Current Wednesday Packet Letter

  • December 20, 2017

    Dear Families,

    New Furniture

    We are scheduled to have new furniture delivered over break. While teachers and students are encouraged to purge old items, the decision over what to keep and what to take rests with teachers. Any furniture identified for removal over break will be donated to Haiti via the program, Food For the Poor.

    Multi Culti

    For those of you new to the school, Multicultural Fair is one of Open’s dearly held, and highly attended traditions. Students truly appreciate sharing projects and accomplishments with family and friends! There is quite a bit of hustle and bustle that evening so here are some tips:

    • Eat dinner or a substantial healthy snack before you arrive.
    • Consider a little before multi-culti nap or other down time for younger kids.
    • Bring a water bottle or other hydration drink.
    • Dress in layers - it can get a little humid.
    • Have a pre-arranged meeting place and time for your family at the end of your travels.
    • Leave time to get to and from your parked car - you may get in a nice evening walk so wear appropriate footwear for the weather.
    • Visit the lost and found while you are here! Any items remaining after Friday in 2017 will be donated when we return in 2018.

    NOTE:  Multi Culti Parking gets kind of crazy around the school the night of the Multi-Cultural Fair.  It's pretty common for Open parents who are desperately seeking a parking spot near school to park illegally. Please help us stay on good terms with our neighbors and with the laws in place for pedestrian and traffic safety.

    Please remember:

    • City ordinances (Section 10:56) prohibit parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, and within 15 feet of an intersection, even in the absence of "No Parking" signs.  This allows for adequate sight-lines for both drivers and pedestrians.  This is particularly important on the night of Multi-Culti, as there is a lot of foot traffic and car traffic, and it will be dark outside.
    • Likewise, vehicles may not block driveways or park within 4 feet of a curb-cut for a driveway.
    • Vehicles may not park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant (unless the operator remains in the vehicle).
    • Also - there is NO parking in the bus loop in the Brooks St. lot. It is an emergency fire lane 24/7.

    Thanks!  I hope this helps avoid many of the problems we and our neighbors have experienced in prior years.

    Borders will open at 6:30 pm and close at 8:00 Thursday night. Passports will be available to be stamped at each location throughout the school. The 7/8 classes will be set up in the auditorium. The Passports are designed for kids, but interested adults are welcome to pick up a passport for the journey, too.  

    City of Ann Arbor 2018 Deer Management Program

    The City of Ann Arbor has released details of their 2018 Deer Management Program to take place in January.  The program will include non-lethal sterilization activities from January 2 through January 7.  The lethal program takes place January 6 through January 31st on private and public lands. Several parks and nature areas in the city will be closed from 3 PM to midnight during this time.  To ensure safety of community members, security will be in place monitoring and patrolling parks while sharp shooters are present.  Please visit the city’s Deer Management Website for the complete listing of parks, signage locations, education efforts and additional information.

    Parents of 8th Graders, Freshman class of 2022!

    It is time to begin planning for the transition to high school!  Luckily, Ann Arbor Public Schools High Schools are consistently rated among the strongest high schools in the state, and in the nation. You may wish to mark your calendars for the information sessions presented by Community High School (admission through lottery), Pathways (admission by request/referral) and for the high school in your attendance area.  If you are interested in a high school outside your attendance area, additional information about applying to a different high school will be provided when the dates are finalized.

    Public Curriculum/Information Sessions for Incoming 9th Graders

    • Community Information Nights (parent/guardian and student must attend one)
      • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm at CHS
      • Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 2:00pm at Scarlett
      • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm at Clague
      • Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 2:00pm at CHS
      • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm at CHS
    • Huron – Thursday, February 1, 2018- 6:00pm General Meeting/Tours (Non-Pub to follow)
    • Pioneer – Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 5:30 Non-Pub; General Meeting 6:00pm
    • Skyline – Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - Tours 4:30pm; 5:30 Non-Pub; General Meeting 6:00pm
    • Pathways - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Open House 5:30-7:30pm
    • Community - Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Connect with Community Shadow Day

    Community High School Lottery

    *Parent/guardian MUST attend one information session, noted above.

    • Application Window - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 thru Thursday, February 15, 2018
    • Random Selection - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • Commit Deadline - Friday, March 2, 2018

    In-District Transfer Window Dates for High School only will be shared once the dates are finalized. The dates for the application window are expected to be mid-January to mid-February, followed by a random selection process to fill available spots. The final commit deadline will like be at the end of February or early March.

    High School Visits to Middle Schools

    In addition to the public meetings listed above, each high school will present to 8th grade students at Ann Arbor Open during the school day. These presentations are intended for students only. Advisory teachers will communicate with students about the dates and times for the in-school visits.


    Karen and Chris


    **Please spread to word about our Parent Tours for New Families!  Parents can register by calling 734-994-1910**