Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pajama Day - Friday, May 30

The MLK student council has called for this Friday, May 30 to be pajama day! Students are welcome to wear pajamas to school on Friday provided they don't interfere with teaching and learning :-)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Coin Drive Continues - Shafie's Success

Congrats to Mrs. Shafie's class who has already filled one half-
gallon milk jug with coins! :-)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Coin Drive for hurricane and earthquake victims

“Coming upon poverty reminds us of our own fortune; knowing our own fortune reminds us to treasure it.”



Our King Community has many families with ties to Asia and we are excited to present an opportunity for our children and parents to donate. Each classroom will have an empty milk jug for coin donations. Our children can feel like they are helping by donating spare change or organizing neighborhood fund raisers (pulling weeds, lemonade stands, or pet walking). There will also be a milk jug in the main office for those parents that would like to send a separate donation. The PTO is currently looking into a reputable organization that has the ability to help families in both countries.

Think of the possibilities:

One quarter per student = >$100

This is the perfect opportunity to rid your house of pennies!

For more information contact:
Susan Aaronson
or 741-9878

Friday, May 23, 2008

NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 26

As a reminder, school is not scheduled to be in session on Monday, May 26 as we observe Memorial Day.

Parent Volunteer Tea - May 29 @ 4 PM

Dear King Parent Volunteers / Friends,

You are cordially invited to attend a reception in your honor. We simply could not allow the year to end without formally expressing our thanks to you!

Why? You are there for all our needs (and we have plenty!). You don't even know how to say now. :-)

When? Thursday, May 29th from 4 - 5 PM

Where: The MLK School Media Center

Thank you!

NOTE: Adults only, please!

Lost and Found To Be Emptied on 5/30

The Lost and Found at school will be emptied on May 30.

Feel free to stop by between now an then to claim your child's things. Teachers will also walk kids by beforehand to give another reclamation opportunity.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Space Camp Report - Thursday

Hello from Space Camp! This is our last post before returning home.

The last group completed their mission today, and all the students have raved about how much fun they had. Today, all groups also had the chance to compete in robotic competitions! Tonight they will demonstrate their Space Camp knowledge by participating in the Space Bowl, a jeopardy based game! All the chaperones are excited to watch the graduation tonight at 9:30 pm Alabama time, or 10:30 Michigan time! The chaperones also had a little fun of their own, even winning a prize for excellent teamwork in the Area 51 low ropes course! Also, special congratulations to Kim Pitts, the winner of the "Outstanding Parent Camper of the Week" award!! At midnight Michigan time we will be back on the buses as we begin our journey home.

IMPORTANT: We will start the phone chain when we cross the Ohio border into Michigan. We look forward to seeing you upon our return!

Front Drive Redesign - Next Steps UPDATED

On May 15, the Building Renovation Committee met to discuss the input from the May 7 community meeting as well as other input that had been given to committee members. At the conclusion of the meeting the committee had organized the collective input into categories, which helped us to understand the wide variety of perspectives held in the MLK community. These perspectives included those who travel to and from school via bus, foot/bicycle, and car (including those who drop off in the front drive and those who drop off on the street). In addition, there were perspectives related to the aesthetics of the building and the effect of potential construction on the environment.

The variety of perspectives gives an indication about the issues and priorities for the King community. For many of us, this is obviously about more than the redesigning of the front drive. As we move forward in this process, we will use the input as a lens by which to look at the benefits and drawbacks of potential solutions.

We will have a follow-up community meeting on June 4 at 7 PM. Any interested parties are welcome to attend.

We have a strong desire for broad community involvement while the issues around the front drive are narrowed, leading to a recommendation.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Space Camp Report - Wednesday

Space Camp, Day Three

Another glorious day at Space Camp. It was in the high 70’s and sunny. We were up around 7 a.m. again, almost all of the adults and campers were at breakfast together. All students sit with their counselors, but they wave to the adult chaperones and can tell us if there is a problem.

