• This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 1/10/2021

    Last week was surely tragic and unforgettable.  If you are looking for resources for talking to your children, feel free to email me.  The National Education Association has resources HERE and I recommend the resources from Teaching Tolerance.  Various resources for talking to children were shared with staff last Wednesday evening and I am proud of the discussions that staff led during morning meetings and social studies lessons.   Having been a part of several morning meetings, I was moved and so impressed by the compassion and drive for social justice demonstrated by our students.  

    In case you missed Dr. Swift’s message on Friday, I want to highlight an exciting sentence, “With the arrival of vaccines and potential in-school testing capacity, we are taking definitive, positive steps in the direction of returning our students to in-school learning for those families who may choose this option.”  Additional details and a video message can be accessed at https://www.a2schools.org/Page/16976.  As soon as timelines and details are solidified, we will be sure to communicate them.  In the meantime, please continue to read district communications, eventually, families will be polled about return-to-school options and/or transportation considerations.  As a staff, we are excited to see those families who will return to face-to-face instruction and we’ll stay committed to high-quality online learning. 

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS

    PE equipment: Paddle/Racket and ball/birdie (Appropriate substitutions include: hardcover book, cardboard, dustpan) 

    AAPS’  District Library Newsletter  

    DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY 

    Next Monday, January 18th we will celebrate the holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  School is closed on this day so that each of us has an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King and to potentially engage our children in learning opportunities related to systemic racism and how to become modern day change agents.  No matter where you are on your personal journey, we encourage you to spend the day of service with your children, in service, or in learning. I hope you’ll join me in educating ourselves on why and how systemic racism exists and identifying action steps so we are not complicit in maintaining the status quo. Please click on Dr MLK JR Activities 2021 to see the events that are happening virtually and in-person. 

    FREE REC & ED CLASSES

    Rec & Ed continues to offer free programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, both virtually and in-person, outside schools across the community. Our programs are designed to keep kids active through fun virtual and outdoor activities, providing a safe opportunity to be active and social. Registration for all winter Rec & Ed programs opens on Monday. For dates, locations and registration, click here.

    REMINDERS, RESOURCES & LINKS

    Free Academic Support Resources - These are primarily provided by U-M students and community volunteers. View Free Academic Support Resources Here. 

    “Securly” Parent Portal Opt-In Pilot Program - 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. Securly Parent Portal FAQs

    SISS Resources Site -  This site will provide staff and families with access to evidence-based and AAPS-approved materials, resources, and tools, including the Parent SEL Newsletter.
    Crisis Services

    Connecting Together Support Groups  - January 12th and 28th  (Also offered in Spanish Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese)

    Twice-a-month, drop-in support groups for parents and guardians of student's in AAPS. Groups meet on the 2nd Tuesday (7:30-8:30PM) and 4th Thursday (1-2PM) of the month. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020. Please register here or  here.

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    1/15 - MLK Assembly, 8:20am @ https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/96670943835 (Join us!)

    1/18 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    1/29 - End of Quarter 2 (Middle School)

    2/8 - NAAPID (Please mark your calendar for a school/community-wide assembly & activities for participating in your child's day)

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 1/3/2021

    Good evening and Happy New Year!
    Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2021. May this new year also be filled with joyful learning and an eventual return to in-person schooling.  While I will not prognosticate a return date, I can tell you that we’ll return to school as stronger teachers with more resilient learners, all eager to engage in project-based learning. Hopefully, the winter break afforded your family time to disconnect from technology and enjoy the snowy outdoors.  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS 

    Elem Gym: A safe medium-sized ball for dribbling/passing w feet.  

    MS GYM: Small and medium-sized balls (Tennis, soccer, basketball, etc) for working on manipulative skills.

    MLK DAY

    Although January 18th is a "day off of school" it is not an ordinary day, we invite your child and family to engage in some of the events planned to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, teachings and legacy.  Many of the events typically hosted in person, are going virtual.  There are few links below so you can look ahead to what is planned throughout the month.

    MLK ASSEMBLY  - Our school will host an online assembly on Friday, January 15th in a Zoom Webinar.  Details and link forthcoming.  

    STARTING SOON! - SCIENCE OLYMPIAD/WESO (Grades 2-5)

    Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is offering a modified Science Olympiad program this year. The goal of WESO is to create an environment that inspires students to learn and explore new scientific concepts in a fun and innovative way.  Five monthly themes will be provided. Students can choose to participate in one month, or all five! Weekly slides and videos will be provided by WESO with a choice of activities. The program is designed to be completed by students with minimal parent assistance. Items needed for the activities are designed to be typical household items, but if supplies are an issue, the A2 STEAM PTO has indicated that they can help with funds to provide supplies as needed. Please contact me if supplies are a concern and I will coordinate with you to get the supplies.  If your student would like to participate in Science Olympiad this year, please email us at A2steam.weso@gmail.com.

    REMINDERS/REPEAT INFORMATION:

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT

    Starting January 4, 2021, more passing time will be added to our current schedule. The start time for each block will remain the same. Essentially, we are shortening each block a bit in order to reduce screentime, increase “passing time”, and increase the time for lunch!!  Woohoo!  Now our middle school students will have about a 30-minute overlap in lunchtime with elementary siblings. Here’s the schedule for the new year:

    Advisory    8:20 - 8:50 

    Blocks 1 & 4 9:00 - 10:30

    Blocks 2 & 5 11:00 - 12:30 

    Lunch 12:30 - 1:25

    Blocks 3 & 6 1:25 - 2:55  

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MODIFIED GRADING IN 2020-2021 

    Similar to the University of Michigan, MSU, and other school districts in Michigan, we are creating a modified version of the traditional grading scale. This change is being made with the understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating inequitable circumstances for students to pursue their coursework and demonstrate their learning. We know that many students are managing very challenging personal situations. Our hope is that this change will help to support the well-being and success of learners, maintain the academic integrity of our programs, and stay true to our values. 

