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     October 18, 2021

    Dear Allen Families, 

    We hope you enjoyed the weekend fall weather.  It reminds us that seasons are changing and it’s important to dress your children in layers so they can adjust their comfort throughout the day.    

    We will cover the following topics in this week’s update:

    • Upcoming Early Release and Half Day
    • School Photos
    • Halloween at Allen
    • Allen book Fair

    Upcoming Early Release and Half Day

    This Wednesday, October 20th is an early release day.  School is dismissed at 1:18 and teachers will be participating in professional development for the balance of the school day.  

    Friday, October 29th is a half-day and school is dismissed at 11:28 on this day.  Grab and go lunch bags will be provided on this day. 

    Tuesday, November 2 is Election day and students do not have school on this day.  

    School Photos

    If you are ordering school photos for your child with a check, those need to be returned to school in the envelope by Tuesday, October 19th.  If you are ordering online with a credit card, there is no need to return anything to school.  If you would like your child to retake their photo, or they were absent on Picture Day, they may do so on the morning of November 9th.

    Halloween at Allen 

    While Halloween is a day celebrated by many students and families, it is not a holiday celebrated by all. Halloween is not a taboo word or subject in our school or community. But we want to be cognizant that just like other holidays, not all children celebrate this one. If your family celebrates Halloween, we ask that you mark the occasion outside the school day. No costumes during school, please.

    Our Allen Parent Council is looking forward to bringing back the annual Allen  Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 23, from 1:00-3:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other families and students in their Halloween costumes.   Help is needed, to sign up to host a trunk, please go to:

    Allen Book Fair

    ​​The Allen Library will host a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday, November 9th, through Monday, November 22nd.   Our book fairs are typically key financial support for the library program. Until we can safely offer an in-person fair, this is a great opportunity to support the library and ensure there will be fun, new, and relevant titles available to all of our Allen eagles! More detailed information (including directions and links) will be available soon. 


    Laura Wolf

    Allen Principal


    Allen Parent Council Updates:

    Allen PC Special Activities

    We still need volunteers! We really need people who can be the lead but we can also make it work if you just have a few hours to spare. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the below special committees, please contact the Allen PC (

    Urgent volunteer needs: 

    • Science Olympiad (WESO) - Head Coach and Grade level volunteers
      • Not sure what is involved? We invite you to join a meeting on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00pm to learn more about what is involved. (To RSVP go to This meeting will be virtual.)
    • Hospitality - Committee Lead/Coordinator
    • Spirit Wear - Committee Lead/Coordinator

    Allen PC Fundraising

    • October Dine to Donate - Menchies! Wednesday, October 20, 12:00-9:00pm.
      • 3155 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 
    • November Dine to Donate - Chipotle!! Tuesday, November 9, 4:00-8:00pm.
      • 3354 Washtenaw Ave Ste A, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4282
    • Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop - See Flyer below

    Next Allen PC Meeting

    Thursday, October 21 at 6:00PM (ET) - Allen PC Board Elections, Committee Updates, General Business including Fall Teacher Grants  

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 956 0270 0340

    Passcode: PTgv5cxr

    All are welcome to join the Ann Arbor PTO Council tonight, Monday October 18 at 7pm for our Virtual Parent Support Fair! Our vision is that this meeting will be a place for parents/caregivers and PTO and PTSO reps to connect with community organizations. 

    Organizations expected to attend:

    1. Ann Arbor Parents of People Who Are Trans
    2. Arab American Advisory Group
    3. Asian Pacific Islander South Asian/American Parent Advisory Group (APISA/A)
    4. Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC)
    5. Black Student Parent Support Group
    6. Community Centers: Bryant
    7. Mentor2Youth
    8. NNMG Food Allergic Families of Ann Arbor
    9. National Alliance for Mental Health
    10. PFLAG Ann Arbor (Support, Education, & Advocacy for LBGTQ+ people and their families)
    11. Washtenaw Literacy (LIFT)

    The meeting will begin with a brief welcome from the PTOC and then a representative from each group will introduce their organization. Meeting participants will then be able to visit each group they are interested in connecting with in breakout rooms after. 

    *Please update your Zoom to the most current version to make moving among Break-Out Rooms accessible.*

    Monday, October 18, 2021

    7:00-8:30 pm

    Topic: Building Community with Family and Parent Organizations

    Virtual meeting on Zoom:

    Join at or dial (312) 626-6799 and enter meeting ID 861 8812 7272

    *Please spread the word -  PTOC General Meetings are open to all in the AAPS community.*

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      Welcome to Allen Elementary

    where we strive to engage, value, and collaborate with all students, parents, and community members in the learning process.

    Allen Elementary School is filled with dedicated and professional staff who strive to create the optimal learning environment for students. All students, staff, and parents are valued members of the Allen community.  

    We take pride in... 

    • Providing a research-based curriculum: Everyday Math and Balanced Literacy                            
    • Ongoing professional development of staff: literacy, math and science education, social and emotional development.
    • Our on-site staff who provide specialized knowledge and skills to support children and teachers.
    • The shared commitment between school and home: Parent Council, School Improvement Team, Spring Open House, Country Fair, Book Fairs, Performances, Chaperones, and Room parents.

    Please come to visit us at Allen. We would love to meet you and show you around our school.


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