Weekly Family Newsletter
Burns Park Elementary
September 18, 2022
First we want to start by acknowledging Hispanic Heritage Month. This month long celebration begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. We ask you to join us in celebrating the culture, histories and contributions of those from or with ancestral roots of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Our wonderful librarian Rachel Erdstein has put together a diverse selection of texts in our library celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that we encourage students to check out.
This week at Burns Park was filled with a variety of events to bring our community together. As Leslee and I spoke with so many of you, it was evident in your words and voice how grateful you are to be back in the building with us and rebuilding a sense of normalcy. We, too, are grateful for your support and partnership. We simply couldn't do this without you.
In our newsletter this week, please find general updates, important information about Picture Day, and messages from our PTO and AAPAC teams.
Have a wonderful week,
Heather & Leslee
Our School Picture Day is approaching fast! It is on Friday, September 30. We will start at 9:00 am and usually finish around 11:00 am. Please use this link below to place your order:
For more information about this change and to learn how to load funds onto your child's account, please click here. Student ID information was sent home the first week of school. You may set up your meal magic account with that information.
Please have a conversation with your child if you would like them getting food from school or not. Families are responsible for the cost of food. We will ALWAYS feed children if they say they don’t have food. We will not question it. Make sure they know the plan.
Also, please make sure your child knows which item is their snack. This is helpful for the classroom teacher.
Items from Home
- Volunteer iChat background check forms are required every year and must be completed and approved before you can volunteer in the classroom.
- We will be saving paper, time, and energy by asking you to sign one Burns Park Field Trip form. This form will grant permission for your child to go to all field trips throughout the 2022-23 school year within Washtenaw County. If the trip involves leaving Washtenaw County, we will seek your permission with a specific field trip for.
These forms were sent out by Kathy Cramer on September 6th. Please complete these forms as soon as possible.
From the PTO
Dear Fantastic BPE Families,
I hope that everyone had a terrific third week of school last week. Thank you to all the parents who took time out of their Wednesday night routines last week to join our first PTO meeting of the year. We had more than 40 attendees via zoom, it was really great to see the large level of participation from the community. Our September meeting is always our longest by far as we have a detailed conversation and approval of our annual budget. I really appreciate all the community input and hope to see everyone back at our October 12 meeting along with as many new faces as possible.
It was fantastic to see many people in person and at Burns Park Elementary during Curriculum Night last week. As I mentioned during the Principals’ update, the PTO has 25 committees and currently some of the following could use additional parent support:
Inclusion & New Families
Lost & Found
On behalf of our wonderful volunteer coordinators, I would like to remind everyone that we are currently recruiting for Room Parents. For this week, we would like to add in the option to share your interest in either being a Room Parent, Library Helper or Art Angel ((i.e. volunteer to come to the school during Media or Art specials time throughout the year to help the Ms. Erdstein or Ms. Connor) using our online form. If you have already submitted your interest in being a room parent you don’t need to resubmit. In light of adding in the option for Library Helper, Art Angel we are pushing back the reply deadline to September 30.
As a reminder, our next PTO event is the Back to School Fall Picnic scheduled for September 29, existing details can be found at our calendar website.
Your Burns Park PTO
Al Masias, President
Walk & Talk is Back!
Walk & Talk is a fantastic program where 1st-5th grade students walk or run the loop in Burns Park during their lunch recess on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It's a particularly big hit for the younger students in the school. The 1st and 2nd graders come out en masse to get in their laps! They love to show off their necklaces of toe tags that indicate the many miles they have completed.
This program does not exist without the great work of parent (and grandparent!) volunteers who organize and distribute student lap cards, keep track of laps completed, and distribute toe tags. It's a great way to get to know the kids at school and to encourage physical activity among the students.
Click on over to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054AAFAF238-walk and add your name! It's one of the most fun and rewarding ways to volunteer at the school - hope to see you there!!
Heads up…Special Pumpkin Toe Tag Day is coming Friday, October 28th!
Tuesday, September 20
Early Release Day, Dismissal at 1:18PM
Thursday, September 29
Fall Picnic, 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Friday, September 30
Wednesday, October 5
Monday, October 10
Indigenous Peoples Day