• Remote Status Jan. 12-14

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 1/11/2022

    Dear A2 STEAM families, 

    I am sorry we had to resort to going remote for the remainder of the week. As you read in Dr. Swift’s email, teacher and staff absences have put us in a place where we cannot ensure sufficient staffing for a safe in-person learning environment. We have continued to seek substitute teachers over the last couple of days but still came up very short-staffed. 

    I know remote learning is difficult, I know it is not ideal, and I am very sorry that we are in this position.  

     K-5 classroom teachers will email families regarding their class schedule. You can expect a schedule very similar to last Wednesday - Friday, wherein teachers have integrated thoughtful screen and movement breaks. Please, have your child join their morning meeting so they can connect with their classroom community. 

     Middle School teachers will continue to follow our middle school bell schedule and they will post their classroom resources online to Schoology. Please have your child attend each class period, even if only for a portion of the class period. 

    Special education services will continue to be held as they are during a traditional day.  

    Mr. Parnes, middle school counselor, will be accessible to support students. 

    Classroom Zoom links are the same as last week - spreadsheet HERE.

     

    DEVICE PICKUP

    While students and staff have been told to bring devices to and from school each and every day, we recognize that a few devices may have been left in the building.  If you need to pick up your child’s school device tomorrow (Wednesday, 1/12/22), we will have staff ready to answer the door between  7:45 - 8:45AM.   

     

    TECH SUPPORT

    Call (734) 997-1222 OR email family_techsupport@aaps.k12.mi.us

     

    FOOD DISTRIBUTION 

     AAPS will offer food distribution Wednesday, January 12 at Pioneer High School at the Clock Tower entrance off Stadium Blvd. between 8:00-10:00AM and 1:00-4:00PM Bundles of food and milk will be provided for AAPS students, including vegetarian options. Please pull into the front circle off of Stadium Blvd and call 994-2265. A food service associate will come out to your car.  (Please do not leave your car or try to enter Pioneer.  Staff will be there to serve you. Please wear a mask when staff approach.) 

    Home Deliveries - If you are not able to come to Pioneer on Wednesday to pick up food please call 994-2265 by noon and we will arrange delivery to your home on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Please reach out to office staff and/or your child’s teacher if we can support you during this time of remote learning. 

     

    Warm regards,

    Meg Fenech

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 1/2/2022

    Good afternoon A2 STEAM families, 

    First and foremost, I hope your family is healthy and was able to enjoy a peaceful winter break.  

    As you know from Dr. Swift’s email, we are modifying the transition to return to in-school learning due to a dramatic increase in COVID infections in our community. This step is a pause, NOT a permanent setting. Our default setting for this school year is to have our schools open for in-person, in-school learning. This remains the priority of AAPS.  At this time, however, a temporary pause - to interrupt post-holiday transmission of the virus - will serve us to achieve a better chance at sustaining in-school learning this winter.

    While this is not the most auspicious start to the new year, I feel secure that our staff and families will skillfully pivot to remote learning.  I am grateful for our competent and committed staff, and we are appreciative of your understanding during this challenging time.  You can expect to hear from teachers and/or administration before we launch remote learning on Wednesday.  

    DEVICE OR INSTRUMENT PICK-UP

    If your child was absent December 17th and didn’t take home their district device, we have two pick-up windows - Monday from 12:00 - 1:30PM or Tuesday between 9:00 - 10:00AM.  You can also come to school to pick up your child’s instrument.  (Note: This is a temporary pause in in-person learning, so other items should remain in the classroom. There is no need to pick-up cubby or locker items.) So we can have items ready at the door, please complete this short form if you plan to come to A2 STEAM for tech or instruments.  

    INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN, WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY

    Your child’s classroom teacher will contact their families by Tuesday afternoon with details on your child’s virtual learning schedule.  The amount of synchronous learning will be determined by age and it will be purposely punctuated by movement and screen breaks. 

    TECH SUPPORT

    Call (734) 997-1222 OR email family_techsupport@aaps.k12.mi.us

    SORA LOGIN

    If your child is having difficultly logging into SORA, their username is their AAPS email address -  6-digit-student-number@aaps.k12.mi.us 

    AAPS FOOD DISTRIBUTION DURING VIRTUAL LEARNING - Wednesday, January 5th

    AAPS will offer food distribution on Wednesday, January 5th at Pioneer and Skyline High Schools between 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Bundles of food and milk will be provided for AAPS students including vegetarian options.

    Drive-Up Distributions - 1:00-6:30pm

    Pioneer High - please use the front circle off Stadium Blvd entrance. 734-994-2265

    Skyline High - please use the drive around the back of the school across from the woods. 734-994-7085

    Please do not leave your car. Staff will be there to serve you. Please wear a mask when staff approach.

    Home Deliveries

    If you are not able to come to Pioneer or Skyline to pick up food please call 994-2265 starting Monday, January 3 and no later than 4pm Tuesday, January 4.  An AAPS bus will deliver food to your home. Please let us know how many AAPS students will need food in your household and if you need the vegetarian option. Deliveries will be made on Wednesday, January 5. You can choose one of these delivery times:

    • 10:00am-12noon
    • 2:00-4:00pm
    • 4:00-6:00pm 

    A2 STEAM DRAMA CLUB - Mandatory Parent Zoom Meeting Thursday, January 6th at 6:30 pm

    If your 5th through 8th grade student is planning to participate in Drama Club as cast or crew, parents must attend the mandatory Zoom meeting on Thursday, January 6th at 6:30 pm. The Zoom link is: https://a2schools.zoom.us/my/mstoon. Please make sure to complete the Parent Info and Rehearsal Conflict Forms available on the Drama Club website: steamdramaclub.weebly.com.

