• STEAM Family Update

    Posted by Torian Billings on 9/23/2022

    Monday

    9/26/22

    Eat at Banditos!

    Rosh Hashanah (mon and tues)

    Our continued celebration/recognition of Hispanic/Latin American Heritage month

    Upcoming

    10/6- Bridge Picnic

    10/12- Walk or Bike to school day

    Parent Conferences-Teachers will be reaching out with dates soon

    WEEKLY WORD

    STEAM families, I’m continuously blown away by your kindness and generosity. From our wonderful PTO to parents I encounter in the community, you all have been amazing. Thank you for all that you do.

    FAMILY PROMPT

    Many families ask what they can do to help their children at home, both socially and academically. One major way to help them is to talk. We’ll try to provide some helpful prompts, questions, and activities each week to get caregivers and students talking about school in a relaxed way. This week’s prompts are below:

    “Why do you think we have special holidays and months set aside for specific groups of people?”

    “What comes easy to you at school? What is a little more difficult?”

    PTO CORNER- Greetings from the A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).

    SCHOOL DIRECTORY UPDATE ← Deadline: September 30th

    We’re working on the school directory and in order to make it happen, we need every STEAM family to fill out this Google survey by Friday, September 30th. You can opt in or out, or choose which information to share.

    DINE TO DONATE

    On Monday, September 26th we have our first Dine to Donate event of the school year. Locally owned restaurant Bandito’s will donate 20% of sales back to our school if you mention A2 STEAM. See the flier here for more information.

    VOLUNTEERING

    Now that parents are allowed into the building, we know you’re eager to share your time with A2 STEAM by volunteering. Our biggest needs for now are; #1 Co-chairs of the A2 STEAM Fall Picnic on 10/6/22 and #2 Coordinating Roll & Stroll to school on 10/12/22. Both of these events take minimal planning and the PTO is happy to assist.

    More opportunities are being finalized for the school year and will be shared with you soon. 

    Please email pres@a2steampto.org if you can help.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT

    The Pioneer Volleyball Team invites all middle school students to attend our Middle School Night on Thursday, September 29th at Pioneer High School. Tickets are available on the GoFan App or can be purchased online using a QR code at the door.

    COMMUNITY PTO MEETING

    Thank you to the 29 people who attended our first Community meeting! We have a lot of great things being planned for this school year and we hope you can be part of them.

    Our next meeting will be Monday, October 24, 2022 at 7pm.

    Zoom link: https://bit.ly/PTO2022-23 Passcode: A2steam (case-specific)

    INFORMATION

    Pictures!-You should have received an email from Jostens about school pictures. In case you didn’t, please use the information below to view and order photos.

    Family PE Week- Please view this slide containing information about Family PE Week

    Absences-All absences must either be called into the Attendance Line # 734-994-2080, or you can fill out the A2 STEAM Attendance Form .

    Staffing Update- We are excited to welcome two new members to the STEAM Team! They’ll be joining us within the next two weeks.

                      Deb Stevenson- Resource Room Teacher

                      Brenda Anderson- Teaching Assistant 

    Dekeon’s Running Club-Dekeon's Running Club (DRC) Registration is open for the DRC Fall 2022 season! This parent-run program helps encourage elementary-aged students to have fun running. Head here for more information and to sign up your Y-5 through 5th-grade kiddos.

    NWEA- Classes have begun taking their NWEA assessments. For more information, contact your teacher.

    Volunteer/Job Opportunities: 

    Library- Check out the newest edition of the AAPS Librarians newsletter - including an interview with our own A2 STEAM librarian Ms. Darling! Sept/Oct 2022 AAPS Library Department Newsletter

    Kelsey Museum Family Day-See the linked Flier for Kelsey Museum Family Day.

    Mayor’s Autumnal Green Fair- See the linked flier for the Mayor’s Autumnal Green Fair.

    Apple donations-Going apple picking this fall?  If you pick too many apples on your trip to the orchard, please donate the leftovers to STEAM.  We will be making applesauce for healthy snacks.  Donations of brown sugar and cinnamon are also welcome.  Thanks for your consideration!

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  • STEAM Family Update

    Posted by Torian Billings on 9/16/2022

    Monday

    9/19/22

    PTO Meeting

    PTO Meeting (7:00) via Zoom

    Tuesday

    9/20/22

    Early Release (12:48)

    Thursday

    9/22/22

    6th grade Howell Nature Center (returning Friday)

    Upcoming

    Parent Conferences-Teachers will be reaching out with dates soon

    WEEKLY WORD

    STEAM families, the first full week of the year is in the books! As we continue through the year, please remember to have those important conversations with your students at home, especially regarding race, culture, and identity. We know the impact our words and actions have on others. At STEAM, we are taking a strong stance against any type of discrimination.

