Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9 Announcements



Happy New Year to all of our STEAM Families!!! 
Your PTSO hopes you all had a restful winter break ⛄!!! 

*Reminder PTSO General Meeting January 12 6:00pm-7:30pm @ MSR (media studies room) childcare is provided

Getting back into the swing of things please be on the lookout in the coming announcements for the online STEAM Spirit Wear Store and please be sure to check the PTSO Event Schedule for upcoming events.

Announcements:


Thank You STEAM Families!!!

Your PTSO would like to announce that over $8,000 was raised for our Annual Fall Drive!! Way to go and Thank You for making it a success!!

WESO Coaches Needed - 

Elementary Science Olympiad is still in need of coaches.  For those parents who are not familiar with how it works, practices are traditionally 1 hour a week and then if needed twice a week as the day of the Olympiad approaches. This is an excellent way to create another layer for us as parents to be able to see our children shine academically. Please contact Tejas Rao @ a2steam.weso@gmail.com for more information.

❄Snow Ball❄ has been moved to February 24, 6:00-8:00pm - 

Join us for our first STEAM family dance Friday February 24!!! Details and volunteer signup coming soon...

Hold on to those BoxTops!!! There will be another opportunity for STEAM to raise funds coming in March. Please make sure you are sending in VALID BoxTops with your students. 

Teacher Feature:

Mrs. Heather Bertelson



In 4th grade, PBL feels very relevant and real to the students.  They are old enough to see the deep connections across the content areas AND across the particular projects that we do.  Our brain project this year is a great example of this!  Our students spent considerable time preparing to answer the Driving Question, "How do we, as students at A2 STEAM, raise awareness about concussions in school aged children?"  We began our journey into this topic learning so much about the brain and our nervous system.  Once we had that solidly under our belt, we focused on how concussions can impede our brain function.  Now 4th grade had a job to do!  We needed to help students and adults understand the effects and symptoms of concussions and ways people can avoid brain trauma.  The students created PSAs (Public Service Announcements) for targeted audiences to help raise awareness about this growing problem in school aged children.  If you were lucky enough to come down to our rooms for Expo, you got to see this in action.  This project related so well to our Mind Up Curriculum that the students quickly saw how important it is to keep your brain safe and working at full capacity.  It is a pleasure to create and implement projects with my students throughout the year.  I can't imagine doing anything else!

Thank you Mrs. Bertelson! To see more about  Mrs. Bertelson and the rest of the 4th grade please click on the link







Wednesday, December 7, 2016



PTSO General Meeting Thursday January 12, 6:00-7:30pm in the MSR

Announcements

Middle School Science Olympiad 
The Middle School Science Olympiad Club has now started. If you would like your middle school student to participate, but have not been contacted by the head coach, please contact Michele Loewe at drmicheleloewe@yahoo.com

ChicoBag 
Delivery of the ChicoBags will be arriving December 13 due to high demand. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you to all the families that contributed to the fundraiser! Please feel free to email president@a2steampto.org with any questions.

A2 Safe Transport Meeting 
When: Dec 12 at 4:00 (arrive 3 or 3:30 if possible)
Where: Downtown Library, Multipurpose Room
Mark your calendars!
A little information on this meeting.
Logistics:  Lovely, bright yellow tee shirts with the A2SafeTransport logo are still available in limited number (free, but donation suggested).  If you want one, contact us, and we will set up delivery.  The shirt makes you immediately recognizable as a member of the group; but make no mistake, we want you with us whether you wear the shirt or not.  We will meet at the library prior to the meeting, some will get there as early as 3 please try to get there by 3:30.  This meeting will likely go until about 9 or 10. Council will be served dinner, so you may want to pack food.  If you cannot stay the whole time, come for what you can (leaving early or arriving late).  Our presence makes a difference.  There may be time for public comments at the end.
Meeting Purpose: This is a planning meeting to set budget priorities for the year.  The city's budget runs from July 1 to June 30, so this will be to discuss funding for the next fiscal year (July 2017-June 2018).  This is not a meeting to approve the budget.  From this meeting, City Admin will draft the budget to reflect the priorities that come out of this meeting.  So making our priorities heard are key.  The proposed budget will come to Council in Feb or March and then the council members have time to prepare amendments for a May approval.