     Rehearsals will be postponed until in-person school resumes on Monday, January 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Takacs via the contact page on the Drama Club website or via email at callalilies75@gmail.com.

    SCIENCE OLYMPIAD - Date Change and Sign-up Update for 2nd through 5th Graders

    Due to the Omicron variant and current restrictions on allowing practices to occur at school, Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) has changed the date for the Science Olympiad Competition. The new date is Sunday, June 5, 2022. This will hopefully allow more practices to occur outdoors. The competition will still be held at Pioneer High School. As the competition date has shifted, we will not be signing up students for events until Monday, January 17, 2022, at the earliest. If you are interested in learning more about Science Olympiad and were not able to attend the Zoom meeting in November, slides and a recording of the meeting are posted on the A2 Steam Science Olympiad website at: https://sites.google.com/site/a2steamweso/.  If you have additional questions, please contact Amy and Krista at a2steam.weso@gmail.com.

    ON THE HORIZON

    January 5 - 7:  Remote learning

    January 14:  MLK assembly, time TBD

    January 17:  No School for Students & Staff-MLK, Jr. Day

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 12/12/2021
    EXPO APPRECIATION

    Families, thank you for joining us via webinar to kick off our first virtual Expo. Staff & students, we want to recognize your successful projects - bravo!!  If you haven’t found the time yet to check out our website, please do spend some time with your child exploring the project-based learning on showcase at https://sites.google.com/aaps.k12.mi.us/a2steam-expo-autumn2021/home  None of this would be possible without our PBL Coordinator - we thank you Mr. Hatt for your tireless efforts.
     

    WINTER ARTS MARKET ENDS TODAY!

    To shop, please access the Winter Art’s Market square site (https://winter-arts-market.square.site/) When you access the site, please browse as many of the artist’s shops as you can. We have everything from baked goods to knit hats, to amazing jewelry, and a whole lot of things in between.

    PLEASE, pass along this link to friends and family! We want to make sure we are supporting and promoting the small business efforts of those within our community.  This is not only an opportunity for our students to earn funds for their hard work, but it is also a fundraising opportunity for the ARTS programs within our A2STEAM community.  (Many thanks to our A2STEAM visual arts and music education department for spearheading this annual event and hats off to the many great live performers this past Friday.)

    SPIRIT WEEK 

    Monday, 12/13 - College or A2 STEAM Spirit Wear - Support your favorite college or pro team

    Tuesday, 12/14  - Decades Day -  Dress as your favorite decade

    Wednesday, 12/15 - Character Day - Dress like your favorite character from a movie, tv, comics,  anime, or manga.

    Thursday,  12/16 - Career Day - Dress for success by dressing up as a career you want to have or you want to honor.

    Friday, 12/17 - PJ Day - Roll out of bed and come to school in your favorite set of winter jammies.
     

    STUDENT SAFETY & PARKING

    • Dogs are NOT permitted on campus during drop-off or dismissal.  Families have phoned me with concerns. 
    • Do NOT pull to the wrong side of Taylor St. to drop off your child!  We have a crossing guard to help students cross safely. 

    • Do NOT stop or park in a crosswalk!  

    Thank you to the many families who do drop their children off safely.  We appreciate your morning time management and consideration for the safety of all A2 STEAM students.  
     

    EXTRA PANTS, SNEAKERS, GLOVES?
    Please pack extra clothes in your child’s backpack.  This is mud season and we are out of spare pants in the office.  If your family has old pants to donate, we will happily restock the office.  (NOTE:  if your child has come home in office clothes, please return the clothes to us.)  The gym is also accepting donations of gently used sneakers, especially for our Kindergarteners who sometimes forget gym shoes.  Lastly, we are always accepting water-proof/weather-resistant gloves to loan to students.  Thank you!!
     

    WORRIES GETTING IN THE WAY?

    We wonder about the worries kids have from severe, to mild, to none at all. The University of Michigan is conducting a study focused on children and youth aged 7-14, to assess the range of normal worries kids have. The study offers a free virtual diagnostic evaluation and participants receive $100-$345 for their time depending on participation group and activities completed. Participants who are diagnosed with OCD may be eligible for cognitive behavioral therapy at no additional cost. Interested families can visit https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/katefitzgerald-lab/current-studies/cbt-for-ocd  or contact CBT-OCD-Study@med.umich.edu, or call 734-232-0443 to see if their child qualifies.

    This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is conducted by the UM Department of Psychiatry.

    See this FLYER for more information about this opportunity to contribute to research and earn $100 or more!

     

    STUDENT DIRECTORY FOR PLAYDATE PLANNING OVER THE BREAK  

    In case you need it, the A2 STEAM 2021-22 student directory is here:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12bHvR12XIZrxK7fU8gCu4FdyaSXKQcx5Y_d_3Lnh7vE/edit?usp=sharing

     

    COLD IS COOL SKIING PASSPORT 

    MSIA is pleased to provide an affordable way for families with 4th and/or 5th graders to head out to Michigan’s ski slopes and trails by obtaining the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport App. With the app, 4th and 5th- grade students can ski free two-or-three times at each of the 29 participating ski areas when accompanied by an adult. 