    PTO CORNER- Please read the PTO CORNER updates.

    PBL Corner - Read the latest article entitled “A2 STEAM EXPO, In Person Again” on the PBL Blog to learn about: the purpose of the A2 STEAM EXPO, when it will take place, and how you can be involved.

    INFORMATION

    Bus Transportation

    NWEA- Classes will begin taking their NWEA tests starting next week. For more information, contact your teacher.

    School Store- The school store will be open Monday and Friday from 3:10-3:25

    Volunteer/Job Opportunities:

    Arrival/Dismissal

    • Kindness to others- Please be sure to show kindness and patience to other families during pickup and drop off. We’re all apart of the STEAM Team.

    • Driving Safetyt-Please remember to obey all traffic laws posted around STEAM.

    • Pick up locations-If you are here to pickup a student for dismissal, please wait at the front of the school or in a designated area. Visitors who are on property during school hours should check in with the office.

    Gym Shoes-PE is going great.  The floors have been cleaned and waxed and make for a great PE experience. We'd like to maintain that fresh wax as long as we can AND we don't want anyone getting hurt so PLEASE remind your children to wear clean indoor gym shoes for PE. At the very least we want to avoid crocs, sandals, boots etc.

    We are also doing our best to take care of the environment so please have students bring water bottles to PE.

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  • STEAM Family Update

    Posted by Torian BIllings on 9/9/2022

    Friday

    9/16/22

    9/16 Picture Day

    Upcoming

    9/19- PTO Meeting 7 p.m.

    9/20-Early Release (school ends at 12:48 pm)

    WEEKLY WORD

    Curriculum Night was wonderful! Our staff was so grateful for the opportunity to connect with our families, especially in person. We’re looking forward to our next STEAM event!

    INFORMATION

    Bus Transportation

    • ***UPDATE***: Please read this update regarding bus #134.

    • For now, we will not be allowing friends to ride the bus home with classmates on the bus. When this restriction is lifted, we will let you know.

    • The AAPS Bus tracker system is suspended. A new system will be introduced some time this year.

    • We apologize for the bus delays. There are often hiccups with bus scheduling during the first week. Please continue to communicate with us if buses are not showing up on time.

    Volunteer/Job Opportunities: 

    AAPAC Information: Please read the info for the Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee. This is especially relevant for families of students with IEPs and 504s.

     

    Aftercare-Gretchen’s House aftercare is currently full. However, if you’d like to be added to the waitlist or if you’d like more information, please contact Shannon Steinbach at shannon.steinbach@gretchenshouse.com

     

    Important forms

    Arrival/Dismissal

    • If there are any changes in your child’s arrival or dismissal plan, please let your teacher know ASAP.

    • If you are walking your child up. be sure to kiss, hug, or fist bump your child at the sidewalk or exterior door. We will walk them into the building.

    Museum of Natural History- Please see the flier from the UofM Museum of Natural History 

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  • Important Notes & Information

    Posted by Torian Billings on 8/19/2022
    • Please read this letter from our nutrition staff regarding school breakfast and lunch. This is connected to the information in the Family Need to Know Document

    • If you still have any remaining documents that need to be turned in for registration, feel free to bring them to the office during Popsicles on the Playground.

    • If you have a child with any serious health concerns, please be sure to read in the  Family Need to Know DocumentAny medications your child may need during the school day, must be turned into the school office prior to the first day of school, along with a Medication Administration form signed by a doctor and by a parent.

    • More information regarding PTO, meetings with the principal and more will be coming soon!

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  • New Principal Welcome Letter

    Posted by Torian BIllings on 8/12/2022

    Dear STEAM Family,

    It is my honor to serve the STEAM Community this year and beyond. I am Torian Billings, the new principal of STEAM. I am excited to lead the staff and meet all of our wonderful students and families. My primary goal is to help our students feel safe and successful at school. I will wear many hats but the well-being of our students will always drive my work.

    During my career, I've had many unique and meaningful teaching and administration opportunities. My journey has taken me to Plymouth-Canton, Lansing, Inkster, and my hometown, Flint. I'm also a proud graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green!). In addition to being an educator, I'm a proud husband and father to two wonderful sons. My family is extremely important to me and I am grateful for their support.

