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. 

Burke's sends out a Grandparent Newsletter twice a year. If you have a grandchild at Burke's and would like to be added to the distribution list, please email Mikaela Martinez.

There are many opportunities to become engaged on a deeper level with your grandchilds’ experience at Burke’s. To learn more, or to become a member of the Grandparents' Council, please reach out to Yukiko Meadows.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Recent News Articles for Grandparents

List of 3 news stories.

  • Grandparent Profile: Jim Caldwell

    Jim Caldwell, architect, artist, and Burke’s grandfather was born in New York and grew up mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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  • Grandparent Profile: Cherrie & Gary Harden, Grandparent Council Co-Chairs

    Cherrie and Gary Harden both care deeply about education and family. Cherrie is from Arkansas by way of Mississippi, and Gary is from Arkansas.

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  • 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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Grandparent Suggestion Box

Grandparents' Council Members

Cherrie and Gary Harden, Co-Chair
Stefania Jha, Co-Chair

Ashok Aggarwal
Thomas Allen
Carol and Jim Babcock
Victoria Barkan
Susan Boeing
Rosemary Booth
Sylvia Bunshoft
Philipa Caldwell
Barbara Callander
Irani Chirivas
Anne and Joe Coglianese
Suzy Diamond
Sandy Feldman
Doris Fisher '49
Mary and William Fisher
Vicki Fleishhacker '60
Trish Flint
Barbara Freeman
Helen Galvin
Susan Gantner
Patricia Green
Ellen Griffin
Pam and Alan Jarrett
Stephen Jasik
Julie Jospe
Neelie Kroes
Kimberlee and Mark Krouse
Julian and Julie Landau
Connie Large
Carol Lindstrom
Doris Linnenbach
Susan Lynn
Mary Ann Margaretten
Bobbie McClanahan
Bailey Meyer
Jacki and Steve Nelson
Christina Norman
Anneliese and Michael Ohler
Heidi Perez
Tom Perkins
Mary Robertson
Maggie Rothschild
Helen Schwab
Kathleen Scollin
Nancy and Rocky Scott
Judy Sheldon
Barbara Sklar
Linda Wagner Smith '56
John Stegeman
Carol Stone Glick
Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson
Mindy and Bob Torbin
Bonnie and Terrell Trexler
Kathleen Van Boven
Katie Webb
Gail Whelan
Dede Wilsey
Peg and Jack Wyant
Jan Yanehiro
Cynthia and Pete Zinober

(Updated Sept 2022)
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