Thursday, October 29, 2009

H1N1 Notice for Parents

H1N1 Vaccination Clinic UPDATE
All school-based H1N1 vaccination clinics have been canceled by the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health including the two schedule in Ann Arbor at Huron and Pioneer.

A mass vaccination clinic for high priority groups is scheduled for Eastern Michigan University (EMU),
Convocation Center on Thursday, Nov 5th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Center is located at 299 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197.

According to CDC guidelines, high priority groups eligible for H1N1 vaccine while supplies remain limited
 Pregnant women
 Household and caregiver contacts of children younger than 6 months of age
 Children from 6 months though 4 years of age
 Children and adolescents aged 5 through 18 years who have medical conditions associated with a higher
risk of influenza complications
 Health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient care
Individuals within these priority groups should live, work or attend school in Washtenaw County. Specific
documentation of underlying medical conditions is not necessary; health care and emergency services personnel
should bring their employment identification.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Student Council Update: Time For Salvation Army Food Drive

From the King Student Council:

It is time for The Salvation Army's Annual Food Drive. The food drive starts on Monday, November 2 and ends Monday, November 30. The reason for the food drive is to provide food bags and baskets to those in need in Washtenaw County. We need your help! To donate, please send in ANY non-perishable food items to your King School classroom during the month of November. Our goal is 100% participation this year. Please consider sending in at least one item and feel free to send in many more. Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Indian Group Performance

All King students are welcome to participate in the Indian group performance for International Night. If your child is interested, please email  and come to the first practice on Wednesday, November 4th, at 6:00 p.m in the King multi-purpose room.  If you have any questions, contact Sujata Guduri at 

Count Your Blessings This Fall

The flu season is approaching and as we all scramble to get ourselves and our children vaccinated, it is a good time to discuss with our children how fortunate we are to have access to basic medical care and vaccinations.
Each October students at King school participate in the UNICEF fundraiser called "Trick or Treat" for UNICEF. 

Donations allow UNICEF to provide clean water, education, vaccinations and medicine to children around the world who need it most.  Your child can collect donations in the orange box sent home in the Friday folder and return them  to school by November 16.
Submitted by Rachel Sabb, Community Action Network Chair

King School Clothing

A huge thank you to everyone who ordered King School Clothing!  The clothing was delivered to each classroom last Friday and should have been brought home by now.  We had over 325 pieces of clothing ordered...which made sorting & checking each order quite a process.  
Please check your order.  If I made an error...either gave you the wrong item or forgot an item, please let me know so that I can correct the mistake.  All errors should be sent to Susan Gechter at  by Friday, October 30.  Thanks!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Letter From Dr. Roberts Regarding School Funding

October 23, 2009

Dear Ann Arbor Public Schools Parent/Guardian:
With all of the news this week coming from Lansing regarding school funding, I have been getting questions regarding the specific impact on funding for our school district. The State School Aid bill signed this week by Governor Granholm reduced funding for all school districts by $165 per student. The Governor also vetoed the Section 20j line item in the School Aid bill that further reduces funding for the Ann Arbor Public Schools along with 39 other school districts in the state. The veto of Section 20j reduces our funding by an additional $233 per student. The total reduction in funding for our school district in the State School Aid bill signed this week is $398 per student which equals 6.6 million dollars in lost revenue for our school district for the current 2009-2010 school year.
We also received notice today that the state has determined that based on the Department of Treasury's projections there are insufficient revenues in the State School Aid Fund to fund the recently signed budget. Thus, the Governor has issued a proration order that reduces funding for schools by an additional $127 per pupil that will take effect in 30 days unless the state finds additional revenues for the School Aid Fund. This additional reduction in funding will mean another 2.1 million dollars in lost revenue to our school district this year.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools stands to lose 8.7 million dollars in funding for this school year. Losing any funding four months into our fiscal year and two months into the school year creates a significant hardship for the school district. Losing almost nine million dollars in funding is completely unacceptable. Addressing a loss in funding of this magnitude in mid-year creates significant difficulty for the school district.
I would encourage you to contact both the legislature and Governor to help them understand that reducing funding to our schools by almost nine million dollars is unacceptable. They need to stop playing political games and work together to address the state's budget in a way that adequately funds education for our students. You can contact Governor Granholm at 517-373- 3400, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop at and House Majority Leader Andy Dillon at . If you have any questions please let me know.
Todd Roberts

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Washtenaw School Millage, From Mr. Karr

On November 3rd, parents will be asked to vote on a countywide school millage. This is a 2-mill tax increase with proceeds going to the Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as the other nine school districts in Washtenaw County based on the number of students in each district.

