PTA Executive Board

Organizationally, the PTA is comprised of the Executive Board, the PTA Committee Chairpersons, and the Special Event Chairpersons. Below is a description of the more than 35 positions that support the Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School.

Co-Presidents: Oversees the operations of the PTA with the assistance of the other Executive Board members. Two year position with one new co-president at the start of each school year. Andrea Fisichella and Heather Rubeski

Treasurer: Responsible for all finances of the PTA and for the preparation of financial statements distributed at each PTA meeting. Assists the Executive Board when necessary. Must be familiar Quick Books. One year position. Rebecca Sen

Secretary: Responsible for preparation of the minutes at each meeting. Assists the Executive Board as needed. One year position. Andrea Campbell

VP of Events: Ensures all events have a committee or co-chairs to run successfully.  Jess Smith

VP of Grants: Manages our Faculty Grants applications for teachers.  Laura Briggs

For information, inquiries, and to get involved, please email us. We will be glad to help direct your message to the appropriate committee.


PTA Committees

Annual Appeal & Membership: Coordinates and implements all membership and Capital Appeal mailings. Maintains list of names and addresses of those who join the PTA or contribute to the Capital Appeal. Sends membership information to the Massachusetts PTA and Burbank PTA Treasurer and Co-Presidents. Leyla Soltani

BOKS (Build Our Kids Success): Manages the before school fitness program.

Box Tops for Education: Collects Box Tops for Education from Main Office drop spot and redeems them.

Burbank Walks: Organizes annual Walk to School Days (October & May) and promotes other programs to encourage walking to school.

Classroom Programs: Researches, coordinates, and schedules Enrichment Programs for each grade level with teacher involvement. Coordinates a parent observer to provide feedback for each program. Publicizes programs in the school newsletter after the program takes place.

Garden Curriculum Integration: Works with teachers to create and implement curriculum related to the Garden Classroom. Manages classroom volunteers to facilitate projects.

Grant Writing: Works with the Burbank Principal to identify appropriate projects, locate funding sources, and apply for grants.

Green Team: Collaborates with faculty, other PTA committees and the Belmont community on issues related to recycling, reducing waste and environmental issues.  Also responsible for the rain barrels and composters at the School and for supporting the organic garden.

Landscaping-Garden Classroom:  Oversees volunteers and maintenance in the Garden Classroom.

Landscaping-Grounds: Coordinates grounds clean-up and plantings twice per school year. Oversees maintenance of playground, including purchase of fibar mulch as needed.

Landscaping-Veggie Garden: Coordinates care and curriculum in veggie garden.

Library: Assists Library Aide in various activities, including organizing cur rent collection, filing cards, pulling discard books, and processing new books. Schedule is flexible.

METCO Family Friends: Pairs Belmont families with Boston families in the Burbank METCO program. Coordinates events for Boston and Belmont children in town-wide elementary school METCO programs.

Nominating: Meets with PTA Executive Board to generate a list of possible volunteers for next year’s committee heads. Fills these positions by phoning potential volunteers. Presents slate at the April (update) and May (for a vote) PTA meetings. Note: Minimum number of members is three. Requires odd number of members.

Room Parent: Distributes parent volunteer survey at start of year, and collates and distributes the results to Committee Chairpersons. Chooses room parents. Meets with room parents at beginning of year to discuss responsibilities.

School Committee Observer: Attends a number of School Committee meetings per year with school committee observers from other Belmont elementary schools. Writes a summary of School Committee meetings to share with the Burbank PTA Co-Presidents and the School Committee Observers from the other elementary schools. Collects documents for Burbank at these School Committee meetings and gives them to the Burbank Co-Presidents.

School Directory: Gathers class lists from the school secretary, the Room Parent list from the Room Parent coordinator, and the PTA slate and events calendar from the PTA Co-Presidents. Creates, photocopies, and distributes the Burbank School Directory.

School Store: Purchases items to be sold at the School Store. Opens the School Store before school one day per week.

Social Action: Coordinates all community support activities, including, but not limited to, food, clothing, and toy drives.

Spirit Wear: Creates and distributes order forms; manages and distributes completed orders.

Website: Works with PTA Executive Board and School Principal to update the Burbank PTA Website.

Welcoming: Coordinates and implements welcoming activities for incoming kindergarten parents and new Burbank families.

Special Events Chairperson

The following special events are held at various times during the school year. The chairperson or co-chairpersons coordinate and facilitate each event.

  • Book Fair (Fall)
  • Dr. Feinberg Geography Challenge (Spring)
  • Fall Social (Fall) 
  • Field Day (Spring)
  • Fourth Grade Moving On (Spring)
  • Fun Run (Spring)
  • Library Night
  • Multicultural Fair (held every other year)
  • STEM Week (Winter)
  • Movie Night (Winter)
  • Skating Party (Winter)
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon (Spring)
  • Talent Show (held every other year)
  • Wilson Farm Day