Feb. 2013 - Ann Arbor Public Schools


Feb. 2013 - Ann Arbor Public Schools

Feb. 5: Kindergarten Roundup, 6:30pm

Feb. 11: NAAPID

Feb. 12: Disability Workshop (4th grade)

February 2013

Feb. 13: Student Count Day

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day parties

Feb. 15: Black History Month Assembly

Feb. 16–24: Midwinter Break

Feb. 20: BP Press articles due

Feb. 25: School resumes

Mar. 30–Apr. 7: Spring Break

This issue and all back issues of the BP

Press are available online at


From the Principal

Dear Families/Guardians,

It’s time for Kindergarten Roundup!

February 5, 6:30–7:30pm. All families

with kindergarten children are

encouraged to attend Kindergarten

Roundup. We will have a short

program about our kindergarten

program and then families will be off

to experience an activity, the

kindergarten room, and a short tour of

the building.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our

prospective kindergartners to get an

idea of what it is like to come to school

at Burns Park. If you know of any

families with children eligible to enroll

in kindergarten for the fall (five years

old on or before November 1, 2013),

please pass the word of our event.

Child care will be provided.

Black History Month: We will be

celebrating Black History Month with

NAAPID (National African American

Parent Involvement Day) on Monday,

February 11. Beginning at 8:50am, I

will be hosting a coffee time in the

teacher’s lounge for all parents, and we

encourage all parents to visit their

children’s classrooms throughout the

day. I look forward to meeting more

Burns Park parents. Our PTO provided

the funds for Heroes of the

Underground Railroad, our Black

History Month assembly, on Friday,

February 15.

NWEA Testing: Thank you to the PTO

parents for recruiting the morning

crew who set up the computers for

NWEA testing. One aspect of the

NWEA testing is that the tests start

where the student le2 off in

September, and will continue to

advance as the student achieves during

each testing period. Reports can be

requested via your student’s teacher.

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From the Principal, continued....

Count Day: February 13 is our second

district school count day for the year.

Please make sure your student is

present on this very important day.

State funding is calculated by a formula

of a combined fall and winter count.

Disability Awareness Workshop: This is

always a wonderful workshop for our

4th graders. It is scheduled for February


PBIS: Our Penguins are really well

behaved. Since September our students

have an average of 98.5% good

behavior each month.

Anything Goes: Don’t miss seeing the

Burns Park Players presentation of

“Anything Goes” and our own Burns

Park students in action. Our students

have been working hard during their

lunch hours to be a part of this


Midwinter Break/No School: February

18 –22. School resumes on February 25.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring: Peer-to-Peer

Mentoring, a new program where

upper elementary students are giving

time to help the autism spectrum

disorder children, is off and running.

Thank you to the many Burns Park

students who give up their recess or

lunch to socialize, play, and be a buddy

to our ASD students.

Superintendent’s Drop Out Challenge:

As a focus school, Burns Park is

required to participate in the State of

Michigan Superintendent’s Drop Out

Challenge. 99% of our teaching staff

(and principal) signed up to be caring

adults to 29 of our students who are at

risk to fail or may be below grade level.

Our goal is to let students know

someone cares about them.

Relationships are important!

Thanking you for all your support!

Virginia Bell, Principal

Support performing arts in Ann Arbor Public Schools!

Come see Burns Park Players’ 30th Anniversary production:

Anything goes

The talented cast of Burns Park community members ranges

in age from 6 to 93 and includes 95 students from Burns Park

Elementary School.

February 1, 2, 8 at 7:30pm

February 9 at 2pm

Tappan Middle School Auditorium

Tickets are $15. Available at

Morgan and York, 1928 Packard

MorE info AT www.BurnSPArkPlAYErS.org

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From the PTO

There will be no PTO meeting in programs. For more information about

February, but we hope you will plan to ticket sales and the Burns Park Players,

join us for our next PTO meeting please visit their website at

scheduled for March, which we are www.burnsparkplayers.org. Come out

thinking of holding once again at the to see a great show and support our

clubhouse at Glencoe Hills Apartments. students!

As always, free childcare will be

At our January meeting, the PTO

provided in a classroom adjacent to the

discussed the new playground plans. If

clubhouse’s main room. More details

you have thoughts, please email Corry

will be forthcoming in subsequent PTO

Berkooz: Corry@berkooz.com, chair of

weekly notes.

our committee. We also discussed the

Around 100 Burns Park students will be new school security policies

performing in the Burns Park Players implemented by Dr. Bell. One outcome

production of “Anything Goes” on the is that as classroom doors will now

weekends of February 1–2 and 7–8. have to stay closed, we may try to get

Please show your support of these fans for the classrooms that will miss

students and the Burns Park Players by the cross-ventilation come June.

attending this fun, entertaining show!