With state funding for education decreasing and the projection for an even greater funding shortfall, it is important for community members to understand the county-wide education millage proposal that will be on the ballot November 3rd.

You can get more information at and click on the milllage information link.

Thank you,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Washtenaw Schools Millage Update

The Washtenaw Schools millage election on November 3rd is just a few weeks away. This millage will keep our schools open and help keep our community thriving.
The state still does not have a final budget, however, the House and Senate last week approved a School Aid Budget with a $165 per pupil cut in funding to local districts. This is in addition to the $15 million shortfall Ann Arbor is already predicting for the 2010-11 school year (and the $16 million in cuts the district has made over the past four years).

By law, our only option to raise revenue for our operating budget is to pass a millage with all the districts of the WISD. 100% of the money raised stays within Washtenaw County. The WISD does not receive any funds. Ann Arbor will receive more than $11 million annually for five years. Ann Arbor Schools, and our community, are stronger when the surrounding districts are on solid footing with strong school systems.

Want to get involved? We need help getting the word out before November 3rd. If you'd like to help canvas, please contact me Terri Brodkey at:, King millage building coordinator. If you are able to canvas just 2 hours, it could make a world of difference. Bring your kids along! I plan on bringing my three boys with me. Canvassing is 1-3 pm on: Saturday, October 24; Sunday, October 25; Saturday, October 31; and Sunday, November 1.

Note from King PTO: To allow the King Community to make their own decision as to how to vote on the WISD Millage Enhancement issue, the King PTO has decided to remain neutral and neither support nor oppose it. However, the King PTO will continue to include approved informational messages from outside organizations regarding the millage enhancement.

King Of Hearts 5K This Weekend!!! - 10/25 @ 1:30 PM

The 6th Annual King of Hearts 5K Run/Walk is in 5 days... Sunday, October 25th at 1:30 at King!   Come participate in grade level dashes, run/walk with your family through King neighborhoods, enjoy good conversations with other King Families, and much, much more!

Pre-ordered race t-shirts & water bottles will be sent home with your child this week.  Remember that this is a family event -- all children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the entire event! 

If you haven't pre-registered, it's not too late.  You can register on Race Day for $10/family and the fee helps cover the various costs to host the race. 
Don't forget to wear your King of Hearts shirt on Sunday.  Looking forward to you joining us - all the cool people are going to be there so why not you?
And don't forget that we are still looking for foodstuffs to be donated (bagels, water, etc) by grade level!
Contact Kevin Behmer at for any further information or questions. 

Turkey Trot Time - Volunteers Needed

The Turkey Trot is a fun, healthy activity and everyone is invited to  walk, skip, hop, trot or run on the King playground track. This is a non-competitive event and parents are welcome to walk/run with their children. A schedule of when individual classes will 'trot' will be announced closer to the event. In lieu of a turkey, children will enter their name in a drawing to win prizes. 
2-3 parent volunteers are needed each hour in the gym to serve cider and donuts as the children come in from their 'trot'. Please call or e-mail Laurie Galia to volunteer, 996-9946 or .

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Creative Writers!

Spaces are still available in the Creative Writing Workshop!

Bring your creativity and your great ideas-for adventure stories, poems, graphic novels, plays, or any type of creative writing.  You'll get to work with writers and writing teachers, discover how to take your creative writing to the next level, and have lots of fun, too.