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pickup
Parking in the lot of the Northside Community Church is still prohibited.  The recommended area for morning drop off parking at the church on John A Woods and walking your child across the street so they can walk into the school safely via the sidewalk on Peach.  Stopping in the middle of the street so your child can get out curbside is not only extremely dangerous but it is illegal. Please plan for just a couple minutes of additional time to your morning routine.

Did you know???
  • On average the PTSO blog has over 3,000 views per month???
  • Information such as meeting minutes, event schedule and more can be found by clicking on the tab on the top right corner from the blog homepage
  • We are still looking for volunteers, please take a look at the Volunteer Opportunities Page also located on the top right side from the Home Page.
  • Submissions to your schools PTSO blog for announcement can be made to president@a2steampto.org 
Fundraising


  • Store Rewards
    Many stores around town will give a donation to the school based on you shopping with them. Last year, the PTO received donations of several thousand dollars from stores like Kroger, Busch’s, Target, Little Seedling, Ten Thousand Villages and others. Click here for information about how to sign up for free so these stores can donate the maximum to our PTO.
  • Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education
    It’s time to turn in your Box Tops and Labels for Education! These programs sent us over $500 last year. These programs have expanded beyond cereal boxes and soup can labels, so check their web sites for up to date information on products, rewards, and special coupons.
  • ANN ARBOR PTO THRIFT SHOP Please see the attachment from the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop -- they support our school and students.  SHOP, DONATE and SUPPORT AAPS!






Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Fair, Holiday Shopping Guide 2016

*Next PTSO General meeting Thursday January 12, 2017

Announcements

Book Fair - Books will be available for purchase on December 1, and 2nd.  Students will be able to make purchases at the Library using cash, CC or checks.  Please make checks payable to A2 STEAM at Northside.  Please remember to include the tax for your entire purchase.

Books will be available for purchase in addition to the regular school day sale on Thursday December 1, from 3-6.  Book Fair closes Friday December 2, at 3pm.

School Parking - Northside Church Parking lot closed for our use. Parking at the bottom of the hill at Barton and Traver, using Bethel AME church at John Woods, as well as the use of Leslie Science Center are all alternative options.  *please keep in mind the added stress on our students commute at the loss of the church parking will effect everyone.  Please no blocking crosswalks to let your children out and no stopping during traffic to let your student out at the stop sign on barton or crosswalk in front of the school. Let's please all do our part to keep our kids safe!!!

Please click on the link to view the Parking Map


Traffic SurveyThe Ann Arbor City Council is evaluating the safety of pedestrian crossing locations, particularly for schools, in order to determine which locations need improvement. The citizen's group, A2 SafeTransport, has made a short survey to help gather this information quickly and thoroughly. They will present the results to the City Council. If you know of any crossing areas that you think are unsafe or could benefit from improvements--especially at schools-- please take a few minutes to complete the survey. You can include as many locations as you'd like. Please share this link with friends and neighbors. The more entries we have the better the outcome. Thank You!!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScg7gvlCcT47PSjDfAB9gkJ7c_p0em1SWJZMn2Gro8i0N7FMQ/viewform?c=0&w=1


Please take a moment to view our PTSO Holiday Shopping Guide 2016

Thank you to Joe Tiberi fellow STEAM parent and business owner for being the first in the hopes of many sponsors of Fun Run Tshirts.  If you or know anyone who would like to be a sponsor please email president@a2steampto.org for more information. 








Sunday, November 20, 2016

Announcement November 20


*Next PTSO General meeting Thursday January 12, 2017

Announcements:

Chico Bags - Chico Bag Fundraiser ends Monday November 21.  Please send order form back to school with your child's name and teacher with your check made out to A2 STEAM Northside PTO. Students are to turn them in to their teacher.

WESO - Registration for the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) team is now open! Please go to the following website for information and instructions to get your student signed up!   www.a2steamweso.org

Coaches and volunteers are also needed and the above website provides information for parents who are interested.  Without you, this event will not be possible!  Please don't hesitate to contact head coach Tejas Rao at a2steam.weso@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Fall Fund Drive - To view our letter that went home in your child's backpack please click here.  Very big thank you to the families that have already donated. We appreciate donations before 12/1/2016 for tax purposes.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Dear Family Members,

This is our 3rd successful year of STEAM and the PTSO needs your help now more than ever. That's why your assistance is vital in our continued success.