    ON THE HORIZON

    1/15 - MLK Assembly, likely 8:20am

    1/18 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    1/29 - End of Quarter 2 (Middle School)

    2/8 - NAAPID

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 12/13/2020

    NOTES FROM ADMIN

     As we head together into the last school week of 2020, I know you're as anxious as I am to say goodbye to this dreadful year. Winter break begins after school this Friday, December 18th and I know you’ll join me in welcoming in 2021!  I’d like to thank and honor our entire A2 STEAM community for their endurance, compassion, and commitment.  I wish you, and all of your loved ones, a safe and healthy break.

    TAKING CARE

    We know this time of year can be very difficult for many families, let alone, during a pandemic. Please know that we are here to support you in any way we can.  Please see the resources below and/or reach out to us (Ms. Fenech, Ms. Stidham, Stacey or Jo in the office, Mr. Parnes, or Ms. Hite) with any questions or needs for support)

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS 

    PE/GYM, K-5 - Please try to have ready: A medium to large size bouncy ball.  Students may want to be outside for bouncing/dribbling activities.   

    WINTER ARTS MARKET

    Wow, Friday’s live musical performances were nothing short of incredible and the items available for purchase are beautiful, unique, and locally made with love  Many thanks to our student performers and artists who shared their talents with our community.  And, it’s not too late to shop!!  We have extended the shopping window to Monday at noon so please visit https://winter-arts-market.square.site/   We are so grateful for the enthusiasm and time Ms. Bawol, Ms. Boden, Mr. Campbell, Ms. Chappell, Mr. Hatt, and Ms. Jensen put into orchestrating our 2nd annual Winter Arts Market!

    A2 VIRTUAL - A DEADLINE for 2nd SEMESTER INTEREST

    Over the past semester, we have had conversations with some families that expressed interest in exploring asynchronous instruction that is offered through A2 Virtual+ Elementary.  While we’d love to keep your child here at A2 STEAM, at this time we are offering families an opportunity to adjust their enrollment selection. As you consider your options, please note that the Classroom Connect program and A2Virtual Academy follow different pacing and sequencing of the learning standards. This may result in gaps and overlaps of instruction.  Click HERE to express your interest in enrolling your child in the A2Virtual Academy by Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.  

    WESO - Science Olympiad for 2nd through 5th Grade Students

    My name is Krista Takacs and I am the Co-Head Coach for Science Olympiad at A2 STEAM. I am excited to announce that Amy Lawson will be a Co-Head Coach this year.  Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is offering a modified Science Olympiad program this year. The goal of WESO is to create an environment which inspires students to learn and explore new scientific concepts in a fun and innovative way. 

    All 2nd through 5th grade students at A2 STEAM can participate. Five monthly themes will be provided. Students can choose to participate in one month or all five. Weekly slides and videos will be provided by WESO with a choice of activities. The program is designed to be completed by students with minimal parent assistance. No coaches will be needed this year. Items needed for the activities are designed to be typical household items, but if supplies are an issue, the A2 STEAM PTO has indicated that they can help with funds to provide supplies as needed. Please contact me if supplies are a concern and I will coordinate with you to get the supplies.

    Completion of a minimum of one activity and an assessment (via Pear Deck) will be required for participation in a specific theme. Additional details on what Science Olympiad will look like this year is provided on WESO's website at: https://wesoscience.org/blog/. The monthly themes are as follows (for those that have participated in the past, the events that materials will be drawn from are provided in parentheses): 

    January - Trending Today (Elements from Estimania, Map Reading, and The Plot Thickens)

    February - All About You (Elements from Gene-ius, Human Machine, and Disease Detective)

    March - We Can Build It (Elements from Aerodynamics, Barge Building, Straw Towers, and Mystery Architecture)

    April - To the Moon and Back (Elements from Photon Phun and To Infinity and Beyond)

    May - Back to Nature (Elements from Back to Nature; Feathered Friends; Roots, Shoots, and Fruits ;and What Went By)

    A Zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15th from 6:30 to 7:30pm to provide additional information and answer questions. The Zoom Meeting ID is 883 3786 6477 and the Passcode is a2steam. If your student would like to participate in Science Olympiad this year, please email us at A2steam.weso@gmail.com.

    REPORT CARDS for K-5

    Later this week, you’ll receive a report card from your child’s teacher that speaks to several of our teaching and learning objectives from the first term.  As you might expect, remote learning impacts how well our teachers are able to understand and know some of your child’s social, emotional and academic skills.  With this in mind, you may see blanks for some outcomes on the report card.  The blanks could indicate either a need for collecting more information or that the outcome will not be assessed until later in the year (i.e. Term 2 or 3).  If this is the case, check the comment section. Students who have IEPs will receive their progress reports via the US Mail and should be anticipated this weekend or early next week.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT

    Starting January 4, 2021, more passing time will be added to our current schedule. The start time for each block will remain the same. Essentially, we are shortening each block a bit in order to reduce screentime, increase “passing time”, and increase the time for lunch!!  Woohoo!  Now our middle school students will have about a 30-minute overlap in lunchtime with elementary siblings. Here’s the schedule for the new year:

    Advisory    8:20 - 8:50 

    Blocks 1 & 4 9:00 - 10:30

    Blocks 2 & 5 11:00 - 12:30 

    Lunch 12:30 - 1:25

    Blocks 3 & 6 1:25 - 2:55 

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MODIFIED GRADING IN 2020-2021 

    Similar to the University of Michigan, MSU, and other school districts in Michigan, we are creating a modified version of the traditional grading scale. This change is being made with the understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating inequitable circumstances for students to pursue their coursework and demonstrate their learning. We know that many students are managing very challenging personal situations. Our hope is that this change will help to support the well-being and success of learners, maintain the academic integrity of our programs, and stay true to our values.  For complete details, please see this site

    MISC. RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

    • 15 anti-racist Michigan books to get you through the holidays and quarantine
    • Join Camp COVID for Winter Break!   Camp COVID is a 100% virtual student-led program based in Washtenaw County. Started by two high school seniors, our interactive and educational programs are meant to help alleviate parents of childcare stress and to support kids socially during these unprecedented times. This winter break, Camp COVID is offering free programming from 12-7 PM with all kinds of programs. Whether you're interested in baking, winter crafts, chemistry, or Spanish, we have the class for you! For more information and to sign up, check out our website: bit.ly/campcovid. If you have any questions or concerns please contact campcovidnew@gmail.com.  
    • https://www.pbs.org/parents/holidays The holidays may look and feel different for your family this year, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate. While the holiday season provides a time for us to focus on loved ones, share good food and participate in family traditions, this time can also be a very stressful one for many. Check out these ideas to learn how to simplify holiday stress, entertain your child with snow day activities, and cherish the memories you create with your family.

