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Final Family Update- Summer 2024

Food Gatherers- This grades 5/6 fundraiser collected 2,130 pounds!  Thank you everyone!

Open Gardens- This spring, students, parents and staff worked hard to create a "Rainbow Garden" in the 12 raised beds on Miller Rd. side of Ann Arbor Open! Each bed holds plants that will produce flowers, fruit, and vegetables of one color, creating a beautiful rainbow!

The boxes will need lots of water this summer and we're looking for families to come help: water the boxes, visit the chickens, play on the playground, or enjoy a round of tennis while you're there! Each week will reveal new growth and colors! You can also help yourself to a taste of whatever's growing (strawberries in June, tomatoes in August) and enjoy the herbs too!

Sign up to Water our Gardens here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44ADAB2BA0FFC70-50058145-aaosummer#/ 

FYI- Our building will be completely closed starting June 17th through mid-August for DTE to update our electrical panels.  The last day anyone will be in our office is Friday, June 14th.

 Ann Arbor Open Art Google Sites

This link goes to this year's gallery. Please use the menu to navigate to galleries from prior years! Deb has uploaded some new material.  

Week of June 10, 2024

Goodbye to the 2023/2024 School Year- It is unbelievable that this is the last week of school!  This is our last weekly update for the 2023/2024 school year.  It feels like I just walked in the door for the first time.  From walking into a building still finishing construction and classrooms full of boxes, to a sink hole and now a budget crisis we have been through a lot together.  Through these challenging times we’ve become stronger, closer, and more resilient.  We brought back all school assemblies, added our showcase and new parent affinity groups!  Our students have thrived and we’ve all learned so much together.  Through this knowledge we will continue to grow and adjust for yearly improvement.  I already cannot wait for next year!  

QSA Fundraiser- Please consider purchasing from Ann Arbor Open PRIDE merchandise store. The store is closing on the 19th :) so place orders soon and have them shipped to your home address.

Retirements- We wish Tahani Othman (7/8 humanities teacher), Susan Hopkins (psychologist) all the best in their future endeavors.  They will retire from AAPS at the end of this school year.  Here is a link to Christine’s Retirement Message.

Summer Resources- Our Building Literacy Coach put together this document of helpful summer literacy resources for students in grades Y5-5th grade. These resources/activities could be valuable for any student.  A big thank you to Lindsay Andrade!  

Chicken Care- We are looking for families willing to take a shift caring for the AAO Chickens for the summer.  Please use the link to sign up and if you have any questions, please email Jennifer at thomasjen@aaps.k12.mi.us

Lost and Found- "The lost and found is overflowing and school is ending!  Please come check for belongings now and before Wednesday June 12th when we will bag it up for donation. You can also email lostfound@aaopencc.org if you are unable to check in person and would prefer a virtual tour. We can also check for specific items anytime during the school year via email."

Healthcare Letter from the School Nurse 2024

Our Last Week of School!

Week of June 3, 2024

AAO Online Art Gallery- The site is best viewed on a laptop (non-mobile) device.

Ice Cream Social- Please click HERE for ICS information.

If you are even remotely contemplating a move outside of Ann Arbor, please complete an SOC application.  Please encourage everyone on your radar to do so during this SOC Round.  Add this to your newsletters and keep that message going through the end of the school year.  

Calendar dates- These are the approved dates for next year for your planning purposes.  A full calendar will be shared as soon as it is available.

First Day of School: Monday, August 26th, 2024

Winter Break:    Monday, December 23, 2024 - Friday, January 3, 2025

Spring Break:    Monday, March 24, 2025 - Friday, March 28, 2025

A2Virtual Math

Information about the program will be available on our website and shared through the District Newsletter. There will not be an email to all 4th-grade families as in the past.

Additional information about the program and the application will be available on this website: https://www.a2schools.org/domain/2797 

Summary of Communications and Information

Information Presentation will be available on the A2V Website by Friday, 6/7

Q&A session for Families via Zoom: 6/10  5:00pm - 6pm

Application Window: 6/14 - 7/12

Student List shared with each building: 8/5

Applicants Notified of Final Status: 8/12

Lost and Found- It is overflowing!  Please check it out before the last day of school.

A2ZERO Week June 9 – 15  Fun, free events celebrating sustainability and climate action throughout the week!   Starting June 4, pick up your Passport to Fun at any AADL branch to get started on activities and enter the prize drawing.  For details including a full listing of events please go to a2gov.org/a2zeroweek.

Please join me in thanking Lucas Hardy for being our guest music teacher this semester.  Friday was his last day due to a prearranged vacation before he took the position.  We have Megan Carnevale joining us through the end of the year for music.  

Upcoming Dates:

June is…

Pride Month

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

Black Music Month

World Environment Day, 6/5

Juneteenth, 6/19

Week of May 27, 2024

THIS WEEK

DISTRICT NEWS

You’re Invited! AAPS Summer Learning Launch: Resources for students and families Y5-8th

Fliers for Promotion: English, Arabic Translation, Chinese Translation, Japanese Translation, Korean Translation, Spanish Translation

May 2024 Community Resource Update

Also, check out our May Community Resources update for other Summer-focused resources:

AAPS Summer Music Program- Registration is now open for the AAPS Summer Music Program for all levels of instrumental music students, incoming grades 6-12 in Washtenaw County. Please visit our website to learn more about the classes offered this summer and how to register.

Ann Arbor African American Festival- The 27th annual Ann Arbor African American Festival is Saturday, June 1st, from 9 AM to 8 PM at North 4th Avenue and East Ann Street in downtown Ann Arbor. This event for all ages will include live music, activities for kids, vendors and more. Learn more here.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of May 20, 2024

THIS WEEK

AAOCC General Membership Meeting- Here is the link to join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/97132080799

Meeting ID: 971 3208 0799

Coffee with the Principals- This will be our last one for the school year!  Please join us by the pool lobby entrance from 8:15-9:15am on Friday (weather permitting).  We will be in the cafeteria if there is rain.

BUILDING INFO

Parent Class Placement Input-  As I shared on Friday evening, we reopened  this survey .  It will be closed TODAY, 5/19/24 at 11:59pm.  We use the answers from this survey to guide classroom placements, but we cannot guarantee every request can be honored.  There are policies with having to balance classrooms.  We will always do our best to honor your wishes.

Bartering Benefit- This is an event from Kayleigh and Johnny T’s grades 5/6 classrooms. Donated canned and dry goods and/or personal care products (from any Open student) will be turned into ‘barter bucks”.  Donations are accepted Monday June 3rd - Thursday, June 6th.  The event of purchasing items created by students of Kayleigh and Johnny’s classrooms will take place on Friday, June 7th. Please see this flier (it is also below) and this description for more information.  

Talent Show- A huge thank you to 5/6 teachers Johnny and Kayleigh for making this possible.  Donating their unpaid time to ensure this event happens for our students. It was exciting to see the many talents of our students.  From piano solos, dance routines, comedy, singing, mad beatboxing skills, to backstage lights and more.  Our students definitely didn’t disappoint!  

DISTRICT NEWS

AAPS 2024-25 Budget- This week, Interim Superintendent Jazz Parks shared the Comprehensive Budget Plan with the Board of Education. You can read her letter to the community about the plan here.

AAPS Summer Music Program- Registration is now open for the AAPS Summer Music Program for all levels of instrumental music students, incoming grades 6-12 in Washtenaw County. Please visit our website to learn more about the classes offered this summer and how to register.

Ann Arbor African American Festival- The 27th annual Ann Arbor African American Festival is Saturday, June 1st, from 9 AM to 8 PM at North 4th Avenue and East Ann Street in downtown Ann Arbor. This event for all ages will include live music, activities for kids, vendors and more. Learn more here.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of May 13, 2024

Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Ann Arbor Open School Mom’s.  Your love, support, and dedication make a world of difference in the lives of our students.  Thank you for partnering with us daily.  I hope your day is full of family, friends, and fun!

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month- Click here to learn more about two free programs offered through AAPS (through grant funding). caresolace.com/aaps helps our families locate mental health supports and ParentGuidance.org helps with parenting guidance around mental health.

AAPS Freeman Spring Environmental Festival- Join the Freeman Environmental Youth Council between 1:00-3:30 pm on May 18th at the Freeman Environmental Education Center for an afternoon of fun and educational activities, trivia, art, native plants, high school student presentations and more. Elementary and middle school students should be accompanied by a parent/guardian and dress for the weather as there will be indoor and outdoor activities. Please RSVP here.

AAPS PLTW and CTE Expo-  Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Skyline Commons. See the flier below for more information.

What is the Expo? The Expo is a great way for AAPS to showcase/show amazing work, through student work, capstone projects, and student demonstrations.  Think of it as similar to a band concert or art show.  It is also a great way for students to check out program offerings.  Additionally, it is a great way for our business partners to connect with AAPS students and families.

When is the Expo? The 2024 AAPS STEAM and CTE Expo will be on Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Skyline Commons

What should I expect as an attendee? Presenters will be showcasing student work, having student presenters, and may even integrate hands-on demonstrations.   Look forward to an opportunity to learn more about our PLTW and CTE programs offered throughout the district from the students and teachers who engage in these activities daily.

AAPS Summer Music Program- Registration is now open for the AAPS Summer Music Program for all levels of instrumental music students, incoming grades 6-12 in Washtenaw County. Please visit our website to learn more about the classes offered this summer and how to register.

Ann Arbor African American Festival- The 27th annual Ann Arbor African American Festival is Saturday, June 1st, from 9 AM to 8 PM at North 4th Avenue and East Ann Street in downtown Ann Arbor. This event for all ages will include live music, activities for kids, vendors and more. Learn more here.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of May 6, 2024

LAST CHANCE!- Ann Arbor Open's Experiences Auction closes TODAY at 8pm! There are Jimmy Johns Lunch with the Principal tickets still available!

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE FAMILIES- We need FOUR pictures from each 8th grader to include in the 8th grade graduation slideshow!  There are only 7 students that have responded so far.

Your pictures must include:

1. One baby picture

2. One toddler/preschool picture

3. One elementary school age

4. One middle school age

* Label the picture with Advisor/Name/pic#   e.g. Tahani-Kyle Grant-1

Please upload the photos that you want to be presented on the day of 8th grade graduation to the following link. If you can't upload the pictures, you can send them by email to Joe Grant (Kyle’s dad) jrgrant@jrgrantfilms.com .

8th grade presentation pictures 2024 - Google Drive    Deadline for photo submission is by no later than Friday, May 10th

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week- A big thank you to Jill Mortimer and helpers for putting together a fun week for our staff!  Please see the flyer below.

Abs & Abc’s on MLIVE!!!!- Please use this link to see our very own Jesse and Lindsay’s program highlighted on MLive!

BIPOC Families Committee Virtual Meeting on Thursday, May 9th at 6:00pm This affinity group is for families who identify as Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, or as People of Color. Email BlackMamasOfA2Open@gmail.com with questions or for more information! BIPOC Families Interest Form

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (flyer is here and below)- Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Parent Group are excited to welcome three authors for virtual author talks with our AAPS community throughout the month of May.

We'll welcome high school teacher and graphic novelist Thien Pham from 1:00-2:00 PM on Friday, May 17. On Monday, May 20 from 10:00-10:45 AM, we hope many upper elementary and middle school classes will attend the talk with local author Supriya Kelkar, and on Wednesday, May 22 from 10:00-10:30 AM, another local author Kyunghee Kim will visit for elementary students.

Families are encouraged to attend as they are able, and teachers are encouraged to attend the Zoom sessions with their classes in May. Registration for all talks is available at https://tinyurl.com/APISAA2024authortalks. Recordings will be available later in May of the talk with Thien Pham and Kyunghee Kim at https://apisaa.org.

