Allen Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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  •  WEEKLY MESSAGE!!

    November 8, 2021

    Dear Allen Families,

    As we move into late fall and winter, we are making some adjustments to the drop-off and pick-up plan that we hope will help expedite the process and keep our students safe.  Please see the map below that further explains the process.

    Cars

    1. All cars continue to queue in the same pattern but please pull all the way forward to the green unloading and loading area by the flagpole.  Please do not drop off or pick up your student at the curved location, near the great room doors, as noted in yellow – pull forward. This will expedite drop off and pick up not allowing cars to back up and have to drive around those who stop in the noted yellow area on the map.  Our driveline dispatcher will now be located much closer to the building.  
    2. Please make sure your student exits the car on the passenger side. This may require you to adjust their car seat. This is for your student’s safety.
    3. Please do not get out of your car if possible. 
    4. Please pull ahead and exit the parking lot as soon as your student is safely out of or in your car.
    5. We also encourage families to use the nearby cul-de-sacs for drop-off and pick-up. Both have sidewalks to Allen. If you choose this option, please be a good neighbor and don’t block driveways.
    • Yorkshire and Dorchester 
    • Manchester and Essex

    Buses

    1. All buses will continue to use the lower lot for drop-off and pick up.
    2. Please do not pull your car into this lot during student drop-off or pick-up.
    3. If you need to walk your student up to the front of the school, please follow the car path and park in an open space closer to the school entrance.

    Walkers 

    For parents of first graders that are currently meeting their children on the grassy area near the Allen sign; we ask that your designated meeting place be moved as when the snow falls this area will become very congested.  For those that live to the east of the building, we ask that you meet your children where bus riders exit the building which is the exterior door leading to stairs near the retaining wall. If you live on the west side of the building, and you use the walkways leading to Yorkshire and Dorchester or Manchester and Essex, then we ask that you meet your child near the Great Room doors.  

    We believe these added steps will allow for a safer drop-off and pick-up process for our students.  Thank you for following staff directions when you enter onto Allen’s property.



    Important Dates

    • Tuesday, November 9th  - Picture retakes in the morning.  Please let your child’s teacher know if your child(ren) needs to take pictures.  
    • Wednesday, November 17th - Early Release Day at 1:18 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 11/24-Friday 11/26 - No School/Thanksgiving Break 

    Spirit Wear

    The Allen staff have been ordering Spirit Wear from an online company, 1st Place SpiritWear.  We are extending this offer to our entire Allen community.  You can place an order at any time, and the items will be shipped directly to you.  There is currently a site-wide sale of 25% off, or more, for the entire month of November.  All orders placed in November will be delivered prior to December 24th. https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/MI/Ann%20Arbor/Allen+Elementary+School

    Allen Book Fair

    ​​The Allen Library will host a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday, November 9th, through Monday, November 22nd.   Our book fairs are typically key financial support for the library program. We receive Scholastic dollars matching 25% of total sales. Families can purchase books for their own children and may even consider gifting favorite books to classrooms or the library. The direct link to our fair is HERE.

    Respectfully,

    Laura Wolf

    Allen Principal

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    Allen PC Special Activities

    We still need volunteers! We really need people who can take the lead but we can also make it work if you just have a few hours to spare. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the special committees, 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 Parent Council (allenelementarypc@gmail.com).

    Urgent volunteer needs

    • Hospitality - Committee Lead/Coordinator (1 Hour or less per month during school year)
    • Spirit Wear - Committee Lead/Coordinator (1 Hour or less per month during school year)
    • Fun Run - Committee Lead/Coordinator (Unknown effort. Estimated around 4-6 hours leading up to the event)
    • Science Olympiad (WESO- Names must be submitted by November 8
      • Head Coach (2-3 Hours per week, November - April, Available the day of the Event, April 23)
      • Key Volunteer (1-2 Hours per week, November - April, Available the day of the Event, April 23)
      • Activity Coaches, x2-3 (1 Hour per week (each), November - April)

    Allen PC Fundraising

    • November Dine to Donate - Chipotle!! Tuesday, November 9, 4:00-8:00pm.
      • 3354 Washtenaw Ave Ste A, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4282
    • Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop - See Flyer below

    Next Allen PC Meeting

    Thursday, November 18 at 6:00PM (ET) - Zoom Meeting https://umich.zoom.us/j/97709011753


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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 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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