Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gobble, Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Gift Card Reminder

To all King Families,
The PTO gift card fund raiser through Great Lakes Scrip program is going on right now.  The response has been very low, and this is a reminder to locate that GREEN flyer that was in your child's backpack and make some time to order your gift cards.  

We will purchase gift cards from any business that donates 4% or more toward King School.   Some ideas...Mainstreet Ventures 12% (did you say Gratzi anyone?), Borders 9%, I-tunes 5%, Starbucks 7%, Olga's Kitchen 8%, Showcase Cinema 9%, Speedway Gas 4%, Applebee's 10%, Blockbuster 7%...much more!

Use these cards for your holiday gift giving or stock up on places that you frequent throughout the year.   The process is easy...
1.) FInd your flyer and check the cards you want.  www.glscrip.com has a complete list.  
2.)  Send in order form and check to King PTO by Wed, Decembe 2nd     
3.) Cards get back to you within 10-14 days. 

This fund raiser is simple and can save you time!  Locate that Green order form and think "Green" for King school.

Questions?  Please contact Alena Stocking  alena.stocking@gmail.com

Saturday, November 21, 2009

OSU Sign Culprit Comes Clean!

While most voters believed Mr. Harris was behind the UGLY OSU sign in the school parking lot, the truth is Mrs. Brodkey was the real culprit!

Thanks to everyone who sends her emails that say "Go Blue Beat OSU!"

Also thanks to everyone who played along with this fun, especially Tim, Austin, and Max. I knew these nice boys wouldn't put that sign up because they use the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills!

Friday, November 20, 2009

ADHD Presentation - Huron, 12/7 @ 8PM

On December 7, 2010, the Huron PTSO will feature the rescheduled talk by Dr. Seth Warschausky on "Attention, Organization, and AD/HD." This presentation will take place from 8 – 9 pm in the Huron High School Media Center, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI. (PTSO meetings begin at 7 pm but featured speakers come later in the program.) All are welcome to attend; for more information, contact Michelle Machiele, Co-President, 2xmichelle@sbcglobal.net.

POLL: Who Put The Ohio State Sign In The King School School Parking Lot?

Today when I arrived at King School, I was greeted with the following in the parking lot:
When this type of thing happens at school, it is obviously VERY concerning . . . and it quickly sets in motion an investigation to find out who is responsible. Putting up Ohio State University signs in or around school is NEVER acceptable!

A series of quick observations this morning found several possible perpetrators for the misplaced signage. Here they are (listed below):

1. Tim Kohn, a typically mild-mannered student, showed up to school today sporting the wrong colors.
2. Mr. Harris, who usually wears blue and yellow on Fridays, came wearing the shirt below. He claimed to have forgotten "The Game" was to be played on Saturday. I'm not sure though . . .

3. Austin Wang was trying to hide his scarlet and gray by wearing a green afro, but colors like that can't hide for long. In Ann Arbor, they stick out like trash in a garden.

4. Mrs. Brodkey and Max came to school decked out in "those" colors. What's nice about Max is that he tries to balance his OSU colors with his Dad's Michigan colors. Keep working on him, Dad!

The question of the day:

King Composting Request

Attention Parents: Do you like to compost? WE DO! Are you interesting in continuing our composting program at King school during the winter months? WE ARE! If you answered yes to either one of those questions, we need your help!

The King School Composting Team is in need of parent volunteers willing to take our winter compost to the local city drop off site.

The City of Ann Arbor does not come and pick up compost during the months of December through March. We are looking for parents to come Tuesdays and Fridays for pick up and drop off. Our goal is to have winterized composting onsite by the 2010/2011 school year, but until then we need to take it to our local center. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ms. Shah at shahn@aaps.k12.mi.us or give her a call at (734) 994-1940. Thank you for your support.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PHOTO: Lost And Found Will Be Emptied On 11/23

Thanksgiving - Thanks For Your Support

Earlier this school year, Rachel Sabb, the PTO Community Action chair, wrote to families asking for Thanksgiving donations for needy families in our community. Later, many teachers followed up with emails. The result of all of this wonderful effort is that turkeys and grocery gift cards are being provided for needy families in our community! In fact, we actually collected more than was needed for the gift cards. The "extra" will be used to support additional community action projects including the upcoming snowman gifts in December.

Thank you, King Community (families as well as King teachers and staff), for your giving especially in these toughest of times! It means so much to those who receive, and it will certainly help make their Thanksgiving better.

