• This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 10/10/2021

    A MESSAGE FROM MR. WILLARD/PE

    Effort levels in PE have been outstanding! I am so proud of your students for working so hard at being active, getting better at skills and staying engaged.  We are still seeing very few students bringing water bottles to PE.  Let’s double-check back packs for gym shoes too.  Many students have been running in boots and this makes for a very unsafe and muddy experience in PE.  This week move on to Foot Skills so start practicing those soccer-related activities at home to be ready for PE.   

    LAST CALL - DIRECTORY PERMISSIONS - DUE TODAY

    Please take a moment to fill out the Directory and Permission to Publish form, it is important that all families fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1blqIRO0ZIVHfRsMByq12qd5Yeox7hJkE4xE-vLXno8s/edit?ts=61489598

    FIRE DRILLS

    In addition to the regularly scheduled fire drills that we practice each fall, we’ve had a few extra drills due to a faulty sensor that has erroneously sounded the fire alarms.  The AAPS Facilities department is going to fix the sensor this week.   On the bright side, our students are well-practiced on quickly exiting the building.  

    FROM THE PTO

    PTO MEETING TONIGHT

    Join us at our PTO Community Meeting. Monday, October 11th at 7pm on Zoom. http://bit.ly/PTOConnect Password: a2steam.  All parents and teachers are members of the PTO.  

    HAVE TENT, NEED TABLES

    Thanks to the Vaughn and Baumeier-Wright families we have an amazing tent on the grass behind the building. Now we’d love to purchase 8 all-weather picnic tables to put underneath it for our students to enjoy lunch al fresco (outdoors). If you’d like to donate to our Outdoor Picnic Table Fund, head over to our Square site. https://a2steampto.square.site/

    Or use your phone to scan this handy QR code!

    ROOM PARENTS NEEDED

    Are you looking for a way to support your child’s teacher(s)? Sign up to be a Room Parent! Here is the list of staff still looking for helpers. We know parents can’t be inside the building just yet, but there are many other ways to help out. You can email the teacher listed, or our PTO Vice President and Room Parent Coordinator, Kelly Pennuto at kellyekipp@gmail.com

    SPIRIT WEAR

    All spirit wear was distributed to homerooms on Friday! We look forward to seeing the new (hopefully labeled)  gear around school. 

    PARENTS CAN CHECK LOST & FOUND!

    Each day from Monday, October 11th through Friday, October 15th, the Lost & Found will be shared on the BACK PATIO of the school so parents and students will have the chance to claim lost items. We urge you to look through the approximately 75 sweatshirts we’ve already collected plus the many water bottles, lunch boxes, and jackets.

    Let’s talk about labeling!

    Is your student on their way out the door? Use a Sharpie to write their last name on the tag of their sweatshirt and jacket! Or stick a label on their lunchbox and water bottle. We try to return any labeled items to their owners.

    Bonus! You can order labels here AND support A2 STEAM at the same time!

    Just one returned hoodie will cover your cost. https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/

    ON THE HORIZON

    10/11  - PTO meeting, 7pm

    10/20 - Early release at 12:48PM (lunch will be served) 

    10/29 - Half day, dismissal at 10:47AM

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 10/3/2021
    MANY THANKS FOR OUR LARGE TENT!

    We now have a 20' x 30’ tent on our playground, thank you for the generous donation from the Vaughn and Baumeier-Wright families.  Please join me in thanking them for their thoughtful donation! We look forward to using this large tent for lunch and outdoor learning throughout the year!  And thank you to Mr. Josh Tumolo (5th-grade teacher) for helping after school to erect the tent. While we have folding tables and metal folding chairs from the district, we are considering how we might acquire all-weather picnic tables too. We will continue to enhance our outdoor seating options, so we welcome all ideas and donations.  

    COUNT DAY IS WEDNESDAY, 10/6

    This day is used to help determine funding from the state, so attendance is very important. Please avoid any unnecessary absences if at all possible. Thank you! 

    SAFETY FIRST!  COVID-19 UPDATES

    The AAPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols were updated 9/22.  Changes include the update to the daily student questionnaire about when to keep a child home from school and quarantine. We will continue to alert you when changes are made.  

    PRETEND “PLAY” WITH WEAPONS

    If your child engages in play with pretend weapons, please ask them to refrain from doing so at school. Even though hands/sticks made to act as weapons aren’t going to physically hurt a child, they can impact kids in other negative ways. 

    TIKTOK CHALLENGE

    We really don’t think October’s TikTok challenge will be acted out at A2 STEAM, but just to keep parents in the know, you can read here what's on the minds of teachers across the country. The consequence for physical assault of a staff member is severe. Rarely, do we need to refer to the AAPS Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. Nonetheless, we’ve linked it here if you’re interested.  

    CHURCH PARKING

    Northside Community Church parking lot will be closed October 6 & 7 for tree removal. Please plan accordingly for drop-off/pick-up on these days.