     REMINDERS & HELPFUL LINKS 

    • Connecting Together: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group in English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese

    A Drop-in support groups for parents and guardians of students in AAPS, conducted in different languages. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020. Last year, parents who participated in an AAPS parent support group consistently reported that they found it helpful, and appreciated hearing from and connecting with other parents going through similar struggles. Register by clicking on a language below!

    Arabic: November 30th at 1:30PM

    Chinese: December 4th at 1:30 PM

    English: December 8th at 7:30PM and December 17th at 1:00PM 

    Korean: December 11th at 1:30 PM

    Japanese: December 14th at 1:30PM 

    Spanish: January 19th at 7:30PM and January 29 at 1:30PM

     

    FROM OUR PTO

    This has been a challenging year, yet as a PTO we have seen such community spirit and creativity and we are so grateful for each and every STEAM family.  Whatever and however you celebrate, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and very happy new year!

    Shopping Rewards: As you shop this holiday season for gifts and holiday meals, don't forget the easiest way to support your school is through Shopping Rewards at Amazon, Kroger, Busch's, Arbor Farms, and Box Tops.  

    • Kroger: login to your Kroger account and designate Northside Elementary PTO for Community

    • Amazon: go to smile.amazon.com to get started and choose Northside School PTO 

    • Coca-Cola codes: you can enter the codes on the packages and A2 STEAM will receive a donation. Go to https://us.coca-cola.com/give/ to get started.

    • Box Tops For Education: Box Tops is transitioning to digital. Download the app for Apple or Android and create an account. Select “Northside Elementary School” as your school. After each grocery purchase with eligible items, scan the receipt. 

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 12/6/2020

    NOTES FROM ADMIN

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS THIS WEEK

    PE/GYM - Please try to have ready:

    • Grade K-2 students: solo or similar size cup, and small ball similar to ping pong ball

    • Grade 3-5 students laundry basket or similar container and medium or large lightweight ball similar to volleyball; balloons and beach balls work too!

    WINTER ARTS MARKET

    Please mark your calendar for the opening of our Winter Arts Market this Friday!  We will launch the website at noon at which point shopping can commence.  There are some incredible items for sale, all made my our A2 STEAM community.  There will also be a musical kick-off event with student performances at 4:30pm  (Zoom link forthcoming.)   

    SUPPORTING YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLER’S MATH EDUCATION

    Do you want to understand more about your child’s math education in Middle School? Do you struggle to help your child with their math work? Join Anne Marie Nicoll-Turner (District Department Chair for Secondary Mathematics) for a one hour presentation that will provide you with an introduction to math instruction at AAPS, and resources and suggestions for supporting your child’s learning! Join us on Thursday 12/10 at 10 a.m. or Monday, 12/14 at 7:30 p.m. Register here!

    A MESSAGE FROM A2 VIRTUAL ACADEMY PRINCIPAL

    Over the past semester, I have had conversations with some families that expressed interest in exploring asynchronous instruction that is offered through A2 Virtual+ Elementary.  While we’d love for your child to stay at A2 STEAM, we are offering families an opportunity to adjust their enrollment selection. As you consider your options, please note that the Classroom Connect program and A2Virtual Academy follow different pacing and sequencing of the learning standards. This may result in gaps and overlaps of instruction.  An A2Virtual Academy informational meeting will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00-7:00pm.  Join the meeting with this link: https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91756772137. Information is also available at a2schools.org/a2ve

    Click HERE to express your interest in enrolling your child in the A2Virtual Academy by Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.  

    THE CLINIC IS STILL OPEN...VIRTUALLY!

    Please see this note from Nurse Jessica about the virtual clinic and accessing her services.

    U of M’s THERAPY FOR ANXIETY (FREE)

    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. 

    SCIENCE OLYMPIAD FOR GR 2-5 STUDENTS 

    My name is Krista Takacs and I am the Head Coach for Science Olympiad at A2 STEAM. Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is offering a modified Science Olympiad program this year. The goal of WESO is to create an environment which inspires students to learn and explore new scientific concepts in a fun and innovative way. 

    All 2nd through 5th grade students at A2 STEAM can participate. Five monthly themes will be provided. Students can choose to participate in one month or all five. Weekly slides and videos will be provided by WESO with a choice of activities. The program is designed to be completed by students with minimal parent assistance. No coaches will be needed this year. Items needed for the activities are designed to be typical household items, but if supplies are an issue, the A2 STEAM PTO has indicated that they can help with funds to provide supplies as needed. Please contact me if supplies are a concern and I will coordinate with you to get the supplies.

    Completion of a minimum of one activity and an assessment (via Pear Deck) will be required for participation in a specific theme. Additional details on what Science Olympiad will look like this year is provided on WESO's website at: https://wesoscience.org/blog/.

     A Zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15th from 6:30 to 7:30pm to provide additional information and answer questions. (We will share the Zoom link next Sunday.)  If your student would like to participate in Science Olympiad this year, please e-mail me at A2steam.weso@gmail.com

    LIBRARY LESSON FOR GR. 2-5 - Great Lake Great Books Series

    In library class, students are participating in an activity called Great Lakes Great Books. Each year, Michigan librarians and teachers nominate exceptional books and Michigan K-12 students vote for their favorites. The winners are announced at the annual Michigan Reading Association conference each year. You can find a complete list of the nominated Great Lakes Great Book here.  At all AAPS elementary schools, students in grades K-1 are reading the K-1 book list, and students in grades 2-5 are reading books from the 2-3 book list.

