I hope everyone has enjoyed some restorative time with family and friends, and chased a few rays of San Francisco summer sun. As we look forward to September, I want to welcome everyone back to Burke’s.
The Parents’ Association includes each parent or guardian of a Burke’s student. Collectively, you — we — together are the P.A. And we are excited for all that lies ahead this upcoming school year.
With the Burke’s mission of educating, encouraging, and empowering students foremost in our minds, the P.A. works to strengthen school-wide strategic goals, support faculty and classroom initiatives and curriculum development, and support each other as parents and families, through community building and education events. By signing up to volunteer, you broaden our community and deepen our connection to each other. You embody the Burke’s mission. The impact is measurable, and the rewards are real. Your participation matters. Students are proud and appreciative when you engage with their learning community by showing up in whatever way you can. Though daily on-campus opportunities abound, sharing your skills and creativity during your lunch hour or beyond your workday makes a big difference in this community.
Consider volunteering to support Burke’s large community events, such as Family Festival and Burke’s Benefit, Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day, Faculty and Staff Appreciation events, and the annual Arts Festival. From lunch to the library to the classroom, your help is invaluable on campus and off campus, during school hours and after hours. For the last few years, we’ve achieved 100% parent participation in the Annual Fund, thanks to a great volunteer effort and your collective commitment and confidence in Burke’s. We are grateful for all of your support.
Members of the Parent Education Committee and Inclusivity and Community Building Committee have been working hard to secure speakers on a diverse range of topics for the upcoming school year, and joining together to support these events extends our own education as the parent community. Just as our children learn through challenge, build critical-thinking skills, and grow by considering a full spectrum of perspectives and listening to a diverse set of stories, we can too. Burke’s is dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community. I encourage you to make time to attend the speaker events and participate in the community dialogs and discussions.
Please join us at the Parents’ Association meetings. Members of the faculty and administration, the Board of Trustees, P.A. representatives, community partners, and Head of School Michele Williams all share insight, updates, and opportunities at these meetings. P.A. meetings offer a closer look and deeper appreciation for the intentional work that supports our students. Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the Media Room. Subsequent P.A. meeting dates are posted on the all-school calendar. If you would like to attend remotely, we will live-stream on the Burke’s BlueJeans page
During the first few weeks of school, your class Room Parents will also be in touch. They serve as a vital communication link among faculty and staff and parents, and help keep us all up-to-date with classroom and grade-level activities as well as the P.A. committee work and events.
They say there are 400 ways to be a Burke’s girl. There are also hundreds of ways to be a Burke’s parent. Please join me in supporting our students and strengthening our Burke’s community.
I look forward to seeing you at school!
Benicia Gantner ’84
President, Parents’ Association