Burbank Bulletin

October 13, 2020


Dear Luther Burbank Families,

Thank you to all of our families who attended our Open House events last week. Our teachers appreciated the opportunity to introduce themselves to you and provide you with an overview of the learning ahead for your child. Last Friday, I shared, via email, links to each of the grade level Open House webinar recordings as well as a copy of each grade level's presentation for your reference. We are working to resolve the technical difficulties associated with the 7th grade recording and will share that recording with you once those issues are resolved.

As we enter this week, I write with important information about your child's attendance during both in person days and learning from home (remote) days in our hybrid learning model. Attendance is critical to the learning process and is further required by state law, MGL c.76. Please be aware that your child's attendance is recorded for both in person and remote days; attendance is recorded in PowerSchool. Student attendance is also reported to the state. Attendance during remote classes and synchronous sessions is required and not optional. For students in our Remote Learning Academy, attendance during all synchronous classes and during all related service provider sessions, as applicable, is required.

As always, please contact the office or our school nurse if your child will be absent for the day, lbmsattendance@nrsd.net. We ask that you contact us for both in person learning days AND learning from home days. If your child is absent and we do not hear from you, please be aware that we will be contacting you to verify your child's absence and to further check in about your child's well-being.

Yours in partnership,

Laura Friend


Dates to Remember

October 13: School Picture Day, Blue Cohort and RLA

October 14: Pick-A-Time opens for Fall Conferences, 7:00 PM (see below)

October 14: Minuteman Presentation for Interested 8th Graders (Virtual), 11:30

October 16: School Picture Day, Green Cohort and PACE

October 22: Early Release, Afternoon and Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

October 23: No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

October 28: Early Release, Professional Development

November 3: No School, Voting - Presidential Election

November 11: No School, Veterans Day

November 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Attendance Information for Hybrid Learners

Please see below for important information and reminders about attendance for our hybrid learners:

In person days: Students will be marked Absent if not present in school when attendance is taken (1st period). If a student arrives after attendance is taken, the student will be marked Tardy.

Wednesday (full remote day for all students): Daily attendance is taken during first period via homeroom attendance. Students will be marked either Remote Present (RP) or Remote Absent (RA) for the day. If a student is not present during homeroom but attends advisory and all other remote classes for the day, the student will be marked Remote Tardy (RT).

Learning from home days (2 asynchronous days): Daily attendance is taken during your child's grade level homeroom synchronous check-in. Please see your child's schedule for the time of this homeroom synchronous check-in as the time varies by grade level. Students will be marked either Remote Present (RP) or Remote Absent (RA) for the day based on this synchronous check-in. Please contact us at lbmsattendance@nrsd.net if your child is unable to attend this synchronous check-in on any given day.

School Picture Day - This Week

Today, Tuesday, October 13th, is Picture Day for our Blue Cohort students and Friday, October 16th, is Picture Day for our Green Cohort students. Picture taking for our hybrid students begins immediately at 8:00 AM.

Picture day for our RLA students will be today, Tuesday, October 13th, from 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM in the LBMS school gym. When you arrive please park in the front parking lot. There will be a staff member outside near the flag pole during MRE dismissal times to direct entry into the building. We will be following all COVID-19 protocols. Please wear a mask, hand sanitize upon entry and exit from the building, and maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times. Only students will be allowed entry to the building.

Flyers have been sent home to all families. If you would like to order your child’s school pictures online you may do so at mylifetouch.com. Our Picture Day ID is EVTT2P8RM.

LBMS School Reopening Feedback Parent Survey

This week, teachers will solicit students' feedback about their learning experience within our school reopening plan(s). As a complement to this feedback, I have distributed a survey to our families to solicit their feedback from the home perspective. This survey was shared directly with you via email today, Tuesday. We will use both sets of feedback to inform our planning as we work towards continual improvement. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Parent Teacher Conferences, October 22nd and October 23rd

Parent Teacher conferences are the afternoon and evening of October 22nd and on the full day of October 23rd. This year’s conferences will be held virtually, using the Zoom platform. Meeting links will be shared with families prior to the start of conferences.

Conferences may be scheduled through our online appointment booking system, Pick-A-Time, beginning Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. To schedule a conference, please visit the "Important Updates" section on the front page of our school website: https://burbank.nrsd.net or click this link.

It may be a helpful reminder that middle school conferences are not booked with homeroom teachers. Conferences should be booked with your child’s academic teachers, related arts teachers, and, if applicable, related service providers.

Families with students in the Remote Learning Academy will be receiving an email from Reina Rago with instructions for booking conferences with the RLA academic teachers. Hometown school related arts teachers may be booked through the above link.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact Judy Ursuliak at jursuliak@nrsd.net if you have any questions.

ALiCE Safety Protocols and Procedures, Week of October 19th

Next week, LBMS teachers will review our school-wide ALiCE protocols and procedures with students in both the blue and green cohorts. ALiCE is our district-adopted option-based emergency-response protocol, now in its third year of implementation. This year, teachers will review our emergency-response protocols verbally. We will not engage in a physical practice of protocols given our strict adherence to social distancing at this time.


Please look through the extra-curricular activities we are offering this school year. All activities will be offered virtually at no cost to our students. Students in our hybrid and Remote Learning Academy are invited to attend. Extra-curricular opportunities are an excellent way for students to explore different interests and to develop new friendships. With so many offerings, it may be hard to decide!

