2014-15 AAPS Back to School Guide
Thursday, Aug. 28 : Popsicles in the Park
Wednesday, Aug. 27 : Building PD day for staff
***Tuesday, September 2 : First Day for Students
***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,
Here is a list of classroom teachers by level at Burns Park this year:
- Kindergarten : Ms. Fisher, Ms. Roderique, Ms. Steward, Ms. Wade
- First Grade : Ms. Ambrosino, Ms. Chappius, Ms. Monts
- Second Grade : Ms. Chatigny, Ms. Kind, Mr. Thompson
- Third Grade : Ms. Chen, Mr. Staples
- Third and Fourth Grade : Ms. Crankshaw
- Fourth Grade : Ms. Chester, Ms. Spiegel
- Fifth Grade : Mr. Cramer, Ms. Kreger, Ms. Pryce
I have some more very exciting staffing news to share. Please join me in welcoming the following Burns Park staff members.
Mr. Marvin Jackson
Mr. Jackson is retired from GM after thirty years of service. He has a passion for golf and I surely wouldn’t wager against him on the links.
I’m very heartened by my first conversations with Mr. Jackson. He quickly acknowledged that our building has significant cleaning needs. Mr. Jackson has asked for patience. He believes that it will take up to two months for our school to be brought to an exemplary level of cleanliness and good repair.
As in teaching and learning, honest and accurate assessment is essential to excellence. I’m hopeful that Mr. Jackson will help us provide the level of cleanliness and comfort that our learning community deserves.
Teacher Consultant, .5
My name is Christina Bernard and I am so happy to be a new staff member at Burns Park Elementary! I am brand new to Ann Arbor Public Schools. I come from Fitzgerald Public Schools in Warren where I have taught a total of seven years: three years in an elementary Resource Room and four years in a middle school self-contained Special Education classroom. I received my Graduate Teaching Degree from Saginaw Valley State University with Endorsements in both Speech and Special Education.
Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed working with children in various capacities including being a camp counselor, a coach, and of course, teaching! I find it very exciting to watch their eyes light up when they learn something new! I am eager to start the school year and get to know the students at Burns Park Elementary.
Reading Intervention, .25
Bernadette Swanson is thrilled to be joining the Burns Park community teaching Reading Intervention. Bernadette Swanson has taught in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for twelve years. Previously, she taught third and fifth grade at Mitchell Elementary. Bernadette has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters in Reading from Eastern Michigan University.
Bernadette is a long time resident of Ann Arbor having attended Abbot, Forsythe, and Pioneer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Bernadette has three children who keep she and her husband on their toes. Bernadette is looking forward to the upcoming school year and can't wait to get started working with young readers.
Patrice is a graduate of Ann Arbor Public schools, and of the UM ELMAC program, through which she student taught 4th grade at Burns Park. She has taught grades 1-3 in international schools in Michigan, Minnesota, Brazil, and Kuwait, and 4th grade ESL for AAPS summer school. Her teaching experience has included classroom positions where a majority of students were learning English as a second language. She enjoys learning from colleagues, parents, and students. After combining her love of languages and travel with teaching, she is excited to be back home and to continue to teach and learn as an ESL Teacher for AAPS at Burns Park and Angell.
When not at school, she can be found playing soccer or ultimate frisbee, biking, walking, reading, swimming or baking. Although English is her only first language, she loves learning languages. She can speak fluently on many topics in Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. She has also studied Finnish, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, Arabic, and French. She lives in Ann Arbor and loves being close enough to walk to campus, downtown, and Burns Park.
We’re very fortunate to add these folks to our team. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday morning.
Drop Off and Pick Up for Those Driving to School
I am sending directions for families who drive to school for a safe drop off and pick up procedure. You will find a pdf file attached to this email message which illustrates traffic patterns, the drop off zone, and turning directions.
If you are driving your child to school you will notice directing signs in our parking lot. They are no longer relevant and may take some time to be changed.
All traffic enters the parking lot from Wells Street. As you enter, please proceed forward to the building end of the lot as traffic allows. There is no passing in the line.
At the end of the parking lot, as traffic turns left, is our drop-off zone.
Please have your child ready to go. Sometimes students need to get organized as they arrive and occasionally long conversations in the car can transpire. We’d like to avoid those at the drop off point if possible.
Students will leave their car at the curb where waiting staff are helping them and directing traffic.
As your child disembarks, please proceed through the parking lot to exit and turn right only on to Wells Street.
If you are in the line behind cars that are unloading, please wait patiently. It will be unsafe if cars drop off their precious cargo and then drive around other unloading cars.
Pick up process is the same in the afternoon with the drop off and pick-up zone being the point of contact for children and their families.
You are always welcome to park and enter the grounds to drop off and pick up your child. With a full staff, teaching assistants, and numerous student teachers, parking spaces will be limited. After parking, please have your child walk with you through the lot.
Our goal is a completely safe and pleasant arrival for each child and their family and we will work to be as efficient as possible after assuring our most important priority; your child’s safety.
As always, I value your insight and feedback. Please do not hesitate to offer suggestions for making our car drop off and pickup a safe, pleasant, and efficient process.