    In my new role, I look forward to continuing the rich tradition of excellence at A2 STEAM. I know that I'm inheriting a talented and unique school with exceptional students. With the help of our wonderful staff, I will create, develop and maintain the culture of learning that has been established. Our vision at A2 STEAM involves collaborating with parents, students, and staff members to create the best learning experience possible. Above all, we will value your student as a learner and as a child. This means celebrating diversity, building social-emotional capacity, and prioritizing physical, emotional, and intellectual safety. A2 STEAM will be a school where students will come not only to learn but to be loved.


    This school year will provide many opportunities to connect with you and your family. It's my hope that each of you will get to know me in your own special way. The first opportunity will be the Popsicles on the Playground event on August 25th. More information will be coming in the
    near future including an introduction from our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Sayles. Please enjoy the rest of your summer. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you soon.


    Sincerely,
    Torian Billings
    Principal, Ann Arbor STEAM
    billingst@aaps.k12.mi.us

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 6/5/2022

    A HEARTFELT THANK YOU

    As our school year nears completion, we are finishing strong at A2 STEAM!  This week we will host field trips, field day, the Color Fun Run, 8th grade promotion, and a last day Zoom assembly.  Behind the scenes, staff will be finalizing report cards, completing evaluation paperwork, crafting class lists, and packing up their classroom. 

    As the year comes to a close please be sure to: 

    • Remind your child to check the lost and found  (All remaining items will be donated to charity following 6/10)

    • Pick up any remaining medications from the office  (All medications will be disposed of after 6/13)

    • Return any checked-out or borrowed items

    • Complete this Climate survey from the district 

    • Let the office/admin know what supports you need this summer

    • Consider giving your child funds for the BOGO book fair 

    This post-pandemic school year was certainly unique, challenging, and very gratifying.  Kids exhibited tremendous growth and we were so happy to have them back into the building.  Their academic and social growth would not have been possible without the hard work, support, and patience of our talented teaching staff, our resilient support staff, our industrious office professionals, and the many adults who nurture our children.  And a special note of appreciation for the vital work of Nurse Jessica, who shepherded us through this pandemic. Our exceptional PTO and supportive families buoyed the spirits of our staff throughout the year and continued to support our exceptional educational programming.  We are so grateful for this partnership. In the 2021-2022 school year we were able to reconnect with friends, teachers, PBL, and all the rich traditions of A2 STEAM @ Northside.  Thank you, all, for reconnecting with our school and restoring the community that we’ve grown together.  Most especially, we thank you for the opportunity to share in the lives of your wonderful children! 

     

    BOGO BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK!

    This in-person fair will take place during students' regular library times. Students should come to school with cash in an envelope, marked with their name and classroom/advisory teacher's name OR funds added to their digital e-Wallet. If you're unsure which day your student has library, it's also listed on the book fair volunteer sign-up.   Speaking of which - we still need volunteers! We'd love to see you there.


     

    COLOR RUN EVENT + FIELD DAY UPDATE

    The most fun day of the year is coming on Wednesday, June 8th! 

    Our schedule for the day is:

    • 8:30am to 10:15am - Field Day for grades Young 5s to 4th
    • 10:30am to 12:30pm - Field Day for grades 5th to 8th
    • 2:00pm to 3:00pm - Color Run for ALL GRADES

    DJ Nicole Myint will be spinning tunes the whole time!

    ***We still need more volunteers (of course). Sign up here.

    What students should wear/bring to Field Day: 

    1. Labeled water bottle (ALL students will receive a Color Run water bottle before June 8th.)
    2. Sneakers
    3. Sunblock applied before school

    OPTIONAL for The Color Run:

    1. A white shirt so the color will “pop”
    2. Tutus, wigs, or other fun accessories
    3. Sunglasses
    4. Mask or bandana to cover nose/mouth

     

    COLOR RUN FUNDRAISER UPDATE

    The Color Run Fundraiser has closed as of June 3rd. In just three and a half weeks, our incredible school has managed to raise $42,000!! What an absolutely amazing accomplishment! Thank you to everyone that helped!

     

    PHOTOS FROM DEKEON DASH

    Click here for photos.  Thank you, to the parents who continued to run this important Northside tradition.  A special note of thanks to the chief organizer, Lindsey-Jean Hard!

     

    Middle School Summer Challenge

    We want to invite your current fifth, sixth, or seventh grader to join our Middle School Summer Challenge. The AAPS Middle School Summer Challenge is a three-week, interdisciplinary series of design challenges specifically written for AAPS students, and runs Monday - Thursday, July 11 - July 28. We want to invite you to enroll your middle schooler to participate in this year's middle school program.

