Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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From the Principals

Hola and Shalom families,

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.

Additionally, we would like to say Happy Rosh Hashanah to all of our families that celebrate. This holiday is also known as Jewish New Year and is the start of the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah began on Friday evening and concludes this evening.


This week we will host our annual Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 19th. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn more about their student's grade level experience and to learn more about what it means to be a Burns Park Penguin. More specific details can be found below. We hope to see you there!

Additionally, there are some other important dates to mark on your calendar:

Wednesday, September 27 - Early Release Day

Friday, September 29 - Picture Day

We are looking forward to Week 4!

Peace and Love,

Principals Bullock & Miller

New News from Burns Park

Curriculum Night - Sept. 19th

You're invited to Curriculum Night! We are excited to announce that this year Curriculum Night will be in person! Join us on Tuesday, September 19th starting at 6:00 PM. Teachers will host two identical sessions, followed by a presentation by the principals. This is our schedule for the evening:

6:00 - 6:25 Presentation #1 by Classroom Teachers

6:30 - 6:55 Presentation #2 by Classroom Teachers

7:00 - 7:30 Principals Presentation

Early Release Day - 9/27

Wednesday, September 27th, is an early release day for our students. Students will be dismissed at 1:00PM. 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 29. Please be on the lookout for more communication from Ms. Nollen in the coming days.

Family-Teacher Conferences

Family-Teacher Conferences are a very important part of building partnerships and support between families and the staff at Burns Park Elementary. Teachers will begin to send out conference sign ups after Curriculum Night.

From the PTO

Hello BPE PTO Families,

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our first PTO meeting of the year last Wednesday, our next meeting will be on October 11. The meeting minutes are available here. We also hope everyone enjoyed the Back-to-School Fall Picnic and was able reconnect with friends and make new ones. Curriculum Night is this Tuesday, September 19 and we will be giving an in-person PTO update at 7 p.m. during the All-Parent Session.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! (Room Parent Signup Deadline, Monday September 18)

Thanks to all who have already submitted their interests via the Burns Park Elementary Volunteer Interest Form 2023 2024.

Room Parents – The signup deadline is tomorrow, Monday, September 18. If you are interested in being a room parent for your child’s classroom and helping to support the teacher and plan classroom specific events – please sign up! There will be a training session later this month for all returning and new room parents.

We are also still recruiting volunteers for: Art Angels / Library Helpers; Lunch Recess Helpers; Disability Awareness; Inclusion Committee; Special Events; Walk and Talk Coaches; Yearbook Committee and PTO Council. There are a range of opportunities available to help in many capacities and various commitment levels. Grandparents, other relatives and caregivers are all welcome to volunteer. We appreciate any time and talents you are able to lend! Much of the committee work can be done outside of school hours.

If you have any questions reach out to volunteer coordinator Kathy Brzoznowski at volunteering@bpepto.org.


Volunteers Needed for Monday, September 18 and Beyond - Signup Genius Link

Remind your Penguins to join us out in the field during lunch recess on M/W/F! You can help them record the miles they run or walk by signing up below. It is an easy way for you as parents/grandparents/caregivers to get involved and support our students. Join us for one or several lunch hours this Fall:

Bret, John & Kathy (walktalk@burnsparkpto.org)

PTO Directory

Our PTO website has a Directory that allows families to create an account and share contact details and class information, enabling parents to reach out to each other within class, grade level, etc. to setup playdates and otherwise foster a sense of community.

Our current PTO directory is opt-in, meaning that families have to proactively create an account on our site to join. Returning families need to update their class assignments and new families should sign up!

BPE Spirit Store (Open Until September 30, 2023)

There are only 2 weeks left! Are you bursting with BPE pride? Do you need year-round gear? We have exciting news: we’ve partnered with Midwest Graphics to relaunching the Burns Park Spirit Store! You can log on from now through Sept. 30, to order pants, fleeces, hats and MORE. Ordered items are taking about 2 weeks for arrival.

Note: The PTO does provide a school t-shirt to all new students for free and returning students can opt-in for a new shirt if needed. This year’s timing and process will be shared at a later date.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President

Kory Zhao, President-Elect


Information from Previous Newsletters


Last week, technology distribution for students began and will continue into this week. All students are expected to care for their school-issued devices. These devices will be transported to and from school daily. Students should charge devices at home so they do not need to bring their charger to school with them.

Students are to leave their cellphone in their lockers and should not use their smart watch to communicate with others. The office phone is the required method for communication between students and their families. Please call the office phone (734-994-1919) if you need to get ahold of your student. If your student needs to get ahold of you, they will call from the office phone.