    A2 STEAM FRONT PARKING LOT CLOSES @ 2:40PM 

    If you arrive after the front parking lot has been closed (chained off), please DO NOT pull in the “OUT” side of the parking lot.  This is very dangerous for our students, families, and staff. The chain is there to keep drivers out at dismissal. We have seen far too many instances of unsafe driving at arrival and dismissal, including simply stopping along Barton Drive.

    DIRECTORY - DUE: Monday, October 11th

    Please take a moment to fill out the Directory and Permission to Publish form, it is important that all families fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1blqIRO0ZIVHfRsMByq12qd5Yeox7hJkE4xE-vLXno8s/edit?ts=61489598 

    GIRL SCOUTS

    Ann Arbor Girl Scouts Welcome All Girls in Grades K-12. We are forming New Troops and Placing girls in current existing troops!  Have questions – Contact:  Helpdesk@gshom.org (800-497-2688) and sign up for info HERE.

    ON THE HORIZON

    10/6 - Count day (please try to be present)

    10/11  - PTO meeting, 7pm

    10/20 - Early release at 12:48PM (lunch will be served) 

    10/29 - Half day dismissal at 10:47AM

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022 

     

    FROM THE PTO 

    PTO MEETING

    We’d love to have you join us at our next PTO Community Meeting. Monday, October 11th at 7pm on Zoom. 

    All parents and teachers are members of the PTO. http://bit.ly/PTOConnect Password: a2steam 

    LABELING and the Lost & Found

    PLEASE LABEL all your student’s items with their last name (especially sweatshirts, water bottles, and lunch boxes), then we can return their items if they are lost. Tell your student to check the L&F in the MPR (lunchroom) if they’re missing something. 

    Bonus! You can order labels here AND support A2 STEAM at the same time!

    https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 9/26/2021

    CHANGE IN DISMISSAL PLANS

    If you need to change your child’s typical pickup plan on any given day, be sure to call the office 994-1958 if it’s later than noon.  DO NOT email your child’s teacher in the afternoon and expect teachers to read their emails before dismissal. When we receive a call in the office we get the message to the classroom teacher.  

    OUTDOOR LUNCH/RECESS CLOTHING

    We are trying to avoid indoor recess/lunch when there’s a mist or drizzle outside so please be sure your family is in the habit of checking the weather and packing accordingly.  It is also a good idea to have a change of clothes in your child’s backpack, even if they are in upper elementary school.  On the horizon we may organize a donation or collection of outdoor clothing so that all kids are prepared for rain and snowy conditions.   

    DIRECTORY

    Please take a moment to fill out the Directory and Permission to Publish form, it is important that all families fill out this form by tomorrow night:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2KYpV5ifllrJL9d-aPZAI1aS5B_H60SZ9fVuctVLPFacPKA/viewform 

    SCHOOL STORE 

    Ms. Bell's Personal Finance class has been working hard to prepare for the reopening of our school store, The Phoenix Nest.  We will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays right after school from 3:20-3:35.  We are located between the first and second floors on the landing near the library.  We have a lot of awesome merchandise including gel pens, stickers, puzzle erasers and fidgets, just to name a few.  Come by and check it out!  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

    EARLY RELEASE DATES

    If it helps with future planning, these are the early release dates for the year - October 20th, November 17th, January 26th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th.  The only half-days this year are October 29th and June 10th. 

    ON THE HORIZON

    10/1 - We Are A2 STEAM (outdoor) Family Event (5-7pm)

    10/6 - Count day (please try to be present)

    10/11  - PTO meeting, 7pm

    10/20 - Early release at 12:48PM (lunch will be served) 

    10/29 - Half day, dismissal at 10:47AM

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022 

    FROM THE PTO

    NEXT PTO MEETING

    We’d love to have you join us at our next PTO Community Meeting. Monday, October 11th at 7pm on Zoom. 

    All parents and teachers are members of the PTO. http://bit.ly/PTOConnect Password: a2steam 

    FALL DONATIONS

    We’re off to a great start with this year’s Fall Donations Drive, thank you to those who donated already! If you haven’t yet, we invite you to do so either online or by cash/check. Every single dollar helps fund Expos, PBL, art and maker space consumables, Disability Awareness Day and much, much more.   

    Online:  https://a2steampto.square.site

    Cash/Check (made out to A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO): have your student get it to their teacher or the office in an envelope marked “PTO.” 

    We Are A2 STEAM Fall Festival

    We hope to see you and your family at our upcoming “We Are A2 STEAM” Fall Festival on October 1st, 5pm to 7pm on the big playground. Bring a picnic and a blanket.  

