From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
Dear Burns Park Families,
What a wonderful, sunny day. I hope you all had time to be outside and gather a nice dose of Vitamin D.
Thanks everyone for all of your contributions this past week.
March is Reading Month is humming along. Students are excited about reading! Come and check out the author decorations and presentations throughout the building.
Here is a lovely article about the largest elementary school blood drive in Michigan. (A hint….. this happens where Penguins learn and play.)
We’re sending a special thank you to Isabelle Davignon, Ann Ruland, Sucheta Joshi, and Mary Roderique for above an beyond help, along with the entire Burns Park community, and blood, sweat, and tears from Miss Chester, Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Noble, Cowby Bob and Mrs. Steward!
Thanks to those of you who have voted for Mingxin and Mingyue X, on the Comerica Bank Facebook page. We’re currently trailing, but we can turn the tide! Remember, you can vote once per day through March 27th. Let’s win this honor and recognition for our local Penguin artists!
Speaking of honor and recognition for local Penguin artists, we are very happy that Alana Vasquez’s painting was selected from the State of Michigan art show to go on to the Governor's Traveling Show! Her painting is one of fifteen elementary paintings in the state to receive this honor.
By the way, Alana’s family has recently opened Mi Compadre, an authentic Mexican restaurant on Packard road near the BGreen store. Vickie and I had lunch there today and I highly recommend it!
Several Burns Park artists are honored and their work displayed downtown in the Ann Arbor Public School’s Youth Art Month. This event celebrates the artwork created by our student artists by pairing with local businesses who display the work for the month of March. An art walk is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 from 2-3 pm with a special celebration at The Ark.
We had an amazing Special Interest Fair, this past Friday. A record 174 students (about 40% of the student body!) created a display, with 137 great displays in total. It’s so fun to see what our kids are passionate about!
I want to offer special thanks to co-chairs Mary van der Velde and Danielle Mihalko. Many others were involved including the following folks: Rachel Davis, Lisa Markman, Matthew G. Berki, Rehab Fahmy, Laura MacLatchy, Nancy Bulkley, Sue McCreadie, Soni Mithani, Kari Becker, Jennifer Cullen, Kristin McGuire, Wendy Burke, Alexandra Pyrozhenko, Sylvia Marino, Samantha Daly, Veronika Rosenthal
David and Julie Grand, Bridgette Sparks, Ernie Poortinga, Lindsey Mortenson, Leif Myklebust, Curt Zell, Sari Mills, Joyce Song, Jeff Kass, Amy Huang, Marlyse Baptista, Inge Miller, Nicole Sampson, Ken Polsinelli, Heidi Alward, Julie Soldan, Marie Todd and I’m sure others that I’ve omitted.
Dr. Swift’s Continuing the Conversation event has been rescheduled for Tappan Middle School this Thursday, March 19th. Unfortunately, this is the evening of our next PTO Meeting. Here is a listing of alternate dates for your participation.
Thursday, March 26, at Pathways to Success, 6:30pm.
Monday, March 30, at Community, 6:30pm.
Tuesday, March 31, at Ann Arbor Open, 6:30pm.
Wednesday, April 1, 12 noon at the Downtown Public Library, 4th floor
I am planning on attending March 30th at Community High School.
The next C3 committee meeting is this Wednesday, March 18th at 9am in the teacher's lounge. Please note the time change. All interested are welcome as we review progress from this first year, discuss the end of the school year assembly, upcoming schedule (Europe in April and N. America in May) and start planning for next year. Hope to see you on Wednesday!
I have updated the parent lunch volunteer list for March, April, and May. Let me know if you’d like to help and I’ll send you the link to the google doc.
Fifth grade families are invited to the Scarlett parent and student orientation night on March 31, from 600-700 at Scarlett Middle School, which is located at 3300 Lorraine Street.
Food collection cartons for the annual AAPS/Rotary/Food Gatherers food drive are now set up at Burns Park near the office door. This important event runs from March 16th through the 27. Providers in Washtenaw County depend on our generous contributions.
My friends Winnie Jalet and Hailey Bretzius are joining me in the next several days as we present their idea for a project to keep the spirit of Wonder alive at Burns Park Elementary.
As you may recall, R.J. Palacio, author the award-winning book Wonder, came to our school last year as a result of Hailey’s wish granted through the Make-a-Wish foundation. Her visit was part of an assembly in our school highlighting the importance of kindness and care for each other in our daily life.
Hailey and Winnie have exciting news to share. Your children will hear first and you will receive details in the very near future.
We’re a busy place and all of our activity is in service to growing your children who are the test of our values and the makers of our future.
Thanks you for all that you do to make sure that the world we are building with them is a more enlightened and just place.