Sunday, October 31, 2010

Turkey Trot is Friday, November 12-PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Turkey Trot is a fun fall tradition at King school where the kids run/walk around the path by the playground and then enjoy donuts and cider in the gym!  Parents are needed to help distribute the donuts and cider in 30 minute intervals between 9 am -11:30 am and 1:10 - 2:10pm.  If you are interested helping in during your child's scheduled turkey trot time,  please send an email to

Friday, October 29, 2010

PHOTO: Mileage Club Is Popular At King!

Students can choose to participate in the King School Mileage Club during lunch recess.  During this time, students walk or jog around the track and get a punch on their mileage club card (as seen below) for each lap completed.  When they fill up their card, Mrs. Arbour awards them with a mileage club token for their mileage club necklace.  Thank you to the King PTO for their support for this program!

Please Return Sally Foster Brochures and Coupon Booklets


Space Camp fund raising campaign ended Oct 22, 2010. Thanks to all who participated. Several packets (Sally Foster brochures + coupon booklets) have not yet been returned. We need to collect these back.

QUESTIONS: Email or call 734.769.5928 (ask for Ravi Anupindi)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

King Of Hearts 5K T-shirt Order - Due Monday, November 1

If you wanted but did not order a King of Hearts 5K T-shirt, there is still time! Please click the link below to view the order form. Please print it, fill it out, and send it back to school with payment by Monday, November 1.

ShirtOrderForm.pdf - Google Docs

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Behmer at

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Superintendent Input Forum

Several community forums are scheduled this month to offer input to the Ann Arbor Public Schools about what qualities are desired in a leader as the district begins the search  for a new superintendent.

A survey has also been developed asking members of the public to select their top 10 qualities in a superintendent; there also is space for listing additional  feedback. It will be available online until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 and can be found by clicking here.

The survey will also be available to the public during the scheduled Superintendent Search Community Forums.

The forums are open to anyone in the community. 

Tuesday, Oct. 26
•    7 p.m. Ann Arbor Parent Teacher Organization Council (PTOC) forum at Scarlett Middle School Media Center, 3300 Lorraine St., Ann Arbor

All PTO members, interested, parents, teachers and their friends are welcome!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trick Or Treat For UNICEF

Please watch for the collection boxes for Trick or Treat for UNICEF coming home in this Friday's folders.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF"s goal is to raise money to help the children who suffer daily because of
lack of access to clean water, basic medical attention, sufficient nutrition or immunizations.  Last year
King school raised $438.  Participation is voluntary.  Please return collection boxes by November 5.

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sabb at rsabb at

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Hullabaloo the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

From the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop:

Halloween Costume Fashion Show and Crafting Event - at the Ann Arbor
PTO Thrift Shop.
Sunday, October 24th.

Costumes!  Come join the fun and get inspired at the A2 PTO Thrift
Shop when Skyline's Crew Team gets creative with a Halloween Fashion
Show on Sunday, October 24th from 1-2 pm.  All costumes in the show
will be made from stuff in the shop.  Go green this Halloween at the
A2 PTO Thrift Shop.

Crafts!  Decorate an old-fashioned treat sac from 2-5 pm with another
group of Skyline High School students.  Paint a pillowcase for all
your Halloween candy.  Spaces are limited for this craft so call the
shop to reserve your spot:  734-996-9155.

Face-painting!  The same Skyline crafty students will also be painting
faces.  Come and try on a new "mask" before Halloween.

Treats!  Refreshments will be provided at this event by Scarlett
Middle School PTSO.

Come to the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop, 2280 South Industrial Hwy. Ann
Arbor, MI 48104. 

Suspicious Incident Bulletin from AA Police Department - NOT AT SCHOOL - But in King Area

I am sharing the information below so the King community is aware of what has been reported.  To be clear, this has NOT happened or been reported at King School.
- Kevin

Neighborhood Watch - Suspicious Incident Bulletin


The Ann Arbor Police Department is issuing a Suspicious Incident Bulletin.

 The Ann Arbor Police Department has received three suspicious incidents reports in which several female joggers were approached by a suspicious white male in a vehicle.
Incident #1: 10/6/2010 btw 5:30 - 6:30
Reportee was walking on Earhart when a male in a white mini-van had stopped and asked her to get into his van. 
SUSPECT: white male, really tan, dark hair, possibly in his 40's and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
Incident #2:  10/14/2010 @ 12:20 pm
Reportee was jogging on Glazier Way and noticed a small, bright yellow subcompact car that seemed to have followed her.  He followed her down several streets and then into her driveway.  Subject stated that he was lost and his GPS system was malfunctioning.  He made some additional comments to her and then backed his vehicle from the driveway and from the cul-du-sac.
SUSPECT: white male, mid 30's, brown curly hair
Incident #3: 10/16/2010 7:30 am
Reportee stated that she was jogging on Lakeshore Drive when the subject pulled up next to her and rolled down his window, he asked for directions to Fuller road and asked her to get into the vehicle to show him how to get there.  Reportee gave him directions and he continued to follow her.  He continued to follow her until she reached a trail.  When she turned around to get the license plate, she noticed that the plate was covered.
SUSPECT: white male, mid 30's, wearing a green hat that covered his head and ears, large dark sunglasses, black jacket, and black gloves.
VEHICLE: silver Ford minivan with the license plate covered.

