Friday, February 20, 2009

Mid-Winter Break - School Closed - 2/23-2/27

The Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed for mid-winter break the week of February 23. School will resume on Monday, March 3, 2009.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

AAPS Budget Forums

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Budget Forums

Tuesday, March 3


Scarlett Middle School

3300 Lorraine

Thursday, March 5


Forsythe Middle School

1655 Newport


Superintendent Todd Roberts and Deputy Superintendent Robert Allen will be hosting two sessions to give staff, parents, students and community members an overview of the district's budget planning for the 2009/2010 school year.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

SCRIP cards = Easy PTO $

Don't forget to use that grocery scrip card hidden in your wallet! Busch's, Kroger, Hiller's and Whole Foods all donate 5% of your purchase to King when you use your scrip card. Just think, if you spend $5,000 a year on groceries, you'll be donating $250 to King at no cost to you! Order forms will be going out in this week's Friday folders. If you don't have a card yet, please order one. If you have any questions about grocery scrip cards, contact Heather Schweitzer at . Thanks for your support!

Bagels on Buns - 2/20 @ 8:15 AM

FREE Starbucks coffee!

All are welcome: children and parents, teachers and staff

Please join us for breakfast and conversation:
Friday, February 20, 2009, 8:15am until school starts

Bagels $1 (cream cheese included)
Buns $2
Orange Juice 50 cents.

Thank you,
Christina Nedeltchev, Angela Johnson, Line vN

Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad Signup Extended!

Act now! Don't Delay! You can still sign up your 2nd-5th grade student for WESO! Here is a list of the events, grades that can participate and tentative practice dates and times. All practices will be held at King - how convenient for all of those sessions that meet after school!:

Event Practice time
1 A is for Anatomy (2-5) W 6-7
2 Barge Building (2) W 7-8
3 Estimania (2-5) M 3:45-5
4 Map Reading (2-5) W 7-8
5 Monster Match (2) W 3:45-5
6 Mystery Architecture (2-5) T 3:45-5
7 Pentathalon (2-5) M 7-8
8 Puff Mobiles (2-3) M 3:45-5
9 Rock Hunter (2-5) M 6:30-7:30
10 Sink or Float (2) M 6-7
11 What went by? (2-3) F 5:30
12 Straw Towers (3-5) TH 3:45-5
13 Water Rockets (3-5) TH 3:45-5
14 Chopper Challenge (4-5) TH 7-8
15 Circuit Wizardry (4-5) TH 3:45-5
16 Science Jeopardy (4-5) F 3:45-5
17 Write it - Build it (3-5) F 3:45-5
18 Possible Potions (4-5) M 6-7

To sign up, go to the following link:

If you would like to learn more about WESO, check out:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amy Cell at

Lights! Camera! King School Book Fairs!

BE A STAR...start going through your books, magazines, dvds, & cds that you would like to donate to the King School Used Book Fair. Games & puzzles will also be accepted provided that they have all the pieces. Book collection will be Thursday, March 5th through Wednesday, March 18th. All books, magazines, dvds, etc. may be dropped off in your child's classrom or in the boxes by the school office or front entrance. We will be graphing how many books the entire school receives each day on the window by the courtyard (near the front entrance).

This year we will be accepting MAGAZINES to donate to various places in the Ann Arbor area that are in need of magazines for their waiting areas. Educational & news magazines for both children & adults are especially needed.

A reminder to students who choose to make "Lights! Camera! Book Fairs!" posters. Posters are due Wednesday, March 4th. Flyers were sent home last Friday about making the posters. Those students who turn in a poster by March 4th will receive two additional coupons for free used books from the King School Used Book Fair.

The King School Scholastic & Used Book Fairs will be held on March 19 - 20! Do you have time to help collect & sort used books (mornings during the collection) or with the book fairs (3/18 afternoon times especially needed), 3/19 (8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. shifts available), or 3/20 (8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)? Contact Susan Gechter ( ) or Diane Alson ( ) to volunteer or with any questions.

Monday, February 16, 2009

No School - 2/16/09 Teacher Professional Development

As a reminder, Monday, February 16 is teacher professional development day. There is no school for students.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Donate Your Jeans!

Join the MLK PTO to work with to collect gently worn jeans to donate to homeless children across the United States and Canada. All sizes of jeans will be accepted. Sorry, we can only accept jeans without holes right now.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, February 20 in the "Jeans Collection Box" in the front hall of King School.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

International Night Procedures

Dear MLK Families,

The PTO's Annual International Night will begin at 6:30 on February 5! This is one of the premier events each year at MLK. I hope to see you there! Because this event is typically attended by over 800 people, it is important to review the following information:

1. Evening activities at King are family events. Parents and guardians are responsible for the close supervision of their children. Children cannot attend without a supervising adult.
2. Be aware of the evening safety procedures at MLK--including NO PARKING IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING.

