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    Dear Allen Families,

    On behalf of the entire Allen staff, we wish you all a healthy, happy, restful Thanksgiving break.  We know this will not look like the holiday of years past, as for many, we hold both gratitude and grief in our hearts this season. We have much to be grateful for as we have realized now, more so than ever, that meaningful work and learning is a true partnership between schools and families.  Grief is also prevalent for many of us in the loss of shared time, experiences, and opportunities with our loved ones.  While we long for the days of in person schooling, I am heartened by the connections, engagement, and true learning that is taking place while we grow through this extraordinary COVID experience. 

    I am mindful and appreciative of the great opportunity to lead this community through such an extraordinary time in our lives.  My hope is that each of you will find ways to balance your own grief and gratitude over the coming days so that we may find renewal for our journey ahead. 

    As we are not able to come together in the Allen great room for our traditional Thanksgiving Assembly, we do share with you this Share your Thanks! student video created by Ms. Mobley and Ms. Vaujin.  It highlights our fifth grade service squad and our kindergarten through second grade students. 

    In this weekly update, I am including information about:

    • Connecting Together: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support group
    • Parent Support Group: Who is this pre-teen/teenager?
    • AADL Bookable Meeting Rooms on Zoom
    • Helpful AAPS Contact information

    Connecting Together: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group in English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese

    A Drop-in support groups for parents and guardians of students in AAPS, conducted in different languages. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020. Last year, parents who participated in an AAPS parent support group consistently reported that they found it helpful and appreciated hearing from and connecting with other parents going through similar struggles. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020.

    Register by clicking on a language below!

    Arabic: November 30th at 1:30PM

    Chinese: December 4th at 1:30 PM

    English: December 8th at 7:30PM and December 17th at 1:00PM 

    Korean: December 11th at 1:30 PM

    Japanese: December 14th at 1:30PM 

    Spanish: January 19th at 7:30PM and January 29 at 1:30P

    Parent Support Group: Help! Who is this Pre-Teen/Teenager in my house??

    In this group, parents will learn ways to build and strengthen their relationships with their pre-teen/teen(s) as well as understanding ways to navigate those difficult moments when your teen’s view on life totally contradicts all that you have instilled in them. This is an ongoing, consistent group (with the same facilitators and group members) and will start on Wednesday, November 18th at 6pm, and will continue to meet monthly on the third Wednesday from 6-7. Learn more and register here.

    AADL Offers Bookable Meeting Rooms on Zoom

    Connect with family and friends for free with Bookable Zoom Rooms! The Ann Arbor District Library is offering free Zoom Online Meeting Rooms to any AADL card holder. You can book a Zoom meeting of two or more attendees for up to two hours. Zoom Meeting Room Bookings require at least one week's notice. Learn more and book a room here.

    AAPS Parents of Students with Special Needs Hotline - call 734-994-2318

    AAPS Food Service-Hotline – call 734-994-2265

    AAPS Technology Hotline – call 734-997-1222

    Wishing you all rest and peace during this Thanksgiving week. 

    Your Principal,  

    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.    

      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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