• 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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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 3/21/2021

    MIDDLE SCHOOL HYBRID - SURVEY DEADLINE IS TODAY

    On 3/15/21 you should have received an email from A2Schools@aaps.k12.mi.us titled “Return to In-School Hybrid Learning”.  This email contains the survey to indicate whether your middle school child will opt for the hybrid learning option or remain virtual for quarter 4.  Please check your spam or promotions folder if you cannot locate it.  If you never received the survey, please email steam@aaps.k12.mi.us and tell us your child’s name and learning preference - hybrid or fully virtual.  TODAY is the deadline to complete the survey.

    RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN FOR FAMILIES (PLEASE READ)

    This hyperlinked document was made to provide families with need-to-know information about our return to school plans and expectations.  Please review the content and then bookmark the link for future reference.  

    BUS ROUTES & CHILD PICK-UP PLANS

    Kindergarten parents - PLEASE complete this pick-up/dismissal form by March 23rd so we know how your child will dismiss from school.  Gr. 1-5 parents, please complete the form by April 1st so we can plan accordingly. Bus route numbers and times can now be accessed here.  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    PE Activity:  build an obstacle course.  Indoor Equipment:  pillows, blankets, chairs, laundry basket, socks for balance activities...any safe items to go under/over/around etc.  OR… build your course with outdoor items! 

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am 

    Willard will  SHARE  a couple of apps to help you create a good simple Yoga routine.  We will also DO a short, energizing, flexible yoga practice to get us ready for the day.  

    Apps:  Nike Training Club https://www.nike.com/ntc-app Down Dog Yoga https://www.downdogapp.com/

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 AND, check out our website that houses past videos, resources, and more!   

    SEL-FOCUSED NEWSLETTER - THE RETURN TO SCHOOL EDITION

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

    CONTINUED PATIENCE
    We thank you in advance for giving our SISS staff, classroom teachers, and specials staff continued the upcoming weeks of transition.   As we bring back kids in phases, classroom schedules are in flux so please understand that SISS service time may need to flex.  Our SISS service providers will be in contact with families when shifts have to happen.

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    Immunizations:

    It is very important that your child's immunizations are up to date prior to them returning to the school building.  Contact your Health Care Provider or the RAHS clinic https://umhs-rahs.org/services/health-care/  if any immunizations are needed prior to returning to the school buildings. 

    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.  This would include Asthma or Allergy Action Plans.  The medication form can be found HERE.   Information about the process for drop off of medications will come directly from Nurse Jessica.

    Health Conditions/Concerns:

    Please reach out with any new or changes in health conditions or concerns @ gagernj@aaps.k12.mi.us or 734-474-3457

    ON THE HORIZON

    3/25 - Hybrid learning begins for Y5 & Kindergarten, cohort #1

    3/26 - Hybrid learning begins for Y5 & Kindergarten, cohort #2

    3/29 - 4/2 - No School/Spring Break

    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

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 3/14/2021

    MIDDLE SCHOOL HYBRID INFORMATION

    • A reminder -  the middle school hybrid information session will take place tomorrow at 7 pm, https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94319388735  Passcode: a2steam (Meeting ID: 943 1938 8735)
    • The district's hybrid survey will be emailed to MS parents tomorrow.  We hope A2 STEAM middle school parents will respond as soon as possible, so we can commence hybrid planning for our K-8 school.

    ELEMENTARY HYBRID SCHEDULE

    • Teachers will email parents by Tuesday evening, confirming your family’s cohort and sharing pertinent dates for return and need-to-know information about schedule modifications.  
    • In this 5-minute video, the Elementary Hybrid Instruction Model for the Ann Arbor Public Schools is introduced and shown through examples. Elementary Parent Video

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS

    IDEA LAB with Mr. Luxon:

    • Students in grades 2 and 3 will need their Clever badges. 
    • Students in grades Y5, K, and 1st will need their LEGO kits.

    • Kindergarten afternoon science students will need their 'domino' blocks on Monday afternoon and their LEGO kits on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. 

    GYM - Focus: using long implements.  If possible, please have this equipment ready:

    • Lightweight hockey stick, wiffle bat, or broom handle.

