Friday, April 29, 2011

King eNotes - 4/29/11 - Silent Auction Edition

April 29, 2011

Tonight is the Silent Auction! See you there.
As always, no parking in front of King School. 
CLICK HERE for safety procedures.


Friday, April 29, 2011
·    5:30 – 8:30 PM:  King School Silent Auction Gala Event! Please plan to attend!
·    7:30 – 8:30 PM:  Family Science Night and Science Olympiad Medal Presentation

Sunday, May 1, 2011
·    eNotes submissions due to

Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6, 2011
·    Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 2, 2011
·    Today:  Box Tops Collection Starts
·    9:15 – 11:45 – Mrs. Gracey's class to Leslie Science Center

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
·    Election Day – Please Vote!
·    6:30 – 7:30 PM – Kindergarten Open House/Music Night

Thursday, May 5, 2011
·    6:30 – 7:30 PM – Fourth Grade Open House/Music Night

Friday, May 7, 2011
·    Today:  Popcorn Friday!  Thank you King PTO!

Sunday, May 9, 2011
·    eNotes submissions due to

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
·    9 – 3:30 – Mr. Huyck's and Mrs. Gracey's Classes to Ella Sharp Museum
·    9:30 – 2:30 - Mr. Petty's class on Waterloo Decomposers trip

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
·    9 – 3:30 – Mrs. Warner's Class to Ella Sharp Museum
·    9:30 – 11 – 5th grade classes visit Clague Middle School

News and Information

Silent Auction Edition – Hope To See Your Family Tonight!!!

Silent Auction Safety Procedures

Dear MLK Families,

The PTO's Annual Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 on Friday, April 24! This is our PTO's biggest annual fundraiser and supports programming for EVERY student 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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Silent Auction Countdown: 1 Day To Go

Silent Auction Countdown—1 Day To Go


By The Numbers:  A  Small Survey of the Auction Catalog

1      Lawn Mower Tune Up; Junk Removal; Oil Change; Coolant Flush; Car Wash Certificate 
2      Oil Paintings by King Parents; Hand Made Ceramics; Swim Lessons; Signed hockey pucks;     
Girls Scout Cookie items; Photography packages; Sewing opportunities; Teeth Whitenings

 3        King Parking Spaces; Pairs of tickets to UM games; Baseball Packages; Cases of Wine                      
     4         Zingermans's offerings; King dinner or cocktail parties (MNO, Neighborhood
           Stroll, Asian-American-French, Bayou).

5         "I" Things  (I-pod shuffle nano; I-touch nano; 3-I-pod touches); Haircuts

12       King Family Donated Dinners/Foods:  Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Cupcakes
                     For a party, Soccer cake, Apple pie, Dessert Sushi, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Smoked Salmon, Hummus

     13               Children's Parties/Birthday Parties: Hula, Karate, Pool for 50; Flip Flop; Laser; 2 Bowling, Spaceball &
                    Trampoline, Arty; Magic Show; Planetarium; Sewing; Blue House Craft

      16                 Date Night Packages

     30+     Nights in a hotel –From the UP to the spectacular Caribbean.

32   Hours of Tutoring:  E. Nopi, Kumon, Sylvan, Mr. Worman

300+   Items for Auction or Raffle—So BRING A FRIEND; TELL A FRIEND…or 3

New Items:  Detroit Symphony –2 tickets paired with $40 Webers;  Shankar Family Gardening Basket

Payments on Auction Night: 
At Registration, you will need to pay for your  dinner (Check/Cash—No Credit Card)
Pizza by the Slice $1.50;    Popsicles $1.00  (Cash—No Credit Card)
Check Out (Check, Cash, Visa or MasterCard)  Because we lose 5% of our sales to credit card fees, we ask
that you consider paying by check, but your Credit Card is always welcome.

If You're Getting Up at 4 AM for THE ROYAL WEDDING; please allow time for a nap; Auctioning requires careful attention, quick pen-to-paper reflexes and Artful "Hovering" that doesn't look like…
well, "Hovering".

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ann Arbor Public Schools Host Legislative Roundtable - Funding Impacts on the Ann Arbor Schools

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will host a legislative roundtable on Friday, May 6, 2011 at Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The legislative roundtable, hosted by the AAPS Board of Education as a study session, will present state funding issues affecting the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Confirmed legislators who will be attending the roundtable study session are; Representative Mark Ouimet (R-52- Scio Township), Representative Jeff Irwin (D-53- Ann Arbor), Representative David Rutledge (D-54-Ypsilanti), Representative Rick Olson (R-55- Saline), Senator Rebekah Warren (D-18-Washtenaw County) as well as members of the House Appropriations School Aid Subcommittee, Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Representative Jim Ananich (D-Flint).

