• 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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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/31/2021

    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.  If your child is home on June 11th, please join us at this zoom webinar from 10:15-11:00am.

    TECHNOLOGY RETURN PLAN - 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 technology.

    NOW HIRING TEACHING ASSISTANTS 

    Please email fenechm@aaps.k12.mi.us if you are interested in applying for a special education teaching assistant at A2 STEAM for the 2021-2022 school year.  Job posting link, job ID # 11888.  Please spread the word to other adults who love kids.   

    LEAVING TOWN EARLY?

    If your family plans to leave town prior to the technology drop-off dates (June 8-15), please call the office so we can arrange a time for you to drop off the iPad or MacBook. 

    VIRTUAL FIELD DAY - JUNE 9TH

    Similar to last year, we are hosting a virtual field day!  From 11:00am-12:00pm on Wednesday, June 9th, 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. Willard's picks. Ninja Rescue   Kindness Challenge   Keep it Up   Tennis Shoe Tower

    Book end balance  Please join us at 11:00am for some fun, physical activities, replete with a dance party at the end.  

    PE SUPPLIES THIS WEEK

    This week in PE is a review week.   Gather your FAVORITE equipment; show and tell us about what you have learned this year!  Mr. Willard will be showing off some of his favorite floorball and Lacrosse skills. 

    IDEA LAB & KINDERGARTEN LEGO KIT RETURN

    Students do not need any special supplies this week for IDEA Lab.  As we move towards the end of the school year I am asking that families Y5-1st return their LEGO kits.  If you are in Cohort 1 or Cohort 2 I encourage you to return them with your child when they attend school in person sometime between Tuesday, June 1st and Friday, June 11th.  If you are in cohort 3 (or forget to send it to school with your child) you can return the kits during technology drop off.  If you feel like keeping the LEGO kit would really benefit your child, just send a simple email to luxonj@aaps.k12.mi.us

    LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

    The newest edition of the AAPS Library Newsletter was just released! This edition includes a how-to slidedeck for looking up which books you currently have checked out, information about Summer reading opportunities (and prizes!), a link to the Summer Reading Camp for Elementary students, a spotlight on middle school books, available through Sora, that celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and more!

    May/June 2021 AAPS Library Department Services Newsletter

    NEW Resources added to the Community Resources Page

    REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK

    SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING BOOK FAIR 

    The Online Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner! Our book fair will run from June 1st-14th, and will be accessible through this link: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/northsideelementaryschool42, Books will be shipped straight to your house, and shipping is free for (book only) purchases of $25 or more. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books for the library! Questions? Email Julie Darling at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us

    PHOENIX NEST SCHOOL STORE

    The Phoenix Nest school store is re-opening!  It will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays right after school until 2:20.  We have lots of great items including school supplies, stickers, water bottles, fidgets etc.  Most items range in price from 25 cents to $1.00.  Stop by and check it out!  We are located on the stairway landing between the 1st and 2nd floor (near the library).  Hope to see you soon!

    A2 ZERO WEEK IN ANN ARBOR, JUNE 1-6

    Our school is participating in the City of Ann Arbor's A2 Zero Week to help inform our families about the importance of a healthy, safe and sustainable future for all Ann Arborites.

    ON THE HORIZON
    6/2 - MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY - students have a synchronous learning day @ home

    6/2 - Middle School Orchestra Concert, 7pm

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

    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  

    PTO NOTES

    A2 STEAM Fit & Fun Blast Off is a big success!  Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise over $16,000!  Fundraising ends at midnight on June 1 and classrooms are still in the running for the top 3 fundraisers who will win ice cream certificates from Washtenaw Dairy for the whole class.

    It’s not too late to register and log one activity in order to receive an A2 STEAM water bottle, sponsored by Edwards & Schaefer Orthodontics!  Registrations are being accepted through noon on Virtual Field Day (June 9).

    http://bit.ly/a2steamblastoff


     

    Fit & Fun Prizes and Spirit Wear Distribution

    More information will be available next week but we plan on coordinating with the school’s technology collection beginning on June 9.  We will have several times available.


    PTO Elections:

    Our annual meeting was held this week and we welcome new members to our Board.  Thank you to our outgoing members for your service and participation.

    Co-presidents: Aimee Bednar and Carrie Bank

    Co-vice-president (room parent coordinator): Kelly Pennuto

    Co-vice-president (Webmaster and Social Media Coordinator): Amanda Coulter

    Co-Secretaries: Lindsay-Jean Hard and Robin Fowler

    Treasurer: Candace Bulkley

    PTOC Representative: Sonia Chawla

    Teacher Representative: Rachel Jensen

    Members-at-large: Emily Bawol, Kerry Gaughran, Viva Rosenfeld, Rita Shelley

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/23/2021

    PTO NOTES:

    This is the last weekend to raise money in order to earn a t-shirt in our Fit & Fun Blast Off!  It’s not too late to register!   T-shirts awarded to everyone who raises $100 by midnight on Monday, May 24;  fundraising will continue until June 1, and activities can be tracked until Field Day on June 9.  The kid who raises the most will win either a Melody American Girl doll or a $100 gift certificate to the store of their choice.  We have now raised over $10,000 so Mr. Willard will be wearing a crazy costume on Field Day.  Let’s get to $15,000 so we can see Ms. Fenech & Ms. Stidham in a TikTok-style video face-off!  Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.  http://bit.ly/a2steamblastoff 

    The A2 STEAM Spirit Wear store will be closing soon!  Place your order by May 25, for pickup beginning June 9.  Spirit Wear and Fit & Fun prizes will be available for pick up at the same time during the last week of school. https://www.agpestores.com/sunrisewebstores/groups.php

     PTO MEETING this Thursday, 6:30pm  - LINK  (Meeting ID: 816 9977 9379 Passcode: a2steam)

    REC & ED SUMMER CAMPS

    Registration is open for early childhood through 8th-grade summer camps.  Half-day and full-day options are available starting June 14th. Scholarships are available, and camps are expected to fill quickly. More information, including camp descriptions and direct links to registration, may be found here

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    IDEA Lab

    Grades Y5s-1st - We will be studying aerodynamics, if possible students should have their LEGO kits and a single piece of paper.

