From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
Many thanks to those of you who organized our movie night and who volunteered. There were102 students in attendance and our PTO earned $517.73. Funds raised by our PTO directly support classroom teachers and many programs that our children enjoy and benefit from.
I want to let you know about an exciting new dance class that Kari Becker (mom of Adeline in Ms. Steward’s class) is offering at Burns Park starting January 29th. It's called "Dance Architects" and is listed through the Ann Arbor Public School’s Rec and Ed department.
K-2 students will meet on Thursdays from 3:50-4:50 and will focus on movement creation (choreography). Compared to a ballet or jazz class, this unique structure will allow the students to learn movement tools which will enable them to create original phrases.
The class will likely have an informal showing at the end of the semester (to which parents will be invited). Students will demonstrate movement vocabulary and showcase short movement phrases.
This class will be lots of fun for students who are interested in dance or who will be introduced to it for the first time. Kari did this sort of work for several years in Chicago when she worked with the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the After School Matters program.
We’re glad to have Kari back in Ann Arbor and we’re happy she’s able to provide this expressive atmosphere for the BP community.
Our Healthy Eating Committee invites you to participate in a Chartwell’s survey which is linked to the Ann Arbor Public Schools webpage. Please use your voice to advocate for healthy food choices from our district’s school lunch provider.
If you happen to be in the building, please check out the display near the media center and across from the teacher’s lounge. Our C3 committee has gathered a lovely collection of artifacts and information from Asia in support of our current Humanities focus.
Tomorrow is a no-school day for students as teachers will be attending a district, professional development day. At least four Burns Park teachers are district providers including Jen Barnes, Molly Crankshaw, and Jenn Wade who will present on inclusion for all students within the general education classroom and Mary Roderique who will present tools for teaching word solving strategies for early readers.
As principal, I’m proud of our teachers, both in their daily practice and for their leadership at the district level (and beyond). Once again, I’m happy to say; it’s good to be a Penguin!
Have a great week.