Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016

Greetings from A2 STEAM @ Northside PTSO

Special PTSO Meeting Thursday October 6, 6pm-7 @MSR
Agenda: Proposed Budget Changes for Field Trip Funding
*childcare will not be provided but we will have a movie

Announcements: (There is quite a bit of information to share this week)

Walk to School Date Changed to 10/13!!!
It’s that time of year again!  Join us in our walk to school day to promote healthy living. Please see page 2 of our blog for full description and volunteer sign up

A2 STEAM @ Northside PTSO Annual Fall Drive
Attached is our Annual Drive information letter. This is also a comprehensive look into where the PTSO’s fundraised dollars are spent in correlation with field trips and other expenses (Hard copy of this letter will also be sent home with your child.) Please see page 3 of our blog to view our letter.

PTO Thrift Shop Cash Raffle
Support the PTO Thrift Shop and STEAM by purchasing raffle tickets.
1st place - $1,000
2nd place - $500 (2 winners)
3rd place - $250 (8 winners)
Official drawing on Veterans Day
A portion of every ticket sold will go to OUR school.  First Ticket sales will be this coming week Tuesday October 4, 7:45- 8am and held Friday October 7, at drop off in the MPR room till 8:10am. Tickets will be sold at every PTSO event until deadline of November 7.(cash only for purchase)

Ricks Run For Kids (RR4K)
This years event will be Saturday October 15 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor.  Rick’s Run is an event to honor the legacy of Rick Dekeon, a long time PE teacher at Northside Elementary School as well as a coach of many Rec & Ed teams.  Proceeds benefir the Rec & Ed Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to children and teens from low income families to participate in after school classes, recreational sports and summer camps.Rick's Run for Kids -

Cub Scout Pack 131 New Member Recruitment
Pack 131 is currently looking for new members.  Meetings are held at Lawton Elementary and the pack has members from STEAM, MAC and Dicken.  Please contact Michele  for more information.

Northside Community Church Parking
We have been fortunate to have both churches on either side of our school allow us to use their parking lots.  We understand that parking is a challenge. This announcement is pertaining to the Northside Community Church on Barton. This is establishment has supported Northside Elementary for many years but if we continue to ignore their guidelines for parking WE WILL LOSE THE PRIVILEGE!!!  In an email sent to Principal Fitzgibbons please see the following:

You are welcome to use the parking lot at Northside Community Church (across from the school) for;
Morning drop off and afternoon pick up of children
Evening school events (except as noted below)
  1. Please do NOT use our lot on Thursday evenings
  2. Use ONLY the designated parking spaces - Do NOT park in the drive way
  3. DO NOT park in the 3 spaces marked: ‘CHURCH PARKING ONLY’ at any time
  4. Our ‘CHURCH EVENT ONLY’ sign indicates that we have an event at that time and outside parking is not allowed.
  5. If it has snowed, our plow needs to get into the lot to clean it out.Parking is only allowed on those days for as long as it takes to pick up or drop off children.
The spots directly in front of the church are to be kept clear.  We have been advised of this by the fire marshal.  We have an arrangement with Brewer’s Towing to remove unauthorized vehicles from our lot if we call them.  We don’t want to do this but this space must be kept clear.
We hope to continue communications with administration and parents.  Have a great year!
Terence McGinn, Pastor


October 4

October 6
PTO Thrift Store Raffle Ticket Sale Multi Purpose Room (MPR) 7:45am-till second bell

Special PTSO Meeting 6pm -7 Media Studies Room
Agenda: Proposed Budget Changes
October 7

October 13

October 15

October 21

November 4
Event 1 - PTO Thrift Store Raffle Ticket Sale Multi Purpose Room am drop off till 8:10am
Event 2 - Room Parent Information Meeting (invite only) 8:15am-9

Event 1 - Walk to School Day
Event 2 - PTSO General Meeting 6pm in Media Studies Room

Ricks Run For Kids @ Gallup Park

A2gether Fall Family Fun Night
This event is to highlight and showcase the wonderful mosaic of our A2 STEAM community. Families of all grades are welcome!  

Middle School Fun Night

Don’t Forget:
  • Bloomz
Remember to sign up for Bloomz, this is an excellent resource as a one stop shop communication for the entire school.  PTSO will now be using this as a means of communication in addition to school messenger as well and can be used from your PC and/or smartphone.  There is a convenient tutorial on how to use Bloomz  once your account is setup. Make sure you join the PTO’s and your child’s teacher group. The PTO invite code is JW6PWK.  (It works very similar to facebook, very user friendly) If your students classroom is still working on creating their group, no need to worry. You can still see info from the PTO and our Lead Teacher Brooke Stidham.
  • Amazon Smiles
In addition to the already established amazing ways (box tops etc.) to raise funds easily is Amazon Smiles.  When you shop on Amazon just register your recipient to Northside Elementary PTO Ann Arbor and a percentage of the proceeds will go directly to our school.  Smile -

  • Store Rewards
    Many stores around town will give a donation to the school based on you shopping with them. Last year we got several thousand dollars from stores like Kroger, Busch’s, Hillers, Target, 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
    We hope you have been saving your Box Tops and Labels for Education for the fall. These programs sent us over $500 last year because you clipped and turned in the labels. 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!                                                           
Yours in School Spirit,
Dani Parker Co-President,Fundraising  & Communications Coordinator and
Robyn Sorensen Co-President, Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside PTSO

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