    Grades 2nd-3rd - We will continue studying physics and physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, no special materials needed. 

    JUST TWO MORE  WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368  

    PARENT/GUARDIAN LEARNING OPPORTUNITY - 21-Day Equity Challenge 

    United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) invites you to participate in our 21-Day Equity Challenge: 2021 Edition to help build our community’s awareness of the ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives.  Registration for the Challenge is now open. Click here to register!

    • Free to participate, open to anyone

    • Runs consecutively from Juneteenth (June 19, 2021) to July 9th. 

    • You (along with thousands of others in Washtenaw County) commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days.

    • During every morning of the Challenge, you'll receive an email "prompt" with readings, videos and/or podcasts. You are encouraged to take about 10-15 minutes each day with the material 

    THE FOLLOWING NOTES ARE REPEATS FROM LAST WEEK:
     

    DONATIONS WANTED

    Do you have old pots, pans, muffin tins and safe cooking utensils? A2 STEAM will take them! We are looking to add an “Outdoor Play Kitchen” as part of our K/1 Imagination Playground. The students are having a blast in our fairy garden and play work bench, and they are also beginning to do some “cooking” with twigs, dirt, and mulch. Please bring any used cooking materials and dishes to the Main Office or send them to school with your child. Thank you! 

    SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING BOOK FAIR 

    The Online Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner! Our book fair will run from June 1st-14th, and will be accessible through this link: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/northsideelementaryschool42, Books will be shipped straight to your house, and shipping is free for (book only) purchases of $25 or more. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books for the library! Questions? Email Julie Darling at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us

    PHOENIX NEST SCHOOL STORE

    The Phoenix Nest school store is re-opening!  It will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays right after school until 2:20.  We have lots of great items including school supplies, stickers, water bottles, fidgets etc.  Most items range in price from 25 cents to $1.00.  Stop by and check it out!  We are located on the stairway landing between the 1st and 2nd floor (near the library).  Hope to see you soon!

    A2 ZERO WEEK IN ANN ARBOR, JUNE 1-6

    Our school is participating in the City of Ann Arbor's A2 Zero Week to help inform our families about the importance of a healthy, safe and sustainable future for all Ann Arborites.

    EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PLANS

    As a part of A2 Zero Week, we will help families plan their own family emergency communication plan.  This valuable document will help your family develop a plan, and you can follow the directions to be placed in a drawing for a home emergency kit.  

    All students will receive a free flashlight if they are attending school in-person and flashlights can also be picked up at the food distribution sites.

    A2VE Parent Information Session 

    If you are looking for a flexible, virtual option for the fall, A2 Virtual+ Elementary may be a good fit for your child and family.  Interested in learning more?  Please join us for a Parent Information Session on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm, using the following Zoom link: https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91368895993 In the meantime, additional program information is available on our webpage:  a2schools.org/a2ve  

    ELEMENTARY SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Are you looking for engaging learning opportunities for your student this summer?  You can still sign up for our open enrollment summer programs: Remote Learning Expeditions and A2VE Virtual Success Summer Learning Program.  To learn more and enroll please visit the AAPS Elementary Summer Programs Website.  https://www.a2schools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=16072

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM 

    The Middle School Summer Challenge is a three-week, interdisciplinary series of learning challenges, written specifically for Ann Arbor Public School students in grades 5, 6, and 7. Students will engage in authentic learning experiences that extend their knowledge in literacy and mathematics and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  The program runs Monday - Thursday, July 12 through July 29. Classes will take place virtually from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  By enrolling, your student will have the opportunity to engage in fun and engaging lessons that focus on math, literacy, and STEM standards. Click here to sign up.  If you have questions, please contact aapsmssummer@aaps.k12.mi.us

    HIGH SCHOOL MOVE-UP EVENTS for RISING 9TH GRADERS, MAY 26th

    Huron High School

    Pioneer High School

    Skyline High School

    Community High School

    River Rat Exploration

    1:00 - 2:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Flyer

     

    Contact: Mr. Barrientes, MAEd.

    9th Grade Dean

    barrient@aaps.k12.mi.us

    Welcome to Pioneer

    11:00 - 12:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Flyer

    Course Request: Flyer

     

    Contact: Dr. Daniel Hyliard

    9th Grade Dean

    hyliardd@aaps.k12.mi.us

    SOAR Into Skyline

    1:00 - 2:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Course Request: Flyer

     

    Contact: Dr. Amina Allen

    allena@aaps.k12.mi.us

    Virtual Welcome to Community

    1:00-2:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Virtual CHS Transition Day Flyer

    Course Request Information

     

    Contact: Amy McLoughlin, Counselor

    mclough@aaps.k12.mi.us


    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, FALL 2021

    The first day of school has been set as Monday, August 30, 2021, and the full calendar of the 2021-22 school year will be shared as soon as it is finalized. 

