This is the last week of school. The 2016 - 2017 school year ends on Thursday, May 25th.
We will be on a minimum day bell schedule that day. Dismissal will be at 12:32 p.m.
8th Grade Graduation
Dear Eighth Grade Learners and Parents,
As a Luther family, we are excited to share with you the celebrations that come at the end of eighth grade.
Eighth grade learners must meet Burbank Unified School District requirements in order to participate in promotion/eighth grade activities:
• Pass ten out of twelve classes.
• No more than two suspensions for the school year; no more than one suspension second semester.
• No more than four U’s in citizenship for the entire year. Students may
not have any more than two second semester. (Semester report cards
• No indebts. All indebts must be paid in cash by 3:30 pm on Friday,
(All requirements are posted on our website and in the Parent/Student handbook.)
Promotion Ceremony and Tickets
1. Promotion will be held on the field at Luther Burbank Middle School on Thursday, May 25th. The ceremony begins at 9:00 AM. Students should arrive no later than 8:30 AM to line up in their designated line. The last day of instruction for 8th Graders is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
2. Gates will open at 8:15 AM. Promotion will last from 9:00-10:00 AM.
3. Tickets WILL NOT be required for this event. Guests will be admitted on a first come first serve basis. In the event of rain, each learner will receive Two (2) rainy day tickets for family members to attend the ceremony which will be relocated to the auditorium.
4. In the event of rain, two ceremonies will occur. The first will be at 9 AM for learners with last names from A-L. The second ceremony will take place at 10:30 AM for learners with last name that begin with M-Z. Rainy day tickets will be required only if there is rain and lost tickets will not be replaced.
5. Learners will receive their gowns on May 18th and their rainy day tickets on May 23rd.
6. Large balloon bouquets will not be allowed into the ceremony as they block the view of those sitting behind. Balloons and flowers must be checked in at room 705 which is accessible on Maple Street. These items can be retrieved at the end of the ceremony.
7. Parents and guests are asked to please respect the dignity of the promotion ceremony. Yelling, shouting out, or whistling is not permitted and only prevents other parents from hearing the names of their children when announced. Please do not walk down the aisles to take pictures as this disrupts the ceremony. Lifetouch Photography will be present during the ceremony to capture the days’ events.
Promotion Dress Code
1. Appropriate dress is required for participation in the promotion ceremony. For example, business attire would be appropriate. Unacceptable or inappropriate dress will result in the student NOT being permitted to participate.
2. Our learners will wear promotion gowns. Many students purchased their gowns at the beginning of the school year from Ms. Lusby in the school finance office. The gowns are in our school color; hunter green. Students are required to adhere to the prescribed dress requirements defined above regardless of the gown. Gowns may be purchased at a cost of $20.00 and must be paid in cash to Mrs. Lusby by May 5th. The promotion gown is for families to keep as a memento.
3. Clothes underneath the promotion gowns must meet school dress code. The exception is that girls may wear a dress with spaghetti straps.
4. No undergarment should be visible.
5. Dress shoes are required. Students may not wear athletic or tennis shoes, flip-flops, beach sandals, or boots. Platform shoes and heels may not be higher than two inches to ensure safety when walking up the stairs to the stage. Shoes must have a strap in the back. It is recommended that flats are worn as heels may stick in the grass field.
6. No corsages, handheld flowers, purses, cell phones, or gloves may be carried or held by students during the ceremony. Students need their hands free to accept their certificate. During the ceremony, you should not wear coats, jackets, vests, or sweaters because of the heat.
7. Sunglasses and hats will not be permitted.
Eighth Grade Activities
May 6th Eighth Grade Disneyland Trip 7:00 AM-11:30PM (Leave
Luther at 7:30 AM arrive back at Luther at 11:30 PM.)
May 12th CJSF Sealbearer’s Luncheon 12:09- 12:49 PM for Sealbearers.