The students were VERY busy again with missions, learning about rockets in rocket park, enjoying “G-Force”, a machine that simulates the force of shooting off into space. Some teams saw another IMAX movie about the history of history of moon exploration called “Magnificent Desolation”. Amazing footage from the Apollo program, plus computer generated images, narrated by Tom Hanks. Other teams will see it on Thursday.

Students continued to work on their robots for the competition tomorrow night.

Everyone appears happy and content.

The adults completed one mission and will do another tomorrow. They did a team building exercise where they had to move their space craft (blocks of wood) from the dead planet to the new planet. We made it!!

Until Thursday, signing off in Huntsville.

Your 14 dedicated chaperones

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Space Camp Report - Tuesday

From Dr. M and Mrs. Haddas:

Tuesday, May 20- Our third day at Space Camp.

What an amazingly busy day. Up at 7 a.m.... it is now 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. your time) and the students are still going strong. All teams were involved with programming their robots, climbing the Mars wall, learning about crew systems, and everyone got to hear Jill Long a Colonel in the Air Force, a fighter pilot. She was inspirational.

The blue group, differential (the name they have at Space Camp) did their Endeavor mission today. Everyone else does their mission either on Wednesday or Thursday.

A few photos from today's events show below.

The adult chaperones began their astronaut training too and are exhausted. Good night.

KingCare Registration for 08-09

Dear King School Families

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and the KingCare staff is hard at work preparing for the 2008-09 school year.

All families who turn in registration forms and pay the registration fee before the last day of school (Friday, June 13th) will receive a $10 registration discount per child. With the discount, registration will be $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. Insurance fees remain the same at $40 per child and will be billed to families on September's Invoice.

Hard copies of registration forms can be picked up in the KingCare office. The form is posted on the King school website
You may choose to fill in the form electronically but all forms must be signed and initialed by hand.

Forms can be turned in to the KingCare office or to our mailbox in the main office, or can also be mailed to the school address before June 10th. If you will be mailing forms after June 10th, please send them to:

P.O. Box 972136
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

We will not accept emailed forms, as they must have legal signatures and the policy sheet must be initialed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Heather Brescol or Amanda Campbell via phone at 734-994-4485 or email at

Landscaping Feats

Submitted by: Linda Ryan, Landscaping Chair

I'm so excited about the student landscaping enthusiasm and follow-through efforts at King this year! Like I said before, Earth Week was fantastic and so many classes participated in cleaning up and beautifying King grounds. Have you noticed the improvements? Ask your child about it.

This past week, The Tree Frogs, Campfire USA girls and their younger siblings worked really hard on Megan's Courtyard. Perennials like Black eyed Susans and Phlox and Iris were planted under the big Brad berry Pear Tree and in other corners. Mulch was hauled and eagerly distributed. Then to end the plant fest, the stepping stones in the courtyard were painted by the busy and happy little artists. It was a great work session! Thank you girls for letting me tap into your talents. Thanks goes out to the leaders and adult helpers Leah Tremonti, Heather Schweitzer, Laura Boudette and Christine Kukucka, too.

There is still more mulch to haul. If you and your family care to take a turn and help out, just bring a large shovel and gloves. the wheel barrels are behind the shed by the parking lot entrance. Mulch is needed on the last three beds out front on the school at the south end. Send me an email if you have questions, or to let me know of your efforts! Thanks You!

Submission by Linda M. Ryan
Landscape Chair

Monday, May 19, 2008

Space Camp Report - Monday

Hey...Just realized 9 p.m. your time is 8 p.m. our time!!! So...

Everyone is doing well today on the first full day of camp. The chaperones tried to stay in the background and let the children bond with their camp counselors.

While roaming the campus, our chaperones have commented on how much the students are engaged and excited about space camp! The orange team members were spotted tackling the rock wall! The black team raved about the time spent on the "Space Shot!" "They go forty-five miles per hour! We could barely move our arms," exclaimed the pink group about the G-Force simulation! The blue team viewed an amazing IMAX movie where they experience life in space! Our purple group had first hand experience of what it would be like to walk on the moon using the 1/6 Gravity Chair. We can't wait to hear about what new things they discover tomorrow.