The PTSO seeks your support to help in carving out fundraisers and committees in order to create a supportive culture for the success of our entire school. 

As a result, based on the size and needs of the school, we urge each family to volunteer approximately 8 hours per school year.  Please take this opportunity now to click the link and offer your help and especially your much needed time.  Thank You.



Teacher Feature:
Kara Huckabone
Vocal Music Teacher 
Co-Athletic Director

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In the music classroom, PBL looks a little different than in the general classrooms, but it is present!  One example of PBL in vocal music started last year.  The first graders began work on our Musical Garden project.  We collaborated with technology and engineering and art to explore and design musical pieces to be built for our K-1 playscape.  The students explored musical sounds, rhythmic improvisation and composition, and sounds of different materials in music; made wind chimes and rattles in art; and designed musical garden pieces in technology and engineering.  This year we will complete the project by using the students' designs to build musical garden pieces for the K-1 play ground.  We are excited about finishing up the project this year and contributing musically to the playscape at A2 STEAM! 


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Music Class updates can be found at a2steamvocalmusic.weebly.com

Note to families:

All information that our STEAM community would like to be placed in our announcements can be sent to president@a2steampto.org by Wednesday of each week.  They will be added to the PTSO blog and sent via school messenger.

Please check the event schedule on our blog for the latest updates.  Be advised meeting/event dates and times are subject to change.  They will be posted in this one source on our blog.  This is to minimize all of the different places PTSO information is posted. 


  • Store Rewards
    Many stores around town will give a donation to the school based on you shopping with them. Last year, the PTO received donations of several thousand dollars from stores like Kroger, Busch’s, Hillers, Target, Little Seedling, Ten Thousand Villages and others. Click here for information about how to sign up for free so these stores can donate the maximum to our PTO.
  • Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education
    It’s time to turn in your Box Tops and Labels for Education! These programs sent us over $500 last year. These programs have expanded beyond cereal boxes and soup can labels, so check their web sites for up to date information on products, rewards, and special coupons.
  • ANN ARBOR PTO THRIFT SHOP Please see the attachment from the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop -- they support our school and students.  SHOP, DONATE and SUPPORT AAPS!



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 9th: Help Wanted, Announcements, Teacher Feature and new Store Rewards




Safe Routes To School (SRTS)- Public input meeting will be Thursday Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8pm @ STEAM. All are welcome!

In September A2 STEAM at Northside began working with the Safe Routes to School contingent from MSU to develop a Complete Action Plan to obtain funding for street and sidewalk infrastructure enhancements from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The school SRTS committee has spent the past month completing the data gathering phase and the MSU team is ready to host the Initial Public Input meeting based on findings so far. As committed advocates for pedestrian and cyclist safety , your support, perspective and feedback at this stage of the process are very important. 

Please join us this Thursday, November 10 at 6:30pm in the school’s multi-purpose room for our Initial Public Input Meeting. We look forward to seeing you. 

Best regards,

Carlene Colvin-Garcia
Nicole Chardoul
Co-coordinators, A2 STEAM SRTS Project

HELP WANTED:

Dear Family Members,

This is our 3rd successful year of STEAM and the PTSO needs your help now more than ever. That's why your assistance is vital in our continued success.

The PTSO seeks your support to help in carving out fundraisers and committees in order to create a supportive culture for the success of our entire school. 

As a result, based on the size and needs of the school, we urge each family to volunteer approximately 8 hours per school year.  Please take this opportunity now to click the link and offer your help and especially your much needed time.  Thank You.

Announcements: 

Middle School Science Olympiad MiSO

Registration for the Middle School Science Olympiad Club is now available. Please click on to the link below to complete a goggle form registration for your student. Event descriptions came home last week in student’s backpacks and are also available on the A2 STEAM Middle School Clubs' webpage- http://a2steamathletics.weebly.com/clubs.html  Please contact Michele Loewe drmicheleloewe@yahoo.com or 734-930-9883 (home) with any questions about the club. Registration deadline is Sat. Nov 19Students will be contacted by their coaches the week of Nov 21 and practices will begin shortly thereafter. 
Thank you for your interest in the middle school science olympiad at A2 STEAM.
Sincerely,
Michele Loewe
MiSO Head Coach 

