Allen Elementary

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    May 23rd, 2022

    Dear Allen Families,

    We extend a huge thank you to parent volunteer Kristen Matta, our Allen Parent Council, and all volunteers who supported the Fun Run efforts on Thursday, May 19th.  While the event was postponed by a day due to weather, participants had a wonderful time and thus far have raised over $12,000 in funds to support Allen school initiatives.  The last day for contributions is Friday, May 27th. 

    We also thank all the Parent Council and volunteers who helped our 4th graders participate in the Disabilities Awareness Workshop on the morning of Friday, May 20th.  Both events require many volunteers and we are so grateful for the village that supported during these two days.  

    This communication will cover the following topics:

    • Art in the Park - June 1st
    • Final Space Available In-District Transfer / School of Choice Window Now Open
    • NWEA
    • Calendar Updates
    • Device Collection 
    • Summer School Opportunities
    • Covid Reporting 
    • Super Summer Success
    • Tick Checks

    Art in the Park - June 1st

    Please join us for our outdoor Art Gallery, on Wednesday, June 1 from dismissal until 6:00pm on the grassy area near the playground.  All students will have an art board on display and Mrs. Conner will have a scavenger hunt for attendees while they enjoy the art show. Families are welcome to take their child’s art work with them near the end of the show. 

    Final Space Available In-District Transfer and School of Choice Window Now Open

    The final space available In-District Transfer window, and the School of Choice Window, is open through May 31st. This includes if you are wishing to apply for the Young Fives program, In-District Transfer, Schools of Choice, and Non-Resident Child of Employee.  Approvals are based on space available and are not processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Families are required to complete the pre-enrollment questionnaire found on our Enrollment website (click here).  

    The office will be reaching out to some families that need to fill out applications for next school year (if you moved during this school year). 

    If you have any questions, please call the office at 734-997-1210

    Space Available In-District Transfer

    School of Choice


    Allen’s NWEA testing window runs through Thursday, May 26th. For specific testing dates for your student, please refer to your classroom teacher’s newsletter. 

    Calendar Updates

    Looking ahead, there is no school for students or staff on May 30th for Memorial Day.

    Our last day of school is Friday, June 10th.  Students are dismissed at 11:28 AM. 

    Device Collection

    We will begin the process of collecting all student Chromebooks and chargers this week.  Unless your student is registered for summer programming with AAPS, we will be collecting their computer and the charging cable. Now is a good time to remove any stickers that may have been applied, clean them up, and dust off the correct charging cords.  We will be collecting all devices for Young Fives, Kindergarten and First grade students by this Friday, May 27th.  

    Summer School Opportunities

    AAPS is thrilled to share we are continuing with expanded summer programming to provide our students and families with access to quality instruction, excellent teachers, and engaging learning experiences for summer 2022.

    On the AAPS Summer School website, families will find a listing of all available programs with descriptions, dates, academic focus, principal contact information, and enrollment procedures. Click on ‘Elementary Programs’ for open enrollment opportunities for all students in AAPS. 

    Covid Reporting
    As we near the end of the school year, student and staff cases of COVID remain high across all of our schools and our county. Thus, our safety guidelines remain in place, specifically masking while indoors.

    In addition, our protocols for reporting student cases are being modified as follows:

    • Parents/guardians shall* now report their student's case directly to the district using this form: Reporting your student's case promptly helps our AAPS COVID Response Team prevent the spread of COVID in our schools.

    The school-wide notification of COVID cases will now be sent to school communities once per week, instead of daily (when there are cases), on Fridays, beginning the week of May 16. Classroom notifications will continue to be sent as often as needed.

    Super Summer Success

    The Super Summer Success Program was created to support students with a variety of books to read at home throughout the summer. Research has shown that reading over the summer helps students maintain important literacy skills.  

    If your child will be returning to Allen next school year and is currently in Y5-4th grade, you can sign up for this program.

    Your child will receive a bag of books that they can enjoy over the summer. All books should be returned to Allen in September.

    In order to participate, complete the sign up form by Friday, May 27, 2022. If you previously tried, and weren’t able to do so, we corrected the link and this should work now. 

    Students will bring their bag of books home during the last week of school. 

    A note about Tick checks

    Transmission season for Lyme disease in Michigan typically occurs from May through August, with a peak in June. Ticks can be present in grass and heavily wooded / bushy areas. Frequent tick checks are important during this time of year, especially as children are starting to play outside more and more.  Prompt removal of ticks can prevent Lyme disease infection. We have spotted a tick in a classroom after students had been on the playground.  


    Laura Wolf

    Allen Principal


    May 23, 2022

    Thank you for all the support on the Fun Run! It was a great success. Fundraising continues through 5/27. Keep up the great work!

    Allen PC Special Activities

    • Art in the Park (June 1st) 
      • 4-6pm near the playground. Come see your kids masterpieces they’ve created this year! Bring home their art after!
    • Field Day (June 3rd)
    • Country Fair (June 10th)

    If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Form. You can also read a little about each activity on the website. It’s a great way to get to know your Allen community. Still not sure or have questions? Contact your Allen PC (

    Allen PC Fundraising

    • Next Dine to Donate will be May 24th at Noodles and Company
    • Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop - See Flyer below

    We are wrapping up the 2021-2022 year, but there are plenty of opportunities for volunteering and getting involved next year! Let the PC know at any time if you would like to get to know what the PC does, and how you can get involved. 

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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 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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