Your devoted Space Camp chaperones:)

3rd Grade Open House/Music Night - 5/22 @ 6:30

We're looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful 3rd grade families for the annual Open House and Music Night at MLK this Thursday, May 22 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Map Painting Project - Sat., May 24 @ noon

King parents, students and staff are invited to help paint a large map of the 50 states on the playground this Saturday, May 24. We will begin at noon and expect to finish by 3 PM. We cannot paint if there is rain in the forecast, so for any last-minute information, please check the King School web site or call Kathy Griswold at 657-7900.

This was a fun project when we painted the first map for Mrs. Jones ten years ago. Once again we will have the activities organized so that everyone can participate -- just remember to wear old clothes.

Cheryl Jones Is Retiring

All Aboard!
The retirement train is pulling into MLK School Station and . . .

Cheryl Jones has a ticket to ride!

Cheryl has been a significant part of the MLK School community
since the day the school opened and has decided to board the train to retirement!

Please join us in celebrating Cheryl's contribution
on Friday, June 6 from 6 - 8 PM
at the MLK School Ice Cream Social.

Two Ways to Say Goodbye to Our Beloved Mrs. Jones!

Mrs. Cheryl Jones is retiring this June after nearly 40 years of devoted service to the King School Community. Help us honor her – and the unwavering talent, dedication and compassion she has given to our kids and families.

1. Visit Her at the Ice Cream Social
The King Ice Cream Social is Friday, June 6, from 6-8 pm.
It’s a perfect way to spend some time with Mrs. Jones,
enjoy some great memories and wish her well in her next adventure.

2. Donate to a Gift Fund
The King PTO and King community will honor Mrs. Jones
by purchasing books and music featuring African-American culture for King School.
Please give your donation to: Mylinda Balint (623-8173; ) or Laurie Barnett (996-2849;
Or drop it off to Mary Greene in the King Office. Make checks payable to King PTO.

Deadline for donation: Monday, June 2

Sunday, May 18, 2008

5th Graders Arrive Safely At Space Camp

Good evening,

The fifth graders have arrived safely at Space Camp, and everyone is doing fine this evening. There is no reported homesickness. ;-)

Upon arrrival in Huntsville, the phone chain was activated . . . so we hope you got the "arrived safely" message.

For further updates, check the MLK website! Updates willl be posted each night by 9 PM:

Check it out!


Friday, May 16, 2008

PTO Meeting - 5/20 @ 7 PM

The MLK PTO will meet this Tuesday evening at 7 PM in the media center. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Congrats to Aaron and Sam

Two former MLK students have been identified by their younger Kindergarten brother Max to be "good big brothers." Nice job, boys!

I'm proud to announce this in relationship to the kinds of behaviors supported by the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills. Aaron and Sam--nice job! You show trustworthiness, responsibility and friendship among many other qualities, and you have shown yourselves to be excellent role models for Max. Keep up the good work!

2008 Washtenaw County Summer Sports Camp

The Juvenile Division of the Washtenaw County Trial Court is again offering free summer camps for students age 8-15 years old. There is no camp fee. Camps offered are Football, Track, Golf, Wrestling, Basketball, Cheerleading and Tennis. They are offered at a variety of places including Huron, Pioneer, Ypsilanti High, U of M Golf Course and EMU. Lunch is provided

For more information visit or call 222-6900. Flyers are available in school offices.

Bagels and Buns - 5/16 @ 8:15 AM!!! See you there!

Come join us for breakfast, conversation and FREE Starbucks coffee!

Friday, March 16, 8:15 am until school starts. Bagels $1, buns $2, juice 50 cents.

PS. Planning for next year: Please join our B&B volunteers, contact Julie at or Line at if you're interested

Thank you,

Line vN

Crossing Guard Update - 5/14 UPDATED

UPDATED - 5/14 @ 1:30 PM

I discussed the situation with Officer Lee today. He shared that a fill-in crossing guard was assigned to the Glazier and Tremont location today and didn't know why the person was not there. He will follow-up.

As an on-going issue, the crossing guard being absent should not be a problem.


The crossing guard at Tremont and Glazier Way was again reported absent today. You might remember my earlier post about this situation . . . it shows again below.

