Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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May 7, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

We want to start by acknowledging Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. An estimated 24 million Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders live in the United States. We ask you to join us in celebrating the culture, histories and contributions of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders in our communities and our country.

BIG THANKS to everyone that participated in, volunteered, coordinated and supported the Burns Park Run. We appreciate your support for the Ann Arbor Public Schools!

We are sad, but excited, to announce the retirement of our longest serving staff member (32 years!), Ms. Sandy Kreger. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her new role and opportunity as Eastern Michigan University's Student Teacher Coordinator. While at Burns Park, she has supported our students, staff and community in a variety of ways, including: Burns Park's first computer/technology teacher, Lead Teacher, Safety Squad Coordinator, curriculum writer, and much more! We are very grateful for her time and dedication to our community and our students. Please share your wonderful memories about Ms. Kreger here: Happy Retirement Ms. Kreger!

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!

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.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee

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Important Dates

May 8: Instrumental Music Concert (5th Grade)

May 10: Last PTO Meeting

May 12: Disability Awareness Workshop (4th/5th)

May 13: Science Olympiad WESO

May 19: Half Day, Burns Park Ice Cream Social

May 31: Burns Park Art in the Park

June 2: Field Day

June 9: 5th Grade Capstone/Last Day of School, 1/2 day


Volunteers Needed!

The Disability Awareness Workshop for 4th and 5th graders will take place this Friday, May 12. Please consider volunteering to help make this workshop a success! No experience working with people with disabilities is necessary. Volunteers need only be kind and compassionate. Even if you are not the parent of a 4th or 5th grade student, please consider volunteering for this fun and meaningful experience. We appreciate any support you might be able to provide! Please contact Viki Tijunelis (vsusinskas@gmail.com)or Julie Rick (jamattock@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

And here’s the signup genius link:


Thanks in advance for your help,


Burns Park School Garden Summer 2023 Help Needed

The BP School Garden needs your help for the 2023 summer season! Please sign up to adopt the garden for a week or more this summer! The garden this year has added some beautiful sensory garden beds and we will be adding lots of veggies and flowers this year. Students and staff have been putting lots of love into our garden. We need and want to keep this energy going!

Please consider signing up to take care of the garden this summer so our students have a welcoming return in the fall. Tasks we will need help with include pulling weeds, watering, harvesting, and other minor items! Click on the link below to sign up now!

Burns Park School Garden 2023 Sign Up

Feeling nervous about caring for the garden for a week, or worried that you will weed something that you shouldn't? Don't worry we have you covered! We will provide a welcome meeting at the beginning of the sign-up summer season to introduce you to the garden and show you how to help. We also provide a comprehensive guide for you to take a look at. We can't grow this garden for the Burns Park Penguins without your help. Please sign up and consider helping our garden grow. Thank you!

The Burns Park Garden Committee

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!
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Blood Drive - New Record

Dear Burns Park Community,

I am so proud to say that we smashed the state record pint total of 94 pints. The May 2nd blood drive yielded 102 pints of life saving blood!!! Each pint of blood saves up to 3 lives. We could not have done it without YOU! Thanks to all who helped this "big production," as my mother would say. :-). I couldn't be prouder of the fifth graders as well.

Here is a little spot that Jo Mathis, Ann Arbor Schools Media big cheese, did on our drive. Thank you again for the most special day.


Warm regards,

Sandy Kreger, lucky 5th grade blood drive coordinator

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, May 7, 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.

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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:

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.

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful week. Our last PTO meeting of the year will be this Wednesday, May 10. Please attend to learn about year end activities and hear about the candidate slate for next year’s PTO Executive Board. Thank you to those that signed up to help with this week’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch.

Disability Awareness Workshop: Friday, May 12

Volunteers Urgently Needed

Science Olympiad WESO: Saturday, May 13

Good Luck Penguins, any questions scienceolympiad@burnsparkpto.org

Ice Cream Social: Friday, May 19

Save the date, any questions icecreamsocial@burnsparkpto.org

Field Day: Friday, June 2

Save the date, any questions fieldday@burnsparkpto.org

5th Grade Capstone: Week of June 5-9

Any questions fifthgrade@burnsparkpto.org


Art Angels: Signup Here

Library Helpers: Signup Here

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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