Art Club (Advisor: Mrs. Slattery)

Art Club is open to anyone in grades 6, 7, and 8. Art Club is an opportunity to work with a variety of art materials, to explore and be creative. There will be a specific project each week. The first session of Art Club was last week; however, registration is still open. The Club will meet every Thursday from 3:15-4:15. See Mrs. Slattery for more details or click here.

Best Buddies (Advisor: Mrs. Lonardo)

Our Best Buddies chapter assists in facilitating mutually rewarding friendships between students with special needs and their middle school peers, by holding monthly activities after school. To start this year, virtual meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month, from 2:45-3:30. Please go online to BestBuddiesonline.org and fill out a middle school member application. Once your application is approved, students will be eligible to participate. Additionally, check out the new LBMS Best Buddies store online to check out our new gear! Link: https://lbmsbestbuddies.secure-decoration.com/ The store is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Book Club (Advisory: Mrs. Brunelle)

Students - Do you love to read? Do you love to talk about books? If so, the LBMS Book Club is for you! This club will meet on Thursdays from 3:15-3:45 via Google Meets, except for the first Thursday of the month. The first meeting will be on Thursday, October 15th. Please see Mrs. Brunelle's classroom website to sign up, link.

Chorus (Advisor: Ms. Belhumeur)

Chorus continues to be a place for students to come together, sing, laugh, and enjoy choral community. This fall, Chorus will meet virtually, with each member joining a video chat from home on their personal device. This provides us the utmost safety for us to continue to learn about vocal technique and express ourselves through song. Chorus will rehearse on TUESDAYS from 3:15-3:45. Chorus is NOT auditioned!! Students with or without singing experience are welcome and encouraged to give it a try!

LBMS Chorus will continue to explore repertoire from a variety of genres including jazz, folk, classical, musical theatre, and even pop! With our live format, we will be able to hear one another, share our music, and learn to create together. Last spring, LBMS 6-8th grade students trailblazed the way to Virtual Chorus and produced an impressive culminating video that can be viewed here.

Creative Writing Club (Advisor: Mr. Burks)

The Luther Burbank Creative Writing Club is a productive, reflective, fun, and collaborative space where students will be invited to engage in a variety of creative writing and discussions about creative writing. Students will be writing, discussing each other’s writing, and working to build their skills as authors! This is a great opportunity for students to make new friends, develop collaboration and critical thinking skills, and have a lot of fun with Mr. Burks. See Mr. Burks for more information or click here. Creative Writing Club will meet on Tuesdays at 3:15.

Gaming Club (Advisor: Mr. Burks)

The Luther Burbank Gaming Club is a fun and collaborative space where students will be invited to play video games with one another. This is a great opportunity for students to make new friends, develop collaboration and critical thinking skills, and have a lot of fun with Mr. Burks. Gaming Club will begin this year by focusing on Heathstone Battlegrounds, an auto-battler mode of the free-to-play game, Hearthstone. This game is available on PC, Mobile, and MAC, and is totally free. See Mr. Burks for more information or click here. Gaming Club will meet on Wednesdays at 3:15.

Scratch Online Programming Class (with Mrs. Sama) - DURING school enrichment

Scratch is the computer programming language that makes it easy and fun to create interactive stories, games and animations and share them online. This course is an introduction to computer science using the programming language Scratch, offered to 6th and 7th grade students. Students will meet virtually with Mrs. Sama, our engineering teacher, once per week during students’ asynchronous learning time. One class will be offered for each cohort. Please see Mrs. Sama's website for more details and to sign up. This class is an EXTENSION opportunity for interested students.

Student Council (Advisor: Ms. Campbell)

Student Council is an organization that gives students a voice. The goal this year will be to create a stronger, even more positive school community during this challenging time. Student Council is a great opportunity to build leadership skills and to make a positive impact on your school community! All students welcome. Student Council will meet on Mondays at 3:15. Students should see Ms. Campbell for more information or click here.

Trivia (Advisor: Mr. Costa)

Trivia Club is welcome to all students interested in gathering virtually to play in weekly trivia games. Each week there will be a unique theme! Join in on the fun and come play trivia and socialize with your peers! Trivia Club will meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-3:30. More info about registration to follow.

Yearbook Club (Advisor: TBD)

The Luther Burbank Middle School Yearbook Club is charged with the task of creating a yearbook to be completed and distributed by the last day of the school. The finished yearbook product is sent in an electronic format to LifeTouch Photography for publishing. More information to follow.

Important Note about Bus Transportation

Until further notice, we will not be able to accept or approve any bus notes for students to travel on a different bus other than the one he/she has been assigned. All students who requested bus transportation have been assigned a seat on their own bus to support safety and ensure social distancing. We cannot support changes to these arrangements at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

LBMS School Council, 2 Positions Still Available

Parents and community members can become directly involved in the continual improvement of our school by serving on School Council. School Council plays an important role in shaping school policies and programs. We are seeking one parent and one community member to serve on School Council for a 2 year term. The Council meets on a monthly basis after school. Time and date will be determined based on member availability and consensus. Please email Judy Ursuliak at jursuliak@nrsd.net, ASAP, if you are interested in serving on this important site-based committee.

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/