    • Small and medium size round balls

    • Objects like bowling pins (Gr. 3-5)

    • Small obstacles for a mini-golf course: cans, pillows, boxes, toys (Gr.3-5 only) 

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00 am 

    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368  AND, check out our website that houses past videos, resources, and more! 

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    Immunizations:

    It is very important that your child's immunizations are up to date prior to them returning to the school building.  Contact your Health Care Provider or the RAHS clinic https://umhs-rahs.org/services/health-care/  if any immunizations are needed prior to returning to the school buildings.  RAHS Health Clinics: Open by appointment only at Pathways to Success Academic Campus and Mitchell Elementary/Scarlett Middle School

    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.  This would include Asthma or Allergy Action Plans.

    The medication form can be found here: HERE. Information about the process for drop off of medications forthcoming.  

    Health Conditions/Concerns:

    Please reach out with any new or changes in health conditions or concerns @  gagernj@aaps.k12.mi.us or 734-474-3457

    REMINDERS & REPEAT INFO FROM LAST WEEK:

    YOUNG FIVES/KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP THIS THURSDAY

    We are hosting Roundup Thursday, March 18th at 6:00 pm. It will take place virtually here https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94177253322 (Meeting ID: 941 7725 3322)  Passcode: a2steam

    SCHOOL LUNCHES & BREAKFAST FREE THIS SPRING!

    Student school breakfast and lunches are free for the rest of the school year but you must order in advance. Families will need to order student lunches using the new  AAPS Online Student Lunch Ordering system.  For the rest of this schoolyear families will not be charged for breakfast or lunch but you must register for the program at sendmoneytoschool.com in order for your student to receive a free lunch on their hybrid in-school learning day.  Questions? Contact AAPS Food Service at 734-994-2265.

    SOCCER AND FIELD HOCKEY

    Rec & Ed is excited to announce the return of Youth Soccer (Young 5 - 8th Grade) and Field Hockey (3rd - 8th Grade) league play this spring!  More details and registration links will be sent and posted on aareced.com

    ON THE HORIZON

    3/15 - MS hybrid informational session @ 7 pm

    3/18  - Kindergarten Roundup @ 6 pm 

    3/25 - Hybrid learning begins for Y5 & Kindergarten, cohort #1

    3/26 - Hybrid learning begins for Y5 & Kindergarten, cohort #2

    3/26 - Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home (elementary) 

    3/29 - 4/2 - No School/Spring Break

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 3/7/2021

    REGISTRATION FOR ELEMENTARY IN-PERSON, HYBRID OPTION CLOSES MONDAY 3/8!

    All Elementary Hybrid Learning surveys are due Monday, March 8th.  We will be balancing our cohorts early this week and expect to notify parents ASAP thereafter with their cohort assignment. Should you have any questions, please see the Parent Information Meeting recording (link) or the slideshow/presentation.   As always, you can email us anytime!  (Surveys were emailed to parents 2/26, titled “Return to In-School Hybrid Learning”.

    Note:  As soon as I have the green light to host an informational session for middle school families, I will email the zoom link and details.  In the meantime, please pencil in March 15th. 

    YEARBOOK UPDATE

    Keep those yearbook portraits coming. Due to publishing deadlines, all student and staff portraits are due by Wednesday, March 10th! All Yearbook info is available here: http://bit.ly/SteamYearbookInfo

    Everyone who submits a portrait by 3/10/21 will be entered into a drawing for a free yearbook! Candid photos will be collected later on.

    SPREAD THE WORD - YOUNG FIVES/KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP IS COMING!

    We are hosting Roundup Thursday, March 18th at 6:00pm.  It will take place virtually here https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94177253322 (Meeting ID: 941 7725 3322)  Passcode: a2steam

     MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION INFORMATION 

    5th & 8th-grade families, we have not forgotten about your child’s transition to a new level next fall.  Middle school principals will soon coordinate and stagger our informational presentations for families.  We will also plan times for our middle school counselor, Mr. Parnes, to visit the 5th-grade classrooms (via zoom) to talk about the ins and outs of middle school.  

