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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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    Dear Burns Park Families,

    What a beautiful weekend we’re having! It’s wonderful to have sunshine and clement temperatures as well as to get the rain that our blooming plants and flowers need. We hope that you’ve been able to be outside to enjoy it.

    We’re very excited for the return of our annual Ice Cream Social! Here is a quick reminder that Ice Cream Social pizza and wristband orders either online or cash/checks sent to the school are due Monday, May 16th. Either cheese or pepperoni pizzas are available from Pizza House for $14 per pizza. Cash/checks will be collected by classroom teachers on Monday, May 16th. Alternatively, online orders for pizza and wristbands can be completed on the Burns Park PTO website: https://burnsparkpto.membershiptoolkit.com/icecream-social at any time on or prior to Monday, May 16th.

    We’re also sending out an urgent call for volunteers!  The Ice Cream Social is this Friday, May 20th, 2022 from 5:30-8:30 pm.  Right now, many of our class SignUp Genius pages have empty time slots where booths will not be staffed with volunteers.  Without your help, we will have to shut down events that do not have volunteers and that will make for some very bummed penguins.  Every class should have received an email from their room parents with a link to a SignUp Genius to volunteer to work a class game or booth.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider doing so by Wednesday May 18th. Check with your classroom parents if you need help finding the SignUp Genius page. We want the return of the Ice Cream Social to be a HIT but we can’t do it without the help of our community.  Thank you so much for partnering with us make this an awesome event!"

    ​​In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, AAPS and APISA/A Parent Advisory Group hosted a Zoom poetry workshop led by Carlina Duan. Duan is a writer-educator from Michigan and an AAPS graduate. She is the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair and Alien Miss, and a recipient of a Fulbright grant and the Edna Meudt Memorial Award. Duan is currently a doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, where she studies community-engaged writing and documentary poetics. If you missed the workshop on May 4 that centered around themes of home, joy, and community, you can still participate! 

    Watch the recording of the workshop from May 4 and/or review the poems and writing prompts here https://tinyurl.com/APISAApoetry2022. Write a poem, or a "word doodle" as Carlina calls it, that centers around the themes of home, joy, and community. By Friday, May 20, add your writing (or an excerpt of it) to this form: https://tinyurl.com/APISAA-poem. Carlina will work to create a collaborative, crowd-sourced poem from the submissions. Students who submit work will also be invited to contribute a recorded video to help create a mash-up video of the poem, as well.

    Picnic Pops! Picnic Pops is back this year! May 22 Noon to 6pm. This year we will enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day listening to the music of our talented community bands. Families are invited to listen to the music, play carnival style games, and enjoy local food trucks all on the pioneer lawn. The concert is free and carnival games will be reasonably priced with tickets available for cash purchases on site. We are looking forward to a day of fun and music and hope to see everyone there! Please see the attached flyer for more information!

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    It’s going to be a great week at Burns Park Elementary School. We hope to see you soon!

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Leslee

    News From Your PTO

    Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

    Congratulations to our newly elected PTO board for the 2022-2023 school year, with both new and returning folks: Al Masias (president), Julie Rick, Silvia Robles, Melissa Gumenick, Tasha Hughes, Rachel Ufer, Karen Healy, Sa’Keenha Hester, Ry4an Barse, Viki Tijunelis, Minolya Dah Dah, Mayuri Guntupalli & Ashley Oberheide. There are a few board roles still open - reach out to info@bpepto.org if you are interested in helping out - especially with communications or serving as an at-large member. Thanks also to our outgoing PTO board members: Susie Shaefer, Christine Modey, Hadil Ghoneim, Jane Hollingsworth, Kate Brummet, Alexis Braun Marks, Jessica Anderson and Sarah LaTarte. Remember - all parents and guardians are members of the Burns Park Elementary PTO! Join us again in September.  

    Friday, May 20th - Ice Cream Social

    Order Now - Online ordering closes tomorrow! There is no admission, but wristbands serve as the ticket to all the games and include one ice cream. Order ahead for the $15 price, and order your pizza too. Financial support is available as well - please reach out the Principal Hatt & Principal Bullock for assistance. 

    Save the Date: May 25th Dine & Donate at Pizza House

    Pizza House generously sponsors our Ice Cream Social - help us return the support with a Dine & Donate night. Order takeout by phone, or dine in at the restaurant on Wednesday, May 25th, and mention the Burns Park Elementary PTO. 

    Fifth Grade families should have received an email about activities and sign-ups for graduation activities. Be sure to add pictures, volunteer as you are able, and plan to come celebrate our graduating penguins on the last day of school. Thank you to our 5th grade graduation team: Anna Massey, Melissa Weiss, Tori Langland, and our fabulous 5th grade teaching team! 

    Waddle on!

    Your Burns Park Elementary PTO