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  • Weekly Message

    4/15/24

    Dear Allen Families,

    We enjoyed viewing the Eclipse from the Allen school grounds last Monday.  Thank you to those who joined and helped keep our glasses on and students safe! Spring is a busy time of year and things are bustling at Allen School!  

    This communication will cover the following topics:

    • MSTEP
    • Arrival and Dismissal
    • Reminder - Enrollment Open for 24-25 School Year!
    • Parent Input Form 23-24 - Complete by April 26th
    • Science Olympiad - Good Luck to our Allen Teams!
    • AAPS Steam Expo
    • Girl Scout Troop 40795 Collecting Solar Eclipse Glasses
    • News from the Art Department
    • Rec & Ed After School Classes at Allen - Spring Registration Open
    • District Calendar and Important Dates
    • Community Updates
    • Parent Council Updates

    MSTEP

    This week we start the MSTEP state testing for our third through fifth graders. Your child’s classroom teacher will share the specific testing dates with you. As this is a computer-based assessment, it is important that your child bring a fully charged Chromebook to school. Students may not wear a smartwatch or have a phone with them in the testing environment.  They do need headphones and while we do have some to provide, they may bring a pair from home as long as they are not Bluetooth-enabled.  A good night of sleep and a great breakfast helps many find more success on these testing days! 

    Arrival and Dismissal

    We need your help!!  We have seen an increase in students being dropped off before the report time of our staff who supervise the arrival each day. This creates challenges with behaviors occurring before the bell rings. We need your support by keeping your children with you in your vehicles until the teachers report to their morning posts at 8:38.

    The Allen team works hard daily to keep the pick-up line moving forward for you to pick up your children. When families arrive late to pick up their children, our team has to stay later to supervise them until you arrive. This prevents them from doing the work of preparing for teaching and learning and prevents them from getting home to their families. Please plan to be here by 3:45 daily to get your children from school, our team will begin entering the driveline numbers starting at 3:40 to start the pickup line moving at the end of the day.

    Reminder - Enrollment Open for 24-25 School Year!

    If you live in our attendance area, and have a student who will be attending Kindergarten next school year, we encourage you to enroll at this time. It helps the school and the district to make plans for the following school year, including class placements. If you have any questions, email allen@aaps.k12.mi.us

    Please share with neighborhood families that do not currently have a student attending Allen, but will in the fall!

    https://www.a2schools.org/enrollment

    Parent Input Form

    We invite you to complete the Parent Input Form to provide information about your child that you would like us to consider as we make class placement decisions for next school year.

    You will want to complete the form for each of your children that will attend Allen next year. If you do not plan to return, you can also let us know on this form.  

    We ask that you complete this form by Friday, April 26th.

    Science Olympiad - Good Luck to our Allen Teams!

    Our Science Olympians have been practicing diligently for the past few months, and will head to the Science Olympiad competition this Saturday, April 20th, at Pioneer High School. We wish them well in their events, and look forward to hearing about their experiences!

    AAPS Steam Expo

    Join Mrs. Chappell for the AAPS STEAM and CTE Expo on Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Skyline Commons.

    What is STEAM?

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

    In AAPS, some of our STEAM offerings include engineering, computer science and biomedical, including all PLTW courses

    What is CTE?

    Career and Technology Education

    In AAPS, our CTE programs are Automotive Technology, Business, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Culinary, Engineering, Health Science, and Homebuilding

    What to Expect at the Expo:

    Student work showcase Y5-12th Grades Hands-on, interactive STEAM Demonstrations, including our district robotics teams and CTE Programs, and Community Connections.

    Girl Scout Troop 40795 Collecting Solar Eclipse Glasses

    Girl Scout Troop 40795 is collecting any new or gently used solar eclipse glasses to send to children in Latin America for the eclipse in August of 2024. Solar eclipse glasses can be dropped off to the box in the office April 15th - April 22nd.

    News from the Art Department

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

    Rec & Ed After School Classes at Allen - Spring Registration Open

    AAPS Rec & Ed is excited to offer several after-school classes focused on fun, learning, movement, and discovery. Registration is NOW OPEN! Click on each class option below or visit www.aarecedonline.com. Scholarships are available! Please call (734) 994-2300 ext. 0 for assistance. 

    Day/Time

    Name of Class

    Dates

    Ages

    Class ID#

    Wed, 3:48-5:30pm

    NEW! Animal ARTventures

    4/17-5/29

    1st-5th

    2157.303

    Fri, 3:48-5:30pm

    NEW! Cartoon Drawing: Flowers, Animals, & Anime!

    4/19-5/24

    K-5th

    2150.303

    District Calendar and Important Dates

    • April 18th: Family Community Night with the Before & After Care Program
    • April 20th: Science Olympiad Competition, Pioneer High School
    • April 26th: Spirit Day - Inside Out / Backward Day

    Community Updates

    In partnership,

    Laura Wolf, Allen Principal 

    Jessica Cruz, Allen Assistant Principal 


    Parent Council Updates

    PTO Thrift Shop Show Your Support Day 

    Saturday, April 20th is show your support day for Allen Elementary at the PTO Thrift Shop! This means that 10% of every sale all day will go to our school. Save the date and spread the word. The more you shop, the more we earn! 

    Enter our Earth Day Clean Up Challenge and win fun prizes!

    The Parent Council is organizing a fun, non-competitive Earth Day Clean Up Challenge, for a chance to win 3 great prizes. Clean up a small patch of park, woods, waterway, or sidewalk; snap a photo of your cleaned-up area; and submit it to us by April 29. You could win tickets to Launch Trampoline Park; Planet Rock; or a trip to the movies! See the attached flyer for more information.

    For any questions, please contact Sivan (yosef.sivan@gmail.com).

    Allen Earth Day Clean Up Challenge.pdf 

    April Showers bring May Flowers! 

    April is National Poetry Month and the Allen Parent Council invites you to celebrate by showering our Allen staff, teachers, and community with poetical gratitude throughout April! 

    The What: A month of “Thank you!”  There are so many ways to express it -- whether poetry, prose, or any other form of art!  We welcome students & families to write, draw, color, paint, compose, sculpt, chalk, craft, sing, etc. and then share with the Allen staff.

    The When: Anytime in April 

    The How & The Where: Hand deliver, mail, email, or leave in the office. 

    The Who: Could be for a specific staff member, a group (ex. grade-level, specials, admin, custodial, subs), or for the whole Allen team.

    Some ideas: Who is a teacher or staff who makes an impact in your day or life?  What makes Allen special? What is your favorite part of your classroom or school, or a favorite event?  Why are you proud to be an Eagle, or what is something fun and silly about being an Eagle?  What is something small that makes a big difference to you?

     

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District Spotlight

Enrolling

  • 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.

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