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    Dear Allen Families,

    We hope you had a wonderful break with family and friends! It was great to see so many Allen Eagles return to school this morning. We would like to say thank you to the families who have sent in items to help us replenish our clothes closet. If, in the coming weeks, you have additional items to send in, that would be great. We can definitely use the gently used sweatshirts, pants, leggings, and t-shirts (long or short-sleeved) in all sizes. We appreciate your support, so we have items that students can use when their clothes get extra muddy and wet or if a bathroom accident has happened. 

    This communication will cover the following topics:

    • When to Keep Your Child Home
    • In-District Transfer - Next Window Feb 26th-Mar 29th
    • My Future Fund
    • Plastic Free Snack Challenge
    • News from the Art Department
    • Volunteers needed in PE
    • Volunteers are needed for several of our exciting March is Reading Month events!  
    • February 2024 Community Resources Update
    • District Calendar and Important Dates

    When to Keep Your Child Home

    This time of year we begin to see an increase in colds, the stomach bug, Influenza, and many other illnesses. Many times we hear from families that they weren’t sure when they should keep their child home or they weren’t feeling great but we wanted them to try to make it through the day. Please use the When Should A Child Stay Home From School? to help guide your decision of when to keep your child home from school. 

    In-District Transfer - Next Window Feb 26th - Mar 29th

    Enrollment home page:

    The next in-district transfer window will open Feb 26th - Mar 29th. This will include the following for elementary school and middle school (it will also include high school as well):

    • Young 5s - pending space availability
    • Grades K-8

    If you applied during the first window for Young 5s, you should hear back prior to this window opening. If you haven’t, please reach out to student accounting at as we do not have any placement information at this time.

    My Future Fund Information

    Eligible 1st-6th grade students attending a public school - like Allen Elementary- will receive a My Future Fund account that includes $25 to start their savings for college and career training through My Future Fund, unless a parent/guardian requests to opt out. 

    All 1st-6th grade families should complete the Release of Information form by March 19, 2024 to take full advantage of the My Future Fund program benefits, which could include an extra $475 for your child. 

    Allen is a proud supporter of the My Future Fund program, which is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District in collaboration with the Washtenaw County Government. Please, visit for more information. 

    Plastic Free Snack Challenge

    Enter our challenge and win fun prizes! The Allen Parent Council’s Greening Committee is organizing a fun, non-competitive Plastic-Free Snack Challenge, for a chance to win fun prizes like movie tickets. The challenge is aimed at inspiring our community to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics and help animals, people, and our environment. From February 26-March 10, students and their families can follow 3 easy steps to enter the challenge:

    • Step 1. Watch the movie Microplastic Madness, from the comfort of your own home. This 75-minute, kid-friendly film tells the uplifting story of how 5 th graders in Brooklyn took on plastic pollution. It is available in English, Spanish, and English subtitles.
      • A link will be provided in the next newsletter. Younger kids or those with a shorter attention span can also just watch a portion of the movie.
    • Step 2. Take a photo of your plastic-free snack, lunch, or dinner. This can be as simple as an apple!
    • Step 3. Send us the photo of your snack.

    Details will be sent in next week’s newsletter. For any questions, please contact Sivan (

    News from the Art Department

    Please enjoy this newsletter from our art teacher, Mrs. Naar! Allen Art Studio Newsletter March. 2024.pdf 

    Volunteers Needed in PE

    The week of March 18th - 22nd, is Golf Week in PE.  All students will learn the golf skills of putting, chipping, and pitching with safe, kid-friendly equipment made for the gym.  If available to volunteer, please click the link below to sign-up.  Please also remember to complete the AAPS Background Check Form.  Thank you.

    Sign-Up Link:

    Volunteers are needed for several of our exciting March is Reading Month events!  

    • Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers are critical in keeping the fair running happily and smoothly. Check out the information in the library newsletter to see when your child will visit the fair if you would like to join them at that time. 
    • Allen's Vocabulary Parade would love family volunteers this year to work some magic the morning of the parade to help students who do not have an available costume. If you have a couple of hours at the beginning of the school day on Wednesday, March 20th, sign up to help make that a great day for everyone! 
    • Parent Council would like to continue building a collection of costume pieces that can be used on the day of the parade to outfit students who did not bring a costume to school. If you have something to add to that collection, you can send yours in with your child clearly marked DONATION BEFORE March 20th. Note these will be kept for future years and will not be returned. 

    February 2024 Community Resources Update

    In this issue:

    • FREE tax and legal help for families
    • FREE virtual academic support and Computer Science Mentorship by U-M students
    • A Grant Opportunity for staff
    • Great resources for dentists, diapers and more!

    District Calendar and Important Dates

    • February 23rd: Spirit Day, Wear Red/White/black or Allen Gear
    • February 27th: No School, Election Day
    • March 1st:   March is Reading Month Begins
    • March 6th: Early Release Day, Bell Rings at 1:00 PM
    • March 7th and 8th: School Play Evening Performances, 7:00 PM
    • March 8th: Mobile Dentist at Allen
    • Match 11th - 15th: Scholastic Book Fair
    • Vocabulary Parade, more information coming soon
    • March 21st: Parent Council Meeting, 6-7 PM
    • March 22nd: Report Cards Come Home
    • March 25th-29th: Spring Break, No School for Students, and Staff
    • April 1st: School Resumes

    In partnership,

    Jessica Cruz

    Allen Assistant Principal 

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District Spotlight


  • The Ann Arbor Public Schools has partnered with PowerSchool Enrollment to allow parents to pre-enroll their students online. Please see our Who Can Apply page for more information.

    Enrollment Process:

    1. Determine which enrollment options are available and best suit your student.
    2. Complete an online pre-enrollment application.
    3. Complete the full enrollment by email invitation, and upload the required enrollment documents.

    Ann Arbor Public Schools is proud to offer multiple enrollment options for our families in order to best serve our community.

    Follow this link to get started.