Registration form link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5r2YImZD3E_Ior72B-sJm1eYJc6GxNzd9OiVcNdiiZFLPUw/viewform?usp=send_form#start=openform

Coaches Needed for Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) - The 2017 Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) has been announced and will take place on June 3rd at Pioneer High School.  This competition is open to grades 2-5.  A description of WESO and the events for 2017 are available in the links below:



The rules of Science Olympiad require an adult coach for each event in which we would like to participate.  In order to maximize the opportunities for our kids, please consider volunteering to coach an event.  No prior experience is required and plenty of support is provided by WESO in the form of teaching materials, workshops, subject matter experts etc.  Without coaches, there is no Science Olympiad!!

If you would like to coach an event, or if you have any questions on WESO, please contact Tejas Rao and Head Coach at a2steam.weso@gmail.com.

Fall Fund Drive - To view our letter that went home in your child's backpack please click here.  Very big thank you to the families that have already donated. We appreciate donations before 12/1/2016 for tax purposes.

Ten Thousand Villages - Ten Thousand Villages in Ann Arbor is hosting a holiday shopping benefit for local non-profit organizations. From Monday, November 28th through Friday, December 9th, not only will your purchase benefit artisans around the world, it will also help create change right here in Ann Arbor. During those two weeks, mention [the name of your organization] at the checkout counter and 15% of your purchase will be donated to us. Join us as we support our global AND local community; use your purchasing power to change the world through fair trade! 


Teacher Feature:

Meet Alicia Loomis 
Kindergarten Teacher
Co-Middle School Athletic Director

Mrs. Alicia MacGeorge-Loomis

In Kindergarten, we are constantly moving around and making our learning fun and interactive. As we began our School Community and School Rules Project Based Learning project, the students were excited to get to learn more about their school and share that learning with others. As a class we were to find a way to share with other students in the school the rules for school assemblies. Our class had some serious conversations on what would be the best way to do this, and we simply could not agree. We brainstormed ideas, but one day we were taking a brain break using a site called GoNoodle. The students were dancing along activity that was based on a movie coming out soon. All of a sudden the students stopped dancing and started talking to one another and pointing to the screen. As the break ended, the students were excited to announce that while watching the dancing video the they noticed that it reminded them of a movie trailer. One student thought it would be great to make a movie trailer for our project. We decided to investigate the iMovie app on our iPads. The students used the Story Board feature on the iMove Trailers feature and set out making a list of the pictures and videos they needed to fit each of the rules they created for having a successful school assembly. The enthusiasm that the students had for a project, that when completed, is only 1 minute long, was astounding! They dedicated themselves to becoming directors, producers, and editors all while keeping the idea of sharing with others as their priority. Its these real life moments, that inspire me to keep this momentum in Kindergarten learning going. I love being apart of this A2 STEAM community and the amazing work that our students do each and every day! 

Check out our iMovie Trailer here:https://youtu.be/KXWXrH2QTS8 

Note to families:

All information that our STEAM community would like to be placed in our announcements can be sent to president@a2steampto.org by Wednesday of each week.  They will be added to the PTSO blog and sent via school messenger.

Please check the event schedule on our blog for the latest updates.  Be advised meeting/event dates and times are subject to change.  They will be posted in this one source on our blog.  This is to minimize all of the different places PTSO information is posted. 


  • Store Rewards
    Many stores around town will give a donation to the school based on you shopping with them. Last year, the PTO received donations of several thousand dollars from stores like Kroger, Busch’s, Hillers, Target, Little Seedling, Ten Thousand Villages and others. Click here for information about how to sign up for free so these stores can donate the maximum to our PTO.
  • Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education
    It’s time to turn in your Box Tops and Labels for Education! These programs sent us over $500 last year. These programs have expanded beyond cereal boxes and soup can labels, so check their web sites for up to date information on products, rewards, and special coupons.
  • ANN ARBOR PTO THRIFT SHOP Please see the attachment from the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop -- they support our school and students.  SHOP, DONATE and SUPPORT AAPS!






Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 30, Announcements, Help Wanted and Teacher Feature





PTSO General Meeting Thursday November 3, 6:00-7:30 in the MSR *childcare will be provided

Announcements: 

Math Olympiad - The Math Olympiad will serve students in grades 5-8.  Meetings will be each Monday immediately after school starting 10/24 in Ms. Martins room MS7.  Please email Michael Maranda A2STEAMMO@gmail.com for more registration information.