John Pottow, President

The Burns Park Players are very


generous in their support of our school


and the Ann Arbor Performing Arts

Disability Workshop

On Tuesday, February 12, Burns Park will be holding its 5th Disability Awareness

Workshop for 4th graders. The workshop is designed to give students an

empathetic understanding of physical, developmental, and learning disabilities. The

hands-on, activity-based program is designed to help the students understand how

difficult and complex daily living can be for individuals with “diverse abilities.”

Please consider volunteering to help with the workshop. We need 20 volunteers to

help in the morning of the 12th (8:30am–12:30pm). We also need a few folks to set

up the evening of Monday, February 11. Volunteers need only be kind and

compassionate; no experience working with people with disabilities is

necessary. Please go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4BA9A928A57-burns to

sign up for a volunteer slot. If you previously signed up through the volunteer

request form you received at the beginning of the year, please resubmit your name

and email address through the Sign Up Genius link.

Thank you! You can contact Juliet Flanders at julietflanders@gmail.com with



Dr. Virginia Bell, 994-1919



John Pottow, 369-2963


President Elect

Jen Denzin, 996-4920



Steve Swaney, 997-0898


Jenny Freisthler, 327-5995



Jenny Jalet, 834-3871


Matt Toschlog, 747-9632


Volunteer Coordinators

Courtney McCreadie, 929-2062


Lauren Kinsherf, 369-4275


Fundraising Coordinators

Melissa Bruzzano, 929-5128


Jennifer Monk-Reising, 920-203-4521


Past President

Wendy Burke, 585-5570


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A n n A r b o r P u b l i c S c h o o l s 2 0 1 3 - 2 0 1 4 S c h o o l Ye a r

Kindergarten Round-Ups

Exceptional Education Begins with Ann Arbor Public Schools

Learn more about Kindergarten at Burns Park.

Kindergarten Open House

Tuesday, February 5

6:30 - 7:30 pm – Round-Up activities

7:30 pm – Parents receive Enrollment Packet

Burns Park Elementary

1414 Wells Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Kindergarten Round Ups provide families the opportunity to

learn more about the Ann Arbor Public School's All Day Kindergarten

program, meet the principal and staff as well as receive

an enrollment packet for your student. Please visit the school

website at www.a2schools.org/burnspark.home

Dr. Virginia Bell, Principal


Exceptiona + l


w w w . a 2 s c h o o l s . o r g

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Burns Park Yearbook

The Burns Park Yearbook needs candid photo submissions

from parents and staff for all grades asap! Proofs are due,

and we have received only Halloween parade photos from

a few parents. PLEASE send your candids from class,

parties, activities, playground, etc., to Michele Rivette at

burnspark.yearbook2012@gmail.com o r

michele.rivette@gmail.com. When you send digital photo

files, please indicate what classroom it was taken in, what

activity it was, etc., so Michele knows what she is looking

at. Thank you!

Volunteers Still Needed!!!

The new PTO sponsored, a2er-school tutoring program

is under way. However, we still need volunteers to act

as monitors in the auditorium while these students

have snack, prior to the tutoring session. Two parents

are needed from 3:40 until 4pm on Tuesday a2ernoons

through June. You are welcome to bring your own

children while monitoring the group. If you are able to

help for just one day or more, please go to http://


to sign up. Thanks for your help!

Burns Park Spanish Education Program Needs Your Help!

The Burns Park Foreign Language Initiative (BPFLI) still needs your help. For those of you who donated a2er last

month’s pleas, you’ve done a great job! Because of you, we have nearly met our annual fundraising goal. The BPFLI,

which pays the salary of our Spanish teacher Sra. Eileen Alfonso, is the only program that provides Spanish language

education to kindergartners, first, and second graders in the entire Ann Arbor Public School District, and it’s available only

at Burns Park. The only way we can keep the program going is for parents and community members to keep donating. So

please, if you haven’t already donated, please do so today! Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Please visit our website today to make a donation: http://www.bpfli.org.

Thank you! Burns Park Foreign Language Initiative Board

Mark Your Calendars!

The Special Interest Fair Is Tuesday, March 19

It’s not too soon for kids to be thinking about a topic for the Special Interest Fair. This is a noncompetitive event where

Burns Park students in all grades create a display showcasing a favorite hobby, collection, or topic of interest to them. The

fair will be on display all day and in the evening of March 19. Information and registration forms will come home in early

February, and will be due in late February. We hope to offer online registration as well, for the first time this year.

