Dear Burns Park Families,
As you know, there is no school tomorrow as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you are able and interested, here is a link to information about the many community events that will be offered.
We will have a short assembly Tuesday morning at 9:30 to connect a whole school conversation with the teaching and learning that is ongoing in classrooms. Please feel free to join us if you can.
Kindergarten Roundup will be held at Burns Park on February 28th. Our tentative times are 6:00-8:00 and we will send more details a bit later. Please share this information with any neighbors or friends who have a possible incoming Kindergarten student.
We are also exploring the possibility of Young 5’s programming at Burns Park next year. Please let our office know via email if you have a possible interest in Young 5’s programming for your child at this time. We will be presenting information about Young 5’s programming at Kindergarten Roundup and we encourage everyone who is considering Young 5’s to attend roundup at Burns Park.
PTO meets in the Media Center this Thursday at 6:00 PM. Childcare is provided.
Our PTO is strongly committed to supporting full participation for all at each PTO event, as am I as principal. Please let me know by email if you need transportation to attend this week’s PTO meeting or our upcoming Movie Night on January 27th.
We will have another forum on equity and inclusion, on Thursday, February 2nd, at 6:00 PM in the Media Center. Our meeting in November was very productive as we continue to focus on the following:
How are we especially gifted with diversity at Burns Park Elementary School?
Please watch for an email message with more details about this upcoming meeting.
I’m very happy to announce the new Rec and Ed, Arabic Language class at Burns Park, which will be taught by Nada Temeh, Luna and Naya’s mom. Here are details.
There are lots of great Rec and Ed offerings for the winter section and scholarships are offered. You can find out more at this link.
It’s almost that time again, to enjoy THE most amazing community theatre ensemble ever, the Burns Park Players. Here are the details for this year’s performance.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about our parking lot, particularly at drop off time. Teaching schedules for special area staff were expanded this year, which means that adult support for before-school activities is more limited than it has been in the past. Special area teachers now begin instruction at the very beginning of the day (and continue until the very end).
I continue to believe that my most helpful and important role in the morning is to greet students from buses and make sure that everyone gets to class safely, although I’m conflicted because it’s clear that my presence at drop-off, or that of another staff member, could help things run more smoothly and safely.
Here are some policies that I reminded everyone of last week:
Finally, as we observe a day of remembrance for Dr. King and celebrate the true progress we have made toward fulfilling the promise of honoring the inherent worth of each person, we also acknowledge that we have far to travel on this journey.
I can think of no better place than our school community to recognize the progress we have made, fulfill our aspirations, and realize our ambitions, for our children, who are our first work and best hope. Thank you for your care and commitment and for allowing me to join you in this work. I am truly grateful to be part of the Burns Park Elementary School community.