Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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August 27, 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

It is FINALLY here! The 2023-24 school year! We were excited to see so many of our families and students during Popsicles in the Park. It was wonderful to see everyone refreshed and ready for the new school year.

We could not ask for a better community to serve. As we head into Year 2, Leslee and I have felt the support and strong partnership of our amazing community and could not be more appreciative. We know this year is going to be filled with wonderful opportunities and memories.

Please join the Principals for Coffee and Chat tomorrow morning, August 28th, from 9:00 - 9:15AM. This is a wonderful time to chat with the principals and other community members.

Below is important information about the first day of school: arrival/dismissal, lunch, teacher communication, etc. This information is meant for you and your student to feel prepared for the first day and week of school. Please read it in its entirety.


In the morning, students will line up by teacher name on the black top. Please see the map below showing Upper El and Lower El line up areas.

Additionally, please place a sheet of paper inside your student's backpack with directions for their after school plan (pick-up, bus, walker), their name, their teacher's name and grade. It is critical that teachers are aware of where your child should be going after school and that we keep your child safe.

We look forward to seeing you all at school tomorrow!

Principals Bullock & Miller

School Hours

Normal School Day

8:45 AM: Arrival Bell

8:48 AM: Instruction Begins

3:48 PM: Dismissal

Early Release Days

1:18 PM: Dismissal

Half Days

12:20 PM: Dismissal

Last Day of School

11:28 PM: Dismissal

Arrival & Dismissal

Be Early, Attentive and Efficient!

The first few days of drop off and pick up at Burns Park can be overwhelming, especially for families that are new. We are asking for your help to make this process as smooth as possible.

Please be patient, kind and use these tips:

  • The arrival window is between 8:40am and 8:45am. Any student who arrives earlier than 8:45 am must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Parents are encouraged to park on one of the streets that are perpendicular to Wells and walk from there. Many park on Olivia, Lincoln, or Martin Place, and walk (or send children to walk) onto the playground.

  • All walkers are asked to cross Wells street at the Lincoln intersection. For children in Young 5’s or Kindergarten, parents escort them to their line-up zone and pick them up there at the end of the day.

  • Children enter and exit vehicles on the curbside/passenger side door ONLY. This is an essential safety consideration. Exiting on the traffic/driver side puts our children at risk.

  • Families are encouraged to have children ready to exit when entering the drop-off and pick up zone. If students need to finish breakfast, find belongings, or otherwise prepare to exit the car, it slows the line down.

  • There is absolutely no parking in the staff parking lot for drop off and pick up.

Bus Drop Off and Pickup

  • Buses drop off and pick up on Wells Street.
  • Principals and/or lead teachers greet students each morning. Principals, and/or lead teacher oversee departure each day.
  • Young 5, Kindergarten, First grade, and Second grade students are walked to the bus each day by 5th grade bus buddies or teaching assistants

REMINDER: The parking lot is ONLY for pick up/drop off. FAMILIES SHOULD NOT PARK IN THE PARKING LOT. We need ALL of these spaces for our wonderful staff - when they don't have a place to park, it creates a critical issue. If you would like to walk with your student to their line up zone or wait for them on the playground after school, you must park on one of the neighborhood streets that allow parking and walk to Burns Park. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Teachers take attendance each morning and afternoon. If your child will be absent or tardy after 8:45am from school, email bur_attendance@aaps.k12.mi.us or call 734-994-1919. While alerting the teacher of absences is nice, official attendance verification is done at the office so it is critical that you communicate with the office. If your child arrives after 8:45 am, they must get a tardy slip from the office before going to class.

Parents who wish to pick up their child during school hours should notify the school in advance by 2pm via phone or email. When you arrive at the building, please ring the buzzer to let the office staff know you’ve arrived. We will buzz you into the building where you should report directly to the office. Students will only be released to those listed in a student’s emergency contacts and you may be asked to show your ID. Please note that we will not release students to minors. This includes older siblings.

Michigan School Meal Program

Free Breakfast & Lunch, 2023-2024 School Year

Dear AAPS Parents and Guardians,

Please take a moment to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) application (also known as the Summer EBT application), either online through Meal Magic or download the application from the website and return it to your student’s school. You can also pick up an application at the school. This application is needed from all AAPS families because without this information, AAPS could lose important state funding for educational programs thatour students are entitled to. These supplemental grants and programs have the potential to offer supports and

services for our students including, but not limited to:

✓ Instructional staff (ex. Reading Interventionists, Math, Academic and Behavior Aids)

✓ Counselors, Social Workers and School Nurses

✓ Professional Learning for staff

✓ Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities

✓ Technology

Here is the link to the Free & Reduced Lunch/Summer EBT Application

Why is AAPS requesting financial information?

The FRL/Summer EBT application determines eligibility of a student or household. The total count of eligible students is used to determine funding amounts that will be made to a school. The more forms returned the better for the school district.

What do I need to do?

Please complete the FRL/Summer EBT form and return it either through the Meal Magic site, or via a hard copy to your school. Your assistance in helping us maintain our current funding levels is greatly appreciated. No matter your financial status we need every family to fill out the application.

How will this information be protected?

All financial and student information is protected in the Meal Magic online submission and in locked files, as required by the state and federal government.

What else might my student or household be eligible for?

Based on the information you give on the FRL/Summer EBT application your student may qualify for these programs:

✓ Summer Food/EBT

✓ Pay to Play or Pay to Participate for athletics

✓ Programs that provide food support

✓ Rec & Ed scholarships

✓ Potential household support for cable and internet

If you have any questions, please contact bollingere@aaps.k12.mi.us or call 734-994-2265.