Senate Majority Leader Senator Randy Richardville and Governor Rick Snyder have been invited.

The agenda includes:

  • AAPS Budget History – what AAPS has done in the past 5 years to address the ongoing structural deficit
  • Governor Snyder's Budget Implications – 2011/12 AAPS Proposed Budget including $15 million in reductions
  • Ideas for Reform – recommendations of areas to address and put forward change to adequately fund preK-12 public education
  • Public Commentary – there will be a limited time for public commentary by signing up in advance by calling 734.994.2232 or to leave a written testimony for the School Aid Subcommittee members.

Silent Auction Countdown: 2 Days To Go

Silent Auction and Science Night Countdown—2 Days To Go!

There's a New Date for this King Exclusive Party
380 Cooking Without Borders: American-Asian-French style dinner
New Date is Saturday, May 28th   6:00pm

Science Night
At the conclusion of the auction, there will be a transition to the MPR for Science Night.
From 7:30-8:30 pm, staff from the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum will be running interactive experiments and demonstrations. 
Additionally, coaches and participants in King Science Olympiad will be recognized and presented with medals.

Combos That Didn't Make the Catalog
Each year the catalog team looks at pairing donations to make attractive packages and also to ensure that we have enough table space for displays.   For example, you probably noticed 248 Debbie Does Dixboro and how well the combinations work together to make a  great offering.  (Just ask our PTO President) 
 Here are a few Combos that didn't make the catalog--

325 Hula Class for Girls  +  125  Flip Flop Making Party (Focus on the hips, not the feet)

144 Soccer Ball Cake  +  315 Captain for a Day, UM Women's Soccer (Can you have your cake and eat it too?)

227 Kids Fishing Excursion  +  139  Children's Play Kitchen (Something smells fishy)

306 E. Nopi   +   111 Kumon (Brain overload!)

363 Cheryl Schroeder Jewelry Creation  +   265 Abracadabra Jewelry Appraisal  (A True Artist)

327 What's On TV Tonight? (57 in Rear Projection TV)  +  188 Playstation 2 Games (Star Wars larger than life)

253 Brady Hoke Signed Football  +  129 Dominos Pizza ("Pizza Man" hired him.)

359 Better Than Bangs (Botox)  +  263 A2 Works Photography (Before & After shots)

333 Earvana (Leon Speakers—premier quality sound) +   182 Uncle Willy CD's

Keep Studying Your Catalog, Make a Running List, and Have Plenty of Backs, in case you're outbid.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Silent Auction Countdown: 3 Days To Go

Auction Countdown—3 Days To Go!

Catalog Apologies
We are truly sorry if you did not receive your auction catalog yet.  Catalogs were labeled for "Oldest Child" or "Only Child", so every 5th grader and most 4th graders should have definitely received one.  Contact the auction team if you need a catalog:

CLICK HERE to view the catalog online.

How Do I Get There?
Check out the various ways you can get to your destination via the catalog:
Water, Air, & Land: Bicycle, Hot Air Balloon, Airplane, Ferry, Limousine, Kayak, Golf Cart, Water Slide, Parasail, Submersible, Horse & Buggy, Rope Line,& Trails

What's Your Drink?
Skim the pages and find a drink that suits you:
Triple skinny cap, Tigers Stadium soft drinks, Wiard's cider, 3rd   graders' wine, 4 Chuck E. Cheese's drinks, 2 pitchers of bowling alley pop, fragrant beef broth with lemongrass, neighborhood cocktails, sangria, extra strong margaritas,  better than everyday wine, Ethiopian Sidamo coffee, red wines from around the world, Grand Reve wine, 14-year-old Oban scotch or Eastern Accents teas.

Make Your Dinner Reservations
Pizza is $1.50 slice and that might be all that's left if you forget to reserve a spot in the International Buffet. Deadline is TODAY for reservations.   FREE DINNER to anyone who brings a non-King friend and they register to bid.

Share The Catalog!
Send the catalog URL to your co-workers, families, retired aunt/uncle who like to travel, friends who eat out 3 nights a week, parents with birthday party planning angst---King Silent Auction Can Help Them.