    Our lessons are co-taught by a math or Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher and a literacy teacher, with challenges that will develop your student’s knowledge and problem-solving skills. The program’s ultimate goal is to engage students in authentic learning while making explicit literacy and math connections. The challenges are a fun approach to real-world problems. We look forward to keeping your student connected and learning over the summer. More information about the program can be found on the MSSC website.  Spaces are limited for this program, so consider registering your student today! 

     

    FREE & REDUCED LUNCHES

    Please know that after two years of free lunch for everyone, we are returning to an application process starting this summer.  Please read this carefully about free and reduced lunch &  scholarship applications: Free & Reduced Meal Program

     

     ON THE HORIZON

    • June 8 - Tech Collection grades 4-7

    • June 8 - Field Day & Color Run

    • June 9 -  8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & refreshments, 9AM

    • June 10 - Last day of school, dismissal at 10:47AM

    • August 29 - First day of the new school year!

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/30/2022

    A TYPICAL PLEA FOR HELP

    As we end the year with quintessential events like field day, a book fair, the Dekeon Dash, and many field trips, our need for volunteers is real.  We know how busy families are, but if you have an hour to spare, we’d love your help!!  

     

    EXTRA SHORTS 

    If you have any extra shorts, size small/medium, we will happily repurpose them in the office. Note to lower elementary families: be sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack.  Accidents happen!  

     

    WRAPPING UP THE YEAR/TECH COLLECTION 

    We will collect iPads from students in grades K-3 this week.  Devices of students in grades 4-7 will be collected next week. PLEASE check your household for technology (e.g. charge cords) that might have been left behind. 

     

    NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY

    Hot off the press, here is the newest edition of the AAPS Library Newsletter

     

    SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    In the last week of school, we will have a BOGO Scholastic book fair (June 6-10). Families will be able to purchase some great books for summer reading!

     The in-person BOGO book fair will take place during students' regular library times the week of June 6-10. Students should come to school with cash in an envelope (or loaded to their e-wallet), marked with their name and homeroom/advisory teacher's name. If you are unsure which day your student has library, it's also listed on the book fair volunteer sign-up

     We will need LOTS of volunteers to make this run smoothly! Anyone interested in volunteering for the book fair will need to complete the A2 STEAM Volunteer form, in advance. Once that's squared away, volunteers can sign up to work at the book fair here

     

    Library Book Checkout is Closed for the year:

    All library books are due back. Students can look in their accounts to see what they currently have checked out at any time- instructions are here.

     

    DEKEON DASH HELP NEEDED TOMORROW

    We’re almost* to the end of our spring DRC season! This means the Dekeon Dash (a 2.1-mile run) is THIS Wednesday, June 1st. And we need additional HELP to make it happen. Please sign up here to volunteer  (For new STEAM families, here’s some background information about our tradition of Dekeon’s running club.)

     

    DATE CHANGE: FIELD DAY & COLOR RUN

    Field Day & The Color Run have been postponed to Wednesday, June 8th. All times remain the same. 

    Field Day for Young 5s to 4th grade 8:30am to 10:15am

    Field Day for 5th to 8th grades 10:30am to 12:30pm

    The Color Run for all students 2pm to 3pm

     If you can NO LONGER volunteer, please remove your name from the Sign Up Genius by the evening of Tuesday, May 31st. If you find that you ARE NOW ABLE to volunteer, please sign up!

    https://bit.ly/ColorHelp2022

     

    THANK YOU FOR AN AWESOME ICE CREAM SOCIAL!!

    Fun photos here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jBAzy_ZH7dISKZoJlsJcsZFyL6KOuuKy?usp=sharing

     

    COLOR RUN FUNDRAISER - UPDATE

    Our A2 STEAM families are ASTOUNDING! Thank you to everyone who has registered their child(ren) and shared their webpage(s). Thanks to you we have not only met our original goal of $25,000, our second goal of $30,000, but we’ve surpassed $35,000! Let’s see if we can get to $50,000! 

    If you haven’t registered your student yet, there’s still time! Register here: https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register?school_uuid=60804bc5380df.  More information is HERE

    Don’t want to have the fundraising company take fees from your donation? You must STILL register your student. Then send in cash or check (payable to A2 STEAM @ Northside PTO) in an envelope with your child’s name on it.