    MSIA charges a one-time, per-student fee of $25 to administer this program. The lift tickets are all donated by the participating ski areas.  Program details are available here.  For those who don’t know how to ski, they also offer a reduced-rate program in January called Discover Michigan Skiing & Snowboarding. Everyone, including adults, can learn to downhill ski, cross-country ski or snowboard at the very reasonable rate of $45. The package includes rental equipment, a beginner group lesson and a beginner-area lift ticket. Details are available here.

     

    FROM THE PTO 

    LET’S HEAR IT FOR OUR STAFF! due Monday, December 13th

    The PTO is collecting funds to spread cheer (and gifts) equally throughout our staff.  [This excludes homeroom teachers, who are being taken care of by room parents.] These are the caring adults that work with your kids every day including specials teachers, the Principal and Assistant Principal, office professionals, counselors, lunchroom supervisors and many, many more (around 60 people!)

    If you are interested, please donate any amount that makes sense to you and your family by the end of day on Monday, December 13th. There are three ways you can donate:

    1. Online here: https://a2steampto.square.site/

    2. Send in cash or check (made out to A2 STEAM PTO @ Northside in a sealed envelope marked “PTO, Staff GIfts”

    3. Venmo @Carrie-Bank-1 (PTO Co-President)

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    12/12 - The last day for the Winter Arts Market

    12/17 (end of the school day) - 1/2/22  - Winter Break and Happy New Year !  

    1/3/22 - School resumes 

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 12/5/2021

    SUPPORT FOR OXFORD

     As a result of the AAPS school closures for Friday, December 3rd. We invite staff and students to show support for the Oxford School Community on Monday, December 6th by wearing Blue & Gold #BETHEACTION

    These strategic and horrific school shootings are always in the back of our minds as school employees, and when they occur it provides an awful reminder of why our social-emotional work and our safety drills must continue to be a priority.  While our staff continues to have conversations with students about social justice/equity implications, we are not actively broaching the topic of school violence with our students.  With that said, we are acutely alert for any signs of stress and worry and when students bring it up, we have been wholly prepared to create a space for dialogue.  Our goals include correcting any misinformation, validating the gambit of feelings, and assuring students that A2 STEAM is a safe place.  If any “red flags” arise, our support staff would be called in and, of course, parents would be notified.

    A few parents have asked about resources for “how to talk with kids about this violence: 

    VIRTUAL EXPO THIS THURSDAY!
    Beginning in 2014, A2 STEAM has been proud to showcase PBL and STEAM learning biannually with a school-wide event lovingly dubbed EXPO. Since the beginning of the health crisis, we have had to shift our priorities somewhat, but we are excited to once again share what makes our school special.  This year, EXPO will be hosted virtually online, with an optional kickoff via Zoom. This coming Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 5:30pm, please tune in to our Zoom webinar - https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/92644790319. At the time of the event, we will be ready to share highlights of learning from the past few months of the whole school and direct the community to the Autumn 2021 EXPO website. The website link will also be shared again via email on the night of EXPO. We hope all families will enjoy seeing what is happening in their child’s classrooms, and the learning that occurs across the entire school. 

    WORRIES GETTING IN THE WAY?

    We wonder about the worries kids have from severe, to mild, to none at all. The University of Michigan is conducting a study focused on children and youth aged 7-14, to assess the range of normal worries kids have. The study offers a free virtual diagnostic evaluation and participants receive $100-$345 for their time depending on participation group and activities completed. Participants who are diagnosed with OCD may be eligible for cognitive behavioral therapy at no additional cost. Interested families can visit https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/katefitzgerald-lab/current-studies/cbt-for-ocd  

    or contact CBT-OCD-Study@med.umich.edu, or call 734-232-0443 to see if their child qualifies.

    This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is conducted by the UM Department of Psychiatry.

    See this FLYER for more information about this opportunity to contribute to research and earn $100 or more!

    VACCINATION CLINIC - DEC 9TH!

    AAPS has one additional vaccination clinic open to students aged 5 - 18 this Thursday, December 9th.  Visit COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics to AAPS for additional information.  

    OK2SAY REMINDER

    OK2SAY is an anonymous form of reporting that will communicate information directly to law enforcement and our school by calling 855-5OK-2SAY, texting 652729 (OK2SAY), or submitting a report at OK2SAY@mi.gov.

    SCHOLASTIC FUNDRAISER

    Although we are strong supporters of our independent local bookstores (please note that there is still an active STEAM library wishlist at Booksweet: https://lets.shopbooksweet.com/wishlist/14), Scholastic Book Fairs are able to offer us a BOGO book fair this Spring (an A2 STEAM tradition) IF enough books are purchased at our upcoming virtual book fair, before Dec. 12) online at: www.scholastic.com/bf/northsideelementaryschool42 

    Please consider supporting our school library when you buy books for the holidays! Note that if you spend $25 or more (on book-only purchases), you qualify for free shipping, straight to your house. 

    A few years back, the Darling family adopted this Icelandic holiday tradition. It's been a delight for us (not that I've ever really needed an excuse for buying more books ;)  As always, please feel free to email me at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us with questions.  Happy reading!  Thank you, Library Julie Darling 

    WINTER GIVING TRAIN UPDATE

    We are genuinely grateful for the generosity of our school community.  Thank you for your monetary contributions and thank you to the PTO and staff who helped shop for this large winter giving endeavor.   Our families are so appreciative of the winter gear warmth and holiday support.  

