Allen Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Allen Office 734-997-1210

School Announcements


  • Weekly Update 

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Dear Allen Families,

    Thank you to the Allen Parent Council for organizing coffee, treats, lunch, and donuts for the staff last week.  One of the love languages of the Allen staff is food, and they felt your care and compassion.  We also appreciated reading all of your notes and kind remarks on the Kudoboards.  Works are powerful and meaningful and we appreciate you taking the time to share some thoughts.  Thank you.

    It was so nice to welcome back our 4th and 5th graders that returned to in person learning last week. We have had eight successful “first days” of school since March 25th.  While our time together will be brief for the rest of this year, having students back in the building feels like a beginning of a return to normalcy.  We look forward to having everyone back together next fall for five full days.

    This communication includes the following topics:

    • Planning for Next Year
    • Title 1 Family Event
    • Noon Hour Supervisors
    • 5thGrade Middle School Transition Meetings
    • Title 1 Support every Wednesday
    • Special Area Class Supplies
    • Helpful links on the AAPS Website

    Planning for Next Year

    We are planning for five full days of in school teaching and learning next year. Dr. Swift shared the following key details for our back to school planning at the most recent board meeting. We are planning for a full 5 days per week in-school learning taught by AAPS teachers. Families will still have a virtual option if they choose, but there will be no hybrid instruction in Fall 2021. Spring enrollment is ongoing. We anticipate another in-district transfer and school of choice window to open in the near future.  

    While AAPS has not yet posted the 2021-2022 calendar, we are tentatively planning a start date of Monday, August 30th

    If you do not plan to return to Allen, please contact the office to let us know. This will help with our planning as well as help us get your child’s records to their new school. 

    Title 1 Family Event

    Please join the Ann Arbor Public Schools in a Title 1 Family engagement event.  Mr. Rodney Page will be sharing more about the topic: How can Music help us manage life and day-to-day stress? on Thursday, May 20, from 6:30-7:30pm. The flyer is attached here.  

    An RSVP QR code is in the flyer or you can go this link to RSVP

    Noon Hour supervisors

    We are still in need of noon hour supervisors.  They are currently working around 2-2.5 hours per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Days can be flexible if not able to work all 4 days of the week. If you or someone you know that is interested in this work for the rest of this school year or even just for next school year, please email me at

    Interested candidates will need to complete a job application online, pass a fingerprinting/background check and complete a few hours of training.  The rate of pay is $13 per hour. 

    5th Grade Middle School Transition Meetings  

    Parents and 5th Grade Students are invited to attend the virtual transition to Middle School events next Wednesday, May 19th.  Details for both Scarlett and Tappan are shared below.  

    Scarlett’s Virtual Transition Event

    Wednesday, May 19th

    9:00am on zoom

    Tappan’s Virtual Transition Event

    Wednesday, May 19th

    10:30-11:30am on Zoom  HERE

    Link for more details: (CLICK HERE

    Title 1 Support every Wednesday

    Drop-in support is still offered every Wednesday from 8:30am-11:30am.  This is available to 1st – 5th graders. Teachers will be on Zoom 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.

    Special Area Class Supplies

    ART: Week of May 10th

    Grades Y5 - 1st

    Lesson: 3-D Playground

    Art Materials needed: Colored Paper, Scissors, Glue

    Our Allen artists have created amazing art this year. Please have them select their favorite art pieces and post them in our Schoology Art Gallery. It's located on the Schoology Art page and the folder is labeled Student Artwork. I’ve attached directions.

    Contact me with any questions. 

    Thank you!!



    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 May 10th 

    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 - 5th Grade:

    *Drum-like object (i.e. exercise ball, bucket, pillow, laundry basket, chair)

    *Drum sticks (i.e. serving spoons, pencils, pool noodles)

    Helpful links on the AAPS Website

    Wishing you a wonderful week!


    Laura Wolf

    Allen Principal


    Allen Parent Council Updates:

    • The May Dine to Donate is scheduled for this ThursdayMay 13th at Kouzina, 332 South Main Street, from 12pm-9pm.
    • Our next Parent Council Meeting is this Thursday May 13th, 6-7pm, via zoom.  All are welcome to attend!, Meeting ID: 898 6951 6690, Passcode: ALLEN
    • Save the date! Kona Ice trucks will be visiting Allen neighborhoods in June for fundraising nights! Head to Dorchester Rd. on June 1st and Nutmeg Dr. on June 3rd from 4:30-7:30 to grab a refreshment and support your school!



    • More information, calendar, ways to donate, and more are on our website.  




    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.    

      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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