    Heritage-sharers and Volunteers needed, sign up here: http://bit.ly/2021WeAreA2STEAM

    More information is here: https://www.a2schools.org/domain/3853

    LABELING and the Lost & Found

    PLEASE LABEL all your student’s items with their last name (especially sweatshirts, water bottles, and lunch boxes), then we can return their items if they are lost. Tell your student to check the L&F in the MPR (lunchroom) if they’re missing something. 

    EASY PEASY FUNDRAISING

    Do you shop on Amazon?

    Great! You can support the A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO simply by continuing to shop. Here's how:

    1. In your browser, go to smile.amazon.com

    2. Select your charity of choice as Northside School PTO

    3. Shop!

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 9/19/2021

    NOTE: 

    BUS ROUTES

    Families, thank you for being so patient with Durham Transportation.  I have been in daily contact with them requesting route improvements so kids are on time. Route 134 should be on time moving forward, as the run it makes to CHS before our route has been moved up.  

    PICTURE DAY
    Picture day is Thursday, September 23rd.  You can access the online order form at https://orders.schoolpictures.com or order by phone at 1-800-482-0321 (Please note there will be no paper order forms sent home except K-1)

     

    PICKING UP A CHILD EARLY?

    Parents/guardians need to come to the front door and ring the doorbell.  We will not call students down to the office until you have arrived to the building, so please do not call the school while in your car, we would like you to be present.  We suggest that if you need your child close to the end of the school day (3:18PM) that you come before 3PM, to avoid the parking lot being closed and the end of the rush.

    CHILD FORGOT A WATER BOTTLE?

    No worries! There is no need to make an extra trip to school to drop one off to your child, we have disposable cups at every water station, and we even have extra brand new water bottles we can give to students if they do not own a water bottle.

     

    CUB SCOUTS

    Cub Scouts has always been a great way for kids to explore the outdoors, learn new things, and make friends.  Cub Scouts is open to ALL elementary school kids and we are particularly excited to start a new Pack with kids from multiple different schools. Troop 5 is proof that a Scout group with boys and girls can be very successful and we are having a parent interest meeting on Monday, September 20th at 6:30 at Zion Lutheran Church.


    FROM THE PTO

    FALL DONATIONS - CAN YOU HELP?

    We’re off to a great start with this year’s Fall Donations Drive, thank you to those who donated already! If you haven’t yet, we invite you to do so either online or by cash/check. Every single dollar helps fund Expos, PBL, art and maker space consumables, Disability Awareness Day and much, much more. 

    • Online:  https://a2steampto.square.site
    • Cash/Check (made out to A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO): have your student get it to their teacher in an envelope marked “PTO.”  

    WE ARE A2 STEAM FALL FESTIVAL

    We hope to see you and your family at our upcoming “We Are A2 STEAM” Fall Festival on October 1st, 5pm to 7pm on the big playground. Bring a picnic and a blanket.  

    Heritage-sharers and Volunteers needed, sign up here: http://bit.ly/2021WeAreA2STEAM.  Event FLYER 

    LOST & FOUND

    We’ve organized the L&F with an already surprising number of water bottles and sweatshirts. PLEASE LABEL all your student’s items with their last name, then we can return their items. (So many non-labeled tupperware!) Tell your student to check the L&F, which is housed in the cafeteria, if they’re missing something.

    EASY PEASY FUNDRAISING

    Do you shop on Amazon?  Great! You can support the A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO simply by continuing to shop. Here's how:

    1. In your browser, go to smile.amazon.com

    2. Select your charity of choice as "Northside School PTO"

    3. Shop!  

    DISTRICT WIDE PARENT ADVISORY GROUP for ASIAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER and SOUTH ASIAN AMERICAN FAMILIES

     A2 STEAM’s Ms. Semrau has helped create a parent advisory and advocacy group for Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian/American families within AAPS. From their website, https://apisaa.org/,   

    The APISA/A (Asian Pacific Islander South Asian/American) Parent Advisory Group was formed in May 2021 to support Asian families within Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS).  We provide an environment for openly sharing our hopes, needs, concerns, and challenges as community members in Ann Arbor, particularly related to equity and inclusion for APISA/A students and families. We serve as a resource to help APISA/A students and families, particularly those new to the area, learn how to access and navigate AAPS services.  The next APISA/A meeting is Wednesday 10/20/21 at 7pm. 

     

    LOWER TOWN MOBILITY STUDY REPORT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    The City of Ann Arbor is hosting a public meeting on Thursday 9/23/21 at 6pm to discuss the results and recommendations from the Lower Town Mobility Study.  This includes Pontiac Trail up to Dhu Varren.   

    Zoom link is located at the following website: 

    https://www.a2gov.org/departments/engineering/traffic/Pages/Lower-Town-Traffic-Study.aspx 

    Our next PTO Community Meeting will be Monday, October 11th at 7pm on Zoom.

