Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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September 18, 2022

Hola familias,

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

Early Release Day

Tuesday, September 20th, is an early release day for our students. Students will be dismissed at 1:18pm. Please make sure your student knows their end of the day plan if it will be different than usual.

Picture Day

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:



Parent Teacher Conferences are a very important part of building partnerships and support between families and the staff at Burns Park Elementary. Teachers are beginning to send out conference sign ups. This info can be found in their weekly communication. Teachers are offering in person, zoom and phone conferences. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's teacher.

AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, September 18th, Washtenaw County is in the CDC HIGH/RED Community Level. Masks are strongly encouraged indoors. Link to CDC Community Level page here.

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


School meals will no longer be provided free of charge for all as they were in the 2021-2022 school year. Families will need to fill out free & reduced lunch forms to qualify: 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Lunch Application. Please note that families are responsible for the cost until the application is approved. If you need help, please refer to this document. Paper copies will be available in the main office once the school year begins.

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

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.


  1. Volunteer iChat background check forms are required every year and must be completed and approved before you can volunteer in the classroom.

  2. 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

  • T-Shirts/Swag Store

  • Lost & Found

  • Yearbook

  • Garden

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.

New Room Parent/Library Helper/Art Angel Form Link

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!

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Upcoming Dates

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Tuesday, September 20

Early Release Day, Dismissal at 1:18PM

September 26-27

Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 29

Fall Picnic, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Friday, September 30

Picture Day

Wednesday, October 5

Yom Kippur

Monday, October 10

Indigenous Peoples Day

Lost & Found

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From the Community

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Dicken Run

The Dicken Run 5k course winds through the majestic streets around Dicken Elementary School in Ann Arbor, MI. Come set a new PR or enjoy the scenery with friends on one of the fastest courses this side of the Huron River! The Dicken Run 5k helps to raise additional funds for Dicken Elementary School. Proceeds from the Dicken Run will go to the Dicken Elementary School PTO. The 5k will start at 8:45am. Awards will take place in front of the school at 10:15am. All finishers will receive a sweet Dicken Run 5k sticker.