Monday, March 6, 2017

 

PTSO General Meeting this Thursday March 9, 6:00-8:00pm
 
 
Announcements:
 
 PTSO Board Member Openings 2017-2018
 
Would you like to make your volunteer role more formal?  Spaces for next school years executive board are available.  We are in need of a Co-President, Vice President, Co-Treasurer, Secretary and PTOC Rep.  If you have any questions to what is involved please email president@a2steampto.org
 
 
Grade 3-5 Fun Night
It's time for another fun night, can you believe it!!
Friday night, March 10th, 6-8pm at STEAM.
  • Steam 3rd/4th/5th graders and their families are invited. No siblings OVER 5th grade, please, due to space.
  •  Entry is free, pizza for sale, fruits/veggies/desserts/popcorn are free.
 
Many of you have already signed up to help out with food donations and volunteer slots, which is amazing! However, we still need a bunch more. We understand how hard it is to commit to volunteering, so please know we truly appreciate it when you do. These fun nights couldn't happen without you!
 
Note: This is NOT a drop off event.
 
Sign Up:
 
Thanks,
The 3/4/5 Fun Nigh Team,
Carrie Bank, Elisabeth Weinstein, Tammy Carter, Kimberley Wilkerson, Rebecca Shriberg, Anne-Marie Ilgen, Sara Rao, Heather Walters
 
 
BoxTops
 
 
We raised $269 in our spring BoxTop drive!!!  Congratulations to Ms. Bertelsons 4th grade class for being the top contributing class and winner of the spark party!!!
 
 
 
Snow Ball
 
Dear STEAM community, 

We have completed our first annual Snow Ball Carnival. I hear it was a lot of fun! As a PTSO, we are committed to building a stronger community here at STEAM Northside, and this even was a showcase of our community efforts. I appreciated hearing families share their great experiences at the end of the day. 

I wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work in making this first-time winter event successful.  It was fantastic to see how many people stepped in to help make this event a success.

Honorable mentions: 
 
All the middle school students take on some big roles, showing dedication and leadership. 
Tami and David Haig for the bake sale magic. I do hope you come back next year, even if your beautiful Amelia is moving on to high school. 
Katie Whitney - a first year parent who stepped in to do all of the beautiful face paintings

Zoltan Jung who came to our rescue with the laser lights in the gym and made the photo booth experience so much fun. 

Thanks to all who donated baked goods and all those who donated their time. You are an amazing community and I am proud to be a member of it.  
 - Rita Shelley-Smith
Event Coordinator
 
 
 


Friday, February 3, 2017

Thank You Ms. Fitz

Thank you Principal Fitzgibbon for all of your hard work and dedication to the students, staff and STEAM families!!!  The PTSO would especially like to thank you for all of your support and helping us to be a success. Good luck to you in your future retirement!!!
Events:
Zap Zone Fun Night!! Thursday February 9, 6-9pm at Zap Zone on Carpenter Road OPEN TO ALL GRADES. Students grade 4 and under MUST HAVE PARENT SUPERVISION!!! ZAP ZONE/PTSO are not responsible for child supervision. $20 for unlimited laser tag/bumper cars/cannon blaster is available for purchase onsite. 

Safe Routes to School, Public Input Meeting #2
Please join us on Thursday, February 16 from 7 to 8:30pm in the MPR         Safe Routes to School
The school's SRTS committee and the Safe Routes team from MSU are in the second phase of creating a Complete Action Plan to obtain funding for street and sidewalk infrastructure enhancements from the Michigan Department of Transportation. 
On 2/16 we will share the preliminary designs for Infrastructure Enhancement along designated school routes. We will also see the initial plan for Safe Routes Education of our students and families.

We would love for you to come and see these designs, ready to ask questions and to share your thoughts and ideas!  http://saferoutesmichigan.org/

Snow Ball Dance - Friday February 24th
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COME ONE, COME ALL: 

The Snow Ball date has been set for Friday, February 24th from 6-8 PMAll families are invited, this is a dance for parents and students.  We'll have DJ Nicole FreshMyint with music in the gym along with a photo booth, food and activities in the multi-purpose room if you want to take a break from dancing.  
Dress up or dress down, come in and have fun!  Pizza, beverages and baked items will also be available for sale during the event. 
*Please note:  This event is not a drop-off activity, all students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   


COSTS: 
Admission tickets will be available at the door only $3.00 parent, $2.00 child, includes admissions to all gym and multi-purpose room activities, and a bottle of water to help you stay hydrated during the dance. Food and other beverages will be available for an additional cost in the multi-purpose room. 



PRSVP FOR SNOW BALL

We encourage you to pre-register your family, as it helps plan us accordingly for an accurate number of guests, thank you for your reply. 

    Last name of one person in your family *

    Total number of people who will attend (include self) *

    Having trouble submitting this form? Click here


🏃🏃🏃 Girls On The Run 🏃🏃🏃
Registration is open for Girls on the Run! Our program at A2Steam is open to all 3rd – 5th grade girls and will meet afterschool on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:15pm – 4:45pm March 15th through May 26th. All registered participants will receive a healthy snack at each lesson, along with a program t-shirt and water bottle, a parent guide book, Girls on the Run cinch sack, and entry into the incredible Girls on the Run 5k on Sunday, May 21st (all students, staff and families are welcome to come run/walk with our girls!).
Girls on the Run’s curriculum based program is MUCH more than a running program. Click here to learn more and to register.Space is limited and registration ends February 17th*Financial assistance is available and volunteers may receive discounted or waived registrations for their daughters. The more volunteer coaches we have them more girls we can reach. Email info@girlsontherunsemi.org for more information. 



BoxTop Drive!!!



