Kindergarten Round Up Quick Links
Monday, April 12, 2021
Dear Allen Families,
What great spring weather we have been experiencing lately! This is the time of year for rebirth and renewal, and it’s certainly been exciting to welcome students back to the building. We are finding great success with supporting students with wearing masks, cleaning hands frequently, and staying socially distanced.
This weekly communication will cover the following:
Arrival and Dismissal
Thank you for your patience and understanding during the daily arrival and dismissal windows. We do have a few tips that would help make arrival/dismissal go even smoother. Students should have their mask ON when they pull up to school and be ready to disembark. When you turn into the parking lot it would be a good time to remind them to put it on. Students need to open and close the car door on their own as well as buckle and unbuckle themselves. Please practice this with your child to help build their independence. We do ask that all children exit the vehicle on the passenger side. Drivers, please stay in your car and pull through the car lane. Students in 2nd-5th grade may exit and enter their vehicle near the sidewalk by the great room doors as this puts them much closer to their assigned entrance and exit doors.
Information about the Driveline app was emailed to families in March. If you do not have your family number, check your spam email for a message from Allen Elementary School. You may also email Michele Barkoot email@example.com and she can provide you with the number. We are able to provide you with one hangtag that will be distributed to your child on their first day. Please write the family number down on a piece of paper and have it ready to display before you receive your hangtag. If you have multiple vehicles that pick up your child(ren) you can also write the number down on a piece of paper to display for the dispatchers.
The Daily Student Screening must be completed each day for each child prior to arrival at any AAPS school campus. In the event they are not feeling well, we ask that you keep them home and have them login to school remotely. If your child starts to not feel well during the school day, we will call you and ask that you pick up your child/ren within 30 minutes of the call. At that time we will share with you the necessary follow up steps to complete before they can return to school. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep a healthy and safe environment for all our Allen Eagles.
The state of Michigan still requires that 10 drills be completed yet this school year. We will be conducting 5 fire drills, 3 security drills, and 2 severe weather drills over the coming days.
Report cards were sent out via secure document email on Friday, April 9th. Progress reports for students with special education services are paper printed and will be sent home with your child if they are returning to school or postal mailed if they are not.
Title 1 Support Every Wednesday
Drop-in support is still offered every Wednesday from 8:30am-11:30am. We have extended this to 1st – 5th graders. Teachers will be available to assist students with Lexia, Dreambox, multiplication fact practice and completion of Wednesday assignments. Come when you can. Stay for as long or as little as you need! Use the Title 1 Zoom Link posted in your child’s Schoology account with the following icon.
Library Book Returns and Questions
Do you have school library books at home?
What about late or lost fines?
Are you not sure if you have school library books at home?
Special Area Class Supplies week of April 12th
ART: Week of April 12th
Paper, Pencil, Tools for adding color (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
Library: To prepare for the Library, students should check their Sora accounts to pick up any holds and return books they have finished reading.
Music Classes for PreK through 3rd Grade may use these items: Music Class Basket
4th Grade will always need their recorder and green folder.
5th Grade will always need their instrument and music.
Physical Education: Week of April 12th
At the beginning of each live class, students are given 3 minutes to collect materials for class. Below are the items we will use this week for each grade level:
Y5 - 2nd Grades: *None
3rd & 4th Grades: *None
*Frisbee-like object (i.e. paper plate, hat, Tupperware lid)
*6 objects to knock down (i.e. Cups, blocks, toys, water bottles)
5th Grade Transition to Middle School Information
Transition activities will soon begin for our AAPS 5th graders! Last week Ms. Barkoot sent an email to all 5th grade families with information from both Tappan and Scarlett. The Tappan team will join the 5th grade classrooms virtually on Monday, April 12 and the Scarlett team will meet with them on Tuesday, April 13.
Advertising in Student Folders
As we start thinking about next school year, we will return to using student communication or travel folders to support your student in getting their papers back and forth between school and home. These have local businesses featured on them. If you are a business owner, or work for a business that would like to show support for the school while gaining visibility to our students and parents, please contact Torey Madura firstname.lastname@example.org in our office and she will share your contact information. Ad sales are currently underway and we are working with the company Kids First this year which can be found at: https://www.
Please reach out if you have any questions. Wishing you all a healthy and springy week!
Allen Parent Council Updates:
WELCOME to our NEW PRINCIPAL
MS. LAURA WOLF
It is truly a privilege and an honor to be returning to the Allen School community. I am so excited to get to know all of our students and families over the coming days and weeks.
To our students, I cannot wait to meet and connect with you! I hope you are reading this summer and spending time with your families. I look forward to meeting you online in the near future.
To our families, while I know there are so many uncertainties as we return to school virtually during a pandemic, please know we will be steadfast in working alongside you to provide the engaging and robust teaching and learning opportunities you have come to expect from the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
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The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on April 21, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Please click here to view the schedule of posted meetings.
FOR AAPS RESIDENTS: Pre-enrollment for neighborhood/attendance area schools (including Young 5s) IS OPEN -- CLICK ON "ENROLL/APPLY HERE" BELOW. Space Available In-District Transfer requests for the 2021-22 school year (for AAPS residents, and currently enrolled SOC/NRCE), IS CLOSED - ANOTHER APPLICATION WINDOW IS ANTICIPATED LATER THIS SPRING. Please see the applicable links below for more information.
FOR NON-RESIDENTS: Schools of Choice (for new non-resident students or currently enrolled students who have moved out of the district and need SOC to return in the Fall) IS ANTICIPATED LATER THIS SPRING. We advise families to check back weekly, starting mid-April, for updates. Please see the Schools of Choice link below for more information.
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