PHOTO: annarbor.com Visited The World Language Program Today At King

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Norway Visits MLK School Website

Our most recent international visitor to the King School website lives in Norway!

god dag, velkommen (hello, welcome in Norwegian)

While on the MLK School website, the visitor spent 2 minutes, 15 seconds looking around the site, and they visited 3 pages!

I hope all parents are finding the MLK school website useful and informative.

PHOTO: 71 Cans To Go To Reach The 1200 Can Goal

Understanding the AAPS Report Card

Last night at the King PTO meeting, Mr. Karr made a presentation entitled "Understanding The AAPS Report Card." While we can't enjoy the fruitful discussion from last night again, the presentation itself might be interesting to those who weren't able to attend. If you have questions about your child's specific report card, please contact their teacher.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

PHOTO: Student Council Canned Food Drive Update: 450 out of 1200 can! 750 cans to go!

Adult ESL Conversation Groups

ESL Conversation Groups 
Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus mainly on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. Learn new vocabulary, meet new friends, practice pronunciation, and improve your conversation skills. TOEFL preparation is also available. There's a group that meets at the Ann Arbor District Library's Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Drive on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 pm and a group on Fridays at the Mallett's Creek Branch at the same time, 1:00-2:30 pm. Here's their website for more information about groups and tutoring.  http://washtenawliteracy.org/

Homework Help From Ann Arbor District Library

Drop-In Homework Help 
AADL partners with the University of Michigan's Circle K chapter to provide free homework help for school-aged children and teenagers. College student volunteers are available on Wednesdays, 4:00-8:00 PM, in the Downtown Youth Story Corner for drop-in homework help.

King School Community Action - Fall 2009

Hello King families,
 
I am emailing you this note as Chair of the Community Action program at King School.  For several years, families at King School have provided a Thanksgiving meal to needy families in our small community.  This year the hope is to again provide a turkey and grocery gift card to these families.  Support for this program is facilitated, but not funded, by the King PTO.  Instead, it is funded by private donations from families whose children attend King School.
 
If you would like to make a donation to the Thanksgiving Meal fund, a check can be written in any amount payable to "King PTO" with "Thanksgiving" on the memo line.  You may either place your donation in the King PTO mailbox in the school office or give it to your child's teacher (please put it in an envelope & write "King PTO" on the outside of the envelope).  All donated funds will be used solely for the Thanksgiving meals. 
 
The Community Action program at King school oversees the recent UNICEF fundraiser, the upcoming Holiday Snowflake Gift Giving program, and the winter coat and boot drive.
 
Sincerely,
Rachel Sabb
Community Action Chair at King School
rsabb@hotmail.com

Sally Foster Ready for Pick Up on Friday, November 13

The Sally Foster shipment is in and orders will be available for pick up after school on Friday until 6:00pm.  As a last resort, and at your own risk, I can send your items home with your child.  Keep in mind that the packaging is bulky and it's best if parents pick up the orders, especially if your child takes the bus.   Thank you for supporting  King School Space Camp.   If you have questions, please contactLauraBoudette@yahoo.com

King School's Borders Book Fair 12/4, 5, and 6!

Submitted by:  Sandy Aldrich
 
Come shop, listen to stories read by King School teachers and have a cup of coffee at the King School Borders Book Fair at the Arborland Borders on Friday December 4 through Sunday December 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The King School PTO will receive 20% of your pre-tax purchases when a voucher is given to the cashier during the event!  Vouchers will be sent home before Thanksgiving Break in Friday Folders and passed out with library books during the week of the Book Fair.  King School parents will be wrapping presents on Friday December 4 from 10am - 10pm and on Saturday December 5 from 6pm - 10pm.  Looking forward to seeing you there!
 
Editor's note:  please see corrected date here. Last week's enotes had an incorrect date - sorry!

WESO Volunteers Needed

We need LOTS of volunteers to make Science Olympiad happen!!! As with previous years, volunteering is mandatory if your child represents King at the WESO tournament; and if you are a "key volunteer" then your child will be one of the 20 selected for his/her grade to represent King. The WESO schedule is roughly:
  • November: coaches and other volunteers sign up
  • December-early February: children register to attend practices for events
  • Mid-February to mid-May: weekly practices at King
  • April 23rd: Science Night at King School
  • Mid-May: WESO tournament

At this time, we are particularly looking for COACHES (or co-coaches) who can commit to attending a coaches' meeting in January/early February and holding one practice per week from February to mid-May at King (except holidays). Tentative events are as follows (note, not all grades compete in all events; see the WESO link at the left of this e-mail for details.

