February 6, 2002
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Burbank Kiwanis for Fun served burgers and chicken sandwiches to students at Bret Harte Elementary School Saturday during a special "Burgers and Books" event. School faculty and parents participated in a book fair Saturday. About 300 people attended the event, which sold $4,000 in books. Book titles at Saturday's book fair varied from "Clifford the Big Red Dog," Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to classics like "Great Expectations."
February 16, 2000
Irma Lemus NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- The playground equipment at Bret Harte Elementary School has been disappearing. Since 1998, when several large pieces were removed because they failed to meet state safety standards, playground options have become fewer and fewer at the school. Now only a few pieces remain, said PTA member Karen Chiaravalle. "This equipment is so old that I remember playing on (the equipment) when I went to the school," said Chiaravalle, whose two children attend Bret Harte.
May 29, 2002
Molly Shore NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- An after-school dance program for third graders at Bret Harte Elementary School will be showcased at the school's annual spring dance festival at 10 a.m. Friday. Special education assistant Terri Leatherwood, who has been at the school for 15 years, led the children through their choreographed routines Tuesday in preparation for the event. Leatherwood, who teaches dance to 40 students, is a professional dancer with more than 30 years experience in ballet and Broadway musicals.
October 26, 2002
Molly Shore At Bret Harte Elementary School's monthly awards ceremonies, Heidi Soto's students cheer their classmates when they receive recognition for their good work. Soto attributes the support her first-graders give one another to looping -- a pilot program she and several other teachers have undertaken at Bret Harte, Emerson and Jefferson elementary schools. Looping is the practice of advancing a teacher from one grade level to the next along with his or her class, generally for a two-year period.
February 20, 2002
Maya Kukes NORTHWEST DISTRICT-- The thought of teaching 30 third-graders might be a little daunting. Terri Leatherwood plans to take that one step further -- she's going to teach them to dance. Her afterschool class begins Tuesday at Bret Harte Elementary School. The conclusion of the program will most likely coincide with a spring recital, Leatherwood said. Students will be selected for the program on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permission slips were sent home and the deadline for signing up is Friday.
October 20, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- The students in Bonnie Shatun's second-grade class are learning standards-based mathematics with the help of Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are." And they're having fun doing it. During a math lesson Wednesday in Shatun's room at Bret Harte Elementary School, Shatun called out the names of seven ecstatic students who got to put on their handmade "wild things" costumes for a lesson in addition and subtraction.
October 27, 2007
Bret Harte Elementary School fundraisers Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burbank will donate a percentage of their sales from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Bret Harte Elementary School when patrons use a special, book fair voucher from the school. Vouchers are available at Bret Harte Elementary School. In addition to the book fair fundraiser, there will also be a fundraising night from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Baja Fresh in Burbank. For more information, contact Alicia Ritchie at (818)
July 27, 2011
Dallas Cortez will get the chance to compete against some of the best youth track and field athletes in the country. Cortez, an 11-year-old resident who attended Bret Harte Elementry School and Luther Burbank Middle School, will take part in the 2011 Ameteur Athletic Union Junior National Olympics Monday through Aug. 6 in New Orleans. Cortez will compete in the boys' 100-, 200- and 400-meter events. Last month, Cortez won gold medals in all three events at the AAU Junior Olympics Qualifier in Tulare.
January 10, 2012
Parents Robert and Brenda and sister Sarah Aguilar announce the graduation of their daughter and sister Elisa Nicole Aguilar from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. Aguilar, 20, attended Bret Harte Elementary School, Luther Burbank Middle School and John Burroughs High School. She was a student at Glendale Community College when she decided to join the Marine Corps. Aguilar graduated on Nov. 4 from the Recruit Depot. She graduated from the Marine Corps School of Infantry on Dec. 13.
February 7, 2014
A longtime Burbank Unified elementary teacher passed away recently, school officials announced Wednesday. Fred Brendel began teaching in Burbank in 1964 at Stevenson Elementary, where he spent the majority of his career except for a one-year-stint in the late 1960s at Bret Harte Elementary. Until he retired in 1995, Brendel taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. -- Follow Kelly Corrigan on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan . ALSO: Burbank man charged with attempted murder in stabbing Nickelodeon recovers from ratings slump with new cartoon 'Breadwinners' Burbank and Glendale to purchase new helicopter as part of joint agreement