From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
I want to say a special thank you to those among us who currently serve in our armed forces and to the many more of us who have family members who have served and sacrificed.
Here is a link to a Time for Kids article in case you wish to discuss Memorial Day with your child.
Thoughts and Sympathies for our Burns Park Friends
Our thoughts this week are with John Pottow, Reshma Jagsi, and Jack and Sarina Pottow, as they mourn the passing of Reshma’s father, Rajnikant Lalji Jagsi.
I’m offering two paragraph’s from Dr. Jagsi’s obituary, as it shows the many different backgrounds and experiences that come to find their way to BPE from all walks and places.
Rajnikant Lalji Jagsi, a devoted physician of family medicine, passed away on May 17, 2015. Dr. Jagsi spent most of his years caring for patients in the Geriatric Unit at the Waco Veterans Administration Hospital. Recently, he split his time in retirement between Texas and Ann Arbor so he could spend more time with his grandchildren.
He was born in Dar es Salaam on October 6, 1934, to Saraswatiben and Laljibhai Jagsi, the eighth of ten children. Traveling to Bombay, he earned his medical degree at Grant Medical College and thereafter returned to Dar to practice. As ethnic strife descended on East Africa, Dr. Jagsi successfully fled to England in 1971, with his medical diploma in a rolled-up newspaper. His siblings also were able to leave and join him in England. There, he was able to marry the former Roshan Suleman on Dec. 30, 1971, who along with her siblings had also escaped Tanzania to Canada. The couple made their home in London and then in Canvey Island, where he practiced medicine and their only child, Reshma, was born in 1974.
You can read the entire tribute here.
We’re also thinking of Blaine, Mary, Claudia, and Fran Roderique. Mary has been spending quite a bit of time with her family in Indianapolis as her father recently entered hospice care.
Please consider joining our Disability Awareness Workshop planning committee. This workshop for 4th grade students was not held during the current school year due to an absence in the district leadership position and we are planning on providing this essential learning experience for our 4th and 5th grade students next year. If you’re interested and able to help, please let me know.
Back by popular demand, we will once again host a used book exchange. A book exchange is a great way to pass along a book you have already enjoyed and to pick one up that is new to you! Every student in every grade will be able to choose a book to take home and keep.
Please take a minute to look at your bookshelf and find one book (or more!) that you have already read and that you think a classmate might enjoy. Feel free to use this as your excuse to “Spring clean”. Please bring your book(s) to the Media Center by Friday, May 29th, and place them in the hallway box labeled “Book Exchange”. The following week, each class will have a time to come to the library media center and choose a book. Just like previous years, if you bring in 3 or more books, you may choose 2 books to take home. Please send only books that are gently used and that are just right for someone in your own grade. *
If you have any questions, please ask someone in the media center.
*Other years we’ve received many books appropriate for the k-2 classes and not enough for grades 3-5.
Here is an update for our ACES Day Relay for Life.
We raised a total of $976.48. Special thanks to committee members and “day of” volunteers: Julie Lubeck-Hofer, Jenn Monk-Reisling, JoLynn Montomery, Jane Hollingsworth, Kathy Brzoznowski, Stephanie Martin, Julie Grand, Cindy Woo, Jay Weingarten,
“Day of “ volunteers: Kara Cucio, Carrie Hammerman, Jill Schloff, Wendy Burke, Kathy Wood, Mario Grabowski, Laurel Schroeder, Heather Gold, L. April Gago, Ayesha Lakmali, David Lowenschuss, and Louisa Lim.
Food Served in the Garden this Thursday
We are planning to serve a rhubarb cookie or crumble (exactly which is TBD), a lightly sweetened rhubarb drink and mint tea in the garden on Thursday. We want you to be aware of the ingredients served in case your child has any allergy or other diet restrictions.
Here is what the rhubarb/strawberry bars will contain:
(They are egg, dairy, nut and gluten free)
Rhubarb, Strawberries, Gluten free rolled oats, Cornstarch, Sugar. Lemon juice, Salt , Baking soda, Coconut oil, Ground Flax seed or ground sunflower seed.
Please consider joining us this Friday morning at 8:15 for our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. We want to say a big “thank you” to the many friends and families of our Burns Park Elementary village.
I hope to see everyone at our Ice Cream Social this Friday evening. The fun starts at 5:30, rain or shine. Here is a note from Jenn Monk-Reising and Marie Todd who are organizing the event.
Dear Fantastic Burns Park Families,
It's that time of year again! Our annual Burns Park Ice Cream Social is right around the corner! This event will NOT happen without your help and support. Below are the items that need your attention:
- VOLUNTEER to work an activity - it is only 30 minutes.
- Tickets and Pizza House Pizza pre-orders must be in the office NO LATER THAN TUESDAY MORNING!!! Order forms are attached to this email.
- CAKE WALK CAKES
- DESSERTS & SALADS
LET THEM EAT CAKE! and DESSERT! and FRESH SALADS! Help keep the BP tradition alive! Your culinary and shopping skills are requested! Please consider the kind donation of a CAKE, DESSERT, and/or SALAD to the ICS this year!
Nut Awareness: As you decide what to make/buy for the Ice Cream Social Cakewalk and Dessert & Salad tables, keep in mind that there are several children with severe nut allergies at Burns Park. Please avoid items that contain actual nuts and leave the label on any store bought goodies. Thank you for your consideration.
All donations for the Cakewalk and Dessert & Salad tables can be brought to the appropriate tables at 5:00pm (or as soon as you arrive at the Social) on Friday, May 29th.
For specific questions about the Cakewalk, contact Lisa Markman at firstname.lastname@example.org
For specific questions about Desserts & Salads, contact Laura Hayden at email@example.com
Also keep your eyes out for volunteer opportunities from your room parents! Our ICS is such a huge success (and so much darn fun) only because of YOU!
Jenn & Marie
It’s going to be a great week at Burns Park Elementary School. I’ll see you there!
Principal, Burns Park Elementary
Ann Arbor Public Schools