·         A is for Anatomy
·         Barge Building
·         Chopper Challenge
·         Circuit Wizardry
·         Estimania
·         Map Reading
·         Monster Match
·         Mystery Architecture
·         Pentathlon
·         Potions
·         Puff Mobiles
·         Rock Hunter
·         Science Jeopardy
·         Sink or Float
·         Straw Tower
·         Water Rockets
·         What Went By?
·         Write It, Build It

Volunteers to coach any of the above events should email Vivian Lin at vhl@med.umich.edu  with the event you are willing to coach and what time(s) in the spring you can hold practices. Non-coach volunteers are needed too - please email Vivian.

Science Olympiad Parent Info Meeting

6:30 PM, Nov. 11th and 12th, King School Media Center
 
Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is a great science enrichment activity offered after school and/or in the early evenings from February-May that is entirely volunteer-driven. There are multiple different types of events, some of which rely on knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, and others which rely on scientific processes, skills, or applications; thus children with different skill sets can all find some event that they can enjoy. For parents who are unfamiliar with WESO, an informational meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Nov. 11th and 12th in the Media Center.

King School International Night Meeting

Wed., November 18, 6:30-7:30, Library
 
Come be a part of King School's annual celebration of cultures and pride. Everyone welcome. Everyone needed. From performers, teachers, tech crew, food servers, photographers, people with no time, everyone. This is the only organizational meeting. Everything else is done by email, so it is important to come. For more information, contact Frances Wang fkwang888@gmail.com . Thanks!

Friday, November 06, 2009

10-Things To Know About Writing

  1. All children can and should write. From the time your children can hold a crayon, encourage them to draw, scribble and write. In order to be successful and fluent writers, students need to know they can write--even if it doesn't look perfect!
  2. Teachers must help students find real purposes to write. Help your children communicate their hopes, dreams, fears, and concerns. When your children see writing as serving a real purpose, they will be more likely to try it.
  3. Students need to take ownership and responsibility. Kid writing should sound like kid writing! When kids believe that their writing is their own, they will become more likely to invest themselves in it.
  4. Effective writing programs involve the complete writing process. Our children like all writers, have different ways of approaching writing tasks. Tune in to your children's learning styles and needs as writers. Writing in different styles and genres will take time. Some genres will take just one draft while others will take multiple drafts.
  5. Teachers can help students get started. Talk with your children about their ideas and encourage them to draw, freewrite, and make lists of verbs in order to get started.
  6. Teachers can help students draft and revise. Listen to our children's drafts and ask real questions about content. Heartfelt questions are the best way to encourage kids to keep on writing.
  7. Grammar and mechanics are best learned in the context of actual writing. If you notice errors in conventions in your children's writing, pick just one area at a time to work on (such as punctuation, dialogue, or capitalization). You might also refer to real texts (books, newspapers, letters, magazines) to see how published authors tackle issues of punctuation, spelling and more.
  8. Students need real audiences and a classroom context of shared learning. Help your children find real audiences (family, friends, neighbors) to communicate with.
  9. Writing should extend throughout the curriculum. You can write just about anything at home: letters to family and friends, songs and plays to perform for the family, lists for grocery shopping . . . The list is endless!
  10. Effective teachers use evaluation constructively and efficiently. Your job as a parent is to encourage and support any effort your children make in writing. Be lavish in praise and specific and limited in your suggestions for improvement.

PHOTO: 5-day Buddy Study (i.e. Spelling) In Action

PHOTO: King Students Say Hello In At Least This Many Languages

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Post-millage Letter From Dr. Roberts

November 5, 2009


Dear Parent/Guardian:

I want to thank you and our many staff, student and community volunteers who worked extremely hard to educate our community about the financial state of public education in our district and the county. I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the county schools millage vote. While voters in Ann Arbor did support the millage with 56% of voters voting yes, this result locally was not enough to help carry the county.

The county schools millage proposal was a local response to the statewide funding crisis. This effort was to increase funding locally through the only means available to us under the law. With voters in the county having made their decision regarding this millage, we must now work together to move forward and develop our budget so that costs are in line with the revenue we project to receive from the state. We must also continue to strongly advocate that Lansing restore funding for our schools and develop a more sustainable model for funding education.