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    9/22 - Early release at 12:48pm (lunch will be served)

    9/23 - Picture day

    10/1 - We Are A2 STEAM Family Event (5-7pm)

    10/29 - K-8 Schools have a half-day

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Nathan Hatt on 9/12/2021

    Thank you for attending last Thursday's Curriculum Night.  Your partnership is valued and appreciated. Ms. Epler and I hosted a short presentation that you can access here.   All elementary families should click here to access short video introductions from all of your children's specials teachers.  

    REMINDERS

    • Water bottles and gym shoes are required for PE.  We have water bottles to give to students if they don’t own one but kids will need to remember to ask us in the office OR in the gym.

    • If keeping a student home, please report the absence on the A2 STEAM Attendance Form OR call the Attendance Line at 734-994-2080 and leave a detailed message.

    • PLEASE be sure you are following the guidelines in these two health documents: Daily Student Pre-Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms & AAPS School Illness Policy  

     

    CHROMEBOOK/IPAD CONTRACT

    Parents/adults if you have not already done so please complete this google form.  Middle school students need to bring their charged Chromebook to school every day.  K-5 technology is going to stay in their teacher’s classroom unless there is a need for it to travel home. Click here to review the district technology guidelines with your student. 

    CELLPHONES @ SCHOOL

    We do not recommend sending children to school with cellphones but if that’s essential, please remind your child that they must be powered off and out of sight from 8:15AM-3:18PM.

    REC & ED

    AAPS Rec & Ed is excited to offer several after-school classes.  Three of the classes are full but there’s still space in Spanish!!   Many scholarships are available! Please call (734) 994-2300 ext. 0 for details. 

    Day/Time

    Name of Class

    Dates

    Ages

    Class ID#

    Mon, 3:18-5:30PM

    Chess @ A2 STEAM

    9/27-11/1

    K-8th

    FULL

    Tues, 3:18-5:30PM

    Draw, Paint, Scribble @ A2 STEAM

    9/28-11/9

    K-5th

    FULL

    Wed, 3:18-5:30PM

    Be a Nutty Scientist! @ A2 STEAM

    10/6-12/1

    K-5th

    FULL

    Thurs, 3:18-5:30PM

    Spanish @ A2 STEAM

    9/30-11/18

    1st-4th

    1401.102

    Rec & Ed will run the fall youth volleyball league for students in grades 4-9. Registration is now open through September 14!  Practices start the week of October 11 and games start October 23 (Saturdays only). Find all info at https://www.a2schools.org/Page/4393.  

    COVID TEST STUDY

    The Say Yes COVID Test study is recruiting Ann Arbor and Ypsi residents age 8 and up. If you complete it, you get $100. For participating, you get free covid tests. You are assigned a testing schedule and do a short survey using an app every time you test. 

    https://covidtestaaypsi.org/learn-about-the-study.html?fbclid=IwAR2-068JWfOy9J0n1phs8nJG9DHuR_orM-YTz6SwqyiXqCVA6b_4rD1JsC8

    AN UPDATE FROM AAPS & CHARTWELLS FOOD SERVICE

    We are thrilled that so many students have opted for the free lunch program available to all students throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Remember this includes breakfast as well!! As a reminder we must provide milk to students with a fruit or vegetable. The USDA does not allow us to only serve milk alone so please encourage your students to grab a lunch or a milk/ fruit/veggie bag!

    You may have noticed the posted menu changes frequently. This is due to issues along the supply chain that negatively impact the availability of many food items we serve. We apologize for the changing menu but we must be nimble and respond to what is available to us to serve, which can change with each delivery we receive. Here is a link to the  Food Service page on the website where you can find menus, Free and Reduced Lunch applications and nutrition information. Continue to complete and submit Free and Reduced Lunch applications to be eligible for any related services such as P-EBT cards.

    We thank AAPS families for their patience as we make strides in hiring more food service staff for our schools during this time of nationwide labor shortages. 

    Thank you for supporting us in providing tasty and nutritious meals for your students!

    Sincerely, 

    Jill Minnick (Assistant Superintendent, Finance and Operations), Liz Margolis (Executive Director, Student & School Safety) and Victoria Davis (Manager, Chartwells)

    FROM THE PTO

    PTO MEETING TOMORROW, 9/13 @ 7pm

    Zoom link: https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94489231307 Meeting ID: 944 8923 1307 Passcode: a2steam

    PTO PACKET OF INFO 

    Hopefully, your child brought home an envelope of information from the PTO.  It also included an A2 STEAM sticker.  Thank you in advance for your contribution of money and/or time. 

    SPIRIT WEAR

    Please place your orders for spirit wear by Wednesday, September 15th.  Bit.ly/SteamSpirit
     

    ON THE HORIZON

    9/13 - PTO meeting, 7pm via Zoom

    9/15 - Deadline for ordering spirit wear

    9/22 - Early release at 12:48pm (lunch will be served)

    9/23 - Picture day

    10/1 - We Are A2 STEAM Family Event (5-7pm)

    10/29 - K-8 Schools have a half-day

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 9/5/2021

    Good morning A2 STEAM families,

    I want to thank families and our staff for a successful launch of the school year.  Students arrived on time, masked, and ready to reconnect with one another.  It was a jubilant week!  