    Families of 8th-grade parents - just as soon as we have details about the high school information sessions and possible deadlines we will be in touch with a direct email.  Transition activities are admittedly delayed a bit this school year, but you can still count on collaboration with our Administration, Counseling department, and SISS department, if relevant.  More to come!

    SCHOOL LUNCHES & BREAKFAST FREE THIS SPRING!

    Student school breakfast and lunches are free for the rest of the school year but you must order in advance. Families will need to order student lunches using the new  AAPS Online Student Lunch Ordering system.  For the rest of this school year families will not be charged for breakfast or lunch but you must register for the program at sendmoneytoschool.com.in order for your student to receive a free lunch on their hybrid in-school learning day.  Questions? Contact AAPS Food Service at 734-994-2265.

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS
    IDEA LAB/PLTW - Students in grades 2 and 3 will need their Clever badges.  Students in grades Y5, K, and 1st will need their LEGO kits.

    GYM - Focus: Using short implements. Equipment needed: Balloon or medium size lightweight ball and (2) Kitchen spoons or spatulas  

    WELCOMING MS. DARLING, SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

    Albeit a delayed announcement to the school community, I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Ms. Julie Darling as our school librarian.  Ms. Darling has over ten years of experience working as a school librarian/media specialist, and she’s an active member in the Maker Space/STEAM community.  She’s a perfect fit for A2 STEAM!  We are thrilled she joined our community in late February.  

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am - STRONG LIKE A WALL!!

    This week’s short wellness segment is “Strong Like a Wall!”  Mr. Willard will teach families 10 strength activities to do on/with a wall.  Because these will be hosted via Webinar, we cannot see or hear participants - so stay in your pajamas if you’d like!  Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    AND, check out our new website that houses past videos, resources, and more!  https://sites.google.com/aaps.k12.mi.us/a2steam-wellness-wednesdays/home  

    SOCCER AND FIELD HOCKEY

    Rec & Ed is excited to announce the return of Youth Soccer (Young 5 - 8th Grade) and Field Hockey (3rd - 8th Grade) league play this spring!  More details and registration links will be sent and posted on aareced.com

    Important dates:  Monday, March 8th registration opens at 8am,  Friday, March 26th Registration closes at 5pm (There will not be a late registration period this season), Week of April 26th practices begin. (one practice per week)

    PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    Pandemic Parenting: Parent Self-care and Social-Emotional Learning Workshops

    In this workshop, parents will learn how to reinforce the social-emotional curriculum in school. Join us on March 9th @7:30pm to learn more about the Social-Emotional Learning competencies your children are learning in school and how to reinforce these skills at home.  Please register here

    ON THE HORIZON

    3/8-3/12 - Middle School Spirit Week 

    3/15 - MS hybrid informational session (Tentative)

    3/18  - Kindergarten Roundup @ 6pm 

    3/26 - Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home (elementary) 

    3/29 - 4/2 - No School/Spring Break

     

    PTO UPDATES

    LOST & FOUND UPDATE

    **Now is a great time to start labeling your student's items! Especially winter gear including boots, hats, gloves, jackets, snow pants and sweatshirts! Please put at least LAST NAMES on items, not just initials. It's hard to match up items in a school of over 600 students.

    All items that were in the L&F in March 2020 were bagged and stored in the MPR at STEAM for the last year. They were all sorted through recently. Unfortunately, all lunch boxes had to be disposed of being that they were left for 50 weeks. Who wants to open those? Nobody!

    However, there are still many items to be claimed including 5 pairs of glasses (photo attached), many snow pants, sweatshirts, boots, shoes, hats, glove pairs, and oh so many jackets. 

    Please watch this 45-second YouTube video showing all items. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx3MWmYfLI4

    Maybe you'll spot one of your own! The few items that were labeled have been washed and will try to reunite with their owners. If you see an item that is yours, please email carriebank@gmail.com and she'll try to grab it for you when she's allowed into the school.

    Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser

    Need labels to help with the speedy return of your child’s missing items?

