Dear Burns Park Families,
We hope you stayed warm and safe this past weekend with the drop in temperatures and slippery conditions. Last week was a fun and busy four days of school. It was great to be back and see all our friends. This week will prove to be another fun and busy week as well.
Students and staff are loving the new furniture and continue to play around with arrangements and movement throughout the day, as is intended. We continue to find old pieces that we no longer need. Those will be picked up and donated to one of a few great causes.
We will soon be launching a Crosswalk Flag Program on the east side intersection of Wells St. and Lincoln Ave. Containers to hold flags will be affixed on either side of the intersection. Pedestrians will grab a flag to hold up when walking across the intersection and then deposit it in a container on the other side. This program has been instituted in Seattle and Salt Lake City among other places. We wanted to give it a try at this intersection and monitor its effectiveness. Once we have the containers ready, we’ll do some training of the students and staff here and be ready to try it out! We are hoping this will be just one more measure that will continue to keep our neighborhood safe for everyone!
As mentioned in Mr. Hatt’s letter, we will have two short assemblies to honor Dr. King’s legacy this Wednesday afternoon. 3rd through 5th grade will meet in the auditorium from 2:00-2:30 and Y5-2nd will meet from 2:45-3:00.
All week and each week we will continue to be the legacy that Dr. King dreamed for, a place where all belong and each are invited to achieve their full academic and social potential in service to each other and the greater good.
Chuck Hatt and Laura Wolf
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream….. I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists,........ one day…… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers.
From Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Dear Burns Park Families,
Many of us are celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement of which he was an important part. At the same time, we are troubled by persistent injustices and a recent regression in our national conversation as long suppressed racist attitudes and language find voice and encouragement from the highest levels of our political leadership.
For many of us, our best hope and greatest encouragement comes from our children. Their actions and attitudes are an embodiment of Dr. King’s dream. While he often appealed to our national interest, and the best in our impulses as an ongoing experiment in democracy, Dr. King’s greater allegiance was to all people and his understanding of the worthiness of all humans as intrinsic to their very humanity. His message was a non-violent demand that all are treated with dignity and afforded political, social, and economic, justice.
I thought of my children and grandchildren this week. My daughters-in-law, as many of you know, fled El Salvador, with their family, in fear for their lives. They were welcomed and sponsored by a local community of justice and faith as they sought refuge and asylum. They were nurtured and educated by our broader community including the Ann Arbor Public Schools and many of our friends and neighbors. They are fulfilling the American promise as envisioned by Dr. King, which is the ability to raise their families in peace and according to rule of law and to contribute in care and service to the greater good of others, personally and through institutional structures.
I thought of our children as well. Our Burns Park student family who everyday express a burning curiosity to learn and who offer compassion, friendship, and the joy of life to their friends. They are truly wonderful and beyond most of us in their understanding of kinship and human connection.
Dr. King’s message is heavily edited these days, by most. I have no doubt that he would be an even more controversial figure now than he was in his own time and that he would be reviled and hated by many.
This Wednesday we will share, in our short school assembly, the version of Dr. King’s story that is appropriate for our children to hear and which they will embrace. We will share that each and every one of us is a welcome and important person at Burns Park Elementary School, and that we each have a responsibility to learn as much about the world as we can in order to serve our friends and neighbors with kindness and compassion. We will ponder anew, Dr. King's important question; "What are you doing for others today?".
We will commit ourselves anew to being his dream by offering respect for all as we achieve our potential as a school community in service to others. You are welcome if you can join us. 3rd through 5th grade will meet from 2:00-2:30 and Y5-2nd will meet from 2:45-3:00.
We wish you peace and encouragement on this national holiday and look forward with renewed commitment to serving our greatest hope and most important responsibility, the children of Burns Park Elementary School.
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