Due to the limited availability of parking at King, parents should plan to park in the neighborhood during all evening events at King.
There is NO PARKING in front of the school, by the fire hydrant, or on the left-hand side of the front circular drive.

Reason: The front drive is a fire lane and must be kept accessible for emergency vehicles. The fire hydrant area must also be kept clear.

Drop Off/Pick Up
The front entrance will be available for drop off and pick up ONLY. AT NO TIME SHOULD PARKING OCCUR IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL.

Emergency Exits
Below is a map of the school with the arrows indicating emergency exits. Before you come to an evening event at King, please consider designating a place outside the building for your family to meet in the event that the building needs to be evacuated.

Front Entrance

If you have any questions, please call the school office. We'll be happy to help.

Kevin Karr
MLK School

Monday, February 02, 2009

International Night at MLK School - 2/5 @ 6:30!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
THIS Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sharing Cultures. Creating Bridges.

Enjoy an international potluck of amazing foods from around the world and Ann Arbor! Take a tour around the world by strolling through King School’s hallways. Watch our King School students come together to celebrate our diversity by performing Israeli Folkdance, Spanish Song, Japanese Geisha dance, Bolivian dance, Japanese Karate, African American Gospel Music, Korean Tae Kwon Do, American Hip-Hop, Irish dance, Indian Bollywood dance, Dutch songs, Thai dance, Chinese Yo-Yo, more!

6:30-7:30 International Potluck (don’t be late!)
7:00-8:30 Student Performances (Performances will be simulcast into the gym.)

Please bring a dish to pass (enough to feed 18 people!—lots of hungry grandmas)
With serving utensil
Without nuts or peanuts please!
Label with name of dish, country of origin, and ingredients

Please dress in heritage clothing

NOTES: Parents must be responsible for and with their children at ALL times. Please remind children no running wild through the hallways and to be respectful during performances. Also, we have more students performing this year than ever before! Please be prompt, nice, and patient as it will be hot, noisy, crowded, chaotic, FUN, and we may run a little late. If your child cannot eat when excited, please feed before you come (or bring a healthy snack). Please also remember to allow for ample time to find parking and NO PARKING on either side of the circular drive.


If you would like to volunteer to help with the feast, contact Lisa Kohn NOW at

If you have a country poster you would like to post, contact Padma Anupindi at

Performers’ parents: If your child is performing, please feed and dress and do hair and makeup at home before you come, know where and when to meet your group leaders, and bring a healthy snack for afterwards. Prepare everything you need the night before to avoid last minute chaos.

Performance leaders: Make sure your groups practice entering the stage (ramp side), bowing, and exiting the stage (parking lot side). Must be fast! Have 1-2 parents assigned/stationed to help get kids on stage (ramp side) and off stage (parking lot side), and have a plan about where and when to meet before and afterwards. Afterwards is important to return them to their parents. Groups should report to the stage two acts before theirs. Remind children to be quiet and courteous and not wild while waiting in the wings. Get your music on CD to Mrs. Vanek NOW!


Sponsored by the King PTO.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

NAAPID - 2/9 - You’re Invited

You are invited to be a part of King’s plans as we observe National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) on Monday, February 9, 2009. NAAPID is a national call to action to get all parents, but particularly those of African American children, more involved in the education of their children. It is expected that this national observation will open up dialogue among teachers, parents, and students, which will lead to greater student success.

During NAAPID, parents are invited to be a part of the school day at King. This includes being a part of your child’s classes—and even the noon hour. You might want to bring a sack lunch and be a part of the excitement! Also, the King staff will set up a hospitality table for parents in the teacher’s lounge. Please stop by and enjoy the treats!

Raising a Daughter? Need Help?

Raising Strong and Confident Daughters Workshop
Thursday, February 19, 7:00-9:00 PM
King School Multi-Purpose Room
Speaker: Carole Lapidos, M.S.W.

Every parent wants to raise his or her daughter to be strong and self-confident. This workshop will help parents understand the obstacles that often get in the way of girls reaching their full potential. We will explore ways our daughters are influenced by mainstream culture and how to protect our daughters from some of the toxic messages. Having strategies to help strengthen the connection between daughters and parents is the key to helping girls stay strong.

Carole Lapidos is the co-founder and director of Raising Strong & Confident Daughters, a local organization dedicated to helping young children develop a strong sense of self-esteem. Registration is required. Please contact Laurie Galia by phone, 734-996-9946 or by email at to register for this workshop by February 13. This workshop is being sponsored by the King School PTO.