    Literature is a powerful tool to learn about other people, communities, and cultures, and many of the books included in this Great Lakes Great Books series will allow students to do just that.  One of our district’s librarians has compiled a document summarizing each of the books.  We have linked this document so families can familiarize themselves with the books in the series. They represent a collection of diverse stories that can lead to rich discussions in your home. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

    HELPFUL LINKS ON THE AAPS SITE

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    12/10 - Chanukah begins @ sunset

    12/11 - 12/13 - Winter Arts Market: musical performances Friday @ 4:30pm, and shopping opens at 12:00pm

    12/15  - Science Olympiad Informational Meeting (link will be posted next week)

    12/17 - Elementary Report Cards & NWEA reports sent home (electronically)

    12/19 - Winter Break begins, school resumes 1/4

     

    NOTES FROM THE PTO

    STAFF GIFT IDEAS  - There have been several questions posed on FaceBook about holiday gifts for teachers.  Usually, room parents organize something and many parents either contribute to a class gift, or send something in individually.  (Of course, gifts are completely optional!)  This year, we don't have room parents for the most part, and you can't exactly hand-deliver to their classrooms this year.  The PTO consulted with Ms. Fenech, and she is fine with individual parents organizing a class gift.  All gifts need to be emailed gift cards - the teachers have no access to the building right now.  So, if no one has stepped up in your child's classroom and you'd like to organize, go for it!

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/29/2020

    NOTES FROM ADMIN

    We hope everyone had a joyful Thanksgiving break and found respite from screen time.  As teachers know, the span from the start of school until Thanksgiving is the longest without a break, so I’m sure your children needed a vacation from schoolwork, and most certainly from Zoom. It was a well-deserved break for all!

    This week’s email is short and sweet. If ever you want to find information from previous messages you can find them posted at https://www.a2schools.org/domain/940 

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS 

    • IDEA Lab with Mr. Luxon - Kindergarten and 1st graders need the ruler from their supply kit.

    WINTER ARTS MARKET - Date changed to Dec. 11-13 (Friday-Sunday)

    Please mark your calendar in order to shop locally and virtually! 

    If you, or your child, wants to sell items, please complete the application by midnight tonight - https://winter-arts-market.square.site/application  WAM will also include live music from students and staff, AND we invite musicians in our community to perform!  Please contact Ms. Jensen or Ms. Bawol if you would like to contribute musically. 

    SPIRIT WEAR - Last chance to purchase until midnight November 30th at www.createmytee.com/Join/118157 All orders will be mailed directly to families.  Shipping cost will be clearly indicated during the online checkout process.

    WINTER GIVING TRAIN - UPDATE 

    An update from Ms. Hite, “I was completely speechless to open my email this evening to a PTO email regarding our STEAM Giving Train that our school community has met our goal of $7625 in 48 hours!  I am blown away at the generosity and loving support of our STEAM families.  I know how many students and families will be blessed with warm and dry outerwear and clothes, new books to read, and toys to enrich their brains and bring joy this season.  Thank you for supporting our STEAM Giving Train. I know each and every child and parent we support will feel the warmth and love of each of the donations.   I could not be more honored and filled with gratitude to be a part of the STEAM family!”   Thank you to those that were able to donate at https://a2steampto.square.site/.  We are so grateful for our community! 

    Connecting Together: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group in English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese

    A Drop-in support groups for parents and guardians of students in AAPS, conducted in different languages. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020. Last year, parents who participated in an AAPS parent support group consistently reported that they found it helpful, and appreciated hearing from and connecting with other parents going through similar struggles. Register by clicking on a language below!

    Arabic: November 30th at 1:30PM

    Chinese: December 4th at 1:30 PM

    English: December 8th at 7:30PM and December 17th at 1:00PM 

    Korean: December 11th at 1:30 PM

    Japanese: December 14th at 1:30PM 

    Spanish: January 19th at 7:30PM and January 29 at 1:30PM

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/30 - Deadline for Winter Arts Market Application & Spirit Wear orders

    12/6 -  Deadline for Giving Train contributions

    12/10 - Chanukah begins @ sunset

    12/11 - 12/13 - Winter Arts Market (online)

    12/17 - Elementary Report Cards & NWEA reports sent home (electronically)

    12/19 - Winter Break begins, school resumes 1/4

    NOTES FROM THE PTO

    Shopping Rewards: As you shop this holiday season for gifts and holiday meals, don't forget the easiest way to support your school is through Shopping Rewards at Amazon, Kroger, Busch's, Arbor Farms, and Box Tops.  

    • Kroger: login to your Kroger account and designate Northside Elementary PTO for Community

    • Amazon: go to smile.amazon.com to get started and choose Northside School PTO 

    • Coca-Cola codes: you can enter the codes on the packages and A2 STEAM will receive a donation. Go to https://us.coca-cola.com/give/ to get started.

    • Box Tops For Education: Box Tops is transitioning to digital. Download the app for Apple or Android and create an account. Select “Northside Elementary School” as your school. After each grocery purchase with eligible items, scan the receipt.

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/22/2020

    NOTES FROM ADMIN

    Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday - a time for family, friends, and reflection.  No doubt, this year will be a bit different and we all have to be creative about how we safely connect with our family and friends, but now more than ever, we have an opportunity to reflect on the things for which we can be thankful.  I feel so grateful to be a part of our school community that includes amazing and inspiring children, devoted parents, and a passionate, hardworking staff.   While this year has brought hardship, stress, and loss, it has also provided opportunities for patience, empathy, and compassion.  Speaking for the entire staff, we thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. We are truly grateful for the A2 STEAM community.  

