Current Wednesday Packet Letter

  • May 16, 2018

    Dear Families,

    This is a very busy time of year with many culminating activities as well as some new beginnings. Please take a moment to read through this packet for important information. The Ann Arbor Open Calendar available through our home page also contains details about upcoming events.

    Congratulations to all the students, teachers, parents, coaches, and volunteers who make Science Olympiad Work!  Special thanks goes to AnnaMae Trievel, long time head coach who is stepping down from her role. AnnaMae has done a tremendous amount of work this year and in years past getting everything to together for practices and for the competition day. Welcome to Erica Colone and Erica McLeod, who will be the new head coaches for the upcoming year. Thank you both for stepping up to this very important role.

    Thank you for the many ways you support our schools through your hard work and effort serving our students, amazing outpouring during Teacher Appreciation Week, supporting the Fun Run, participating in the plant sale and so many more ways! Most of all, thank you to all of you for sharing your kids with us at Ann Arbor Open!

    Karen and Chris


    AAOCC Needs You!

    URGENT NEED!!!  Two positions on the Ann Arbor Open Coordinating Council (AAOCC) are available for the 2018-2020 term: the Communications Co-Chair and the Treasurer. Contact if you are interested in throwing your hat in the ring or if you have any questions about what the positions entail.

    The final AAOCC meeting of this year will be May 22nd. Please join us!

    Eton Academy

    Ann Arbor Open is partnering with Eton Academy beginning now through the next school year. Pete Pullen and Ellen Tatone will be in our building meeting with teachers and families. Look for a School Messenger email soon with more details. You can also learn more about the partnership by coming to the final AAOCC meeting on May 22nd at 7pm  or to the final Coffee with the Principal on May 17 at 8:30 am.

    Listen & Learn with Dr. Swift  (

    Help make sure the voices of Ann Arbor Open Families are heard during Superintendent Swift’s community engagement process. The next two meetings will be:

    • May 22, 6pm at Clague
    • May 31, 6pm at Forsythe

    In these meetings, Dr. Swift will use a World Café approach ( to facilitate a conversation around four critical questions:

    • What do we celebrate in our schools and across the Ann Arbor Public Schools?
    • Where do you see our opportunities for improvement?
    • As we consider our future, what do we want and dream for our students and our schools in the Ann Arbor community?
    • What else do we need to know and understand?

    For more information about the Listen and Learn Community Conversation, visit:

    Login to Clever at home to access Dreambox (Math - K-8) or Lexia (Reading K-6)

    Are you or your child looking for a little extra academic practice at home? Or would you like to provide your child app that provides research based, academic activities? You can access educational apps at home using Clever.  Students can log into Clever using their badge (provided by teacher) or their district email and password. Through Clever, apps such as Dreambox or Lexia can be accessed at home. NOTE: It is very important to know that the user must log out of both Clever and the app being used. Failure to log out of both Clever and the app may mean that the student cannot log in at school or on a different computer.

    Clever can be accessed through the AAPS webpage, under Parent & Family Resources. Or here:

    Parents of Current 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th graders

    Summer Programs

    There are three different opportunities for Summer Camp for middle school students. Registration will be open for all families beginning May 16th. Parent Information Night will be June 12, 6:30 pm.

    1. Summer Start Academic Youth Developement (AYD) is for current 8th grade AAPS students who are preparing for Algebra I or Algebra 1B in the fall.
    2. English Language Arts (ELA) Camp is for students currently in grades 5, 6, 7, 8.  
    3. Math/Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Camp is for students currently in grades 5, 6, 7, 8.

    Visit or see the flyer included in the packet.

    Teens Using Drugs

    Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do” is a free, ongoing, two-part series presented on the first (part one) and second (part two) Tuesday evenings of October, November and January through June. This series provides helpful, practical information about the effects of substance use on young people, and how to recognize and help young people who may be experiencing problems related to alcohol/other drug use. Look for a flyer in this packet with more details.