Proxy Bidding Welcome
Don't forget to share the proxy bidding URL—we welcome all bids, especially the high ones.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Silent Auction Countdown: 4 Days To Go

By now you've had a couple of days to browse the auction catalog and you'll have to agree that something this amazing is worthy of the theme:  "Our State-Our School".  
Check Your Calendars for newly released party dates.
Under King Exclusives; pp 35-36
313 Bayou Party—Saturday, May 7th, 6:00pm
317 A Gastronomical Stroll Through the Neighborhood—Friday, May 20th, 7-10:00 pm
320 MNO—Mom's Night Out-- Friday, June 24th , 7:00pm
Name dropping is always a lot of fun and did you see the names in our catalog?
Carol Brady, Kurt Russel, Charlie Sheen, Christopher Reeve, James Beard, Craig Common, Chef Duc, Martha Stewart, Your Mother, Johan Franzen, Brady Hoke, John Beilein, Charles Woodson, Paul Frank, Ghandi, Neitzsche, Simba,  Mrs. Jones, Your Babysitter and of course, Debbie


Auctioning makes for a healthy appetite.  Reserve you dinner now and avoid having to wait until 6:30 to enter the food line only to find that the spring roles and dumplings are gone.
 $8 in advance;   $10 at the door

Bidding Has Begun! Proxy bids are coming in.

 313 Bayou Party –4 People

 402 Clarkson Classroom Basket- $200

  Proxy bidding is for everyone-even if you plan to attend.  You know the craziness of the last 5 minutes until close, so why not make your bid on those "must have items" now and give yourself a little cushion?


327 What's on TV Tonight?  A 57 inch Toshiba Rear Projection HD TV with Digital High Definition Tuner.

Here's your chance to get a high quality, almost-new TV without the new prices.  Logisitcally, we can't display this at the auction, but please contact the Yockey Family or the auction team to make arrangements for viewing.

333 Earvana  A pair of custom made Leon Speakers!  This is no ordinary sound—like the name in the catalog suggests.   If you're bidding on this, you want to experience the mastery of high quality theater sound in the very fabric of your home.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

REMINDER: No School on Friday, April 22

As a reminder to all families, there is no school on Friday, April 22 for all Ann Arbor Public Schools.

King eNotes - 4/21/11

April 21, 2011


Friday, April 22, 2011
·    Today:  No School

Sunday, April 24, 2011
·    eNotes submissions due to

Thursday, April 28, 2011
·    Noon – 2:30:  Mr. Huyck's and Mrs. Warner's Classes to Leslie Science Center
·    6:30 – 7:30: Third Grade Open House/Music Night

Friday, April 29, 2011
·    Tonight:  King School Silent Auction Gala Event! Please plan to attend!

Sunday, May 1, 2011
·    eNotes submissions due to

Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6, 2011
·    Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 2, 2011
·    9:15 – 11:45 – Mrs. Gracey's class to Leslie Science Center

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
·    Election Day – Please Vote!
·    6:30 – 7:30 PM – Kindergarten Open House/Music Night

Thursday, May 5, 2011
·    6:30 – 7:30 PM – Fourth Grade Open House/Music Night

News and Information

Open House/Music Night dates approach!  The Kindergarten and Fourth grade Open Houses and Music Nights are approaching.  We hope to see everyone.  Thank you to Mrs. Vanek and the classroom teachers for sponsoring these events.

Leadership Appreciation Breakfast @ May 4, 8:15 AM

PTO Volunteers Needed on Friday, May 6 For Flower Day!

April 29th Family Science Night and Science Olympiad Medal Presentations

PTO Volunteers Needed on Friday, May 6 For Flower Day!

Leadership (i.e. Teacher) Appreciation Flower Day!  The PTO will provide flower for the children to give to their teacher.  We need six volunteers to assist with the flower distribution.  Volunteers should be at the school by 8:40 and will be done by 9 a.m.  Please email Francine ( if you are able to help!  

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Leadership Appreciation Breakfast @ May 4, 8:15 AM

The what?  Yes, we've changed the name of Teacher Appreciation Week to make sure we recognize ALL of the wonderful individuals who have influenced our children this year!)  We'll host a breakfast on May 4 from 8:15-9 a.m.   Click on the doodle link to volunteer to contribute to this event!

April 29th Family Science Night and Science Olympiad Medal Presentations

Join us from 7:30pm - 8:30pm for hands-on science activities in the
King Elementary Multipurpose Room. Staff from the Ann Arbor Hands On
Museum will be running interactive experiments and demonstrations.
Come and explore the exciting world of science that is all around us!
Additionally, participants and coaches of the King Science Olympiad
teams will be recognized and presented with medals.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Disability Awareness Workshop - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered March 25th, 2011 at the
Disability Awareness Workshop.

It was a great learning environment for our 4th grade students.

And a big thanks to the King School teachers and staff for letting us
use the teachers' lounge and multipurpose room for this workshop.

We really appreciate the support, and we look forward to working with
a new group of kids next year!

Darla Dubin (co-coordinator/chair DAW)