Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

Burns Park Run is THIS SUNDAY - May 7, 2023!

April 30, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

This Tuesday, 5/2, there is no school due to Election Day. However, our 5th Graders will be hosting blood drive at Burns Park that day! Be sure to check out information about this wonderful event below.

We also invite you to join us for Burns Park Elementary's first Art in the Park. This event will take place on Wednesday, May 31st and will showcase art from all of our amazing students.

Reminders from Last Week:

Our Burns Park Ice Cream Social is right around the corner! Please save the date for Friday, May 19th. We hope to see you there!

THIS SUNDAY: It is almost that time of year for the the Burns Park Run! The Burns Park Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th, 2023, starting at 8:30 AM and volunteers to support this wonderful event are still needed! We would love your help - if you are interested in volunteering, please check out the volunteer opportunities here. To sign up for the race, click here.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee

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Important Dates

May 2: Election Day - No School

May 5: 5th Grade Transition Day

May 7: Burns Park Run

May 19: Half Day, Burns Park Ice Cream Social

May 31: Burns Park Art in the Park


AAPS Listen and Learn

AAPS Listen and Learn 2023: A Community Conversation

We value the input of our students, families, staff and community members, and we are currently engaging our Ann Arbor community in a conversation as we plan for the future of the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The premise of the Listen and Learn is straightforward: No one knows better the strengths and celebrations, the challenges and areas for improvement, dreams and hopes for the future than those individuals who live, work and bring their children to learn and grow in the Ann Arbor Public Schools each day.

There are two ways you can participate.

Join the Conversation on ThoughtExchange.

You can join the conversation today through May 26th via the ThoughtExchange available here.

Through ThoughtExchange, you can anonymously leave your thoughts and review and rate the thoughts of others in our community.

If you’ve already participated, we encourage you to check back in and see new thoughts posted by other community members.

Visit the ThoughtExchange today! bit.ly/TECommunitySpring2023

In-Person Community Meetings

We also are hosting in person meetings to collect feedback from individuals who want to participate that way. Upcoming community meetings:

Tuesday, May 2nd, 6:30pm - AADL Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave.

Thursday, May 4th, 6:30pm - Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

Friday, May 5th BYO Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon - AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr.

Monday, May 8th, 6:30pm - AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway

You can see the entire list of meetings and learn more about Listen and Learn 2023 at a2schools.org/ListenLearn.

Blood Drive - This Tuesday!

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

Save the Date: Burns Park Art Show

Save the Date for an all-school art show! Please mark your calendars for our Inaugural Art in the Park event! Every student will have an original piece of artwork on display during the event. Families are welcome to attend from 4-6:30 on May 31st. More information to come!

M-Step Window Continues

All 3rd-5th Graders at Burns Park will be participating in the M-Step assessment. Teachers have sent out their schedules for this assessment in their weekly communication. You can find more information about this assessment here.

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.

AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, April 30, 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 week. Nominations are now open for next year’s executive board (details below) through tomorrow, Monday, May 1. Additionally, this year’s BPE t-shirt opt-in window is open now through Wednesday, May 3.

Nominations Open for 2023-2024 BPE PTO Executive Board

The PTO IS its volunteer, whether you have been at BPE for 1 year or 10 years, if you are able to volunteer your time for the community, please raise your hand, even if its just to ask questions.

All the events the PTO has already organized/supported (Popsicles in the Park, Fall Picnic, Field Trips, Classroom Volunteers, Walk & Talk, Teacher Appreciation, Science Olympiad, March is Reading Month, etc.) and is planning for the years end (Disability Awareness Workshop, Burns Park Run, Ice Cream Social, Field Day, 5th Grade Capstone, Yearbook) depend on volunteers.

Nominations (self or otherwise) are open for all positions by emailing nominatingcommittee@bpepto.org by Monday, May 1 for all 2023-2024 Executive Board Positions. Below are highlighted positions that still need volunteers.

President: Lead the organization and preside over all meetings.

President- Elect: Support President and traditionally assume that role the following year.

Secretary: Keep and maintain organization records.

Volunteer Coordinator: Organize classroom and committee volunteers.

At-Large Members (Max 10): Attend all monthly PTO meetings and chair 1 committee.

A listing of who has served in each position this year is on the PTO website, along with a longer job description in the PTO Bylaws. If you are interested in a position and would like more information, please email info@bpepto.org. Nominations will close by Monday, May 1 so that an officer slate can be presented to the community ahead of the last PTO meeting on May 10.

BPE T-Shirts

This year the PTO is providing t-shirts to all new children by default and to all existing children by an opt-in process to avoid automatically giving out t-shirts to families that may not be interested. If you are a new family to BPE in the 2022-2023, you do not need to do anything to get a t-shirt. If you are an existing family at BPE and would like a t-shirt, please opt-in using the linked google form by Wednesday, May 3.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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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