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES

    Last school year we sent home boxes of school supplies.  If you have any unused supplies that you like to donate, please send them to school and we’ll get them back into the hands of our students.  We could use the composition books, index cards, art supplies, folders….really anything you’ve got remaining.  We’ll place a large cardboard box outside our front doors this Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thank you!

    LABEL YOUR ITEMS

    Water bottles and clothing items are already being found about the school.  Please label your child’s items so we can get them returned to kids.

    BUS TRACKER APP
    Our school bus partner, Durham School Services has provided an application, Bus Tracker, that will allow parents and guardians to view the location of their child(ren)’s bus in real time with relationship to their assigned bus stop. For more information, to sign-up and create your secure login, or to use the application on your smart phone or web browser, please go to: www.durhamschoolservices.com/durham-bus-tracker.  You will need your child’s student ID number to create an account.  If you have any questions regarding the Bus Tracker application, please contact Tim VanDongen at (734) 994-2330 ext 54118.

    ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL SAFETY REMINDERS

    Dogs - We love our four-legged friends but we ask that dogs be kept at home so students aren’t nervous about their presence.  

    Parking along Taylor St. - Be sure you are abiding by the parking signs and aren’t parking too close to the pedestrian crossing.  

    CURRICULUM NIGHT

    The administration will host a virtual welcome session for elementary families at 5:30 PM.  K-5 Teacher presentations will be offered at 6:00 PM and again at 6:45 PM, allowing families the ability to attend whichever session fits their schedule. Support Staff will have office hours from 6:30-7:30 PM.  Please click here for the middle school schedule.  Later this week we will share all of the Zoom links.

    ZOOM ACCOUNT 
    If you haven’t already, please set up a free Zoom account.  This will make Zoom meetings with teachers run more smoothly.  

    MEMORIZE STUDENT ID NUMBERS  - *Middle School only*

    This week, middle school students will start to use their 6 digit student ID# for logging into their Chromebook and getting their lunch.  The student ID is on the paper schedule everyone received and you can also locate it in PowerSchool.  Make sure your student has memorized their ID#. 

    CHROMEBOOK/IPAD CONTRACT

    Parents/adults if you have not already done so please complete this google form.   Middle school students need to bring their charged Chromebook to school every day.  K-5 technology is going to stay in their teacher’s classroom unless there is a need for it to travel home. Click here to review the district technology guidelines with your student.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS & ATHLETICS

    After school clubs will begin the week of September 20th.  Please check out our new website for club sign-up, sports information, contacts, etc.  Season 1 sports include Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Soccer. 

    REC & ED VOLLEYBALL

    Rec & Ed will run the fall youth volleyball league for students in grades 4-9. Registration is now open through September 14!  Practices start the week of October 11 and games start October 23 (Saturdays only). Find all info at https://www.a2schools.org/Page/4393.  

    NWEA ASSESSMENTS

    This fall we will resume our regular use of and administration of the NWEA Assessment.  Please see this Letter for Families from the AAPS.  The window for this assessment is September 13- October 15 and specific dates/times are forthcoming from your child’s teacher.  

    COVID & SAFETY LINKS

    This AAPS link will be updated as guidelines and protocols change - COVID-19 Health and Safety Information.  Please remember to review and use the Daily Student COVID-19 Questionnaire.   Additional resources for families:

    FREE Family Book Party @ Booksweet

    Friday, September 10, 7-8 pm

    Booksweet (1729 Plymouth Rd. in the Courtyard Shops) has partnered with local non-profit Black Men Read to bring stories from the African diaspora to grades Y5-5th grade via a Family Book Party! Book Parties are “Storytime” for kids, but better. Imagine a “Reading Rainbow”-like experience where every child feels seen, loved, and valued as we celebrate Black men as storytellers and community leaders. RSVPs are appreciated. Booksweet is a new community bookshop, owned and operated by STEAM family Shaun Manning, Truly Render, and Raymond Manning (7th grade).
     

    FROM THE PTO

    PTO PACKET OF INFO 

    Hopefully, your child brought home an envelope of information from the PTO.  It also included an A2 STEAM sticker.  Thank you in advance for your contribution of money and/or time. 

    SPIRIT WEAR

    Please place your orders for spirit wear by Wednesday, September 15th.  Bit.ly/SteamSpirit
     

    ON THE HORIZON

    9/6 - No school

    9/7-9/8 - ***Rosh Hashanah 

    9/9  - Curriculum Night

    9/13 - PTO meeting, 7pm via Zoom

    9/22 - Early release at 12:48pm (lunch will be served)

    9/23 - Picture day

    10/29 - K-8 Schools have a half-day

    AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022

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  • A2 STEAM Updates

    Posted by Nathan Hatt on 8/23/2021

    It seems that some class placement emails are missing in action. I also want to distill important notes in a top-five format, so please read below and follow up if questions persist. 