    PARKING & SAFETY

    Starting this Tuesday, December 7th, there will no longer be parking allowed at the Northside Community Church on Tuesday afternoons.  Frankly, this closure is because families did not abide by reasonable expectations for safe use which impeded upon an employee’s ability to make a standing appt on Tuesdays.   We remind families that you must use the lined/designated parking spaces; do not park illegally in the driveway.  

    Unfortunately, parents continue to illegally:

    • Drop kids off along Barton drive!  (This is particularly unsafe and illegal, especially in front of A2 STEAM!!)

    • Enter our chained parking lot in the wrong direction!

    • Turn right across the pedestrian crossing during arrival/dismissal

    If adult behavior does not improve, additional measures will follow, including closing the Northside Church parking lot, chaining both sides of the school parking lot, and/or sharing driver footage with the AAPD.  

    FROM THE PTO

    STAFF APPRECIATION

    By now you have hopefully received an email from your student’s Room Parent(s) about collecting for a teacher holiday gift. If not, please reach out to them soon.  They are listed by classroom in the directory, which can be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12bHvR12XIZrxK7fU8gCu4FdyaSXKQcx5Y_d_3Lnh7vE/edit?usp=sharing

    We hope our STEAM families are still in a generous and giving spirit as we collect funds to spread cheer (and gift cards) equally throughout the rest of our entire staff (besides homeroom teachers.) These are the caring adults that work with your kids every day including specials teachers, office professionals, counselors, lunchroom supervisors and many more.

    Please donate any amount that makes sense to you and your family by the end of the day on Monday, December 13th. There are three ways you can donate:

    1. Online here: https://a2steampto.square.site/

    2. Send in cash or check (made out to A2 STEAM PTO @ Northside in a sealed envelope marked “PTO, Staff GIfts”

    3. Venmo @Carrie-Bank-1 (PTO Co-President) 

    ON THE HORIZON

    12/9 - Virtual Expo!!  Live kickoff with Admin @ 5:30PM

    12/10 - 12/12 - Winter Arts Market 

    12/18/21 - 1/2/22  - Winter Break and Happy New Year!  

    1/3/22 - School resumes 

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/28/2021

    **WINTER GIVING TRAIN** PLEASE GIVE TODAY!  (We are 65% of the way to our goal!)

    Like every winter, our office staff and social worker, Ms. Hite, work with the school community to support our families in need.  Before the pandemic, our “Giving Train” invited volunteers to shop and buy a gift or donate funds online.  This year, like last, we are making all contributions electronic in order to keep everyone safe! 

    We conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and found 60 kids in need of winter gear and support this year, and we know we can count on our community to help!  The goal is to provide each child with needed warm winter clothing (e.g. coat, boots, hat, gloves), a book, and a learning item (e.g. puzzle, art supplies, board game, Legos.)   We hope to raise $125 per child, so our goal is $7,625!  We know it’s a lofty goal with a lofty timeline, but we are encouraged by our community’s generosity and recognition that needs are great. 

    Please consider giving TODAY!  We will in turn shop and get the gifts delivered by mid/late December.  You can count on us to spend money prudently and in accordance with the needs of parents and hopes of children.  We are gathering the sizes, favorite colors, and book preferences from all our kids.  We invite you to get on this Giving Train of warmth and love by giving at whatever level you can.   Please visit https://a2steampto.square.site/ today.  

    COVID 19 VACCINATION CLINICS

    These clinics are hosted by MDHHS with AAPS staff there to help manage the flow.

    All clinics run 4-7pm in the cafeterias.

    • Nov 30 - Pioneer High School

    • Dec 2 -  Huron High School

    All information is also available on the AAPS website: www.a2schools.org/Page/17992 

    COLDER WEATHER - ARRIVAL TIME & CLOTHING

    Please plan your arrival time appropriately and ensure your child is prepared for outdoor recess.   Everyone waits outside until the first bell at 8:10AM.  In AAPS, recess takes place outdoors unless it’s below zero degrees or raining significantly. Classroom thermostats are set during the day between 66°-70°F but windows are sometimes opened during snack time.  Be sure your child has layers and winter gear.  

    DRAMA CLUB, Gr. 5-8 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transitioned to asynchronous Drama Club last week. In order to hold in-person auditions, Drama Club will move to the MPR/Lunch Room after Thanksgiving Break. Students are asked to sit in groups by teachers for 5th graders and by advisory teachers for 6th through 8th graders. Meetings will be from 3:20-4:30PM.   The schedule can be found on the Drama Club website: steamdramaclub.weebly.com and the Schoology Group web page under Resources.

    Please note: 

    - Monday, November 29th -  only 7th and 8th graders should attend Drama Club auditions. 

    - Thursday, December 2nd -  6th, 7th, and 8th graders should plan to attend auditions. 

    - Monday, December 6th - 5th, 6th, and 8th graders should attend auditions. 

    In addition, please mark your calendar for the Parent Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd at 6:30PM. The Zoom link is: https://a2schools.zoom.us/my/mstoon  If you have any questions, please contact Krista Takacs via the contact page on the Drama Club website or callalilies75@gmail.com.

