Burbank Bulletin

May 6, 2019


In late April we acknowledged National Poetry Month with student-generated poetry. A number of our students participated in the 5th Annual Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative poetry contest. Taking honors from Luther Burbank were: Ella Hanyaloglu, (gr. 6), Natalie Vivanco (gr. 7), Olivia Trottier-Mitcheson (gr. 7), Michael DiTullio (gr. 7), and Jonathan Castner (gr. 8). All winning poems are published online here.

May is scheduled to be a very busy month. Our students will complete this year’s state-wide testing with math MCAS and science technology engineering MCAS for our 8th graders. Testing will take place from May 8-17. We thank you in advance for supporting your child with positive encouragement and ensuring your child’s timely attendance on his/her testing days. End-of-year events also begin this month. Please refer to this Bulletin for a list of days/times for these events and mark your calendars accordingly.

Finally, please join me in extending appreciation to our dedicated faculty for their hard work and commitment throughout the year as we acknowledge Teacher Appreciation Week at our school this week. Thank you! And, thank you to our Lancaster PTO for their efforts to make this week very special for our staff.

Kind Regards,

Laura Friend


Spring MCAS Testing Schedule

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Dates to Remember

May 6: Lancaster Town Meeting, 7:00 PM

May 6-10: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

May 7: LBMS School Council, 3:00 PM

May 7: 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Parent/Student Meeting, 6:00 PM

May 21: "Stressed Out Students: Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Motivation and Learning", SEPAC, Center School, 7:00 PM

May 23: Memorial Day Assembly, 9:00 AM

May 24: Great East Music Festival

May 24: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:30 AM dismissal

May 27: Memorial Day Parade, Time TBA

May 27: Memorial Day, No School

May 28 -May 31: 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

May 28: Digital Safety Presentation for Parents, Florence Sawyer, 6:30 PM

June 14: Field Day/Minute to Win It (All Day School Event), Rain Date, 6/13

June 17: Move Up Day

June 17: 8th Grade Recognition, 6:00 PM, Dance to Follow

June 18: Last Day of School (as of today), Early Release (no lunch served)

Luther Burbank Award Recipients, Trimester 2

Congratulations to our Trimester 2 Luther Burbank Award recipients. Now in its third, year, the Luther Burbank Award acknowledges students for demonstrating the qualities set forth by our school's namesake. The qualities of kindness, respect, and citizenship are noted to further strengthen our school community and serve as strong models for all of us. Congratulations to Gracie Reisner (gr. 6); Kyle McClintock (gr. 6); Dominique Fox (gr. 7); Joey DiVerdi (gr. 7), Emma Green (gr. 8); and Dylan DeLisle (gr. 8).

Luther Burbank Well-Represented at the 2019 Central MA Jr. District Festival

A selection of our exceptional musicians represented Luther Burbank in the 2019 Central Massachusetts Jr. District Festival Performances on April 25th. In the Chorus, Emily Cote, Morgan Barton, and Gianna Poulin enriched the soprano section. In the Concert Band, we were proud to have William Nash and Theodore Stanton in the brass section, and Paula Michel and James Erickson in the woodwinds. Especially notable, Theodore was awarded a trumpet solo and played with great maturity in his tone and phrasing.

Congratulations to all on your fantastic performances on Saturday, and your hard and dedication leading up to this event. You continue to make Luther Burbank very proud!

NRSD Middle School Engineering Program

The Nashoba Regional School District is currently engaging in discussions relative to our middle school level relationship with Minuteman Regional Technical Vocational High School. At this time, the district is working to bring our current middle school engineering program, presently an adjunct program of Minuteman, fully into the Nashoba Regional School District. Superintendent Clenchy addressed this vision with the Nashoba Regional School Committee at the last School Committee meeting.

In practical terms, this decision means that the Nashoba Department of Teaching and Learning and the three middle schools (FSS, Hale, LBMS) will spend the 2019-2020 school year developing curriculum, drawing upon the most effective aspects of the current Minuteman model while adding those STEM elements that will serve to supplement and enhance our new district science and engineering standards.

The district would implement this newly enhanced and progressive technology engineering model in the 2020-2021 school year.

The Nashoba Regional School District will continue our long-standing relationship with Minuteman as a vocational/technical option for our high school students.

Luther Burbank Parent/Teacher Book Study - Fall 2019!

The Luther Burbank faculty would love to join together with our parents to engage in a Book Study next September. The Book Study would be much like a Book Club where we would read a common text and then meet to discuss the book together as a group. Our primary goal will be to read and discuss a book on a topic relevant to our amazing and often complex middle schoolers.

We will be working on getting our Book Study up and ready for the fall and would appreciate your input and suggestions using the quick survey linked to the School Messenger email you received with this Bulletin.

2019-2020 School Calendar

The Nashoba Regional School District School Committee has approved next year’s school calendar. Click here to access the calendar.

Intramurals in Full Swing

Intramurals are happening and play is open to all. Intramurals are a great way to engage in physical activity and meet new friends.

Mondays: Badminton (2:15-3:00)

Tuesdays: Tennis (2:15-3:00)

Wednesdays: Dodgeball (7:00-7:30); Walk, Jog, Run (2:15-3:00); Badminton (2:15-3:00)

Thursdays: Fitness Training (7:00-7:30); Tennis (2:15-3:00)

Permission slips can be found on the website and in the school office.

Positive Sign Thursdays Continue!

Our Student Council continues to spread an additional dose of positivity and thankfulness around on Thursdays through Positive Sign Thursdays! Each Thursday, students and staff greet students as they enter the building with a different positive message. Check out these great pictures from recent weeks! (see more pictures @LBMSPrincipal)

#PositiveSignThursday #theLBMSway

Stow Boy Scouts Launch Operation Paper Shred 2019

Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold their ninth annual paper-shredding event, Operation Paper Shred, at Hale School, 55 Hartley Road, Stow on Sunday May 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to Noon. The troop will quickly and thoroughly destroy business and personal documents such as tax records, bank statements, bills, and credit card receipts.

E. L. Harvey (http://www.elharvey.com) will provide their state-of-the-art truck for this event. The truck can shred thousands of pounds of paper an hour and its advanced shredding technology ensures each shred is completed efficiently and with the highest level of security. No need to take out staples, paper clips, or other small fasteners. You can watch your documents be destroyed via closed circuit TV right on the shredding truck to ensure your documents are properly destroyed! All shredded material will be recycled, so you’ll be protecting the environment while protecting your identity.

Cost for the service is $0.35/lb. A typical full banker’s box weighs approximately 40 lbs or $14. Scouts will unload your materials, weigh them, and bring to the shredder.

Funds raised will be used to support the activities of Stow Boy Scouts Troop 1. Neighboring town residents are encouraged to participate. Please contact the troop at 978-212-9175 or send email to troop1stow@gmail.com with any questions.