It's on Wednesdays, after school until 5pm, beginning October 21st and ending December 2nd.  Ask at the school office for an extra sign-up sheet, or contact Camille   

Thursday, October 15, 2009

School Millage Information Presentations Scheduled

Please join us at one of these information presentations on the
Washtenaw Schools Proposal:

Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Huron High School, Little Theater

Monday, October 19th, 7 p.m.
Pioneer High School, Little Theater

Bagels and Buns - 10/16 @ 8:15

Join us for Starbucks coffee and a conversations.

Please come enjoy a cup of coffee and a bagel in the company of other
King school parents.

Bagel and cream cheese - $1
Bun - $2
Orange juice - 50c.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nice Paragraphs!

Mrs. Gracey's class recently finished writing personal narratives, and they are now hanging in the hallway. If you look closely at the picture you can see the shape of some very nice paragraphs, something they focused on during second grade and during this writing unit.

Keep up the GREAT WORK!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PTO Meeting Tongiht - 10/13 @ 7 PM

Please join us at our monthly PTO meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm in the King School Library.  See you there!

Heads Up - Holiday Gift Card Opportunities Coming Soon

Every year it seems the holiday's hit the stores earlier and earlier.  We'll jump on the bandwagon by reminding you that for the 2nd year in a row you will be able to order gift cards to your favorite stores through the King PTO to give as gifts, or just use yourself.  You pay face value - the stores donate 2-20% to the school.  (We averaged 9% last year).  An order form with more details will come home at the beginning of November - so keep your eyes open.  If you have any questions please contact Alena Stocking,  or 734-973-3155.

Grocery Card Program Update - KROGER

Thank you all for your recent orders for participation in the grocery card program.  3-5% of all your grocery program purchases support the King School PTO when you use your card.  This IS THE EASIEST way to support the school - it costs you nothing - just the mental note to pull it out and use it at participating stores.

Kroger has a new program this year.  You are required to register your card online .  If you have a Kroger card from years past - you MUST register this card for the contributions to be made to King.  Follow the online instructions to register - and when asked for an "NPO" number  - enter 84978.

Any questions - contact Alena Stocking,  or (734) 973-3155.

Last Week to Help Our 5th Graders

Orders due Friday, October 16th.

Your support of Sally Foster and Tupperware is needed to send our 5th graders to Space Camp. 

Sally Foster offers a wide range of gift wrap and gourmet treats for all occasions. Return the order form your child received, or visit The King account number is 253608.   New this year, we are offering Tupperware.  Choose from the "fundraiser catalog", a selection of Tupperware's best selling items, or order any product from Tupperware's full line at .  Don't forget to back-click to the homepage to maintain the link to the King account.  

Please forward the links to family, friends and co-workers.  If you have questions contact . Thanks.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

2nd Graders Played Sweaty River In Physical Education Today

King Drop-Off And Pick-Up Policy

As the weather has been getting slightly colder, we've noticed increased traffic in the front drive at King School . . . and some families who are obviously new to drop-off and pick-up. Here's what I need from families to make sure our morning and afternoon transition times continue to be safe and orderly:
  1. Read, know and live the MLK School Drop-off and Pick-up Policy.
  2. Drop-off in the morning can begin at 8:35.
  3. When in the Drop-off/Pick-up zones, DO NOT get out of your car and DO NOT back your car up. This is not permissible and outside of the policy. If you need to help your child get out of car, you should park on Waldenwood Drive. If you feel you need to back up, please read #4 below.
  4. Be patient. When there are a lot of cars waiting to drop-off in the morning, slow down, go slowly, and wait your turn. Thanks.
  5. Did I mention read, know and live the drop-of and pick-up policy?
If you have questions about these transition times at the bookends of the day, please don't hesitate to call me at 994-1940.


Just 2 Hours of Your Time!

During the school year, the King School PTO sponsors activities such as field trips, school assemblies and supplemental teaching materials.  We also organize events such as International Night and the Silent Auction to bring the community together to celebrate our diversity and have fun.  None of this would be possible without our parent volunteers! 

This year, we are asking parents to volunteer for just 2 hours over the course of the entire school year.  Every task is important and valued.  The volunteer forms were sent home in the 9/25 Friday folders.  Please take the time to fill out the form and turn into your child's teacher or email me ( ) with your name, phone number and the events/activities that interest you by Friday October 9, 2009 (not 2010 as noted on form). 
Thank you for just 2 hours of your time this year!