    SCIENCE OLYMPIAD, GR. 2-5 

    Our names are Krista Takacs and Amy Lawson. We are the coordinators for Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) at A2 STEAM.   Science Olympiad is an exciting competition where student teams participate in a variety of events involving subjects like engineering, math, biology, electronics, astronomy, programming, chemistry, and more.  Science Olympiad is designed to foster critical thinking, cooperative learning, and the transfer of conceptual knowledge to hands-on challenges.  Science Olympiad is a volunteer-led group.  In order to be successful, we will need parent involvement to act as coaches from February through April, as well as volunteers on the day of the event.  This year, the Science Olympiad competition will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Pioneer High School. WESO has modified the competition and put in place Covid 19 precautions.

     An informational meeting on Science Olympiad for parents of 2nd through 5th graders will be held from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on November 30th via Zoom. The Zoom link is: https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/97847988152 and the password is 300641. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer period.  We would also like to discuss how parents are feeling about participating this year. The meeting is geared towards all parents of 2nd through 5th graders, as there are several changes proposed for this year.

     If you are interested in being a coach, but cannot attend the meeting, please e-mail us at a2steam.weso@gmail.com and we can discuss the event you are interested in coaching.  WESO will host a meeting for coaches in January 2022, via Zoom.

    Please note that student sign-up will not begin until after Winter Break.

    If you have additional questions, please contact us at the e-mail address included above.

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/30 - Science Olympiad Informational Session (Gr. 2-5, 6:30-7:30PM

    12/9 - Virtual Expo!!  Live kickoff with Admin @ 5:30PM

    12/10 - 12/12 - Winter Arts Market, with live performances on 12/10

    12/18 - 1/2 - Winter Break

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/21/2021

    Wishing your family a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!!  We are so grateful for our A2 STEAM school community.  

    **A2 STEAM WINTER GIVING TRAIN** PLEASE GIVE BY NOV. 28TH

    Like every winter, our office staff and our social worker, Ms. Hite, work with the school community to support our families in need.  Before the pandemic, our “Giving Train” invited volunteers to shop and buy a gift or donate funds online.  This year, like last, we are making all contributions electronic in order to keep you safe! 

    We conducted a  comprehensive needs assessment and found 60 kids in need of winter gear and support this year, and we know we can count on our community to help!  The goal is to provide each child with needed warm winter clothing (e.g. coat, boots, hat, gloves), a book, and a learning item (e.g. puzzle, art supplies, board game, LEGO.)   We hope to raise $125 per child, so our goal is $7,625!  We know it’s a lofty goal with a lofty timeline, but we are encouraged by our community’s generosity and recognition that needs are great. 

    Please consider giving by Sunday, November 28th.   We will in turn shop and get the gifts delivered by mid/late December.  You can count on us to spend money prudently, and  in accordance with the needs of parents and hopes of children.  We are gathering the sizes, favorite colors, and book preferences from all our kids.  We invite you to get on this Giving Train of warmth and love by giving at whatever level you can.   Please visit https://a2steampto.square.site/ today!  Let’s see if the A2 STEAM community can raise these funds in the next seven days! 

    WINTER ARTS MARKET, APPLICATION DUE TUESDAY

    The time is here for our annual Winter Arts Market!  If you are a maker of things, a singer of songs or a player of instruments, this is YOUR time!  As artists and craftspeople, you will have the opportunity to sell your wares virtually to people within our community and BEYOND! As a musician, you will have the opportunity to present a piece of music of your choice live/virtually during WAM’s opening ceremony! 

    Similar to last year’s market, we will be selling our wares in a VIRTUAL artist’s market, December 10-12, in order to make sure we are continuing to keep our community Covid safe. 

    Application/Sign-up HERE DUE November 23rd

    For more information, please contact Emily Bawol (bawole@aaps.k12.mi.us) or Rachel Jensen (jensenr@aaps.k12.mi.us) .  

    COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

    We are so excited to share the following details for COVID-19 Vaccination clinics that begin next week. 

    We will begin COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics next week. These clinics are through MDHHS but we will now have some AAPS staff there to help manage the flow.

    • All clinics run 4-7pm in the cafeterias.

      • Nov 23-  Pioneer High School

      • Nov 30 - Pioneer High School

      • Dec 2 -  Huron High School

    All information is also available on the AAPS website: www.a2schools.org/Page/17992 

    LIVE QUARANTINE LEARNING SUPPORT

    Live Quarantine Learning Support is available to families to support continuity of learning for elementary and secondary students during short term quarantine or extended illness. Students may elect to join daily, grade level or content-specific live video conferencing hosted by AAPS Learning Facilitators.   Quick Link to Access Live Quarantine Learning Support

    2021-2022 YEARBOOK

    Order your student’s A2 STEAM yearbook through Josten’s now for just $15 (plus tax) at the link below. Yearbooks will be sent home with students in June.

    https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1082318/A2-STEAM/2022-Yearbook/20211005133104920130/CATALOG_SHOP/ 

    DRAMA CLUB, GR. 5-8

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transitioned to asynchronous Drama Club last week. In order to hold in-person auditions, Drama Club will move to the MPR/Lunch Room after Thanksgiving Break. Students are asked to sit in groups by teachers for 5th graders and by advisory teachers for 6th through 8th graders. Meetings will be from 3:20-4:30PM.   The schedule can be found on the Drama Club website: steamdramaclub.weebly.com and the Schoology Group web page under Resources.

    Please note: 

    - Monday, November 29th -  only 7th and 8th graders should attend Drama Club auditions. 

    - Thursday, December 2nd -  6th, 7th, and 8th graders should plan to attend auditions. 

    - Monday, December 6th - 5th, 6th, and 8th graders should attend auditions.  

