From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
I hope that you have been energized by our mid-winter break, as I have. I’ve missed being with your students and the activity of our school day. We have some exciting events coming in the very near future. Teachers and staff are eager to get started again and I predict that your children are as well.
Our first practice for the Burns Park Science Olympiad begins this coming Friday, February 27th. It’s not too late to sign your student up or to sign yourself up as a volunteer. Please watch for news from your PTO President, Rabindar Subbian, with details for registration and upcoming sessions!
Tuesday evening, February 24th, we will welcome the next class of Burns Park families at our annual Kindergarten Roundup. This event will be held in the auditorium from 6:00-7:30. Please remind any friends or neighbors with appropriately aged children to come and register their student and learn about our programming.
Here’s a message from Kate Higgins about two of our student’s artwork:
I am so pleased to inform you that Jack German from Ms. Ambrosino’s class and Alana Vasquez's from Mr. Thompson's class had artwork that was chosen for the MAEA Region 3 Student Art Show and on display in the gallery at the Shipman Library on the Adrian College campus. Alana’s painting was also selected for the MAEA State Art Show in Lansing. Congratulations Alana and Jack!
This coming week the University of Michigan Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee is welcoming Dr. Kate Fitzgerald to present on the neurobiological basis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in youth.
Dr. Fitzgerald will present this Thursday (Feb. 26th) from 5-6pm in the Garden Level Conference Room of the Rachel Upjohn Building, located at 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2700
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Dr. Fitzgerald's clinical work at Michigan is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood anxiety, and is complemented by research on the neurobiological basis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in youth. Currently, she is funded by the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) and an institutional career development award (KL2) to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study of the development of neural response to errors - a potential key process in OCD. Dr. Fitzgerald’s publications include a magnetic resonance spectroscopy study of patients with pediatric OCD, a review of the neurobiology of OCD, an fMRI study of error-related hyperactivity of the anterior cingulate in adult OCD, and an fMRI study of inhibitory and error-processing in the developing brain. Her long-term goal is to use fMRI to map the developmental trajectory of brain processing abnormalities in pediatric OCD which, in turn, may enable the generation of rational treatment, and eventually preventative strategies for this disabling, childhood-onset psychiatric illness.
For parents whose children ride the bus, please remember to walk young children to the bus stop and not just drop them off. We had a very close call on route 94 this past week. As snow is piled high by the side of the road and surfaces are icy, we need to be extra careful, especially in areas with little shoulder or sidewalk space.
The Burns Park Elementary staff will be hosting administrators from a district in a nearby county this Friday. We have been asked to share through observation and conversation about our school’s exemplary literacy practice for a system in need of turnaround in their achievement results.
I’m sharing this news with you because I am proud of our staff and the way they work together as a team. I’m proud of our students and their excitement for learning and kindness for each other. Thanks again for entrusting your children to us. Even (and especially) in the cold of winter, it’s great to be a Penguin!