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,

    It was fun to see so many of you at The Grange this Friday evening. Our PTO leadership sure knows how to throw a party! Many thanks, to the Ayers family, for their ongoing support of this event.

    Over 16,000 dollars was raised by this year’s auction and each dollar will enrich the learning experience of all Burns Park students. We say a special thank you to Jennifer Monk-Reising, Laurel Schroeder, Geoffe Maturen, Eloise Maun, Gina Katz, and Marjo Grabowski. As you may know, for those on our auction team, the work is far from over. Thanks to each of you and every Burns Park family for your generosity.

    Speaking of which, we were touched by the gifts of gloves, hats, scarves, and assorted winter wear given by you to families who are seeking asylum and facing harsh conditions with little support, at our southern border. The boxes we set out were overflowing and items were piled around. We could have easily filled 3 or 4 more.

    Here is a reminder about Family-to-Family Giving, which Nicole Webb has pioneered for several years. Did you know that last year Family-to-Family giving helped 98 families celebrate the holidays with a little less stress? Please watch for announcements from your PTO if you are able to participate in this generous program for the holiday season.

    We say a big thank you to Ms. Erdstein and all of the family members who help with our weeklong participation in the Hour of Code. Students at all grade levels were very engaged with this activity.

    The first rotation of the Kindness Committee ended this week. Thanks to our first crew of Penguins who did so much brainstorming and initial planning for our 2018-19 activities! Our next rotation begins in January and we are excited to see what our next steps will be! Many thanks to Ms. Hane and Alisse Portnoy for supporting this program as we listen to our students and work with them to shape a culture of kindness and student engagement at Burns Park

    As we’re thinking forward to January, we hope you can save the date for our adult, immigration conversation series event on January 24th (more details to follow).

    Please check out the Lost and Found collection this week or early next week.  It is located in the hallway outside the Media center.  All items will be collected on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 19th and donated.  

    Spirits are high as students are very excited for the holiday season and the upcoming vacation. Fortunately we look forward to clement weather for outdoor recess. It’s going to be a wonderful week at Burns Park Elementary. Please come by and visit whenever you are able.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck Hatt and Laura Wolf


    Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families!

    Just two weeks left until we break for the New Year!  For those observing Advent and the close of Hanukkah, we hope these next few weeks are filled with reflection, joy and happiness! Our next PTO meeting will be held at 7p on December 20th, please join us!  As always, childcare will be provided.  


    The PTO hard line item goal for this years DOBP was $20,000.00  And guess what...we raised $16,024.00 in the online auction and this is before the final numbers from the Grange dinner have come in  for our dinning sales. In part to the generous partnership with Grange we will get closer to this year's goal.

    We have to take this moment to personally thank the outstanding committee that we are so fortunate to have had working on this project! Without all of you this would never have worked. It is so amazing to step back and take in the generosity of our community on all fronts. The volunteers, the donors, the teachers, the kiddos, Grange Kitchen and Bar. It took every one of you to reach this astonishing goal.

    In the spirit of this dedication, please take one more quick moment to look at each of the names on the list below and remember that when you see the people, putting up an auction this size takes an unbelievable amount of hours and dedication from the auction team. We would like to send out a heartfelt Thank You to the amazing team of folks who put this years auction together. If you happen to run into any of these dedicated individuals please be sure to give them and extra smile and a thank you! They have all worked very hard!!!

    Jennifer Monk-Reising, Laurel Schroeder, Geoffe Maturen, Elosie Maun, Gina Katz, and Marjo Grabowski.

    We are extremely proud to be part of this community, and to work with a team of such dedicated volunteers!

    DOBP DELIVERY OF ITEMS: If you won physical items that have not been emailed to you - our deliveries will begin tomorrow and end by Wednesday!


    Children at BPE have decorated envelopes that came home in backpacks during the first week of December. Please put your donation in the envelope. Cash is fine, as is a check made out to “Burns Park PTO.” Teachers will collect envelopes and place them in the designated Family-to-Family Giving box located in the school office. You may also make a direct donation to the FTFG box if you prefer. All donations are tax deductible and tax receipts are available upon request. The final due date for contributions this year is Friday afternoon, December 14, 2018.

    Thanks for any financial contribution you’d like to make - big or small - as we work together to support one another.

    Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2019,

    Nicole Webb

    Chair, Family-to-Family Giving program


    The Staff Appreciation luncheon is Monday, December 17th. This tradition is a great way to show our awesome Burns Park teachers and staff how much we appreciate them. Please consider contributing an item or two to ensure this special event is a success.  We particularly need help with set up and clean up.

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    If you have any questions, please contact Julie Soldan at juliesoldan@gmail.com

    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




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