Sunday, October 22, 2017

Annual Donation Drive




Supporting Education
A2 STEAM @ Northside
Annual Drive


You probably already know that PTSO = Parent Teacher Student Organization, but did you know that one of the PTSO primary functions is to raise funds for the school?

At A2 STEAM @ Northside, students have additional opportunities that enrich their educational experience.  From Expos to field trips, we want all of our children to share in these experiences; your PTSO raises funds to support such opportunities.  We cannot do this without your support.  Some schools hold events such as sales of baked goods and gift wrap; we are working to keep the number of these events to a minimum while still supporting high quality educational experiences at our school.

Here are some examples of how your PTSO funds support our children's educational needs:

  • Field Trips ($20,000):  A significant portion of this funding provided transportation to off-campus venues.  We want to continue to offer these unique, Project Based Learning (PBL) field trips that help our kids explore and contribute to their surrounding community. With the growing population at A2 STEAM, we have increased our budget this year in this area.
   
Field Trip Cost Per Student Breakdown
   
Grades K-3     $25 per student
           Grades 4-5    $40 per student
           Grades 6-7    $60 per student
                Grade 8            $140 per student

  • Expo Grants ($3,000):  Teachers often need extra materials for Expo projects.  Your PTSO helps to provide additional funding to support the students’ curriculum and creativity.
  • Classroom Materials ($3,200):  We want to ensure that teachers are not paying out of their own pockets for classroom materials; we provide reimbursement for items that support Project Based Learning (PBL).

Please donate today to support the above activities or simply to express appreciation for having nothing to buy, sell, or do!. Your PTSO asks that you only contribute what you can afford; If your family can afford to give more, please consider doing so as these funds will benefit other A2 STEAM families.

*Please note - Additional fundraising will be necessary to fund the costs of field trips and other activities throughout the school year that are not covered by the Annual Drive.


  1. Donate by check/cash:  Checks can be made payable to “A2 STEAM at Northside PTO” and returned to the school office drop box in the enclosed sealed envelope.
  2. Donate online by clicking on the PayPal LINK


Please make your donation as soon as possible to help us plan our spending through the school year. If you have any questions, please contact our PTSO Co-President in charge of fundraising and communications  @ dani.copresident@a2steampto.org

Thank you!



A2 STEAM at Northside PTSO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

9/25/17



A2 STEAM Fall 2017 Spirit Wear:
STEAM spirit wear is back for a limited time only; orders are due Sunday, October 1 at midnight.  Orders ship October 17.  With over 40 different options to choose from, visit https://goo.gl/SN6eab to see all the options to show your A2 STEAM Spirit!


Our next PTSO Meeting will be Friday October 13, 8:20 AM - 9:30 AM in the Multi-Purpose Room.  This will be our first STEAMing hot coffee morning meeting of this school year.  We hope to see you there.


A2 STEAM @ Northside PTSO Facebook group: this is a group for A2 STEAM events and updates in our community and school.  PTSO executive board monitors the group.  Please share this group with our STEAM community and join by visiting, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423715811017564/
Volunteers needed:
An excellent to become involved in the STEAM community is by attending the monthly PTSO meetings and/or volunteering for one or more of these exciting opportunities.  Please check out ways you can contribute to making our school the best it can be: https://goo.gl/R93ZE3
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 is International Walk-Bike to School Day!
Be a part of this fun community experience!  Sharing a little bit of your time and effort will make a big impact.  On Wednesday, October 4, students at A2 STEAM will join thousands of schools across America to celebrate the benefits of Active Transport to School on International Walk & Bike to School Day.  