Building AAPS Connections, Community & Awareness- Seeking Campaign Advisory Committee Members

The Ann Arbor Public Schools is seeking advisory committee members to recommend, review and support a campaign to help build awareness, community and connections to retain and attract students to our schools.

The advisory group will consist of approximately 15 people who will support the AAPS Team in developing and implementing a campaign that will revitalize district enrollment. Anyone in the community is encouraged to apply, regardless of experience.

Marketing, public relations, graphic design and communication experience are a plus but not necessary. We are looking for current students, alumni, staff, parents/guardians and community members who are dedicated to the success of AAPS. Click here to apply to the advisory group.

May is Jewish American Heritage AND Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.   Here are links for more information about these heritages:

https://jewishamericanheritage.org/

https://www.asianpacificheritage.gov/ 

My Future Fund Account Update- Ann Arbor Open is excited for our continued partnership with My Future Fund. Families should be on the lookout for their students’ My Future Fund Account login information via email on May 7th. Eligible 2nd-6th grade students have FREE money in their accounts to jump start their savings for college and career training.

The My Future Fund program is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District in collaboration with the Washtenaw County Government. Please, visit www.myfuturefund.org for more information.

Parent Class Placement Input- PLEASE take this survey by Friday, May 17th to give our staff input for student classroom placements for the 2024/2025 school year. We use the answers to this survey to guide classroom placements, but we cannot guarantee every request can be honored.  There are policies with having to balance classrooms.  We will always do our best.

Upcoming Dates:


 

Week of April 29, 2024

Parent Class Placement Input- PLEASE take this survey by Friday, May 17th to give our staff input for student classroom placements for the 2024/2025 school year. We use the answers to this survey to guide classroom placements, but we cannot guarantee every request can be honored.  There are policies with having to balance classrooms.  We will always do our best.

The Ann Arbor Open Experience Auction- goes live tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.  Please look out for an email to start your bids!

BIPOC Lunches- The last three lunches are:  4/30, 5/14, 5/28.  Families signed up for these lunches-please see emails from Nuola Akinde for more information.

College Board Score Releases

Students who completed PSAT testing on Thursday, April 11 will be able to access their scores via their College Board student account on Thursday, May 2.

Students who completed PSAT or SAT testing on or after Wednesday, April 17 will be able to access their scores on Thursday, May 16.

Any students who have not created a College Board student account may do so by visiting https://account.collegeboard.org/login/signUp.

Any student who is having difficulty logging into their College Board account should call 866-315-6068. AAPS has no oversight of CB student accounts and cannot assist with account troubleshooting.

A Survey from Rec & Ed to see Open’s need for a child care program-

Dear Ann Arbor Open Families,

Rec & Ed is surveying school communities that do not currently have a child care program to see the level of interest in opening a program at each building. We have been working hard to hire staff and re-open our Before/After care sites, and aim to add several more sites in Fall 2024. Our priority is to open programs at schools with the highest demand. We will continue opening sites throughout the 2024-25 school year, as we have the last two years.

If you are interested in child care for one or more of your students, please fill out this form by May 9, 2024. We will email you an update the week of May 13, 2024 using the email you provide below.

IMPORTANT NOTES

→ More information about Rec & Ed’s Before/After Care program is available here.

→ To run this program, at least 30 students per day must be registered

→ At this time, Before Care will not be offered - we will add Before Care if interest is high.

→ Filling out this survey does not guarantee that a program will open at your building in the fall, but we do open programs throughout the year as staffing allows.

 

Questions? Please email aapschildcare@aaps.k12.mi.us

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Did you know that once a week during PE your child participates in Abs and ABCs? Since December, Kindergarteners have had the chance to combine movement and literacy in the gym with Lindsay (Building Literacy Coach) and Jesse (PE Teacher). We have seen so much growth in your kids and wanted families to have the chance to come join in on the fun! This week is our event and below is when each class has Abs and ABCs:

Tyra - Wednesday, May 1 8:30-9:15

Edie - Wednesday, May 1 9:15-10:00

Diane - Thursday, May 2 9:15-10:00

Please make sure to check-in at the office to get a name badge before heading to the gym and given the activities we do ask that younger siblings don't attend this event. Questions? Can't make the event, but would like to learn more about what we do during Abs and ABCs? Feel free to email Jesse (deucherj@aaps.k12.mi.us) and Lindsay (andradel@aaps.k12.mi.us). PLEASE SEE THE FLIER BELOW

5th Gr Band/Orchestra Concert- On Thursday May 16, 2024 - The students will report at 6:00pm for tuning in the orchestra room.  The concert will begin at 6:30pm on the lower playground. We will be done by 7:30 pm. I look forward to seeing you there~ Mr. Tim Wilkins

REPEAT INFORMATION STILL RELEVANT-

Reminder- Chromebooks need to be charged and remembered especially during this testing season we are upon. Chromebooks will be reserved for testing only, so we won’t have loaners.

Annual Yearbook Cover Contest:

Upcoming Dates: New dates have been added!

Week of April 22, 2024

Reminder- Chromebooks need to be charged and remembered especially during this testing season we are upon. Chromebooks will be reserved for testing only, so we won’t have loaners.  

From the AAOCC: Congratulations to Val Benka and Sam Marcus!  The General Assembly has voted! With 15% higher voter participation than any previous AAOCC election, Val and Sam have each begun their 2-year term as Co-chair (Communications) and Treasurer, respectively.

Our outgoing Co-chair, Brooke Boyle, and outgoing Treasurer, Alan Boyle, look forward to supporting Val and Sam as they get acclimated to their new, leadership positions as parent volunteers for our parent, teacher, student organization (PTSO). Thanks to each of you for the generous donation of your time and talents in support of our Open school!

Talent Show information from Johnny T:  We will be hosting a 1-6 talent show this year. It will be a fundraiser for the entire 5/6 grade band.  Here is a link to the audition sign up form.  Students (and their parents) must have this filled out and submitted to Johnny (digitally or in her mailbox) by April 26.

Annual Yearbook Cover Contest:

April 2024 Community Resource Update

The Ann Arbor Open Chicken Club would like to introduce you to our school chickens - Whoppers, Snickers, Skittles, Butterscotch, and Twix!!!  We are so excited to announce that the girls are all laying eggs now! We would like to offer you the opportunity to buy their fresh eggs to pay for food and supplies for the girls. The cost is $3 per half dozen.  Please use the link below to sign up to purchase some!https://forms.gle/TZ4GDnD8aoT6nnGa9

Upcoming Dates:

Week of April 15, 2024

Reminder- Chromebooks need to be charged and remembered especially during this testing season we are upon. Chromebooks will be reserved for testing only, so we won’t have loaners.  

Community Budget Meetings- This week’s community budget meetings are below.

State of the School Address- This will happen during our AAOCC general membership meeting on Tuesday, April 16th beginning at 7:00pm on Zoom. Nominees for Co-chair and Treasurer of AAOCC will also be announced.  Here is what will be addressed during Krista’s portion of the meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/92178517441

Meeting ID: 921 7851 7441

The AAOCC will be introducing the nominees for Co-chair and Treasurer at the State of the School General Assembly meeting. The link to digital ballots will be sent to parents and teachers email addresses on Wed. 4/17. Parents and teachers should share the link with their students so they too can have a chance to participate in the democratic process as a voting member along with all students, parents, teachers, and staff. Voting will close on Friday 4/19 at 8pm.

Dates:

AAOCC BIG Fundraiser-  Thursday, April 18th, the event runs from 6-9 pm. Here is the link for tickets: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/zapzone-annarbor/items/435718/availability/1424467361/book/?full-items=yes

Book Madness is coming!  We are looking for donations of gently (or not so gently) books for all ages - young 5 year olds to teenagers.  Around the middle of April we will have a day where all students in the building will get to pick a book to take home and keep.  We will have a box set up by the office for all donations.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask Jennifer (room 237) or at thomasjen@aaps.k12.mi.us.  Thank you in advance!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of April 8, 2024

Eclipse!- The eclipse will peak (3:13p) right at the end of the school day (3:18pm) tomorrow, and it’s very likely that many classes will be outside to experience it as the bell rings to end the day. As you know, we can't look at the sun without the glasses, or we will damage our eyes. We have glasses for all staff and students. If you put the glasses on inside a building, you can't see at all. They will work outside. We understand this is an exciting event that rarely happens. If your child will be absent, please email aao_attendance@aaps.k12.mi.us  Please read this letter from the district which was sent out to al

Spirit Wear Orders Due!  Orders are due Monday, April 8th by end of the day. http://aaospiritwear.epizy.com/?i=2

AAPS Budget- Here is a link to the AAPS Update.

Student Council Humane Society Donations- A big thank you to all of our families, Jennifer, Tyra, and our students.  We donated towels, toys, blankets, food, and medicine. The Humane Society was super grateful!! Here is a picture of the donations:

April 11th/PSAT-

Testing- Our testing window begins this week.  This week we have PSAT for 8th grade students (7th grade students arrive at 11:30 am on Thursday).  

NWEA Reports for Parents- We’ve had some parents ask about their student’s winter report. Per the district- the winter window is a touchpoint to check growth and progress and to be used for instructional purposes. We do not send home the winter scores. If families are interested in their student's progress please contact your child’s classroom teacher.  

A Message from Jesse & Lindsay to Kinder Families-

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Did you know that once a week during PE your child participates in Abs and ABCs? Since December, Kindergarteners have had the chance to combine movement and literacy in the gym with Lindsay (Building Literacy Coach) and Jesse (PE Teacher). We have seen so much growth in your kids and wanted families to have the chance to come join in on the fun with us the week of April 29th. Below is when each class has Abs and ABCs:

Please make sure to check-in at the office to get a name badge before heading to the gym and given the activities we do ask that younger siblings don't attend this event. Questions? Can't make the event, but would like to learn more about what we do during Abs and ABCs? Feel free to email Jesse (deucherj@aaps.k12.mi.us) and Lindsay (andradel@aaps.k12.mi.us).

State of the School Address- This will happen during our AAOCC general membership meeting on Tuesday, April 16th beginning at 7:00pm on Zoom. Nominees for Co-chair and Treasurer of AAOCC will also be announced.  Here is what will be addressed during Krista’s portion of the meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/92178517441

Meeting ID: 921 7851 7441

The AAOCC will be introducing the nominees for Co-chair and Treasurer at the State of the School General Assembly meeting. The link to digital ballots will be sent to parents and teachers email addresses on Wed. 4/17. Parents and teachers should share the link with their students so they too can have a chance to participate in the democratic process as a voting member along with all students, parents, teachers, and staff. Voting will close on Friday 4/19 at 8pm.

Dates:

Assembly- Joe Reilly joined us for sing-alongs about the environment on Monday, April 1st.  He was here years ago, before COVID and many of our older students remembered him and his famous Turkey Vulture song.  I was SO proud of our students and staff.  There was high participation, dancing, and assembly etiquette was outstanding.  It was a morning that brought us all together after spring break to set off a happy mood throughout the day.  

Bicentennial Essay Contest- For 6th through 12th grade students.

Asian American Youth Summit- At Skyline on April 14th 4:15pm

AAPS Book Bash- Sunday April 14th 1-3pm@ Huron High School

Repeats From Last Week’s Update-

Focus Study Survey- Please click on the link to share with us feedback from our focus studies for our future planning!  Thank you to all that participated, helped, and supported.  

AAOCC BIG Fundraiser-  Thursday, April 18th, the event runs from 6-9 pm. Here is the link for tickets: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/zapzone-annarbor/items/435718/availability/1424467361/book/?full-items=yes

Book Madness is coming!  We are looking for donations of gently (or not so gently) books for all ages - young 5 year olds to teenagers.  Around the middle of April we will have a day where all students in the building will get to pick a book to take home and keep.  We will have a box set up by the office for all donations.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask Jennifer (room 237) or at thomasjen@aaps.k12.mi.us.  Thank you in advance!

