This Week @ A2 STEAM

Posted by Meg Fenech on 10/17/2021

SPARE CLOTHES, RAINGEAR, MASKS

Keep in mind that elementary-aged students are outdoors at least 2-3 times a day. Elementary lunch periods last 48 minutes and some kids spend the entirety of that time outside. PLEASE be sure your child is prepared for light rain, cooler temperatures, and muddy conditions, and has an extra set of clothes in the backpack. Masks get pretty saturated after physical activity, so be sure your child packs extra masks too.   (PLEASE let the office know if your child is in need of clothes or gear.  We can help.)

UPCOMING SPIRIT WEEK

  • Monday, October 24th - A2 STEAM spirit day (wear your spirit gear or blue & orange)

  • Tuesday, October 25th - Sports Team or College spirit day 

  • Wednesday, October 26th - TIE-DAY day

  • Thursday, October 27th - Wacky Hat or hair day

  • Friday, October 28th - PAJAMA DAY!  

      (Note: At A2 STEAM we leave Halloween costumes at home. )

TRIMESTER DATES

In case families are interested in trimester dates/ report card marking periods, here’s the info.

DONATIONS OF CLOTHES

The office is going through a lot of clothes this fall as “accidents” are at an all-time high.  If you have small pants or shirts (i.e. for kids ages 4-7) to donate, please drop them off.  

A2 STEAM DIRECTORY IS COMPLETE!

Thank you for filling out our Directory and Permissions form. The staff & student directory is available at the link below. To view different homerooms, click on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet. (It takes a minute to load on mobile devices.) Please make sure your student’s information is correct. If you require changes, please send an email to carriebank@gmail.com

Directory: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12bHvR12XIZrxK7fU8gCu4FdyaSXKQcx5Y_d_3Lnh7vE/edit?usp=sharing

If you’d like to add your student, there are 2 steps. 

  1. Fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1blqIRO0ZIVHfRsMByq12qd5Yeox7hJkE4xE-vLXno8s/edit?ts=61489598

  2. Email carriebank@gmail.com to let her know you’ve filled out the form.

LUNCH SUPPORT NEEDED

We need additional noon-hour supervisors who can serve from 10:45 AM-1:45 PM several days a week.  Noon-hour supervisor pay is $16.50/hour.  The general AAPS posting is HERE.  Interested folks should apply AND email hoffmanns@aaps.k12.mi.us directly.  It does require fingerprinting so the process takes some time. The only education requirement is a high school diploma or GED.  I'd gladly hire college kids who would embrace playing with kids outside and/or walking about the MPR.

Alternatively, we will happily take parent/guardian volunteers for lunch or recess supervision.  At this time, we are only accepting fully vaccinated parent volunteers. If you can commit to a regular supervision schedule (i.e. at least one set day/week from 10:45 AM-1:45 PM), PLEASE fill out this form.   We would love to have parent volunteers who are willing to supervise or referee organized sports like basketball, soccer, and flag football. Thank you!  

POKEMON CARDS
Please keep those treasured Pokeman cards at home.  We are encountering issues with the cards throughout the day. 

BATHROOM VANDALISM

I am sad to report that some middle schoolers continue to deface the boys’ bathrooms with toilet paper, clogged urinals, and graffiti. If you hear conversation of who might be responsible, please reach out to fenechm@aaps.k12.mi.us.  Because it’s pervasive with the boys’ bathrooms, we MIGHT have to start locking them during class time. If issues don’t abate this week then we’ll lock them during class, they will be opened during passing time, and if middle school kids need restrooms during a class period, they can come to the office. 

PARENT/GUARDIAN RESOURCES

  • SISS Resources Site - Distribution and awareness, This site will provide staff and families with access to evidence based and AAPS-approved materials, resources, and tools. 
  • Crisis Service 
  • Community Resources - This page has resources to help support families and students. We focus on resources from existing nonprofits, businesses, and organizations in our local community. 

STUDENT ID CARDS 

As a component of a new MI public law, students in grades 6-12 will have sucide hotline information printed on the back of their student ID cards.  These ID cards should be shipped to school this week.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SEASON 2 ATHLETICS & CLUBS

This week we will email middle school families about our season 2 offerings.  7th and 8th Grade Women's Basketball will begin Monday, November 1st.  We are encouraging vaccination for all students who qualify based on CDC Guidelines and we will require regular testing for students who are not vaccinated.  We are hoping to offer sports-related clubs this season too. More to come!