    1. Please check your spam or promotions folder if you did not receive a class placement email today.  They were sent from a2steam@aaps.k12.mi.us   We typically send communications from steam@aaps.k12.mi.us so that’s the email that needs to be unblocked for future messages.  We apologize for the confusion.  (Do email Ms. Stacey at szuszmas@aaps.k12.mi.us if you cannot find a placement email in your Spam/Promotions folder.)

    2. Tuesday (tomorrow) night is the online Meet & Greet.  The goal of these short Zoom meetings is to allow everyone to put names and faces together. By mid-day Tuesday this chart with Zoom links will be complete.  Note: the password for meetings is “a2steam”

    3. Wednesday evening is the informal A2 STEAM community family picnic.  Grab a blanket and anything you’d like to eat or drink and come to our playground.  We hope families will reconnect by finding old friends and meeting new ones.  Additionally, the PTO executive board will be on-site as a resource for parents’ questions.  (New families were invited to sign up for a short tour here )

    4. Please complete this pick-up/dismissal form by August 27th so we have a clear understanding of pick-up plans for every K-5 student.

    5. Got a question?  Please check the NEED TO KNOW document.  If your question persists, please reach out to an office professional or use the general email steam@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    Not sure if you’ve missed past emails?  You can find prior correspondences at www.a2schools.org/domain/940 (Pro tip: bookmark that ← that website.

    I hope you're as excited as I am for August 30th!

    Sincerely, 
    Meg Fenech, Principal

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  • A2 STEAM Updates

    Posted by Nathan Hatt on 8/18/2021

    Good evening A2 STEAM families,

    As we excitedly prepare to reconnect our school community, please take some time to read this NEED TO KNOW document.  I am hopeful that questions will be answered by reading it.  

    The notes below are a combination of new items and important repeats from August 13th.   

    CHILD PICK-UP PLAN

    Please complete this pick-up/dismissal form by August 27th so we have a clear understanding of pick-up plans for every K-5 student.

    LUNCH SUPPORT NEEDED

    We need additional noon-hour supervisors who can serve from 10:45 AM-1:45 PM several days a week.  Noon-hour pay is now $16.50/hour.  The general AAPS posting is HERE.  Interested folks should apply AND email me directly.   Fingerprinting is required so the process can take one or two weeks.   Don't delay, apply today!   The only education requirement is a high school diploma or GED.  I will gladly hire college kids who would embrace playing with kids outside and/or walking about the MPR.

    Alternatively, I will happily and readily take parent/guardian volunteers for lunch supervision.  At this time, we are only accepting fully vaccinated parent volunteers. If you can commit to a regular supervision schedule (i.e. at least one set day/week from 10:45 AM-1:45 PM), please fill out this form.  Thank you!

    CLASS PLACEMENTS

    Families will be emailed their child’s homeroom teacher on Monday, August 23rd.  

    Middle school families will learn their child’s Advisory teacher next Monday.  Complete middle school schedules are shared on the first day of school, as there are various moving pieces next week.

    MEET & GREET AND ORIENTATION, AUGUST 24TH

    • 4:30 - 5:00PM - New Elementary Family Orientation AND a 6th Grade/New to Middle School Orientation 

    • 5:00 - 5:30PM - Meet & Greet sessions for Young 5s, Kindergarten, grade 3 and grade 6 classrooms

    • 5:30 - 6:00PM - Meet & Greet sessions for grades 1, 4, and 7 classrooms

    • 6:00 - 6:30PM - Meet & Greet sessions for grades 2, 5, and 8 classrooms

    These Meet & Greet sessions are informal and designed for kids and parents/families to simply get acquainted with teachers via Zoom. (Zoom links will be shared in the next communication.)   We hope that kids’ faces will be visible so that teachers can begin to make a connection with your child.  NOTE: Teachers must conclude their sessions after 30 minutes.  Please save your in-depth questions for a later date.  Deeper connections will be made at our Curriculum Night for parents/guardians on Thursday, September 9th.

    A2 STEAM FAMILY PICNIC & TOURS  

    In an effort to reconnect our school community, we hope you’ll join us for an informal picnic on the playground on August 25th, from 5:00-7:00PM.  Families can bring a blanket, food, games, etc. so they can reconnect with one another.  Additionally,  NEW-to-STEAM families can sign up here for a short building tour.  Please sign up by 8/23 so we can plan tour guides accordingly.  PTO representatives will also be present to help with Q & A.