This year's Event Coordinator is John Beeson.  We need volunteers to make this a successful event.  Please visit the URL listed below to access the Sign-up Genius for you for this event:



There are tasks to be handled prior to the event, and tasks to be handled on the day of.  See what works best for you and please sign up. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at srtsa2steam@gmail.com


Store Rewards:
Store Rewards are an easy and highly effective means of fundraising in support of STEAM.  Just by creating an account and assigning it to STEAM @ Northside or Northside Elementary you can help to raise thousands of dollars


Kroger:
This must be renewed annually and can be attached to your account by visiting: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow

Amazon Smile:
*Must shop at amazon.smile in order for money
https://smile.amazon.com/

Busch’s:


*Must be renewed quarterly
https://www.buschs.com/account/login


How to contact your PTSO Executive Board

Dani Parker Co-President dani.copresident@a2steampto.org
Tonya Huffman Co-President tonya.copresident@a2steampto.org
Karl Dinkleman Vice President vpkarl@a2steampto.org
MaryRose Flanigan Secretary maryrose.secretary@a2steampto.org
Aaron Reifler Treasurer aaron.treasurer@a2steampto.org
Beth Grzelak PTOC Representative  bethgrzelak@gmail.com


Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome 2017/2018

Dear STEAM Families,

The PTSO will be communicating via bi-weekly newsletter along with the school for a one stop shop communication source.  Please submit all PTSO newsletter entries to vpkarl@a2steampto.org by the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.



*Next PTSO Meeting Friday October 13, 8:20am - 9:30 in the Multi Purpose Room.  This will be our first STEAMing hot coffee morning meeting of this school year.




Spirit Wear Store is finally here!!! 
Click on the link below:

Volunteer

Looking to get more involved in your child's school?  Aside from attending our monthly PTSO meetings look no further, there are many ways you can share your talents. Click on the link to sign up for one or more of our awesome activities. 


Important Dates

PTSO STEAMing Hot Coffee Meeting Friday October 13 8:20am MPR

A2gether Fall Festival Friday October 20


Store Rewards
Store Rewards are a easy and highly effective means of fundraising in support of STEAM.  Just by creating an account and assigning it to STEAM @ Northside you can help to raise thousands of dollars

*Must be renewed yearly

*Must shop at amazon.smile in order for money

*Must be renewed quarterly


How to contact your PTSO Executive Board

Dani Parker Co-President dani.copresident@a2steampto.org
Tonya Huffman Co-President tonya.copresident@a2steampto.org
Karl Dinkleman Vice President vpkarl@a2steampto.org
MaryRose Flanigan Secretary maryrose.secretary@a2steampto.org
Aaron Reifler Treasurer aaron.treasurer@a2steampto.org
Beth Grzelak PTOC Representative  bethgrzelak@gmail.com











Thursday, June 15, 2017

End of the year information

Announcing 2017-2018 PTSO Executive Board:

Dani Parker Co-President
Tonya Huffman Co-President
Karl Dinkleman Vice President
Mary Flanigan Secretary
Aaron Reifler Treasurer
Beth Grzelak PTOC Representative
We would still like to have one more treasurer.  Please email president@a2steampto.org for inquires  

Thank you Robyn Sorensen for creating new STEAM traditions and helping to continue existing ones as well.  You will me missed and thank you to your family for all of their support this year!

Please click on the link to preview the 2017-2018 Approved PTSO Budget

Other news -

New Principal

In a message from Jazz Parks Executive Director, Middle Level Education for Ann Arbor Public Schools - Please look for an email Friday, June 16 naming the new leader for STEAM!  If you are able, please join us Monday, June 19 from 5pm-6:30pm in the Media Center for a brief meet and greet with the new principal. There will be other days throughout the summer to meet your new STEAM principal, if you are unable to join us Monday, June 19.  We look forward to transition and introductory activities that will be planned during the summer months to provide opportunities to get acquainted with the new principal. 

Gaga Pits

Hooray! The gaga pit has been moved off the basketball court on to the grass area near the trees. 

The PTSO purchased a second gaga pit for the lower grades k-2 and has arrived this week! (we will need help putting this together in the near future)  The PTSO would like to take the opportunity to announce that this will be in dedication to Kate Lewit our school Physical Education teacher.

Thank you Kate for over 30 years in Ann Arbor Public Schools!!

Summer Kickoff

We had a very big turnout and thank you to all who volunteered! 