    Order from Mabel’s Labels, get free shipping, and 20% of your purchase is credited to the A2 STEAM PTO!

    Go to http://campaigns.mabelslabels.com then find A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Pi Day teacher appreciation fundraiser - we raised enough money for every teacher to receive a pie, with a little leftover for Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 2/28/2021

    Dear A2 STEAM families,

    Ann Arbor Public Schools has set dates to open up buildings for the first phase of hybrid learning.  See dates and information here: In-Person Hybrid Plan Approved.  Every child may have an opportunity to attend school in the building for two days each week. Families may also choose to continue remote learning all five days. These two modes of learning will occur at the same time for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

    K-5 Families - AAPS sent a survey to families on Friday. The survey asks families to decide if your child will remain remote or will choose to move to the hybrid model. Deadline: The deadline to complete the registration is Monday, March 8th. Please review important Family Health and Safety Requirements for Return to In School Hybrid Learning here.

    6-8 Families - AAPS will send a survey to families at a later date as the return for middle school is scheduled for April.

    In order to assist K-5 families with decision-making, we will host an informational hybrid meeting for K-5 parents on Monday, March 1st at 6:30pm.   (We will record the meeting.  Please email steam@aaps.k12.mi.us if you’re unable to attend and we’ll email you a link to watch it.)  Click this link https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/98537058843 (Meeting ID 985 3705 8843) and enter the password “a2steam”. 

    Middle School parents are welcome to attend but we’ll host another hybrid meeting focused on grades 6-8, likely next week.  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS

    • PE/GYM: The focus will be active skills with your feet so K-5 students should try to have a soccer ball or similar type ball to dribble with their feet, small obstacles to dribble around, and some socks

    • IDEA LAB

      • Students in grades Y5, K & 1st will need their LEGO kits.  If you do not know your child's IDEA Lab day here is a schedule.

      • On Tuesday students in grade 1 will need their flashlights, a piece of paper, and colored markers during their science lesson.

      • Students in grades 2 and 3 will need their Clever badges.  

    MIRYAM

    March is Reading & Youth Arts Month (MIRYAM) so our staff have been planning lessons and fun activities, including a K-5 spirit week.  Your family might also want to partake in a reading BINGO board this month.  You can access two versions here.

    Monday - READ All Over: Wear RED today to show your love of reading. Bring a book you love to share at Morning Meeting.

    Tuesday - Hats Off to Reading: Wear a hat! We’ll cheer for our favorite books.

    Thursday -  Read My Shirt: Wear a shirt with words. We’ll read each one together. 

    Friday - Relax & Read:  Wear your pajamas all day. 

    TREE TAPPING

    If your family is looking for an activity, come check out the tree tapping at A2 STEAM, but first enjoy this presentation

    ON THE HORIZON

    3/1 - PTO & Hybrid Info Meeting 6:30pm

    3/1-3/5 - Spirit Week for March is Reading Month

    3/26 - Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home (elementary) 

    3/29 - 4/2 - No School/Spring Break

     

    PTO Updates

    Pi Day means Pies for Teachers at A2 STEAM!
    Last year, we started a new tradition of sending each teacher home with a pie for Pi Day (3/14).  This year, things will look a little different because of COVID, but we still want to show our appreciation for our teachers.  We aren’t able to accept donations of homebaked pies this year, but through a parent connection, we are able to obtain discounted pies from Zingerman’s Bakehouse.  Please consider making a donation of $10 to sponsor a pie for a teacher or staff member at STEAM.  Donations can be made here: https://a2steampto.square.site/  Any extra funds raised will be added to our teacher appreciation budget for the remainder of the year.  We are 85% of the way to our goal to make sure every teacher at STEAM gets a pie (and teachers, be on the lookout for a Pi Day survey later this week).

    Looking for a few good parents
    The PTO has started the process of forming the slate of nominees for the Board for the 2021-2022 school year.  Some key positions are already filled, but we have some openings.  If you’d like to become involved in PTO leadership, please contact Candace Bulkley to talk about which position could be a good fit for you.

