Burns Park Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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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. 


    Dear Burns Park Families,

    Stopping by school today, we saw our hallways and parking lot full of students, and parent family volunteers, participating in our school's Science Olympiad program. We're grateful to Dee Lamphear and Jane Montas for organizing and for all of our adult volunteers who help with this very special experience for Burns Park Penguins.

    We also offer congratulations to all involved with the Burns Park Player’s production of Under the Sea. We enjoyed the show and could tell that all involved had a wonderful time producing and performing.

    Speaking of theatre, you may want to  join the Tappan Players in the production of the classic, family-friendly musical James and the Giant Peach. Come with us on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure! Show dates are February 22nd: 7:00pm, February 23rd: 7:00pm and February 24th: 12:00pm. You can purchase tickets here: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/1367

    You are invited to join us tomorrow, February 11th, for National African-American Parent Involvement Day. Coffee and bagels are served in our teachers lounge from 9:00 to 9:30. All are welcome to visit in your child’s classroom and to join us for our 4th Grade Recorder Concert, starting at 10:00 AM in the Burns Park Auditorium.

    Additionally, NAAPID at Night will be held on Monday February 11 from 5 - 8 PM at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. The event is free and open to the public. Click here For more information.

    February is known as Black History Month. Teachers are paying special attention to text and story that ensure all students see themselves and their heritage in the curriculum and culture of the school.

    For some time, our best thinking about Black History Month was a hope that we would soon not need a special emphasis on African-American contributors to our nation, and the human family’s legacy.

    Unfortunately, in our history as educators, we have not seen as much progress as we have hoped for in regard to equality of opportunity, representation of full human diversity in media and literature, and healing of our nation’s woundedness and trauma around matters of race.

    Many of you will remember the essay written by noted children’s book author Walter Dean Myers which we’ve shared in previous years, and which continues to prompt our thinking


    We’re grateful for your continued and generous support in providing books for young readers at our school. This year our PTO will provide $5000 in funding for this endeavor. As stewards of your gifts, we will purchase books that represent a diversity of text structures and genres and also, as much as possible, the broad range of diversity of identity and experience in our human family.

    Also, thanks to PTO support, on February 13th we will host the Wild Swan Theatre for their production of Under African Skies which is a collection of African tales performed through storytelling, dancing, and drumming.

    We want to remind you about Kindergarten Roundup which will be held on February 13th from 6:00-7:00. We’re very excited to meet and greet our new Penguin families. If you have any neighbors or friends of K or Y5 age children, please help us spread the word.

    On February 15th and 18th, school is closed for staff and students At this time no election is planned for May so February 15 will be a day off from school, however if a government agency places a question on the May ballot before the February 12 deadline, school will be in session on February 15th. We will share more information on Wednesday.

    It’s going to be a great week at Burns Park Elementary School. Please join us when you can.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck Hatt and Laura Wolf

    Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families!

    Short week (again) for Mid-Winter Break.  Stay warm and enjoy the time off. 

    From Ms. Noble:  Reminder 4th Grade Recorder Concert - Monday, Feb. 11 - 10:00 am in the BP auditorium.  See how all that practice at home has paid off!

    Thank you again to the Special Interest Fair chair James Boardman for another successful event!  We had ghosts, Aretha Franklin, Lawn Boys, Michelle Obama, dogs, solar system, slime and many other awesome presentations by the students.  Great job to all who participated.  

    We are in need of volunteers for many important PTO positions next year, including President and President-Elect.  To find out more about our open positions, please join us at our monthly PTO meeting on Monday, February 25th at 7pm (child care provided) NOTE CHANGE IN DATE FOR THIS MONTH'S MEETING.  If you have any questions about open positions, please also feel free to contact us directly.  

    Please, as always, please feel free to email us if you have any questions.


    Jennifer Monk-Reising


    Jill Schloff



    Burns Park PTO Co-Presidents 2018-2019



    February 13 - Student Count Day 

    February 15-18  - Mid-Winter Break

    February 25 - PTO Monthly Meeting at 7pm

    February 27 - Early Release Day

    Burns Park Lunch Schedule 2018-2019