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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,

    Thanks so much to those who attended our PTO meeting last week. It was good to see you and to be able to speak with you about our Covid challenges as well as attend to our agenda for the coming months.

    There’s not a lot of news to share today beyond reminders of our email last Friday. We want to remind you that we will be working in a virtual environment for Monday and Tuesday with a return to our building this coming Wednesday.

    Students who are returning from quarantine must have a negative Covid test to resume in-school learning. and we will be providing testing in our parking lot on Tuesday from 10:00 am through 1:00 pm. Please feel free if you are able to come and get a test, even if you have not been in quarantine. The more data we have the better.

    Our focus in virtual learning continues to be a strong connection to your child’s teacher and our work together as friends and classmates in our learning communities. We think it most important at this time to keep good social connections with students and, to whatever extent we can, make online learning fun.

    In the next couple of days, we will be looking at all of our in-school practices, revisiting norms, and emphasizing opportunities for outside learning as we minimize time we spend inside in small groups. We continue to eat outside whenever possible and, although beyond CDC recommendations, we will begin wearing masks at recess.

    We’re getting closer to a vaccine and we know that very large numbers of our community live by science-based practices. We expect that vaccinations for children will make a huge difference in outcomes.

    In the meantime, we strongly encourage you, at least for the present time, to be very careful about extracurricular activities including socializing and limit, if not eliminate, opportunities for contagion outside of school.

    Our children need to be in school and we are committed to restoring us to the building by implementing this virtual break and our testing opportunities.

    A note of information, there are many BPE siblings who attend Tappan and other middle schools. It is possible and supported by the WCHD for our neighborhood high school and middle school students to go to school if their siblings are positive or in quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and symptom free.

    We continued to work together as a school community to support each other and live our lives at this time using best practices and CDC guidelines in the spirit of trust and mutuality.

    As always, we welcome your perspective and conversation as we work together in care of our children. Feel free to reach out at any time.


    Chuck and Leslee.

    From Your Burns Park Elementary PTO:

    Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

    Thanks to all our room parents - we have a room parent for every class! And, thanks to all who attended last week’s PTO meeting. We have several projects underway to support our teachers and learners, even as some parts of our school life aren’t entirely back to normal. Remember, every grownup with a student at BPE is a member of the PTO - here are ways you can connect:

    • Give through our Annual Fund Drive online at www.bpepto.org/donate  The PTO’s ability to provide support for classroom subsidies, parent and teacher grants, school events and assist with diversity and inclusion efforts is entirely based on your generosity and for this we thank you.
    • Yoga Mat donations: Our PTO is looking into a variety of options to extend our comfortable use of our beautiful outdoor space as the weather changes. One part is collecting yoga mats, which will be cut into thirds for students to borrow and sit on at outdoor lunch. There will be a collection bin at the side door near the parking lot, starting Monday. 

    Monday, October 18, 2021 - 7:00-8:30 pm

    PTO Council Building Community with Family and Parent Organizations

    Virtual meeting on Zoom:  https://emich.zoom.us/j/86188127272

    Join at or dial (312) 626-6799 and enter meeting ID 861 8812 7272

    The AAPS PTO Council - a district wide organization supporting all our PTO groups - is hosting a Virtual Parent Support Fair on Monday, October 18th at 7pm on ZOOM. The meeting will begin with a brief welcome from the PTOC and then a representative from each group will introduce their organization. Meeting participants will then be able to visit each group they are interested in connecting with in breakout rooms. Some of the organizations attending include: Ann Arbor Parents of People Who Are Trans; Arab American Advisory Group; Asian Pacific Islander South Asian/American Parent Advisory Group (APISA/A); Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC); Black Student Parent Support Group; Washtenaw Literacy (LIFT) and more.