    Next PTO Meeting
    Our next PTO Community Meeting will be held on Monday, March 1 at 6:30PM, combined with the Hybrid Return to School Info Session. Click this link https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/98537058843 (Meeting ID 985 3705 8843) and enter the password “a2steam”.

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 2/21/2021

    NOW HIRING @ A2 STEAM

    If you know anyone looking to support A2 STEAM as a noon-hour/lunch supervisor or as a general community assistant?  If folks only want to work this school year, until June 11th, that is an option!  Please email fenechm@a2schools.org if you have questions about the community assistant position or stidham@a2schools.org if you have interest in the noon-hour openings.  

    • Click HERE for the community assistant job postings.  Job ID 11673 is for the short-term position.  

    • Click HERE for the lunch supervisor job postings.  Job ID 11680 is for the short-term position.

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS

    GYM/PE - Medium to large size bouncy ball (e.g. playground ball, basketball, etc) & a small book

    IDEA LAB -  Students in grades Y5, K & 1st will need their LEGO kits.   First-grade students will begin using recyclables to create a device to help light or sound travel over a distance. 

    ELEMENTARY EARLY RELEASE DAY

    As a reminder, Tuesday, February 23rd, is an early release day of school for our students, where students will end virtual learning at 10:50am.  Students will be out of school the rest of the day in order for our amazing teachers and staff to work on term 2 report cards and progress reports.

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am

    This week: ‘Toasted Elvis’ sandwich with Mr. Tom    Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 AND, check out our new website that houses past videos, resources, and more!  https://sites.google.com/aaps.k12.mi.us/a2steam-wellness-wednesdays/home 

    YEARBOOK

    Work has begun on the 2020-21 A2 STEAM Yearbook! You'll be receiving emails soon about uploading photos, but feel free to order your $15 yearbook now! Won't it be interesting to look back in ten years at this crazy time? http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09868003

    CONNECTING TOGETHER: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group

    Join members of our school psychologist team for an informal, co-facilitated parent support group to discuss your current challenges, bounce ideas around with other parents and generally find non-judgmental support and connection. Groups meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30PM and the 4th Thursday of the month (2/25) from 1-2PM. Register at this link

    ON THE HORIZON

    2/23 -  February 23rd is a half-day for Elementary students only, instruction ends at 10:50am

    2/24  - Wellness Wednesdays with Willard, 9:00am (link

    3/1 - PTO & Hybrid Info Meeting 6:30pm 

     

    PTO Updates

    Pi Day means Pies for Teachers at A2 STEAM!
    Last year, we started a new tradition of sending each teacher home with a pie for Pi Day (3/14).  This year, things will look a little different because of COVID, but we still want to show our appreciation for our teachers.  We aren’t able to accept donations of homebaked pies this year, but through a parent connection, we are able to obtain discounted pies from Zingerman’s Bakehouse!  Please consider making a donation of $10 to sponsor a pie for a teacher or staff member at STEAM.  Donations can be made here: https://a2steampto.square.site/  Any extra funds raised will be added to our teacher appreciation budget for the remainder of the year.

    Looking for a few good parents
    The PTO has started the process of forming the slate of nominees for the Board for next year.  Some key positions are already filled, but we have some openings.  If you’d like to become involved in PTO leadership, please contact Candace Bulkley to talk about which position could be a good fit for you.

    Next PTO Meeting
    Our next PTO Community Meeting will be held on Monday, March 1 at 6:30PM. 
    Here’s the zoom link  Meeting ID: 816 9977 9379  passcode: a2steam

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 2/14/2021

    NOW HIRING @ A2 STEAM

    If you know anyone looking to support A2 STEAM as a noon-hour/lunch supervisor or as a general community assistant?  If folks only want to work this school year, until June 11th, that is an option!  Please email fenechm@a2schools.org if you have questions about the community assistant position.  Please email stidham@a2schools.org if you have interest in the noon-hour openings.  

    • Click HERE for the community assistant job postings.  JobID 11673 is for the short-term position.  

    • Click HERE for the lunch supervisor job postings.  JobID 11680 is for the short-term position.  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS

    GYM/PE - Tennis or sock balls, a pillow, and a small book for practicing manipulative skills

    IDEA LAB -  Students in grades Y5, K & 1st will need their LEGO kits.  If you do not know your child's IDEA Lab day here is a schedule.  First-grade students will need their flashlights and colored markers during their science classes. 

