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Stevenson Elementary Dances Through The Winter Holidays

Students at Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School in Burbank celebrated the end of the fall semester dance program with performances of “Dancing Through The Winter Holidays” throughout the day on Wednesday, December 19.

All 628 Stevenson students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade participate in weekly in-school dance classes taught by teaching professionals from Sophie Olson Dance Explosion (S.O.D.E.) for 12 weeks, according to Families For Stevenson Booster Association President Neela Woodard. Stepping Stones, the special education class, receives an additional six weeks of instruction.

Stevenson Elementary students celebrate the season with “Dancing Through The Winter Holidays.” (Photo By Ross Benson)

The S.O.D.E. School of Performing Arts dance instructors are paid for by FFS and spend the entire day at Stevenson every Wednesday and Friday, teaching every class on campus. S.O.D.E. also provides teaching professionals for dance instruction at several schools in the Los Angeles and Glendale Unified School Districts.

Stevenson students performed group dances celebrating the holidays including Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

“S.O.D.E. has brought such wonderful things to our school year after year through their enthusiasm, curriculum and the professionalism and warmth of their staff,” commented Woodard. “Our children look forward to seeing them again each year.”

(Photo By Ross Benson)

“Families for Stevenson Booster Association strongly believes that arts education is fundamental to a child’s development,” Woodard added. “Research has consistently shown that students who have access to a quality arts program in school show enhanced problem solving skills, improved academic performance, better focus, creative thinking and a sense of accountability.”

“FFS specifically supports dance for all grade-levels because dance allows children to embody the full physical, mental and personal expression of their creativity. Creating dance with others inherently builds relationships and tolerance, and strengthens community.”

“Similarly, FFS supports California’s standards-based dance curriculum which prioritizes children learning all dance content, and centers on students creating dance over time, increasingly grade to grade, and demonstrating skills in creating, performing, responding and revising dance.”

Stevenson Elementary students celebrate the season with “Dancing Through The Winter Holidays.” (Photo By Ross Benson)

FFS is a parent-led and parent-funded school booster association that provides a variety of educational and enrichment support to the students at Stevenson Elementary.

“We are so lucky at Stevenson to have parents that support the arts and that we are able to provide not only dance to all students, but a unique in-school arts curriculum for every grade level, including music, film, drumming, visual arts and musical scoring of stories,” Woodard also said.

Stevenson Elementary Enjoys Halloween Fun With Annual Boo Bash

The school community of Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary enjoyed seasonal fun with the 15th annual Boo Bash event on Friday, October 19, on the school grounds.

“It’s grown from a bake sale to the amazing and fun-filled event that we have today,” commented Stevenson Elementary PTA Historian Jodi Karp, noting the event adds new ideas every year.

Photo By Ross Benson

“This year saw the addition of another new event, the highly-anticipated The Pirates Maze,” she explained. “Our cherished Stevenson garden was transformed in a matter of a few short weeks into an amazing array of lights, fog and (fun) fright.”

“The Fifth-Grade Haunted Hallway returned in the form of the Fifth-Grade Boo Bash Bayou. The hard working fifth-graders, parents and teachers transformed the entrance to the garden into a pirate’s paradise.”

Photo By Ross Benson

The Haunted Hallway is always a popular draw, with over 800 visits during Friday’s Boo Bash. In previous years, the Hallway was inside the school; this year it was set up at the garden entrance.

“The Pirates Maze encompassed the remainder of the garden with all plants, vegetables and trees either incorporated into the maze or left intact,” Karp added.

Photo By Ross Benson

Kids played Halloween-themed games, including Angry Pumpkins, for which they would sling a pumpkin across the Stevenson yard. Monster Mash was also a hit – kids popped balloons and searched for a small piece of paper that indicated their prize.

Stevenson Elementary PTA also set up a Bootique at which students could shop for prizes. Pumpkin bowling and a pumpkin carving contest were also popular with the students.

The PTA held the ubiquitous bake sale and a raffle, while a DJ provided musical entertainment.


BUSD Breaks Ground On New Modular Classrooms

Burbank Unified officials broke ground for two new modular classroom buildings at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School on Monday, April 17.

The new buildings replace the aging, existing portable classrooms with more modern facilities and are funded by the Burbank voter-approved Measure S Bond.

“It will be nice to get our teachers and students out of the bungalows and into permanent classrooms,” said Principal Christina Desiderio.

Kindergartener Jasmine Anderson helps Burbank Board of Education members and Burbank Unified School District officials at the Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School modular classroom groundbreaking. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We thank the Burbank community for their support of Measure S,” commented Matt Hill, Superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District. “This groundbreaking highlights the next phase of the work we are doing to modernize our schools, increase energy efficiency and increase technology for our students.”

Stevenson Elementary’s new modular buildings hold 11 new classrooms with a capacity for 352 students, new restrooms, a utility room and storage room, said Lary Atherton, Program Manager with Cordoba Corporation for the Measure S Bond Projects.

The complete project cost is approximately $5 million and is expected to be completed in October 2017. The modular classroom is a replacement project and does not add any additional student capacity at Stevenson.

Bret Harte and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools are also replacing their aging portable classroom buildings with new modular classrooms.

At Bret Harte, there will be 12 new classrooms for 384 students, four new child care rooms for 96 students, new restrooms, a utility room and a storage room. The complete project cost is approximately $10 million and is scheduled to be completed by May 2018, added Atherton.

Jefferson’s new modular classroom contains nine new classrooms for up to 288 students, new restrooms, a utility room and a storage room. The new modular classroom building is projected to cost $5 million and to be completed by October 2017.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington Elementary Schools were the first sites that received the new permanent modular classroom buildings. Emerson has four new modular classrooms, Roosevelt has six new classrooms and new restrooms and Washington has eight new classrooms and new restrooms.

Cordoba Corporation released an update on Measure S Bond projects in the fall of 2016 and information on that report can be found in this myBurbank article.