Middle School Science Olympiad Coaches Needed - We Need You To Coach a Science Olympiad Event -  Currently the MiSO team is in need of coaches. Please contact Michele Loewe @drmicheleloewe@yahoo.com for more information.

Coaches Needed for Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) - The 2017 Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) has been announced and will take place on June 3rd at Pioneer High School.  This competition is open to grades 2-5.  A description of WESO and the events for 2017 are available in the links below:



The rules of Science Olympiad require an adult coach for each event in which we would like to participate.  In order to maximize the opportunities for our kids, please consider volunteering to coach an event.  No prior experience is required and plenty of support is provided by WESO in the form of teaching materials, workshops, subject matter experts etc.  Without coaches, there is no Science Olympiad!!

We will be holding an informational event for prospective coaches on Wednesday November 2nd at 6:30PM in the Multi Purpose Room.  Please plan to attend if you are interested in coaching.

If you would like to coach an event, or if you have any questions on WESO, please contact Tejas Rao and Head Coach at a2steam.weso@gmail.com.

Steaming Hot Coffee Meeting - Join us for a morning meeting Friday November 4, 8:00 - 9am.  We will have an open discussion on what the PTSO has in store for the upcoming year and an update from our Safe Routes To School Team. PTO Thrift Store Raffle Tickets will be available for purchase $5 cash only.

Middle School Fun Night - Friday November 4, 6:30-8:30pm grades 6-8 only. There will be a $5 entry fee with cider and donuts for sale.  The film Labyrinth will be shown along with STEAM T shirts and cinch sacks for sale at the welcome desk in our front entrance. Click here to view the flyer.


Safe Routes To School (SRTS)- Public input meeting will be Thursday Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8pm @ STEAM. All are welcome!

Fall Fund Drive - To view our letter that went home in your child's backpack please click here.  Very big thank you to the families that have already donated. We appreciate donations before 12/1/2016 for tax purposes.

HELP WANTED:

Dear Family Members,

This is our 3rd successful year of STEAM and the PTSO needs your help now more than ever. That's why your assistance is vital in our continued success.

The PTSO seeks your support to help in carving out fundraisers and committees in order to create a supportive culture for the success of our entire school. 

As a result, based on the size and needs of the school, we urge each family to volunteer approximately 8 hours per school year.  Please take this opportunity now to click the link and offer your help and especially your much needed time.  Thank You.


Teacher Feature:


Welcome to our 2nd installment of our blog series "Teacher Feature"

Meet Jean Wilson 6th grade teacher and fellow STEAM parent

Mrs. Jean Wilson


We have a sink! The sixth grade science lab needed a sink, and we used Project Based Learning to make it happen. We researched greywater, which is the water from sinks, showers and washing machines (not toilets!), to learn about how we could use water wisely. We also used our engineering skills to design and revise our sink. We are so happy to be able to wash our hands and reuse the water for our indoor salad garden. It is filtered by our own filtration system to make sure all the soap is removed. Students learned about the scientific process by asking questions, investigating, designing models and publishing results. This was a wonderful project with a very useful product!


To see more about what the 6th grade class is up to visit a2 STEAM 6th grade

Note to families:

All information that our STEAM community would like to be placed in our announcements can be sent to president@a2steampto.org by Wednesday of each week.  They will be added to the PTSO blog and sent via school messenger.

Please check the event schedule on our blog for the latest updates.  Be advised meeting/event dates and times are subject to change.  They will be posted in this one source on our blog.  This is to minimize all of the different places PTSO information is posted. 


  • Store Rewards
    Many stores around town will give a donation to the school based on you shopping with them. Last year, the PTO received donations of several thousand dollars from stores like Kroger, Busch’s, Hillers, Target, Little Seedling and others. Click here for information about how to sign up for free so these stores can donate the maximum to our PTO.
  • Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education
    It’s time to turn in your Box Tops and Labels for Education! These programs sent us over $500 last year. These programs have expanded beyond cereal boxes and soup can labels, so check their web sites for up to date information on products, rewards, and special coupons.
  • ANN ARBOR PTO THRIFT SHOP Please see the attachment from the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop -- they support our school and students.  SHOP, DONATE and SUPPORT AAPS!