Happening THIS Week:

Upcoming Dates:

Week of April 1, 2024

April 11th/PSAT-

Spring Spirit Wear Orders- Due on Monday, April 8th.  Click here to order and see below for the flyer.

Focus Study Survey- Please click on the link to share with us feedback from our focus studies for our future planning!  Thank you to all that participated, helped, and supported.  

AAOCC BIG Fundraiser- Thursday, April 18th, the event runs from 6-9 pm. Here is the link for tickets: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/zapzone-annarbor/items/435718/availability/1424467361/book/?full-items=yes

 March 2024 Community Resources Update

Restorative Justice Progress- With feedback from our parents, staff, and community there has been an action plan drafted for this work.  After consensus with our staff for moving forward, we will get student and family feedback.  As staff is trained, we will continue utilizing restorative justice practices, learning and improving as we go.  This won’t happen overnight, but we have been and continue to be invested and dedicated to this work not only this year, but into the future.

As a staff we are working on the following:

Please join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm for a State of the School Address to hear more about where we are and where we are headed with the work around restorative practices, defining ourselves as an Open school, and how our families can help, participate, and support this work.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/92178517441

Meeting ID: 921 7851 7441--

This is what partnering in education looks like - The way parents support each classroom is different.  Please work with your classroom/special teacher for how you can help.

Book Madness is coming!  We are looking for donations of gently (or not so gently) books for all ages - young 5 year olds to teenagers.  Around the middle of April we will have a day where all students in the building will get to pick a book to take home and keep.  We will have a box set up by the office for all donations.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask Jennifer (room 237) or at thomasjen@aaps.k12.mi.us.  Thank you in advance!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of March 18, 2024

Staffing Update- Alison returned on Friday. Mike Gottliebsen, our counselor, has resigned and his last day was Tuesday. We welcome Colleen Creal as a part time sub through Memorial Day. Colleen is a newly retired AAPS counselor.  Jodi Kinnard, our PE/swim teacher, is back Monday.

Focus Studies!  Monday, March 18th, we start Focus Studies. They run from 8:30 to 9:30 each morning.  It is extra important to make sure your student is on time to school next week! Please and Thank You!  Thank you to our Neurodivergent Panda Affinity Group for creating a social story for our families to share at home.  Here is a link.  

March is Reading Month- please see below for the flier with activities, here is a link.

AAOCC:

Curious? Contact execboard@aaopencc.org

Open Whole School Updates-

Restorative Justice Progress- With feedback from our parents, staff, and community there has been an action plan drafted for this work.  After consensus with our staff for moving forward, we will get student and family feedback.  As staff is trained, we will continue utilizing restorative justice practices, learning and improving as we go.  This won’t happen overnight, but we have been and continue to be invested and dedicated to this work not only this year, but into the future.

As a staff we are working on the following:

Please join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm for a State of the School Address to hear more about where we are and where we are headed with the work around restorative practices, defining ourselves as an Open school, and how our families can help, participate, and support this work.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/92178517441

Meeting ID: 921 7851 7441--

This is what partnering in education looks like - The way parents support each classroom is different.  Please work with your classroom/special teacher for how you can help.

March is Reading Month- please see below for the flier with activities, here is a link.

This week:  

Testing Out to earn credit for AAPS high school courses is scheduled for June 20 and 25, 2024. In order to test out of a course for next year, students must register in advance. Registration is available April 3 - May 3. No late registration is available after May 3. All details are available on the AAPS website, search "testing out"on the district website to locate the information page or use this link:

https://www.a2schools.org/Page/4114

Contact your counselors or the email shown on the website with any questions.

Ann Arbor Open Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) for 6th-8th graders- Friendly reminder that this Alliance/Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-4:15pm in Jennifer’s room.

Donations FYI-  Here is a link to our AAPS website for information on how to make donations to our school.  

My Future Fund - Time to Jump Start College Savings- If your student is in 1st through 6th grade, be sure to complete the My Future Fund Release of Information Form by March 19th to be included in the next round of deposits. This is a free program for our students to get a jump start on saving for college and career training. Most students will be automatically enrolled unless they opt out. Some students may be eligible for an additional $475 based on family income. Please visit www.myfuturefund.org for more information.

2024 LaFontaine Teacher of the Year- Nominations are being accepted for the 2024 LaFontaine Teacher of the Year through Thursday, March 21st. The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber and LaFontaine Automotive Group are looking to identify from among many outstanding teachers from across Washtenaw County to serve as a visible and vocal representative of what is best in the profession. Click here for more information and to nominate a teacher.

LMCU’s Roots in Education Grant- The Roots in Education grant involves nominating educators who have had a positive impact on their students and school community. This year, we’re celebrating teachers who are optimistic. Nominations accepted through Sunday, March 31st, here.

Black and Brown Theatre proudly presents a new musical: Luna vacía presented entirely in Spanish thanks to funding from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. The musical is based on a traditional Caribbean folktale similar to The Giving Tree which explains why the moon only appears at night and why it turns to slivers. The new music is a mix of Latin Pop, R&B and Funk which makes for a fun event for the whole family regardless of what language audiences speak.

The musical features University of Michigan Musical Theatre students Nova Brown, Drew Perez-Harris and Natasha Rodriguez as well as professional actors Daniel Lugo and Miriam Navarrete. The production is written and directed by University of Michigan lecturer Emilio Rodriguez with editing by Jazmine Kuyayki Broe, Julianna Gonzalez and Sebastian. The show's band is led and assembled by University of Michigan Graduate Student Desmond Bratton.

Luna vacía performs Saturday March 30 at 3pm at the Ypsilanti Lincoln Performing Arts Center: 7425 Willis Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Admission is free and open to the public but early arrival is encouraged as seating is first come, first serve. Run time is approximately one hour and is recommended for ages 5 and up. Luna vacía is presented thanks to a generous donation from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

For more information, please visit: www.blackandbrowntheatre.org or follow @bandbtheatre on social media.

Book Madness is coming!  We are looking for donations of gently (or not so gently) books for all ages - young 5 year olds to teenagers.  Around the middle of April we will have a day where all students in the building will get to pick a book to take home and keep.  We will have a box set up by the office for all donations.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask Jennifer (room 237) or at thomasjen@aaps.k12.mi.us.  Thank you in advance!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of March 11, 2024

NAAPID at Night 2024 flyer.png N.A.A.P.I.D. at Night is on 3/11, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Zoom link is available here.

Science/Maker Fair- Join us this Thursday, March 14th from 6-8pm. Here is the letter to parents. Here is the link for the handbook.

Focus Study Supply Need- Large coffee containers (empty)- 24 ounces or bigger. Thank you for helping if you are able.

March is Reading Month- please see below for the flier with activities, here is a link.

This week:  

Black and Brown Theatre proudly presents a new musical: Luna vacía presented entirely in Spanish thanks to funding from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. The musical is based on a traditional Caribbean folktale similar to The Giving Tree which explains why the moon only appears at night and why it turns to slivers. The new music is a mix of Latin Pop, R&B and Funk which makes for a fun event for the whole family regardless of what language audiences speak.

The musical features University of Michigan Musical Theatre students Nova Brown, Drew Perez-Harris and Natasha Rodriguez as well as professional actors Daniel Lugo and Miriam Navarrete. The production is written and directed by University of Michigan lecturer Emilio Rodriguez with editing by Jazmine Kuyayki Broe, Julianna Gonzalez and Sebastian. The show's band is led and assembled by University of Michigan Graduate Student Desmond Bratton.

Luna vacía performs Saturday March 30 at 3pm at the Ypsilanti Lincoln Performing Arts Center: 7425 Willis Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Admission is free and open to the public but early arrival is encouraged as seating is first come, first serve. Run time is approximately one hour and is recommended for ages 5 and up. Luna vacía is presented thanks to a generous donation from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

For more information, please visit: www.blackandbrowntheatre.org or follow @bandbtheatre on social media.

Testing Out to earn credit for AAPS high school courses is scheduled for June 20 and 25, 2024. In order to test out of a course for next year, students must register in advance. Registration is available April 3 - May 3. No late registration is available after May 3. All details are available on the AAPS website, search "testing out"on the district website to locate the information page or use this link:

https://www.a2schools.org/Page/4114

Contact your counselors or the email shown on the website with any questions.

Ann Arbor Open Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) for 6th-8th graders- Friendly reminder that this Alliance/Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-4:15pm in Jennifer’s room.

Free Dental Care!!! From University of Michigan School of Dentistry- Give Kids A Smile Day will be taking place again this year on Saturday March 16th, 2024 from 8am-noon at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Give Kids A Smile Day is an annual event held countrywide run by faculty, dental students, and dental hygiene students to provide free dental care for children regardless of insurance status. Our mission is to provide the underserved pediatric populations of the southeast Michigan community with much needed oral health care as well as the education to prevent dental disease and promote lifelong oral health.

On Saturday March 16th, from 8am to noon, dental exams, cleanings, x-rays and possibly sealants will be provided for free regardless of insurance status for children ages 4-14 on a first-come, first-serve basis by qualified dental students and hygiene students.  Our website is www.gkasumich.org and all children must be pre-registered using the form on the website or the link below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegGlikHelJPLa6q-_LVR_Nd8LGv5XunMs7IhAdb5hqLKQWeQ/viewform Please email me ( Jigar Patel) at pjigar@umich.edu or contact at 734-210-1167 if you have any questions.

Donations FYI-  Here is a link to our AAPS website for information on how to make donations to our school.  

WISD Virtual Film Screening WISD is excited to present a free, virtual screening of the film, “What I Wish My Parents Knew” on March 12 at 7:00. The film tells the stories of 10 youth who share their inner struggle with depression and anxiety and express what they wish their families would have known. It’s designed to empower families to have conversations about mental health with their children. Here’s a link to the film’s trailer. Here’s a link to a flyer to share with families and a version for social media. Parents and caregivers can register for the screening here.

SPRING GEAR AND WHEELS SWAP UPDATE!

UPDATE: To make it easier to participate, donations can be made the day of the event instead of dropping them off early (which is still an option).

***Spring Gear and Wheels Swap (with free bike maintenance support and education)

Please donate early or bring any of the items listed below to the swap. You don't need to give anything to take something. This event is FREE!

When: March 17th, 12-3pm

Location: A2O Gym

What's accepted: New or gently used, any sized (infant-adult):

- Raincoats

- Rain boots

- Fleece/lightweight jackets

- Sandals/flip flops

- Hiking boots/tennis shoes

- Umbrellas

- Bathing suits, swim diapers

- Beach towels

- Swim coverups

- Rash guards

- Life jackets

- Floats/pool toys

- Anything with wheels (scooters, strollers, bikes, etc.) - THESE DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED DAY OF EVENT ONLY.

Volunteers needed to help sort items and support "shoppers"! Please email Sarah Love at gearswap@aaopencc.org to sign up. Thanks all!

My Future Fund - Time to Jump Start College Savings- If your student is in 1st through 6th grade, be sure to complete the My Future Fund Release of Information Form by March 19th to be included in the next round of deposits. This is a free program for our students to get a jump start on saving for college and career training. Most students will be automatically enrolled unless they opt out. Some students may be eligible for an additional $475 based on family income. Please visit www.myfuturefund.org for more information.

2024 LaFontaine Teacher of the Year- Nominations are being accepted for the 2024 LaFontaine Teacher of the Year through Thursday, March 21st. The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber and LaFontaine Automotive Group are looking to identify from among many outstanding teachers from across Washtenaw County to serve as a visible and vocal representative of what is best in the profession. Click here for more information and to nominate a teacher.