While the activity is not illegal, it is suspicious.  The Ann Arbor Police Department advising residents to report any suspicious incidents to the police department at 911.

Prevention Tips:

·      Look assertive and be aware of your surroundings.

·      Walk or jog with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible.

·      Trust your intuition, if a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose and alternate.

·      Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle or residence

·      Be aware that your risk increases in secluded and isolated areas.

·      If someone stops to ask for directions, never get close enough to the vehicle to be grabbed.

·      Carry your cell phone with you at all times.

·      Do not jog or walk with headphones, remember you need to use all your instincts.

What Information to get:
If possible try to get the license plate of any suspicious vehicle and report it to 911 immediately.

·      Description of subject and any unusual behavior or clothing.

·      Description of vehicle with any identifying marks or stickers.

·      Direction of travel. 

 Residents need to be the eyes and ears of their neighborhood.  They need to be aware of their surroundings and if there are suspicious people in the area call 911.  In Ann Arbor, 911 is to be used anytime police response is requested whether it is a life-threatening emergency or a suspicious situation.  The dispatcher will determine the urgency of the call and dispatch the officers accordingly.

Monday, October 18, 2010

King Care Available on November 2

KingCare will offer child care on the no school day November 2, 2010 from 7:15 am-6:15 pm. You do not need to be enrolled in KingCare to attend. For information, contact Heather Brescol at or by phone at 734-994-4485.  

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Support PTO: Register Your Kroger Card!

How to Register Your Kroger Plus Card and Link It to the King PTO

These instructions are for Kroger shoppers who have a Kroger Plus Card. (It is not a gift card, and it does not carry a balance.) If you do not have one, then you can get one at the Kroger Customer Service desk if you wish. To activate it immediately, you will need to use it at least once.

  1. In your web browser, go to

  2. Click on "Create an account" near the upper right-hand corner.

  3. Fill in your e-mail address and create a password, then click "save and continue."

  4. Fill in a zip code, such as 48105, and click "find stores."

  5. Choose a store from the dropdown list and click "save and continue."

  6. Select the little round "button" in front of the words "Yes, I have a Kroger Plus Card." This will cause the screen to change so that you can complete step 7.

  7. Fill in your Kroger Plus Card Number--it's the string of digits under the barcode on the back of your Kroger Plus Card. Please do not include any spaces. Also fill in your last name and zip code and click "save and continue."

  8. Select any boxes you wish for receiving e-mails (or not), and click "save and continue."

  9. Select the box in front of "*I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions" and click "complete registration."

  10. The next screen asks you to check your e-mail.

  11. When you log in to your e-mail account and look in your inbox, there should be an e-mail from Kroger. When you open it, click on the link after the phrase "Please confirm your e-mail address and selected preferences by clicking the following link:"

  12. Now you have been redirected to the Kroger website. Click on "Log in to your account."

  13. Type in your e-mail address and password and click "sign in."

  14. Click on the last line under the Account Settings tab, which is "Community Rewards." This will cause the Community Rewards section to expand so that you can complete step 15.

  15. Now click on "Edit Community Rewards Program Information."

  16. In the box under "Find Your Organization" type the following: king pto then click "search."

  17. You should now see M. L. KING PTO under "Select Your Organization." Here's the important part: Select the little round "button" in front of M. L. KING PTO. Then click "save changes." Hooray! That was a lot of hoops to jump through. Thank you so much! Now, every time your Kroger Plus Card is swiped at checkout, 5% of the purchase amount will go to the King PTO.

  18. After saving, the screen should have returned to the Account Settings tab. To verify that M. L. KING PTO has been selected, click on "Community Rewards" again.

  19. If you see it there, you're done! If you don't see it, please try repeating the steps starting with step 15. Thanks again!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PTO Dues Update - 36% Participation

The King PTO requests each family donate $50 for dues each school year.  This money supports King School all PTO functions including: field trips, grants for teachers to purchase supplies, International Night, Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, and Academic Games.