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.

Snacks & Lunch

Snacks: Please pack fruits or vegetables for snack time. Classroom teachers will share details about snack time in their classroom. Snacks should be sent to school in a container separate from your student's lunchbox.

School Lunches: All families are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch this year (see information below), however, a la carte items, such as milk, are not free. Students must take a complete meal for the lunch fee to be waived.

Student Belongings

Please be sure to label all of your student's belongings with their first and last name. Our Lost & Found is already piling up! We want to make sure all items get back to students and labeling is a great way to help us in getting items back to where they belong. Thank you!

Michigan School Meal Program

Free Breakfast & Lunch, 2023-2024 School Year

Dear AAPS Parents and Guardians,

Please take a moment to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) application (also known as the Summer EBT application), either online through Meal Magic or download the application from the website and return it to your student’s school. You can also pick up an application at the school. This application is needed from all AAPS families because without this information, AAPS could lose important state funding for educational programs thatour students are entitled to. These supplemental grants and programs have the potential to offer supports and

services for our students including, but not limited to:

✓ Instructional staff (ex. Reading Interventionists, Math, Academic and Behavior Aids)

✓ Counselors, Social Workers and School Nurses

✓ Professional Learning for staff

✓ Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities

✓ Technology

Here is the link to the Free & Reduced Lunch/Summer EBT Application

Why is AAPS requesting financial information?

The FRL/Summer EBT application determines eligibility of a student or household. The total count of eligible students is used to determine funding amounts that will be made to a school. The more forms returned the better for the school district.

What do I need to do?

Please complete the FRL/Summer EBT form and return it either through the Meal Magic site, or via a hard copy to your school. Your assistance in helping us maintain our current funding levels is greatly appreciated. No matter your financial status we need every family to fill out the application.

How will this information be protected?

All financial and student information is protected in the Meal Magic online submission and in locked files, as required by the state and federal government.

What else might my student or household be eligible for?

Based on the information you give on the FRL/Summer EBT application your student may qualify for these programs:

✓ Summer Food/EBT

✓ Pay to Play or Pay to Participate for athletics

✓ Programs that provide food support

✓ Rec & Ed scholarships

✓ Potential household support for cable and internet

If you have any questions, please contact bollingere@aaps.k12.mi.us or call 734-994-2265.

Family Involvement Opportunities - Noon Hour

At Burns Park, we offer many opportunities for families to become active within our community. We invite all families to find ways to be a part of their student's school experience that works best for their needs.

We are in great need of additional support during lunch and recess time. If you are able to volunteer a few times a week, please let us know.

If you are able to commit to 5 days a week for the entire school year, you might consider applying for a noon hour supervisor position at our school. A typical work day will run from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.

If you are interested in being a Noon Hour Supervisor, please:

1. Email Mrs. Bullock, jonesl@aaps.k12.mi.us and

2. Complete the AAPS Noon Hour Application as soon as possible. The job ID # is 15352– Noon/Lunch Hour Supervisor

Please be on the look out for more volunteer opportunities in future communications. We appreciate your support!

School Safety + Visitors

We welcome families and hope you can be a part of school activities!

We will continue to put safety as our top priority. All visitors must proceed to the office upon arrival and share a valid driver’s license or state ID. The ID will be scanned into our Raptor Visitor System. Name tags (badges) must be worn at all times while on school grounds.

Once your visit is over, please come back to the office to check out.

As we return to normal practices, your classroom teachers will reach out with opportunities for parents to support in the classroom as necessary. Teachers will work with parents to schedule these opportunities prior to visits during the school day.

Health Plans & Medications

We need current information on health conditions for your child such as food allergies, seizure management, diabetes, asthma, or any other condition that requires school intervention for care. This must be in place in order for us to provide care for your child’s needs.

If your child requires medications at school, reach out to your child’s health care provider to obtain the necessary medication forms or use the AAPS Medication Form. When medication is dropped off at school by a parent (ONLY), medications must be in the original packaging. Click HERE for the AAPS Nurses’ Corner.

Save The Dates

Tuesday, September 19

Curriculum Night, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Wednesday, September 27

Early Release Day

Friday, September 29

Picture Day

Friday, October 13/Monday, October 16

Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween/Early Release Day

General Information

Leslee Bullock, Principal, jonesl@aaps.k12.mi.us

Heather Miller, Assistant Principal, hooppaw@aaps.k12.mi.us

Meghan Nollen, Office Professional, nollenm@aaps.k12.mi.us