    SUPPLIES FOR SPECIALS 

    PE - all grades this week

    • (1) set of XL or adult size clothes: Pants, Shirt/Sweater, Hat

    • (1) stuffed animal (small to medium size)

    WINTER ARTS MARKET

    In order to get our ducks in a row, we moved the Winter Arts Market (WAM) to December 13-15.  Please mark your calendar in order to shop locally and virtually!  If you, or your child, wants to sell items, please complete the application by November 30th. https://winter-arts-market.square.site/application 

    SPIRIT WEAR 

    Due to parent inquiries, we’ve set up a simple A2 STEAM spirit wear store so families can purchase items just in time for  Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, or simply because your children keep growing and need bigger clothes!  This is an online sale only that will be open until November 30th at www.createmytee.com/Join/118157 

    • There are 14 options including v-neck jerseys, baseball jerseys, sports-tek long-sleeve shirts, hoodies, t-shirts, and ¼ zip sweatshirts.  

    • All purchases will be made online via credit card directly with the vendor.

    • All items will be shipped directly from the vendor to the billing address of the purchaser. 

    • As this is not a fundraising effort -- it is purely to meet the need/desire expressed by families for holiday gear!!.  The sell prices are set at production cost

    • So if you’re shopping on Cyber Monday, don’t forget to visit www.createmytee.com/Join/118157 because that’s the last day of spiritwear sales this winter. 

    **WINTER GIVING TRAIN**

    Like every winter, our office staff and our social worker, Ms. Hite, work with the school community to support our families in need.  Last year, Ms. Hite organized the incredible “Giving Train” wherein volunteers could short buy a gift or donate funds online.  This year we are making all contributions electronic in order to keep you safe. 

    We conducted a  comprehensive needs assessment and found 30 A2 STEAM families and 60+ kids in need of winter gear and support this year, and we know we can count on our community to help!  The goal is to provide each child with needed warm winter clothing (e.g. coat, boots, hat, gloves), a book, and learning item (e.g. puzzle, art supplies, board game, legos.)   We hope to raise $125 per child, so our goal is $7,625!  We know it’s a lofty goal with a lofty timeline, but we are encouraged by our community’s generosity and recognition that needs are greater this year. 

    Please consider giving by Sunday, December 6th. We will in turn shop and get the gifts delivered by mid/late December.  You can count on us to spend money prudently, and  in accordance with the needs of parents and hopes of children.  Ms. Hite has thoughtfully gathered the sizes, favorite colors, and game preferences from all our kids.  We invite you to get on this Giving Train of warmth and love by giving at whatever level you can.   Please visit https://a2steampto.square.site/ today! 

    SCREENAGERS Documentary 

    AAPS is providing all families with the opportunity to view Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. For more information, please see the district’s website, or CLICK HERE to register for on-demand access to the documentary.  

    IMMEDIATE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

    If your student or family is ever in need of immediate and urgent support, here are two resources: Washtenaw County Community Mental Health - Crisis Line: 734-544-3050 and Ozone House - Crisis Line: 734-662-2222.

    AADL OFFERS BOOKABLE MEETING ROOMS ON ZOOM

    Connect with family and friends for free with Bookable Zoom Rooms! The Ann Arbor District Library is offering free Zoom Online Meeting Rooms to any AADL card holder. You can book a Zoom meeting of two or more attendees for up to two hours. Zoom Meeting Room Bookings require at least one week's notice. Learn more and book a room here.

    FREE WEDNESDAY VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

    Happy and Healthy Kids (H2) is a group of health-focused U-M College Students offering FREE virtual activities to educate elementary students about health and wellness.  The group will conduct games, arts and crafts around a health-based theme each week.  Activities will happen  from 1:00-1:30 on Wednesdays. Interested parents can sign up here. More information here.

    FOOD DISTRIBUTION

    Next week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, AAPS Food Distribution will only occur on Monday, November 23. Seven days worth of food will be distributed at each location. Regular twice-a- week food distribution will begin again on Monday, November 30 until winter break when AAPS will again distribute seven days worth of food on December 21 & 28 at all locations.

    HELPFUL LINKS ON THE AAPS SITE

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    11/25 - 11/27 - No School

    11/30 - Deadline for Winter Arts Market Application & Spirt Wear orders

    12/6 -  Deadline for Giving Train contributions

    12/10 - Chanukah begins @ sunset

    12/17 - Elementary Report Cards & NWEA reports sent home (electronically)

    12/19 - Winter Break begins, school resumes 1/4

     

    NOTES FROM THE PTO

    Shopping Rewards: We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving break! As you shop this holiday season and for holiday meals, don't forget the easiest way to support your school is through Shopping Rewards at Amazon, Kroger, Busch's, Arbor Farms, and Box Tops.  

    • Kroger: login to your Kroger account and designate Northside Elementary PTO for Community

    • Amazon: go to smile.amazon.com to get started and choose Northside School PTO 

    • Coca-Cola codes: you can enter the codes on the packages and A2 STEAM will receive a donation. Go to https://us.coca-cola.com/give/ to get started.

    • Box Tops For Education: Box Tops is transitioning to digital. Download the app for Apple or Android and create an account. Select “Northside Elementary School” as your school. After each grocery purchase with eligible items, scan the receipt.

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/15/2020

    NOTES FROM ADMIN

    SPECIALS CLASSES - NOTES & SUPPLIES

    • GYM/PE - If possible, please allow your children in grades 3-5 to use two chairs and two sofa cushions this week during their PE special.  

    • ART

      • Y5/Kindergarten students should have white or colored paper, oil pastels, crayons or markers, and a glue stick

      • Grade 1-2 students should have paper (colored or white), a black marker or pen, and colored pencils.

      • Grade 3-5 students need paper, a pencil, and their oil pastels

      • Grade 6-8 students should have their art kit easily accessible

    WINTER ARTS MARKET (WAM)  (Back by popular demand!)

    Hello A2STEAM Artists, Crafters, Makers and Musicians ALL!  It’s that time of year my friends. That’s right, it’s time for WAM! Just because we can’t be together this year, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be MAKING all of our awesome goods to put out into the world and sell to our families and friends! This year, the A2STEAM Winter Arts Market will be held VIRTUALLY December 11-13. It will look a bit different, but that’s OKAY! We will still have the chance to make and sell our awesome goods to one another, AND to even hear some of our A2 STEAM musicians perform VIRTUALLY! You can’t stop this creative train that is our A2 STEAM community! More news to come from Miss Emily and Ms. Jensen. Keep the eyeballs peeled for applications coming this week! 

