From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
A common English proverb says that if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. If folklore holds true this year we should see some lovely weather in about four weeks. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, there are many wonderful plans afoot for the coming days. We’re very excited for March is Reading Month. I have more to say about MIRM in this month’s Burns Park Press. (And by the way, thank you once again Betsy for a superb school community publication!)
While visiting Mr. Cramer’s class this past Friday I noticed several students readingThe Giver and we had a thoughtful conversation about the experience of watching the film version of a book that one has enjoyed reading. You can have that conversation with your student as well if you read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with them and then participate in this month’s PTO Movie Night which is held on Friday, March 20th, in the school auditorium. Drop off your child to watch this book-based movie with their school friends. Our event begins at 6:30 p.m. with student drop off and ends with an 8:30 p.m. pick up. A $5 ticket donation includes snack.
Volunteers needed are needed for this event. Please consider serving as a chaperone. We cannot run Movie Night without a minimum of 12 volunteers who have a criminal background check on file at Burns Park.
If you have enjoyed the evening break before, volunteering at least once a year is a wonderful way to give back and make sure we can continue to run these events. Chaperones may bring younger siblings with them.
All PTO Movie Night chaperones must have a criminal background check on file with the school as required by AAPS. To chaperone, download the certification form at the following web address:
Submit the completed form to the school office ASAP. Drop the form off in person or simply send it in your student’s backpack in an envelope addressed to Kathy Kyle. Only one form submission is required per school year.
If you have questions about volunteering or other issues related to movie night, please contact Julie Lubeck-Hofer at email@example.com .
March is also Youth Art Month! Every March various storefronts in downtown Ann Arbor feature the artwork from Ann Arbor Public School students. This year, Burns Park student artwork is at the Ann Arbor Art Center on W. Liberty and Literati Bookstore at Washington and 4th. Check out the artwork as you travel downtown and join us for an art walk and reception on Sunday, March 29th at the Ark on Main Street from 2-3:00 pm. I’ll be there and I hope to see you as well.
Although it’s sometimes hard to believe, spring will come again and with it new life in our beautiful school garden. Ann Arbor Public School garden coordinators and volunteers are invited to attend the district’s Annual School Garden Anaphylaxis Training Event.
The AAPS district is now offering Annual School Garden Anaphylaxis Training every year. This training is currently led by AAPS school nurse Nancy Polmear-Swendris RN (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is recommended that all school garden coordinators and volunteers in the district attend this important educational event which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Training will be held at Ann Arbor Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk, 48104 (994-2303). Online sign up is available here:
I will be participating in Dr. Swift’s 2nd annual information gathering initiative at Tappan Middle School, this Tuesday evening, from 6:30-8:00. Titled, Continuing the Conversation, this session is this year’s edition of the Listen and Learnconversations that were held district-wide last year.
I know from personal experience that Dr. Swift will pay close attention to community member’s ideas and concerns and that feedback from the community will influence and shape district policy. I hope that many of you will be able to join me on Tuesday or attend any of the other scheduled sessions.
Here’s to another great week and what looks to be fewer frigid temperatures.