Burns Park Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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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.

    Fall 2021 Penguins 

    Tierra del Fuego, Chile

    Photo Credit: Josefina Di Battista 


    Dear Burns Park Families,

    We are grateful to you for so many things!

    Although Covid cases are up we continue to do very well at our school with 0 cases. We feel that this is a bit of good fortune, and want to avoid hubris, but we’re also aware that your commitment to leaning on the side of caution in watching for symptoms and following through with recommendations for masking as well as district policies for follow up testing are working to help us students and families safe.

    We’re also grateful for your cooperation in arrival and departure practices as well as safe driving in our neighborhood during these busy times. We have observed some drivers behaving other than the law (or common courtesy) requires but thankfully, these are not Burns Park Elementary Parents and we are working with the AAPD to follow up in these situations.

    It was hard on everyone to negotiate the rain this past week, especially as showers seemed to occur during arrival, departure, and eating times. We were made aware again of how important it is for our children to have play and movement and afternoons during days in which we have indoor recess are tough on all and a less than ideal environment for learning. Several folks have joined me to look for options to be outside during lunch and lunch recess as the seasons change. Thanks for your help and we remain hopeful for solutions.

    As the school year progresses and we build community and establish norms we are able to understand and adapt to the social, emotional, and academic needs, which our children have as a result of the challenges of the past year and a half. We continue to appreciate your support through our partnership with you on an individual basis and also corporately as a Parent and Teacher organization.

    Picture day is coming this Friday, October 1st so mark your calendar! Ordering online is easy. Just visit inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/59579SF

    A quick note on masks: Inter-State Studio photographers and reps will follow the mask policy in place at our school. Students will be given the option to keep their mask on or take their mask off. School employees will be helping to ensure each child is ready to have their picture taken and has their mask removed if they feel comfortable.

    We’re looking forward to clement weather and a wonderful week of friendship and learning!

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Leslee

    From Your Burns Park Elementary PTO:

    Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

    This week, we’re highlighting some of the ways that the Burns Park Elementary PTO works to support and build connections in our school community.

    Connect with the Online Directory:
    Please visit our PTO website (www.bpepto.org) and create an account and/or update your entry in the directory. If you already have an account, you can update your information by clicking on the heading “My Account” and then “Update My Account.” The option for editing the directory is printed in blue on that page. 

    School T-shirts - Order your size before October 6th
    T-shirts are provided to all students free of charge by the PTO,  and are a great way for your children to show off their penguin pride. Use this T-Shirt Order Form to indicate your child's size, or you can opt-out if you do not want a shirt this year.  An opportunity to purchase adult sizes and other Penguin Spirit Wear will become available later in the year.

    Halloween Costume & Winter Clothes Collection

    Your PTO supports school events so that all our Penguins can access what they need to participate. We will once again offer the Halloween Costume “shop” and the Winter Gear closet this year. To pass along outgrown Halloween costumes or outdoor winter gear (coats, hats, boots, mittens, etc.), drop your contributions off in the [labeled Rubbermaid tubs outside the school office], starting October 1st. Kids will be able to visit both the Halloween Costume Shop and the Winter Gear Closet during school hours, starting later in October. If you’re interested in volunteering with the collecting and sorting the costumes and clothing, you can sign up using this form

    Have a wonderful week!

    Your Burns Park Elementary PTO