Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

PTO 2023-2024 Executive Board nominations are open now until Monday, May 1, see details below.

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April 23, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

We hope everyone that celebrates Eid had a wonderful day of family, food and a great holiday.

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!

Reminders from Last Week:

Please remember during the school day, families/students from other schools/community members should not be utilizing Burns Park for playground purposes. All visitors on school grounds MUST be checked in at the office.

As we head into warmer weather, it is important that your student has a water bottle each and every day. We are moving away from plastic cups in our building to help eliminate the environmental impact and trash accumulation in our school. We want students to stay healthy and hydrated during outdoor play.

It is almost that time of year for the the Burns Park Run! The Burns Park Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th, 2023, starting at 8:30 AM and volunteers to support this wonderful event are still needed! We would love your help - if you are interested in volunteering, please check out the volunteer opportunities here. To sign up for the race, click here.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee

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Important Dates

April 26: Crook Field Trip

May 2: Election Day - No School

May 5: 5th Grade Transition Day

May 7: Burns Park Run

May 19: Burns Park Ice Cream Social

May 31: Burns Park Art Show


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch - Classroom Volunteers Needed

We will be celebrating our wonderful Burns Park teachers and staff with a special lunch on May 10 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. In order for all teachers to participate in the lunch, we are asking for 2-4 volunteers to help in each class. There will be activities for you to do with the students in the classroom. Please show your gratitude to our teachers by signing up to help here. Please reach out to Mayuri Guntupalli (mayuriguntupalli@gmail.com) or Karen Healy (karenhealy@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

AAPS Listen and Learn

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. Through May 26th, you can join the conversation via the online ThoughtExchange here and learn more about Listen and Learn 2023 here.

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!

M-Step Window Continues

All 3rd-5th Graders at Burns Park will be participating in the M-Step assessment. Teachers have sent out their schedules for this assessment in their weekly communication. You can find more information about this assessment here.

Blood Drive - RESCHEDULED!

The Burns Park blood drive has been rescheduled to Election Day! May 2nd 12-6pm.

No school for kids, but WE HAVE CHILDCARE. Go vote, and give blood, and you can sleep doubly rewarded (with Zingerman's cookies in your belly).


Questions? Want Mzz Kreger to just sign you up? Email Sandy at: kreger@aaps.k12.mi.us

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, April 23, 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.

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful week. Thank you to those who were able to join this past week’s PTO meeting. Nominations are now open for next year’s executive board (details below). This year’s BPE t-shirt opt-in window is open now as well and details are also below.

Nominations Open for 2023-2024 BPE PTO Executive Board

The PTO IS its volunteer, whether you have been at BPE for 1 year or 10 years, if you are able to volunteer your time for the community, please raise your hand, even if its just to ask questions.

All the events the PTO has already organized/supported (Popsicles in the Park, Fall Picnic, Field Trips, Classroom Volunteers, Walk & Talk, Teacher Appreciation, Science Olympiad, March is Reading Month, etc.) and is planning for the years end (Disability Awareness Workshop, Burns Park Run, Ice Cream Social, Field Day, 5th Grade Capstone, Yearbook) depend on volunteers.

Nominations (self or otherwise) are open by emailing nominatingcommittee@bpepto.org by Monday, May 1 for all 2023-2024 Executive Board Positions listed below

President: Lead the organization and preside over all meetings.

President- Elect: Support President and traditionally assume that role the following year.

Secretary: Keep and maintain organization records.

Treasurer: Maintain budget and track funds in and out of the organization.

Fundraising Coordinator: Oversee fundraising and community outreach.

Volunteer Coordinator: Organize classroom and committee volunteers.

Technology Coordinators: Oversee website and support technology needs of organization

At-Large Members (Max 10): Attend all monthly PTO meetings and chair 1 committee.

A listing of who has served in each position this year is on the PTO website, along with a longer job description in the PTO Bylaws. If you are interested in a position and would like more information, please email info@bpepto.org. Nominations will close by Monday, May 1 so that an officer slate can be presented to the community ahead of the last PTO meeting on May 10.

BPE T-Shirts

This year the PTO is providing t-shirts to all new children by default and to all existing children by an opt-in process to avoid automatically giving out t-shirts to families that may not be interested. If you are a new family to BPE in the 2022-2023, you do not need to do anything to get a t-shirt. If you are an existing family at BPE and would like a t-shirt, please opt-in using the linked google form by Wednesday, May 3.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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Supportive Connections

Supportive Connections connects adults to resources for substance abuse treatment, therapy, employment, social services, basic needs, housing and more. Any adult 18+ with a student at AAPS can contact Supportive Connections or refer someone in need. Email: supportiveconnections@a2gov.org, Phone: 734-794-6934. Online: a2gov.org/SupportiveConnections