Thursday Notes: Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities
Mark Your Calendars
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In This Issue
Letters from the Principals: Be sure to read Mrs. Heyward's Letter to Bryant Families and Mrs. Alston's letter to Pattengill families, filled with timely information for our school community.

Show Your Appreciation for Our Teachers & Staff This Week: We hope that all families will join in celebrating the amazing teachers & staff that make the Bryant/Pattengill community a great place for our children to learn and grow. Here's the remaining schedule for Staff Appreciation Week:
Thursday, May 5: Celebrate teachers & staff with flowers! Children are encouraged to bring in a flower for their teachers and staff.
Friday, May 6: Sweet treats for teachers & staff! Please consider donating a homemade or store-bought treat. Treats can be dropped off in the morning at each school, or brought to the school during set up at 11am.

Great Lakes Scrip Gift Cards Make Great Gifts & Support the PTO: Are you looking to give gift cards for an upcoming graduation, end-of-year teacher gift, wedding, shower, etc.? There are many local and national retailers through Great Lake Scrip fundraising, so there is a gift card for everyone. Order forms are attached, and will also be sent home with your student. Questions? Contact Shannon Kotre at

Restaurant Day: Saturday at Bella Italia - Order online, have it delivered, or even dine in, but make sure you participate in our May Restaurant Day on Saturday, May 7, at Bella Italia (895 W. Eisenhower Pkwy), 11am-10pm, to support our schools. Come try the pasta or a slice of pizza! Present the flyer below, and 20% of your bill goes to our PTO. Questions? Contact Tod Tharp at

Ice Cream Social Raffle & Auction Prizes - Will You Be a Lucky Winner? Bring your family and friends to our annual Bryant/Pattengill Ice Cream Social on Friday, May 20, 6:00-8:30pm at Pattengill! This family-favorite event is bigger and better than ever this year, with more food and game options. This is our schools' largest FUNdraiser, so be sure to check out all the terrific raffle and silent auction prizes available at the event — what will you bid on? Know anyone looking to join Georgetown Country Club for swim, golf, and tennis this summer? Two family memberships are up for grabs in the silent auction. Raffle prizes include an iPad mini, $100 bill, Lego sets, a Bose bluetooth speaker, and dozens more!
Save Money, Order Your Tickets in Advance: Order forms will come home with your student next week, to purchase food, game, and raffle tickets in advance at a discount. Ticket pre-orders will be filled on May 18 and 19. Purchase your tickets at "Lunch with a Loved One" at Bryant (Wednesday, May 18) or at Pattengill (Thursday, May 19), or send in your order form and payment, and your tickets will be waiting for you at Ice Cream Social. A coupon for a free California Pizza Kitchen kids meal is included with each pre-order.

Bryant Field Day Is June 3: Bryant Field Day is June 3rd and we need your help. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and the event itself. This is a fun activity for kids and we want to make sure we have enough people to help. Sign up here Email Kathy Owens with any questions.

Check Out Ms. Elster's Newsletter: Learn about productive summer activities, volunteer opportunities, opportunities for free family fun, and more! Check out the attached May/June newsletter from our Bryant/Pattengill school social worker, Ms. Elster.

Message from Box Tops Coordinator: As the school year begins to wind down, please remember to keep clipping and sending in your Box Tops for Education. We are allowed to submit Box Tops throughout the year, with the money earned ´┐Żbanked' until the two times a year when checks are written to our PTO (in Nov. and March). I'll send in an end-of-year submission in June, so any contributions you make will be much appreciated. Every little Box Top counts and the nearly $1,000.00 earned this year went a long way to benefit our students. Submitting the clipped coupons in an envelope or sandwich bag is most helpful! Thanks for your continued support. Jean Powell-

A Big Thank You: Many thanks go out to everyone who made International Festival a success last Thursday, particularly Ms. Metler, Mrs. Hendrick, Mrs. Hubbard, Ms. Kairis, Mr. Knapp, Mr. Hagen, Ms. Alston, and Pattengill VP Jennifer Nguyen who put so much time into planning and helping with this event. Thank you also to the Pioneer Rising Scholars, AFS Exchange Students, and the many parent volunteers who participated as well! Finally, we're grateful for the donations we received from Ann Arbor restaurants Conor O'Neill's and Frita Batidos. A great time was had by all as we celebrated our diversity as one commUNITY.

Is Your Child Interested in Playing an Instrument This Summer? The Ann Arbor Public Schools Music Program is open to all levels of instrumental music students, grades 5-12. Dates: Class dates vary between June 20-July 22. Time: Most classes meet 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday). Class dates and times vary, see website below. Locations: Tappan Middle School (2251 E. Stadium Blvd.), Clague Middle School (2616 Nixon), and Scarlett Middle School (3300 Lorraine). Fee: Early Bird $185; after 6/19 $200. For more information and a list of classes offered, visit:

Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities
Help Make Ice Cream Social 2016 the Best One Yet: A successful event requires many helping hands — especially an event this big! To pitch in at Ice Cream Social (or if you have a responsible teenager who would like to help), please sign up here: 2016 Ice Cream Social Volunteer Sign Up, or contact Janelle Johnson at Thank you!

PTO General Meeting Next Week: The last Bryant/Pattengill PTO General Meeting of the school year is Thursday, May 12, 6pm in the Pattengill Media Center. ALL B/P parents are invited to attend, and childcare is provided. If you have questions or suggestions for the PTO Board, please plan to attend — every parent voice is important to the success of our schools! Bryant parent Marc Mojica will present a new app being developed to improve communication within school communities, and we also will be voting on the nominations for the 2016-2017 PTO Executive Board. See you there!

Lunch with a Loved One Coming Soon: Bryant welcomes loved ones to join their student at lunchtime on Wed., May 18 and Pattengill celebrates the next day on Thurs., May 19. Family members (must be on the student's emergency contact list) sign in at the front office, then enjoy lunch with their student. School lunches may be purchased for all adults and for students who do not receive free/reduced-price lunch. Bryant lunch times: Young 5's & Kindergarten: 11:30am, 1st Grade: 12:02pm, 2nd Grade: 12:30pm. Pattengill lunch times: 3rd Grade: 12:24pm, 4th Grade: 12:48pm, 5th Grade: 11:54am.

Bryant Yearbooks and Class Composites for Sale in the Office: Don't miss out on the 2015-16 Bryant Yearbooks & Class Composites! If you haven't yet placed an order for a yearbook or class composite you are in luck! We have a limited supply of Bryant Yearbooks for sale for $15 and your child's Class Composite for $10.00. Please make checks payable to Bryant Elementary or pay with correct change in the School Office. The end of the year is fast approaching and you'll want your child's memories for a lifetime! Questions? Contact Mrs. Midura at

Do You Shop at Kroger? Enroll in Community Rewards to Benefit B/P: Attention Kroger Shoppers! Did you miss the April 30 deadline to enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, to earn money for our PTO? It's not too late! To participate, you need (1) a Kroger Plus Shopper's Card, available at the customer service desk or any register, and (2) a account. To enroll or re-enroll, go to Bryant/Pattengill's Organization Number is 82905. The PTO will begin to receive credit for your purchases after you sign up. After enrolling or re-enrolling, please email Alicia Davis at to let us know you're participating in the program. Thank you!

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!

Mark Your Calendars
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