    ON THE HORIZON

    5/27 - PTO meeting, 6:30pm  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81699779379?pwd=QzRSVk1BMDZDR3oxS2lXVThCUktpdz09 Passcode: a2steam

    5/27 - Middle School Band Concert, 7pm

    5/31 - Memorial Day, No School 

    6/2 - MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY - students have a synchronous learning day @ home

    6/2 - Middle School Orchestra Concert, 7pm

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

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

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

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/16/2021
     

    With rising temperatures this week, please remember to send your children to school with a water bottle and sunscreen if you’d like.  Speaking of water bottles, did you know that anyone who participates in our spring fundraiser will get an A2 STEAM water bottle?  Please register here http://bit.ly/a2steamblastoff and be sure to check out the other fun incentives.  Like being duct-taped to the wall two years ago, I am willing to make a spectacle of myself if we hit our fundraising goal of $15,000.  Ms. Stidham and I will participate in a TikTok-style video faceoff, and the loser will get silly-stringed by the top five fundraisers.  
     

    FRIDAY’S EARLY DISMISSAL

    If your family pre-orders a lunch, kids will pick up their lunch bag when they dismiss at 10:53am.  Middle school students will depart school at 10:53am, which is the end of block 4, BUT they will have blocks 5 & 6 taught synchronously ( Block 5:  11:45am-12:55pm &  Block 6:  1:00pm-2:10pm) 

    2021 CLASSROOM INPUT FORM

    If you have input that you would like the school to take into consideration for class placement decisions, please complete this form by Friday, May 21st.  As a reminder, we do NOT accept requests for, or exemptions from, specific teachers. 

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    IDEA Lab - Grades Y5s-1st - We will be studying space travel, if possible students should have their LEGO kits.  Grades 2nd-3rd - We will be studying physics and physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, no special materials needed.

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    AND, check out our Wellness website that houses resources and past videos, including segments by Ms. Stidham and Ms. Fenech, although the April 7th revordinging is definitely my favorite!

    DONATIONS WANTED

    Do you have old pots, pans, muffin tins and safe cooking utensils? A2 STEAM will take them! We are looking to add an “Outdoor Play Kitchen” as part of our K/1 Imagination Playground. The students are having a blast in our fairy garden and play workbench, and they are also beginning to do some “cooking” with twigs, dirt, and mulch. Please bring any used cooking materials and dishes to the Main Office or send them to school with your child. Thank you! 

    SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING BOOK FAIR 

    The Online Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner! Our book fair will run from June 1st-14th, and will be accessible through this link: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/northsideelementaryschool42, Books will be shipped straight to your house, and shipping is free for (book only) purchases of $25 or more. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books for the library! Questions? Email Julie Darling at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us 

    PHOENIX NEST SCHOOL STORE

    The Phoenix Nest school store is re-opening!  It will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays right after school until 2:20.  We have lots of great items including school supplies, stickers, water bottles, fidgets etc.  Most items range in price from 25 cents to $1.00.  Stop by and check it out!  We are located on the stairway landing between the 1st and 2nd floor (near the library).  Hope to see you soon! 

    A2 ZERO WEEK IN ANN ARBOR, JUNE 1-6

    Our school is participating in the City of Ann Arbor's A2 Zero Week to help inform our families about the importance of a healthy, safe and sustainable future for all Ann Arborites.

    EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PLANS

    As a part of A2 Zero Week, we will help families plan their own family emergency communication plan.  This valuable document will help your family develop a plan, and you can follow the directions to be placed in a drawing for a home emergency kit.  

    All students will receive a free flashlight if they are attending school in-person and flashlights can also be picked up at the food distribution sites.

    MASK REQUIREMENT

    The expectation in the AAPS is that all will continue to utilize masks while in our schools through the remainder of this 20-21 school year.

    A2 Virtual Elementary Parent Information Session (A fall programming option)

    If you are looking for a flexible, virtual option for the fall, A2 Virtual+ Elementary may be a good fit for your child and family.  Interested in learning more?  Please join us for a Parent Information Session on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm, using the following Zoom link: https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91368895993 In the meantime, additional program information is available on our webpage:  a2schools.org/a2ve 

    ELEMENTARY SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Are you looking for engaging learning opportunities for your student this summer?  You can still sign up for our open enrollment summer programs: Remote Learning Expeditions and A2VE Virtual Success Summer Learning Program.  To learn more and enroll please visit the AAPS Elementary Summer Programs Website.  https://www.a2schools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=16072 

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM 

    The Middle School Summer Challenge is a three-week, interdisciplinary series of learning challenges, written specifically for Ann Arbor Public School students in grades 5, 6, and 7. Students will engage in authentic learning experiences that extend their knowledge in literacy and mathematics and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. The program runs Monday - Thursday, July 12 through July 29. Classes will take place virtually from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  By enrolling, your student will have the opportunity to engage in fun and engaging lessons that focus on math, literacy, and STEM standards. Click here to sign up.  If you have questions, please contact aapsmssummer@aaps.k12.mi.us. er 


    HIGH SCHOOL MOVE-UP EVENTS for RISING 9TH GRADERS, MAY 26th

    Huron High School

    Pioneer High School

    Skyline High School

    Community High School

    River Rat Exploration

    1:00 - 2:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Flyer

    Welcome to Pioneer

    11:00 - 12:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Flyer

    Course Request: Flyer

    SOAR Into Skyline

    1:00 - 2:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Course Request: Flyer

    Virtual Welcome to Community

    1:00-2:00PM

    Zoom Link

    Virtual CHS Transition Day Flyer

    Course Request Information 


    REC & ED SUMMER CAMPS

    Registration is open for early childhood through 8th-grade summer camps. Half-day and full-day options are available starting June 14th. Scholarships are available, and camps are expected to fill quickly. More information, including camp descriptions and direct links to registration, may be found here

    TECHNOLOGY  RECOLLECTION

    Unless your child is registered in an AAPS summer learning program, we will collect our A2 STEAM iPads and MacBooks during the last week of school or the week after school lets out.  Details forthcoming.  

