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!


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!

❆❆❆ SNOW BALL ❆❆❆


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: 


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
$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 for more information. 


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: 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

🚦🚦🚦 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 

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

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