    IMMUNIZATION RECORD FOR ALL 7TH GRADERS

    Michigan Public Health code states that a child enrolling in Kindergarten, 7th grade, or newly enrolled in the district in any grade, must show proof of full immunization or a waiver by the first day of school. Please see the "Vaccines Required for School Entry" for details on what is required, and/or visit https://www.a2schools.org/immunizations   Options: You can bring your child’s immunization record to A2 STEAM, email it to szuszmans@a2schools.org or fax it to 734.997.1232 

    BUS ROUTES

    Bus routes are now available at  https://www.a2schools.org/Page/10452 

    SAVE THE DATE

    On the first day of school, the PTO will host our annual parent coffee & connection event.  Rather than meeting in the MPR, we’ll gather on the back patio (weather permitting) for coffee and casual conversation. Please mark your calendar we so can reconnect on 8/30 from 8:15-9:15AM.  Our lovely PTO Executive Board will be there to greet folks and answer inquiries. 

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  • A2 STEAM Updates

    Posted by Nathan Hatt on 8/15/2021

    Greetings A2 STEAM Families, 

    I hope this message finds your children still in the midst of a joyful, outdoor-orientated summer. We know the last year and a half has been a challenge for parents and kids alike. We also know that kids are resilient, adaptable, and ready to return to school. We are so eager to welcome, cherish, and nurture our A2 STEAM students back into the building. Their enthusiasm, energy, and talents have been missed.

    Our office staff (i.e. Stacey, Jo, and I) are busy preparing for a successful launch this year. We are ordering materials, finalizing class placements, hiring staff, preparing staff professional development, thoughtfully planning supervision, honing the specials schedule, and completing dozens of other startup tasks. Essentially, we are doing all we can to welcome 600+ kids, from ages 4 to 13, back into the building in a manner that’s safe and joyful. Student safety will always be of the utmost priority - physically, socio-emotionally, and academically.

    In a less verbose manner, I would like to give you updates on school events and information below.  Typically these messages are sent on Sundays.

    Warm regards,

    Meg Fenech, Principal 
     

    CLASS PLACEMENTS/SCHEDULES

    Families will learn who their child’s K-5 homeroom teacher is on Monday, August 23rd.  We will email need-to-know school information along with a welcome letter from your child’s teacher. At the middle school level, you will learn your child’s Advisory teacher. (Mr. Parnes, our middle school counselor will be in contact with middle school families if we lack course/elective enrollment information.  Mr. Parnes will be accessible next week at parness@aaps.k12.mi.us

    MEET & GREET AND ORIENTATION, AUGUST 24TH

    Please mark your calendars now for an online (Zoom) Meet & Greet with your child’s teacher. Here are the scheduled times so you can plan accordingly:

    • 4:30 - 5:00 PM - New Elementary Family Orientation AND a New to Middle School Orientation 

    • 5:00 - 5:30 PM - Meet & Greet sessions for Young 5s, Kindergarten, grade 3 and grade 6 classrooms

    • 5:30 - 6:00 PM - Meet & Greet sessions for grades 1, 4, and 7 classrooms

    • 6:00 - 6:30PM - Meet & Greet sessions for grades 2, 5, and 8 classrooms

    These Meet & Greet sessions are informal and designed for kids and parents/families to simply get acquainted with teachers. We do hope that kids’ faces will be visible so that teachers can begin to make a connection with your child. If you cannot attend, that’s okay, this is an optional informal time to connect and we will record the orientation sessions. Deeper connections will be made at our Curriculum Night for parents/guardians on Thursday, September 9th. 

    A2 STEAM FAMILY PICNIC & TOURS  

    In order to reconnect the school community, there will be an informal picnic on the playground on August 25th. Families will be invited to bring a blanket, food, games, etc. so they can reconnect with one another. Additionally, I will invite NEW-to-STEAM families the opportunity to sign up for short building tours. Tour sign-up forthcoming. 

    2021-22 BELL SCHEDULE & CALENDAR

    Click here to see the AAPS calendar at a glance. 

    Our bell schedule at A2 STEAM is 8:15AM - 3:18PM this school year. 

    BUS ROUTES

    AAPS will publish bus routes on Monday, August 16th at https://www.a2schools.org/Page/10452. Please check the website next week for 2021-2021 bus route numbers, stops, and times.  

    (Note: The winter bus that previously picked up at Arrowwood/St. Regis Way/Big Fork Dr. will be suspended this winter. AAPS has made some changes to bus routes following Board Policy 3760, so routes will only run for stops greater than 1.5 miles from school. We are committed to ensuring the pathways are cleared this winter.) 

    REC & ED AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES

    Registration for fall Rec & Ed programming stats this Monday at 8:00 AM. You can explore all the offerings at https://www.aarecedonline.com/ For a fast glance at youth enrichment classes held at A2 STEAM, click here.

