Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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April 16, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

We want to start by acknowledging Arab American Heritage Month. An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, and we are proud to say that not too far from Ann Arbor, the wonderful city of Dearborn, Michigan is home to the largest Arab American community in the United States. It is also home to the Arab American National Museum. We ask you to join us in celebrating the culture, histories and contributions of Arab Americans in our communities and our country.

As a reminder, we have an early release day this week, Thursday, April 20. Dismissal will be at 1:18pm. Please make sure students know their after school plans.

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.

Reminder: 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.

Thank you for your support!

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee

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Important Dates

April 19: Earth Day Assembly, PTO Meeting @ 7pm

April 20: Early Release, 1:18 Dismissal

April 21-22: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

May 2: Election Day - No School

May 7: Burns Park Run


Donation Needed - 2 Flower Flats and Soil

For Earth Day, we are hoping to beautify our campus. We are hoping for a donation of 2 flower flats and soil for our planters by the front doors. If you are interested in donating, please reach out to Principal Miller at hooppaw@aaps.k12.mi.us.

Thank you!

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!

Earth Day Assembly

On April 19, students will be learning about soil health and regenerative agriculture to celebrate Earth Day. Assembly times are as follows:

Grades Y5/K/1 9:15-9:45

Grades 2/3 10:00-10:30

Grades 4/5 1:30-2:15

M-Step 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 16, 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, unexpectantly warm week. The next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm via zoom, calendar details here. At this week’s meeting we will open up nominations for next year’s Executive Board and At-Large membership, ahead of our elections during our May meeting.


Our students are READY to move - help them record the laps they run or walk during their lunch recess on M,W,F by volunteering. Many of the students will be using Walk & Talk to train for the upcoming Burns Park Run. It is an easy way for you as parents/grandparents/caregivers to get involved and support our students. Join us for the lunch hour and help these penguins soar!


Kathy & John (walktalk@burnsparkpto.org)

Calling all Library Lovers!: SIGN UP HERE to help with Library.

This is a one hour or less commitment (depending on the grade). You will help check in books, shelve returned books and help students find and check out new books. It's a great way to get to know our BPE students and classrooms. Please check out this flier for more details on being a Library volunteer and SIGN UP HERE to choose a day and time.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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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