    The Color Run is now Wednesday, June 8th from 2pm to 3pm. All students will participate. Our fundraiser closes on June 3rd. Join us in doing a good-weather dance for that date!

      

    OK2Say

    As a reminder for students, parents and staff, when any concerns or unease arise, we encourage students and parents to reach out right away to an adult at school for assistance. For those who prefer to share a concern without revealing their identity, we recommend using the OK2Say tool, where tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by telephone, text message, email, mobile app or via the OK2Say website.

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    • June 2 & 3 - iPad collection for grades K-3

    • June 8 - Field Day & Color Run

    • June 9-  8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & refreshments, 9AM

    • June 10 - Last day of school, dismissal at 10:47AM

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/22/2022

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for FIELD DAY (Especially from 10AM - 1PM)

    Be a part of the fun that is Field Day! We need many more helpers for our upper grades this Friday, May 27th.

    Please read the volunteer rules and Sign Up here (case sensitive): https://bit.ly/ColorHelp2022

    FIELD DAY MUST DOs 

    Please have your child dress appropriately (e.g. sunscreen, hat, tennis shoes) and bring a water bottle.  For the Color Fun Run -  wearing white is fun to see the color pop! Colorful tutus and accessories are welcome. 

    COLOR RUN FUNDRAISER - UPDATE

    Our A2 STEAM families are INCREDIBLE! Thank you to everyone who has registered their child(ren) and shared their webpage(s). Thanks to you we already met our $25,000 goal!!!  Let’s see if we can get to $30,000! If you haven’t registered your student yet, there’s still time! Register here: https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register

    More information is HERE

    The Color Run is Friday, May 27th from 2pm to 3pm. All students will participate. Our fundraiser closes on June 3rd. 

    Incentives (which can be found at https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/ :

    • Every student that registers and shares their page (FREE) will get a water bottle and entry into the raffle.

    • The top fundraising student of the school will have the choice of an American Girl Doll or $100 gift card.

    • The top raffle winner will get the prize the top fundraiser didn’t pick (American Girl Doll or $100 gift card.)

    • The top fundraising student in EACH GRADE will receive a Blank Slate Creamery gift card.

    • When any student reaches $50 in donations, they get a prize from the Treasure Chest.

    • When any Y5-5th grade student reaches $100 in donations, they get a second prize from the Treasure Chest.

    • When any MIDDLE SCHOOL student reaches $100 in donations, they get a candy bar.

    • The first MIDDLE SCHOOL class with 100% registration will have donuts delivered to their classroom. We’re still waiting to see which class it’ll be!

    • For every $50 over $100 raised, each student gets another ticket for the raffle.

    • When any student reaches $300 in donations, they get a Color Run tee shirt. So far we have 17 of these “Superstars.”

    • Every classroom (homeroom) that hits their class goal will receive the choice of an extra recess, chalk the walk party, or a pajama day.

    • Each classroom (homeroom) that reaches their fundraising goal will have 10% of that class goal donated back to the individual classroom.

    • The top 2 fundraising classes will get an outdoor Silly String party.

    • When each student reaches their individual fundraising goal ($44), they’ll get an entry into the raffle.

    • Since our school already reached our $20,000 goal, the principal will dress in a Whoopie Cushion costume for the day!

    • Since our school already reached our $25,000 goal, the principal and assistant principal will eat lunch on the roof!

    • The class with the most COLOR after the Color Run on May 27th will each get an entry into the raffle.

    • The class with the most SPIRIT at the Color Run will each get an entry into the raffle.

    SPIRIT WEEK THIS MONDAY - FRIDAY  

    Monday - Wacky Hat or Hair Day

    Tuesday - Team or College Spirit Day 

    Wednesday - Matching Day (Match with a friend or staff member!)

    Thursday - A2 STEAM Spirit Day! (Wear blue & orange or school spirit wear)

    Friday - Dress for Field Day/Color Fun Run 

    K-3 LITERACY TIPS

    Link for Summer 2022 Literacy Tips.  (Translated copies are located here.)

    SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
    AAPS is thrilled to share that we are continuing expanded summer programming to provide our students and families with access to quality instruction, excellent teachers, and engaging learning experiences for summer 2022.  On the AAPS Summer School website, families will find a listing of all available programs with descriptions, dates, academic focus, principal contact information, and enrollment procedures. 