    REC & ED FREE CLASSES

    Ann Arbor Rec & Ed staff are excited to announce a new line-up of FREE online and in-person classes for AAPS preschool - 8th graders. Our goal is to make sure our students still have an opportunity to get outside, play sports, stay active, and have fun with their friends in a safe, socially distanced environment.  You can now register for ANY location. Register for one class or all!   https://www.aarecedonline.com/freeyouthclasses  

    WORRIES GETTING IN THE WAY?

    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.

    AAPS GROUP FOR PARENTS OF TEENS

    Help! Who's this Pre-Teen/Teenager in My House? - Parents will learn ways to build and strengthen their relationships with their pre-teen/teen(s) as well as understand ways to navigate those difficult moments when your teen’s view on life totally contradicts all that you have instilled in them. The pre-teen/teen parent group will run the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm, beginning November 18, 2020 through April 21, 2021.  Parents can join the group via Zoom by going to:  https://a2schools.zoom.us/my/haroldwimberly and using Passcode: 072866. 

    HELPFUL LINKS ON THE AAPS SITE

    ON THE HORIZON

    • 11/19 - PTO meeting, 7pm 

    • 11/25 - 11/27 - No school

    • 12/11-12/13 - Winter Arts Market (online) 

    FROM THE PTO

    November’s A2 STEAM PTO Community Meeting is this Wednesday (11/19) at 7PM  - guest speaker Robin Batten from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children will lead a Cyber Safety Workshop with a discussion of topics including cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, digital reputation/footprint, privacy & security and the cyber crime laws. Discuss how the use of technology and social media among today's youth can impact them socially and emotionally. Also addressing ways parents can help young people navigate the Internet safely.  See a2steampto.org for information.   ZOOM Meeting ID: 816 9977 9379  Passcode: a2steam

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/8/2020

    NOTES FROM ADMIN

    SPECIALS CLASSES - NOTES & SUPPLIES - Moving forward we’ll share notes from specials’ teachers if there are items your child might need this week or if teachers have general information to share.

    • PE - This week Mr. Willard is hosting Slipper Camp - a lighter, more fun version of fitness boot camp! If possible, kids should have slippers (or a safe alternative), a backpack, and heavy items to load backpacks (books, toys etc).
    • IDEA LAB - This week 3rd-grade students will need recyclables, LEGOs, or other building toys to complete their final science project around simple machines.  Students will choose their materials after our synchronous time on Monday. Parents can learn more about simple machines here www.britannica.com/technology/simple-machin
    • ART NOTES from Ms. Bawol & Ms. Jensen
      • Art Kits- Thank you for picking up your art kits last week! We hope students are as excited as we are to get these supplies in your hands. Please remind students that the supplies in the kits are needed for their school art class, and should be saved for such use. We realize this is a challenging request, but please do your best to not use them (most importantly: paper, oil pastels, modeling clay) until instructed to by your art teacher. We do not have funds for extra materials this year. If you haven't picked up your Art Kit (Y5-5, and 6-8 if they are enrolled in Art for Q2), they are offering one more pick-up Monday, November 9th from 2-4pm.
      • ARTSONIA  - Artsonia.com is a website that provides free & secure digital art portfolios for students. This allows teachers, students, and parents to see "big picture" growth. Parents and any family members you sign up will be notified when student artwork is submitted. Students in grades 3 and up are already using Artsonia. Students in younger grades will eventually learn more about Artsonia, as well. Stay tune
      • Quarter 1 Digital Photo Virtual Show - Our 7th and 8th Q1 students took a Digital Photo course. Here is a link to the A2 STEAM Digital Photography Show, with some of our best shots!

    WEDNESDAYS  - While Wednesdays don’t include synchronous teaching, this day can be quite full for our staff.  Teachers are happy to meet with parents but Wednesdays can be tough for some staff, particularly those who are writing curriculum for the district.  We want parents to have open communication with teachers - please just give staff a couple of days notice when desiring a meeting. 

    CAMERAS ON, PLEASE - While we don’t intend to mandate cameras on during Zoom meetings because we know privacy is necessary sometimes, we REALLY, REALLY, REALLY would love to see more of your children!!  When cameras are on teachers are more in tune with your child’s learning needs and students become more connected with one another.  If possible, please encourage your child to turn on their cameras.  It truly enhances teaching and learning. 

    SORA  - Sora by OverDrive is the AAPS digital library for independent reading, book clubs, novel studies, and English classes. Digital books may be available as an eBook, audiobook, and/or a read-along. The entire AAPS Library Services department has curated a robust opening collection for all grades PK-12 and will continue to add titles to our collection throughout the school year. Student and staff eBook requests are also an important part of the eBook collection.There are multiple ways for AAPS students and staff to get to Sora:

    • Go to https://soraapp.com/library/aapsmi and login with an AAPS Google account 
    •  Go to the Elementary/Middle/High School Resource Portals in Schoolog
    • Go to the Sora app on a district iPa
    • Download the FREE app to your phone or tablet

    Users can search for a book and/or be assigned a book for class reading. Students will be able to check out one book at a time from the AAPS collection. The loan period is 28 days. Students can always return a book earlier and check out another book. All students can also put one hold on a title. Sora also provides students with critical digital annotation skills and has compatibility with Snap & Read.

    SUPPORTS & RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

    Supporting your child’s Elementary Math Education - Parent Webinar (11/9 and rebroadcast 11/13) - Do you want to understand more about your Elementary child’s math education? Do you struggle to help your child with their math work? Join us for a one-hour webinar that will provide you with an introduction to Elementary math instruction at AAPS, and resources and suggestions for supporting your child’s learning! Join us Friday 11/13 at 1:30PM. Register here!

    Conectando juntos: un grupo de apoyo para padres / tutores de AAPS, en español - Únase a nosotros para un grupo de apoyo sin cita previa para padres y tutores de estudiantes en AAPS que hablan principalmente español. Conéctese con otros padres para encontrar apoyo y obtener ideas sobre cómo enfrentar los desafíos de 2020. Únase a nosotros en grupos el 12 de noviembre (1:30 PM), 17 de noviembre (7:30 PM). ¡Registrarse aquí! El año pasado, los padres que participaron en un grupo de apoyo para padres de AAPS informaron constantemente que lo encontraron útil y apreciaron escuchar y conectarse con otros padres que atraviesan dificultades similares.

