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. 

    BP Penguins


    Dear Burns Park Families,

    We send warm holiday greeting to all of our Burns Park Friends who join over 1/5 of the world in celebrating Diwali. We wish you a happy holiday and prosperous new year.

    Best Wishes,

    Chuck and Laura

    Happy Diwali

    Dear Burns Park Families,

    It was great to see so many of you at this week’s PTO meeting. As always, we thank you for the many ways that you support our students.

    In particular, we’re grateful this week for your sponsorship of several field trips and our Gemini concert for our students in grades Y5 through 2nd. Our children were thoroughly entertained and enjoyed singing along to many of their favorite Gemini songs. Thanks also to those of you who supported our picture retake day this past Friday.

    Thank you also for using our new email address for reporting absences.  So far it is working well. Please note that you can also use this address to report a tardy.

    In case you missed it the new email address is . . .  bur_attendance@aaps.k12.mi.us

    Remember that Wednesday, October 25 is EARLY RELEASE DAY.  School ends at 1:29, and students will have time for lunch before they leave. Community Daycare will not be open for afternoon services.  Please make arrangements for your student to be picked up as needed.  For the bus riders, the buses will be providing transportation in the morning and afternoon.

    This week there is a change in the special area schedule. There were some challenges with the schedule and we have been able to get more support from the district by providing us with an extra media specialist’s support.  We welcome Lynne McHale to Burns Park every Monday.  Lynne will also be working at Dicken, Logan, and Pittsfield schools. While here, she plans to do literacy work with the classes she is teaching which include interactive read-alouds and participation in National and Global read-aloud initiatives.  Because of this change, there are also changes to classroom schedules, which means the time you have signed up to volunteer in your child’s class may no longer be the time your child has that class.  We recommend you confirm the time of the specials before you come into volunteer this week.  

    Thank you to those who donated indoor recess games.  We are still looking for donations of games for younger children such as Connect Four, Dominoes, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Legos/building blocks, coloring books, or other small toys that Young Fives children might enjoy playing with during indoor recess.  Thank you in advance!

    As you may know, Halloween is an exciting time at Burns Park. Many students wear costumes and join in our parade, which will begin at 3:15 this year on the 31st. (Young 5’s students will watch our parade as the walk is long and events are very stimulating.) Your child’s teacher and room parent will be sharing plans for classroom celebrations.

    As you plan with your child for a costume we offer the following guidelines. Please focus on fun characters. Many of our younger Penguins can be frightened by scary themes. Also, we do not allow any weapons of any sort to be included in costumes.

    We will be offering an alternative activity to Halloween parties and participation in the parade. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would prefer to join students who will be participating in an alternative activity.

    Our PTO is collecting costume donations for any student or family in need of a costume. There is a bin in the hallway across from the main office to leave donations.  Donations will be accepted through 9:00 am on October 31.   Leftovers will be given to CDC and Kid’s Club for their costume box.

    Girls on the Run at Burns Park is seeking volunteer coaches of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to help us inspire the girls in our community to become more joyful, healthy and confident!

    You don't have to be a runner to be a coach - coaches simply must be passionate about the mission of Girls on the Run, committed to working with a group of girls twice a week for ten weeks, and bring positive energy to each practice.

    Will you help us inspire our girls to make positive choices, avoid negative behaviors and become leaders in our community?

    The season begins the week of March 5th and runs until May 25th. Volunteers coach twice a week for 90 minutes for ten weeks. Our team will likely meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. The culminating Girls on the Run 5k event is scheduled for Friday, May 11th. Girls on the Run staff will provide the training, curriculum, supplies, and support.

    To learn more about becoming a coach and to fill out the coach application visit www.girlsontherunsemi.org. Please let our Site Leader, Anita Shah, know if you apply so that she can add you to her list of superheroes. Anita’s email is anitashah74@icloud.com.

    Looking for that cool line of BPE "School Built on Kindness" apparel? You can find t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and sweatshirts for kids and adults online until October 24: < https://stores.inksoft.com/burnspark >. The pop-up store, run by Marathon Sportswear, will be available from now until October 24, and all orders will ship on October 30. BPE receives some of the proceeds from each item purchased. Now is a great time to order! Our next pop-up will be sometime in the spring.

    On Tuesday, November 7, voters in our Ann Arbor Public Schools community will see a question on their ballots to renew the Washtenaw ISD Special Education Millage approved by voters in 2011, currently at 0.9719 mills.  Because this is a renewal, tax rates won’t increase over 2017 rates as a result of this request.  Based on the previous five-year trends, this proposed renewal would provide for approximately $6 million dollars for Special Education annually from this millage, relieving the General Fund of that burden. These kinds of local millage funds provide a critical revenue source.  This is a county-wide vote, and Ann Arbor typically carries the day, so please remember to get out and vote on November 7th.

    Here is a video link to the Michigan Water Polo team’s Facebook page highlighting their pen pal and field trip relationship to Ms. Chatigny’s 2nd-grade students.


    We invite you to visit our Burns Park webpage at the following address.


    You can also follow Mr. Hatt on Twitter.


    Mr. Hatt’s twitter posts are regularly added to our school webpage and he usually is able to re-tweet teacher’s posts so they appear on our web page as well.


    Socially networking and web-based communication are some of the ways that we share our school life with you. We also encourage you to visit us whenever you can.

    Here’s to a great week at Burns Park Elementary. We hope to see you soon.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck Hatt and Laura Wolf


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    Burns Park Lunch Schedule (2017-2018) 

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