Feb. 5: Kindergarten Roundup, 6:30pm
Feb. 11: NAAPID
Feb. 12: Disability Workshop (4th grade)
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
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
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,
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:
The talented cast of Burns Park community members ranges
in age from 6 to 93 and includes 95 students from Burns Park
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
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
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 email@example.com with
Dr. Virginia Bell, 994-1919
John Pottow, 369-2963
Jen Denzin, 996-4920
Steve Swaney, 997-0898
Jenny Freisthler, 327-5995
Jenny Jalet, 834-3871
Matt Toschlog, 747-9632
Courtney McCreadie, 929-2062
Lauren Kinsherf, 369-4275
Melissa Bruzzano, 929-5128
Jennifer Monk-Reising, 920-203-4521
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
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
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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
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org o r
email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pei Huang (email@example.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
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!
AAPS STATEMENT OF
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.
BURNS PARK MISSION
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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 email@example.com 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 $1,758.82 so far through this fundraising program. Thank you to all who participated.
See table below for grocery store specifics. Contact Jenny Freisthler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. She also
has Busch’s and Hiller’s cards associated with Burns Park if you need them.
Burns Park Buck$ 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
• 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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BP AUCTION DONOR SPOTLIGHT
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
For More Information Contact:
Marie Todd: email@example.com Jennifer Monk-Reising firstname.lastname@example.org
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February 11, 2013
2013 NAAPID AT NIGHT
STUDENT TALENT SHOWCASE
An Evening of Talent, Poster Contest Winners,
Art, Culinary Cuisine, and Exemplary
Academic Exhibits & Fun!
THEME: STUDENTS FIRST—THE NAAPID WAY
Where: LINCOLN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS
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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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
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
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 email@example.com
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!
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