    Help! Who's this Pre-Teen/Teenager in My House? - Parents will learn ways to build and strengthen their relationships with their pre-teen/teen(s) as well as understand ways to navigate those difficult moments when your teen’s view on life totally contradicts all that you have instilled in them. The pre-teen/teen parent group will run the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., beginning November 18, 2020 through April 21, 2021.  Parents can join the group via Zoom by going to:  https://a2schools.zoom.us/my/haroldwimberly and using Passcode: 072866.

    CONNECTING TOGETHER: AN AAPS PARENT/GUARDIAN SUPPORT GROUP - Twice-a-month drop-in support groups for parents and guardians of students in AAPS. Groups meet on the 2nd Tuesday (7:30-8:30PM) and 4th Thursday (1-2PM) of the month. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020. Please register here. Last year, parents who participated in an AAPS parent support group consistently reported that they found it helpful, and appreciated hearing from and connecting with other parents going through similar struggles. 

     Please see this calendar of upcoming parent support groups, including the Connecting Together Groups that will be in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.

    GIRL SCOUTS  Be sure to check out this Girl Scouts flyer for free online activities. 

    HELPFUL LINKS ON THE AAPS SITE


    ON THE HORIZON

    • 11/9  - Middle schoolers start new elective classes for Quarter 2

    • 11/19 - PTO meeting, 7pm 

    • 11/25 - 11/27 - No school


    NOTES FROM THE PTO

    November’s A2 STEAM PTO Community Meeting will be 11/19 at 7PM - guest speaker Robin Batten from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children will lead a Cyber Safety Workshop with discussion of topics including cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, digital reputation/footprint, privacy & security, and the cybercrime laws. Discuss how the use of technology and social media among today's youth can impact them socially and emotionally. Also addressing ways parents can help young people navigate the Internet safely.

    See a2steampto.org for Zoom link and information.

    Several grade levels have adjusted their meet-up schedules due to the time change.  Here is an updated list: 

    Grade Level Meet-ups!

    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 3:00-5:00

    2nd Grade - Fridays 3:30-5:30

    3rd Grade - Tuesdays 4:30-6:00

    4th Grade - Mondays 4:00-6:00

    5th Grade - Thursdays 3:30-5:30

    6th Grade - Wednesdays 2:00-4:00

    7th Grade - Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 (back playground) & Fridays 3:30-5:30 (front playground)

    8th Grade - Wednesdays 12:00-2:00

    **Please note that these are not sponsored by the PTO and masks are required for all participants

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 11/1/2020

    NWEA

    Thank you, families, for ensuring your children had a quiet testing location last week. We are largely done testing elementary students but some middle schoolers need additional time.  Tomorrow (11/2), middle schoolers will have time to complete the tests in the morning while in their advisory class.  Given NWEA testing and because Tuesday is a no-school day, our middle school lessons for blocks 1-3 were already planned as enrichment or review lessons.  Attendance will still be taken each block. 

    SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION THIS WEEK!

    This Wednesday (8:30am-2:30pm) or Thursday (4:00-7:00pm) we ask that families come up to A2 STEAM to pick up supplies.  This will likely be the last distribution for quite some time, so we thank you in advance for finding the time.  Here’s the form to select a date and time.  Thank you! 

    ELEMENTARY -  Supplies include an art kit for all elementary students and the second Everyday Math Journal. PLEASE keep the math journal in a safe place until it’s needed. There are miscellaneous items being distributed at certain grade levels.  For example, K-4 families will receive another printed set of QR codes and grade 5 students will receive their instruments!

    MIDDLE SCHOOL - We have kits for students in grades 6-8 taking art in Quarter 2, and for 6th grade students taking PLTW in Quarter 2.  Additionally, we have wired headphones for students in instrumental music.

    RETURNING UNWANTED SUPPLIES - Some families have let us know that they don’t need the various supplies distributed last month.  If your family has composition books, index cards, etc. that will go unused, feel free to return them to us and we’ll use them in the future.  (Like other distributions prior, please leave these items in your truck and we will collect them in a contact-free way.)

    ENROLLMENT PAPERWORK - If Stacey emailed you regarding enrollment or vaccination documents, please bring your documentation to the supply pickup 

    ONLINE SAFETY & SECURITY

    The Securly Parent Portal Opt-In Pilot Program is NOW OPEN!  The AAPS Instructional Technology Department is launching a new program to help families manage their child’s online safety while using school-issued devices at home. The new tool is called Securly.   The 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 this Securly Parent Portal Fall 2020 Pilot document and sign up to participate with this AAPS Securly Parent Portal Opt-In Pilot Google Form. Lastly, here’s the Securly Parent Portal FAQs.

    SISS & SEL RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD!

    Please see this SISS Resources Site!  This site provides families with access to evidence-based and AAPS-approved materials, resources, and tools.  Here’s a direct link to the second social-emotional learning (SEL) Newsletter - #02 AAPS Parent SEL-Focused Newsletter 

    FREE ACADEMIC RESOURCES & SUPPORTS

    A number of local groups and organizations are offering free academic support for AAPS students. These free resources are primarily provided by U-M students and community volunteers. View Free Academic Support Resources Here.

    TUTORING SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS

    Are your children in need of extra support with their work?  Please see this list of tutoring supports for students.

    ON THE HORIZON

    • 11/3  - No School (Please vote!)