    In addition, please mark your calendar for the Parent Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd at 6:30PM. The Zoom link is: https://a2schools.zoom.us/my/mstoon. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Takacs via the contact page on the Drama Club website or callalilies75@gmail.com.

    SCIENCE OLYMPIAD, Gr. 2-5 

    Our names are Krista Takacs and Amy Lawson. We are the coordinators for Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) at A2 STEAM.   Science Olympiad is an exciting competition where student teams participate in a variety of events involving subjects like engineering, math, biology, electronics, astronomy, programming, chemistry, and more.  Science Olympiad is designed to foster critical thinking, cooperative learning and the transfer of conceptual knowledge to hands-on challenges.  Science Olympiad is a volunteer led group.  In order to be successful we will need parent involvement to act as coaches from February through April, as well as volunteers on the day of the event.  This year, the Science Olympiad competition will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Pioneer High School. WESO has modified the competition and put in place Covid precautions.

    An informational meeting on Science Olympiad for parents of 2nd through 5th graders will be held from 6:30-7:30PM on November 30th via Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided in the next weekly newsletter. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer period.  We would also like to discuss how parents are feeling about participating this year. The meeting is geared towards all parents of 2nd through 5th graders, as there are several changes proposed for this year.

    If you are interested in being a coach, but cannot attend the meeting, please email us at a2steam.weso@gmail.com and we can discuss the event you are interested in coaching.  WESO will host a meeting for coaches in late January 2022, via Zoom.    Please note that student sign-up will not begin until after Winter BreaKL.  If you have additional questions, please contact us at the e-mail address included above.

    FROM THE PTO

    Next Sunday we will share oFDFCFur plan for holiday giving for our staff.  

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/22 - 11/26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

    11/23 - K-5 Report cards will be emailed home

    11/30 - Science Olympiad Informational Session (Gr. 2-5, 6:30-7:30PM

    12/9 - Virtual Expo!!  Live kickoff with Admin @ 5:30PM

    12/10 - 12/12 - Winter Arts Market (Live performances 12/10 in the PM)

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/14/2021

    APPRECIATION

    Thank you to the PTO for the donation of picnic tables and to the parents (Mr. Hollander, Mr. Misch, & Ms. Bednar) and student (Thor) who helped assemble them on Friday.  I am also so appreciative of this school community for their grace and understanding during remote days.  We have additional subs signed up to support A2 STEAM, so I am very optimistic we will be safely staffed moving forward. 

    MORNING SUPERVISION

    Please do not drop off your children before and leave them unattended before 8:00AM.  Staff supervision starts at 8:00AM. 

    LIVE QUARANTINE LEARNING SUPPORT

    Live Quarantine Learning Support is available to families to support continuity of learning for elementary and secondary students during short term quarantine or extended illness. Students may elect to join daily, grade level or content-specific live video conferencing hosted by AAPS Learning Facilitators.

    Quick Link to Access Live Quarantine Learning Support

    WINTER ARTS MARKET, SAVE THE DATE DEC. 10-12

    The time is here for our annual Winter Arts Market!  If you are a maker of things, a singer of songs or a player of instruments, this is YOUR time!  As artists and craftspeople, you will have the opportunity to sell your wares virtually to people within our community and BEYOND! As a musician, you will have the opportunity to present a piece of music of your choice live/virtually during WAM’s opening ceremony! 

    Similar to last year’s market, we will be selling our wares in a VIRTUAL artist’s market, in order to make sure we are continuing to keep our community Covid safe. 

    Application fee: $25 for all adults, FREE for all A2STEAM students 

    Application/Sign-up DUE November 23rd HERE

    For more information, please contact Emily Bawol (bawole@aaps.k12.mi.us) or Rachel Jensen (jensenr@aaps.k12.mi.us) . 

    A2 VIRTUAL INTEREST - LAST CALL

     While we’d love to keep your child here at A2 STEAM, families have an opportunity to adjust their enrollment selection for the second trimester. As you consider your options, please note that enrollment in online programs is based on available space. More information about the online programs is available on the A2 Virtual Village website.  You are welcome to email any questions that you may have to a2velementary@a2schools.org. Click HERE to express your interest in enrolling your child in an online class by Wednesday, November 17, 2021. 

    LOST & FOUND WILL BE DONATED SOON!

    Tuesday, November 23rd is the last day to pick up missing items from the overflowing lost and found. After that, we’ll be donating the leftovers to make room for upcoming winter gear. We encourage everyone, especially MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, to check it out. (Parents - please encourage them to check the L & F.!)   We will roll out the carts to the FRONT of the school at the following times:

    • Weds., Nov. 17th (early release day) 12:45pm to 1:15pm
    • Fri., Nov. 19th,  3:00 - 3:30pm
    • Mon., Nov 22nd,  3:00 - 3:30pm
    • Tue., Nov 23rd, 3:00 - 3:30pm

    COVID 19 VACCINATION CLINICS - THIS WEEK!

    AAPS  will begin COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics this week. These clinics are through MDHHS but we will now have some AAPS staff there to help manage the flow.

    • All clinics run 4-7 pm in the cafeterias.