May 17th Eighth Grade Awards Night 6:30 PM Luther Auditorium. All are invited.
May 18th Eight Grade Textbook Return/Locker Clean Out/Yearbook & Gown Distribution
May 23rd Promotion Practice 8:00-10:00 AM (field)
Eighth Grade Extravaganza 11:38-2:15 PM (on the big field at Luther)
May 24th Promotion Practice 8:30-10:00 (field)
May 25th Promotion at Luther Burbank Middle School Field 9:00 AM
Learners should arrive no later than 8:30 AM.
We know that our eighth grade learners will not jeopardize their opportunity to participate in this activity by violating any of the items listed in the contract signed at the beginning of the year. If you have any questions about any of the end of the year activities, please feel free to contact the school at (818) 558-4646 ext. 20901 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to sharing the celebration with you!
Oscar Macias, Ed.D.
Luther Burbank Middle School
COMMUNITY CARD SALES
LAST CALL for Community Cards. This Friday, May 12th, will be the last day to purchase one so if you would like to get discounts this summer at local Burbank spots grab your card this week. We have plenty available…cards may be purchased from any ASB Member, Ms. Enokian in room 204, or Mrs. Lusby in the Finance Office.
Click on EVENTS tab for more info on:
PTSA On-Campus Lunch
Pizza Studio Fundraiser
Every 3rd Wednesday of each month!
BUSDeNews: 2016-17 Instructional Calendar
Please be advised that the 2016-2017 Instructional Calendar was adopted by the Board of Education during their regularly scheduled meeting on November 19, 2015.
Greetings Yellow Jacket Nation...below is a link to a video from Mrs. Sosa about our School-Wide Positive Behavior Incentives Program for our Learners. There are a few ways you can help us out:
1. Encourage your learners to ALWAYS do the right thing so they can earn tickets for the opportunity drawing.
2. Donate items to the Opportunity Drawing that our Learners want to win or help reach out to local businesses to see if they are willing to donate anything.
Items could include:
- sports equipment
- art supplies
- stuffed animals (the kids still like them in middle school)
- nail polish
- Pokemon cards
- $5 gift cards to Jamba Juice, In-N-Out, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, 7-11, etc.
The possibilities are endless. Feel free to drop off items throughout the year to Mrs. Sosa in the Office. We will also have a table set up on Wednesday at Back to School Night if you have anything you would like to drop off. We can't thank you enough for all of your support and encouragement to keep all of our learners on the path to success! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Sosa at AggieSosa@burbankusd.org
8th Grade Promotion
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Yellow Jacket Field
Ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m.
Learners will be seated alphabetically by last name.
No tickets are required for entry.
Gates will open at 8:15 a.m.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Be sure to get in all of those Box Tops before the school year is over and place them in them in the box in the office. Every clipping helps!
Hey Luther Families!!
Do you shop Amazon? Well, here is an easy way to raise money for our awesome school!!! Every time you shop Amazon, take one extra(EASY!!) step and type in Amazon Smile, select Luther Burbank Middle School PTSA and shop away!!! Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase directly to Luther!! How cool is that?!?!
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McGowan at Kelly@stonyapparel.com
PTA does not endorse or recommend any products sold on Amazon.com. PTA receives a small percentage of every sale completed through the link above. Thank you for your support.
Early dismissal every Tuesday
Please Join the Luther PTSA TODAY!!
PTSA’s promote the building of a broad base of parent and community involvement. When parents and community members work as equal partners to improve schools, it is shown that positive results include:Upgraded school facilities ~ Improved school leadership & staffing ~ Resources to improve teaching & the curriculum ~ Funding for after-school programs & family supports ~ Higher-quality learning programs
For just $7.00 you can become a PTSA member and help our school continue to soar! We understand how busy everyone is so there’s no pressure or requirement to attend the meetings. And, unless you want to volunteer for various things, you won’t get sucked in to the volunteer vortex! Click here to pay via PayPal or simply complete the information below and send it in with Please remember all family members, friends and co-workers can join too. Thank you for your support!!!
