2014-15 AAPS Back to School Guide
- Tuesday, Sept. 9 : Curriculum Night
- 6:00 - 6:40 K-2 Classroom Presentations held in your child's classroom.
- 6:45 - 7:10 Principal and Special Area Teacher Presentation held in the auditorium.
- 7:15 - 8:00 3-5 Classroom Presentations held in your child's classroom.
- Thurs. Sept. 18 : PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Media Center
- Mon. Sept. 22 - Fri. Sept. 26 : Hearing & Vision
- Fri. Oct. 10 : Picture Day, Retake Day is Nov. 21
***Young 5's Program - Expanded Locations!
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Young 5's program offers an alternative educational program for children whose parents feel that they are not yet ready for a traditional Kindergarten experience. Students are eligible for the Young 5's program if they live in the AAPS district and have turned 5 by May 1, 2014 but no later then October 1, 2014, or by December 1, 2014 with a waiver.
For more information and the locations of the Young 5's program, please follow this link.
Back to School Safety Tips
From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
People often remark that Ann Arbor is a sort of “bubble” and not a realistic reflection of the larger world. They sometimes say this in a way that intends to invalidate a perspective and perhaps there is some truth in their way of thinking.
It’s also true that our “bubble” gives us a picture of larger global trends involving culture, science, technology, and many other areas. We have a particular experience that may limit us in some regard but that also gives us broader and more powerful perspectives.
I am sharing a link this week that demonstrates how our community aligns with the age-old understanding that all can be involved in raising each child to achieve their potential (it takes a village) and also demonstrates our giftedness in proximity to a world class university and the special advantages that we enjoy.
This article is about our friends and neighbors, the Stahlin family. Shannon and Angie, and their three children, Eden, Jake, and Savannah, know in a very powerful way how a community’s gifts can make the unimaginable possible for all children. I hope you’ll get a chance to read this article. It will hearten and inspire you.
I hope you will also consider how we all can be gifts for each other in our school community. I am sharing this week about the many opportunities for volunteering at Burns Park Elementary. While we’re not all gifted scientists or physicians (although many of us are!) we all have something special to offer that others need.
The lunch hour continues to be an area of concern for me. Our largest number of students spend time with a very few adults; our paid lunchroom supervisors. These folks often do wonderful and caring things for children but they also have the least amount of training of all our staff in current research and practice involving developmental psychology and the care and nurture of children in large-group settings.
We continue to work on addressing this gap but it would be very helpful if parents or other family members could join us at this special time. Opportunity for volunteering includes helping to collect lunch cards at the beginning of the lunch period, helping young children open tricky packages in the cafeteria, and being a friend and problem solver on the playground. If you’re interested in helping during the lunch hour, please let me know. I’ll be glad to start you with a bit of orientation and modeling.
Ever wonder if you’d like to join the Burns Park PTO? Wonder no more. As parent or adult caregiver of a Burns Park student you are already a member!
Our PTO offers many opportunities to support their essential work. If you are interested in volunteering at Burns Park in the classroom, or for other committees, please sign up online at http://www.volunteer.bppto.org.
If you have any questions about volunteering through the PTO, please don't hesitate to contact Lauren Kinsherf (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sylvia Marino (email@example.com).
The Friends of the Library Committee is always looking for new members. Please contact Ms. Erdstein if you'd like to support our library and the culture of literacy at Burns Park
Many of us watched and discussed the film American Promise last year and confronted the fact that access to schoolhouse culture and the american dream is still rigged with inequity and bias for African-American students and their families.
At the end of our conversations on race and privilege last spring, parents challenged our school staff to continue to have courageous conversations about race and to work for knowledge and healing in our culture. I have two opportunities for service to share in response.
Marie Morris, mother of Daniel, has agreed to work with me to form and facilitate an African-American Parent and Student Support Group for all who are interested. If you feel that you have a place at the table for this important work, please contact me or Marie. Here is Marie’s email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents have already begun work in our C3 Committee. This committee will focus on culture and curriculum in order to access the rich cultural capital that exists among families in our school community. We envision a year long conversation, with learning and celebration, so that our children (and all of us) benefit from giftedness as a local/global community. As many of us know from our broader experience, living in a community of such rich diversity is an extremely rare gift in contemporary American society. Again, contact me if you’d like to be a part.
Over the past several months I've been in conversation with staff members and also with parents about the relationship that food has to learning, both physiologically and emotionally. There is a lot of research that has evolved in the last decade and fairly alarming trends involving emerging allergies, behavioral issues, and a significant rise in type 2 diabetes.
As is often the case at Burns Park, we have parents who are experts on a given topic. In this instance, we have at least two in the area of pediatric health and nutrition.
Camille Noe Pagán is a journalist specializing in health, nutrition, and wellness and Dr. Sue McCreadie is a pediatrician who works with families to find holistic responses to health issues, often involving modification of diet. I've share with many of you how her advice for me helped me lower my dangerous triglyceride numbers with a simple change in eating habits.
I’ve invited Sue and Camille to join me in a parent and teacher committee to make some healthy eating policy recommendations for Burns Park. Several teachers are joining the work. Let me know if you’d like to be a part of this conversation.
In the next week or so I will be sharing in-depth about our School Improvement Plan and our focus on school climate, Spanish language instruction, and a focus on Mathematics.
The Burns Park World Language Initiative will provide you with an opportunity for giving. We are still in the midst of a playground campaign that will provide our students with needed updates for healthy and important play activities, and there will be opportunities to volunteer in after-school learning and engagement for Mathematics.
The Burns Park school and family community is unique in its commitment to its children, its regard for learning, and its desire for the very best in social and academic outcomes for children. It is a privilege to serve you as principal. Please believe me when I say that educational professionals that I know both regionally and nationally would be grateful to work with you, your children, and your teaching staff. I hope that I will be able to see work with each of you in the spirit of teamwork and community at Burns Park this year.