      • Nov 16 at Pioneer High School

      • Nov 18 - Huron  High School

      • Nov 23-  Pioneer High School

      • Nov 30 - Pioneer High School

      • Dec 2 -  Huron High School

    Letters and permission forms in English and five languages are available through this google folder: All information is also available on the AAPS website: https://www.a2schools.org/Page/17992 

    FROM THE PTO

    Holiday gifts for teachers & staff

    Be on the lookout for an email from your child’s classroom/homeroom class parent concerning teacher holiday gifts. The PTO will be collecting donations for gifts for all of the special area teachers, support staff, front office staff, lunchroom staff, and everyone else who works so hard to help this school run.

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/17 - Early release day at 12:48PM 

    11/23 - K-5 Report cards will be emailed home

    11/24 - 11/26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

    12/9 - Virtual Expo!! 

    12/10 - 12/12 - Winter Arts Market

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/8/2021

    I apologize for the late arrival of this "Sunday" message, I missed the Sunday evening deadline of 9:00 PM. 

    SUBSTITUTE TEACHING

    If you, or someone you know, is interested in substitute teaching at A2 STEAM or within AAPS, please complete the application at https://account.edustaff.org/apply/   The daily rate of pay is $150.  Long-term (e.g. 12-week or longer) sub positions are compensated at the rate of $200/day.  

    DEVICE TAKE-HOME

    Thank you to the elementary families who indicated that they’d like their child to take their iPad (or Chromebook) to and from school each day.  If your child is not yet in the habit of taking their device home each day, please reach out to your classroom teacher to communicate this desire and please remind your child as well.  

    WINTER ARTS MARKET, SAVE THE DATE DEC. 10-12

    It’s BACK!!! Calling all artists, craftspeople, and musicians (BIG and small)!!!

    The time is here for our annual Winter Arts Market!  If you are a maker of things, a singer of songs, or a player of instruments, this is YOUR time!  As artists and craftspeople, you will have the opportunity to sell your wares virtually to people within our community and BEYOND! As a musician, you will have the opportunity to present a piece of music of your choice live/virtually during WAM’s opening ceremony! 

    Similar to last year’s market, we will be selling our wares in a VIRTUAL artist’s market, in order to make sure we are continuing to keep our community Covid safe. 

    Application fee: $25 for all adults, FREE for all A2STEAM students

    For more information, please contact Emily Bawol (bawole@aaps.k12.mi.us) or Rachel Jensen (jensenr@aaps.k12.mi.us

    STAY TUNED for more information coming THIS WEEK!!!

    A2 VIRTUAL INTEREST

    Over the last trimester, a few families have expressed interest in exploring online instruction that is offered through the A2 Virtual Village.  While we’d love to keep your child here at A2 STEAM, families have an opportunity to adjust their enrollment selection for the second trimester. As you consider your options, please note that enrollment in online programs is based on available space.

    More information about the online programs is available on the A2 Virtual Village website.  You are welcome to email any questions that you may have to a2velementary@a2schools.org.

    Click HERE to express your interest in enrolling your child in an online class by Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

    LAST CALL - LOST & FOUND

    Tuesday, November 23rd is the last day to pick up missing items from the overflowing Lost and Found. After that, we’ll be donating the leftovers to make room for upcoming winter gear. We encourage everyone, especially MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, to check it out. (Parents - please encourage them to check the L & F!) 

    We will roll out the carts to the FRONT of the school at the following times:

    • Weds., Nov. 17th (early release day) 12:45pm to 1:15pm
    • Fri., Nov. 19th - 3:00 - 3:30pm
    • Mon., Nov 22nd - 3:00 - 3:30pm
    • Tue., Nov 23rd - 3:00 - 3:30pm

    FROM THE PTO

    PTO Community Meeting 

    We hope you can join us at our next PTO Community meeting tonight 7:00pm.  Every parent and teacher is automatically a member. 

    Zoom link: http://bit.ly/PTOConnect Meeting ID: 944 8923 1307 Passcode: a2steam

    Thank you to all families who donated to the picnic table fund.  Six new picnic tables should arrive this week! 

    #GIVINGTUESDAY

    #GivingTuesday is coming! If you have 3 minutes, please nominate A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO for this giveaway by November 15th here: https://www.signupgenius.com/giveaway?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Creator&utm_campaign=nov-2-giving-tuesday-giveaway 

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/8 - PTO community meeting at 7:00PM

    11/11 - Veterans’ Day 

    11/17 - Early release day at 12:48PM

    11/23 - Report cards will be emailed home

    11/24 - 11/26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

    12/9 - Virtual Expo!! 

    12/10 - 12/12 - Winter Arts Market

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/1/2021

    PICTURE RETAKES THIS FRIDAY
    If you would like your child to retake their school photo, your child must return their photo packet this Friday.  Students who want retakes will be called from class for a new photo - parents do not need to sign up for anything in advance, but be sure your child is aware.   If your child missed picture day, you can access the online order form at https://orders.schoolpictures.com or order by phone at 1-800-482-0321 

    LABEL YOUR WINTER ITEMS

    Now that gloves, hats, and other winter gear is starting to come to school, PLEASE label the items with your child’s name.  Thank you! 

    SPARE CLOTHES

    For all that have generously donated clothing to the school office, we thank you!   We are all set on clothing for now, the only items that we will continue to accept are kids pants sizes 4, 5, and 6.  Pants that have a stretchy waistband are preferred.  Thank you again. 

    DRAMA CLUB 

    Students in grades 5-8 are invited to join the Drama Club.  You can access all the information in this flyer.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the meeting on Nov. 4th. 

