What does the PTA do?
The Burbank PTA is a group of parents who volunteer their time to work closely with the principal, teachers, and staff to help build a strong school community, support teachers, and raise money to fund programs that the school would not be able to do otherwise.
A significant portion of PTA funds, over $15,000, supports in-school enrichment programs. A wide variety of visiting programs provide experiential learning opportunities that enhance the curriculum.
Additionally, PTA events provide opportunities for families to come together and celebrate learning. STEM Night promotes enthusiastic participation and a broad range of hands-on exhibits and experiments. The Geography Challenge bring teams together in an impressive display of knowledge and teamwork.
Since the school gardens were established in 2015, we have worked closely with teachers to identify areas of the curriculum that are enhanced by experiences in the gardens. There are meaningful curriculum connections for each grade, and all classes have an opportunity to get their hands dirty mixing soil, planting, measuring, tending, observing and investigating.
Building Our Community
The PTA builds community at Burbank by helping families connect with each other and with the school. PTA programs and social events strengthen our community. Friendships deepen as we dance together at the Fall Social, walk to school together, work together in the school gardens, and support our children’s social growth. PTA-supported programs include the Fall Social, Movie Night, before-school kid’s fitness classes, Library Night, Winter Dance, Parent Nights Out, Skate Night, Field Day, Book Fair, Art Night, and more! PTA-led community service activities and social action drives enabled our children to be contributing members of their broader community beyond Burbank.
Supporting the School
An important aspect of the PTA’s work is to support the dedicated Burbank teachers and staff. We fundraise and provide funding for necessary materials and projects not covered by the Belmont Public Schools budget. This includes allocated funds for Teacher Grants and special Principal reimbursements. In previous years, PTA grants covered a broad range of subjects, specialties and grades, and enabled staff to add an innovative project or element to their teaching. The PTA works closely with the school principal to respond to needs and support progress towards school goals. Thank you for making it possible for the PTA to go above and beyond to support Burbank.