    ON THE HORIZON

    • 5/27 - Field Day and Color Fun Run (during school)

    • 5/30 - No School, Memorial day

    • 6/9 - 8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony & refreshments, 9AM

    • 6/10 - last day of school, dismissal at 10:47AM

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/16/2022

    BIKE SAFETY

    We a thrilled to see students walking and biking to school each day.  To ensure everyone’s safety, please:

    CLASS PLACEMENT INPUT - LAST CALL!!!
    Please fill out one form for each student attending A2 STEAM in the 2022-2023 school year if you have input you'd like the school to take into consideration for class placement decisions. This form will be used to help your child's current teacher and our team in the placement process as we create classes for the next school year.   

    Thank you for partnering with us as we work to create a joyful learning environment for each and every child.

    PLEASE REPORT POSITIVE STUDENT CASES 
    If your child tests positive for COVID, please email nurse Jessica (gagernj@aaps.k12.mi.us) and our general school account (steam@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    K-3 LITERACY TIPS

    Link for Summer 2022 Literacy Tips.  (Translated copies are located here.)

    SPIRIT WEEK - NEXT WEEK, May 23-27 

    Monday - Wacky Hat or Hair Day

    Tuesday - Team or College Spirit Day 

    Wednesday - Matching Day (Match with a friend or staff member!)

    Thursday - A2 STEAM Spirit Day! (Wear blue & orange or school spirit wear)

    Friday - Dress for Field Day/Color Fun Run 

    COLOR RUN FUNDRAISER - IMPORTANT UPDATE

    It is ASTOUNDING that in just ONE week, we are already over HALF WAY to our goal of $25,000 thanks to you! 

    Have you registered your student yet? This is one of the most important steps to help our school reach its goal of $25,000 for field trips, social gatherings, maker space supplies, and much more!

    Register your child today (it’s free and fast) then share their page on social media, through texts and emails with friends and family. 

    https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register

    More information is HERE 

    Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/ColorHelp2022

    Please read the volunteer rules and Sign Up here (also case sensitive): https://bit.ly/ColorHelp2022

    A2 STEAM Ice Cream Social 5/20 6-8PM

    It's our first in-person, all-school event in over 2 years!  

    Come join the fun on the back playground at A2 STEAM.  We'll have ice cream available, Ray's Red Hots will be there with lots of options for dinner or you are welcome to bring a picnic.  Plus, we'll have lots of activities including a Leslie Science Center booth.  Bring the whole family for Musical Cupcakes, Big Bubbles, Dunk Bucket (which of your favorite teachers will be there?) and more!

     Tickets will cost $1.  Every STEAM student gets 1 free ticket.  A scoop of ice cream and Musical Cupcakes cost 1 ticket, and the Dunk Bucket is 2 tickets.  No charge for any of the other activities.

    To make this happen, we need lots of volunteers. We welcome activity volunteers aged 14 and up - especially STEAM alums!  Younger kids can volunteer with their parents.  Every volunteer shift earns 1 free ticket.  Sign up here:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4EA4AB2AA3F85-a2steam1

    Summer Enrichment in the AAPS

    Registration is open now for Rec & Ed Summer Enrichment Camps. We’re inviting campers to have fun, form friendships, find new talents and gain confidence with a summer they won’t forget. The possibilities are endless, with art, science, music, chess, robotics, drama, sports and many other types of camps available. Summer Camp 2022 will be in-person, and the AAPS COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols will be followed. Call Rec & Ed for details on scholarships.

     COVID NOTIFICATION UPDATES FROM AAPS

    As we near the end of the school year, student and staff cases of COVID remain high across all of our schools and our county. Thus, our safety guidelines remain in place, specifically masking while indoors. 

    In addition, our protocols for reporting student cases are being modified as follows:

    1. Parents/guardians shall* now report their student’s case directly to the district using this form: bit.ly/AAPSCaseReport. Reporting your student’s case promptly helps our AAPS COVID Response Team prevent the spread of COVID in our schools. 

    *For families needing assistance with reporting, please contact XXXXXXX.

    1. The school-wide notification of COVID cases will now be sent to school communities once per week, instead of daily (when there are cases), on Fridays, beginning the week of May 16. Classroom and outbreak notifications will continue to be sent as often as needed.

     

    APISA/A

    In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month,  AAPS and APISA/A Parent Advisory Group hosted a Zoom poetry workshop led by Carlina Duan. Duan is a writer-educator from Michigan and an AAPS graduate. She is the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair and Alien Miss, and a recipient of a Fulbright grant and the Edna Meudt Memorial Award. Duan is currently a doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, where she studies community-engaged writing and documentary poetics. If you missed the workshop on May 4 that centered around themes of home, joy, and community, you can still participate!