Cross Country Kids

Another successful season of Cross Country Kids has come to an end.  Thank you to Andrea Wilkerson who has worked extremely hard to keep this Northside tradition going.



Store Rewards

Please remember to hold on to your Boxtops and renew your Kroger, Buschs, Target and Amazon Smiles Store Rewards!  Most stores require you to renew every quarter and these are great and easy ways to help out STEAM.  It really does add up $$$

Please remember this is your PTSO, if you have any feedback, advice, or problem we, the executive board are here for you!  We'll see you in September!!



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Kickoff

Summer Kickoff!!!!!!!!!

2017 A2 STEAM SUMMER KICKOFF, Sunday June 11th from 5-7:30 p.m.
We're hosting a kickball tournament + Free Ice Cream For The Students + Ray's Red Hot's ($) + DJ Nicole FreshMyint!
We need volunteers to pickup & deliver ice cream, setup the event, sign people in, sell tix, kick the ball, scoop the sweet stuff and clean-up! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0948a8ad28a7f49-calling1
Any questions feel free to call Robyn at 312-662-8613 or email volunteer@a2steampto.org


THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! 
YOU'VE HELPED OUR KIDS HAVE A GREAT YEAR AT A2STEAM!






We raised our goal of $20,000!!!
Thank you STEAM Community!!!


Samantha Cover who is a STEAM parent created this link for our community to view from the event!  Thank you Samantha for the stunning photos!




Next PTSO General Meeting Monday June 12, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Multi Purpose Room
Please click the link provided to view the proposed 2017/2018 PTSO Budget https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15cJNoNchNgc32BLLV93NSxzsGS7t9eEevx7E4st0lRg/edit?usp=sharing

Update on the New Principal hire -
Round 3 for interview panel will commence this Thursday June 1.


Don't Forget!!!


BOOK SWAP COLLECTION HAPPENING NOW!

The Book Swap will take place the last week of school:
Monday, June 12: 6-7-8
Tuesday, June 13: K-1-2
Wednesday, June 14: 3-4-5

Spring BookBOGO Sale!
This year we will host our first-ever Buy One Get One (BOGO) Fair! The BOGO sale will run for one-day only on Wednesday, June 7th from 8:00-4:30pm in the Multi Purpose Room!









Monday, May 22, 2017

Color Run Was a Success!!!!!



Our First Color Run
has raised $19,984!!!!
Just $15 under our $20,000 goal!!!!
Way to go STEAM Community, your PTSO thanks you for support! This money will fund next years field trips, expo costs, classroom grants, social events and so much more

Classroom winners will be broadcast during afternoon Tuesday announcements. 
Be sure to ask your student who won!

Thank you to our corporate sponsors:

Joe Tiberi of Farm Bureau Insurance for purchasing all of the Ice Pops and the new PTSO tent

LaVida Massage Plymouth Road




PTSO General Meeting Thursday May 25, 6:00-7:30 agenda will include PTSO 2017-2018 budget and Executive Board members:

Dani Parker Co-President
Tonya Huffman Co-President
Karl Dinkleman Vice President
Mary Flannigan Secretary
Aaron Reiffler Treasurer
Beth Lee PTSO Representative

Don't Forget:
Book Fair -
Spring BOGO Sale!
This year we will host our first-ever Buy One Get One (BOGO) Fair! The BOGO sale will run for one-day only on Wednesday, June 7th from 8:00-4:30pm!

In order to make it run smoothly, we need the help of many volunteers! Visit the Scholastic Book Fair site and pick a time to help out. 

Proceeds from the fair will be used to supplement our Summer Reading Program at A2 STEAM. 

Thank you for your support of this important fundraiser!



Summer Kick-off -
Join us for our first A2 STEAM Summer Kick-off !  Sunday, June 11th from 5-7pm we're having a kickball tournament with food, music, prizes and more!  Contact Robyn at
volunteer@a2steampto.org if you'd like to be a team captain, referee or part of the organizing committee.  (this is in place of Ice Cream Social)

BoxTops -
Please turn in to your students Teacher by June 1