The next steps in our budget process will take careful and thoughtful planning that will include input from parents, staff and the AAPS community. We are faced with some difficult, but not insurmountable challenges and decisions. I commit to each of you that this will be an open process as we develop budget plans for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years that align our costs with revenue projections. We will hold a series of meetings in December and January where we will be presenting options for reducing costs and enhancing revenues. During these meetings we will gather feedback about the possible options and plan to complete our draft budget plan for 2010-11 in February.

We also need to address the reduction in state funding for this school year. Over the next two weeks we will be taking steps to address the loss in funding for the current fiscal year. Our goal in addressing the loss of funding for this school year is to reduce costs through means that will be least disruptive to our students and educational programs. I will also continue to push leaders in Lansing to restore funding for education this school year. I encourage you to do the same and contact state legislators and the Governor.

I am proud of our community and its support for public education. The commitment of parents, staff and the community to the care and success of our students is why this school district is one of the best in the state and nation. I know that we will continue working together collaboratively to ensure our students receive an outstanding education despite the challenges we face. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Todd Roberts

PTO Meeting Date Changed 11/10 --> 11/17

The PTO meeting originally scheduled for November 10 has been changed to November 17.

The meeting will still be from 7 - 8 PM.

World Language Newsletter - Volume 2

The Ann Arbor Language Partnership (A2LP) is a collaborative effort between the Ann Arbor School District and the Teacher Education Program at the University of Michigan School of Education. Our beliefs include a commitment to plurilingualism and language diversity, to learning in and beyond the classroom, and to the support of language-diverse students who are English learners in our schools.

For this 2009-10 school year, apprentice teachers from the U of M are mentored by our own Media Specialists for 60 minutes of learning each week. For more information, please refer to our World Language brochure on the district web site http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us in the Curriculum Resource section in Especially for Parents. Other questions and comments may be directed to your child’s school principal.

To view the most recent World Language newsletter from Mrs. O'Keefe, please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

PTO Positions Still Available for 2009-2010 School Year

We still have a few PTO positions available for the 2009-2010 school year.  Events that do not have a chairperson(s) to organize & run the event will have to be CANCELLED.   The two events that need chairs are Used Book Fair and Lunch Enrichment.  We are also looking for volunteers to be the Healthy Students Chair and the Safety Chair.
 
Additionally, if you are interested in being on the King PTO Exec Board this year, please let us know.  
 
Please contact kingpto@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer to chair.  Thanks for your help!

Community Action Network At King School - Volunteers Needed

The Community Action Network (CAN) at King School coordinates school-wide community service projects.  The recent Trick or Treat for UNICEF, as well as the annual Snowflake Holiday Giving Campaign, and Coat and Boat Drive are a few of the projects coordinated by CAN.  If you would like to be added to an email list to be contacted for volunteer or donation opportunities please contact Rachel Sabb at (734) 332-3758 orrsabb@hotmail.com  

Science Olympiad Parent Info Meeting

6:30 PM, Nov. 11th and 12th, King School Media Center
 
Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is a great science enrichment activity offered after school and/or in the early evenings from February-May that is entirely volunteer-driven. There are multiple different types of events, some of which rely on knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, and others which rely on scientific processes, skills, or applications; thus children with different skill sets can all find some event that they can enjoy. For parents who are unfamiliar with WESO, an informational meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Nov. 11th and 12th in the Media Center.
 
For more information contact Vivian Lin, vhl@med.umich.edu 

Science Olympiad Volunteers Needed

We need LOTS of volunteers to make Science Olympiad happen!!! As with previous years, volunteering is mandatory if your child represents King at the WESO tournament; and if you are a "key volunteer" then your child will be one of the 20 selected for his/her grade to represent King. The WESO schedule is roughly:
  • November: coaches and other volunteers sign up
  • December-early February: children register to attend practices for events
  • Mid-February to mid-May: weekly practices at King
  • April 23rd: Science Night at King School
  • Mid-May: WESO tournament

At this time, we are particularly looking for COACHES (or co-coaches) who can commit to attending a coaches' meeting in January/early February and holding one practice per week from February to mid-May at King (except holidays). Tentative events are as follows (note, not all grades compete in all events; see the WESO link at the left of this e-mail for details.

·         A is for Anatomy
·         Barge Building
·         Chopper Challenge
·         Circuit Wizardry
·         Estimania
·         Map Reading
·         Monster Match
·         Mystery Architecture
·         Pentathlon
·         Potions
·         Puff Mobiles
·         Rock Hunter
·         Science Jeopardy
·         Sink or Float
·         Straw Tower
·         Water Rockets
·         What Went By?
·         Write It, Build It

Volunteers to coach any of the above events should email Vivian Lin at vhl@med.umich.edu  with the event you are willing to coach and what time(s) in the spring you can hold practices. Non-coach volunteers are needed too - please email Vivian.