    • 11/9  - Middle schoolers start new elective classes for Quarter 2

    • 11/4 & 11/5 - Distribution Days 

    • 11/19 - PTO meeting, 7pm 

    • 11/25 - 11/27 - No school

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 10/25/2020

    Good evening A2 STEAM families,

    Despite the cool temperatures, grade-level playdates are still taking place on the A2 STEAM playground.  (Disclaimer: These are not school or PTO-organized.)  I bring up these playdates because it’s so important for kids to engage in free play with peers and to enjoy the outdoors.  It was great to see parents enjoy PE/gym class last week.  Thank you to Mr. Willard for organizing our annual Bring Parents to PE week.  We hope to create additional opportunities for parents to engage in your child’s educational experience during remote learning, and we invite ideas you may have.  Most importantly, we implore all parents/guardians to engage with your child’s teacher.  Be sure you’ve signed up for a parent/guardian-teacher conference.  As always, we thank you for your partnership and resilience during these challenging times.  Staff, students, and parents continue to astound with their patience and understanding.   

    NWEA TESTING -  As mentioned last week, we’ll be doing mandated math and reading assessments this week for K-8 students.  Your child will experience modified schedules this Tuesday and Thursday, please look for these details in your child’s teacher’s bulletin. We want to assure you that this should NOT be in any way a stressful event for your child.  Generally, we find our students enjoy online testing—they are used to it and know that it’s simply a chance to “show what you know”, which helps to inform the teachers of what needs to be taught.  If you notice this is creating stress in the home, please email me directly at fenechm@aaps.k12.mi.us 

    Finally, a special request during this time, we ask that you create some distance between yourself and your child during the assessment.  It’s natural while at home for students to look to you for guidance and support.   However, in order to get the most out of this opportunity teachers need to see what students are able to do independently.

    SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION -  On November 4th or 5th we ask that families come up to A2 STEAM to pick up supplies.  This will likely be the last distribution for quite some time, so we thank you in advance for finding the time.  (Our staff also LOVE being able to see our STEAM families!)  Here’s the form to select a date and time.  Thank you! 

    ELEMENTARY -  supplies include an art kit for all elementary students and the second Everyday Math Journal, for some grades.  There are miscellaneous items being distributed at certain grade levels.  For example, K-4 families will receive another printed set of QR codes and grade 5 students will receive their instruments!

    MIDDLE SCHOOL - We have kits for students in grades 6-8 taking art in Quarter 2, and for 6th grade students taking PLTW in Quarter 2.   (Mr. Parnes or I will email all families to whom this applies.)

    RETURNING UNWANTED SUPPLIES - Some families have let us know that they don’t need the various supplies distributed last month.  If your family has composition books, index cards, etc. that will go unused, feel free to return them to us and we’ll use them in the future.  (Like other distributions prior, please leave these items in your truck and we will collect them in a contact-free way.) 

    ONLINE SAFETY & SECURITY - The Securly Parent Portal Opt-In Pilot Program is NOW OPEN!  The AAPS Instructional Technology Department is launching a new program to help families manage their child’s online safety while using school-issued devices at home. The new tool is called Securly.   The 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 this Securly Parent Portal Fall 2020 Pilotdocument and sign up to participate with this AAPS Securly Parent Portal Opt-In Pilot Google Form. Lastly, here’s the Securly Parent Portal FAQs.

    LITERACY WORKSHOPS this Tuesday, Oct 27  -  Looking for ways to help boost your child’s love of reading? Need ideas for offline games and activities to help build your child’s reading toolkit? Please attend the A2 STEAM Literacy Night on Tuesday, October 27th. Tricia Guest, our A2 STEAM Literacy expert, will share engaging activities for at-home literacy practice, how to help your child select “good fit books,” as well as model how to access digital features from MyOn and AADL.        Y5-Second Grade: 6:30-7:00pm          Third-Fifth Grade: 7:00-7:30pm              Zoom link https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/93891084137or the Meeting ID: 938 9108 4137           If you have any questions, contact guestP@a2schools.org 

    MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS -  We are happy to be able to offer 12 clubs for our middle school students!  Club offerings are accessible here.   Because some clubs start next week, please have students sign up hereas soon as possible.   We hope each and every middle school student signs up for AT LEAST one club. 

    AAPS TECH SUPPORT -  For questions about devices or a WiFi Hotspot, please email family_techsupport@aaps.k12.mi.us. Here’s a Student Mobile Device Hotspot Form; we are also in partnership with Comcast Essentials. Live technical support is available, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the AAPS Parent Help Desk, 734-997-1222. For Spanish call 734-997-1246.

    CONNECTIONS+ GUIDELINES & TIPS -   AAPS has created a guide to support families who have created learning groups for AAPS students. The guide includes hints and tips, safety information and free community resources.  View the Connections+ Guide here. 

    FREE ACADEMIC RESOURCES & SUPPORTS -  A number of local groups and organizations are offering free academic support for AAPS students. These free resources are primarily provided by U-M students and community volunteers. View Free Academic Support Resources Here. 

    TUTORING SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS  -  Are your children in need of extra support with their work?  Please see this list of tutoring supports for students.

    RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD -  Please see this SISS Resources Site!  This site provides families with access to evidence-based and AAPS-approved materials, resources, and tools.  

    On the Horizon

    • 10/27 - Literacy Workshops

    • 11/3  - No School (Please vote!)

    • 11/4 & 11/5 - Distribution Days 

    • 11/19 - PTO meeting, 7pm 

    • 11/25 - 11/27 - No school

     

    Notes from PTO:

    PTOC Board of Education Candidate Forum: Our PTOC Rep., Sonia Chawla, prepared this excellent summary of last Monday’s Q & A with the Board of Ed candidates.  PTOC is also providing a link to video clips of the event.

    Grade Level Meet-ups! Here's the standing weekly schedule thus far. All are on the back playground at A2 STEAM, unless otherwise noted.

    • Y5/Kindergarten - Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 — on the front (Y5/K/1) playground

    • 1st Grade - Sundays 3:00-5:00

    • 2nd Grade - Fridays 3:30-5:30

    • 3rd Grade - Tuesdays 4:30-6:00

    • 4th Grade - Mondays 4:00-6:00

    • 5th Grade - Thursdays 4:00-6:00

    • 6th Grade - Wednesdays 2:00-4:00

    • 7th Grade - Wednesdays 4:00-6:00

    • 8th Grade - Wednesdays 12:00-2:00

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

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