Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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March 5th, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

In 1980, President Carter declared the week of March 8th as National Women's Week and in 1981, Congress passed their own declaration to establish the national celebration. Six years later in 1987, Congress expanded the celebration of women and proclaimed March as Women's History Month. This month is dedicated towards honoring the accomplishments, history and contribution of women to our society and our country. To all the women that support our students each and every day, we celebrate and honor you.

We would also like to take a moment to say "Happy Holi" to all those who celebrate. This festival of colors, which takes place this year on March 8, celebrates the triumph of good over bad. We wish you a bright and colorful day!

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee


Scholastic Book Fair is Coming Soon!

Dear Parents and Families:

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school. We are thrilled to offer this wonderful educational experience to our students.

Here’s how the Book Fair works: during school on Monday, each child will visit and preview the Book Fair with his/her class. Your student(s) will bring home a "wishlist" and letter with more information that day. During the school days on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Book Fair is open for purchases. Please send your child to school with money if you would like your child to make purchases from the Fair during their class shop time. We would also like to invite you to our Community Event being held Tuesday, March 14th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event will include an opportunity for everyone in your family to shop at our Book Fair. If you cannot visit the fair in person, you can also buy books at our Online Fair (open until March 26). Purchasing books from the in-school or online fair make a great impact on the school as well, as 25% of the proceeds benefit the Burns Park School Library.

This year, we are offering another option for purchasing books. Say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy. If you prefer to pay with a check, you can make your check out to “Burns Park PTO”.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:


In addition to attending and supporting our Book Fair, we are still in need of volunteers, particularly on Wednesday night and Thursday. You can find the sign-up at the Scholastic Book Fair Sign-up Genius. This event relies heavily on volunteers, and our students love to see their parents as helpers.

The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!

Thank you for your support! Rachel Erdstein and the March is Reading Month Committee

Free Webinar for Families: Celebrate SEL Day! Empowering Kids with Skills for Life

In recognition of International SEL Day, join us to hear research and gain insights from educators and students on how social-emotional learning (SEL) helps kids manage emotions, set goals, and build positive relationships—skills they’ll use for life. Megan Bocchino, from Charleston County Schools will discuss their work mapping SEL to the South Carolina Portrait of a Graduate, and John Burnett, school counselor at Spring Branch ISD in Texas and founder of CounselingwithMrB, will deliver a special message.

Next session:
Friday, March 10, 2023
2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Register Here

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, March 5th, 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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From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful twenty fifth week of school. The next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, March 8 and all are welcome, meeting details on the calendar page.

March is Reading Month: BP Scholastic Book Fair

We’re excited to announce the return of the Burns Park Scholastic Book Fair on March 13-15 as part of March is Reading Month! The Book Fair will include a family evening on Tuesday, March 14 from 6-8 pm. We haven’t had a book fair since 2018 so we’re looking for parent/guardian volunteers to make it extra special. We are looking for volunteers to help set up, clean up and run the fair. Please visit the Sign Up Genius for more details and to sign up. Thank you to all those who are able to help!


Rachel Erdstein, Ellen Delonis and Kory Zhao (library@burnsparkpto.org)

Yearbook Pictures:

The Burns Park Elementary Yearbook needs your help! Please share any photos you took of school events during the 2022-2023 school year. After uploading the photos, please tag them with the grade or teacher name.

You can upload your photos here or by taking a picture of the QR code above.

We are looking for photos from classroom parties, field trips, in the school garden, on the playground and school events like Walk and Talk, Popsicles in the Park, Outdoor Movie Night, and the Fall Picnic. Your cameras can take great shots!

We appreciate your help in filling this year’s yearbook with lots of Penguin memories. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the yearbook co-editors: Julie Rick (jamattock@gmail.com) and/or Kory Zhao (koryzhao@gmail.com).

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community


The Burns Park Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th, 2023, starting at 8:30 AM and volunteers to support this wonderful event are needed!

In particular, the BPR committee is seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Flyer Posting Campaign - Our goal is to have all posters posted on targeted bulletin boards by April 1st. To achieve this, we would like to provide volunteers two weeks to complete the posting, starting on March 18th. Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.

  • Yard Sign Placement - We seek volunteers willing to hang a yard sign at their homes or other high-traffic/high-visibility locations (businesses, offices, etc.). Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.
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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

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Upcoming Dates

March 8


PTO Meeting

March 15

3rd Grade Musical Performance Assembly

March 24

Report Cards Sent Home