Thursday, March 23, 2017

The PTSO 2017-2018 Board has openings for those who would like to make their role an official one.  Several of our members will be returning; Dani Parker Co-President, Tonya Huffman (acting Vice President/2017-2018 Co-President, Aaron Reifler Co-Treasurer and Maryrose Flanigan (acting secretary/2017-2018)

Open positions:

Vice President

Duties include attending Monthly Board/Executive Board meetings and help to further create a well rounded education for our STEAM students! Contributing your time is a very rewarding experience.  Please reply with inquiries to  

Thank you to all of this years PTSO Executive Board.  We have worked very hard this year as a team and we have a lot to be proud of!  Great work team!


New Principal Q&A with aaps Administration

We would like to invite you to attend a Q&A Session to discuss the principal transition at A2STEAM with Executive Director, Jazz Parks. We will meet Monday, March 27 from 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the MPR. Please mark your calendars. 

Burns Park Run

As many of you know, the 39th Annual Burns Park Run ( is a local Ann Arbor tradition.  This race started in 1979 and has always been planned and executed by parent volunteers from Burns Park Elementary and the surrounding community.  It is a fundraiser for our PTO, for other local schools' PTOs, and for the Ann Arbor Education Foundation. Last year, there were nearly 1,300 participants and 455 were K-12 students from our local schools. 

$10 of your child’s individual registration fee donated back to their school’s PTO. Parents simply indicate their interest in participating during the online registration process ( and designate the name of the school to have your school receive the $10 donation. Last year, the race raised over $1,790 for school PTOs other than Burns Park Elementary.  

Morning Dropoff Traffic and Safety Volunteers
The PTSO is asking for a group of parents to volunteer in assisting children arrive to our school safely.  We will be partnering with the Ann Arbor Police to help make intersections and crosswalks a safer place.  This cannot be possible without your help!!! Many of us have experienced unsafe conditions and now is your chance to contribute.  Please email for inquiries.

Spring Expo
Thursday March 30th, the PTSO will be providing delicious hot dogs from Rays Red Hots for purchase on the outdoor area outside the cafeteria. STEAM spirit wear will be available inside the cafeteria as well.  Cash and CC are accepted for spirit wear.

City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant
Open House
get an up-close look at what makes the water flow
Saturday, May 6th | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
919 Sunset Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48103
I hope to see you there!
Lynne Chaimowitz – 734.794.6426  or

Monday, March 6, 2017


PTSO General Meeting this Thursday March 9, 6:00-8:00pm
 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
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:
The 3/4/5 Fun Nigh Team,
Carrie Bank, Elisabeth Weinstein, Tammy Carter, Kimberley Wilkerson, Rebecca Shriberg, Anne-Marie Ilgen, Sara Rao, Heather Walters
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