Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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February 26th, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

We hope everyone is safe and doing well after the ice storms that had a significant impact last week. Please be on the lookout for Dr. Swift's update this evening regarding Burns Park's status.

Tomorrow, Monday, February 27th, we will host our annual Kindergarten Round Up. Potential incoming K or Y5 families, please join us at 6PM to learn more about our K/Y5 programming.

This week, Friday, March 3 is a half day - dismissal at 11:28AM. Please make sure your student knows their afterschool plans for the day. It is important that your student(s) is picked up at the dismissal time.

Have a wonderful week.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee


March is Reading Month Update

Burns Park Elementary kicks off our Reading Month activities this week! Our theme this year is “Passport to Adventure” and we’re excited to welcome the Pioneer Comedy Troupe to perform at our kickoff assemblies on Wednesday, March 1.

Throughout the month, 2nd – 5th grade students will read The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman. Our younger students will enjoy picture books that will travel the building and rotate through the classes. We’re calling this the “You’ve Been Book’d” program. All of these books support our Passport to Adventure and touch on the themes of adventure, fantasy, and environmental awareness.

Back by popular demand and after a long hiatus, we will host a Scholastic Book Fair March 13-15 in the Library. Students will preview the Fair in person on Monday, March 13. You can preview the Fair by visiting our Scholastic website. You can also shop on that site March 13-26. For families that choose to do so, students may purchase books on March 14 or 15 with their classes. On the evening of March 14, the Book Fair is open to the community from 6pm until 8pm.

Students are currently hard at work creating tiny, magical artwork during Art class, connecting art and literacy. These will be on display around the school and in a display window at the Ann Arbor Art Center downtown.

There is a digital calendar of daily activities for students and families as well. Here is a link. It is also posted on Clever in Ms. Erdstein’s teacher page.

Students show their love for the written word, during our annual Read-a-thon on Friday, March 24th. As is our tradition, students read or are read to for the entire afternoon. Continuing another tradition, it is pajama day! This event is always a highlight of the month.

Many thanks to Ellen Delonis and Kory Zhao for their tireless work on the March is Reading Month committee, Julie Rick for the wonderful artwork, book fair volunteers, and celebrity guest readers!

-- Rachel Erdstein, School Librarian

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

Burns Park Blood Drive - THIS WEEK!

There is still time to sign up for the Burns Park Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday March 3. We have spots from 2:30 - 7:15 open.

We also have child care!! We have live music as well! It is convenient, right at the school!

There will be all kinds of sweets and goody bags, including coupons from York, Toarminos, Dominos, as well as all kinds of swag (Thank you April Gago)!! Zingerman's and Argus Farm Stop will be providing delicious treats as well!!

Go for the fun, stay for saving lives - up to 3 people for every pint!

Go to this link to sign up: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=bpe

Thank you for your help and support!

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, February 26th, 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 safe twenty fourth week of school. We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the PTO Virtual Movie on President’s day last Monday. Also, thank you to those that visited the PTO Thrift Shop yesterday, Saturday, February 25 for Burns Park Elementary day. The next PTO meeting is in two weeks on Wednesday, March 8 and all are welcome, meeting details on the calendar page.

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

February 27

Y5/K Round Up

March 1

March is Reading Month Kickoff Assemblies

March 3

Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:28AM

March 8


PTO Meeting

March 17

Report Cards Sent Home