Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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March 12th, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

It is Book Fair week at Burns Park! We are grateful to Ms. Erdstein and the book fair volunteers for putting this event together for our students. For more information about the book fair, please read the updates below.

We are also excited for our 3rd graders to present the musical "Press Start" for our students on Wednesday, March 15 (Y5-2: 10AM assembly, 3-5: 2:00PM assembly) and to their families on Thursday, March 16 (6:30PM). The 3rd graders, Ms. Kelmigian, Ms. Noble and our wonderful TAs have been working hard on putting together this performance - we know it will be amazing!

As an FYI - report cards will now be sent home on March 24th. You will receive them via email from Principal Bullock. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee


Scholastic Book Fair is THIS WEEK!

Dear Parents and Families:

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school. We are thrilled to offer this wonderful educational experience to our students.

Here’s how the Book Fair works: during school on Monday, each child will visit and preview the Book Fair with his/her class. Your student(s) will bring home a "wishlist" and letter with more information that day. During the school days on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Book Fair is open for purchases. Please send your child to school with money in an envelope if you would like your child to make purchases from the Fair during their class shop time. We would also like to invite you to our Community Event being held Tuesday, March 14th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event will include an opportunity for everyone in your family to shop at our Book Fair. If you cannot visit the fair in person, you can also buy books at our Online Fair (open until March 26). Purchasing books from the in-school or online fair make a great impact on the school as well, as 25% of the proceeds benefit the Burns Park School Library.

This year, we are offering another option for purchasing books. Say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy. If you prefer to pay with a check, you can make your check out to “Burns Park PTO”.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/burnsparkelemsch. To donate to your student's classroom teacher's eWallet, click here.

Thank you for your support! Rachel Erdstein and the March is Reading Month Committee

Blood Drive - RESCHEDULED!

The Burns Park blood drive has been rescheduled to Election Day! May 2nd 12-6pm.

No school for kids, but WE HAVE CHILDCARE. Go vote, and give blood, and you can sleep doubly rewarded (with Zingerman's cookies in your belly).


Questions? Want Mzz Kreger to just sign you up? Email Sandy at: kreger@aaps.k12.mi.us

Noon Hour Volunteers Needed!

We are in great need of additional support during lunch and recess time. If you are available only a few days a week, please consider volunteering in our lunch room. If interested, please use this sign up link.

Burns Park Food Drive

Each spring, the Ann Arbor Rotary Club partners with our local food bank, Food Gatherers, in a campaign to alleviate summer hunger in our community. The AAPS participates in this endeavor that benefits our students, families, senior citizens and neighbors. The 2023 campaign begins on Monday, March 6 - March 17, 2023.

Burns Park will be hosting food collecting boxes.

This year, skyrocketing food prices have stretched the budgets of so many of our neighbors. More individuals and families in our community are turning to their local food pantries and meal programs to fill the gaps.

The 2023 campaign will once again collect nonperishable food. You are invited to bring any canned, boxed, or bagged non perishable food, outside the office.

If you are interested in financially donating, email Sandy Kreger (kreger@aaps.k12.mi.us), and she will help.

Changing the World One Word at a Time: Conversation and Read Aloud with Hena Khan

ADL Education Presents:

Read Aloud series "Changing the World One Word at a Time" featuring author Hena Khan!

Tuesday, March 14 at 5:00pm ET

Hena Khan is an award-winning author of picture books and middle grade fiction. Her middle grade novel Amina’s Voice was named a Best Book of 2017 by the Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and others. The sequel, Amina’s Song, won the 2021 Asian/Pacific Award for Children’s Literature.

She will read from both Under My Hijab and Amina's Voice followed by a Q&A session.

Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month is back! You can find 2D and 3D art from Burns Park is on display in the windows of the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Ann Arbor Art Center

117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor

Additionally, art from our March is Reading Month project is on display in the Aquarium Window! This gallery window is near the corner of Ashley St. and Liberty St. (in between the Beer Grotto and the parking lot entrance).

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Yearbooks - LAST CALL!

Final orders for the Burns Park Elementary Yearbook are due by 3/20/23. If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, now is the time!

The cost is $15. To order, visit: inter-state.com/order. Enter Code 74831D.

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AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, March 12th, Washtenaw County is in the CDC LOW/GREEN Community Level. Masks are optional. Link to CDC Community Level page here.

For more detailed information about the AAPS 2022-2023 COVID and Health Guidance, please click here.

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful twenty sixth week of school. Thanks to all those who were able to join the PTO meeting on Wednesday. The next PTO meeting is being pushed back by one week to Wednesday, April 19 to avoid a conflict with next month’s Special Interest Fair.

Please see the PTO Calendar for the events and all the other end of year activities the PTO has planned (Ice Cream Social, Burns Park Run, WESO, Disability Awareness Workshop, etc.).

To support March is Reading month, below are some reminders of one time, schoolwide volunteer opportunities (Book Fair) and recurring classroom level opportunities (Library Helpers).

March is Reading Month: BP Scholastic Book Fair

We’re excited to announce the return of the Burns Park Scholastic Book Fair on March 13-15 as part of March is Reading Month! The Book Fair will include a family evening on Tuesday, March 14 from 6-8 pm. We haven’t had a book fair since 2018 so we’re looking for parent/guardian volunteers to make it extra special. We are looking for volunteers to help set up, clean up and run the fair. Please visit the Sign Up Genius for more details and to sign up. Thank you to all those who are able to help!


Rachel Erdstein, Ellen Delonis and Kory Zhao (library@burnsparkpto.org)

Calling all Library Lovers!: SIGN UP HERE to help with Library.

This is a one hour or less commitment (depending on the grade). You will help check in books, shelve returned books and help students find and check out new books. It's a great way to get to know our BPE students and classrooms. Please check out this flier for more details on being a Library volunteer and SIGN UP HERE to choose a day and time.

Yearbook Sales Ending Soon

Final orders for the Burns Park Elementary Yearbook are due by 3/20/23. If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, now is the time!

The cost is $15. To order, visit: inter-state.com/order. Enter Code 74831D.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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The Burns Park Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th, 2023, starting at 8:30 AM and volunteers to support this wonderful event are needed!

In particular, the BPR committee is seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Flyer Posting Campaign - Our goal is to have all posters posted on targeted bulletin boards by April 1st. To achieve this, we would like to provide volunteers two weeks to complete the posting, starting on March 18th. Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.

  • Yard Sign Placement - We seek volunteers willing to hang a yard sign at their homes or other high-traffic/high-visibility locations (businesses, offices, etc.). Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.
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Supportive Connections

Supportive Connections connects adults to resources for substance abuse treatment, therapy, employment, social services, basic needs, housing and more. Any adult 18+ with a student at AAPS can contact Supportive Connections or refer someone in need. Email: supportiveconnections@a2gov.org, Phone: 734-794-6934. Online: a2gov.org/SupportiveConnections

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Upcoming Dates

March 13-15

Burns Park Book Fair

March 14

Goodly to Planetarium

March 14

Book Fair at Night 6-8PM

March 15

Press Start Assembly

Y5-2: 10AM assembly

3-5: 2:00PM assembly

March 16

Press Start: Family Viewing 6:30PM

March 24

Report Cards to Families

March 27 - March 31

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

April 7

Good Friday - No School