Allen Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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  •  Weekly Update

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    Dear Families,

    It looks like spring has arrived! What a beautiful time of year to be an Allen Eagle! Our in-person students have been enjoying more and more time outside, playing, and enjoying the weather. Please make sure to still send a jacket or sweater for those cooler mornings.  We look forward to the day our 4th and 5th grade students are able to join us here at Allen!

    This weekly communication will cover the following:                       

    • Important Dates
    • Second Grade Entrance Doors 4/22 and 4/23
    • Safety Drills
    • Parent COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation FAQ
    • Title 1 Support every Wednesday
    • Library Book Returns
    • Special Area Class Supplies
    • Helpful links on the AAPS Website

    Important Dates

    5/3-5/4 Stage 4 (4th-5th grades Cohort A transition to the hybrid in-person model)

    5/6-5/7 Stage 4 (4th-5th grades Cohort B transition to the hybrid in-person model)

    5/6 Thursday, May 6 is NO LONGER an early release day.

    Second Grade Entrance Plan

    This Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23, second graders will need to enter the building at the Great Room doors.  We have some concrete repair work that needs to be completed at the entrance they have been using. Weather permitting, we anticipate the work to be finalized over the weekend and ready to resume our previously established plan starting Monday, May 3. 

    Safety Drills

    Our schools begin administering all safety drills this year starting next week. This means that our virtual teachers may need to pause instruction while we are in the drills. You will receive communication from classroom teachers. Our goal is to complete all Safety Drills (Fire, Severe Weather, and Security Drills) by April 30, 2021. As always, Security Drills are not intended to cause fear but rather empower students, with the guidance of their teachers, to react appropriately. All schools in Washtenaw County are participating in the ALICE protocols, which are flexible to enable us to adapt our response depending on the specific situation that could be encountered. 

    Parent COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation FAQ

    Please take a look and familiarize yourself with this document for answers to questions you may have regarding quarantine and isolation. Parent COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation FAQ

    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.

    Library Book Returns

    Do you have school library books at home?

    • Please bring those books to school to be returned to the library. If you have books from another building, those books can be returned to our building as well. 
    • If you are remaining virtual for the remainder of the school year, you may contact the school office at 997-1210 to arrange drop off, or you may hold onto them until you return to school in the fall. 

    What about late or lost fines?

    • We understand many families have been impacted this past year and will be waiving costs related to lost school library books.

    Are you not sure if you have school library books at home?

                Contact Ms. Woelmer at woelmerc@aaps.k12.mi.us

    Special Area Class Supplies week of April 19th

    ART: Week of April 19th

    Lesson: Cityscapes Y5 - 1st

    Supplies:

    Different Colors of Paper (Construction Paper Pk)

    Pencil

    Scissors

    Glue

    Markers or Crayons

    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:

    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 April 19th 

    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 - 2nd Grades:

    *None

    3rd & 4th Grades:

    *None

    5th Grades:

    *Racquet-like implement (i.e. spatula, flip-flop, book, small whiteboard)

    *1 ball (i.e. sock ball, crumpled piece of paper)

    *1 object to knock down (i.e. cup, toy, water bottle)

    HELPFUL LINKS ON THE AAPS SITE

    Sincerely,

    Laura Wolf

     

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    Allen Parent Council Updates:

    • May 3rd-May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Week.  The amazing Allen Staff members have worked so hard this year to teach our children under unique and challenging circumstances.  Our kids are lucky to have responsive, creative, and flexible educators.  To show your appreciation you, along with your child, could send a thank you email, create a picture or note to post on Seesaw or Google Docs, or even purchase a gift card to one of their favorite places.  We’re so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of classroom teachers, support staff, special teachers, and office staff!
    • Our next Dine to Donate is scheduled for Friday, April 30th at Taco King, 2231 W Liberty Street from 11am to 10pm. Call in your order for takeout or delivery (734)585-5796 and mention the John Allen Parent Council fundraiser.
    • The May Dine to Donate is scheduled for May 13th at Kouzina, 332 South Main Street, from 4pm-8pm.
    • Annual Walk and Bike to School day is Wednesday May 5th. Since Wednesday is asynchronous, we will be celebrating on May 4th and May 6th!  If your child is remote, participate by walking or biking somewhere you would normally drive during the week of May 3rd.  Find out more info here: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
    • Our next Parent Council Meeting is Thursday May 13th, 6-7pm, via zoom.  All are welcome to attend!  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89869516690?pwd=SEtmUW5EMVFFQVg3MmxMeEcwWkhEZz09, Meeting ID: 898 6951 6690, Passcode: ALLEN
    • Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Store
    • More information, calendar, ways to donate, and more are on our website.  

    WELCOME to our NEW PRINCIPAL

    MS. 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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