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,

    We are off to a great start this year. What an amazing group of students!

    This past Wednesday we conducted our first fire drill. Students came out of the building in an orderly and quiet way as Mr. Hatt stood atop the flagpole structure. After students were assembled in their dedicated places, and attendance cards were sent from each classroom, all of our 530+ students stood facing Mr. Hatt in silent attention. We congratulated them on a job well done, without the assistance of any kind of PA system, and they could all hear clearly. We were then dismissed. This entire drill took just over 3 minutes!

    In addition to our students being so focused on working cooperatively to follow directions and keep each other safe, we see them time and time again being compassionate and generous with each other, and always willing to offer a kind gesture or word of encouragement.

    We often hear, and several times so far this year, from district substitute teachers and other employees who visit our school, about the positive behaviors and genuine interest in learning, that our children demonstrate. They distinguish themselves and pleasantly surprise our guests. Thank you for sending our students to school so well prepared for the academic, social, and emotional learning which we strive to engender.

    We hope you will join us this coming Thursday, the 20th, for Curriculum Night. We will meet in the auditorium from 6:00-6:20 for a short presentation from Principals and from PTO leadership. Your child’s teachers will then present from 6:30-7:15 in their classrooms.

    For those of our school family who are celebrating Yom Kippur, this Tuesday and Wednesday, we wish you a good holy day.

    This year the Burns Park Players will be presenting “The Little Mermaid” and will be holding their annual fall information meeting on Tuesday, September 25th, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the school auditorium. If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please contact Carly Groves, carlygroves1@gmail.com

    If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school, for any reason, please email the office attendance (bur_attendance@aaps.k12.mi.us) and CC the classroom teacher on the email.  

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars for first PTO meeting on September 27th and to read the weekly PTO email which comes on Sunday afternoons and updates our calendars on the many wonderful activities and opportunities for involvement at Burns Park Elementary School.

    It’s going to be a great week. Please come visit whenever you can and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Your Principals,

    Chuck and Laura

    Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families!

    Happy Third Week of School! We hope that you are settling into your routines and activities! We would like to highlight a few upcoming PTO events for you.  

    As a PTO we offer many enrichment and extracurricular programs for our students, however we cannot achieve this without each family’s participation as a volunteer and as a supportive donor.

    On Thursday, September 27th at 7pm we will hold our first PTO meeting of the year in the Media Center (when coming though the main entrance, go up the first set of stairs and take a right).  Childcare will be provided. At our first meeting we will be covering a variety of items, including updates from our volunteer and fundraising chairs, remarks from Principal Hatt, approval of our annual budget, new business for the PTO, and many more exciting topics. 

    Attending our PTO meetings is a great way to be involved and have a voice in your student's time at Burns Park. We as a PTO spend a lot of time, effort and energy in order to enrich the experience for all students at Burns Park, and the PTO meeting discussions and votes are essential in providing direction to meet the goals we set as a PTO.  Please join us on Thursday, September 27th to officially kick off the 2018-19 PTO year!

    Below is a quick list of important dates and information on the PTO and volunteering.   


    PTO Annual Fund Drive - September through October

    Curriculum Night - Wednesday, September 20th

    Welcome Back Coffee - WednesdaySeptember 26th at 8:30am - Burns Park Auditorium (walk straight up the stairs at the main entrance)

    PTO Meeting - Thursday, September 27th at 7:00pm - Media Center (Childcare Provided)

    Picture Day - Friday, September 28th

    The Burns Park PTO welcomes you to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund Drive!

    The PTO is a non-profit organization with a long and successful history of supporting our school and our greater community. Over the years, funds from our parent community have paid for a wide variety of enrichment programs for our students and offered crucial financial support for our teachers, classrooms and administration. When teachers need new books and supplies or want to start innovative educational projects, the PTO is there to assist them. The financial support we provide touches every person who attends and works at Burns Park Elementary.

    Our ability to support these important efforts is almost entirely based on your generosity.  Please see the full letter and donation form below or the hard copy that was in your child's Start of School Packets that went home Friday. Please contact Jenn Monk-Reising at jmonkreising@gmail.com if you have any questions!



    Calling All Volunteers!

    In addition to our wonderful teachers and staff, Burns Park runs on parental/family involvement.  As the year winds up we are working hard to streamline our volunteer opportunities and information.  

    Please visit the Burns Park SignUp Hub to let us know what areas you are interested in helping with,  a committee, being a Room Parent, and to sign-up to help with activities.  We are in immediate need of help with Weed n' Seed, Picture Day, and Walk and Talk. We have several Committee Chair positions open and are in need of a PTO Vice President or Vice Presidents.

    Room Parents - calling all those interested in being primary or co-room parents.  We are nearing the end of collecting all those interested in being a part of this important job.  If you are interested or have been approached by your teacher please fill out the PTO interest form and note the classroom.  We will be sending out more information in the near future.  Thank you!

    The signups for Art Angel and Library Helper are up and ready for volunteers.  You can access your classroom tab on the second page of the Burns Park SignUp HUb.




    Thank you,

    Jane Montas

    Stephanie Martin

    Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chairs

    The BP Garden

    Parent Volunteers needed for School Garden Program!

    Our Thursday lunch recess garden program, Weed and Seed, will start September 13 and run each Thursday through October 25th.  No experience is necessary. Help us plant, harvest and serve food to a mob of kids who love to come to the garden and take a break in nature.  Volunteers are needed each Thursday from 11:30-1. Join us by signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a9ac2ea3fe3-weed


    Emily Hastie

    Garden Commettee

    Walk & Talk

    Walk & Talk will be back September 17! We need parent volunteers to help it run smoothly, especially on those first few days! Please go to the BP Sign Up hub or https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444ada629aafa7-fall

    To help make this the best year yet for our kids!


    As always, please feel free to email us if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful week of school!


    Jenn Monk-Reising


    Jill Schloff


    Burns Park PTO Co-Presidents 2018-2019


    Burns Park Lunch Schedule 2018-2019
    Lunch Schedule 2018-2019