Sunday, November 20, 2016

Announcement November 20

*Next PTSO General meeting Thursday January 12, 2017


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!

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 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.


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

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, 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!

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