LMCU’s Roots in Education Grant- The Roots in Education grant involves nominating educators who have had a positive impact on their students and school community. This year, we’re celebrating teachers who are optimistic. Nominations accepted through Sunday, March 31st, here.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of March 4, 2024

Community Resources- Here is a link to the February Community Resource Update

Volunteers Needed!- Please see the flier below for more information

PTO Mixer- Please see the flier here or below for information on this event.

Black History Month Assembly- A big thank you to our families that were able to join us for our whole school assembly on Friday.  I was so proud of our students for sharing what they’ve learned so far this school year in multi-disciplinary ways. This work is important and ongoing.

March is Reading Month- please see below for the flier with activities, here is a link.

This week:  

Science/Maker Fair- The event is Thursday, March 14th from 6-8pm. Here is the letter to parents. Here is the link for the handbook.

Focus Studies- It looks like the directions were partially cut off in the original doc handed out for students to indicate their top choices.  Another doc is included below, and here is a link.   If the sheet isn’t turned in by Monday March 4th, students will be asked to fill them out at school. Here are the directions:

Students should indicate their interest in at least 5 choices by making a mark on the line provided near the title of each Focus Study. Remember we have over 500 students to place and many Studies have class size limits. Flexibility is important. You may indicate your preference for a top choice by placing a star. DO NOT NUMBER YOUR CHOICES - a star for your top choice and at least 4 others marked.

Staff Member Coverage- 

The Solar Eclipse of 2024- On Monday, April 8, Ann Arbor and much of North America will be treated to a special show in our skies. Unless its very cloudy, we will be able to view an almost total solar eclipse where the moon will line up in a way that it blocks almost all of the sun. An eclipse this dramatic doesn’t come along often and we want to make sure students can view it safely.

Everyone needs to know that you should never look at the sun directly without solar viewing glasses, even when it is partially eclipsed. This is a particularly important reminder this year because the primary viewing time for the eclipse will occur near the time students are released from school for the day (starting at 1:57pm through 4:26pm).  We recommend conversation with students who walk and ride the bus to remind them about these items:

In addition to in-school learning opportunities about eclipses, thanks to a very generous donation from Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, we will be making solar viewing glasses available to all staff, students and bus drivers to ensure a safe and educational eclipse viewing experience. Students will take their eclipse glasses home for the walk or bus ride.

Want to know more about the coming eclipse? Go to NASA.gov/eclipses.

Repeated Relevant Info From Previous Weekly Update/s:

AA Open Middle School Information Night- On Thursday, March 7th from 6-7pm in the media center we will have an in person information night for any Open family interested in learning more about the middle school grades 7/8 experience here at Open.  After our staff members share about their roles and services, we will have a panel of AA Open Middle School current students, alumni, and parents for a Q and A session.

Science/Maker Fair- The event is Thursday, March 14th from 6-8pm. Here is the letter to parents. Here is the link for the handbook.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of February 26, 2024

Brooks Street Drop Off- It isn’t safe to drop your children off at the crosswalks on Brooks St.  Please park and walk them to the sidewalk/across the street.  It is illegal to idle near the crosswalks.

Middle School Families-  Those with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, please see Cedric’s email about season 4 spring sports.  

Spring is Upon Us- and with it comes wet and muddy spots on our playgrounds.  Of course our naturally curious students occasionally end up finding themselves covered in it.  Please send a change of clothes to school in preparation for this happening:)  It can save a trip to the school!  We have some clothes on hand to loan out, but we don’t always have the correct sizes.  

QSA- Kate and Jennifer are happy to announce that they are re-starting the Ann Arbor Open Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) for 6th-8th graders.  They will be meeting in Jennifer’s classroom on Thursdays, after school, from 3:30 - 4:15.  Students who need to take the late bus home should be able to get there, as it is scheduled for 4:25pm.  Please sign them up for the late bus here.  The first meeting will be this Thursday, February 29. A QSA is a group that provides opportunities for students of all gender identities to come together in a safe environment. focus on support, raising awareness about the issues faced by queer and trans people, and challenging discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. A QSA can be peer-led by students, or led by a QSA sponsor who is a supportive adult such as a teacher, youth worker or parent. Our goals are to provide a safe space for our Open kids to talk and to be heard, and to let it grow as they need it to.

March is Reading Month- please see below for the flier with activities, here is a link.

Black History Month Assembly- Friday, March 1st at 8:30am we will have a Black History Month Assembly.  Approximately five classrooms will share some of what they have learned (over the past two months with MLK and Black History Month) with all of our school in their personal creative ways.

AA Open Middle School Information Night- On Thursday, March 7th from 6-7pm in the media center we will have an in person information night for any Open family interested in learning more about the middle school grades 7/8 experience here at Open.  After our staff members share about their roles and services, we will have a panel of AA Open Middle School current students, alumni, and parents for a Q and A session.

Science/Maker Fair- The event is Thursday, March 14th from 6-8pm. Here is the letter to parents. Here is the link for the handbook.

Spring Gear Swap- Volunteers are needed on Sunday 3/17, if you are able to help, please sign up here.

Staff Member Coverage- 

Speech Staff- Kelly Irwin is our full time speech teacher.  Catherine (Cat) Rutan and Morgan Glennie are both here once a week helping with compensatory services.

AAOCC Announcement- Elections for 2 board seats will take place in March with a 2-year term starting on April 1, 2024. Accepting nominations now.

Curious? Contact execboard@aaopencc.org

Spring Break Camp 2024 will be offered March 25th to 28th. Campers can choose from art, chess, dance, fencing or sports. Register early.

The Thinkabit Summer Camp is a week-long STEM experience for middle school students to explore engineering concepts and careers at our site in midtown Detroit. We will be offering two sessions this year (Session 1: August 5 - 9 and Session 2: August 12 - 16). For each session, we are able to accommodate up to 26 students, grades 6-8. We will provide lunch for students. Students and their families will be responsible for transportation to the Thinkabit Lab, but there is no cost for attendance. Use this link to register for a specific session. Note that all interested students must complete the registration form no later than April 5th, 2024. Due to limited seats, a lottery system will be used to select participants.

F.E.M.M.E.S. at the University of Michigan would like to invite 4th, 5th and 6th-grade students to our Winter Capstone event. The F.E.M.M.E.S. Explore Capstone event this year will be in-person held from 9 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, April 13th, at the University of Michigan. Various interactive STEM activities will be available, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in performing experiments and projects and giving them an opportunity to interact with women pursuing college degrees and careers in STEM. All of the events are specifically designed to support girls in developing confidence and interest in STEM fields, but like all F.E.M.M.E.S. activities, is open to students of all genders. This event is completely free and at no cost to participants. Lunch will be provided as well.

Upcoming Dates:

*Please see flyers below for information on Stem Summer Camp, FEMMES Capstone Event, Safety Town, College Savings, and March is Reading Month

Week of February 19, 2024

Enrollment- Please fill out the 24-25 school year A2O enrollment survey.  Please complete this for all currently enrolled A2O students by Friday, February 23, 2024.

https://forms.gle/BFTmUfBiZutVFovo8

This is NOT an official enrollment for next year - that will come from the district later on in the spring.

Dance- There will be a 7th and 8th grade dance at school this Friday, February 23, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Chaperones are needed; please respond to this email:  berniera@aaps.k12.mi.us . The name of the dance is Love Dragon Semi-Formal: "Love" acknowledging Valentine's Day, "Dragon" in honor of the Year of the Dragon, and semi-formal, meaning "dress up a little, why not?" If you can, please bring a snack or a non-caffeinated drink.

Student Council Fundraiser- The Student Council is leading a donation/fundraiser drive for the Humane Society of Huron Valley.  Please send items to school - there is a collection bin outside the main office.  If you choose to donate money or gift cards, please make sure they go into the office for safe keeping.  The HSHV wish list includes:  

AAOCC Announcement- Elections for 2 board seats will take place in March with a 2-year term starting on April 1, 2024. Accepting nominations now.

Curious? Contact execboard@aaopencc.org

AAOCC General Assembly- We had a great turnout at last Tuesday night’s General Assembly meeting! Here is a link to the Restorative Circles and Racialized Harm/Conflict document written by our Open BIPOC Committee/Affinity Group that was shared that evening. We are in the process of developing an Action Plan to carry out these procedures with the input of the proposed next steps at the bottom of the document.  Professional Development for staff is beginning, and the plan for ensuring all are trained will be shared out with the action plan before spring break, if not sooner. Restorative Justice Conferences or Circles provide an opportunity for community members to come together to address harmful behavior in a process that explores harms and needs and a path toward accountability and repair.

Current Open 6th grade students and families- Please join our counselor Mike Gottliebsen for a recorded Zoom Event on Wednesday, Feb 21 at 6pm.  Mike will share an orientation for our incoming 7th grade students and families (2024/2025 school year).  This is an opportunity to learn more about the Open Middle School experience.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/91073214104

Meeting ID: 910 7321 4104

Black History Month Assembly- Friday, March 1st at 8:30am we will have a Black History Month Assembly.  Approximately five classrooms will share some of what they have learned (over the past two months with MLK and Black History Month) with all of our school on stage in their personal creative ways.

The AAO Science and Maker Fair will take place on Thursday, March 14, from 6:00 - 8:00. Please see this parent letter from the coordinators with the details.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of February 12, 2024

Community Events:

Lunar New Year Shows at the Museum of Natural History - Feb 10, 24

NAAPID Poster Contest 2024 revised 1.pdfThis year’s theme is “The Most Valuable Gift You Can Give Another is a Good Example”, entry deadline is 2/16.

NAAPID at Night 2024 flyer.png N.A.A.P.I.D. at Night is on 3/11, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. A link will be shared at a later time.

February AAPS PTO Council General Meeting- The meeting on bullying and cyberbullying in our schools is this coming Monday, February 12 at 7 pm on zoom. We will be joined by several panelists and have the opportunity for questions and answers towards the end.

All PTOC general meetings are open to Ann Arbor community members. You do not need to be a part of your PTO to attend and we welcome all voices that have thoughts about how we can serve students and families better.

Zoom Information:

Topic: PTOC Bullying and Cyberbullying

Time: February 12, 2024, 07:00 PM America/Detroit

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83850521084

AAOCC General Assembly Meeting- Our next meeting (as always all staff, students and families are invited) is this Tuesday, February 13th from 7-8pm.  Our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Affinity group has partnered with staff to develop how we respond to harmful language as a school.  This work will be presented at this meeting.  Please join us! Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94798231937

Focus Studies- There is still time to sign up for leading a Focus Study in March.  You can fill out this form and send it back to Christine - deucher@aaps.k12.mi.us.  Or stop into the library if you need encouragement or more information.  Deadline for signing up is this Thursday, February 15. Here is a link to our focus studies description, and a link to our parent volunteer sign up doc.  

Crossing Guard Position Open!  The City of Ann Arbor is looking to fill a crossing guard position at the intersection of Miller and Newport, serving Ann Arbor Open and Forsythe Middle School.

https://recruiting.ultipro.com/CIT1009CA2/JobBoard/f90d5294-f62d-4de2-9878-31193309121c/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=403be6e9-4ecd-40ea-b548-3f7e9576765b 

Spring Gear and Wheels Swap (and working on FREE bike tune-ups!)

What: Swap items listed below with other community members for free! You don't need to donate to participate.

When: March 17th, 12-3pm

How: Drop items off at either school entrance anytime prior to the event. (Boxes will be out soon!)

Location: TBD (either Open's gym or basketball court))

What's accepted: New or gently used, any sized (infant-adult):

Did I forget a category? Have questions/suggestions? Want to volunteer? Please email Sarah Love at gearswap@aaopencc.org. Thanks all!

