Burbank Bulletin

October 28, 2019


A huge thank you to all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to participate in our parent teacher conferences last Thursday and Friday. We had an excellent turnout at conferences with 77% of our families attending at least one conference with their child's teacher.

We look ahead to a busy month in November. We have an early release this Wednesday for staff professional development, no school on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, and Thanksgiving break to complete the month.

Our LBMS drama season will begin this month and our Middle School Matters parent/teacher book study will hold its first meeting on November 14th. We’ve got a sprint to the finish of trimester 1 when grades close on December 6th.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday. Daylight Savings ends November 3rd!

Yours in partnership,

Laura Friend



Dates to Remember

October 30: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:30 Dismissal

November 5: LBMS Drama Parent Meeting, Auditorium, 6:OO PM

November 7: Drama Workshop for Interested Students, 6:00 PM

November 11: No School, Veterans Day

November 14: Middle School Matters Parent/Teacher Book Study meeting, 6:00 PM

November 16: Sam Pawlak 5K, 1:30 PM

November 20: Picture Retakes, 8:00 AM (forms available in the office)

November 21: Minuteman Visit for Interested 8th Grade Students

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

December 6: Trimester 1 Ends, Grades Close

Help for the Holidays – Help Needed

As the holidays approach, we pause to take notice of all that we have to be appreciative of in our lives. At the same time, there are those in our community who find themselves with financial challenges during the holiday season. The MRE and LBMS community is trying to ease the burden of those among us for whom the holidays causes a financial hardship. We invite you to consider providing a Thanksgiving basket with the essentials for a holiday meal for a family in our community. If you are interested in participating, please call Darlene Perkins, the LBMS school nurse at 978.365.5629.

News from the Health Office

Head lice are a common problem in school age children. Lice spread by head to head contact and can be difficult to get rid of. Their bites can make a child’s head itchy and irritated. Head lice are annoying, but they are not dangerous and do not spread disease. The NRSD district protocol (https://www.nrsd.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=87992964) requests that the school nurse be notified of all suspected cases. This information is kept confidential and allows us to monitor outbreaks thus determining the appropriate level of intervention required. Please feel free to contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.

Cross Country Update

The end of October brings with it the conclusion of the Cross Country running season. This year we had 9 girls and 18 boys compete and Tuesday, Oct. 29th the teams will be running at Nashoba Regional High School in the District Meet vs. Hale and Sawyer.

The goal for all our runners was to work hard to improve endurance and improve their personal times with each race, and of course, have fun while doing it!

Runners Paulie Michel and Jacob Hourihan are two stand out runners taking top honors in all the meets for our girls and boys teams but acknowledgement goes out to all the runners that came to every practice and worked hard logging many miles to compete for the Burbank Lancers!

Middle School Basketball About to Begin

We will continue to use an online registration process for all middle school athletic teams each season (cross-country, basketball, baseball, softball, and track) this year. More information regarding basketball registration and parent meeting dates will be sent in a separate email shortly.

The Luther Burbank Drama Year is About to Begin!

A meeting for parents will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in the Mary Rowlandson auditorium, beginning promptly at 6:00 PM. Information about the drama club, auditions, and director will be given as well as an opportunity to ask questions. The LBMS Drama Club provides an opportunity for LBMS students to be a part of a musical production in the Spring. No previous drama experience is necessary. There are opportunities for onstage roles or helping with backstage crew. Students interested in helping with lights and sounds should consider joining the LBTV/AV Club and express an interest to Mr. Newton about helping with drama. LBMS Drama is open to all LBMS students. Auditions are required for any students wishing to perform onstage.

Auditions will be on Tuesday, December 3, and Thursday, December 5, 2019, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Students will need to attend both audition dates if they would like to be considered for all roles, unless they've made alternate arrangements ahead of time with the director. Rehearsals will run every Tuesday and Thursday through the performances on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2020. All events will be held in the auditorium.

Nashoba Drama Presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Nashoba Drama updates Shakespeare’s classic, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, setting it the early 1940’s. Two couples and an amateur acting troupe stumble upon an abandoned Big Top filled with the ghosts of circus performers past. Mistaken identities and hilarity ensue when the mischievous spirits meddle in the lives of the unknowing mortals.

Please see the flyer attached, below, for more information.

4th Annual Sam Pawlak Memorial 5K Run/Walk - Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Sam Pawlak Memorial 5k run/walk to be held on November 16, 2019, at 1:30 PM. This fun family event takes place at the Mary Rowlandson/Luther Burbank schools in Lancaster. Runners, walkers, and stroller pushers are encouraged to come out and support the Nashoba community in memory of Sam Pawlak. Half of the proceeds from this event will be awarded as a scholarship to a graduating senior from NRHS. There will also be a 1 mile fun run for children that begins at 1:00 PM. Come dressed in your favorite holiday attire. Prizes awarded for best dressed. Hot chocolate served post race. Click here to register.

Indoor Recess Carts Added to LBMS Recess!

The LBMS Student Council has purchased a variety of NEW games to be played during indoor recess. The carts were "rolled out" during our first indoor recess last week. No need to be sad when rainy and cold days come our way, we have Indoor Recess Carts to save the day!

Thank you, STUCO!

Purple Pinkie Day, October 2019

A huge thank you to the LBMS Student Council for supporting our Purple Pinkie Day campaign to eradicate polio world-wide. We are grateful for the Nashoba Rotary Club's efforts to bring continued awareness of this campaign to our school community and for allowing us to help support this important effort.

Music ADDED to Positive Sign Thursdays at Luther Burbank

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. Most recently, we have also added music to our Positive Sign Thursday fun. Mr. Newton has initiated a playlist request for staff and students. Each Thursday, songs from the playlist are selected and music is streamed through our intercom system filling our hallways with music (and, sometimes, dancing students and teachers!) How can you not smile?

#PositiveSignThursday #theLBMSway