     Watch the recording of the workshop from May 4 and/or review the poems and writing prompts here https://tinyurl.com/APISAApoetry2022. Write a poem, or a "word doodle" as Carlina calls it, that centers around the themes of home, joy, and community. By Friday, May 20, add your writing (or an excerpt of it) to this form: https://tinyurl.com/APISAA-poem. Carlina will work to create a collaborative, crowd-sourced poem from the submissions. Students who submit work will also be invited to contribute a recorded video to help create a mash-up video of the poem, as well.

    PICNIC POPS!

    Picnic Pops is back this year! May 22nd from 12-6PM.  This year we will enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day listening to the music of our talented community bands. Families are invited to listen to the music, play carnival style games, and enjoy local food trucks all on the pioneer lawn. The concert is free and carnival games will be reasonably priced with tickets available for cash purchases on site. We are looking forward to a day of fun and music and hope to see everyone there! Please see this flyer for more information!

    BIKAPOOZLA -  SUNDAY May 22, 12-2PM

    The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is hosting a family friendly educational event in celebration of the progress made on the protected bikeway network in downtown Ann Arbor. The event will feature activities in the surface parking lot at 350 S. Fifth Ave. and four educational stations located along the bikeway. Participants visiting all four stations get a Bikeapalooza t-shirt. Activities include Chalk Art by David Zinn, bike helmet fittings and giveaways by Safe Kids Huron Valley, a new rider clinic and mobile bike repair pop-up hosted by Common Cycle, Switched samples from Blom Meadworks, cargo bike demos by Urban Rider, face painting, City of Ann Arbor Public Works bikeway snowplow display, and our friends from the Ann Arbor District Library, City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability & Innovation and the Transportation Department will also be part of the festivities! We hope you can attend! Here is the Facebook link :  https://bit.ly/3yuNb8S

    FROM THE PTO

    DINE to DONATE - May 18th

    Local Greek street food restaurant, KouZina, will donate 20% of sales back to our school with dine-in, takeout, or delivery! Tell your friends too! Just mention our school, A2 STEAM.

    KouZina is at 332 S. Main St., 734-997-5155, www.GoKouZina.com

    RSVP even if you’re not completely sure: https://grouprai.se/e225373

    See the flyer here. kouzina png share.jpeg

     

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    • 5/17 - MS Band Concert, 7PM

    • 5/18  - Early release @ 12:48  (K-5 report writing, 6-8 PD)

    • 5/18 - Dine to Donate with KouZina

    • 5/20 - Ice Cream Social (6-8pm)

    • 5/22 - Picnic Pops, gr. 7-8 STEAM students @ 3:50PM

    • 5/27 - Field Day and Color Fun Run (during school)

    • 5/30 - No School, Memorial day

    • 6/9 - 8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony & refreshments, 9AM

    • 6/10 - Last day of school

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  • This Week @ A2 STEAM

    Posted by Meg Fenech on 5/9/2022

    A2 STEAM @ Northside Color Run Fundraiser Kickoff!

    Our biggest fundraiser of the year begins today! Our goal is to raise $25,000 in the next few weeks and we can only do it with your help! Register your child today (it’s free and fast) then share their page with friends and family. The money will go toward field trips, playground equipment, classroom supplies, social gatherings, and much more! There will be prizes for registration, fundraising, and participation at the Color Run. More information is HERE 

     

    PTO APPRECIATION
    Last week was such a treat!  Our entire staff felt appreciated and honored with the various meals, treats, notes, door signs, and chalked walk.  A special thank you to PTO Co-President Carrie Bank who orchestrated the fabulous events last week.  Nearing the end of a very challenging school year, our staff were rejuvenated and thankful for the many thoughtful ways our PTO and parent community showed their love.  We are genuinely grateful for this school community!

     

    FROM THE A2 STEAM LIBRARY

    Last Week to Check Out Books:

    The last week to check books out from the A2 STEAM Library will be the week of May 16th-20th. Any books lost or damaged will need to be paid for by June 10th. Payment is accepted by cash or check (checks made out to A2 STEAM ). Please send payments into the office in an envelope with:

    • The title of the lost book

    • First and last name of the student

    • Homeroom teacher's name

    If already paid for books are found before the last day of school, I will send the payment back to you via the student. If books paid for are found after the last day of school, payment is considered a late fee and will not be reimbursed. If you are unsure about the cost of the book, please email Julie Darling at darlingj@aaps.k12.mi.us.   Students can look in their accounts to see what they currently have checked out any time- instructions are here.

