Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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May 14, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

We want to start by saying Happy Mother's Day to all of those that celebrate today! We hope you had a wonderful day.

Additionally, we would like to acknowledge Jewish American Heritage Month. This is a time to recognize and honor the history and contributions of Jewish Americans to the development of our nation and to our communities. Please join us in celebrating and embracing our Jewish American school and community members this month.

This Friday, May 19th is the Ice Cream Social AND a half day! School will dismiss this Friday, May 19th at 11:28 AM. Please make sure your student knows their after school dismissal plans. Then, at 5:00PM, join us for an evening of food, games and fun at ICS! We look forward to seeing everyone there.

We 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.

Only a few more weeks!

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee

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Important Dates

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


WESO Results!

This past weekend, 82 Burns Park students competed at the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad on Saturday. 31 schools participated. We took home medals in 20 events across 4 grade levels, including 5 first place finishes! Everyone worked very hard and we're proud of all of them. Great job Penguins!

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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Rec & Ed Feedback Wanted!

Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed) will soon begin planning programs for Fall 2023 and beyond. We are kindly asking you to take a 1-2 minute survey to let us know what types of afterschool classes you'd like to see offered at your child's school in the 2023/2024 school year. Once the survey has closed, we will analyze the responses and attempt to schedule our afterschool classes based on interest and need.

This survey will remain open until Friday, June 2nd. If you have more than one child, please fill out a separate survey for each. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Link to Survey

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 14, 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

From the PTO

Hello BPE PTO Families,

Thank you to everyone that volunteered last week for the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch, Disability Awareness Workshop and the Science Olympiad. Last week was also our last PTO monthly meeting of the year and below is the approved new PTO Executive Board slate for 2023-2024

2023-2034 Officers

President: Alvaro Masias

President-Elect: Kory Zhao

Co-Secretary: Silvia Robles

Co-Secretary: Evangeline Burgers

Co-Treasurer: Tasha Hughes

Co-Treasurer: Melissa Hauptmann

Volunteering Coordinator: Kathy Fant Brzoznowski

Fundraising Coordinator: Rachel Ufer

Technology Coordinator: Oscar Barbarin

2023-2024 At Large Members

1. Viki Tijunelis

2. Karen Healy

3. Julie Rick

4. Jessica Erley

5. Michelle Ding

6. John Cangany

7. Ellen Delonis

8. Soo Eaker

9. Melissa Weiss

Thank you from all of the PTO to the departing officers and welcome to all of the new volunteers for next year.

This Friday, May 19 we have our annual Ice Cream Social event, the favorite event of many children at BPE. If you didn’t grow up with ICSs as a Michigander, this carnival like event is a wonderful end of year tradition with a lot more than just ice cream. Between all the games, wristbands, pizza, cake walk and ice cream, we depend on parent volunteers to run this large event. If you have already signed up to volunteer, thank you, if you haven’t please take at look at the signup genius and consider how you could help, thank you.

Ice Cream Social: Friday, May 19

Volunteers Urgently Needed,

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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