From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
While it’s not officially winter, it’s time to make sure our students are ready for school with gloves, boots, snow pants, and a warm winter coat. I was caught by surprise at the bus yesterday morning and I know a lot of students were as well. It’s cold outside and the wind bites! Please let me know if you need some support with winter clothing for your child. We have gently used items on hand from last year and we can always find more.
We raised over twenty one thousand dollars at last Friday’s auction. I want to repeat the message I sent through the Burns Park PTO email list on Saturday.
Many, many thanks to all of you and particularly Cynthia VanRenterghem, Marie Todd, Julie Grand, Teresa Fulimeni, Gwen Harrigan, Matt Toshlog, Jen Geer, Sylvia Marino, Anuradha Palapattu, Lisa Dibble, Lisa Seyfried, Jamie Phillips, and Jill Schloff.
Most especially I want to thank Jenn Monk-Reising. Jenn’s work for the auction is a 12 month, full-time job. Her tireless efforts on behalf of our children are irreplaceable.
We also had a great Physics Night last Thursday. Many thanks to Nancy Vettorello and students from the Physics department at the University of Michigan. This event energizes our students about science in general and also the upcoming Science Olympiad. Please watch for an announcement later today inviting students and parents to participate with the Burns Park Science Olympiad Team this year.
Many families have signed up for a parent orientation to Khan Academy and an update on the Burns Park School Improvement Plan’s math initiative,this Wednesday morning or evening. Rekha Desai has been leading a team of parents in supporting classroom teachers by enrolling students in a way that will enable teachers (and parents) to make specific assignments, monitor progress, and coach young learners toward success with their math goals. Thanks Rekha for organizing and for all of your many hours of hard work. Please watch for upcoming activities to support our students in using Khan Academy in afternoon sessions in our computer lab.
Linh Song from the Ann Arbor Public School's Educational Foundation will join us at our PTO meeting this Thursday for a presentation on the foundation's initiative to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) instruction at each of our district's middle schools. Please join us for a presentation and discussion on an issue that will effect all Burns Park students as they enter middle school. The PTO meeting begins at 7 p.m. and free child care is provided.
Here is an additional reminder about this Friday’s PTO Movie Night. This month’s selection is Planes: Fire & Rescue. Student drop off is 6:30 and pickup is at 8:30. Your $5 ticket donation includes a snack. if you have questions please contact Sylvia Marino at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jane Hollingsworth at email@example.com, or Julie Lubeck-Hofer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a message for you from the Friends of the Library about our upcoming, online book fair.
Dear Parents and Supporters,
We are pleased to announce our upcoming online book fair. The dates for the book fair are December 1st - 10th.
This book fair will be completely online with www.childrensbookstore.com. It’s easy to participate by doing the following:
Visit http://www.childrensbookstore.com or you can follow our unique link to the site by clicking here http://burns-park-elementary.childrensbookstore.com
Search for and buy the books you'll love to read this school year. Every book on the site is eligible for our fair.
Enter our unique code bpbooks either at check out, or when you arrive at the site by clicking on the "book fairs" tab at the top of the page.
Your books will be shipped directly to your home, or (if you prefer to save on shipping costs) bundled and shipped to the school at which point we will contact you for a pick-up time and place. Our school will earn 30% of all book purchases.
This is a little different from other book fairs we’ve done. First of all, there are more than 200,000 books available from baby books to young adult books, you won’t need to come to the school and you can select how fast you receive your books.
We’d love for you to participate in our book fair. It will raise funds for our school and promote reading at our school.
Because it’s an online fair, anyone can join in. Please forward this information along to friends and family anywhere in the U.S.
You can also post information about our book fair to your Facebook page or Twitter. We'll send reminder emails out when the book fair begins and as it progresses. Again, our unique book fair code is bpbooks. Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email questions about the books available to the helpful staff at Children's Bookstore here:
Rachel Erdstein and the Friends of the Library Committee
Finally, we will be taking any unclaimed items in the Lost and Found to the PTO thrift shop on 11/25 at the end of the day. We still have lots of sweaters, jackets, gloves, hats, and lunch accessories. Please take a look if you have a chance or ask you student to check for any of your family’s missing items.
Have a great week, bundle up, and enjoy the excitement our students are feeling about the changing seasons!