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. 


    Dear Burns Park Families,

    It was a great week at Burns Park Elementary. K-2 students began Spanish Instruction with Ms. Dignon thanks to your funding of our Burns Park World Language Initiative, our PTO Garden Committee met, and 3-5 students participated in our first school assembly, designed to remind us of our mutual commitment to be a kind, safe, and respectful school, during assemblies and throughout each day.

    Once again we thank you for all of the great programs that you support, including Walk and Talk and Weed and Seed. We had a wonderful time in the garden this past Thursday. Please visit the Burns Park Elementary Facebook page to see a video we posted of the food, fun, and learning, we enjoyed.


    We’ll seem to be in for some up and down weather in the coming week. We’ll hope for outdoor recess this Monday and Wednesday so that we can enjoy Walk and Talk. We want to be outdoors whenever possible, so if we do cancel outdoor recess, it’s late in the morning.

    If there is heavy rain, or an lightning at the time of drop off and pick-up, please feel free to use the parking lot transport your child, regardless of grade level. We will also route the buses through the parking lot in the event of stormy weather.

    This year at Burns Park we are able to offer Theater as a special area class to Kindergarten through fourth grade students.  This class is designed to help students develop confidence in verbal and non-verbal communication (which includes movement and facial expression). Students will work to build an ensemble and collaborate with their peers. The Theater Special will focus on the process (building acting skills) rather than a product.

     Here are some activities we do in Theater class:

    • Tableaus - creating frozen pictures using our bodies to represent a scene
    • Narrative Pantomime - reading stories and bringing them to life through creative movement and expression
    • Analyzing stories (5 W's, main vs. supporting characters, character wants & needs, conflict and resolution, etc.)
    • Theater games such as circle games that require focus and listening skills as well as using our imagination.
    • Improvisational activities where students are thinking on their feet and creatively thinking and acting out various situations
    • Small group dramatic play activities that culminate with class performances

    We're excited to roll out an updated Burns Park Elementary School logo, which is part of a suite of graphics that you'll see on shirts and also posters and more around the school. Sarah LaTarte did the update, based on the great work Brian Bennett did several years ago.

    We're also thrilled to announce that the PTO generously offered to purchase a new shirt for all BPE students and staff! Thank you to the PTO for this gift. We're also grateful to Alisse Portnoy for her ongoing organization of this project.

    We'd like to get these shirts ordered and into our students' hands as soon as possible. Please complete this form for each of your BPE students by this coming Monday, October 8, so we can order the appropriate size for your child or children. Here is a link to complete the order(s) for your student(s).

    Please watch for a more detailed announcement, later this week, about a special event we will be having for students in grades 2-5 called Mix it Up.  Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.


    Mix It Up activities are one of the projects that our school Kindness Committee will be leading. Our plan is to include many, many more students in this leadership role throughout the coming year. Again, more news is soon coming.

    We want to include the following announcement from the school district’s message. Our friend, Angell Principal Gary Court will once again be leading his Parenting the Love & Logic Way® class. Get practical tips on how to break the cycle of whining and arguing and raising responsible and respectful kids who are fun to be around. Click here for more information and to register.

    Theatre, Spanish, Music, Art, Gym, Library, Project Lead the Way, Band, Orchestra, friendship, play, and learning…. They are all a part of the programming that you support at Burns Park Elementary. We invite you to join us whenever you are able.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck Hatt and Laura Wolf

    Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families!

    We hope this finds you all well and enjoying rain (not so much but good for our garden and yours)! Our next PTO meeting is Thursday, October 18th at 7 p.m. in the Media Center. Childcare will be provided. 

    We are so grateful for all of you who have been stepping forward to volunteer for our school programs! We cannot do the thing we do as a community with our your help both as a donor and as volunteers!  We still need more!  Consider being an Art Angel or Media Center volunteer, and you will find links for your specific class on the Volunteer Hub. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lIz2krMTI3NTTfg9uYLzNfNI9jJy8vDIxPsNrFsqbmE/edit 

    As a PTO we offer many enrichment and extracurricular programs for our students, however we cannot achieve this without each families participation as a volunteer and as a supportive donor.  