     

    SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    The last week of school we will have a BOGO Scholastic book fair (June 6-10). Families will be able to purchase some great books for summer reading!  If you'd like to shop online (this will not be BOGO), you can do so here starting Monday, June 6th.   The in-person BOGO book fair will take place during students' regular library times the week of June 6-10. Students should come to school with cash in an envelope, marked with their name and homeroom/advisory teacher's name. If you are unsure which day your student has library, it's also listed on the book fair volunteer sign-up

     We will need volunteers to make this run smoothly! Anyone interested in volunteering for the book fair will need to complete the A2 STEAM Volunteer form, in advance. Once that's squared away, volunteers can sign up to work at the book fair here

     

     SORA MESSAGE FROM AAPS

    Beginning in the fall of 2020, the AAPS has provided all students with access to a carefully curated digital library called Sora.  We recently became aware of an error that resulted in elementary and middle school students having access to materials that should have been exclusively available to high school students. We deeply apologize for this error.  Please know that we take the safety of our students very seriously and we acted immediately to remove titles from any borrowers and have put additional layers of safety controls in place to prevent this from ever happening again. 

    While a relatively low number of students actually checked out these materials, we are sharing this information with all of our AAPS elementary and middle school families.  We strongly encourage each family to take full advantage of parent/guardian access to SORA.  Click HERE for step-by-step instructions to using SORA as well as an FAQ about Sora HERE.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your principal or school librarian. 

     

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Field Day and Color Run are coming on May 27th! We need all hands on deck to make this day as successful as possible. Can you sign up for a shift or two? We know it’ll be fun and we’d love for you to join us. Check out this colorful flier for more information (the link is case sensitive):  https://bit.ly/ColorFlier1

     Please read the volunteer rules and Sign Up here (also case sensitive): https://bit.ly/ColorHelp2022

     

    A2 STEAM Ice Cream Social 5/20 6-8PM

    It's our first in-person, all-school event in over 2 years!  

    Come join the fun on the back playground at A2 STEAM.  We'll have ice cream available, Ray's Red Hots will be there with lots of options for dinner or you are welcome to bring a picnic.  Plus, we'll have lots of activities including a Leslie Science Center booth.  Bring the whole family for Musical Cupcakes, Big Bubbles, Dunk Bucket (which of your favorite teachers will be there?) and more!

     Tickets will cost $1.  Every STEAM student gets 1 free ticket.  A scoop of ice cream and Musical Cupcakes cost 1 ticket, and the Dunk Bucket is 2 tickets.  No charge for any of the other activities.

    To make this happen, we need lots of volunteers. We welcome activity volunteers aged 14 and up - especially STEAM alums!  Younger kids can volunteer with their parents.  Every volunteer shift earns 1 free ticket.  Sign up here:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4EA4AB2AA3F85-a2steam1

     

    PICNIC POPS

    Picnic Pops is back this year! May 22nd from 12-6PM.  This year we will enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day listening to the music of our talented community bands. Families are invited to listen to the music, play carnival style games, and enjoy local food trucks all on the pioneer lawn. The concert is free and carnival games will be reasonably priced with tickets available for cash purchases on site. We are looking forward to a day of fun and music and hope to see everyone there! Please see this flyer for more information!

     

    FROM THE PTO

     THANKS! 

    A big, warm thank you to every family that helped our 100 A2 STEAM staff & teachers feel appreciated over this last week. With the door decorations, the chalk drawings, the bagels and coffee, the notes of niceness, and the incredible lunch on Friday, staff & teacher appreciation week was a huge success thanks to all of you!

     

    PTO COMMUNITY MEETING

    We hope you can join us at our last PTO Community meeting of the school year TONIGHT at 7:00pm. Every parent and teacher is automatically a member of the PTO!  Come hear about what we’re planning, and how you can help. We’d love your feedback!  

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

     

     

    ON THE HORIZON

    • 5/9 - Last PTO mtg of the year

    • 5/12 - MS Orchestra Concert, 7PM

    • 5/13 - Peter Pan Performances

    • 5/17 - MS Band Concert, 7PM

    • 5/18  - Early Release @ 12:48

    • 5/20 - Ice Cream Social (6-8PM)

    • 5/27 - Field Day and Color Fun Run (during school)

    • 5/30 - No School, Memorial Day

    • 6/9 - 8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony & refreshments, 9AM

    • 6/10 - Last day of school, dismissal at 10:47AM

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