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


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 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 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

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.


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 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! 

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