Midwinter Break is a great time for your child to decide on a topic and start planning his or her display!

Questions? Contact Mary van der Velde (mvdvelde@umich.edu) or Pei Huang (phuang@reinhartrealtors.com).

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Music Room News

Composer of the Month:

Eubie Blake (1887–1983), U.S.A.

Special Thanks to the following parents:

Soni Mathini: organizing the Spring Fling music

Carol German: constructing the 4th grade

recorder books

Neena Gupta: organizing the music closet costumes

Wendy Weiner: donation of an iPod

January focus by grade:

5th: harmony, syncopation

4th: syncopation, music from U.S. regions

3rd: music staff note names, Michigan music

2nd: sound production

1st: movement—in place and through space

Kindergarten: rest, steady beat, rhythm of the words

All Grades: Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our class website https://sites.google.com/a/aaps.k12.mi.us/mrs-noble-s-musicclasses/home

contains all our performance dates and other information.

Invitations for the K–2 Informances will be going home at the beginning of


4th grade recorder money is due Friday, February 1!



No person shall be excluded from

participation in, be denied the

benefits of, or be subjected to

discrimination in any educational

program or activity available in

any school on the basis of race,

color, sex, religion, creed, political

belief, age, national origin,

linguistic and language

differences, sexual orientation,

gender identity, gender

expression, socioeconomic status,

height, weight, marital or family

status, or disability.



To foster academic achievement

in a safe and nurturing

environment, which develops

responsible citizenship, a positive

self image, creativity, sensitivity

to others, and multicultural


The Lost and Found is located on the first floor outside the library. Make sure you

label your child’s lunch box and outerwear with your LAST name in permanent

marker. Items found with a last name on it can be returned to you. Please check

the Lost and Found on a monthly basis as items are donated to the PTO Thri2

Shop a2er a few months.

Thank you for your help!

Colleen Dowd Kollman

Sara Meingast

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Science Olympiad Practices Are


Burns Park Science Olympiad practices are well underway. They are every

Sunday a2ernoon between 1–5pm at the Dennison Building, 500 Church St.

There are over twenty fun events for grades 2 through 5. More information is

available at: http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/wesowizards.home/home or

contact Yeong Kwok at ykwok@umich.edu.

Keep Them Coming!

Drop by the library or mail to:

Burns Park School

1414 Wells St

Ann Arbor MI 48104

Each box is worth 10 cents and we

can earn up to $20,000/year!

Register for Girls on the Run

Sign up at

Have you discovered

Bedtime Math?


to receive a daily email with one

math problem appropriate for Wee

Ones (kindergarten), Little Kids (1st–

3rd grade), and Big Kids (3rd–5th

grade). You read your child a nightly

bedtime story. Why not give them a

nightly bedtime math problem?

Girls on the Run (GOTR) registration is open for girls in grades 3–5. The spring

season begins the week of March 11, and ends the week of May 20.

Registration cost for the spring season will be $135 until February 8, 2013.

GOTRSEMI will reopen for late registration February 9–15. Late registration

will include an additional late fee of $15

per registrant.

To register and/or apply for a

scholarship, call 734-712-5640 or go to



The spring GOTR 5K is May 19, and will

take place at Eastern Michigan

University’s Rynearson stadium.

Participants and coaches are automatically


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Burns Park Running Club

This spring Mr. Leonard is starting the Burns Park

Running Club, which will be a running team for all

students at Burns Park who are committed to showing

up to the practices. It will be free to all students, and

will meet one day before school and one day a2er

school. He is looking for a couple of parents to help

him run the club. If you are interested, please contact

him at leonardj@aaps.k12.mi.us or 734-355-4009.

Friday Morning Hockey

When: Every Friday morning from October 12–May 24

(unless there is no school), 8:10–8:40am

Who: 4th & 5th grade students and their parents

Where: We will meet in the gym; if you are not in the

gym by 8:10am, then you can’t play for the day

Parents please come and play with us!

Food Allergy Center at U of M

We are working together as parents of children with food allergies to raise money for the

Food Allergy Center at University of Michigan, focused on research into treatments for

food allergy sufferers. The “Event on Main” is a fun event to be held Thursday, June 20,

which will be used to raise awareness

and money for the Food Allergy


Those interested in participating in

“The Event on Main” and/or

contributing to the Food Allergy

Center, can contact me at

Gagofamily@gmail.com or go to




L. April Gago

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Raise Money for Burns Park with your Groceries

Did you know that you can earn money for Burns Park when you buy your groceries? No advance payment is required;

simply present your grocery card (which is associated with Burns Park) at Busch’s, Hiller’s, and Kroger at check-out. Each

of these stores sends our school money based on our collective dollars spent at their store. This school year, the Burns

Park PTO has earned a total of $1,758.82 so far through this fundraising program. Thank you to all who participated.