Snacks: Please pack fruits or vegetables for snack time. Classroom teachers will share details about snack time in their classroom.

Family Involvement Opportunities - Noon Hour

At Burns Park, we offer many opportunities for families to become active within our community. We invite all families to find ways to be a part of their student's school experience that works best for their needs.

We are in great need of additional support during lunch and recess time. If you are able to volunteer a few times a week, please let us know.

If you are able to commit to 5 days a week for the entire school year, you might consider applying for a noon hour supervisor position at our school. A typical work day will run from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.

If you are interested in being a Noon Hour Supervisor, please:

1. Email Mrs. Bullock, jonesl@aaps.k12.mi.us and

2. Complete the AAPS Noon Hour Application as soon as possible. The job ID # is 15352– Noon/Lunch Hour Supervisor

Please be on the look out for more volunteer opportunities in future communications. We appreciate your support!

School Supplies

The only school supplies your student needs are a backpack and water bottle. All other school supplies will be distributed by classroom teachers. We recommend that every family sends the following items to school with the children.

  • Their school issued device (iPad or Chromebook): Chargers do not need to be sent to school, but families should make sure the device is charged each night. Devices will likely be distributed the second week of school.

  • Water bottle

  • Lunch (if bringing from home)

Teacher Communication

Teachers have been working hard to get welcome letters out to families. Please check your email and thoroughly read through your student's welcome letter. It contains important information about your student's teacher and their classroom. Our teachers work really hard to ensure all families have access to classroom information. Please check your email and student's backpack daily.

Student ID information will be sent home this week in your child's backpack. This is used for technology login and breakfast/lunch. Please be on the lookout for that information.

Attendance communication MUST go through the main office, not your student's teacher. Of course, you can include your student's teacher on any communication regarding attendance, but they are not responsible for making sure the message gets to the main office or to your student. If your child will be absent or tardy from school, email bur_attendance@aaps.k12.mi.us or call 734-994-1919.

As a friendly reminder, teachers are an important component to the arrival/dismissal procedure. This time is not ideal for trying to "catch a teacher" for a conversation/meeting. Please be respectful to our teachers' schedules and time. If you need to meet with a teacher, please reach out to them via communication methods listed in their welcome letter to schedule a time.


Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate the weekly plan for your child’s “specials” classes. Every day your child will have at least one special class, e.g. physical education, art, music, and library. (Students in grades 4-5 have Spanish instruction twice/week.)

Please be sure your child has gym shoes for PE/Gym days!

School Safety + Visitors

We welcome families and hope you can be a part of school activities!

We will continue to put safety as our top priority. All visitors must proceed to the office upon arrival and share a valid driver’s license or state ID. The ID will be scanned into our Raptor Visitor System. Name tags (badges) must be worn at all times while on school grounds.

Once your visit is over, please come back to the office to check out.

As we return to normal practices, your classroom teachers will reach out with opportunities for parents to support in the classroom as necessary. Teachers will work with parents to schedule these opportunities prior to visits during the school day.

Health Plans & Medications

We need current information on health conditions for your child such as food allergies, seizure management, diabetes, asthma, or any other condition that requires school intervention for care. This must be in place in order for us to provide care for your child’s needs.

If your child requires medications at school, reach out to your child’s health care provider to obtain the necessary medication forms or use the AAPS Medication Form. When medication is dropped off at school by a parent (ONLY), medications must be in the original packaging. Click HERE for the AAPS Nurses’ Corner.

From the PTO

Hello BPE PTO Families,

Welcome to an exciting new school year! We hope that many of you were able to join our first PTO event of the year, Popsicles in the Park, last Thursday. Thank you to all the PTO members and school staff who were able to support this great event.

First Day of School Coffee & Donuts

On Monday, August 28, please join us for our next PTO event, Coffee & Donuts with the Principal and PTO. The coffee and donuts will be made available to adults after the bell rings and kids have gone into the school (approximately 8:50) at a table by the flagpole at the main entrance to BPE. Please join to meet some of the PTO Executive Board listed below, learn about PTO committees, and meet the Principal once the school day has started.

PTO Meetings

Our monthly PTO meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm via zoom. Please join us for our first meeting on Wednesday, September 13.

2023 – 2024 Executive Board

We would like to introduce the members of this years PTO Executive Board, made up of the officers and At-Large members listed below.

2023-2034 Officers


Alvaro Masias


Kory Zhao


Silvia Robles


Evangeline Burgers


Tasha Hughes


Melissa Hauptmann

Volunteering Coordinator

Kathy Fant Brzoznowski

Fundraising Coordinator

Rachel Ufer

Technology Coordinator

Oscar Barbarin

2023-2024 At Large Members

1. Viki Tijunelis

2. Karen Healy

3. Julie Rick

4. Jessica Erley

5. Michelle Ding

6. John Cangany

7. Ellen Delonis

8. Soo Eaker

9. Melissa Weiss

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President

Kory Zhao, President-Elect


Save The Dates

Monday, August 28

First Day of School, 8:45 AM

Monday, August 28

Welcome Back Coffee, Burns Park Playground, 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Thursday, August 31

Kindergarten Clap-In

Friday, September 1/Monday, September 4

No School, Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, September 19

Curriculum Night, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Late September

Fall Picnic, (Date: TBD)

Wednesday, September 27

Early Release Day

Friday, October 13/Monday, October 16

Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween/Early Release Day

General Information

Leslee Bullock, Principal, jonesl@aaps.k12.mi.us

Heather Miller, Assistant Principal, hooppaw@aaps.k12.mi.us

Meghan Nollen, Office Professional, nollenm@aaps.k12.mi.us