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 1414 Wells Street
 Ann Arbor, MI  48104
 Chuck Hatt, Principal

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  • Wednesday, Apr. 23 to Friday, Apr. 25 : 4th Grade Camp
    • Kindergarten, first, and second grade students: April 22nd to May 2nd.
    • Third, fourth and fifth grade students : May 6th through May 30th.
  • No Friday Morning Hockey this week, April 25.
  • Sunday, May 4 : Burns Park Run, See this site

***Science Olympiad

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

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.

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Weekly News from Your Principal, 4/21/2014

Dear Families,

Welcome to another wonderful week at Burns Park.

Several members of our PTO Executive Committee remarked on the very beautiful sight of a park filled with sports teams in practice and children at play this past Thursday evening. If your child has interest and you’ve not been able to make a team sports connection, please let me know. I’ll work to find a spot for them, if possible. Scholarship money is available to support team participation and equipment.

Here’s an opportunity for our 5th grade girls who play basketball sponsored by Rec and Ed:

Girls Basketball 2014 Spring Camp

Current 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Girls.

Huron High School Dome Gym

Saturday, May 31, 2014

9:00am – 4:00pm

To register, go to the Ann Arbor Rec & Ed website:

ID# 3451.301

Please click here for a digital copy of the April edition of The Penguin Press.

Many thanks to Betsy Capelli for all of the thoughtful work that goes into publishing our 3-5 student newspaper.

Our fourth grade students will be away at camp this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I hope to join them for at least one day and one night. Teachers tell me that the fourth grade trip to camp will be one of the most memorable experiences that your child will have in elementary school. I’m looking forward to joining this great tradition.

Many thanks to the teachers, office staff, and parent volunteers who work so hard to make this happen and, of course, for your generosity that provides scholarship funding.

The spring NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments begin this coming week.  These assessments help us to determine your child’s continuing instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math and Reading. Your child will take the assessments on a computer.

Kindergarten, first and second grade students will be assessed between April 22nd to May 2nd. Third, fourth and fifth grade students will be assessed between May 6th through May 30th. Your child’s teacher will be scheduling specific sessions for their class.

Computer challenges experienced in the fall session have been addressed.  We look forward to a smoother experience. NWEA MAP assessments are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning.  This attribute allows us to better address a student’s individual interests. In addition, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward assessing.  Teachers use the information within the Student Progress Reports to create small groups for differentiated instruction so that they can meet the learning needs of every student in the classroom.

There are still spots available for participation in our Conversation on Race at Burns Park this coming Saturday morning. We’ll meet from 9:00-12:00 in the auditorium and lunch is included. If you’d like to join us please send me an email message which includes your name and phone contact information.

Jen reminded us of so many more exciting events and initiatives in her PTO email earlier today. Isn’t it great to be a Penguin!

Happy Spring!

Chuck Hatt


Ann Arbor Public Schools