    FROM THE PTO 

    A2 STEAM Fit & Fun Blast Off - Our Spring Fundraiser

    Raise $100 by 5/24 to earn a t-shirt.
    Every kid who registers and logs one activity will get an A2 STEAM water bottle. 

    http://bit.ly/a2steamblastoff


    The A2 STEAM Spirit Wear store is open! 

    Place your order by May 25, for pickup beginning June 9 - at the grand finale to our Fit & Fun Blast Off.  Spirit Wear and Fit & Fun prizes will be available for pick up at the same time during the last week of school.

    https://www.agpestores.com/sunrisewebstores/groups.php

    On the Horizon

    5/18 - Grade 5 music concert, 7pm LINK

    5/21 - Half-day, dismissal at 10:53am 

    5/25 - Middle School Band Concert, 7pm

    5/31 - Memorial Day, No School 

    6/2 - Middle School Orchestra Concert, 7pm

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

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

    6/11 - Last day of school, 11:10am  dismissal  (**NOTE: This was just changed from 10:53 to 11:10)

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/9/2021

    Last week’s Teacher Appreciation efforts were simply amazing!   Each staff member woke up last Sunday with a yard sign, proclaiming the PTO’s appreciation for all our staff do each and every day.  We all received personalized notes/emails of thanks, we were greeted with colorfully chalked school grounds, we now have STEAM masks and adorable succulents, and we were able to enjoy a lovely luncheon on Friday.  Last week was such a treat!  Thank you, parents and PTO phenoms for showing your gratitude for our staff’s dedication and resilience.  While we are thrilled to have students back in the building, hybrid teaching has been really, really hard on staff, but the love we felt last week buoyed our spirit and determination to finish the year strong!

    2021 CLASSROOM INPUT FORM

    If you have input that you would like the school to take into consideration for class placement decisions, please complete this form by Friday, May 21st.  As a reminder, we do NOT accept requests for, or exemptions from, specific teachers. 

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    PE: We are practicing our Foot Skills.  Helpful supplies: Soccer Ball, small stuffed animals or rolls of toilet paper, several shoes and a medium size basket to catch your stuffed animals. 

    EARLY RELEASE DAY

    Friday, May 21st is an early dismissal day so all students will be dismissed at 10:53.  Elementary teachers will work on reports in the afternoon so the school day ends for K-5 students at 10:53am.  Middle school students will depart school at 10:53am, which is the end of block 4, BUT they will have blocks 5 & 6 taught synchronously in order to keep pacing with Thursday's Block 1-3 classes.  

    On May 21st only, Middle School’s PM schedule -  Lunch: 10:53-11:45am,  Block 5: 11:45am-12:55pm, and  Block 6: 1:00pm-2:10pm

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, FALL 2021

    The first day of school has been set as Monday, August 30, 2021.  The full calendar of the 2021-22 school year will be shared as soon as it is finalized. 

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    HELPFUL LINKS 


    ON THE HORIZON

    5/18 - Grade 5 music concert, 7pm (zoom link forthcoming)

    5/21 - Half-day, dismissal at 10:53am  (Middle school students will have synchronous class in the PM)

    5/25 - Middle School Band Concert, 7pm

    5/31 - Memorial Day, No School 

    6/2 - Middle School Orchestra Concert, 7pm

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

    6/9  - Live events for Virtual Field Day!

    6/11 - Last day of school, 10:53 dismissal

    PTO

    PLAYDATE REMINDERS - Here's the standing weekly schedule. All are on the back playground at A2 STEAM, unless otherwise noted.

    • Y5/Kindergarten - Tuesdays 4:30-6 — on the front (Y5/K/1) playground

    • 1st Grade - Sundays 3-5

    • 2nd Grade - Fridays 3:30-5:30

    • 3rd Grade - Tuesdays 4:30-6:00

    • 4th Grade - Mondays 4-6

    • 5th Grade - Thursdays 3:30-5:30

    • 6th Grade - Wednesdays 2-4

    • 7th Grade - Wednesdays 3-5 (back playground) & Fridays 3:30-5:30 (front playground)

    • 8th Grade - Wednesdays 12-2

    These are not sponsored by the PTO, and masks are MANDATORY.

    Our A2 STEAM Fit & Fun Blast Off fundraiser has launched!  Get outside and log some fitness minutes this week.  Every kid who registers and logs at least one activity will receive an A2 STEAM water bottle.  Raise $100 to earn a t-shirt.  The fundraiser supports all the things the PTO does throughout the year - teacher grants, curriculum supports, and more. Please register your child here: https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/event-webpage/60804bc53a32c

    The A2 STEAM Spirit Wear store is open!  Place your order by May 25, for pickup beginning June 9 - at the grand finale to our Fit & Fun Blast Off.  Spirit Wear and Fit & Fun prizes will be available for pick up at the same time during the last week of school.

    https://www.agpestores.com/sunrisewebstores/groups.php

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/2/2021

    RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN FOR FAMILIES 

    This hyperlinked document was made to provide families with need-to-know information about our return to school plans and expectations.  There is important information about lunch ordering, which doors to enter each day, where parents can park, and how you must screen your child before coming to the building.  

    LAST CALL - RETURNING TO A2 STEAM (or not) PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM

    Thank you for completing this FORM to help us plan for the fall.  

    LUNCH ORDERING FOR GR. 4-8

    If your child is coming to school this week be sure you get into the routine of pre-ordering lunch at https://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/  by indicating whether your child wants the hot lunch or cold lunch option for the days they are present.  You can order up to a week in advance.  24 hours notice is okay too.   You can access the menu of hot and cold lunch options at https://a2schools.nutrislice.com/menu   (Families do NOT need to pre-order breakfast.)