    PTO Annual Fund Drive - September through October
    Dine Out For Burns Park Fall Fundraiser and Auction - Online Auction 11/23 - 12/07 Dinner at Grange 12/07 (call (734) 995- 2107 for your reservations ASAP, as they book up quickly!)
    PTO Meeting - Thursday, October 18th at 7:00pm - Media Center (Childcare Provided)

    The Burns Park PTO welcomes you to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund Drive!
    The PTO is a non-profit organization with a long and successful history of supporting our school and our greater community. Over the years, funds from our parent community have paid for a wide variety of enrichment programs for our students and offered crucial financial support for our teachers, classrooms and administration. When teachers need new books and supplies or want to start innovative educational projects, the PTO is there to assist them. The financial support we provide touches every person who attends and works at Burns Park Elementary.

    Our ability to support these important efforts is almost entirely based on your generosity.  Please see the full letter and donation form below that was in your child's Start of School Packets that went home last month. Please contact Jennifer Monk-Reising at jmonkreising@gmail.com if you have any questions!


    Art Room News
    Hello Burns Park Families! 
    Thank you for making me feel so welcomed into the Burns Park community! The start of the school year is off to a great start, and I’m eager to see all of your students’ artwork this year! I wanted to reach out and let families know that my website for Burns Park is up and running. You can get to it through the school’s website if you click on my page or you can go directly to the site with this address burnsparkart.weebly.com! On this site you can stay up to date on what is going on in the art room and view student work. I hope you get a chance to check it out! Lastly, I wanted to reach out and see if any families would be willing to support the art room by bringing in tissues, baby wipes, and Q-tips to the art room. If you are willing and able I would be so grateful!
    Here’s to a great 2018-2019 school year!!

    Jaclyn Becker

    Dinner at Grange 5 pm - 11 pm on Friday December 7th, everyone is welcome! (734) 995-2107
    The Auction will go live on Friday, November 23, 2018, and will end at 10:00 pm Friday, December 7, 2018. For more information please contact JenniferMonk-Reising at jmonkreising@gmail.com  or Eloise Maun at eloise.a.maun@gmail.com.

    Calling All Volunteers!
    In addition to our wonderful teachers and staff, Burns Park runs on parental/family involvement.  As the year winds up we are working hard to streamline our volunteer opportunities and information.  
    Please visit the Burns Park SignUp Hub to let us know what areas you are interested in helping with,  a committee, being a Room Parent, and to sign-up to help with activities.  We are in immediate need of help with Weed n' Seed and Walk and Talk. We have several Committee Chair positions open and are in need of a PTO President Elect.  Please note the Committee interest form is only to assess interest, and a separate Sign-Up Genius link will become available as the events near, e.g., Picture Day last week.  All volunteer positions for each class, e.g., Art Angel, are tabbed within that particular teacher’s class site.   
    Thank you,
    Jane Montas
    Stephanie Martin
    Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chairs

    The BP Garden
    Parent Volunteers needed for School Garden Program!
    Our Thursday lunch recess garden program, Weed and Seed, will start September 13 and run each Thursday through October 25th.  No experience is necessary.  Help us plant, harvest and serve food to a mob of kids who love to come to the garden and take a break in nature.  Volunteers are needed each Thursday from 11:30-1.  Join us by signing up here:   http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/GUm9yn4uAX73AvfKEfYvgQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRdkpC6P0Q3aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc2lnbnVwZ2VuaXVzLmNvbS9nby80MDkwOTQ1YTlhYzJlYTNmZTMtd2VlZFcHc2Nob29sbUIKAAA6XbFbu8qbaFIWY2FybHlncm92ZXMxQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ~~
    Emily Hastie & Tonja Fox
    Garden Committee
    Walk & Talk
    Walk & Talk is well underway now! We need parent volunteers to help it run smoothly!  Please go to the BP Sign Up hub or http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/sqRLZE0qlZBzUY7hwnZIDw~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRdkpC6P0Q3aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc2lnbnVwZ2VuaXVzLmNvbS9nby8xMGMwNDQ0YWRhNjI5YWFmYTctZmFsbFcHc2Nob29sbUIKAAA6XbFbu8qbaFIWY2FybHlncm92ZXMxQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ~~
    To help make this the best year yet for our kids!
     As always, please feel free to email us if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful week of school!
     Jennifer Monk-Reising
     Jill Schloff
     Burns Park PTO Co-Presidents 2018-2019

    Burns Park Lunch Schedule 2018-2019
    Lunch Schedule 2018-2019