PTSA also means exclusive extra perks for YOU!
Comcast Internet Essentials ~ TrueCar
California Academy of Sciences ~ Sylvan Learning ~ Enterprise Car Rental ~ TeenSafe Baskin-Robbins Coupon ~ Aquarium of the Pacific Coupon ~ McDonald’s Coupon
PTSA Sponsors and Supports:
Back to School Picnic ~ Book Fair ~ Holiday Food Drive ~ Red Ribbon Week ~ Luther Rocks Event ~ Buses for Field Trips ~ Greek Day ~ World Day ~ Career Day ~ Teacher Appreciation Week ~
And Much More!
We will have a random drawing on September 1st, 2016 for a $25 Gift Card for the person who brings in the most memberships. So don’t delay, turn your membership in NOW!! Every Membership Counts!! Any questions, please contact Lori Little at email@example.com. You can also learn more by going to www.capta.org.
PTSA's mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families.
Family engagement is the number-one predictor of student success. That’s why California State PTA is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2680 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord). This bill demonstrates a commitment to connecting families, schools and communities to improving student outcomes.
From Dr. Paramo:
The next Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) meeting is the most important. I need as many parents to attend as possible PLEASE.
Please be advised that we will hold the fifth LCAP meeting for this school year on Wednesday, March 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in the District Office Boardroom, 1900 W. Olive Avenue, Third Floor.
We will be reviewing a summary of the budget for the supplemental and base grant. We will also be seeking input on Board goals for the 2017-2018 school year. Lastly, we will collect feedback on our investment priorities so that we can be proactive if we gain or lose federal/state funding.
More information about LCAP:
BUSD’s LCAP page – Includes all PowerPoint presentations from this year’s meetings
BUSD’s 2016 – 2017 LCAP
California State PTA’s LCAP/LCFF page – Links to many valuable resources here
CAPTA’s LCAP/LCFF Flyer – Just the facts, ma’am (Also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog)
Ed100.org’s School Funding Lesson – Ed100.org has information about public education written in plain English with parents in mind. Lesson 8.0 focuses on how public education is funded, and 8.5 explains the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and LCAP. Lesson 7.1 answers the question “What’s an LCAP?”
A Note from the School Nurse
by Peggy Kurihara RN
The alarm clock has gone off and the brain needs fuel as soon as we wake up in the morning. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. My morning starts with a bowl of cereal. Adding a bagel with cream cheese, butter or a nut butter, along with some fresh fruit, gets me going for the rest of the day. Think about this. When we first wake up, the body has been without food since our last meal the night before. If we skip breakfast, it is like trying to drive a car without gas. Studies have shown that children who skip this meal tend to get sleepy at school, have a harder time paying attention, and end up eating more junk food throughout the day. Kids who eat breakfast are more likely to score higher on tests, perform better in the classroom, and have healthier eating habits.
The first meal of the day doesn't have to follow traditional breakfast foods. Leftovers from the night before like soups, stews, pastas or sandwiches are all great substitutes for the common egg-toast-cereal-type breakfasts. If your child is not used to eating first thing in the morning, start with something small, like a piece of toast or a dollop of yogurt. Slowly, start adding more to the meal. If time doesn't allow one to eat at home, pack it. Try string cheese, whole grain crackers, a banana or trail mix. All of these are easy to transport in the car on the way to school.
Preparing something to eat in the morning may require planning ahead the night before. The bottom line is to encourage your child to have breakfast every morning.
Remember, "Healthy Children (with food on board) Learn Better."
The latest "Lets Talk" session Q&A with Superintendent Hill
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.
NASP has additional information for parents and educators on school safety, violence prevention, children’s trauma reactions, and crisis response at www.nasponline.org. ©2006, National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway #402, Bethesda, MD 20814