Burbank Bulletin

Monday, January 6, 2020


I hope that this message finds everyone having enjoyed a restful and family-filled holiday break. It's incredibly hard to believe that we have turned the page on yet another calendar year - and 2020 nonetheless. It seems as if with each passing year, time accelerates. I tease our students all of the time that while we want them to grow into independent and future-driven individuals, we secretly want them to stay with us forever. Our students are pretty amazing.

Vacation time provides everyone an opportunity to rest and recharge. I hope that this was the case for you and your family. While the break from the steady and busy pace is always greatly appreciated, it is also great to see our hallways filled with staff and students again.

We are very grateful for our Lancaster community, and it is an honor and a privilege to step into a new decade with all of you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child's life journey. 2020 here we come!

Yours in partnership,

Laura Friend


Dates to Remember

January 3: LBMS Geography Bee, Qualifying Round (in school)

January 3: Basketball at Home vs. Florence Sawyer, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 6: LBMS Geography Bee, 6:00 PM

January 7: Basketball at Fowler, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 9: Basketball at Clinton, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 10: Trimester 1 Honor Roll Breakfast, 7:00 AM

January 10: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 AM Dismissal

January 10: LBMS Chorus Performs at Worcester Railers, Puck Drop @ 7:05 PM

January 14: Basketball at Home vs. Bromfield, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 16: Basketball at Home vs. Tahanto, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 16: Middle School Matters Parent/Teacher Book Study, 6:00

January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

January 21: Basketball at Home vs. W. Boylston, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 23: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

January 23: Basketball at Home vs. Hudson, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

January 24: Basketball at Florence Sawyer, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 28: Basketball at Hale, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

January 30: Basketball at Home vs. Fowler, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

February 3: Spelling Bee, 6:00 PM (Mark Your Calendars)

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

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

February 17-21: February Vacation, No School


A Note About the Weather and Outdoor Attire

It's January in New England, and it's pretty cold out there! Please remind your child to dress warmly and bundle up these days. We do go outside for recess in any temperature that hits the "feels like" 20 degrees or above. I know that conversations around attire can sometimes become contentious with adolescents, but please do remind your child to dress appropriately. Layers are great for school and can be a great compromise. Students can store an extra layer or two in their locker with ease. Coats, hats, and gloves are important reminders for recess, too.

Congratulations to our First Trimester Honor Roll Recipients

Congratulations to all of our students who achieved the honor roll during the first trimester. I’m very pleased to report that 65% of our students met the honor roll criteria. What tremendous work! We are looking forward to celebrating our students' accomplishments with our honor roll breakfast this Friday. Honor Roll recipients are asked to return their RSVP's by tomorrow morning, Tuesday, at the latest. Honor roll names will be printed in the Clinton Item in the near future. Please be on the lookout.

Luther Burbank Award Recipients

Congratulations to our first trimester recipients of the Luther Burbank Award. The Luther Burbank Award is in its fourth year. Recipients are selected by their teachers for demonstrating the qualities of citizenship, respect, and kindness. These qualities are ones that epitomize the vision set forth by our school’s namesake, Luther Burbank. Please take a look at our video monitor in the main hallway where we recognize these award recipients: Katie Potter (gr. 6), CJ Dolan (gr. 6), Angelar Bazile (gr. 7), Matthew Cahill (gr. 7), Nora Wanamaker (gr. 8), and Gage McLaughlin (gr. 8).

LBMS Chorus to Sing at Worcester Railers Game, January 10th

This Friday, January 10th, the LBMS Chorus will be singing the National Anthem at a Worcester Railers Hockey game at the DCU center. The LBS/MRE PTO is supporting this as a community event, and is selling tickets for the "Lancaster Section" at the game: tickets are $14/person, and include a Railers hat! It would be great to have our community there to cheer on our students. Tickets can be ordered through the PTO with a paper order form (attached below), or online via this link: www.railershc.com/lancasterpto. Thank you for your support!

Washington, D.C. Trip - Nurse Needed

A registered nurse accompanies our students during our annual Washington, D.C. field trip. This year's trip will take place from May 26 - May 29, 2020. The trip is a tremendous opportunity for our students, not to mention a lot of fun. If you or a family member is a registered nurse and is interested and available in joining us in this capacity, please contact Darlene Perkins @ dperkins@nrsd.net. Mrs. Perkins, our school nurse, will be able to address any and all questions you may have about the trip nurse's role and responsibilities. Thank you for your consideration!

Backpack Drive on Behalf of National Honor Society - Still Collecting

Leo Lukaszevicz, a Junior at Nashoba Regional High School, is conducting a backpack drive as part of his work with the National Honor Society. From now until January 15th, a collection bin will be placed at Luther Burbank for donations of new or gently used backpacks. The backpacks will then be filled with essential items and hand-delivered to those experiencing homelessness in Boston. Any questions can be directed to Leo at 2021llukaszevicz@mynrsd.com.

Winter Concert - Standing Room Only!

On Tuesday, December 17th, our LBMS musicians entertained a packed audience during our annual Winter Concert. A special thank you to our musicians and to Ms. Belhumeur for the hard work and talent that was abundantly evident to all who were present that evening. We are exploring various options for venue and timing to accommodate our growing audience as we plan ahead for our Spring Concert. Please stay tuned. (Pun intended!)

3rd Annual Reindeer Games... A Lot of Fun!

On Friday, December 20th, LBMS Advisory Groups participated in a school-wide, fun-filled, community-building event. Each group participated in 6 different activities; the afternoon concluded in the gymnasium with a teacher competition, including Human Bumper Ball. The winner? Mr. Burks, of course!

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

Goal Setting Workshop for 7th and 8th graders - NRSD Extended Learning

We are pleased to announce a new six-week program starting in February, specifically for 7th & 8th graders, focused on goal setting. These interactive workshops will teach students how to develop S.M.A.R.T goals and help them prepare for high school. In support of the District's Goal #1, "To intentionally integrate social-emotional practices across all settings in the Nashoba school community," these workshops will encourage students to have open conversations about their goals & dreams. Music and art will be integrated to inspire and engage students.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please see the Goal Setting Workshop flier for details. Click here to register your child.