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


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Snow Safety

Please help keep all of our Burns Park penguins safe before/after school - please keep all sledding/sliding down mounds of snow limited to Magic Mountain. All snow mounds in the parking lot and near the streets are restricted, especially during parent drop-off/dismissal. Thank you!

AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, February 5, 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.

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!

GOTR Coaching Info

Viki Tijunelis (vsusinskas@gmail.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 info@bpepto.org with any questions or to volunteer.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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Upcoming Dates

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