Thursday Notes: Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities


Mark Your Calendars

Stay Connected

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Pattengill Curriculum Night Is Monday: Pattengill parents, mark your calendars for Curriculum Night in the cafetorium, Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8pm. This evening is for you to visit with your child's teacher, learn about the curriculum, and ask questions. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for parent/teacher conferences, visit all special area classrooms, and meet other support staff who provide services to our students. See you Monday night at Pattengill! Curriculum Night for Bryant parents is Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8pm.

Grocery Shop for Bryant/Pattengill: Attention Grocery Shoppers! Each year Bryant/Pattengill families raise money for our schools simply by shopping at grocery stores and other local retailers. In the Grocery Shopping Flyer (or on the PTO website here), you will find instructions on how you can support our PTO by shopping at Busch's, Kroger, Meijer, Target, GFS Marketplace, or The Produce Station. Even if you shop at a particular store infrequently, please sign up to participate in that store's scrip program; small amounts add up! Questions? Contact Grocery Scrip Coordinator Alicia Davis at Thanks for your participation!

Visit AAPS School Garden Tour: The Ann Arbor Public Schools Garden Tour & Reception is on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1-4:30pm. As outdoor classrooms, school gardens provide interdisciplinary lessons using real-life experiences and encouraging students to become active participants in the learning process. Visit one or all of the six school gardens on the tour and hear more about the learning opportunities at each from students, teachers, and garden coordinators. Please see attached flyer for participating schools.

Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities: Do you have 30 minutes a week to help out Bryant School? We need you! The marquee sign in front of Bryant needs to be changed every week or so to promote upcoming events throughout the school year. This takes 30 minutes a week at most. Contact Carmen Atkins for more details at

Event and Activity Volunteer Sign-Up:The Bryant/Pattengill PTO offers many fun and educational activities for students and families, and we need YOU to make them possible. Whether you have a lot or a little time, there is something everyone can do. Please browse the 2015-2016 Bryant/Pattengill Volunteer Sign-Up for an opportunity(ies) that interest you. Each event or activity is specially marked with a "sun" or "moon," if you have daytime or evening availability. Please scroll through the tabs at the bottom of the document, to search the many offerings. Thank you in advance for helping make these events a success for our kids!

Room Parents Wanted: Some teachers are still looking for a room parent or two. Please sign up at: Bryant/Pattengill Room Parents 2015-16. Questions? Contact Carmen Atkins, PTO VP of Bryant: or Jennifer Nguyen, PTO VP of Pattengill:

Reminders: PTO Dues: It is not too late to contribute your 2015-2016 PTO Dues, to help support the many family events, special assemblies, and field trips that the PTO funds for our students each year. Dues are tax deductible and voluntary; please give at a level that is comfortable for your family. To donate securely online, click here. You may also return your dues to your child's teacher (checks made payable to Bryant/Pattengill PTO). On behalf of our students and teachers, thank you!

Volunteer Certification Form: Please complete and submit the Volunteer Certification Form. if you are planning on volunteering with your child's class. This form needs to be completed each new school year. Please submit your completed form in person to either school office, and present your ID. Thank you for your cooperation in providing our schools a safe environment for all students.

Visit the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop: Located at 2280 S. Industrial Hwy., the Thrift Shop supports our schools and students. Shop, donate, and support AAPS!

Mark Your Calendars

To view the full 2015-2016 school year, select: Bryant/Pattengill PTO Calendar


Mon, Sept 21: Pattengill Curriculum Night, 6:30-8pm, Pattengill Cafeteria

Tues, Sept 29: Bryant Curriculum Night, 6:30-8pm, Bryant


Thurs, Oct 1: Pattengill Picture Day

Thurs, Oct 1: School Improvement Team, 4:15-5:30pm, Bryant

Thurs, Oct 1: PTO Exec Board Meeting, 6-7:30pm, Bryant Media Center

Wed, Oct 7: Student Count Day

Wed, Oct 7: Bryant Picture Day

Thurs, Oct 8: PTO General Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm, Bryant

Fri, Oct 16: Family Movie Night, 5:30-8pm, Bryant Gym

Wed, Oct 21: Pizza with the Principals, 6-7pm, Home of Carmen and Chris Andrianopoulos, 3704 Knollwood Circle, Ann Arbor

Stay Connected

PTO Website:

PTO on Facebook: BryantPattengillPTO

PTO on Twitter:@A2BryPatPTO

Bryant Website:

Pattengill Website:

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