- Monday, Mar. 10 : No School for Elementary Students - Teacher Report Writing Day
- Tuesday, Mar. 11 : Field Trip, Staples' class to Gravel Pit Fox Preserve
- Friday, Mar. 14 : Movie Night, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, auditorium
- Monday, Mar. 17 : Report Cards Sent Home
- Tuesday, Mar. 18 : Special Interest Fair, Registration Form is here.
- Wednesday, Mar. 19 : Field Trip, Kindergarten to Health Exploration Station, 9:30 - 11:45
***No Friday Morning Hockey This Week(3/14)
Sign up sheets have gone home for this year's Burns Park Science Olympiad. This year's competition will be held at Pioneer on May 10th and involve 26 schools. All kids in 2nd through 5th grade can participate. There are many events to choose from including knowledge events to building events. Practices will begin in February and are held Sunday afternoons. Please turn in the sign up sheets to the school office or sign up online at https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsJcwBwonDLpdFctbTZlTVJETGRDbWY4OWstNmpsSUE#gid=0
Any questions, contact Yeong Kwok.
***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.
2013-14 AAPS Back to School Guide 955kb
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Weekly News from Your Principal, 3/10/2014
Dear Burns Park Families,
What a wonderful week we’ve had at Burns Park, not without its issues, but lots of great things to report.
Fourth grade students learned some important lessons about seeing the world through multiple perspective during their Disability Awareness Workshop on Friday. Many thanks to Juliet Flanders and many other parent volunteers for making this happen.
Once again, the Burns Park Elementary blood drive was a rousing success. Again, thanks to Ms. Kreger and many, many volunteers for helping to save over 216 lives!
The Solar System Science project is up and running with many of you joining in. This group will continue meeting on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in room A2 each week.
A parent safety committee met last Tuesday to discuss building concerns. Among those is a suggestion for a building-wide system for keeping track of students who leave the classroom. Each teacher has their own process in place. We will begin implementing a system that is consistent throughout each classroom in the next two weeks.
As may have heard, there’s a nasty intestinal virus that has been making its rounds through Burns Park during the past week. I came down with it and was out on Thursday and Friday which gave me a lot of empathy for students who are afflicted. This one is definitely no fun. The upside is that it’s over in about 36 hours. Another positive for me was the loss of 3 pounds? (I’m searching for a silver lining here.....)
In response to this virus, a crew from the district’s Buildings and Grounds department was able to disinfect our entire building Saturday, including every exposed surface such as desks, chairs, restrooms, doorknobs, light switches, etc.. I’m hoping the virus has run its course.
We will be participating in the Rotary and Food Gatherers food drive from March 10th through the 21st. We’re hoping to contribute non-perishable food items and paper products including disposable diapers with the exception of anything that is packaged in glass. We will have cartons for donation outside the office and in classrooms. There are hungry people in Washtenaw County who go without food and I’m grateful that our school community is able to respond with generosity.
I’ve been thinking lately about an important theory in reading instruction articulated by Louise Rosenblatt, in the 1930’s and then again in the ’70‘s. Her theory argues that the meaning of a text is constructed between the author’s intended meaning and the knowledge and experience that a reader brings to the text. In other words, a single text can mean many different things to different people. When readers come together to share their response to text we can arrive at deeper and more complete understandings.
I saw some great examples of this theory in action during the past two weeks listening to student-led book discussions in Ms. Chester and Ms. Kreger’s classes.
I want to connect that knowledge and experience with another recent conversation. A parent expressed concern that their child has not been given a chance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school day. This parent, a surgeon and veteran of our armed forces, remembered the importance this recitation played in his own development as a student of history and a person of service to his community and our country. He asked, respectfully, that we recite the pledge on a daily basis.
I believe my friend was being both an officer and a gentleman in this instance. The State of Michigan requires that public schools provide this opportunity for students. While some teachers schedule a recitation of the pledge, it has not always been a consistent part of our daily schedule
We will begin reciting the pledge together this coming week. I will be using the PA system to lead. I’ll also be working with teachers to find the best way to continue, perhaps alternating between building-led and classroom-led seasons.
As directed by law, we will also make sure that students are not compelled to recite the pledge and feel comfortable declining. It’s important to remember that many of us are not citizens of the United States and/or may also object to recitation for religious reasons.
I’ll will also have some conversation around the meaning of the pledge. A lot of the vocabulary will need to be supported in order for this activity to be meaningful for young children.
This is where Ms. Rosenblatt’s theory comes in. For each family and each person at Burns Park, the pledge will evoke different meanings and associations.
When I think of what this country means to me I remember to be grateful that my family of immigrants from the coal mines in Wales could find new opportunity in the steel mills of Western Pennsylvania, ultimately having every educational and career choice imaginable.
I remember that my grandparents had four service stars in their window during WWII. One star stood for each son who returned and then used the opportunity provided them by the GI Bill to become educated, raise families, and build a better life for themselves.
I remember to be grateful for my foster son who survived a holocaust in Cambodia and a daughter-in-law whose family fled death squads in El Salvador. Both came here to find a better life through the generosity of people of faith and appeals to our legal system. Both have become United State’s citizens.
I also remember to be grateful for the progress we have made as a nation in providing a free and appropriate education for each and every child, our reliance on the rule of law, and our great journey toward equity and fairness for all.
I encourage each of you to ask your child about their experience reciting the pledge and to support its meaning for them with your own story and your own response to it.
If you’re comfortable, please share a paragraph or two with me about that in the coming days, whether your observation is that of a citizen of our country or otherwise. It would be worthwhile to collect these perspectives in a common response, in order to learn more about each other and the ways that our school reflects our country’s ideals and also reflect the larger human family.
There’s lots more that I need to talk with you about so please watch for some upcoming emails this week.
Please enjoy your day off from school tomorrow. Teachers are busy summarizing data and marking report cards and I have a bit of paperwork to catch up with as well.
If winter has caused you to be faint of heart you can always watch this video of a green, spring, Burns Park, shared with me by Mary Van Der Velde.
this video of the old neighborhood
All the Best and Speak with You Soon,