences, Afternoon only

March 27: Report Cards Issued

March 27: LBMS Drama Presents, Seussical, Jr. 6:30 PM

March 28: LBMS Drama Presents, Seussical, Jr. 6:30 PM


Central MA Jr. District Festival Auditions

On Saturday, February 1st, a select group of Luther Burbank musicians traveled to Grafton, MA to represent Lancaster at the Central Massachusetts Jr. District Festival auditions. In preparation for auditions, these students each prepared a selection of solo repertoire, scales or intervals. As part of the audition process, students were also asked to sight read on the spot. Auditions are very competitive, attracting close to 1000 7th and 8th graders from all across the Central District of Massachusetts. Following auditions, the top scoring musicians are selected to join elite ensembles - Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and a Jazz Ensemble - with predetermined vocal and instrumental needs.

Luther Burbank's auditioning students were:

Morgan Barton (gr. 8, soprano voice), Gianna Poulin (gr. 8, soprano voice), Stella Luisa (gr. 7, soprano voice) Eleanor Stanton (gr. 7, alto voice), Hansika Kommanavancha (gr. 8, alto voice), Emily Bicalho (gr. 8, alto voice), Noelle Chandley (gr. 7, alto voice), Remy Sumner (gr. 8, alto voice), Abigail Mohler (gr. 8, flute), Dominique Fox (gr. 8, flute), Paula Michel (gr. 8, clarinet), Campbell Phillips (gr. 8, clarinet), Alyssa Poch (gr. 7, clarinet), Jacob Hourihan (gr. 8, alto saxophone), Stone Clark (gr. 8, alto saxophone), Hazel Hughes (gr. 8, alto saxophone) Michael Basteri (gr. 8, trumpet), Madison Oxnard (gr. 7, trumpet), Andrew Malkowski (gr. 8, bari saxophone), Sofia Doucette (gr. 8, bass clarinet), Jack Fleury (gr. 7 french horn), Ian Hourihan (gr. 7, trombone), and Jocelyn Kelly (gr. 8, tuba).

Well done, students! You make LBMS proud!

Spirit Week this Week! (Thank you, LBMS Student Council)

Monday - Pajama Day (proper footwear required)

Tuesday - Tie-Dye Tuesday

Wednesday - Animal Day

Thursday - Jersey Day

Friday - Dress-up Day

A Note from Our Nurse, Mrs. Perkins

Flu season is here! It is one of those things that we come to expect each winter, like snow and freezing temperatures. I hope that you have received your flu shot. Even if you haven’t, it is still not too late. A flu shot is your best defense against the flu. It not only protects you but also those around you.

Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue and sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea. There has been an uptick in students that have been ill the past week reporting flu-like symptoms. Please be aware that our custodial staff has been busy paying extra attention to their cleaning procedures. We need your help, too. Please keep your child home if they are ill. A child should be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication like acetaminophen/Tylenol or ibuprofen/Motrin. If you have questions, please feel free to consult with your child’s primary care provider and/or the school nurse. I have attached some resources that you might find helpful.




Be well!

Important Calendar Information: Spring State Assessments, MCAS

As we head into this spring’s state-wide assessment window, please be reminded that our Next-Generation MCAS test builds upon aspects of prior MCAS assessments. The Next -Generation Assessment is rigorous in nature and serves to provide us with information about student performance as well as our own teaching and learning practices. All students in grades 3-8 will be taking this year’s assessment on the computer. All students in grades 6-8 will use their 1:1 Chromebook devices. Please click here for more information about MCAS and test development.

As you plan ahead for the spring, please mark your calendars for the important Luther Burbank MCAS testing dates BELOW. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring your child’s attendance during his/her testing dates.

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Woodworking Course for NRSD Middle School Students

NRSD is offering a 10 week after school woodworking course this spring for middle school students. students will learn the fundamentals of safety, design, and hand tool and machine processes. Students will focus on artisanship and complete a project with pride! By the

end of the course, students will complete at least three different projects. The parent cost of this program is $225.00 for 20 hours of instruction. This enrichment program is open to all students in 6th-8th grade and will be held at the high school after school. Transportation will be provided.

Space is limited and students will be selected through a lottery. Please see the community section of this newsletter for the woodworking course application. Student applications are due by February 12th.

Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, Feb. 6th

From the director of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age comes Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. The film is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world. Please consider attending this free, open to the public event presented by the Perkins' Conroy Speaker Series. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. Please find more information and a link to sign up attached to this newsletter.

Positive Sign Thursdays

Each Thursday, our Student Council starts the day with a good dose of positivity and thankfulness. Students and staff greet students as they enter the building with a positive message and music streamed through the intercom. How can you not smile?

#PositiveSignThursday #theLBMSway