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES

    We will supply the classroom materials that students need so you do NOT need to purchase things like paper, pencils, markers, folders, etc. That said, middle school students tend to appreciate trapper keepers (i.e. a zippable organizer like this) to keep their folders and materials organized, 

    Lastly, if you are interested in making donations, teachers and the office staff are always appreciative of softer tissues, snacks for kids, gallon-sized ziploc bags, and extra cleaning wipes. 

    ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS

    If you are new to A2 STEAM or if you have a change of address, be sure you have provided the office with the necessary documents.  You can reach our office professionals Jo Keeling (keelingj@aaps.k12.mi.us) or Stacey Szuszman (szuszmas@aaps.k12.mi.us) by email or phone (734.994.1958).

    AAPS VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING OPTIONS

    If you are still considering an online school program for the fall, please be sure to read the communication sent from Dr. Swift on August 13th.  For additional information please visit www.a2schools.org/a2village 

    MISC RESOURCES & READS 

    NPR - How to keep your child safe from the Delta variant

    AAPS COMMUNITY RESOURCES

    If your family is seeking resources pertaining to a wide variety of needs - food, internet, medical, etc. be sure to visit - https://www.a2schools.org/Page/15636 

    ON THE HORIZON @ A2 STEAM

    8/24 - Online orientation and teacher Meet & Greets

    8/25 - Family picnic & tours for NEW families

    8/30 - First day of school (8:15 AM-3:18 PM)

    9/3 - No school

    9/6 - No school

    9/7-9/8 - ***Rosh Hashanah 

    9/9  - Curriculum Night

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 6/6/2021

    As this historic and challenging school year comes to an end, we want to thank you again for your support.  Thank you for your perseverance and partnership as we worked to manage the challenges of teaching and learning during the last 15 months.  I know I speak for teachers, students, and parents alike - we are ecstatic to put Zoom and hybrid teaching behind us!  We plan to return to our typical project-based learning programming at A2 STEAM next year and to keep screentime to a minimum.  This summer, whenever possible, we hope you replace screentime with green time.  If we can be of any help this summer, please do not hesitate to reach out.  

    TECHNOLOGY RETURN - PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A DATE/TIME FOR DROP-OFF

    As we come to the close of this very unique year, we need to collect our technology.  We have tried to provide numerous options for getting devices back to us.  Please visit this form to see the drop-off options, and let us know when to expect your child’s device. Please remember to bring the charge cord and place a sticky note on the device with your child’s last name, first name.  

    LEGO KIT - Please return the yellow lego kits given to Kindergarten and Gr. 1 students when technology is returned.  If you feel like keeping the LEGO kit would really benefit your child, just send a simple email to luxonj@aaps.k12.mi.us 

    PRIZES & SPIRIT WEAR DISTRIBUTION - JUNE 9TH

    Please come to the front parking lot between 9:00-11:00am on Wednesday to pick up your child’s prize(s) from the fundraiser and/or spirit wear. Please place a piece of paper on your windshield/passenger door with your child’s name and list if you’re picking up prizes and/or spirit wear.  

    ZOOM ASSEMBLY - June 11th, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

    In keeping with tradition, we'll host an assembly on the last day of school.  We will "assemble" via Zoom. Like past years, we'll have a slideshow, music from our music department, and the administration will do something silly to celebrate the successful spring fundraiser.  No duct tape or hair-dye this year, rather we will host a fitness-related TikTok battle wherein the losing administrators will get silly-stringed by our top 5 fundraisers.

    Please join us at this zoom webinar from 10:15-11:00am

    SAFETY REMINDER! - You CANNOT turn right out of the front school parking lot during drop-off and pick-up. Someone almost hit Ms. Judy, our crossing guard, on Friday when illegally turning right out of the lot during dismissal. 

    VIRTUAL FIELD DAY - JUNE 9TH

    Similar to last year, we are hosting a virtual field day!  From 11:00am-12:00pm this Wednesday, Mr. Willard will host this Zoom so kids and families can show off their field day participation from their home, backyard, neighborhood park, etc.   Optional: Prepare for Field Day by trying some of the activities here! OR just check out Mr. Willards picks:  Ninja Rescue    Kindness Challenge     Keep it Up     Tennis Shoe Tower    Bookend Balance  Please join us at 11:00am for some fun, physical activities, replete with a dance party at 11:30am.

    ON THE HORIZON

    6/9 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (12pm - Live Virtual Watch party via Zoom)

    6/9  - Fundraiser prize &/or spiritwear pick-up, 9-11am  (This is also a technology drop-off window)

    6/9  - Live events for Virtual Field Day, 11am-12pm - Zoom link

    6/11 - Last day of school, 10:15AM ASSEMBLY LINK,  11:10AM dismissal 

    **Additional Technology/Device Drop-Off Options:   6/11 from 12-2pm, 6/14 from 9-11am, 6/15 from 12-2pm, 6/16 from 4-6p

    8/30 - First day of the 2021-2022 school year

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