Allen Elementary

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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    Dear Allen Families,

    Welcome to the first full week of December.  With the cold here and lots of layers and winter gear, we recommend you label all of your child’s belongings.  This helps get it to the correct owner should it turn up in our Lost and Found.  We do go outside daily as long as the windchill and temperature are at or above 0°.  Wishing you a warm week ahead! 

    The communication this week will cover the following topics:  

    • Absence, Tardy, and Early Dismissal Notifications
    • Glove & Gift Card Donations - Turn in by Dec 12th
    • Ice Skating Survey - New January Date
    • Noon Hour Supervisors 
    • Allen Spirit Wear Store 
    • Important Dates
    • Parent Council Updates

    Absence, Tardy, Early Dismissal, Different End of Day Plans Notifications

    Please follow these steps If your student is going to be absent, tardy, dismissed early, or if they will have different end of day plans:

    • For absences or tardies, notify your student’s teacher and the office ( via email. Include why your child will be absent or tardy (sick, medical appointment, vacation, etc.).  If you are unable to email, you can also call the office at 734-997-1210. 
    • For early dismissal or for different end of the day plans, notify the office ( or 734-997-1210) to let us know what time your student will be picked up and if they will be returning, or let us know detailed end of day plans if they will be changing, including who will be picking them up and where they will pick them up, if it will not be you.
    • Please leave a voicemail if we are unable to answer your call.  You do not need to notify the principal.

    Gift Card Donations - Turn in by Dec 12th

    Thank you so much for your generous donations thus far! 

    We would like to distribute the gift cards the week of December 12th so families have time to prepare lists and shop. 

    If you are willing and able, we are looking for gift card donations to Meijer, Target, Walmart, or Amazon that will be distributed to some of our families who could use additional support this holiday and winter season.

    If you would like to donate gloves - new or gently used - (all sizes, but we need more for bigger kids) or gift cards, please contact our Allen office at 997-1210 or by email:  Gift cards may also be sent in with your children in an envelope to be given to the office - please inform us if you are sending them in this way.  

    Thank you in advance for supporting our students and families in this way! 

    Ice Skating Survey - New January Date

    Our Allen Parent Council invites you to attend an ice skating event on Friday, January 20th, at Buhr Park Ice Rink.  The ice will be reserved from 5:30-6:45 PM for Allen students and their families to enjoy some skating time. To help us prepare for the event, we need to have a sense of how many participants and what size skates are needed for rental. Please take this brief survey: Skating Event Survey

    Allen Spirit Wear Store

    The Allen Elementary School spirit wear store is a great option for holiday gifts. All orders placed this week are guaranteed to arrive by December 23rd or they're FREE! Visit

    Noon Hour Supervisors 

    We are looking to add to our noon hour team!  We are especially in need of support on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week, but can use additional support all days of the week. The lunch periods run from 11:15 AM - 1:10 PM.

    If you, or someone you know, are interested in either volunteering on a regular basis on particular day(s) of the week or if you are interested in this work for pay, please contact Laura Wolf at wolf@aaps.k12.mi.usIf you would like to be hired for this work you will need to complete the online application process which can be found here:

    • Expectations – Interact and supervise children with a positive, warm and caring approach.
    • Pay Rate – The rate for noon hour supervisors is $16.50 per hour.
    • Please complete the AAPS Noon Hour Application with job ID # is 13695 – 

    Thank you for your consideration of helping to recruit for or fulfilling this important role and supporting our students during the lunch period. 

    Important Dates

    • Dec 7th & 8th: Hearing & Vision Make Up Dates
    • Dec 15th: Tappan Theater Performance at Allen
    • Dec 18th: Parent Council - Parent’s Night Out at Buffalo Wild Wings - see below
    • Dec 22nd: Spirit Day:  Wear Snow/snowflake/winter themed clothing
    • Dec 23 - Jan 8th: Winter Break (this includes no school on Friday 12/23!) School resumes on Jan 9th.

    Kind Regards,

    Laura Wolf

    Allen Principal 


    Parent Council Updates


    Join the Allen Elementary Community page on Facebook for updates on Allen PC announcements, event information, meeting invitations, and community engagement! 

    Staff Favorite Things: We've had requests for a list of Staff Favorite Things, so we are sending it out to the school community if you are interested!

    Allen PC Special Activities

    • Dine to Donate! On the dates listed, order food from these restaurants and mention Allen! They will donate a portion of the proceeds to our school!
      • 12/18 - Buffalo Wild Wings - 3150 Boardwalk Drive, Ann Arbor, MI
        • Use the attached tickets and 20% of your purchase will go to Allen
    • School Musical - Parent Council is exploring a school musical idea for 3rd-5th graders at Allen and we would like to gauge interest to inform future planning.  Please use the link below to answer a short survey about your interest and availability to participate. 

    Next Allen PC Meeting

    No Meeting for December! The next Meeting will be on the third Thursday of January.

    Instead of a meeting, join Parent Council at Buffalo Wild Wings from 6-8 pm for a ‘Parent’s Night Out’ on 12/18 and enjoy getting to know other parents during the time that your purchases will benefit Allen!

    Science Olympiad

    Allen is going to have a Science Olympiad team this year and we’re looking for event coaches.

    Science Olympiad is for students in the 2nd-5th grades.  Hour-long practices are held once a week on the day/time of the event coach’s choosing after school or on weekday evenings. Practices run from late February through the week of May 8. This all builds up to the county-wide competition on Saturday, May 13th at Huron High School.

    The more coaches we get, the more events we can offer our kids (student sign-up will be in January)! If you’re ready to volunteer or just have more questions, please contact Head Coach Sukhinder Sandhu and Naima Swisz-Hall ( 

    To learn more about Science Olympiad, check out and this video from WESO for some details about the overall program.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays! 

    -Parent Council Board

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