    INFO SESSIONS FOR RISING 9TH GRADERS

    Pathways To Success High School: Virtual Incoming Parent HERE Night Date: 5/3/21Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

    Huron High School: Virtual Incoming Parent Night HERE Date: 5/4/21 Time: 6- 8:30PM

    Pioneer High School:  Virtual Incoming Parent Night HERE Date: 5/5/2021

    Skyline High School:  Virtual Incoming Parent Night HERE Date: 5/6/21 Time: 5:30- 8:15 PM

    ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS

    Please go to the AAPS Summer Learning Program website to check out all the options for elementary and middle school aged students.  Enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis, and is dependent on staff availability.  Enrollment closes on Friday, 5/7.

    Enrollment links:

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    BUS ROUTES & BUS TRACKER APP

    Bus route numbers and times can be accessed here.  

    The Bus Tracker App enables parents and guardians to view live-time bus locations and the scheduled arrival time for each stop. For more information, to sign-up and create your secure login, or to use the application on your smartphone or web browser, please go to: www.durhamschoolservices.com/durham-bus-tracker   https://m.durhambustracker.com/secure/loginIf you have any questions regarding the Bus Tracker application, please contact Tim VanDongen at (734) 994-2330 ext 54118.   For technical support, please contact bustracker@a2schools.org 

    ON THE HORIZON

    5/3 - Hybrid learning commences for ALL grades (cohort 1)

    5/6 - Hybrid learning commences for ALL grades (cohort 2)

    5/18 - Grade 5 Music Concert, 7pm 

    5/21 - Half-day, dismissal at 10:53am 

    5/25 - Middle School Band Concert, 7pm

    5/31 - Memorial Day, No School 

    6/2 - Middle School Orchestra Concert, 7pm


    PTO UPDATES

    Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7

    The PTO has something planned for every day this week and there are several ways your family can participate

    We are looking for volunteers to send one or more personal messages of appreciation.  Messages should be sent via email, but can include a picture of a drawing or a handwritten note.  We'd love for the kids to participate!  We want to make sure that EVERY teacher and staff member receives at least one note, but feel free to send an additional note to someone who already has a signup.  Click here to sign up! 

    Another easy and fun way that your family can participate is by helping us Chalk the Walk on Wednesday, May 5th! Feel free to drop by anytime throughout the day (wearing masks and practicing social distancing, of course) and add a note or a drawing to the sidewalk around the front &/or back of the building. We'll have chalk available in both spots by 9 am (if you'd rather, feel free to bring your own chalk and then take it with you when you go).

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Teacher Appreciation Fund!  The entire staff will be receiving a couple of gifts this week along with a catered lunch from Jerusalem Garden on Friday.  They are also getting a sign of appreciation in their yard - look for them around town! 

    A2 STEAM Fit & Fun Blast Off - launching Wednesday, May 5 during Wednesdays with Willard!

    This is our major fundraiser of the year to do all the things that PTO does behind the scenes, such as providing classroom grants for every teacher and helping to fund extra activities at the school.  Every kid who registers and logs one activity will receive an A2 STEAM water bottle.  Look for registration info via email and facebook on Wednesday.

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 4/25/2021

    RETURNING TO A2 STEAM (or not) PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM

    Thank you for completing this FORM by May 1st to help us plan for the fall.  Next week we’ll share our parent/guardian input form to help us with class placement in the fall.  

    ASYNCHRONOUS DAYS FOR GR. 6-8

    This Tuesday and Thursday, our grade 6-8 teachers will be busy setting up their classrooms and preparing for students to return to the building, so grade 6-8 students will have asynchronous learning days April 27-29. 

    2020-21 YEARBOOK UPDATE

    You still have time to purchase a colorful, interesting, memory-reliving yearbook! Order your $15 yearbook here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09868003   

    Yearbook questions? Email carriebank@gmail.com

    HYBRID LEARNING OPTION

    Our calendars are marked to welcome all grades to hybrid learning starting May 3rd.  Please email steam@aaps.k12.mi.us if your family has decided to stay remote.  

    INFO SESSIONS FOR RISING 9TH GRADERS

    • Pathways To Success High School: Virtual Incoming Parent Night  HERE

      Date: 5/3/21
      Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

    • Huron High School: Virtual Incoming Parent Night HERE

      Date: 5/4/21
      Time: 6:00- 8:30PM

    • Pioneer High School:  Virtual Incoming Parent Night HERE

      Date: 5/5/2021
      Time: 6:00-8:00PM

    • Skyline High School:  Virtual Incoming Parent Night HERE
      Date: 5/6/21
      Time: 5:30- 8:15 PM 

    SUMMER PROGRAMMING  - AAPS is offering several summer programs for our students this year:

    Elementary:

    • SLI Summer Adventure Games- In-person OR remote, by invitation only

    • Remote Learning Expeditions- remote & synchronous, open to all students

    • A2VE Summer Success Program- asynchronous & open to all students

    Middle School:

    • Middle School Summer Challenge - In-person, invitation only

    • Middle School Summer Challenge - remote, open to all students

    • Academic Youth Development (AYD) & SESLA

    More detail can be found here https://www.a2schools.org/summer 

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    IDEA Lab: This week grades Y5, K, and 1 will need their LEGO kits.  Grades 2 and 3 will just use their iPads.

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 AND/OR 

    AND, check out our website that houses past videos, resources, and more!  (Trust me, you will NOT regret watching the recording from April 7th!)

    LUNCH MENUS

    If your family is going to take advantage of free lunches this spring, you MUST pre-order at https://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/ and indicate whether your child wants the hot lunch or cold lunch option.  You can access the menu of t hot and cold lunch options at https://a2schools.nutrislice.com/menu   Families do NOT need to pre-order breakfast.