Sunday 10/24: Library Love Day! Support A2 STEAM's Library with Booksweet  

On Sunday, October 24 from 10 am - 6 pm, 20% of your total in-store purchase at Booksweet (1729 Plymouth Road) will support the school library at A2 STEAM. How do you activate your support? At check-out on October 24, please make sure to mention that you're shopping to support A2 STEAM. 

Want to make it social?  Come from 4:30-6:00 PM for a STEAM Readers Family Chit Chat with live music from STEAM students. Linger outside of the bookshop in the courtyard for a STEAM Readers Family Chit Chat. This is an informal, relaxed gathering for STEAM families to listen to music, get to know one another, talk about books, and reconnect. 

Enjoy live music from STEAM student musicians from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Note: live music will be canceled if it’s raining.

You can also purchase books directly for the STEAM library from this list, and Team Booksweet will deliver them (and not just on the day of the event, any time!): https://lets.shopbooksweet.com/wishlist/14

FROM THE PTO

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION 

Do you have a bag of unexpired Box Tops hanging around?  While the Box Tops program has mostly switched to receipt scanning in an app, there are still some products that have the old fashioned coupons.  We are going to send in a batch, so please send them to school in an envelope marked "PTO- Box Tops" by Friday October 22.  Please do not send any that expired prior to 11/1/21.  Thanks for your help!  The PTO receives 10 cents for every box top and they add up quickly.

 

HAVE TENT, NEED TABLES

Thanks to the Vaughn and Baumeier-Wright families we have an amazing tent on the grass behind the building. Now we’d love to purchase 8 all-weather picnic tables to put underneath it for our students to enjoy lunch al fresco (outdoors). If you’d like to donate to our Outdoor Picnic Table Fund, head over to our Square site.   https://a2steampto.square.site/ Or use your phone to scan this handy QR code!


ON THE HORIZON

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

10/24  - A2 STEAM fundraiser with Booksweet, 10AM - 6PM (Details above)

10/29 - Half day for K-5 & K-8 schools,  dismissal at 10:47AM (Bagged to-go lunches available)

11/2 - No School for AAPS (Election day)

11/5 - Picture Retakes

AAPS Calendar for 2021-2022

COMMUNITY RESOURCE 

TWO DIFFERENT AFTER-SCHOOL OPTIONS from 826 MICHIGAN

This fall, 826michigan is offering *two* different after-school programs to meet each student's unique needs. Limited spaces are available, so please sign up today if your student would like to participate.

  • Virtual Schoolwork Support (homework-focused) - Ages 7-18
    • Thursdays: October 21 - December 16, 2021 (will resume in Winter 2022)  Session A: 4-5pm.    Session B: 5-6pm

826michigan’s Virtual Schoolwork Support Program is a FREE online program where students ages 7-18 can receive schoolwork support from trained volunteer tutors. This program is fully virtual and will be offered over Zoom. This year, we are asking all participating families/students to register in advance (see below for details) for the program and commit to a particular day of the week and time for the fall semester (ending in the second week of December). This program is homework-based–please keep this in mind as you register your student. Unfortunately, we cannot provide general tutoring at this time, and we ask that students bring homework or other school assignments to work on. If your student does not have homework regularly, please check out our After-school Writing Lab on Tuesdays.

  • After-school Writing Lab (writing-focused) - Ages 8-14
    • Tuesdays: October 19 - December 14, 2021    Session B: 5-6pm (Session A reserved for school partnership students)

A FREE weekly virtual program for students ages 8-14. During the fall semester, students work in small groups with peers and adult volunteers to brainstorm, write, revise, share, and publish their writing. This program is fully virtual and will be offered over Zoom. We ask all participating families/students to register in advance (details below) for the program and commit to weekly participation for the fall semester.

  • ASYNCHRONOUS WRITING KITS  - Free writing activities mailed to your home, organization, or school. Choose from a range of themes and genres for the whole family to enjoy together.
  • WEE-BOTS: A WEEKLY EVENING WORKSHOP - Free virtual writing sessions for young writers ages 5-10+! All ability levels are invited to these fun, informal sessions through which we read a book aloud together and then play around with writing, from the physical act of actually writing to the creative ideas involved. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!    You can also visit us in-person during limited hours at our Liberty Street location in downtown Ann Arbor to shop at the Robot Supply Co, or visit the Robot Supply Co online to shop anytime! All proceeds benefit 826michigan’s free writing programs in the community