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. 


    Sunday, November 3rd

    Dear Burns Park Families,

    To all of our friends who are celebrating this week, we wish you a Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity, and joy to you and all your family! We hope that you had a restful weekend after the fun and celebration from Halloween. It was wonderful to set our clocks and FALL BACK today and get that “extra” hour of sleep.

    Tuesday, November 5th, is election day and there will be no school for students. We hope that you are able to participate by voting in this important election. Michigan is one of only 12 states that does not provide state funding for school infrastructure. Learn all about the financial aspects of the 2019 bond proposal here. Watch our Informational Video and find much more information on the bond proposal at a2schools.org/2019 bond.

    November is Loss and Children’s Grief Awareness month. We will be observing this week in morning meetings as well as in our 4th and 5th grade Spanish class's Day of the Dead celebrations. Talking point in our morning meetings will include mention that all of us experience loss at various times in our life and that we should be kind and caring toward our friends who may be experiencing sad times. We will also remind students that our school is a caring place and that they can always share with their teacher or principal when they are having sad feelings at school. Activities will also include a developmentally appropriate read aloud and other activities to promote conversation and vocabulary around this theme.

    MSTEP results for 4th and 5th graders will be sent home in fall report cards on November 26th and we continue with fall conference time during these next few weeks. Our goal is 100% participation so please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you haven’t already scheduled a conference.  

    Our school district publishes a monthly, literacy newsletter with daily activities to support literacy learning at home with your family. You can access this document at the following link.


    World Food Day was October 16 and this year and Slow Food U.S.A. put together a little seasonal recipe book for kids!  The recipes are based around seasonal eating and health.  They are kid-friendly, which means that children can help prepare it with their family. There are recipes that possibly include some history, varieties, where they are grown, and fun facts!  They include Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall recipes that are easy to follow.  

    Ms. Shah, a BP fifth-grade teacher and our school garden coordinator was so inspired by the recent herb tasting and our student engagement in the school garden that she decided to submit some recipes!  Check out her published recipes in the book. The recipes she submitted contain all the vegetables and herbs that we can grow in the Burns Park School Garden. You can also make these easy recipes at home with your child's help!  Happy seasonal eating!  

    We want to promote the Pioneer Theatre Guild (PTG) is production of  Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical at Pioneer High School. 

    The following Burns Park alumni  and are involved in this production:


    Remaining Show Dates are as follows: Friday, November 8th @ 7:30pm, Saturday, November 9th @ 7:30pm, Sunday, November 10th @ 2:00pm

    Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults at the following link:


    Performances are in Schreiber Auditorium at Pioneer High School. According to Musical Theatre International (MTI), this show is rated PG.

    Finally today, we want to remind you that Burns Park Elementary shirts, sweatshirts, and hats are available online through tomorrow, November 4. Our students and staff each will receive their purple "School Built on Kindness" this week. If you'd like to order additional gear, check out this online popup:  https://bpefall19.itemorder.com/sale . This is not a fundraiser -- it's an opportunity for people to purchase additional short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, crew and zip hoodie sweatshirts, and hats in youth and adult sizes at cost if you're looking for some cool gear. Marathon Sportswear handles all the sales; you order online by November 4, pay a $5 flat shipping fee, and they process everything and send you your gear directly. Questions? Contact Alisse Portnoy at inclusion@bpepto.org

    Thank you as always for being such a supportive and caring school community. We are grateful for your commitment to our children and our special school community. Have a wonderful week and please join us when you can.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Laura

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    Burns Park Lunch Schedule 2019-2020

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