Burbank School Advisory Council
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 required each public school in the Commonwealth to establish a school council whose members include the principal, teachers, parents of students attending the school, and member of the public who are neither parents of students attending the school nor teachers. Burbank's first School Advisory Council was elected in the fall of 1993.
The Council has responsibility for assisting the principal in the identification of the educational needs of the students attending the school, in the review of the annual school budget, and in the formulation of a school improvement plan... (M.G.L. c.59B, s.59c, as amended). The meetings of the Council, which are held regularly during the school year, are open to the public.
Liaisons for New Families
If you are new to the Burbank School, the PTA would like to help you and your family become better acquainted with the Burbank community. Please call any of the officers of the PTA who will help you form a liaison with an established Burbank family.
With teacher input, room parents for each classroom are designated by PTA room parent coordinators from the pool of parents and guardians who volunteer. There are often opportunities for those who are not room parents to help with their child's class. Individual teachers have their own way of handling classroom events (e.g. field trips, special projects) for which room parents may be contacted to arrange necessary assistance. Room parents volunteer in the classroom and are the PTA's link among parents, children and staff. Depending on the needs of the teacher, room parents might help with a field trip, a special classroom project, or organize a parent phone line.
Burbank Student Council
Burbank Student representatives meet once a month on Wednesday, from 1:40-2:40 p.m. in the library. Two students (one girl, one boy) are selected from each class in grades 1-4 for one of two terms (from September to January or February to June). Student Council representatives are new each year so more interested students have an opportunity for this experience.
Members of the Student Council represent their classmates, bringing up areas of concern and participating in decision making with the principal related to a variety of issues and ideas.
The Student Council hopes to promote good citizenship, leadership opportunities, sharing student needs and opinions, and good communication throughout the school. The efforts of the Burbank School Council are directed toward promoting maximum school spirit throughout our school community.
Burbank School Store
The store was established by the principal and Student Council. The store is located in the foyer by the gym and is open every Friday afternoon, starting at 2:50 p.m.. Items for purchase include Burbank pencils, a variety of pencils and pens, erasers, stickers, etc. Prices for School Store items range from 5¢ to $2.
There is also a parent volunteer Store Manager who helps Student Council members work at the store selling, accepting payments, making change and keeping inventory records of sales.
There are a variety of ways in which parents or other community members can volunteer at Burbank. These include helping in classrooms, the computer lab, in the school library, in the school office, on PTA committees, METCO Family Friends, on field trips as chaperones and for special projects. Leave a note with the school secretary who will direct it to the appropriate person. Parents interested in volunteering in classrooms should make this known to their child's classroom teacher.
Belmont Special Education Advisory Council
The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council welcomes parents with similar interests. In addition, parents are involved in the review of curriculum and are often asked to serve on a curriculum steering committee.
The Belmont School Committee
The School Committee is the policy setting entity for all school in the Belmont district. They also appoint the superintendent, approve the budgets, and negotiates with school unions. You can learn more at the main Belmont Public School website where you can find the members, goals and accomplishments, and minutes among other items.