Weekly Family Newsletter
Burns Park Elementary
“Black history isn’t a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that." — Karyn Parsons
February 5th, 2023
Dear Burns Park Families,
The start of February marks the start of Black History Month, a time dedicated to celebrating Black lives, Black culture and Black excellence. It is a time to remember those that worked hard and sacrificed much to gain equal rights for Black families in America. Carter G Woodson originally started Negro History week during the week of February 12th and February 14th. These dates coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, two American heroes that Woodson and Black communities celebrated together. Our wonderful librarian Rachel Erdstein has put together a diverse selection of texts in our library celebrating Black History Month that we encourage students to check out.
Love and Peace,
Heather & Leslee
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!
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!
Viki Tijunelis (email@example.com) was the site leader and coach last year and is happy to answer any questions.
From the PTO
Dear Fantastic BPE Families,
I hope that everyone had a memorable twenty first week of school. Below we have a request for volunteers for the Disability Awareness Workshop. This upcoming Wednesday (February 8) is the next PTO meeting (connection details in PTO calendar), everyone is welcome to join.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to volunteer.
Your Burns Park PTO
Al Masias, President
From the Community
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3rd Grade to Imagination Station
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5th Grade Healthy Hearts Field Trip
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NAAPID/5th Grade Winter Survival