Science and Maker Fair- Please open this link for a parent letter and more information

Updates and Friendly Reminders:

Upcoming Dates:

Week of February 5, 2024

Sink Hole Update:

Over the weekend the new storm drain catch basin was installed.  The new catch basin was filled in with sand.  Limestone has been placed on top of the sand around the catch drain top.  More work will happen Monday morning with asphalt and concrete. This area continues to be secured with an orange snow fence. Our parent drop off drive line now has the sidewalk open, however, we will continue with the same procedures as Friday until further notice.  Once again, thank you ALL for your continued patience, understanding, and for following the new and temporary procedures for student safety.

Lost and Found:

"The lost and found is overflowing!  Please come check for belongings now and before February 15th when we will bag it up for donation.

You can also email lostfound@aaopencc.org if you are unable to check in person and would prefer a virtual tour. We can also check for specific items anytime during the school year via email."

Lost Towels:

Below is the picture of the two types of towels that are missing. We received a donation of 20 towels on October 11 (thank you!) and we are now down to only 8!  If one of these towels wandered its way to your home, could you please return it? We know these things happen.  

Invitation for our BIPOC Families:

The BIPOC Families Committee and Ann Arbor Open teachers will be hosting optional lunches for Students of Color beginning in 2024. These lunches will be an informal space for students to connect, build camaraderie, and seed friendships for the future.

 

Families of these students are welcome to volunteer in order to increase home-school connections, as well as the visibility of BIPOC adults in our school building.

Please complete this form to register your child for these lunches. Each child must be registered separately.

For questions, please contact blackmamasofa2open@gmail.com.

Registration form

Volunteer form (volunteering is totally optional, but appreciated)

-The BIPOC families planning committee

Focus Studies-

Here is a link to our focus studies description, and a link to our parent volunteer sign up doc.  This year our focus studies will be in the mornings during the week of March 18-22.

Black History Month-

Our district library always has great resources and programming.

AADL Black History Month programming

From our PE Staff-

Hi Families!

We look forward to seeing you in the gym for Families in PE Week, which will be held THIS WEEK! This is an event for all Y5-4th grade classes and is a chance for you to come in and experience PE alongside your child.

We recommend you come dressed to play, but you are more than welcome to come and watch if you prefer. Please take a look at the schedule below as there is a set time for each class and for those with younger students the event is occurring during only one of their weekly classes.

Monday 2/5: Y5 (850-920), Luke (925-1010), Edie (140-225)

 

Tuesday 2/6: Jamie (10-1045), Diane (115-2), Chad (235-315)

 

Wednesday 2/7: Tori (1140-1220), Stella (145-230), Jennifer (235-315)

 

Thursday 2/8: Sarah (1010-1055), Dr. Sheril (1140-1220), Tom (215-255)

 

Friday 2/9: Tyra (915-10), Johnny Mac (225-310)

Questions? Email your child's PE Teacher (deucherj@aaps.k12.mi.us if your child is in Y5-2 or Tori or Dr. Sheril's class -or- kinnard@aaps.k12.mi.us if your child is in Tom, Chad, or Jen's class)

AAOCC General Assembly Meeting-

Our next meeting (as always all staff, students and families are invited) is February 13th from 7-8pm.  Our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Affinity group has partnered with staff to develop how we respond to harmful language as a school.  This work will be presented at this meeting.  Please join us! Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94798231937

Meeting ID: 947 9823 1937

Upcoming Dates:

Week of January 29, 2024

Theater- January 30th will be our spring show auditions.  Please see the flier below for more details.

Girls on the Run- See the flier below for details. We are in need of coaches.  

AAOCC General Assembly Meeting- Our next meeting (as always all staff, students and families are invited) is February 13th from 7-8pm.  Our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Affinity group has partnered with staff to develop how we respond to harmful language as a school.  This work will be presented at this meeting.  Please join us! Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94798231937

Meeting ID: 947 9823 1937

From our PE Staff-

Hi Families! We look forward to seeing you in the gym for Families in PE Week, which will be held February 5th-9th! This is an event for all Y5-4th grade classes and is a chance for you to come in and experience PE alongside your child.

We recommend you come dressed to play, but you are more than welcome to come and watch if you prefer. Please take a look at the schedule below as there is a set time for each class and for those with younger students the event is occurring during only one of their weekly classes.

Monday 2/5: Y5 (850-920), Luke (925-1010), Edie (140-225)

 

Tuesday 2/6: Jamie (10-1045), Diane (115-2), Chad (235-315)

 

Wednesday 2/7: Tori (1140-1220), Stella (145-230), Jennifer (235-315)

 

Thursday 2/8: Sarah (1010-1055), Dr. Sheril (1140-1220), Tom (215-255)

 

Friday 2/9: Tyra (915-10), Johnny Mac (225-310)

Questions? Email your child's PE Teacher (deucherj@aaps.k12.mi.us if your child is in Y5-2 or Tori or Dr. Sheril's class -or- kinnard@aaps.k12.mi.us if your child is in Tom, Chad, or Jen's class)

Attention AAPS Families-

This upcoming summer, eligible families will be able to receive money for select food items through the new Summer EBT program. To receive the Summer EBT benefit, every family must have an approved student eligibility benefit (free or reduced) through their school.

Many families have already done this, but this is one last request for families who have not yet filled out an EBT or EBF application form. Turning in the application form to your school or online will ensure those who qualify will receive summer benefits.

What students are eligible?

Below are the annual income requirements along with the number of total people in the household (1-8). The household income must be equal to or under the amounts to qualify for summer benefits.

Applications and Education Benefit Forms must be received by February 1 2024. The BEST way to apply is online:https://annarbor.familyportal.cloud/ From there, choose "Apply for Benefits" then "Application" (non-CEP schools) or "Education Benefit Form" (CEP schools). AAPS CEP schools include:

Allen - Abbot - Bryant - Carpenter - Lakewood - Mitchell - Pattengill - Pittsfield - Scarlett - Pathways

If paper forms are needed, you can print one out at this link  here along with instructions and available in multiple languages. Please send the hard copy to your school by February 1.

January 2024 EBT Letter

January 2024 EBT Letter-Webpage

Families can inquire about their benefit status or check if they have an application on file, by contacting AAPS Chartwells Food Service at (734) 994-2265 or email bollingere@aaps.k12.mi.us. Thank you!

January 2024 Community Resources Update

4th and 5th grade students- can ski for big discounts in Michigan. See "coldiscool" website for details. Free tickets are available once you have signed up ($30 sign up fee)

New Staff Member!  Please welcome Kelly Irwin as our new speech pathologist.  Her tentative start date is Tuesday, February 13th. Here is a short bio:  

Hello! My name is Kelly Irwin. I am very excited to be joining the staff at Ann Arbor Open! This is my sixth year working as a school-based speech language pathologist. I received a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. I grew up nearby in South Lyon and I currently live in Ann Arbor with my husband and our dog, Odie. In my free time, I enjoy running outdoors, traveling somewhere new or crafting.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of January 22, 2024

Leadership Capacity- In an effort to increase leadership capacity Alison will be the lead contact for all things in grade level bands Y5-4.  Krista will be the lead contact person for all things in grade level bands 5-8.  We will continue to work together for our building, but having a go to person helps with communication and ensuring all students, staff, and families are supported in a timely manner.  

Theater- January 30th will be our spring show auditions.  Please see the flier below for more details.

Girls on the Run- See the flier below for details. We are in need of coaches.  

Science Olympiad 2024 Season is starting!

SAVE THE DATE; Competition Day: April 20, 2024

Science is REAL!  

Please see the flier below for a link to our slideshow with ALL the 2024 Science Olympiad season details.

If you're ready to sign up, please submit your volunteer commitment, and your child(ren)s event preferences ASAP! Otherwise, there will be a Question & Answer session for parents and students Friday, January 26th in the Media Center starting immediately after school until 4:15pm.

This time is for parents and kids to get all their questions answered and sign up! Sign up deadline is: January 29th.

First practice will be immediately after school Friday, February 2nd.

Global School Play Day- On Wednesday, February 7th our building will be participating in the Global School Play Day.  During Global School Play Day, participants are encouraged to allow students ample time for free play without the use of screens, structured games, or adult direction. The idea is to let children explore their creativity, problem-solving skills, and social interactions in an unstructured and spontaneous environment. Click on the link above for more information.  Your children’s teacher will be sharing more information in their weekly communication as to how their classroom will participate.  

High School Class Visits Canceled- Due to cold days off school and exams, the visits from HS counselors have been canceled.  Curriculum Nights (see flyers) are still happening. Videos will be created for our students to get the information that was to be shared.

AAOCC General Assembly Meeting- Our next meeting (as always all staff, students and families are invited) is February 13th from 7-8pm.  Our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Affinity group has partnered with staff to develop how we respond to harmful language as a school.  This work will be presented at this meeting.  Please join us! Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94798231937

Meeting ID: 947 9823 1937

Upcoming Dates:

Week of January 15, 2024

AAOCC General Assembly Meeting- Our next meeting (as always all staff, students and families are invited) is February 13th from 7-8pm.  Our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Affinity group has partnered with staff to develop how we respond to harmful language as a school.  This work will be presented at this meeting.  Please join us! Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94798231937

Meeting ID: 947 9823 1937

Sibling Lottery Submissions- Families, do you have an incoming Kindergartener or Young 5s student? Good news! As an incoming sibling at the K or Y5 grade level, they're in! But, we need their official information for our lists.

Updates from District Enrollment:

Message from our Science Olympiad Coaches- Hello! It is Science Olympiad season again! Competition day is April 20, 2024 @Pioneer High School. Erica Businski and I have been co-head coaches for Science Olympiad since 2019, and are ready to retire! We put out an ask for an assistant head coach last year, however our ask this year is more urgent and desperate. We cannot commit to the time needed to run the team on our own. We would love to work with someone or a team of someone(s) to run the team.

We have the powerpoints, the survey monkeys, the spreadsheets (and so much more) all ready to go, and the want to do so, just not the time. Please help us run Science Olympiad!!!

Please email ericabusinski@gmail.com OR ericadierkens@gmail.com to let us know you are ready to help out! ~ Erica (McLeod) Dierkens, IBCLC (she/her)

MLK Day- Be sure to see our district weekly update for tomorrow’s community events.

Eighth Grade Families- Below the upcoming dates, you will find flyers for upcoming events of incoming 9th grade students next fall for Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline.  

Here is information for Community:

Pathways event will be Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm

Upcoming Dates:

*See below for important flyers

Week of January 8, 2024

Welcome Back! We hope all of our families had a relaxing fun-filled break!  We have missed our students and look forward to having them back in school Monday.

Early College Alliance- Are you/your student interested in attending the Early College Alliance at EMU? Learn how the ECA can help you/your student get a head start on college and career while earning up to 65 college credits at Eastern Michigan University — a $35,000 value open to AAPS students entering grades 9, 10, or 11 in the 2024-2025 school year! Please join our virtual Information Meeting for more information.

ECA Virtual Information Meeting

Thursday, January 11, 2024

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/ECAInfoAA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Please contact the ECA at info@earlycollegealliance.info, or 734-487-4290.

Winter After-School Classes 

AAPS Rec & Ed is excited to offer several after-school classes focused on fun, learning, movement, and discovery. Registration is NOW OPEN! Click on each class option below or visit www.aarecedonline.com. Scholarships are available! Please call (734) 994-2300 ext. 0 for assistance.

