Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

September 25, 2022

Shalom Families,

This evening marks the first day of Rosh Hashanah. This holiday is also known as Jewish New Year and is the start of the Jewish calendar. It begins this evening and continues until the evening of September 27th. For our Burns Park families that celebrate, we would like to say Happy Rosh Hashanah!

We are very excited for another opportunity this week for Burns Park Families to come together to celebrate fall and our school community. Our Fall Picnic will take place on Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30 - 7:00pm. Bring your baskets, chairs and blankets for a cozy evening in the park. If you are unable to pack a dinner, no worries! We will have Ray's Red Hots available. Please see below for more information.

As the beautiful array of colors and cooler temperatures roll in marking the start of fall, this is a gentle reminder to please make sure your students have everything they need for outdoor recess. They are always welcome to leave a jacket or sweatshirt in their locker so they always have one available. We are in a transitional period between cooling and heating with our HVAC system, so it's challenging to know what the building temperature will be like from day to day.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Heather & Leslee

Fall Picnic

We are SO EXCITED to be getting back to the good old days of picnics on the lawn. Pack your baskets, blankets and chairs and join us for a picnic at Burns Park! The weather will be perfect and cozy. A wonderful opportunity to spend time with other Burns Park families and our school community.

This year, we are excited to have Ray's Red Hots joining us for our Fall Picnic for families that might not have time to pack a meal. We are asking families to please purchase tickets (1 ticket = $1) for the food truck. You also have the option to donate money to help others that might need assistance.

Please check out the menu here.

To help us get an idea of numbers, please fill out this form.

We will distribute tickets before and during the fall picnic:

Option 1: Look for the ticket table at Fall Picnic - there you can pick up and pay for your tickets. Please cash or check (made out to Burns Park PTO) only.

Option 2: Bring cash or check (made out to Burns Park PTO) to the office in an envelope labeled with your name and student's name and pick up your tickets at the Fall Picnic ticket table.

Families needing financial assistance - we must know by Wednesday, September 28th if you will need help purchasing tickets.

Any donations can be dropped off to the office throughout the week. We appreciate your help!

Transportation to and from Glencoe Hills will be provided.

Bus transportation will begin at 5pm and go to the following locations:

Glencoe Clubhouse

Glencoe Tennis Court

Arbor Circle

Ainsley Road

The return bus will depart from Burns Park at 7pm.

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Picture Day

Our School Picture Day is approaching fast! It is on Friday, September 30. We will start at 9:00 am and usually finish around 11:00 am. Please use this link below to place your order:



Parent Teacher Conferences are a very important part of building partnerships and support between families and the staff at Burns Park Elementary. Teachers are beginning to send out conference sign ups. This info can be found in their weekly communication. Teachers are offering in person, zoom and phone conferences. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's teacher.

AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, September 25th, Washtenaw County is in the CDC MEDIUM/YELLOW Community Level. Masks are encouraged indoors. Link to CDC Community Level page here.

For more detailed information about the AAPS Fall 2022 COVID and Health Guidance, please click here.


School meals will no longer be provided free of charge for all as they were in the 2021-2022 school year. Families will need to fill out free & reduced lunch forms to qualify: 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Lunch Application. Please note that families are responsible for the cost until the application is approved. If you need help, please refer to this document. Paper copies will be available in the main office once the school year begins.

For more information about this change and to learn how to load funds onto your child's account, please click here. Student ID information was sent home the first week of school. You may set up your meal magic account with that information.

Please have a conversation with your child if you would like them getting food from school or not. Families are responsible for the cost of food. We will ALWAYS feed children if they say they don’t have food. We will not question it. Make sure they know the plan.

Also, please make sure your child knows which item is their snack. This is helpful for the classroom teacher.

Items from Home

Personal belongings (i.e. toys, trading cards, etc.) need to remain at home. Burns Park staff will not be responsible for managing the care and safety of personal belongings. Students who bring sports items for recess have an understanding that they are agreeing to share with others. If this agreement is not the understanding, students should not bring personal sports items. Please check backpacks before your student comes to school.

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a fabulous fourth week of school last week.

Fall Picnic: Looking forward to this upcoming week we have the return of the Fall Picnic on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00. We are planning to have Ray’s Red Hots as an onsite food option (Menu Link), Crazy Craig the Juggler returning from the 2019 event as entertainment, and an impromptu ice cream truck visit.

Walk & Talk: This upcoming week we are also looking towards the return of Walk and Talk. I have heard from many families that are excited for the return of this tradition. With the first session scheduled for tomorrow (Monday, September 25) we are still looking for Parent Volunteers for Monday/Wednesday/Fridays at 11:15 to 12:30pm timeslots from now to Thanksgiving. Please visit the singup genius link and volunteer.

Room Parents, Art Angels & Library Helpers: We are also still looking for parent volunteers to serve as Room Parents, Art Angels and Library Helpers for this school year. Please indicate your interest on our online form by this Friday, September 30.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop: The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift shop is a non-profit which provides support to all AAPS PTOs from their sales, see their flyer. Each academic year, each school is also assigned one Saturday when 10% of proceeds are earned for that specific school and BPE’s day will be February 25, 2023.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


Walk & Talk is Back!

Walk and Talk starts Monday!

Walk & Talk is a fantastic program where 1st-5th grade students walk or run the loop in Burns Park during their lunch recess on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It's a particularly big hit for the younger students in the school. The 1st and 2nd graders come out en masse to get in their laps for toe tags!

We still need volunteers to organize and distribute student lap cards, keep track of laps completed, and distribute toe tags. It's a great way to get to know the kids at school and to encourage physical activity among the students.

Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054AAFAF238-walk - It's one of the many rewarding ways to volunteer at the school - hope to see you out there!!

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From the Community

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From Burns Park Players

A Message from The Burns Park Players!

BP students K-5 are invited to join this years' production of Beauty and The Beast!

Performances will be Feb. 23-26 @ The Michigan Theater!

To sign your child/yourself up, please visit http://www.burnsparkplayers.org/

Audition information for adults located here as well.

Kid sign ups are due by Nov. 1st.



Upcoming Dates

September 25-27

Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 29

Fall Picnic, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Friday, September 30

Picture Day

Wednesday, October 5

Yom Kippur

Monday, October 10

Indigenous Peoples Day