This Week @ A2 STEAM

Posted by Meg Fenech on 10/3/2021

MANY THANKS FOR OUR LARGE TENT!

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

COUNT DAY IS WEDNESDAY, 10/6

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

SAFETY FIRST!  COVID-19 UPDATES

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

PRETEND “PLAY” WITH WEAPONS

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

TIKTOK CHALLENGE

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

CHURCH PARKING

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

A2 STEAM FRONT PARKING LOT CLOSES @ 2:40PM 

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

DIRECTORY - DUE: Monday, October 11th

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

GIRL SCOUTS

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

ON THE HORIZON

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

10/11  - PTO meeting, 7pm

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

10/29 - Half day dismissal at 10:47AM

AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022 

 

FROM THE PTO 

PTO MEETING

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

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

LABELING and the Lost & Found

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

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

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