    YEARBOOK UPDATE

    Rest assured that we’ll have a yearbook this school year.  Information forthcoming on how to upload a photo for use in the yearbook. 

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD, 9:00am

    This week : Make a Fitness Calendar: Bring a pencil. Print a calendar for March or a piece of blank paper and a straight edge. We will fill it up with some fun fitness exercises  Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    AND, check out our new website that houses past videos, resources, and more!  https://sites.google.com/aaps.k12.mi.us/a2steam-wellness-wednesdays/home 

    U of M’s THERAPY FOR ANXIETY  (FREE…..and you receive a stipend!)

    The University of Michigan is conducting a study focused on children and young adults, ages 7-17 with various degrees of anxiety. The study is looking for individuals with a range of anxiety symptoms, from no anxiety to anxiety that is very bothersome. The study offers a virtual diagnostic evaluation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at no cost. Participants receive $100-$395 for their time. Interested families can visit https://umhealthresearch.org#studies/HUM00118950, or contact anxiety-cbt-study@med.umich.edu or call 734-232-0130 to see if their child qualifies.  This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is conducted by Dr. Kate Fitzgerald at the UM Dept. of Psychiatry.  Please see this flyer for more information.

    ELEMENTARY HYBRID OPTION INFO 

    Last week’s AAPS information sessions are now posted on this page. Parents may view them at any time.  

    CONNECTING TOGETHER: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group

    Join members of our school psychologist team for an informal, co-facilitated parent support group to discuss your current challenges, bounce ideas around with other parents and generally find non-judgmental support and connection. Groups meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:30 - 8:30PM and the 4th Thursday of the month (today) from 1-2PM. Register at this link.

    PANDEMIC PARENTING:  Parent Self-Care and Social-Emotional Learning Workshops

    In this two-part workshop series parents will learn self-care strategies for themselves and how to reinforce the social-emotional curriculum in school. Participants can join for one or both workshops. Learn more and register here! In the first workshop (Feb. 16 @7:30), we’ll discuss specific, accessible strategies for taking care of yourself during this difficult time. In the second part (March 2 @ 1:30 or March 9 @ 7:30), you will learn more about the Social-Emotional Learning competencies your children are learning in school and how to reinforce these skills at home. Participants can join for one or both workshops.  

    FREE ACADEMIC RESOURCES

    We have recently updated these resources with more options, especially for secondary students.  These resources are also available on the AAPS Community Resources Webpage.

    ON THE HORIZON

    2/17  - Wellness Wednesdays with Willard, 9:00am (link

    2/23 -  February 23rd is a half-day for Elementary students only

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 2/7/2021

    NAAPID - TOMORROW!!

    Whether you can join us for an hour, or all-day, we hope to see all families tomorrow!  We have live performances scheduled and workshops throughout the day, in addition to hosting “parents come to PE and art week”.  

    • Common Chords Performance/Assembly @ 8:20am for grades 5-8, 1:00pm for grades Y5-4 - concert link (If you are prompted to enter an email address, any email address will do.)

    • PLEASE click here for the flyer for links, details and times. 

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS

    BRING A PARENT/GUARDIAN TO PE/GYM WEEK: Space walk time!

    - Equipment: 1 blindfold or similar item (scarf or winter hat). 10-20 objects that are safe to walk on/around.  Small pillows, books, sock balls, rolled up towels, stuffed animals, small boxes etc

    IDEA LAB -  Students in grades Y5, K & 1st will need their LEGO kits.  If you do not know your child's IDEA Lab day here is a schedule.  First-grade students will need their flashlights and colorful translucent tiles during their science classes.

    FREE FUN VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

    Happy and Healthy Kids (H2) invites students K-4 to participate in weekly online activities that promote health and wellness.  Activities include yoga, body part Simon Says, arts and crafts and more. Sessions are Weds. 1:30-2pm. Check out the H2 flyer for more details and to sign up.

