Dear Burns Park Families,
We are enjoying beautiful fall days but there is a chill in the air. Please make sure your Penguins come to school with a suitable jacket or sweater as we continue to be outside for recess and lunch whenever possible.
We also want to be prepared for inclement weather and could use some gently used donations of items that are appropriate for Young Five and Kindergarten children in the event we do have lunch recess indoors. Our amazing noon hour coordinator, Ms. Tina, has sorted through all our games and materials and created a small wish list of items. If you are able to donate any of these please drop them off in the main office.
DVDs: Word Girl, Super Why, Dinosaur Train, PBS kids dvds for younger children
Games: Building Blocks or STEM related building kits
We are very excited about word study at Burns Park Elementary this year. Next year, our entire school district will be using the Words Their Way, word study program, which has been used by several teachers for many years here at our school. Words Their Way allows teachers to differentiate instruction for, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, and other word work principles.
A new and enhanced version of WTW has been published and provided to our school so that we may begin implementing now, a year in advance of district adoption. This past Wednesday, all K-5 teachers received brand new materials for this enhanced version and participated in a professional development training. During the next week or so students will be taking placement tests (if they’ve not already) to provide for small group differentiation. As mentioned earlier, all K-2 students are also using the online program, Lexia, to support the word solving portion of the reading process as well as some students in grades 3-5, according to need.
At an assembly, this coming Friday, students in grades 2 - 5 will learn about Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which will happen at Burns Park on Tuesday, October 23 (that's a day that schools across the United States will Mix It Up at Lunch; learn more here).
Classroom teachers will distribute wristbands in 16 different colors, which will correspond with colors on our 16 tables in the cafeteria. Within their grades, students will Mix Up who they eat with, which we hope will get more students talking with each other and widening their circles of friends! Since students who buy lunch at school can sit at our allergy table, every student will be able to Mix It Up at Lunch on October 23.
Also during Friday’s assembly, our plans for Burns Park's Kindness Committee will be introduced to our third through fifth graders. The Kindness Committee will focus on two themes: making Mix It Up a year-long campaign with a range of activities that "belong" to us at Burns Park; and creating a more welcoming and inclusive community with signage around our school, ranging from paper signs in elevators to permanent signs in parking lots, which will include a lot of project-based learning. We'll have four six-week blocks starting November 1, with meetings during lunch on Thursdays. Students can sign up in their classrooms for a six-week block, and if numbers are more than we can accommodate in the first block, students who are not in the first block will have priority for the second block, and so on. The Kindness Committee will have frequent outreach to our Y5 to second graders, so they, too, will be involved!
Our students may have gotten some very harmful messages recently, depending on their exposure to the news cycle, in regard to issues of power and gender. As you may remember from your childhood, these issues of relationship and aggression begin to emerge in our children’s conversation and social experiences from the earliest grades. We continue to value conversations with your children about the nuances with which we respond to these situations and the ways that they are perceived by children, families, and staff.
As principals and staff, we believe with you, that our life at Burns Park Elementary can and should be a counter to the misogyny, racism, and other negative dysfunctions that persist in our larger society. Please continue to share with us and work with us to teach all of our children a better way and to make our school an always-safe and truly inclusive learning family.
We hope you can join us this coming week for any of the many activities and programs here as we work together for our greatest responsibility and best hope; our wonderful and precious children.
Chuck and Laura
Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families!
We hope this finds you all well and keeping warm! Unpacking the gloves, hats and scarves was a bit tough. 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 donated to the 2018 Annual Fund. We are getting close to reaching our goal! We hit $16,000.00 this week and now have the last $9,000.00 to go!
Our Annual Fund drive is our most direct way of raising funds to support all of the enrichment programs in our school. Every single dollar that you give will go directly to impactful programs at Burns Park through the PTO. Our annual fund goal for this year is to raise $25,000. We are reaching out to our community and asking for your financial support. When we can reach this goal together, our dollars are put to work immediately in your students’ classrooms and in important enrichment experiences through the school year
The annual PTO Tri-Fold was sent home last week in your student’s backpack. Please take a moment to read it over. This is a wonderful way to get a look at the programs, enrichment and other amazing support that your funds go to support. The Tri-Fold also illustrates the times of the year that you as a parent will be asked to donate and support our PTO, along with the approved (not actual) budget for our last fiscal year. Please feel free to reach out to our Fundraising Coordinators if you have any questions or new ideas!
DONATE ONLINE TODAY WITH THE PAYPAL LINK BELOW:
- 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 7:00 pm - Media Center (Childcare Provided)
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!
DINE OUT FOR BURNS PARK FALL FUNDRAISER AND ONLINE AUCTION!
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 Jennifer Monk-Reising at firstname.lastname@example.org or Eloise Maun at email@example.com.
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!!
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.
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.
Emily Hastie & Tonja Fox
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.
To help make this the best year yet for our kids!
Burns Park PTO Co-Presidents 2018-2019
Burns Park Lunch Schedule 2018-2019
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