Thursday Notes: Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Kindergarten/Young Fives Round-Up Is Tonight: Bryant's Kindergarten/Young Fives Round-Up will be held tonight at 6-7:30pm at Bryant School. In the event that school is closed today due to the weather, we will have our Round-Up on Tuesday, March 1 from 6-7:30pm. Attending Round-Up will allow our future Bryant Tigers and their parents to meet our Kindergarten/Young Fives teachers, enjoy snacks, go on a scavenger hunt throughout our building, and get all your questions answered about Bryant! Please invite any friends or neighbors that may be considering Bryant for Kindergarten or Young Fives next year. Thank you!

Read-A-Thon Begins Friday! Our annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser will run from Feb. 26-Mar. 9. It's easy and FUN! Students ask friends and relatives to sponsor them for time spent reading. As they read, they will also earn raffle tickets for a chance to win small, daily prizes. The classroom with the highest average hours read per student at Bryant and Pattengill will each win a class party! Read-A-Thon is a major fundraiser for our paired schools, helping to fund field trips, assemblies, classroom supplies, and much more. If your child did not bring the materials home before Mid-winter break, please look for the packet this week. Happy reading! Questions? Email us at

Bryant Scholastic Book Fair: March 1-4 - Come out and get your favorite new books just in time for the Read-A-Thon! Your children will have a chance to preview the Fair during school on Monday, February 29. Book Fair hours will be from 9am-8:30pm on Tues. (3/1), 9am-10am on Wed. (3/2), 9am-8pm on Thurs. (3/3), and 9am-2pm on Fri. (3/4). The Book Fair will be open during Family Night on Thursday, March 3 for your convenience. If you prefer to order online, click HERE for the Online Book Fair. If you would like to volunteer, we still have several opportunities available. Please Click HERE to sign-up. Questions? Contact Carmen Atkins at

Bryant's Family Reading Night Is March 3: Get ready to come to school in your pajamas with your favorite stuffed animal and/or blanket and have fun reading with all of your closest friends and family. Family Reading Night will take place on Thursday, March 3, 6:30-8pm, with story time at 7pm in the Bryant Media Center. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be taking place if you are interested in purchasing books at that time for this great event. Please see attached flyer below for more information.

Smiles Dentist Is Coming to Bryant on March 9: If your child will be participating, please complete the dental forms that were sent home this week and return them to the office by Friday, February 26.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Young Fives, Early Childhood Expo This Saturday: Do you know anyone considering a Young Fives program or wanting more information about Kindergarten? Please see attached flyer for this event happening this Saturday, February 27, 10am-2pm at the Scott Westerman Preschool and Family Center.

Former B/P Student in Need of Our Support: Alec Vorhoff is a graduate of Bryant/Pattengill and currently an 8th grader at Tappan Middle School. Alec was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. He has begun radiation treatments and chemotherapy. Alec and his mom Heather are in need of financial assistance to endure the long road ahead. Friends have created a site, to support the Vorhoff family during Alec's treatment. Please consider helping this family during a difficult time, all donations are greatly appreciated.

Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities

Disability Awareness Workshop: Volunteers Needed on Thurs. March 31 "Can you imagine what it would be like to push a wheelchair through the snow outside?" The Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) is a one-day program to teach an empathetic understanding of physical, developmental, and learning disabilities. We are proud to once again offer this powerful experience for our 4th and 5th graders! To staff this event, 23 parent volunteers are needed for each of 2 workshops at Pattengill. Our 4th graders will experience the workshop during the morning of Thursday, March 31, and 5th graders will follow in the afternoon. Volunteers are needed at several hands-on stations: vision, hearing, speech, learning disabilities, physical impairments, and building accessibility. No experience working with people with disabilities is necessary. Lunch is provided for all volunteers! To sign up, please sign up by going to the following site : Please support this important experience for our kids, and be a part of the DAW team! Questions? Contact Jaime Moore: or Xan Morgan:

Looking To Volunteer? We need YOU! There is an opportunity for ALL B/P families to pitch in, whether you have daytime or evening availability. Many of our upcoming school events need more volunteers. Please visit 2015-2016 Bryant/Pattengill Volunteer Sign-Up to select an event or activity that works for you. We can help you find a good fit! Contact PTO board members Carmen Atkins, VP of Bryant: or Jennifer Nguyen, VP of Pattengill: Thank you!


Fifth Grade Camp Is March 9-11: Reminder, Fifth Grade Camp at Howell Nature Center has been re-scheduled for March 9-11, 2016. The packing list and all other important documents can be found on the camp website Questions? Contact 5th Grade Camp Chair Barb Zimdars at

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

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