Submitted by Sandy Aldrich, Volunteer Recruitment

King of Hearts 5K Walk/Run - 10/25 @ 1:30 PM

Please join us as King School families walk/run at the King of Hearts
Family 5K on October 25 at 1:30 pm. Meet new families as you enjoy
the scenic route through the King School neighborhood! Registration is
due tomorrow,WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7. The cost is $25/family which
includes the after walk/run snack, entertainment, and two King of
Hearts 5K t-shirts. Extra t-shirts may be ordered for $11 each. Late
registration will be accepted through Monday, October 12. Late
registration is $30/family which includes the after walk/run snack,
entertainment, and two King of Hearts 5K t-shirts. Extra t-shirts may
be ordered by 10/12 for $11 each. Cash or checks (payable to King
PTO) will be accepted. This is a family event..all children MUST be
accompanied by an adult at all times. For additional information or
for a registration form, please contact .

Support King School 5th Graders

On Friday, October 2nd, your student received a fund raising packet
with brochures from Sally Foster and Tupperware. This important fund
raiser supports the 5th grade trip to Space Camp. Sally Foster offers
a wide range of gift wrap and gourmet treats for all occasions. New
this year, we are offering Tupperware. Choose from the "fundraiser
catalog", a selection of Tupperware's best selling items, or order any
product from Tupperware's full line -- available on-line. Both
fundraisers will include on-line ordering links to forward to friends,
family and co-workers. Please look over this very important packet
which was in your child's backpack last Friday. Submitted by: Laura
Boudette, 5th Grade Parent

Important Update for On-Line Tupperware Purchases

Go to to purchase Tupperware
products and help King School 5th graders make their way to Space Camp
this year. It's a virtual Tupperware party featuring the full line of

*It's easy to un-link from the King School portal on Tupperware. If
you are checking out and are asked to Log-In or Set Up an Account,
you have lost the link which benefits King School. Simply click the
underlined "home" (top left) -- you'll return to the Tupperware/ King
School page. Next, click on "cart". This will re-establish the link
to King School. You should then be able to by-pass "log-in/ account
set-up" and go directly to setting up shipping and payment. Questions,
please .

You can also order great Tupperware products through the "Funraiser"
catalog which was sent home with your child on Friday. See the order
form in the catalog and return to your child's teacher.

*The "Funraiser" catalog has sold out of the slim line pitcher and
olive oil dispenser.

Don't forget about Sally Foster, perfectly timed for the holidays. Go
to . The King School Space Camp account number is
253608. Please forward both links to family, friends, neighbors and
co-workers. You can also turn in the packet sent home last Friday.

All orders are due October 16th. Please remember, no cash and checks
should be made payable to King School Space Camp.

Save Those Box Tops!

Did you know that last year King School earned over $800 from Box Tops
for Education? Box Tops are small logos that appear on General Mills
cereals, Juicy Juice drinks, Ziploc bags and many other items. Once
you start looking for them, or better yet, get your kids to start
looking for them, you will find them everywhere. Start clipping and
saving them because in April 2010, we will have a contest to see which
classroom brings in the most Box Tops. Getting additional Box Tops
from grandparents, neighbors etc is not only fair game, but
encouraged! The winning classroom will get bragging rights and a
party at the end of the contest.

Through the end of October, there is another way to earn up to $50,000
in Box Tops for King. Go to and enter as much as
once a day through October 31. You need to put in an email address,
the school zip code of 48105 and then look for "King Elementary
School" on the drop down menu. You are not required to receive emails
about products unless you opt to. Once you have registered, each time
you go back you only need to enter your email address to earn King
another chance at up to $50,000. Thanks for your support!

Monday, October 05, 2009

King School Mentioned In Article

King School parent and International Night chairperson, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, mentioned King School and our International Night in her premier column today.

This year's International Night is February 4. Mark your calendars!

To read Frances' article, go to via @addthis

The Beautiful Doorways To Peace Display From 4th Graders And Ms. Wayne