I have left a message for Officer Sean Lee at the number below about the situation and why a sub could not be placed. I hope to hear back soon; however, parents can certainly contact the police department about the situation too.


Earlier post about crossing guard:

This morning it was reported that there was no crossing guard at Glazier Way and Tremont. As some of you know, this has been a fairly frequent occurrence on Wednesdays this school year. I am sharing this information so that you can make appropriate plans with your child if they must cross but when they arrive there is no adult assistance. Some families have shared the following solutions:

  • I walk with my child on Wednesdays. This way I can help him/her cross.
  • I have instructed my child to wait until an adult arrives to cross.
  • Maybe there is a parent who can fill-in on Wednesdays when the crossing guard is not present? If you can help, please do!
IMPORTANT: Some parents may not be aware that crossing guards are hired and employed by the City of Ann Arbor, not the Ann Arbor Public Schools. While I have been in contact with the city and I do understand their difficulty, please direct questions specific to the filling of the crossing guard position to the city by calling call Sean Lee at 994-2865. If you have other questions/concerns, please call the MLK school office.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

4th Grade Open House/Music Night - 5/15 @ 6:30 PM

We're looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful 4th grade families for the annual Open House and Music Night at MLK this Thursday, May 15 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Hope to see you there!

5th Grade Open House/Music Night - 5/13 @ 6:30 PM

We're looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful 5th grade families for the annual Open House and Music Night at MLK this Tuesday, May 13 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Followup: Front Drive Redesign Input Meeting

On Thursday, May 7, a meeting was held at MLK School to gather input about the redesign of the front drive as it relates to funding available from the 2004 Ann Arbor voter approved bond. The meeting was very helpful. The community input before, during and after the meeting was appreciated by me and the larger team.

At this point, I will take the compiled input to the MLK Building Renovation Committee for analysis and recommendations. This committee includes MLK parent representatives Elizabeth Donovan and Alisha Faciane as well as teacher Karen Haddas, architects, building project personnel, district administrators, and a traffic engineer.

The MLK community can expect more information about the direction of our planning in the near future. If you have questions, please feel free to contact any representatives on the team.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Yearbook Orders Due on May 30

With Ms. Wayne's help, we've put together a terrific collection of student portraits and candid photos that will be enjoyed for years to come.

The cost of the yearbook is $12. Please enclose payment and the order form sent home in a clearly labeled envelope and return it to your child's teacher . . . OR order online at

The deadline for ordering the 2007-08 MLK Yearbook is May 30! After that, yearbooks will not be available for purchase.

Landscape Quickie Note

The clean-up of the pond and parking lot area was completed by all three 5th grade classes. Thanks goes out to the kids in Mrs. Haddas's class, Mr. Taylor's class and Dr. Mihalik's class. These areas sure look a lot better! Please don't litter at King in the future, and we can put these helpful people out of a job and onto something new.

The mulch pile is going down... and guess who helped out? Mrs. Gatonez's class of eager, energetic and hard working first graders and the after school, equally enthusiastic King Care kids. All I have to do is walk and halls, smile and carry a bucket or pair of gloves around and I get volunteers left and right. It's a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling to have such King community spirit coming from people half my size! The future looks a bit more rosy now. The next challenge is getting my kids at home to be as ambitious, ditto?

Submitted by Linda M. Ryan
Landscape chair

Don't Scrimp on Scrip

Submitted by: Heather Schweitzer

Are you still grocery shopping without a King scrip card? Do you need another card, perhaps for your spouse or for another store? Be sure to order one this week; order forms will go out this Friday. Busch's, Kroger, Hiller's and Whole Foods all donate 5% of your purchase dollars directly to King. That can add up to hundreds of dollars a year for a single family! It's such an easy way to earn money for your kids' school. If you have any questions regarding grocery scrip cards, please contact Heather Schweitzer at

Science Olympiad Planning Meeting - 5/14 @ 7 PM

Submitted by: Amy Cell

KingSchool just wrapped up another FABULOUS Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) experience, and we are already starting to lay the groundwork for WESO 2009.