    BUS ROUTES & BUS TRACKER APP

    Bus route numbers and times can be accessed here.  We apologize on behalf of Durham Transportation if your child’s route has run a bit late.  There have been times when driver shortages have caused Durham to condense routes 85 and 94.  We have asked them to contact our school with updates ASAP so that we might be able to email or text affected families.  In any case, we encourage parents to reach out to Durham directly with questions or concerns at (734) 994-2330. 

    The Bus Tracker App enables parents and guardians to view live-time bus locations and the scheduled arrival time for each stop. For more information, to sign-up and create your secure login, or to use the application on your smartphone or web browser, please go to: www.durhamschoolservices.com/durham-bus-tracker   https://m.durhambustracker.com/secure/loginIf you have any questions regarding the Bus Tracker application, please contact Tim VanDongen at (734) 994-2330 ext 54118.   For technical support, please contact bustracker@a2schools.org

    ON THE HORIZON

    4/30 - Holy Friday (Orthodox)

    5/3 - Hybrid learning commences for ALL grades (cohort 1)

    5/6 - Hybrid learning commences for ALL grades (cohort 2)

    RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT RACE

    Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence

    RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS

    Coming Together: Talking to Children About Race and Identity (Sesame Street Workshop)

    Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News, Child Mind Institute

    HELPFUL LINKS 

    NOTES FROM THE PTO:

    TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 

    Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon (May 3-7) and our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) has been hard at work figuring out ways to show appreciation for our amazing teachers. One easy and fun way that your family can participate is by helping us Chalk the Walk on Wednesday, May 5th! Feel free to drop by anytime throughout the day (wearing masks and practicing social distancing, of course) and add a note or a drawing to the sidewalk around the front &/or back of the building. We'll have chalk available in both spots by 9 am (if you'd rather, feel free to bring your own chalk and then take it with you when you go).

    Your family can also participate by writing notes of appreciation to teachers and staff members.  We have lots of surprises coming for teachers that week and we are collecting donations for the entire staff, rather than individual classroom collections this year.  Please make your contribution here. 

    A2 STEAM FIT & FUN BLAST OFF!!!!

    We are also getting ready for our big fundraiser of the year.  The A2 STEAM Fit & Fun Blast Off will launch on May 5 with a special activity from Mr. Willard.  Every kid who registers and tracks a fitness activity will receive an A2 STEAM water bottle, sponsored by Edwards & Schaefer Orthodontics.  Fundraising will end on May 24.  Look for more details soon.  Are you interested in helping out with this virtual event?  Email pres@a2steampto.org

    One of the fundraising rewards for the Fit & Fun Blast Off will be t-shirts, and we are looking for help with a design.  If you’re interested in submitting a design, please email pres@a2steampto.org for details.  Designs from both kids and adults are welcome and the winning entry will receive an item of choice from our end-of-year Spirit Wear sale or a $25 gift card, plus a t-shirt with their design. 

    End-of-year SPIRIT WEAR SALES info will be coming out in mid-May, with pick up the last week of school.

    Your donations at work: The hay bales that are located around the building for outdoor classroom use were provided by the PTO, along with “sit-upons” to make them a little more comfortable.  Thank you!  Students and staff love them!

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 4/18/2021
    RETURNING TO A2 STEAM (or not) IN THE FALL?  PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM

    Thank you for completing this FORM to help us plan for the fall.  In subsequent weeks, we’ll share our parent/guardian input form to help us with class placement in the fall. 

    RISING 9TH GRADERS

    Dates for information sessions from each high school are trickling in.  Soon, I hope to have the details of when high school staff will meet directly with students during the instructional day.  Additionally, parents and students can attend the evening information sessions.  Pioneer flyer & Skyline flyer

    2020-21 YEARBOOK UPDATE

    Guess what? We've extended the deadline so you can still purchase a colorful, interesting, memory-reliving yearbook! Order your $15 yearbook here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09868003 Yearbook questions? Email carriebank@gmail.com

    RISING 6TH GRADERS

    April 21st - Virtual Orientation/Information Session for Students 

    - Our Middle School Counselor, Mr. Parnes, and Ms. Fenech will meet with all 5th graders to talk about middle school at A2 STEAM.  At this meeting for students we will share middle school information and allow students to ask questions about classes, clubs, and really anything that’s on their minds.  We will meet with students at 9:00am at https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/98924997071 (passcode: a2steam)

    April 22nd - Virtual Orientation/Information Nights for Parents

    - We hope to see you at https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/98924997071 (passcode: a2steam)

    SUMMER PROGRAMMING  - AAPS is offering several summer programs for our students this year:

    Elementary:

    • SLI Summer Adventure Games- In-person OR remote, by invitation only

    • Remote Learning Expeditions- remote & synchronous, open to all students

    • A2VE Summer Success Program- asynchronous & open to all students

    Middle School:

    • Middle School Summer Challenge - In-person, invitation only

    • Middle School Summer Challenge - remote, open to all students

    • Academic Youth Development (AYD) & SESLA

    More detail can be found here https://www.a2schools.org/summer  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    IDEA Lab: We will be following up on Mr. Willard's spy obstacle course challenge by creating a secret code.  2nd and 3rd-grade students will need a toilet paper or paper towel roll, a piece of paper, and tape.  Kindergarten, Y5s, and 1st-grade students will need their Lego kits.

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD & FENECH!, 9:00am 

    Our special guest, Ms. Fenech will teach participants how to make several healthy snacks with four ingredients or less!  NEW LINK for this Wednesday - https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/2909339776 (passcode: a2steam)

    A NOTE FROM OUR LIBRARIAN, MS. DARLING

    Dear STEAM families,

    Do you have school library books at home?

