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.




    Dear Burns Park Families,

    After a tough week it was inspiring to watch the Wolverines win the Big 10 Championship Game last night. For those of us raised in the Michigan football tradition it was a long awaited fulfillment of expectations and also a reminder that with hard work and resolve we can buck a trend and overcome adversity. Congratulations to the team and the community!

    We offer holiday greetings to those who continue to celebrate Chanukah through tomorrow and also those who are celebrating Advent. May we all find encouragement and hope from our faith and traditions.

    Thanks so much to Sophie Manning for being at school yesterday to return Lost and Found items and to Meghan Barrett Cousino, Sophie, and Rachel Ufer for gathering and organizing these items. Our PTO takes care of so many needs at Burns Park Elementary and we hope you can join us this week for our upcoming meeting this Wednesday, December 8th, at 7:00 PM. Here is the Zoom link for our meeting.


    As the weather turns colder this week we will be able to offer both indoor and outdoor eating for students according to the preferences that you have expressed to us. We will continue to have recess outdoors whenever possible and will let you know by email if the weather dictates indoor play.

    Thank you again for your generous and compassionate response to our call for tutors. We were sorry to have to cancel Friday’s training sessions. We have the following training sessions available this coming week.

    Monday 12/6 at 10:30am-10:50am, 2:00-2:20pm

    Wednesday 12/8 at 10:30am-10:50am, 2:00-2:20pm 

    These sessions are at the following zoom address.


    We will soon be sending a signup calendar for you to select times for working with students.

    Here is a message from Ms. Erdstein regarding the upcoming Hour of Code”.

    Dear Families,

    We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set.

    Our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 6-12). Students (Y5-5) will participate during their Library classes this week.

    The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event. HourOfCode.com offers hundreds of one-hour activities in over 48 languages for kindergarten and up. Activities require no experience and can be run on browsers, tablets, and smartphones - some don’t require any computer at all.

    You can enjoy this at home as well! Any time of the year! Among the many choices on this website, Lightbot and CandyQuest are activities that all students and adults can enjoy. Students can access these directly at https://hourofcode.com/us/learn, on a “choice board” in their Schoology Library course, and through their AAPS Clever accounts. There are hundreds of one-hour activities for Kindergarten and up.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Sincerely, Rachel Erdstein, school librarian

    Here is a message from Ms. Noble about upcoming Share Days: 

    Share days are designated days during 1st - 5th-grade music classes that a child may sing, dance, or play an instrument. This is strictly a voluntary activity that promotes musical talents outside of general music. If a student would like to bring an instrument from home, they must have permission from a parent. Special items may be kept in Mrs. Noble's closet for safe keeping. Feel free to drop off on the morning of your child's share day. This activity is for students. Please, no parents.

    Tuesday, Dec. 14 - 3rd Hane

    Wednesday, Dec. 15 - 5th Grades, 4th Shah

    Thursday, Dec. 16 - 3rd Conte, 4th Crook, 2nd Kind, 2nd McMath

    Friday, Dec. 17 - 1st Grades, 2nd Kierce, 3rd Cornish, 3rd Benison, 4th Chester

    Recent events have reminded us again about the threat or school violence that plagues our society. We want you to know that we conduct safety drills on a regular basis according to ALICE protocols.


    We do our very best to make sure teachers and students have practiced in the event that the unthinkable happens and we also try very hard to communicate about this with our children in a way that does not burden them with worry and psychological harm. (On the morning of the 30th we actually had our second security drill of the school year.) We will be reviewing ALICE protocols as a staff this coming Wednesday at our staff meeting.

    Thanks again to Dr. Jenks for sharing her words for sharing bad news with children. Many of you found them helpful. Mr. Benison also shared the following link which many found helpful. 


    We also want to share about the Be SMART program which teaches adults how to properly store firearms around children since we know that shooters frequently get their weapons from the home.


    We continue to be hopeful for the future because our children deserve no less and as corny as it may sound, change is possible. Just ask the Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Leslee

    News from Your Burns Park Elementary PTO: 

    Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

    Please join us for our PTO meeting this coming week - Wednesday, December 8th at 7pm on ZOOM. You can find the  agenda here, and the ZOOM link is on our website

    Speaking of our website - be sure to check out the Burns Park Elementary Spirit Wear shop (Penguin gear makes great gifts!) and check on your directory entry to make sure its up-to-date for this school year. 

    Finally, watch your email this week for a note about our school Family to Family Giving program. Supporting this program through our annual fund drive helps us keep a strong program of giving and support in our school community! 

    Have a wonderful week Penguins!

    Your Burns Park Elementary PTO