See table below for grocery store specifics. Contact Jenny Freisthler (jenny@freisthler.com) with any questions. She also

has Busch’s and Hiller’s cards associated with Burns Park if you need them.

Burns Park Buck$ Grocery Cards


(5% on cash, check, or debit; 3% on credit)


• Sign up for a Busch’s MyWay account

• Get a Busch’s Cash for Education Card (from Jenny

Freisthler or the Burns Park PTO)

• Register your Cash for Education card under your

MyWay account

• Reload your Cash for Education card when you shop


(Share of $500K/Qtr based on % of BP spending)


• Sign up for a Kroger Plus Card AND create an online


• Link Burns Park as your Community Rewards

• Present your Kroger Plus Card when you shop

NOTE: You must link Burns Park as your Community

Rewards EACH year. New years start on May 1


(3–6% based on total BP annual spending)


• Get a Hiller’s Scrip Card (from Jenny Freisthler or the

Burns Park PTO)

• Reload your Hiller’s Scrip Card when you shop (stop by

Service Desk for activation before first use)

Earn money for Burns Park by

shopping at these grocery stores.

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Thanks a Million!

To Eva Rosenwald, Jen Geer, John Pottow, Julie Grand, Beth Wilensky, Gabrielle Gillard, Christine Ayers, Nancy

Vettorello, Tonja Fox, Courtney McCreadie, Gianne Lete, Anne Steinhauer, Suzanne Roxx, Sara Meingast, Lisa Richardson,

and Pei Huang who have spent countless hours preparing the students for their performances in this year’s show. We are

all looking forward to seeing the finished production!

To Kelly Bonnette and Mercedes Hoyl for their continued efforts with the Lunches with Love program. This is such a

great program to teach our children the importance of feeding and caring for our homeless community in Ann Arbor.

To Courtney McCreadie, Wendy Burke, and Mary van der Velde plus 3rd grader Madison Cramer (who jumped in when

Courtney’s kids were home sick) for organizing and setting up the computers for this round of NWEA testing.

To Courtney McCreadie and Sylvia Marino for organizing and coordinating another great movie night and to parents

Debra Witt, Curt Zell, Nancy Crawford, and Susi Shaw for volunteering.

To J.R. Leonard and Courtney McCreadie for organizing Move-It Night, an amazingly fun, free evening of bowling and

break dancing for the whole family.

To Susan Bass for organizing the “Love Our Library Shelf Organizing Party.”

We are so lucky at Burns Park to have so many people willing to serve, lead, and volunteer in so many different BUT

important ways! Thank you!

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Jen Geer Photography, owned by Burns Park Mom, Jen Geer, specializes in natural

light portraitures of families from maternity, to newborns, to senior portraits, and

everything in between. Her relaxed style makes her subjects relaxed and she has a

keen ability to bring out the personality of her subjects in her photographs. She works

closely with stylist, Lauren from Stylelink, see below. www.jengeerphotography.com.

Lauren Kronberg of Stylelink is a wardrobe stylist and fashion coordinator, for whatever your

'what to wear' needs may be. Lauren works with individuals to edit and update their style

from your everyday wear to your special event needs. She also works closely with Jen Geer

Photography. See her work on her photo page at www.facebook.com/StylelinkbyLauren

Peter James Salon located in the Colonial Lanes Plaza, is well known to Burns Park

ladies. If you see a mom with great hair, chances are they go to Peter James Salon. It’s

not just for ladies though, many dads use Peter James as well. All new clients get 50%

off on cuts, color and styling and 20% of products. www.apeterjamessalon.com.

Whether it’s a splash of color to rejuvenate your look and enhance your beauty, the

simple need for some relaxation, an after work manicure, a mani/pedi before a girl’s

night out, or the perfect polish change before the big date, Bebe’s has you

covered. Located buy Trader Joe’s. www.bebesnails.com

Our Mission is to promote dignity, hope and a living wage for artisans around the world

by selling their handicrafts, by telling their stories, and by educating locally about Fair

Trade. We look forward to your visit to the Ann Arbor store!


Food and hospitality has always been extremely important to the Kasle family. After

the Kerrytown Bistro was closed, it was a natural course of action for Steve and

Mercy to find a new restaurant to call home. This time, they wanted to create a

menu that would be completely unique from anything Ann Arbor has ever seen.