    • Please bring those books to school to be returned to the library. If you have books from another building, those books can be returned to our building as well. Look for the big cardboard box outside of the library - labeled "Return Library Books Here".

    • If you are remaining virtual for the remainder of the school year, hold on to AAPS library books until we can all return this school year or until next fall.  

    What about late or lost fines?

    • We understand many families have been impacted this past year and will be waiving costs related to school library books.

    Are you not sure if you have school library books at home?

    • Librarians will be emailing library book notices (with book titles included) in the event you do not remember what books you have checked out.

    Other questions?  Feel free to email Ms. Darling directly at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us 

    HELPFUL LINKS 

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 4/11/2021

    SUMMER PROGRAMMING  - AAPS is offering several summer programs for our students this year:

    Elementary:

    • SLI Summer Adventure Games- In-person OR remote, by invitation only

    • Remote Learning Expeditions- remote & synchronous, open to all students

    • A2VE Summer Success Program- asynchronous & open to all students

    Middle School:

    • Middle School Summer Challenge - In-person, invitation only

    • Middle School Summer Challenge - remote, open to all students

    • Academic Youth Development (AYD) & SESLA

    More detail can be found here https://www.a2schools.org/summer 

    ASYNCHRONOUS DAYS FOR GR. 4-5

    This upcoming Thursday and Friday, our grade 4-5 teachers will be busy setting up their classrooms and preparing for students to return to the building, so grade 4-5 students will have asynchronous learning days April 15 & 16.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TESTING OUT - DEADLINE TO REGISTER MONDAY, APRIL 12th

    AAPS students who wish to test out of Math 6, Math 7, or Algebra 1AC for the 2021-20212 school year can register to take the tests.  Testing will occur on Wednesday, April 28, in the morning. Registration for the test opened March 1, 2021, and will be open through 3pm on Monday, April 12, 2021. No registrations will be accepted after the deadline.To learn more about the testing and to register your child, you can access the district’s middle school math testing website here - Testing Out / Middle School Math Testing Out

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    PE:  If possible, please have soft surfaces and pillows ready for gymnastics challenges.  Some dominoes or other small safe objects that tip over easily, as well as small or medium size stuffed animals. 

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    Engage your senses on a wellness walk with Mr. Willard.   If you LISTEN you might  hear the sounds of birds, leaves crunching and breezes. If you LOOK you might see an animal crawling or a patch of grass growing.  If you SNIFF  you might catch the scent of a pine tree or fresh air.  You might even be able to FEEL the warmth of the sun or the energy of your heart pumping!  Don’t worry, we won’t be eating any bugs to test our sense of TASTE.  But feel free to bring an apple or a granola bar.  Taking a wellness walk is great way to experience your 5 senses.

    A NOTE FROM OUR LIBRARIAN, MS. DARLING

    Dear STEAM families,

    Do you have school library books at home?

    • Please bring those books to school to be returned to the library. If you have books from another building, those books can be returned to our building as well. Look for the big cardboard box outside of the library - labeled "Return Library Books Here".

    • If you are remaining virtual for the remainder of the school year, hold on to AAPS library books until we can all return this school year or until next fall.  

    What about late or lost fines?

    • We understand many families have been impacted this past year and will be waiving costs related to school library books.

    Are you not sure if you have school library books at home?

    • Librarians will be emailing library book notices (with book titles included) in the event you do not remember what books you have checked out.

    Other questions?  Feel free to email Ms. Darling directly at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us

    HELPFUL LINKS 

    REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK:

    RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN FOR FAMILIES 

    This hyperlinked document was made to provide families with need-to-know information about our return to school plans and expectations.  There is important information about lunch ordering, which doors to enter each day, and how you must screen your child before coming to the building. Please review the content and then bookmark the link for future reference.  

    LUNCH MENUS

    If your family is going to take advantage of free lunches this spring, you MUST pre-order at https://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/ and indicate whether your child wants the hot lunch or cold lunch option.  We wish the menu was linked.  Instead, you must read the hot and cold options at https://a2schools.nutrislice.com/menu 

    BUS ROUTES & CHILD PICK-UP PLANS

    PLEASE complete this pick-up/dismissal form BEFORE your elementary-aged child returns to school. Bus route numbers and times can now be accessed here. 

    ON THE HORIZON

    4/12 - Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 3 students, cohort #1

    4/14 - A2 STEAM PTO Community Meeting, 6:30pm via Zoom (Passcode: a2steam)

    4/15 - Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 3 students, cohort #2 

    4/19 -  Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 4-5 students, cohort #1

    4/22 -  Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 4-5 students, cohort #2

    4/22 - 6th grade/Middle School Information Night, 6pm

    4/26 -  Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 6-8 students, cohort #1

    4/29 -  Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 6-8 students, cohort #2

    PTO UPDATES

    April PTO Community Meeting - Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM.  The slate of nominees for next year’s Board will be presented, hear about our spring fundraiser and find out how you can get involved.  Zoom info: ID: 816 9977 9379 passcode: a2steam

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 4/4/2021

    RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN FOR FAMILIES 

    This hyperlinked document was made to provide families with need-to-know information about our return to school plans and expectations.  There is important information about lunch ordering, which doors to enter each day, and how you must screen your child before coming to the building. Please review the content and then bookmark the link for future reference.  

    LUNCH MENUS

    If your family is going to take advantage of free lunches this spring, you MUST pre-order at https://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/  and indicate whether your child wants the hot lunch or cold lunch option.  We wish the menu was linked.  Instead, you must read the hot and cold options at https://a2schools.nutrislice.com/menu 

    ASYNCHRONOUS DAYS FOR GR. 3-8

    This upcoming Thursday and Friday, our grade 3-8 teachers will be busy setting up their classrooms and preparing for students to return to the building, so grade 3-8 students will have asynchronous learning days throughout the district. 