AA Open

Day/Time

Name of Class

Dates

Ages

Class ID#

Mon, 3:18-5:00pm

Spanish

1/22-3/4

K-4th

1401.201

Tues, 3:18-5:00pm

Power of Drawing

1/16-3/5

K-5th

2150.201

Wed, 3:18-5:30pm

Chess with All the King’s Men

1/17-2/28

K-8th

1321.201

Thurs, 3:18-5:00pm

NEW! Designing the Zodiac

1/25-2/29

1st-5th

2157.201

Fri, 3:18-5:00pm

Chinese

2/2-3/8

Y5-5th

1408.201

December Community Resources Update.

Ann Arbor 200 Video Submissions

Ann Arbor is turning 200! To honor this milestone, a kick-off celebration is being planned for January 19, 2024. Event organizer, Destination Ann Arbor, is planning to cap off the evening with a video compilation of AAPS students K-12 sharing their thoughts on any one of these three questions: 1. What do you love most about living in Ann Arbor? 2. What is your favorite thing to do in Ann Arbor? 3. What do you think Ann Arbor will look like in 100 years? Each video submission should be 5-10 seconds in length. No fancy recording software is needed - a clip from your smartphone is perfect. Video can be submitted following this link: https://www.annarbor.org/bicentennial-upload/ More information is available here.

Winter Break 2023

Thank you!  A big thank you to all of our families who joined us for our Open Showcase event!  It was so nice to be together as a whole school family in celebrating the inquisitive minds of our students as we walked through their journeys of inquiry!

Winter Break Resource Link  This link contains information about digital tools and events to help our kiddos over the Winter Break.

Karen Thomas Foundation Grant:

A big thank you to our Building Literacy Coach Lindsay for being awarded two grants! 

MDE 35d grant:  After applying, Lindsay was awarded:

Reading Assistant:  Our building was selected to receive a Reading Assistant for up to 12.5 hours each week to support reading intervention. Kahlia Chiv will be with us on M/W/F mornings to work with lower elementary students. She will be joining us in the new year. We are so excited to have her join AAO! Kahlia's picture is below:

Week of December 18, 2023

Enjoy Your Winter Break! This is our last week before winter break.  This time of year can be stressful for all of us, including our children.  I wish everyone a safe and relaxing break full of fun, friends, and family.

Open Showcase- We are looking forward to our Showcase on Wednesday this week from 6:30-8:00pm.  Our students and staff have worked diligently on this journey of learning.  We can’t wait to see it all together throughout the entire building!

A2 Open BIPOC Family Dinner- Click for more details.  The dinner is Monday, December 18th at 6pm.

Open Giving- Winter Giving: Thanks so much to everyone who donated! We collected several items of winter gear and $850 in gift cards, which was split evenly between Kroger and Target.

Spring Gear and Wheels Swap: Yes, Sarah is already thinking about it and wants to give you a heads up that it will be happening again sometime in March or April. Please set aside any unneeded/unwanted/too big or too small outdoor items suitable for spring weather to donate after the New Year!

Making Pick-Up and Drop Off-Safer: Driver Responsibilities

  1. If able, park in the neighborhoods and meet your child at their classroom door. This helps by reducing the number of cars in the lot to only those that absolutely need to use the expresslane.
  2. Be alert and avoid distractions (cell phones - if your car is not in park it is illegal to be using your device in Michigan beyond 1 touch of a docked device ) to keep all of our kids safe!
  3. Follow all posted signs, such as the one-way exits in our lot and the no left-hand turn onto Miller (see options to reroute onto Miller safely and legally here!)
  4. Do not block the Red Oak Crosswalk - leave room between the fire hydrant on Red Oak all the way to the bus stop on Miller. These areas should not have vehicles idling in them to help keep our students (and community members) who walk, bike, and take the city bus safe!

Help! I’m stuck in the Red Oak Crosswalk! Now what?Maybe you thought the pick-up line was moving faster or you were being honked at waiting to turn left off of Miller on the way into school and now you’re stuck in the crosswalk. It happens, but here is what to do next to keep the crosswalk clear for pedestrians who need it!

  1. Park in the neighborhood and walk your student up to the school. There is ample street parking available on Red Oak, Lois Ct. and Wendy Rd.
  2. Take Red Oak (will briefly be called Wendy Rd before becoming Red Oak again) to Mixtwood. Turn right onto Mixtwood and then Right on to Brooks. From there you can turn right on Miller and rejoin the drop-off/pick-up line. **Brooks is experiencing intermittent construction so may require alternative routes back onto Miller

Early College Alliance- Are you/your student interested in attending the Early College Alliance at EMU? Learn how the ECA can help you/your student get a head start on college and career while earning up to 65 college credits at Eastern Michigan University — a $35,000 value open to AAPS students entering grades 9, 10, or 11 in the 2024-2025 school year! Please join our virtual Information Meeting for more information.

ECA Virtual Information Meeting

Thursday, January 11, 2024

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/ECAInfoAA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Please contact the ECA at info@earlycollegealliance.info, or 734-487-4290.

Winter After-School Classes 

AAPS Rec & Ed is excited to offer several after-school classes focused on fun, learning, movement, and discovery. Registration is NOW OPEN! Click on each class option below or visit www.aarecedonline.com. Scholarships are available! Please call (734) 994-2300 ext. 0 for assistance.

AA Open

Day/Time

Name of Class

Dates

Ages

Class ID#

Mon, 3:18-5:00pm

Spanish

1/22-3/4

K-4th

1401.201

Tues, 3:18-5:00pm

Power of Drawing

1/16-3/5

K-5th

2150.201

Wed, 3:18-5:30pm

Chess with All the King’s Men

1/17-2/28

K-8th

1321.201

Thurs, 3:18-5:00pm

NEW! Designing the Zodiac

1/25-2/29

1st-5th

2157.201

Fri, 3:18-5:00pm

Chinese

2/2-3/8

Y5-5th

1408.201

December Community Resources Update.

Ann Arbor 200 Video Submissions

Ann Arbor is turning 200! To honor this milestone, a kick-off celebration is being planned for January 19, 2024. Event organizer, Destination Ann Arbor, is planning to cap off the evening with a video compilation of AAPS students K-12 sharing their thoughts on any one of these three questions: 1. What do you love most about living in Ann Arbor? 2. What is your favorite thing to do in Ann Arbor? 3. What do you think Ann Arbor will look like in 100 years? Each video submission should be 5-10 seconds in length. No fancy recording software is needed - a clip from your smartphone is perfect. Video can be submitted following this link: https://www.annarbor.org/bicentennial-upload/ More information is available here.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of December 11, 2023

Mack School- Edie and Jamie's classroom are studying Mack school for the Showcase. If you or someone you know is an alumni or has a story to share (such as who helped build the whale near the library) about time spent at the school, historical information or anything of relevance we'd appreciate it. It could be a short video, written information or you could visit us in our classroom.

Please email Jamie or Edie to let us know: martinja@aaps.k12.mi.us  linton@aaps.k12.mi.us 

Help Us Help Our Furry Friends at HSHV!

During the AAO Showcase, Kayleigh's class (5/6th Grade, Room 263) will be collecting the following items to donate to the Humane Society of Huron Valley. If can donate, please bring physical items to the AAO showcase or email Kayleigh (robbk@aaps.k12.mi.us) to arrange a different drop-off time within the next few weeks.

We are so grateful to our community for your support. We hope that we can make a difference in the lives of these animals with your help!

Cat Care Kits (could include any of these items):

 

Dog Care Kits (could include any of these items):

Ann Arbor 200 Video Submissions

Ann Arbor is turning 200! To honor this milestone, a kick-off celebration is being planned for January 19, 2024. Event organizer, Destination Ann Arbor, is planning to cap off the evening with a video compilation of AAPS students K-12 sharing their thoughts on any one of these three questions: 1. What do you love most about living in Ann Arbor? 2. What is your favorite thing to do in Ann Arbor? 3. What do you think Ann Arbor will look like in 100 years? Each video submission should be 5-10 seconds in length. No fancy recording software is needed - a clip from your smartphone is perfect. Video can be submitted following this link: https://www.annarbor.org/bicentennial-upload/ More information is available here.

BeSMART Gun Safety

The BeSMART Gun Safety initiative is a nationwide campaign created to educate adults on the importance of safe gun storage. It does not endorse or condemn gun ownership; it merely reminds parents of the importance of being aware of guns in the community, in one’s own home, as well as in others’ homes.

WISD’s Mental Health Parent Education Webinar Series continues next Tuesday, December 12, from 7:00-8:00 pm.  We’re excited to welcome an amazing panel of experts from our community to discuss how to identify and assist youth in a mental health crisis. Hopefully, we never have to use this information, but recent data tells us otherwise. Joining us Tuesday are:

By the way, we’ve recorded our two previous webinars, “Supporting Students’ Mental Health” and “Teen Dating Violence: Important Information for Parents to Know” and they can be found online here (under Parents/Guardians).

 

Week of December 4, 2023

Swimming- We are grateful for our students to have the opportunity to continue to learn water safety and swimming instruction.  Swimming is part of the Ann Arbor Open School curriculum for all students in all grade bands.  We continue to support all of our students in the goal of creating efficient lifelong swimmers.

COVID Tests- Beginning November 20, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Order Covid tests here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.  Before You Throw Out "Expired" Tests: Check FDA's website to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended.

Physical Education- It is officially the wet, muddy, snowy, and salty time of the year! Unfortunately, when those things get on our gym floor it makes it slippery and unsafe for kids to play. Please help your child remember to bring their gym shoes (closed toe, non-marking bottom), along with their boots, on their PE days so they can play safely and comfortably!

We do have a collection of shoes to borrow in the gym. If your family has gym shoes with velcro, toggle closures, or slip on style that have been outgrown, but still have use left in them, we would happily use them! Most needed shoe sizes are "Little Kids Sizes 10-13" and "Big Kids Sizes 1-4". They can be dropped at the office or sent in with your child on their gym day.

6th grade dance- On Friday December 15th our 6th grade students will have their first dance.  A group of students came with a convincing proposal this fall.  We have a number of new 6th grade students they want to get to know better, and what better way than a social gathering?  The dance is from 6:30-8:30pm  6th grade families- stay tuned for more information for donations and volunteering.  Penny is the lead teacher for this event.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of November 27, 2023

Pick-up Safety- The crosswalk on Red Oak has gotten really bad again. We must leave space at the crosswalk for our students to safely cross.  

Please vote- for how we should hold our silent auction this school year.  So far only 26 people have responded.  

Forms response chart. Question title: How should we hold the Ann Arbor Open Silent Auction fundraiser this school year?. Number of responses: 26 responses.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of November 20, 2023

Ann Arbor Open Families,

In the spirit of gratefulness this month I would like to share my gratitude for becoming the leader of Ann Arbor Open.  These last three months have gone by quickly.  I feel at home and excited for our future.  I continue to enjoy getting to know our students and our families. Open is such a special place for learning together.  This Thanksgiving season I want to thank all of our families for entrusting us with your children each and every day.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve them all.  

Hello Teachers, Staff, Principals, Ann Arbor Open Families, and Ann Arbor Community,

I want to thank you so much for helping with my sister’s funeral. The money helped me cover the costs of the burial, food for the family, flowers, gifts of money to the people, new outfits and help for my family. Everyone had food to eat and we were happy to be able to remember my sister with love.

I will use some of the money to go and see my family in Guinea Conakry in the summer when the big school is closed here in Ann Arbor. I will get to see my sister's children and my family. It has been a long time since I have been able to see them. I am very happy to go. Thank you so much everybody, thank you, thank you, thank you. I am happy.

With love,

Mariama

Silent Auction- Please vote for how you think we should hold our silent auction fundraiser.

Play- Congratulations to Johnny, Kayleigh and our students for the fabulously funny play The Day the Internet Died this weekend.  Our students were true comedians and should be proud of how well they performed. I cannot imagine memorizing all those lines!  A thank you to our families who donated food/beverages along with their time and support of our actors and actresses.

