As grandparents, you are a vital part of the Burke’s community. The Burke’s Grandparents’ Council was formed in 2015 to provide a vehicle for grandparents to become more involved with their granddaughters’ school, and support Burke’s mission through active engagement and participation in the school community. 

The Council consists of an inclusive group that welcomes any interested grandparent or special friend. It offers members the opportunity to meet a couple of times each year with the Head of School and learn firsthand about the experiences of your grandchildren as part of the Burke’s family. One of the founding objectives of the council is to promote all the wonderful ways grandparents can be involved in life at Burke’s. 

While all Council events and activities during the 2020-21 school year will be virtual, there are still many opportunities to become engaged on a deeper level with your granddaughters’ experience at Burke’s. To learn more, or to become a member of the Grandparents' Council, please reach out to Mara Giarratana Young, Special Events and Family Relations Manager, by emailing mara@kdbs.org

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Recent News Articles for Grandparents

List of 3 news stories.

  • Faculty Profile: Sheena Tart-Zelvin

    It has been one of the more unusual ways to start a new job, but Upper School Director Sheena Tart-Zelvin has been thrilled to be part of the Burke’s community as it navigated teaching and learning in the midst of a pandemic. “While the sound of kids laughing on campus is sorely missed, it has been energizing and heartwarming to stop by their virtual classrooms and to see them in action with their teachers. Students are strong and resilient. Not only are they growing in important ways right now, but they can even play a lead role in modeling adaptability and flexibility for the whole community in this moment.”
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  • Mary (left), with Michele Williams (center), and Christina Norman (GPC vice-chair)

    A Special Farewell from Mary Robinson, Grandparents' Council Founding Co-Chair

    Three years ago a few of us were having lunch and thinking aloud of ways that we could become more involved with our grandchildren, specifically our granddaughters who were attending Burke’s. “Why not form a group of grandparents, open to all, that would be more engaged in on-campus activities?” And so, the first Grandparents' Council was created. Barbara Sklar gamely agreed to be my co-chair and Christina Norman Vice-Chair. (Somehow having titles seemed important at the time.)
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  • Faculty Profile: Quise Edwards

    Quise Edwards joined Burke’s in 2017 as the Director of Inclusivity and Community Building. She hit the ground running and her contributions to the culture and community at Burke’s were felt immediately. As a product of K-12 independent schools, Quise has a unique perspective on the amazing opportunities these institutions create for their students, while also being able to speak to the challenges some families can face in the independent school community.
    Read More
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Grandparent Suggestion Box

Grandparents' Council Members

Christina Norman, Co-Chair
Barbara Sklar, Co-Chair
Tom Perkins, Co-Chair

Ashok Aggarwal
Thomas Allen
Victoria Barkan
Susan Boeing
Rosemary Booth
Sylvia Bunshoft
Philipa Caldwell 
Barbara Callander '44
Robert Caulfield
Anne Coglianese and  Joe Coglianese
Suzanne Diamond
Sandy Feldman
Ivana Ferreira
Doris Fisher '49
Mary and William Fisher
Victoria Fleishhacker '60 
Trish Flint
Helen Galvin 
Susan Gantner
Carol Stone Glick
Ellen Griffin 
Cherrie and Gary Harden
Jane Hartley
Pam and Allen Jarrett
Stephen Jasik
Stefania Jha 
Julie Jospe 
Neelie Kroes
Connie Large
Doris Linnenbach
Susan Lynn
Mary Ann Margaretten 
Bobbie McClanahan
Bailey Meyer
Jacquelynn and Steve Nelson
Heidi Perez 
Mary Robertson
Maggie Rothschild
Sharon Litsky 
Helen Schwab
Kathy Scollin
Nancy and Rocky Scott
Judy Sheldon
Linda Smith
John Stegeman
Elizabeth Swanson and Clarke Swanson
Bonnie Trexler and Terrell Trexler
Kathleen Van Boven
Mary Ann Walker
Katie Webb 
Gail Whelan
Dede Wilsey
Peg Wyant and  Jack Wyant
Jan Yanehiro
Cynthia Zinober and Pete Zinober
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