Holiday Gift Cards Sales

For our 2nd year - the King PTO is offering gift cards for purchase through the Great Lakes Scrip program.  By purchasing gift cards through the PTO - the cost is exactly the same to you - but King will get 4-20% depending of the gift card value based on the company.  Order forms are coming home in Friday folders this week and are due December 2.  We have provided a listing of some more popular options through the flyer - but feel free to go online to see the full listing of offerings at www.glscrip.com . 

If you have any questions contact Alena Stocking atalena.stocking@gmail.com.

King School's Borders Book Fair & Holiday Gift Cards

Help us increase the King PTO's profit at the King School Borders Book Fair by ordering Borders Gift Cards from the King School Holiday Gift Card sale this month!  Then, use your newly purchased Borders Gift Cards to purchase books at the King School Borders Book Fair on December 12 - 13 at the Arborland Borders. 
 
More details will be available about the King School Borders Book Fair later this month.

Contact kingpto@gmail.com with questions or for additional information.

Election Day Is Here

Election Day is here.  Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. If you aren't sure where to vote, click here.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Parent University At Clague Middle School

CLAGUE MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS…

 

PARENT UNIVERSITY

Open to the public

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR SIX WEDNESDAYS

DURING THE 2009-10 SCHOOL YEAR

 

LEARNING, SHARING, SOCIAL NETWORKING

FREE BABYSITTING (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED), Call the office for reservations 734-994-1976

 

CLASSES BEGIN AT 7 PM ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH

THERE WILL BE A LECTURE, QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION, COMMUNITY SHARING, AND CONCLUDE WITH TIME TO SOCIALIZE

 

OCT. 14, 2009          CYBER – CAUTION (Richie Coleman and Officer Jason Gold)
                                    "What you should know about the Internet, Face book, My Space, etc."
NOV. 11, 2009         AUTISM IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM (Dr. Solomon and parent panel)

"Learn about Autism and how you can help your child appreciate the differences and eliminate the teasing and bullying."

JAN. 13, 2010          PRO-ACTIVE PARENTING (Dr. Eric Mayes and panel of experts)

"How to parent today's middle school student"

FEB. 10, 2010          BULLYING:  VICTIM, INSTIGATOR, AND BYSTANDER I (Jr. League)
                                    "The female and male version" Help your child negotiate adolescence.
MARCH 10, 2010    BULLYING:  VICTIM, INSTIGATOR, AND BYSTANDER II (Kevin Epling)
                                    Change starts with one voice, one act.  Help your family be part of the solution.  
                                    (Kevin lost his son Matt.  You will hear his personal story.)
APRIL 14, 2010       POTLUCK SUPPER AND CELEBRATION

Whether you attended one session or all five, join us for this year-end celebration and brief discussion of topics for next year.

 

All adult sessions, except January and April, have related school assemblies for Clague students.

Clague Middle School would like to thank Washtenaw Medical Society Alliance and the AAPS Police Liaison Officers for their collaboration and work on this project.  If you would like to help defray the cost of this program, donations can be made to Clague PTSO and dropped off at the school.

Clague Middle School….2616 Nixon Rd.  Ann Arbor, MI  48105 ………………………..734-994-1976

NO SCHOOL - 11/3 - VOTE!

As a calendar reminder, there is no school for students on Tuesday,
November 3.

As a reminder, please don't forget to vote.

AAPS News - First Edition!

This month the Ann Arbor Public Schools is launching the first edition of the AAPS News, a newsletter designed to offer information about our schools and showcase programs and activities throughout the district.

The first edition features:
November 3 millage information;
School activities at Eberwhite and Carpenter elementary schools;
A profile about occupational therapist Raleigh Sadlier;
A feature about the Community High School newspaper staff;
And a recap of the week-long Huron-Pioneer rivalry that took on a "pink" hue this year to support breast cancer research.
Log on to http://news.a2schools.org to see the inaugural edition. We welcome story ideas and information for publication. Please send suggestions to Casey Hans at hansc@aaps.k12.mi.us or call her at 734-994-2090 ext 51228.

We also are asking your help in selecting a permanent name for this newsletter. If you have an idea, please send your suggestion to Casey!

Check it out!
Kevin

P.S. Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 3. Don't forget to vote.