To keep the momentum going, and to get a head start on planning for next year, there will be a planning meeting at 1425 Bardstown on Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Amy Cell at

Debrief WESO 2008 - what we should do the same, what we should change.
Planning for WESO 2009 - proposed steering committee opportunities, timeline.
Positions available for next year:
Grade coordinators (2nd-5th grade)
Banner coordinator
Raffle basket coordinator
Science Night committee
Medal coordinator
T-Shift coordinator
Program layout coordinator (King page)
Day of event volunteer coordinator
Database coordinator (does a Zoomerang type survey for people to enroll, downloads into excel, makes changes to list)
Marketing coordinator (sends out communications to King to recruit students and promote program)
Event Supervisor (you would provide overall coordination and management of one of the events)
If you are not able to attend, but have an interest in one of the following positions, please send a quick email to

Millages Pass

Both the operating and sinking fund millage proposals passed with voter approval yesterday. Here are the preliminary results:

AAPS Proposal B (Operating millage):
Yes – 7368 (77%)
No – 2224 (23%)
Total votes cast: 9592

AAPS Proposal C (Sinking Fund)
Yes – 7260 (76%)
No – 2353 (24%)
Total votes cast: 9613

Monday, May 05, 2008

Congrats to King Science Olympiad Teams!

Dear Volunteers, Parents and Coaches (and many of you are in more than one category!),

THANKS so much for your hard work and commitment, in making this another terrific year for King Elementary at the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad! It was truly an honor to serve as the school's head coach.

Standings should arrive electronically shortly (there are usually minor changes after fixing small errors, and so I will send them out when I'm sure they're finalized), but we had an OUTSTANDING showing this year, capped off with the 5th grade's OVERALL FIRST PLACE, and placing in events in all four grade levels. We also won the banner competition.

For next year, Amy Cell has agreed to take the baton as head coach. I want to thank the organizing committee, and Amy particularly, for all their efforts, and I look forward to next year!

Best Wishes,
Ann Marie Sastry

Teacher Appreciation Week! 5/5 - 5/9

Please join me in thanking the MLK teachers for all they do--and frankly, they do a lot and they do it well. I am fortunate to work with the MLK teachers who do such great job, and I echo the words of the national PTA president, Jan Harp Domene:

“Teachers can instruct our students in math, science, and language, but more than that, teachers can give our children the will to continue learning for the rest of their lives. The gift of never-ending education is one for which we cannot show enough gratitude—but we can certainly try. The monumental responsibility of teachers should be met with an equally awe-inspiring show of appreciation, and that is why we are creating the Nation’s Largest Teacher Thank-You Card. During PTA Teacher Appreciation Week this May, please join us in recognizing the imperative and inspiring work our teachers do every day. Working together, teachers, parents, and communities can make every child’s potential a reality.”

1st Grade Open House / Music Night - 5/8 @ 6:30 PM

We're looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful 1st grade families for the annual Open House and Music Night at MLK this Thursday, May 8 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Congrats!: AAPS Transportation Department Named Top 10 Shop for 2008

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Transportation Department has been selected as one of the top 10 shops in the United States and Canada by School Bus Fleet magazine in their April 2008 issue.


Cited for the efficiencies created through the use of technology, as well as participating in the County's collaborative parts bidding process, the shop's greatest strength is its crew of mechanics, with a total of 135 years of experience. The department has 125 school buses and 26 other vehicles, maintained by 7 mechanics and the shop crew chief. AAPS vehicles transport 9,000 students, serve 38 schools, and drive 1.7 million miles annually.

You can read the full article here (free registration required):


Polls open from 7 AM - 8 PM on May 6

A reminder that Election Day is Tuesday, May 6!
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

On the AAPS ballot will be:
Members running for the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education
Members running for the Ann Arbor District Library Board
Two AAPS proposals

For specific election information, please call the Washtenaw County Election Division at 734 222-6730, or visit their site at:

Where do I vote? Am I registered?
Check the following site (or call the above number):

Remember - Michigan now has a "Voter Identification Requirement".
This law requires that voters show photo ID before voting. However - "Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can still vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit".