Weekly Family Newsletter
Burns Park Elementary
From the Principals
Sunday, September 10th, 2023
As we begin this letter, we want to take a moment to pause, acknowledge and remember the lives lost 22 years ago on September 11th. Our country and lives were forever changed.
It is an exciting week at Burns Park as we look forward to our Fall Picnic on Thursday, September 14th from 5:30-7:00PM. We hope to see everyone there! This week also marks our first PTO meeting of the school year. We hope to see you there.
Additionally, there are some other important dates to mark on your calendar:
Tuesday, September 19 - Curriculum Night
Wednesday, September 27 - Early Release Day
Friday, September 29 - Picture Day
Here's to a fantastic Week 3!
Principals Bullock & Miller
New News from Burns Park
Curriculum Night - Sept. 19th
6:00 - 6:25 Presentation #1 by Classroom Teachers
6:30 - 6:55 Presentation #2 by Classroom Teachers
7:00 - 7:30 Principals Presentation
Students are to leave their cellphone in their lockers and should not use their smart watch to communicate with others. The office phone is the required method for communication between students and their families. Please call the office phone (734-994-1919) if you need to get ahold of your student. If your student needs to get ahold of you, they will call from the office phone.
Items from Home
From the PTO
Hello BPE PTO Families,
We hope everyone had a wonderful second week of school. This weeks we will hold our first PTO meeting (Wednesday, September 13 at 7 pm via Zoom) and our next PTO event, the 2nd Annual Fall Picnic (Thursday, September 14 at 5:30-7pm at BPE).
Our monthly PTO meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm via Zoom. Please join us for our first meeting on Wednesday, September 13! The meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn about our efforts to fund all the school field trips, classroom subsidies, and student engagement opportunities, such as Walk & Talk and March is Reading Month. You’ll also learn about exciting volunteer opportunities inside and outside the school. Here is the month’s current agenda.
Back to School Fall Picnic
Come join us for the 2nd Annual Back to School Fall Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m.! Craig the Juggler will return for another epic roaming show. This year we'll be joined by the following food trucks: PizzaPazza Woodfired Pizzas, Heaven on a Roll, and the Street Scoops Ice Cream Truck. The Fall Picnic is sponsored by your Burns Park Elementary PTO.
We are recruiting volunteers for the 2023-24 school year, including Room parents; Art Angels / Library Helpers; Lunch Recess Helpers; Disability Awareness; Inclusion Committee; Special Events (Burns Park Run, Ice Cream Social, Field Day, Teacher Appreciation, etc.); Walk and Talk Coaches; Yearbook Committee and PTO Council.
There are a range of opportunities available to help in many capacities and various commitment levels. We appreciate any time and talents you are able to lend. Check your email for an interest form coming your way this week. We look forward to matching everyone with their interests!
If you have any questions reach out to volunteer coordinator Kathy Brzoznowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALK & TALK IS BACK! (Starts Friday, September 15, 2023)
Our students are READY to move - help them record the laps they run or walk during their lunch recess on M,W,F by signing up below. It is an easy way for you as parents/grandparents/caregivers to get involved and support our students. Join us for one or several lunch hours this Fall and help these penguins soar!
Bret, John & Kathy (email@example.com)
Our PTO website has a Directory that allows families to create an account and share contact details and class information, enabling parents to reach out to each other within class, grade level, etc. to setup playdates and otherwise foster a sense of community. Our current PTO directory is opt-in, meaning that families have to proactively create an account on our site to join. Returning families need to update their class assignments and new families should definitely sign up!
BPE Spirit Store (Open Until September 30, 2023)
Are you bursting with BPE pride? Is one BPE t-shirt not enough? Do you need year-round gear? We have exciting news: we’ve partnered with Midwest Graphics to relaunching the Burns Park Spirit Store! You can log on from now through Sept. 30, to order pants, fleeces, hats and MORE. Ordered items are taking about 2 weeks for arrival, please plan accordingly.
Note: The PTO does provide a school t-shirt to all new students for free and returning students can opt-in for a new shirt if needed. This year’s timing and process will be shared at a later date.
Your Burns Park PTO
Al Masias, President
Kory Zhao, President-Elect
Information from Previous Newsletters
Snacks & Lunch
Snacks: Please pack fruits or vegetables for snack time. Classroom teachers will share details about snack time in their classroom. Snacks should be sent to school in a container separate from your student's lunchbox.
School Lunches: All families are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch this year (see information below), however, a la carte items, such as milk, are not free. Students must take a complete meal for the lunch fee to be waived.
Michigan School Meal Program
Free Breakfast & Lunch, 2023-2024 School Year
Dear AAPS Parents and Guardians,
Please take a moment to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) application (also known as the Summer EBT application), either online through Meal Magic or download the application from the website and return it to your student’s school. You can also pick up an application at the school. This application is needed from all AAPS families because without this information, AAPS could lose important state funding for educational programs thatour students are entitled to. These supplemental grants and programs have the potential to offer supports and
services for our students including, but not limited to:
✓ Instructional staff (ex. Reading Interventionists, Math, Academic and Behavior Aids)
✓ Counselors, Social Workers and School Nurses
✓ Professional Learning for staff
✓ Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
Here is the link to the Free & Reduced Lunch/Summer EBT Application
Why is AAPS requesting financial information?
The FRL/Summer EBT application determines eligibility of a student or household. The total count of eligible students is used to determine funding amounts that will be made to a school. The more forms returned the better for the school district.
What do I need to do?
Please complete the FRL/Summer EBT form and return it either through the Meal Magic site, or via a hard copy to your school. Your assistance in helping us maintain our current funding levels is greatly appreciated. No matter your financial status we need every family to fill out the application.
How will this information be protected?
All financial and student information is protected in the Meal Magic online submission and in locked files, as required by the state and federal government.
What else might my student or household be eligible for?
Based on the information you give on the FRL/Summer EBT application your student may qualify for these programs:
✓ Summer Food/EBT
✓ Pay to Play or Pay to Participate for athletics
✓ Programs that provide food support
✓ Rec & Ed scholarships
✓ Potential household support for cable and internet
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-994-2265.
Family Involvement Opportunities - Noon Hour
We are in great need of additional support during lunch and recess time. If you are able to volunteer a few times a week, please let us know.
If you are able to commit to 5 days a week for the entire school year, you might consider applying for a noon hour supervisor position at our school. A typical work day will run from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.
If you are interested in being a Noon Hour Supervisor, please:
1. Email Mrs. Bullock, email@example.com and
Please be on the look out for more volunteer opportunities in future communications. We appreciate your support!
School Safety + Visitors
We welcome families and hope you can be a part of school activities!
We will continue to put safety as our top priority. All visitors must proceed to the office upon arrival and share a valid driver’s license or state ID. The ID will be scanned into our Raptor Visitor System. Name tags (badges) must be worn at all times while on school grounds.
Once your visit is over, please come back to the office to check out.
As we return to normal practices, your classroom teachers will reach out with opportunities for parents to support in the classroom as necessary. Teachers will work with parents to schedule these opportunities prior to visits during the school day.
Health Plans & Medications
We need current information on health conditions for your child such as food allergies, seizure management, diabetes, asthma, or any other condition that requires school intervention for care. This must be in place in order for us to provide care for your child’s needs.
If your child requires medications at school, reach out to your child’s health care provider to obtain the necessary medication forms or use the AAPS Medication Form. When medication is dropped off at school by a parent (ONLY), medications must be in the original packaging. Click HERE for the AAPS Nurses’ Corner.
Save The Dates
Thursday, September 14
Fall Picnic, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Tuesday, September 19
Curriculum Night, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Wednesday, September 27
Early Release Day
Friday, September 29
Friday, October 13/Monday, October 16
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween/Early Release Day