Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

January 22, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

Happy Lunar New Year! It is the Year of the Rabbit! This 15 day celebration begins today with the New Moon and lasts until the next full moon.

This week we return to previous masking policies. Masks are optional, but encouraged. Thank you for helping us stay masked and healthy last week!

As a reminder - we are asking that you DO NOT park in the parking lot for morning drop off. We have very limited parking spaces and many of our staff were unable to park at Burns Park last week due to spaces being consumed for drop off. You can park along Wells St. and other neighborhood streets to drop off your student or wait in the drop off line. Thank you for helping to ensure there is adequate parking for staff!

Have a wonderful week,

Heather & Leslee

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Library News!

In Library this month we will be focusing on the importance of having a healthy media balance, encouraging students to look for opportunities where they can take breaks from their devices. We will brainstorm activities that are fun to do individually, with friends, and as a family that are device-free. Y5-K students are learning how to regulate their emotions when asked to transition from an online activity to an offline one with the Pause, Breathe, and Finish Up strategy, 1st-2nd graders will sing along to the Balance is Important song, and 3rd-5th graders are thoughtfully considering what their media balance looks like. Here are a few family resources to help continue these important conversations of media balance as family: Y5-2 Family Conversation Starter , 3-5 Family Conversation Starter, and Ways to Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives.

NWEA Testing

This week continues NWEA testing for Burns Park students. Teachers will be communicating when your student will be taking these assessments in their newsletters/class calendars. For more information about this assessment, please read this parent letter.

AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, January 22, Washtenaw County is in the CDC MEDIUM/YELLOW Community Level. Masks are optional, but encouraged. Link to CDC Community Level page here.

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

New Staff

We would like to take the time to introduce you to our newest staff! Ms. Meghan Nollen will be moving from the Teacher Clerk role into our Office Professional role permanently. We also welcome Ms. Chelsea Agnetti as our school nurse. We are appreciative to Nurse Lori and Nurse Keely for the time they spent filling in that role during the transition period.

WESO Assembly

We will be having a Science Olympiad assembly Tuesday, January 24th for students in Grades 2-5 to learn more about WESO. Specifically, Grades 2-3 will have their assembly around 2:00PM and Grades 4-5 around 2:35PM. Please see message from PTO below for sign up and volunteer information.

Burns Park Blood Drive

The Burns Park Blood Drive is back baby! This is a "Save the Date" and plan ahead message for our Blood Drive on Friday, March 3, 2023. Feel free to sign up as well! We'll have regular pints and double reds available (also called "Power Reds"). We look forward to serving you!! This is our 16th blood drive, and we aim to beat the Michigan record (set by us)!! Don't worry, we will remind you.

Go to this link to sign up: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=bpe

Thank you for your help and support!

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.

Girls on The Run

Girls on the Run is looking for coaches! This program is for girls in grades 3-5 and helps girls build healthy habits and develop strong character traits through fun and engaging lessons. The spring season starts in March. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up!

GOTR Coaching Info

Viki Tijunelis (vsusinskas@gmail.com) was the site leader and coach last year and is happy to answer any questions.

Items from Home

Personal belongings (i.e. toys, trading cards, etc.) need to remain at home. Burns Park staff will not be responsible for managing the care and safety of personal belongings. Students who bring sports items for recess have an understanding that they are agreeing to share with others. If this agreement is not the understanding, students should not bring personal sports items. Please check backpacks before your student comes to school.

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a neat nineteenth week of school. Below we have requests for volunteers for the Science Olympiad & Disability Awareness Workshop, as well as a reminder about shopping at the PTO Thrift Shop & the upcoming Burns Park Saturday on February 25.

Science Olympiad student registration opens Tuesday!

The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is an extracurricular, hands-on science learning club and competition for students in grades 2-5. This year there are 14 events. For more information or to register your child, see our website.

We still need coaches and assistant coaches! You do not need to be an expert! Many events are simple build competitions like paper airplanes or clay boats.

We also still need a key volunteer for the competition day, May 13. The position descriptions can be found here.

If you are interested in coaching, assistant coaching, or being our key volunteer, please sign up here. If you're interested, but not sure, join our prospective coaches meeting, January 25 at 7pm. See the webpage for the zoom link.

Please email us if you have further questions: scienceolympiad@bpepto.org

Thank you!

Rebecca Snider and Jen D’Souza

Disability Awareness Workshop

The Disability Awareness Workshop is a pre-covid tradition at BPE that enabled 4th graders to learn about the lived experiences of those with disabilities through a series of on-site events coordinated by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL). This year’s event at BPE is scheduled for May 12 and for one year only, will also include 5th graders who were not able to participate in this event last year.

To help prepare the school for this activity, we need one or two parents to volunteer as Parent Coordinators, with the CIL provided timeline/job description here. Please contact the PTO President at info@bpepto.org with any questions or to volunteer.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop:

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift shop is a non-profit which provides support to all AAPS PTOs from their sales, see their flyer attached below this message. Every academic year, each school is also assigned one Saturday when 10% of proceeds are earned for that specific school and BPE’s day will be February 25, 2023.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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Upcoming Dates

January 24, 2023

WESO Assembly (Grades 2-5)

January 31, 2023

Early Release Day

February 7, 2023

3rd Grade to Imagination Station

February 8, 2023

5th Grade Healthy Hearts Field Trip

February 13, 2023

NAAPID/5th Grade Winter Survival