With help from Chef Frank Fejeran, Mercy was able to incorporate her own

Burmese and Asian influenced dishes into the menu. Their Sommelier, Beth

Smalley, can help with your wine or drink selection to enhance your overall dining

experience. Mercy’s is located in the Bell Tower Inn across from Hill Auditorium

and has complimentary valet parking. www.mercysrestaurant.com

BollyFit is leading a wellness shift around the globe that uplifts and tones the body, mind,

and soul with a unique, connected approach to being fit in a natural way for everyone.

Join us and experience the vibrant BollyFit community where you can be fit, have fun

and illuminate from within! www.bollyfit.com

Burns Park Elementary dad, Craig Cappelli, is the director of

the Chippewa Tennis Program. At Chippewa you can play

tennis on six indoor tennis courts, eight outdoor hard courts,

and four Championship Hydrocourt clay courts and work out in a fitness facility, stocked with cardio machines,

Cybex, and free weights. During the summer, relax by an outdoor pool while your children compete on the swim

and dive team or just swim with their friends. All for unbelievably low rates. Enjoy Ann Arbor’s family place for

fitness and fun! Located at 2525 Golfside Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan. www.chippewaclub.com.

Bellanina offers a full spectrum of healing day spa services including massage,

facials, waxing and nail services. Their Asian-inspired, state-of-the-art healing spa

answers the call for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience in our hectic world.

Amenities include the private Crystal Suite for couples or small partiesm, Color

Therapy Hydro-tub which includes steam and vichy shower, Steam Rooms, The

Quiet Zone, Zen Garden and many unique services. Bellanina also has it's own line

of cosmetics and if you are looking for a natural, holistic and pampering way to turn

back the clock, find out more about the Bellanina Facelift Massage. Located at 201

N. 4th close to Kerrytown. www.bellanina.com.

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Y ou’r e in v i ted to j oin

the Ice Cr e a m Social Tea m

Volunteer Sangria & Snacks Party

We Need you!


is put on by the PTO

with the help of many

Volunteers like you!

Date: Thursday March 7th

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Marie Todd’s house - 1306 Olivia

Hosted by your 2013 ICS Chairs: Marie Todd & Jennifer Monk-Reising

Happy New Year!

We are excited to announce the annual Burns Park Ice Cream Social

5:30-8:00 pm, Friday, May 31st, 2013!

This event is full of fun & activities- music, carnival games, food, ice cream,

inflatable obstacle courses, huge slides, and of course wonderful families!

If you are interested in getting involved but cannot attend this

gathering, please let us know via email.


Marie Todd & Jennifer Monk-Reising

Burns Park Ice Cream Social

Friday, May 31st5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


a great opportunity to get

Involved with a

festive community


For More Information Contact:

Marie Todd: maxwelltodd99@hotmail.com Jennifer Monk-Reising jmonkreising@gmail.com

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February 11, 2013




An Evening of Talent, Poster Contest Winners,

Art, Culinary Cuisine, and Exemplary

Academic Exhibits & Fun!



Host School District

Performing Arts Theater

7425 Willis Road

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197-8919

For additional information, please contact:

Shoshana DeMaria: (734) 678-4136

John Dignan: (734) 484-7004

Yvonne Dulin: (734) 747-6671

Cheryl Taylor: (734) 994-8100 Ext. 1315

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Display Ads

We welcome ads for companies and

services of interest to our Burns

Park community. Quarter-page ads

are $35/issue or $100/3 months.

Half-page ads are $70/issue or

$200/3 months.


Please place your check, payable to

Burns Park PTO, in an envelope

labeled “BP Press Ads, attn:

Treasurer” in the PTO box in the

school office. Payments may also be

mailed to Steve Swaney, 1517

Shadford, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Both the electronic ad copy and

payment must be received by the

submission deadline.


Submissions Only

Submit your ad in JPG format to


Confirmation will be given upon



Contact Betsy Capelli at 645-1306 or


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This newsletter is published monthly by the

Burns Park PTO. Contributions from teachers,

staff, parents, and students are welcomed and

encouraged. Articles can be sent via email

(preferred) or placed in the BP Press box in the

school office. Late submissions may not be


Next deadline: Wednesday, February 20

Send to bccapelli@sbcglobal.net

Please remember to have your student(s)

dress for daily outdoor recess. All students are

to be outside during their recess time unless

the temperature (and/or windchill index) is 0

degrees, or we have a doctor’s note

exempting your child from being outside.

This has been our policy for many years and

we appreciate your help in keeping the

children warm and dry. Thank you!


Vision and



Odom Stern


Associate Broker

2355 W. Stadium Blvd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103



M: 734-604-3704

F: 734-330-2467

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