Burns Park Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Burns Park Office 734-994-1919 Fax Number 734-994-1548

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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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    For any school-related questions, please email Kathy Cramer our School Office Professional. 


    Dear Burns Park Families,

    We hope that you had a restful and fun Thanksgiving break and we’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning in virtual school!

    We have a scheduling change to share. Beginning this Monday, teachers will be adjusting the Closing Circle time to occur earlier in the day.  They will be sharing details in their weekly schedules.

    Closing Circle is a valued Responsive Classroom practice that we want every student to experience.  Over the last several months, we’ve heard about the challenges with holding it late in the day and this is evident in our participation rate as, for many classrooms, it’s substantially less than what it is in the morning.  Additionally, as we continue to remain in virtual learning status, we are continually seeking ways to provide needed support and flexibility for our families. 

    Please know that teachers will continue to be available to assist students individually or in small groups and/or provide asynchronous feedback for the balance of the school day, ending at 3:13pm.

    Mr. Leonard wants to give your students a heads up for P.E. class this week.   He’s asking students to gather the following to be ready for upcoming lessons.

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    Two laundry baskets, boxes or bins to use as a basketball hoop

    Ms. Becker wants to give your students a heads up for Art class this week. She’s asking students to gather the following to be ready for upcoming lessons.

    Y5/K: Construction paper, white paper, scissors, glue, coloring utensils

    1/2: White paper, pencil, coloring utensils, watercolors optional

    3/4: White paper, pencil, coloring utensils student choice

    5: 2 pieces of construction paper, Pencil, Scissors, Glue stick or bottle of glue    

    We are excited to share the great news that Slow Food USA is recognizing Neha Shah as one of eight "Snailblazers" for 2020. She received the award in the "Children and Education" category. We’re planning to attend the virtual event below to watch her receive the award from Alice Waters! 


    Here is a message from our district’s ITD department:

    Starting on Monday, November 30th, the Student & Family Help Desk will move to new live service hours of 7:30AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. It has taken 8 long months of 12 hours shifts and 42,044 calls to the help desk to finally be able to transition to normal work hours! That’s an average of 233 calls per day, but who’s counting.   :  )

    As always, families can leave a VM after hours as well as send an email to the help desk.

    Here is a note from our school nurse, Keely Hoffman:

    Dear Burns Park Students and Families,

    I hope you are all doing well and successfully navigating this virtual way of learning. As we continue in this direction, I wanted to let you know that the clinic is “open.” You may still have many health related questions and I wanted to encourage you to reach out to me, just as you would have when we shared physical space. I miss contact with all of you!

    If you have not yet heard from me, regarding updating your student’s health plan, please feel free to contact me. I hope you will continue to feel that my “virtual” door is always open, even if just to say hi or share a thought! 

    I can be reached via text, phone call, or email during normal school hours, Monday thru Friday. If after hours, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you! 

    Wishing you all good health,

    Nurse Keely



     Elementary School Nurse Care Corner

    CDC Recommendations for the Holidays

    Here is one final note for district leadership.

    With funding provided by the Miles Jeffrey Roberts Foundation, and with support from the Washtenaw ISD and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, the AAPS is providing all families with the opportunity to view Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. For more information, please see the district’s website, or CLICK HERE to register for on-demand access to the documentary.

    AAPS invites you to attend a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM. This event will feature mental health professionals and educators from across the county, speaking to the documentary and the local supports and resources for students and families. Complete details about this event will be shared when we return from winter break, but mark your calendar now!

    Again, we’re looking forward to seeing you this week for learning and friendship and we’re hoping for some snow to play in!

    Your Principal,

    Chuck Hatt

    Your PTO Update 

    • 2020/2021 Room Parent Sign Up! Like everything else this year, the room parent role will be reimagined and teacher dependent. If you are interested in being a room parent, please complete this form by Wednesday, December 2, 2020.  If you'd like to be the room parent for multiple classrooms please complete it multiple times. We understand that some classrooms have already identified room parents, please fill out the form even if you have already communicated with your teacher about it. The form contains additional information. 
    • WESO 2021 (Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad for 2nd-5th graders) Head Coach NeededFor WESO 2021 to happen for BPE, we need a volunteer head coach. Please see this email from the WESO board for details on this year's virtual event and please see this document for specific information on head coach responsibilities. There’s a head coach meeting on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 and WESO requires a representative from each school participate in that meeting.  
    • Donate to Your PTO. You should have all received an Annual Fund letter from Rachel Ufer. You can donate online here or send a check made out to Burns Park PTO to: Jane Hollingsworth’s (PTO Treasurer). 1707 Morton Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Thanks in advance for your incredible generosity. We have raised just over $10,000 toward our Annual Fund goal. Thank you! 
    • Attend your next PTO Meeting on Tuesday, December 8th. Thank you to the 20 BPE community members who attended the last meeting. Meeting minutes are here.  
    • Join the Directory. This is the best way for families and students to connect and create community with others in their class. Please note that you have absolute control over what information is seen.  

    On behalf of your BPE PTO,

    Laura Hayden