Fundraising partner needed- Do we have a business owning family willing to partner with us (AAOCC) to do a restaurant/fundraising night?  Please email fundraising@aaopencc.org if interested, or if you have ideas for us.

Pick up at the end of the day- It would be helpful for our busy office for changes as to how a student gets home is communicated by 2:30pm.  We often have a line of families wanting their student early between 2:30-3:18pm. We understand emergencies happen and our families have busy schedules.  We want to help our families.  However, the number of families picking up early is increasing.  Thank you for helping us if you can.

Toys for Tots information

Toys for Toys information is available on our Winter Resources website here (under Gifts).  The process to apply for Toys for Tots requires a family to complete an application and then go to a sign up location. Instructions are here.

The boxes are back! I'm Sarah, the Gear Swap organizer, and this year I'm bringing the boxes back because AAO is a collection site for AAPS's Winter Giving Drive. The drive is a district-wide effort to support students and families most in need.

Wishlist Items: Any Quantities are Appreciated! New or Very-Gently Used

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zr5EZ566BETTfBga1yt3HXfUA-MgKecdB6oZpfq3nkQ/edit.  Large boxes are located at either school entrance and will be monitored regularly. However, if you'd prefer to hand your items over to an actual person, please call/text me at 313.779.1123 or email me at sarahlove1010@yahoo.com and we can arrange other drop-off options. Also, if you'd like to donate gift cards but can't/don't want to get to the store, you can Venmo me @sarahlove1010 (last 4 digits 1123) and I'll make a purchase on your behalf. DONATIONS END DECEMBER 8. Thanks everyone!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of November 13, 2023

Upcoming Dates:

Week of November 6, 2023

Thank you- a huge thank you to our staff, families, and our building surrounding community for supporting and attending our annual Halloween/costume parade.  It was such a fun day!  I really enjoyed spending this time with our students, staff, and families.

Our school zone and speed reduction signs have been put up!  We appreciate our families and community following all signs, including not turning left on Miller after pick up. We also appreciate keeping cars moving and not parking in the parent pick up and drop off lane.  

Any family (or unaccompanied student) staying in a temporary living situation are encouraged to complete a McKinney-Vento/Education Project Referral/Notice of Rights form: ONLINE here

As we have previously shared, we’re making some adjustments to what used to be our Multicultural Fair.  Here is a link for more information including the why behind the change.  The theme we will be focusing on this year is Journeys. The Ann Arbor Open Showcase evening event to display our projects will be on Wednesday, December 20th at 6:30-8pm.

As we are headed into the Winter season, which also may be known as cold/flu/COVID season, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is looking for substitute teachers and paraeducators to support our classrooms.  If you are a passionate person who enjoys connecting with students, EduStaff is looking for you.  Substitute positions are necessary and meaningful work that enriches the lives of students in our community. If you, your family or friends are interested in making an impact, we encourage you to support the AAPS team as a substitute teacher or paraeducator.  Start your application at https://www.edustaff.org/ 

Upcoming Dates:

Week of October 30, 2023

Halloween/Costume Parade- On Tuesday October 31st, we will have our parade.  It will begin at 9:50am and go through our neighborhood.  Teachers have shared costume guidelines in their weekly updates, but here is a friendly reminder:  

Q. Can costumes have fake weapons with them?

A. NO - leave those at home. No light sabers, no toy guns, no bows/arrows.

Q. Can costumes have a mask?

A. Masks are part of a costume and that obscure identity may be worn on parade only,

but not during the class time.

Q. What other restrictions are there?

A. RATED G, No toy weapons like guns, bow/arrow, knife, No toy

fantasy weapons either - so no light sabers or ray blaster guns.

Q. Any other restrictions?

A. No culturally insensitive costumes or dress.

Racial Equality Event- I want to share with our families an event hosted by Literati Bookstore that may be of interest to you and to those in your networks. The event features award-winning Washington Post education reporter Laura Meckler in conversation with Ann Arbor Open parent and education consultant Brianne Dotson about the quest for racial equity in schooling. This free and public event will take place on the second floor of Literati bookstore (124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor) from 6:30-8pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Details here. Laura Meckler's recent book, Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity, takes a deeper look into the complicated history and ongoing challenges of her hometown, which has built a reputation for academic excellence and diversity.

Mack 100th Celebration Event- This video is a must see!

Recorder Performance- On Thursday October 26th, Margaret Hawthorn, Orion (Dr. Sheryl’s/Rusty’s class) and Kaixo’s (Edie’s class) grandmother, performed many different songs with many different sized recorders for all of the 3-4 classes today. Not only did she share the history of the recorder, she played duets with the one and only Beth Battey. The students were a wonderful audience and I hope they are able to share their experience with you all at home.

Open’s Show Your Support Fundraising Day-  this Saturday, November 4th.

MindSET Event- Your student is invited to participate in a MindSET event taking place at the University of Michigan on Sunday, November 5 from 3:00-5:00pm! MindSET is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative started by Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. It is an outreach program put on by a number of TBP chapters around the country, including ours since 2010, and it is aimed at engaging K-12 students in science and mathematics through design-based learning activities and mentoring from current engineering undergraduate and graduate students.

This program is designed around learn-design-build-test modules aimed at 3rd-5th grade students. Each semester, we run four modules covering topics in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, along with their engineering applications such as bridges, circuits, and rockets. The design-build activities involve groups of students working together with college students on an engineering-focused lesson and hands-on activity. This structure provides a fun-filled and creative learning experience for students while creating opportunities for college students to share their experience with learning engineering.

For this MindSET event, we'll learn how to write code to make a robot perform a set of tasks. We'll give a presentation on programming, an overview of how robots work, and a demonstration of how engineers can write code to automate processes and tell equipment what to do. Students will then have an opportunity to create their own program on a personal device to control a small robot. Please allow your student to bring any personal technology (such as a smartphone or iPad) for use in creating and running the program we'll be making together. If you cannot provide a device, we will have a few available for students to borrow during the event.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the brief sign up form by the evening before the event. The University of Michigan also requires that you complete the forms at this link. We look forward to seeing you on the 5th!

Event Name:

MindSET: Programming

Time:

3:00 - 5:00pm

Location:

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building

1301 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The flier for this event is below:

Week of October 23, 2023

A friendly reminder for our families to leave open space for our neighborhood driveways and to keep their vehicles moving (we cannot leave vehicles unattended) in our drop off spot along the curb of our front entrance. Here is a document for our arrival/departure procedures.  

Halloween/Costume Parade will be on the 31st at 9:50am.  We will hold it outside unless it is raining hard/lightning.  Sprinkles and light rain are just fine:).  Students choosing not to participate will have an alternative fall activity.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you prefer an alternate activity.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of October 16, 2023

Composting help is needed!  We have been chosen to pilot using compostable trays instead of styrofoam trays. Students have been doing a great job teaching and learning about composting over the last month. But it has become clear that our younger students really need more focused help to separate their waste. If you too believe that this is an opportunity to make a real impact on climate change, both immediately (reduce organics in landfills, which are the 4th leading source of greenhouse gases) and long-term (teaching our children a more sustainable way to live), we need parent volunteers to help. Please let us know what your availability is: the lunch time lasts from 11:10 - 11:50 every day. (You will need to become an approved volunteer if you aren't already.) Volunteers would monitor a waste station, and help students learn which items go in which bin. Each station has a landfill garbage barrel and a large City of Ann Arbor Compost Cart. The more students practice this new habit, the more independent they should get with it, and the more the habit should become embedded into their lives. Thank you for supporting this wonderful program! Please reach out to Tom with interest in helping gibbrandallt@aaps.k12.mi.us.

Welcome to a new staff member!

We are delighted that Jungmin Han will support the AAO EL Program as an EL Instructional Assistant. She is fluent in English and Korean. For the 23-24 school year,  she will be allocated up to 6 hours a week at AAO.

Walk and Roll Day-  Open families are featured in this video the district put out for Walk and Roll Day!

Chartwells Newsletter- Here is the monthly newsletter from our food service organization

Substitutes are Needed- As we are headed into the Winter season, which also may be known as cold/flu/COVID season, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is looking for substitute teachers and paraeducators to support our classrooms.  If you are a passionate person who enjoys connecting with students, EduStaff is looking for you! Substitute positions are necessary and meaningful work that enriches the lives of students in our community. If you, your family, or friends are interested in making an impact, we encourage you to support the AAPS team as a substitute teacher or paraeducator.  Start your application at https://www.edustaff.org/

Upcoming Dates:

Week of October 9, 2023

Please read What to Do if You Test Positive for information on caring for a sick person, isolation and returning to school or work. Students and staff returning from isolation are strongly urged to wear a well-fitting mask on days 6-10.

The 100th anniversary of our Mack Building was on Saturday.  This article shares some rich history our families may not have known.  

Teacher of the Week!

Our very own Tom Gibb-Randall was chosen as 100.3 radio station Teacher of the Week!  His nomination is below:

Tom Gibb-Randall, our dedicated 3rd/4th-grade teacher, deserves Teacher of the Week recognition. Our school's unique focus on socio-emotional learning and mixed-grade classes allowed our child to be in Tom's class for both 3rd- and 4th-grade, where Tom’s creativity and commitment truly sparkled. Tom champions experiential learning, staging a Shakespeare play in fall and empowering students to write and direct their own spring play. Educational field trips on city buses deepen worldly connections. And he assigns self-directed “Wednesday Projects” that allow each child to showcase their strengths. What sets Tom apart is unwavering care for his students. Last May, his class experienced a COVID outbreak, standardized testing, and school evacuation - on the same day! Tom remained steadfast. Instead of complaints, he encouraged parents to give their kids extra TLC that night and highlighted a heartwarming moment of joy amidst the chaos: "As we cleaned up the classroom, the students sang 'You Are My Sunshine.' I love this class." Tom's unmatched passion is evident in his inspiring welcome to each school year: "Every fall, magic happens when we make the world anew." He consistently instills wonder and gratitude. Tom is one of the best and a true gem in education.

***3rd annual Winter Gear and Halloween Costume Swap***

What: A free event to donate/receive outdoor winter gear and/or Halloween costumes. You do NOT need to donate anything to take anything.

When: Sunday, October 22, 12-3pm

Where: Ann Arbor YMCA (free parking on Sunday!)

Please donate any items to the drop boxes located at either entrance. If transportation is an issue, please email Sara Love gearswap@aaopencc.org  and a time will be arranged to pick up your items. What can you donate? Here's the list (all sizes, infant-adult, accepted):

- Snow suits/bibs

- Winter coats

- Hats

- Gloves/mittens

- Balaclavas

- Scarves

- Boots

- Fleece jackets

- Halloween costumes

Upcoming Dates:

Week of October 2, 2023

Family Flu Clinic- The Ann Arbor Public Schools is pleased to offer a family flu vaccination clinic hosted by Alana’s Foundation on Monday, October 9th from 4 to 7 PM at Pioneer High School. The clinic is open to all AAPS students and families.  All attendees must complete an online consent form to pre-register. Click here for more information and to register.

Meet Joe The Duck- Joe the duck made a splash at Ann Arbor Open, on Thursday the 28th, in Chad's 3/4 grade classroom. He visited a few other classrooms as well. Joe happily spent time playing in a puddle (safely in a bottomless cage) and dined on delicacies that the kids searched out for him. He enjoyed some grass and greens but his favorites were the worms, centipede, rollie pollie, beetle, and a beetle grub.