    EXCELLENCE IN VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION -  OPPORTUNITY TO NOMINATE AN A2 STEAM TEACHER! 

    The AAPS Excellence in Virtual Instruction Award recognizes exceptional staff.  AAPS staff members eligible for the award should demonstrate the following traits: Engaging, Inclusive, Approachable, Empathetic, a Leader, Positive Attitude. Any AAPS staff, student, parent or community member may nominate any AAPS staff person for this award.  Three AAPS staff members will be selected at random from all eligible nominees to receive a $500 grant to use to enhance their instruction. Deadline for Nominations: February 16th, 2021 at 5pm.  Learn more and nominate an educator at a2schools.org/2021excellenceaward
     

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS WITH WILLARD -  “Back to Basics:  Build a strong and stretchy spine with easy exercises for your back “

    In an effort to increase wellness in our entire A2 STEAM community, Mr. Willard is going to host a  live wellness segment every Wednesday morning for kids and parents alike!  Please join us at 9:00am to engage in a short burst of physical activity, learn fitness tips, and simply have fun with your kids.  Because these will be hosted via Webinar, we cannot see or hear participants - so stay in your pajamas if you’d like!  Link to join https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91683245368; ID 916 8324 5368 

    ELEMENTARY HYBRID OPTION INFO SESSIONS

    AAPS information sessions,  both are the same in the information and format, are planned for:  Tuesday, February 9th at 6pm and Thursday, February 11th at 4pm.  The sessions will be posted on this page, and Parents may view them at any time on-demand following each session.  

    CONNECTING TOGETHER: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group.  

    Join members of our school psychologist team for an informal, co-facilitated parent support group to discuss your current challenges, bounce ideas around with other parents and generally find non-judgmental support and connection. Groups meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:30 - 8:30PM and the 4th Thursday of the month (today) from 1-2PM. Register at this link.

    PANDEMIC PARENTING:  Parent Self-care and Social-Emotional Learning Workshops: 

    In this two-part workshop series parents will learn self-care strategies for themselves and how to reinforce the social-emotional curriculum in school. Participants can join for one or both workshops. Learn more and register here! In the first workshop (Feb. 9 @ 1:30 or Feb. 16 @7:30), we’ll discuss specific, accessible strategies for taking care of yourself during this difficult time. In the second part (Mar 2 @1:30 or Mar 9 @ 7:30), you will learn more about the Social-Emotional Learning competencies your children are learning in school and how to reinforce these skills at home. Participants can join for one or both workshops. 

    SECURLY WEB FILTER 

    AAPS Securly Web Filter provides free parental controls for school-issued devices through an opt-in parent portal. The portal gives parents the ability to:

    • Check Online Activity - Allows parents to view their child(ren) recent searches, websites visited, and videos watched on their school-owned device(s).

    • Customize Rules - Lets parents customize web filtering rules when school devices are in the home.

    • Pause Internet Access - Parents can use the Home app to turn Internet access on or off with a single tap when the device is away from school.

    • Get Weekly Email Reports - Every week, parents receive a snapshot of their child’s online activity, directly to their inbox.

     To learn more about this pilot program, please check out the Securly Parent Portal Fall 2020 Pilot Google Doc. If you are interested in signing up to participate, you must complete the AAPS Securly Parent Portal Opt-In Pilot Google Form. 

    Elementary Engineering Exploration (EEE) day is a day of fun engineering activities for elementary school kids. The event is co-ed and open to all students grades 1-5. Parents are also welcome! This winter, EEE day will be taking place on Saturday, March 20th from 10:00 am-12:30pm for 1-2 graders and 1:00-3:30 pm for 3-5 graders. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be held virtually over Zoom (link provided after registration). If you are interested in participating, you can find more information and register at this link or sign up now using this form

    ON THE HORIZON

    2/8 - NAAPID - concerts, workshops, & classroom invitation

    2/9 - AAPS Parents workshops (See above)

    2/10  - Wellness Wednesday with Willard, 9:00am (link

    2/12 & 2/15 - No School

    2/23 -  February 23rd is a half-day for Elementary students only

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