At tonight's PTO meeting, it was reported that 36% of families have contributed PTO dues so far this year.  It is the hope of the PTO that this percentage will increase before the November PTO meeting.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

King of Hearts 5K Sign Up

The King of Hearts Family Fun Run/Walk 5K early registration deadline has been extended until TUESDAY, Oct. 12!

CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

Get your family signed up for this wonderful community event to celebrate fitness and great company! Early registration guarantees a shirt with a new design for this year!

Any registration forms received after Tuesday will be considered late!
For more information/questions, contact Kevin Behmer ( )

Support King School and the PTO Thrift Shop!

Please come show your support for King school at the Ann Arbor PTO
Thrift Shop located on Industrial Parkway. Our King School poster will
be on display the week of 10/10/10 through 10/17/10. For every 5
dollars spent at the PTO thrift shop you receive a token to vote for
our poster. The winning school poster earns 500 dollars, second place
350 dollars and 3rd place 250 dollars. Buy great items at low costs
and vote for our school poster. Thanks.

Friday, October 08, 2010

King School - Eletrical Issue

Good morning King families,
I am writing to share that things at school are running smoothly; however, we do not have full electrical power.  It was discovered early this morning that two of the three electrical "legs" King accesses for electricity had been damaged overnight, but one of the "legs" is operational. We have most of our lights.  Because we have lights, a decision was made not to cancel school.
Again, school has not been cancelled, BUT our procedures at the end of the school day will be different as follows:
  1. Electricity - All electricity at King School will be shut down shortly after the end of the school day today.
  2. Telephones - We are using our emergency telephone only at school.  It is a single phone; all other phones are not working.  Parents can call the regular school phone number; however, since we only have one phone, please use discretion when deciding to call.
  3. Rec and Ed classes cancelled - All Rec and Ed classes are cancelled this afternoon at King School (including Girls On The Run).  Since there will be no power, the school will be completely closed down and locked.  Parents should pick up their children today at 3:42 PM.  If necessary, call the school office at 994-1940.
  4. King Care cancelled - King Care is cancelled this afternoon.  Parents should pick up their children today at 3:42 PM.  If necessary, call King Care at 994-4485.  
  5. Parents pick-up at 3:42 - I am asking parents to be especially timely today during pick-up.  If possible, please get to school a few minutes early.  This is help to make sure every child arrives home safely this afternoon. 
Please email me if you have questions.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

MLK State Of The School Presentation From Curriculum Night

If you weren't able to see Mr. Karr's State Of The School address during Curriculum Night 2010, please enjoy it now. If you have questions, feel free to email me at

For your reference, the State Of The School presentation from Curriculum Night 2009, shows below as well.

PHOTO: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders Are Studying And Writing Personal Narratives

Wellness and Healthy Choices at King School

We are now beyond the time period when Mr. Karr has asked the community to send only fruit and vegetables for snacks.   At this point, all health plans have been updated with our nurse, Kate Soderberg.  Thank you to Kate and all families for their cooperation in helping this process go as smoothly as possible.  

Even though we are beyond the time period for fruit and vegetables only for snacks, Mr. Karr asks that King families consider and support the Ann Arbor Public Schools Wellness Policy when making choices for birthday parties or other treats at school:

AAPS Wellness Policy 
The AAPS Board of Education has adopted a school wellness policy that promotes a healthy school environment for students. The policy addresses nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity opportunities, and other school-based activities to support wellness. In keeping with the intent of the policy, the district is reviewing nutrient density of food and beverages served to students. Parents and staff are asked to choose healthy alternatives to food sold for fundraisers or served as birthday or school party treats. The district is pleased to be able to better address the nutritional needs of the students through the implementation of this policy. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Karr via email or by calling the school office.

Spirit Day Orders - Extended One Day

All King Spirit Wear order forms are due Thursday, October 7th
Please support the King PTO and to benefit your students by purchasing Spirit Wear.

If you have any questions please email Belinda Pinto at

Monday, October 04, 2010

Clague Middle School Parent University

Clague Middle School Parent University Dates and Topics
Learning, Sharing, Social Networking
Classes begin at 7pm 

OCT. 12, 2010           
Cyber Caution- What you should know about the internet, Facebook, My Space, Etc.

Jason Gold, AAPS and Ritchie Coleman, Pittsfield Township Public Safety

JAN. 11, 2011                  
Bullying: Victim, Bystander, and Instigator- Help your child negotiate adolescence and be part of the solution

Kevin Epling, Co-Founder Bully-Police

March 29, 2011
Autism in the Mainstream Classroom- Learn about autism and how you can help your child appreciate the differences and eliminate the teasing and bullying.

Dr. Mark Bower

Dates are subject to change if speaker schedules change. Check website before attending a session.