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.



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    Dear Burns Park Families,

    As we pause to remember the legacy and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are reminded of how far our country has come and how very far it still has to go. We cannot observe this day without also acknowledging that there are very many in this country who are at enmity with Dr. King’s message and are actively working to reverse the progress that we have made. As we remember Dr. King’s reminder that “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” we renew our hope and work toward a just society and remember that we owe our children no less than a belief and effort toward a better future.


    It was great to see all of you who turned out to our PTO meeting this past week. We were happy to hear that our new Burns Park t-shirts are here and we’re grateful to all of you for supporting this gift to our children. There is no doubt that our Penguins love their school shirts! If you’d like to get in on the fun or order extra for your family you can purchase Penguin swag here: 


    We’ll see temperatures up and down the thermometer this week and we remain committed to offering outdoor eating especially given the high rates of transmission that we are experiencing with the Omicron variant of Covid 19. We are also committed to providing indoor eating for all of our students who prefer it. Your support in volunteering for lunch duty helps us to offer these options and we can also use additional helpers. If you are able and willing, please sign up here:


    We continue to have outdoor recess whenever the temperature is above 0 (including wind chill factor). Please make sure your Penguins dress warmly. If your child needs winter wear don’t forget our Burns Park Winter Clothing Swap. We have plenty of items of every sort and size. You can access our inventory here:

     Burns Park Winter Clothing Swap 202

    As principals we are inspired each day by your children’s openness to each other in friendship and their natural tendency toward care and compassion. We are blessed to be a part of a diverse and inclusive community. Our children are our greatest hope and most important responsibility. Thank you for partnering with us in their care.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Leslee

    Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

    Thanks to all who turned out for our PTO meeting last week! If you’re looking to connect and support our school community, here are a few ways to do that:

    • Shop & Support! Stop in to Thrive Juicery on Saturday, January 22nd for fresh pressed juices, smoothies and lunch and a portion of all sales will go to Burns Park's PTO. Located in the Trader Joe's shopping plaza on Washtenaw Avenue, Thrive is open 9am-5pm - see more about them at https://www.thrive-juicery.com/  Just mention Burns Park at check out and please spread the word to friends and neighbors! 
    • We are looking for Website volunteers! We need a small team of folks who can help manage our PTO website. There is no coding or design work needed - our current website volunteer, Sarah LaTarte, will teach what is needed. This is a great volunteer job for folks who don’t have time during the school day since work can be done on your own schedule.
    • School t-shirts arrive this week! Students will bring shirts home from school. If you’d like a matching one, be sure to check out the Burns Park Elementary Spirit Wear shop 
    • Now that the weather has turned very cold, you might want to visit our online winter clothing swap. We have plenty of warm clothing to offer: Burns Park Winter Clothing Swap 202

    Finally, if you are looking for a way to mark today’s commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Eastern Michigan University is offering a series of  read-alouds for kids online. Visit https://flipgrid.com/31f7539e to watch videos of many different people reading great books and poems about “Rising Together for Justice.”There’s even a link to another great site – Our Community Reads with Kallista Marie – that lets you watch more read-aloud videos!

    Have a Fantastic week!

    Your Burns Park PTO