Burns Park Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Burns Park Office 734-994-1919 Fax Number 734-994-1548

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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. 


    Veterans Day

    Dear Burns Park Families,

    We offer thanks for all veterans who have served our country, and others, on this special day. Many of us have served or have family members who have given much in the cause of freedom, human, and civil rights.

    Some folks have asked about our intent in sponsoring sessions for adults, and a focus with our students, on immigration and inclusion, and have wondered if we are addressing any specific problems or incidents of exclusion. We are happy to say that this is not the case. Students and families at Burns Park are remarkably diverse and remarkably welcoming and embracing of differences.

    We want to focus on immigration and inclusion this year as a way of articulating our commitment to these human and democratic values in a time when they are being questioned by some, and as a part of our commitment as educators and caregivers to our nation’s core principles and best ambitions. We will be announcing an updated schedule on parent sessions soon and you will be hearing about activities for students throughout the year.

    We were happy to send our new t-shirts home this Friday. Thanks so much to our PTO for funding, to Alisse Portnoy for organizing, to Sarah La Tarte for working with our Kindness Committee on design, and this year’s Kindness Committee and Green Team for distributing! Students are very excited for our new shirts, which look great and also generate of sense of belonging and the best kind of school spirit for our Penguins.

    We’re looking forward to our assemblies this week with Kevin Kammeraad on creativity, titled, Ideas are Everywhere. Penguins will be inspired in their thinking with connections and implications for music, theatre, art, language arts, and creative writing. Many thanks to our PTO for sponsoring this event. You are invited to join your child during the following times, this Wednesday, the 14th:

    Grades 3-5 12:45-1:45

    Grades Y5-2 2:00-2:45

    4th-5th Grade P.E. Announcement

    Starting this Thursday 11/15/18 we will begin Thursday morning basketball.  This free program run by Mr. Leonard will be offered every Thursday morning from 8:20 am-8:50 am unless you hear otherwise.  This is a time for 4th and 5th grade students to come in before school and play basketball. 

    Starting this Friday 11/16/18 we will begin Friday morning hockey.  This free program run by Mr. Leonard will be offered every Friday morning from 8:20 am-8:50 amunless you hear otherwise.  This is a time for 4th and 5th grade students to come in before school and play hockey. 

    Parents are welcome to come in and participate in these activities with your child.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Leonard at leonardj@aaps.k12.mi.us.

    As the winter season approaches, we want to be sure that all staff and families receive notice in the event that school is cancelled due to weather or other reasons. If you’re interested in receiving text message notifications of school closing text “Yes” to 67587.

    Ann Arbor PTO Council

    The next Ann Arbor PTO Council meeting is November 12th from 7 - 8:30 PM at Westerman Preschool & Family Center. All are welcome! Our AAPS Strategic Partnership and Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Shore, will present the nuts and bolts of what this new position in the district means for you, your PT(S)O, and your school. Pioneer Athletic Director, Eve Claar, will talk about high school sports tryouts, training, travel, finances, injuries, food, and answer audience questions in "Everything You Wanted To Know About High School Sports!"

    Free Writing Workshops

    This fall, 826michigan is offering free writing workshops for students aged 6-18, facilitated by teaching artists with deep roots in our program cities: Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ypsilanti. Workshops include: Creating Mazes with Words: Choose Your Own Adventure Poems (and Stories) for ages 12-18, and Bright As Stars: Using Your Favorite Things to Describe Yourself for ages 6 - 12. Register for these workshops now by clicking this link.

    We hope to see you this Thursday evening for our PTO meeting at 7:00 in the Media Center. As always, childcare is provided.

    Have a Great Week,

    Chuck and Laura

    Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families!

    We hope this finds you all well and gearing up for the last week of October!

    Thank you to all who have come out to volunteer for the many programs we have had this fall and for all the room parents who have and will be doing Halloween or Fall Festival celebrations in our students classrooms. This is the last week of Fall Walk & Talk, we need volunteers for this week - please see the note below form our amazing Walk and talk team! 

    We have a bin outside the auditorium for Halloween costume donations. These will be available for students on the 31st of any student is in need of a costume. The PTO needs a few volunteers to help distribute the costumes on the 31st - if you can come help at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium please email Jill Schloff at jillschloff@gmail.com.  .

    Mark your calendars our next meeting will be Thursday, November 15th at 7pm in the Media Center.  Childcare will be provided.

    Please see below instructions on how to access our online school directory.  Thank you to Laurel Schroeder for tireless efforts on creating this!

    BPPTO Online Directory.docx

    A huge thank you to our community for all the support of our Annual Fund, we are very close to hitting our goal! 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 previously 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!




    -Annual Burns Park Halloween Parade - October 31st 3:15 p.m.

    - 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!)

    Last week of Walk and Talk for the Fall

    If the rain holds out and we can fill those volunteer slots, we'd like to have just one more week of Walk and Talk!  The kids are hoping for the last chances this season to get their laps in during lunch recess and earn those coveted toe tags. We can't control the weather but we can ask you to check out the Sign up Genius and add your name. Thank you to all the new faces and veteran volunteers we've had this fall.  We appreciate all of you who have made this program possible so far and many thanks in advance who sign up for this last week!!   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444ada629aafa7-fall



    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 Eloise Maun at eloise.a.maun@gmail.com, or Geoff Maturen at geoff.maturen@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

    Burns Park Lunch Schedule 2018-2019
    Lunch Schedule 2018-2019