Burns Park Elementary

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    Burns Park Elementary School Mission Statement

    To foster academic achievement in a safe and nurturing environment which develops responsible citizenship, a positive self-image, creativity, sensitivity to others, and multi-cultural awareness.

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    Dear Burns Park Families,

    We are so very grateful for the wonderful party our PTO threw for our school community this past Friday. It was a tremendous celebration of spring and our generous and caring school community. Seeing folks dance, older Penguins return from MS and HS, our youngest Penguins in wide-eyed wonder, and our friends and neighbors joining in, is a highlight-memory for your principals and we hope for each of you as well.

    So many people pitched in to make this happen. We thank you all and especially Erika Boehnke, Jocelyn Greene and Gina Katz whose spouses and families, we’re sure, are happy to have them back! We also want to thank a very generous donor who sponsored all of our scholarship wristbands and pizzas. It is truly a privilege and joy to be a part of the Burns Park Elementary School community.

    We also count our blessings for the way we continue to thread the needle by welcoming spring rains that happen at night, leaving us free to be outside for lunch and recess or ice cream socials! We see rain and cooler temps on this week’s horizons so we encourage Penguins to bring a jacket or sweater. As always, we’ll be outside whenever possible and if we must eat or play indoors during the lunch-hour we will send an email at around 11:00.

    Here is a message from our Burns Park Garden Committee

    Burns Park School Garden Summer Help Needed:

    The BP School Garden needs your help for the 2022 summer season! Please sign up to adopt the garden for a week or two this summer! The garden has reawakened since the pandemic and we have worked tirelessly to make our garden a welcoming space again for all of our Penguins.  Students and staff have been putting lots of love into our garden.  We need and want to keep this energy going! 

    Please consider signing up to take care of the garden this summer so our students have a welcoming return in the fall. Tasks we will need help with include pulling weeds, watering, harvesting, and other minor items! Click on the link below to sign up now!


    Feeling nervous about caring for the garden for a week, or worried that you will weed something that you shouldn't? Don't worry we have you covered! We will provide some garden sessions this summer to introduce you to the garden and show you how to help. We can't grow this garden for the Burns Park Penguins without your help. Please sign up and consider helping our garden grow.  Thank you!

    The Burns Park Garden Committee

    It’s going to be a wonderful week at Burns Park Elementary. We’ll be celebrating learning, friendships, and play, all week long. Come join us if you can.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Leslee

    Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

    Last week's Ice Cream Social was a tremendous success in recreating a sense of community engagement missing for the last couple of years.  To the upper elementary school students who had experienced previous Ice Cream Socials we hope that they brought their fond memories of the event and created new ones as well.  To the lower elementary school students and new members of our community since the Pandemic we hope that they really enjoyed this introduction to a long-standing Burns Park Elementary tradition.  We want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who made this large, complicated event happen, especially Erika Boehnke, Jocelyn Greene and Gina Katz.

    Save the Date: May 25th Dine & Donate at Pizza House - Please help give back to Pizza House for their generous support of the Ice Cream Social.  Order takeout by phone, or dine in at the restaurant on Wednesday, May 25th, and mention the Burns Park Elementary PTO.

    In two weeks, another wonderful school tradition will also come back, Field Day on Friday, June 3 (Rain Date Monday June 6th).  

    As the end of the year approaches, classroom parents are encouraged to check in with their teachers to see what end of year activities are planned for individual classrooms.

    Waddle On

    Your Burns Park Elementary PTO