The class that raises the most BoxTops will win a Spark Party!!! They can be turned in to your child's teacher or in the special drop box in the schools office.  All entries are due February 24





Special Thank you to Carrie Bank and all of our volunteers for another successful Fun Night!!!


Congratulations Amy Storey for correctly answering the Trivia Question!!!! The answer is, Principal Fitzgibbon was a Point Guard.  Your STEAM sweatshirt will be in the school office after Monday February 6.


Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23 Announcement





Next PTSO Meeting will be STEAMing hot coffee Thursday February 2, 8am (morning dropoff) - 9am
This will be a Town Hall Meeting. If you have not been able to make a meeting this is a excellent one to attend. Please bring your thoughts and ideas and we'll have coffee and donuts!


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K-2 Fun Night

Friday January 27, 6-8pm check out the FLYER


Safe Routes to School, Public Input Meeting #2
Please join us on Thursday, February 16 from 7 to 8:30pm in the MPR         Safe Routes to School

The school's SRTS committee and the Safe Routes team from MSU are in the second phase of creating a Complete Action Plan to obtain funding for street and sidewalk infrastructure enhancements from the Michigan Department of Transportation. 
On 2/16 we will share the preliminary designs for Infrastructure Enhancement along designated school routes. We will also see the initial plan for Safe Routes Education of our students and families.

We would love for you to come and see these designs, ready to ask questions and to share your thoughts and ideas!  http://saferoutesmichigan.org/


❆❆❆ SNOW BALL ❆❆❆


VOLUNTEERS AND BAKE SALE 

PTSO is still looking for volunteers and baked items donations for the Snow Ball, which will take place on 2/24 6-8 PM. Please take a look at what we need by following the links below: 


EVENT DETAILS

Date: 2/24/17 6-8 PM
Dance location: Gym
Activities and food: Multipurpose room
Food and beverages: 1 bottle of water included with admission. Food extra
Admissions: 
$3.00 parent, $2.00 child, $7.00 family (3+). 

All students attending a dance must be accompanied by a parent



🏃🏃🏃 Girls On The Run 🏃🏃🏃

Registration is open for Girls on the Run! Our program at A2Steam is open to all 3rd – 5th grade girls and will meet afterschool on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:15pm – 4:45pm March 15th through May 26th. All registered participants will receive a healthy snack at each lesson, along with a program t-shirt and water bottle, a parent guide book, Girls on the Run cinch sack, and entry into the incredible Girls on the Run 5k on Sunday, May 21st (all students, staff and families are welcome to come run/walk with our girls!).
Girls on the Run’s curriculum based program is MUCH more than a running program. Click here to learn more and to register.Space is limited and registration ends February 17th*Financial assistance is available and volunteers may receive discounted or waived registrations for their daughters. The more volunteer coaches we have them more girls we can reach. Email info@girlsontherunsemi.org for more information. 


BoxTops

Keep saving those BoxTops families!!! They can be turned in to your students teacher or the special drop box in the office.


Robotics Update
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FUTURE ENGINEERS AT WORK and PLAY Using VEX IQ equipment under the leadership of Mr. Van Loo, A2 STEAM’s Robotics Teams have been designing, building, programming, learning and meeting challenges since the Fall; working toward a competition tournament to be held in Rochester Hills, MI, in February. Check out this promo video showcasing their efforts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqZKy9ehjOY The group has grown from 10 students in 2 teams to nearly 50 students in 8 teams. This Friday, January 20th, the teams will be hosting a scrimmage in the MPR against themselves and teams from Lakewood Elementary. It is a free event, beginning at 7:00 pm



Teacher Feature

STEAM Families,

Please meet Ms. Monteleone 8th grade teacher

Mrs. Alexandra Monteleone


"Middle school is a time when students are discovering their own personal values and evaluating the world around them. The process of project-based learning (PBL) correlates with this natural process directly to enhance their school experience and connection with the curriculum. This past fall in our 8th grade classes, we developed Driving Questions that explored the parameters of creating a Utopian Society to decide from a philosophical standpoint whether or not such a venture is even possible. Looking with a critical eye at how societies are structured and the careful process of creating policy and mitigating it’s often unintended consequences really engaged students in solving a problem that adults genuinely try to solve in their day-to-day life. We met with Ann Arbor City Planners to gain knowledge of how policy-makers use the values of the community and precedents from other similar communities to drive the creation of new rules and laws. Students then created a formal proposal that provided an outline of the cultural values, laws, and societal norms for a society of their creation. Then, they presented to the public at the fall Expo Night! Why create something just for a grade? Students demonstrated their communication skills in order to deliver a clear message to invested stakeholders - just as many people in leadership roles do every day. Project-based learning aids in making our work relevant while developing the 21st Century Skills needed to thrive in a rapidly-changing culture and job market. I am so proud to be a part of A2 STEAM and participate in the initiatives of project-based learning and to watch the growth that PBL brings to our students and the Ann Arbor community at large!"

Thank You Ms. Monteleone and all of our hard working teachers!!  To see more about what the 8th grade is up to visit http://www.a2schools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=10454


🚦🚦🚦 Traffic and Safety Incident Form 🚦🚦🚦

This is a informal document that will be used as a record of incidents for our STEAM families. You may call the school of course but this is in an effort to have a log of incidents that will be submitted to the city throughout the school year by the PTO President. You can click on the LINK or visit the page on the right side of the blog where it will reside permanently. 


Trivia Quiz...

The first person to correctly answer the following question will win a free STEAM Sweatshirt!!! The winner will be announced in the next PTSO announcement, all submissions should go to president@a2steampto.org 

What position did Principal Fitzgibbon play on her college basketball team?? ?












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!