    BUS ROUTES & CHILD PICK-UP PLANS

    PLEASE complete this pick-up/dismissal form BEFORE your elementary-aged child returns to school. Bus route numbers and times can now be accessed here.  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    PE:  If possible, please have a jump rope and outdoor chalk for hopscotch and other skill-related fitness activities. 

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Vintage Aerobics Workout: “ SWEAT IT OUT” with your STEAM staff  as we lead you and your families in some low impact aerobic exercises. We will play the sounds of the 80’s and wear our BEST aerobic workout attire.  You DON’T want to miss this!    Wanna dress like an 80’s aerobics instructor?  Click here  What is aerobics? Click here   Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368  

    SEL-FOCUSED NEWSLETTER - THE RETURN TO SCHOOL EDITION

    Please click here for the latest social-emotional learning resources newsletter from AAPS. 

    MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSITIONS

    At the start of Quarter 4, April 12th, we will move to our hybrid learning bell schedule for all middle school students.  Our new block times will be reviewed with students several times.  We look forward to welcoming hybrid students to the school on Monday, April 12th.  As planned, students with last names A-L will be in cohort 1 - attending in-person school on Mondays and Tuesdays.  The only exception is this is Tuesday, April 13th.  On April 13th, 6th and 7th-grade students will need to stay at home for live/synchronous virtual learning so that we can administer the Grade 8 PSAT exam under the requisite conditions. On Thursday, April 15th, we’ll welcome middle school students with last names M-Z to school.   

    5TH TO 6TH GRADE TRANSITION DATES

    On Wednesday, April 21st, our middle school counselor, Mr. Parnes, and Ms. Fenech will meet with all 5th graders at 9:00am to talk about middle school at A2 STEAM.  At this meeting for students we will share middle school information and allow students to ask questions about classes, clubs, and really anything that’s on their minds.  We will meet with students in the 5th grade office hours Zoom link.

    On Thursday, April 22nd, we will host an informational session for parents/guardians at 6:00pm. 5th grade parents - please mark your calendar!  At the orientation, you will learn about the middle school experience, curriculum, and co-curricular opportunities.  https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/98924997071 (passcode: a2steam)

    Lastly, on May 16th we’ll host a virtual transition event for Rising 6th graders.  When we get closer to May we will share additional information about this event.  We look forward to supporting your child in middle school and we welcome your inquiries.

    Reminders From the School Nurse for Hybrid Learning 

    Immunizations - Make sure immunizations are up to date.  Contact your health care provider if you are unsure if your child is up to date on their immunizations.  

    Medications at school

    • If your child requires medications at school, reach out to your child’s health care provider to obtain the necessary medication forms as well as Asthma and/or Allergy Action Plans.

    • Medications forms from your healthcare provider can be used or you use the AAPS Medication Form (see below)

    • Medications and paperwork can be dropped off at the school by appointment with the office staff.  Please call the school prior to dropping off any medications or paperwork.

    • Please make sure meds are in the original packages with prescription labels and they must match the medication forms.

    Health Updates and Plans

    Please reach out with any new or changes in your student’s health condition to School Nurse, Jessica Gagern gagernj@aaps.k12.mi.us.  We need to have a current update on any condition for your child such as food allergies, seizure management, diabetes, asthma, or any other condition that requires school intervention for care. This must be in place in order for us to provide care for your child’s needs.

    Resource Websites and Phone Numbers:

    AAPS Nurse Care Corner (includes the below information)

    AAPS  Daily Prescreening Tool

    AAPS When Should a Child Stay Home From School.

    AAPS Medication Forms: Standard Medication Form 

    Washtenaw Public Health Department Resources:

    WPHD Immunization Services or Waivers through the Health Department Contact WCHD: 734-544-6700. 

    Other Health Resources:

    UM RAHS School Health Services: http://umhs-rahs.org/

    Corner Health: www.cornerhealth.org

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    4/5 - Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 1-2 students, cohort #1

    4/8 - Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 1-2 students, cohort #2

    4/9 - Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home (AAPS changed the date)

    4/12 - Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 3-8 students, cohort #1

    4/13 - Grade 8 students take the PSAT at school; Grade 6-7 students remain home for virtual & synchronous learning 

    4/14 - A2 STEAM PTO Community Meeting, 6:30pm via zoom

    4/15 - Hybrid learning begins for Gr. 3-8 students, cohort #2 

    4/22 - 6th grade/Middle School Information Night, 6pm

     

    PTO UPDATES

    Operation STEAM Sit-Upon is underway!   We will be making seats from reusable plastic bags for students to take outside.  We have all the bags, we still need newspaper and assembly help though.  Newspapers can be dropped in the gray bin to the left of the main entrance at STEAM.  If you would like to make a set of sit-upons at home, please email pres@a2steampto.org to arrange for pickup of supplies.

    Pop-up sit-upon making sessions - wear a mask, bring scissors and newspaper if you have them available

    • TODAY! April 3 at 3pm on the playground at STEAM

    • Wednesday, April 7 at 1pm on the playground at STEAM

    • Thursday April 8 at 4pm on the playground at STEAM

    • Friday, April 9 at 4pm on the playground at STEAM

    • @your house on your schedule - host a pop-up on your porch for your neighbors and friends!  We’ll provide the supplies.  Email for more info.

    April PTO Community Meeting - Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30PM.  The slate of nominees for next year’s Board will be presented, hear about our spring fundraiser and find out how you can get involved.  Zoom info: ID: 816 9977 9379 passcode: a2steam

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