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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    For any school-related questions, please email Kathy Cramer our School Office Professional. 




    Dear Burns Park Families,

    I hope your family is snuggled in for this cloudy winter day. Thank you to PTO leaders, and PTO members for a great meeting this past week. Tomorrow there is no school in observation of Martin Luther King Day. Here are some options for family participation in events in our community.

    The University of Michigan, 22nd annual MLK Children and Youth Program takes place on January 18, 2021. Celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with programming for children and youth via zoom. Information and registration here.

    If you and the kids in your life are looking for a way to honor MLK Day virtually, you all might enjoy this long-standing annual event, featuring local musicians Joe Reilly and Julie Beutel and sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. You can join via Zoom or via our Facebook page at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 18. See the link for more info and feel free to invite others!

    MLK Day Circle of Unity | Happening @ Michigan

    Anna Massey has shared an activity that may be inspiring, especially for many of our older Penguins.

    Amariyanna "Mari" Copeny, also known as Little Miss Flint, is a youth activist from Flint, Michigan. She is best known for raising awareness about Flint's ongoing water crisis and fundraising to support underprivileged children in her community and across the country.  Mari is currently 13 years old.  At the age of 8 she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama challenging him to visit Flint to see the crisis firsthand.  The letter was published in the Los Angeles Times and confronted the entire country with the reality faced by victims of state negligence. Here are the details for this event.

    With this week’s announcement of a plan to transition to offer a hybrid in-person learning option we know parents have many additional questions. District leadership has updated the FAQ section and answers can be found here. Please know that I will be sharing plans as they develop, particularly as they are specific to Burns Park Elementary and Prek-5 learners.

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools continue to distribute food on Mondays and Thursdays. These distributions now include dinner bowls. Full details on the food distribution program, including distribution times and locations, are available here.

    Here is a heads up from Ms. Becker about Art supplies for this week:

    Y5-K: Paper, pencil, coloring supplies

    1-3: Paper, pencil, black marker or crayon, coloring supplies

    4/5: Paper, pencil, markers or colored pencils

    Mr. Leonard wants to give your students a heads up for P.E. class this week. He’s asking students to gather the following to be ready for upcoming lessons.

    Y5-2nd Grade Supplies:  Soccer

     - Something you can dribble like a soccer ball.  (Any type of ball or a pair of socks)

    -  One laundry basket, box or cones to make a goal with

    -  Five items that you can use as pretend zoo animals.  ( pairs of socks, stuffed animals, empty water bottles)

    3rd-5th Grade Supplies: Hockey

    -  One rolled up pair of socks or small ball

    -  One laundry basket, box or cones to make a goal with

    -  One broom, pool noddle or stick that you can hit your ball with like a hockey stick

    -  Five items that you can use as treasures.  (pairs of socks, stuffed animals, empty water bottles)

    Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health organization at the University of Michigan is planning an online volunteer event for our community! All Elementary Students are welcome to sign up for a virtual science game night on Wednesday, February 10th at 4pm. Students and U-M volunteers will gather together on a Zoom call to play fun science games and get to talk about life with older mentors! The event should last around 30 minutes. Interested parents can fill out this form and direct any further questions to ashmehra@umich.edu

    Since we have snow about, Mr. Hatt will be collecting pictures of Penguins enjoying winter activities for our yearbook again this week. Just send them via email attachments to my address.

    I hope you have a great week of school and a chance to remember with your neighbors and families the dream that Dr. King shared with all of us, those many years ago, which we still aspire and journey toward.

    Your Principal,

    Chuck Hatt

    Your PTO Update 

    On behalf of your BPE PTO,

    Laura Hayden