    A2 VIRTUAL VILLAGE: A MESSAGE FROM THEIR PRINCIPAL

    Over the past trimester, I have had conversations with some families that expressed interest in exploring online instruction that is offered through the A2 Virtual Village.  While we’d love to keep your child here at A2 STEAM, but families have an opportunity to adjust their enrollment selection for the second trimester. As you consider your options, please note that enrollment in online programs is based on available space. 

    More information about the online programs is available on the A2 Virtual Village website.  You are welcome to email any questions that you may have to a2velementary@a2schools.org.

    Click HERE to express your interest in enrolling your child in an online class by Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  

    PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    The Virtual Parent Support Fair held at the October PTO Council meeting provided parents and caregivers with the opportunity to learn about and meet with representatives from the following community organizations.

    • Ann Arbor/ Washtenaw BIPOC Moms+ Facebook Group

    • Ann Arbor Parents of People Who Are Trans

    • Arab American Advisory Group

    • Asian Pacific Islander South Asian/American Parent Advisory Group (APISA/A)

    • Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC)

    • Black Student Parent Support Group

    • Mentor2Youth

    • NNMG Food Allergic Families of Ann Arbor

    • National Alliance for Mental Health

    • PFLAG Ann Arbor (Support, Education, & Advocacy for LBGTQ+ people and their families)

    • Washtenaw Literacy (LIFT)

    For information about each group including contact information and volunteer opportunities, please see the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/1WJ5Xgeabnd6TegZJZMdj3pNS1wkKyjSn/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=mspresentation 

    FROM THE PTO

    DINE TO DONATE

    We hope you can participate in this year’s first Dine to Donate. ALL DAY on Thursday, November 4th, Holiday’s Restaurant on Stadium Blvd. will donate 15% of their earnings back to our school’s PTO  if you mention A2 STEAM 

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/2 - No School, Election Day

    11/4 - Holiday's Restaurant fundraiser 

    11/17 - Early release, dismissal at 12:48PM

    11/23 - Report cards will be emailed home

    11/24 - 11/26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

    12/9 - Virtual Expo!! 

    AAPS ‘21-’22 Calendar

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 10/24/2021
    MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS DEADLINE
    Please refer to my emails sent to gr. 6-8 families on 10/18 and 10/25 with reminders and information about Season 2 athletics and clubs.  The deadline to sign-up is tomorrow - Monday, October 25th.   As always, please check out our website for calendars, links, and information.  We hope you encourage your child to sign up for extracurriculars this year.  Middle School is a great time to try new sports, clubs, and friend groups.  

    HALF-DAY THIS FRIDAY

    We have just two half-days this school year - Friday, October 29th and Friday, June 10th. We will dismiss at 10:47AM.  Grab and go lunches will be available on carts located where kids grab their breakfast bags. Please be sure to tell your child if you’d like them to grab a to-do lunch bag.

    IMPORTANT HEALTH REMINDERS

    A child should not return to school until 24 hours of no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.  Not sure what to do if your child is feeling ill?  Remember to consult: When Should a Child Stay Home? and the AAPS COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, Fall 2021 

    SPIRIT WEEK - FLYER

    • Monday, October 25th - A2 STEAM spirit day (wear your spirit gear or blue & orange)

    • Tuesday, October 26th - Sports Team or College spirit day 

    • Wednesday, October 27th - TIE-DYE day

    • Thursday, October 28th - Wacky Hat or hair day

    • Friday, October 29th - PAJAMA DAY!  

          (Note: At A2 STEAM we leave Halloween costumes at home. )

    PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    The Virtual Parent Support Fair held at the October PTO Council meeting provided parents and caregivers with the opportunity to learn about and meet with representatives from the following community organizations.

    • Ann Arbor/ Washtenaw BIPOC Moms+ Facebook Group

    • Ann Arbor Parents of People Who Are Trans

    • Arab American Advisory Group

    • Asian Pacific Islander South Asian/American Parent Advisory Group (APISA/A)

    • Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC)

    • Black Student Parent Support Group

    • Community Centers: Bryant

    • Mentor2Youth

    • NNMG Food Allergic Families of Ann Arbor

    • National Alliance for Mental Health

    • PFLAG Ann Arbor (Support, Education, & Advocacy for LBGTQ+ people and their families)

    • Washtenaw Literacy (LIFT)

    For information about each group including contact information and volunteer opportunities, please see the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/1WJ5Xgeabnd6TegZJZMdj3pNS1wkKyjSn/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=mspresentation 

    A2 STEAM DIRECTORY 

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12bHvR12XIZrxK7fU8gCu4FdyaSXKQcx5Y_d_3Lnh7vE/edit?usp=sharing

    If you’d like to add your student, there are 2 steps. 

    1. Fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1blqIRO0ZIVHfRsMByq12qd5Yeox7hJkE4xE-vLXno8s/edit?ts=61489598

    2. Email carriebank@gmail.com to let her know you’ve filled out the form. 

     

    FROM THE PTO

    DINE TO DONATE

    We hope you can participate in this year’s first Dine to Donate. ALL DAY on Thursday, November 4th, Holiday’s Restaurant on Stadium Blvd. will donate 15% of their earnings back to our school’s PTO  if you mention A2 STEAM! You can order in the restaurant or to go, just make sure to mention our school! Tell your friends!  FLYER.  

    ON THE HORIZON

    10/29 - Half day for K-5 & K-8 schools,  dismissal at 10:47AM (Bagged to-go lunches available)

    11/2 - No School for AAPS (Election day)

    11/5 - Picture Retakes

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022 

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