Joe is a Khaki Cambell drake that was raised by an 11 year old girl so he loves to cuddle, hang out with people and is used to being handled. During recess, the kids worked together, not just companionably but self motivated and with enthusiasm and purpose to search out Joe's favorite treats. They learned that discovering what ducks like to eat is science. They learned that junk food, especially bread, isn't good for ducks but that ducks should eat organic , more natural foods. They also learned many duck facts and watched his behaviors which are very different behaviors compared to a dog or cat.

Adults in the building were just as attracted to Joe's charm as the kids. He'll lay on his back, cradled in arms and nap. Joe brings a very calming feeling to all who interact with him and those who are a bit unsure are welcome to say, "I pass" or "no thank you."  Joe belongs to Lori Hayes who is a long time paraeducator at Ann Arbor Open.

Hello PTOC Community!

The PTOC hopes you will join them for the October 16, 2023 7pm General Meeting on zoom. The topic for this meeting is Building an Equity tool kit.

Now that they are a few years into deeper equity work, they want to take this time to connect as a community to talk about what is working well, what changes have been made, and what still feels hard.

This meeting, and all general meetings, are open to all Ann Arbor community members. You do not need to be a part of your PTO to attend and we welcome all voices that have thoughts about how we can serve students and families better.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about the history of our Equity work at the PTOC, please check out this link: https://www.a2schools.org/Page/19096

The zoom information is:

Topic: PTOC Building an Equity Tool Kit

Time: Oct 16, 2023 07:00 PM America/Detroit

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86586758217

Please share and invite a friend or colleague. This work is for everyone.

Upcoming Dates:

Week of September 25, 2023

Friendly reminders:

Our Fall Walk and Roll to School Day is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 4th as a day to celebrate getting some fresh air and movement on your way to Open. As a school that reaches students from all across our city you might be thinking that walking or biking to school isn't an option for your family, but we have you covered with many ways to get involved. From a drop-off point for our bus riders, to walk and roll carpools starting at West Park and Bach elementary, or even parking in the Water Hill neighborhood and strolling a few blocks there are many ways to join in on the fun. Additional details such as meet-up locations and pre and post school happenings will be coming soon! Questions or interested in helping out? Email: Jesse at deucherj@aaps.k12.mi.us

We are so excited for our students to have the opportunity to continue to learn water safety and swimming instruction.  Remember that when a student is at school they should be able to participate in all of the day's activities, even swim.  If you feel they are too sick to swim, they are probably too sick to be at school.  We look forward to supporting all of our students in the goal of creating efficient lifelong swimmers.

AAOCC FiFun Meeting- Here is the link for the 7-8pm zoom meeting on Tuesday the 26th

Pictures are Tuesday October 3rd!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of September 18, 2023

Coffee with the Principals- Friday September 22nd- 8:15-9:30am

PTO Thrift Shop- Please check out the attached PTO flyer -  they support our school

Curriculum Night Slides

Future Community Events:

September 18th

Cub Scout Event

September 22nd

A2Zero Green Fair

September 24th

A Korean Thanksgiving celebration for all ages

September 30th

City of Ann Arbor Public Works Open House Event

Upcoming Dates:

Week of September 11, 2023

CURRICULUM NIGHT:

Here is the agenda for our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 13th.  This is a night without children, just for parents and guardians. While the principal presentation is for new families, we will share the presentation slides with all of our families.  Krista and Alison will also be in the common area of the media center for any questions or information you may need.  We look forward to spending this evening with you!

5:30-6:00 Principal Presentation (New Families)

6:00-6:45 Lower Elementary (Y5-3/4 Classrooms)

6:15-6:30- Health (Room 304)

6:30-6:45- Spanish (Room 307)

6:45-7:30 Grades 5/6 Classrooms

6:45-7:45 Core 7/8 Classrooms

Compost Slideshow

This slideshow was shown in classrooms this week.  AAO has been selected to be a pilot school for Composting. Our Lunch trays are compostable. Our brown paper towels are compostable. We can be the model, showing other schools how to compost. It is so helpful for kids to believe they can make a difference for climate change! Thank you for your help facilitating their understanding and implementation of composting at our school. Tom is the teacher leading this pilot should you have any questions.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

Chartwells Monthly Newsletter

Girl Scouts

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop

September 1, 2023

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

TRAILS invites you to attend an upcoming presentation: Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Caregivers and Communities. The free presentation will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, September 12 from 3:30-4:45pm (ET) 1:30-2:45pm (MT). Click here for more information.

We Have a Noon Hour Position Open!  If you or anyone you know is interested please email me (visserk@aaps.k12.mi.us).  This position is responsible to

August 24, 2023

WELCOME!

It was a pleasure meeting everyone who was able to make it to our popsicles with the principals event.  We have a handful of new families and of course incoming YK/Kindergarten students.  We cannot wait to welcome the new faces and see those our staff has missed.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP- procedures are on the front page of our website, however, there is construction happening on Brooks street so our families will all need to use the Red Oak street entrance.

Outside supervision begins at 8:03 am and students may enter the classrooms/building at 8:10 am.  Dismissal is at 3:18 pm.

Please enter through the outside classroom doors on the first floor. Upstairs students, ⅞ students and Ko and Jason’s classes, please enter through the pool lobby doors on the bus loop side.

https://www.a2schools.org/Domain/12

FRIENDLY REMINDERS- 

Week of September 25, 2023

Friendly reminders:

Our Fall Walk and Roll to School Day is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 4th as a day to celebrate getting some fresh air and movement on your way to Open. As a school that reaches students from all across our city you might be thinking that walking or biking to school isn't an option for your family, but we have you covered with many ways to get involved. From a drop-off point for our bus riders, to walk and roll carpools starting at West Park and Bach elementary, or even parking in the Water Hill neighborhood and strolling a few blocks there are many ways to join in on the fun. Additional details such as meet-up locations and pre and post school happenings will be coming soon! Questions or interested in helping out? Email: Jesse at deucherj@aaps.k12.mi.us

We are so excited for our students to have the opportunity to continue to learn water safety and swimming instruction.  Remember that when a student is at school they should be able to participate in all of the day's activities, even swim.  If you feel they are too sick to swim, they are probably too sick to be at school.  We look forward to supporting all of our students in the goal of creating efficient lifelong swimmers.

AAOCC FiFun Meeting- Here is the link for the 7-8pm zoom meeting on Tuesday the 26th

Pictures are Tuesday October 3rd!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of September 18, 2023

Coffee with the Principals- Friday September 22nd- 8:15-9:30am

PTO Thrift Shop- Please check out the attached PTO flyer -  they support our school

Curriculum Night Slides

Future Community Events:

September 18th

Cub Scout Event

September 22nd

A2Zero Green Fair

September 24th

A Korean Thanksgiving celebration for all ages

September 30th

City of Ann Arbor Public Works Open House Event

Upcoming Dates:

Week of September 11, 2023

CURRICULUM NIGHT:

Here is the agenda for our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 13th.  This is a night without children, just for parents and guardians. While the principal presentation is for new families, we will share the presentation slides with all of our families.  Krista and Alison will also be in the common area of the media center for any questions or information you may need.  We look forward to spending this evening with you!

5:30-6:00 Principal Presentation (New families in the media center)

6:00-6:45 Lower Elementary (Y5-3/4 Classrooms)

6:15-6:30- Health (Room 304)

6:30-6:45- Spanish (Room 307)

6:45-7:30 Grades 5/6 Classrooms

6:45-7:45 Core 7/8 Classrooms  (Room 302)

Compost Slideshow

This slideshow was shown in classrooms this week.  AAO has been selected to be a pilot school for Composting. Our Lunch trays are compostable. Our brown paper towels are compostable. We can be the model, showing other schools how to compost. It is so helpful for kids to believe they can make a difference for climate change! Thank you for your help facilitating their understanding and implementation of composting at our school. Tom is the teacher leading this pilot should you have any questions.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

Chartwells Monthly Newsletter

Girl Scouts

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop

Week of September 1, 2023

Principal Message:  It was a wonderful first week at Open!  A big thank you to all of our families for the warm welcome.  It is going to be a great year!

SWIFT EVENT:  

In addition to housing Ann Arbor Open pandas, the Mack School building is a seasonal home to a flock of chimney swifts. All are invited to watch these birds this Saturday, September 9th as they spiral into the chimney for the night, forming a spectacular tornado! We'll gather on the Brooks Street side of the school, near the circle, at 7:40pm; bird activity should continue until around 8:30. We will be joined by an educator from the Washtenaw Audubon Society who will speak about the swifts and can answer questions. Bring a blanket and anything else you need to be comfortable.

MACK 100 Year Celebration Event:

There will be a Mack School 100-Year Anniversary Celebration, to be held in the Mack auditorium on Saturday, October 7th.  The program will start at 2:00 pm, and it will include talks about the history of the school, teachers and principals, as well as music by Joan Belgrave and Charles Larkins, Jr., and of course, singing the Mack School song.  The group of alumni putting on this celebration would welcome any present students, parents and teachers to join them.

From the group-

They will also be printing a T-shirt to commemorate this event.  Students and others are welcome to order them by choosing the sizes and leaving their names on this survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V525CT6    If you do want a T-shirt please fill out the survey by this Friday, September 8th, so we have time to print them.  When you come to the celebration on October 7th, the shirts will be there, and we ask that you pay for them in cash.  The logo is shown below.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

TRAILS invites you to attend an upcoming presentation: Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Caregivers and Communities. The free presentation will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, September 12 from 3:30-4:45pm (ET) 1:30-2:45pm (MT). Click here for more information.

COVID Reporting

We are using the same processes as last year to track and contain COVID cases. This information is in the Back to School site on the district homepage, and under the Students & Families tab here.

These resources are updated for 2023-24 - please share with parents:


Info on COVID-19 prevention strategies, masking, and more is available on the same A2schools.org webpage here.

Week of August 24, 2023

WELCOME!

It was a pleasure meeting everyone who was able to make it to our popsicles with the principals event.  We have a handful of new families and of course incoming YK/Kindergarten students.  We cannot wait to welcome the new faces and see those our staff has missed.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP- procedures are on the front page of our website, however, there is construction happening on Brooks street so our families will all need to use the Red Oak street entrance.

Outside supervision begins at 8:03 am and students may enter the classrooms/building at 8:10 am.  Dismissal is 3:18 pm

Please enter through the outside classroom doors on the first floor. Upstairs students, ⅞ students and Ko and Jason’s classes, please enter through the pool lobby doors on the bus loop side.

https://www.a2schools.org/Domain/12

FRIENDLY REMINDERS- 

August 2023

Dear Ann Arbor Open School Community,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the newly appointed principal

of Ann Arbor Open School. I am honored to join a school community where students, staff, and

parents work closely together for student success.

I attended The University of Michigan where I earned a degree in Elementary Education. I

earned a master's degree from Concordia University-Ann Arbor in Educational Leadership with

a dual concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. I am entering my twelfth year as a principal,

having served students and families from preschool to eighth grade. It is also very important for

me to draw from my eight years of experience in the classroom. I will always be a teacher at

heart.

In my downtime you will find me cheering on the Wolverines, reading paranormal book series,

swimming, crafting, and spending time with my family. My adult son and teenage daughter keep

me busy alongside our four year old French Bulldog named Harley Jane.

One of the many things I’m looking forward to is working hand-in-hand with students, staff, and

our families to extend learning beyond the classroom, into the community and the world. The

home-to-school connection has proven to be the most successful for me as an educator. I

wholeheartedly cannot wait to get this school year started with amazing students, dedicated

staff and supportive families.

My start date with Ann Arbor Public Schools is scheduled for August 16, 2023. After orientation,

I will receive my AAPS contact information which I will share as soon as it is provided. In the

meanwhile, I can be reached by email at aaopen@aaps.k12.mi.us.

With Panda Pride,

Krista Visser