Ann Arbor Open School

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Current Wednesday Packet Letter

  • February 22,

    Although the midwinter break was missed by many, our unseasonable warm spell wasn’t a bad consolation prize.  We hope the three-day weekend allowed families and staff time to enjoy the resplendent sunshine.  Last week the building was quite alive with events like NAAPID, Community Gatherings, Valentine’s Day, author assemblies, and 100s day.  During our last Community Gathering our K-8 groups or “families” melded the themes of gratitude, positivity, and Valentine’s Day. In our small groups we explored the idea that spreading love and appreciation can change the world in unpredictable ways.  We then expressed our love and gratitude with homemade Valentine cards for valued members in our community, like parent volunteers, lunchroom helpers, bus drivers, and office staff.  Additionally, our grade 7-8 student leaders led each group in teambuilding activities.  Slowly but surely, these Community Gatherings are cultivating relationships throughout the building, creating unifying experiences, and promoting tangible opportunities for positively impacting our community.  If you have ideas for upcoming Community Gatherings you can email anytime or share ideas at the next Coffee & Conversation event on Tuesday, March 7th from 8:00-9:00am.


    Because there is rarely a dull moment at school and in the office, we ask that you help our office staff by communicating absences by 8:05am.  Please remember to call the office (994-1910) or email  if your child is sick, coming in late, going on vacation, etc.  Pertinent to morning protocols, we also want to remind families that students and parents should remain in the auditorium, cafeteria, or gymnasium until the first bell rings.  Please keep conversations out of the lobby and media center before 8:00am as it interferes with teachers’ ability to prepare for the day and/or host parent meetings in their classrooms.

    Tomorrow evening we look forward to seeing families milling about the auditorium for the Book Fair and learning throughout the gymnasium during the Science Fair.  We thank Sarah Baird and the many parent volunteers she organized for orchestrating this evening of scientific inquiry and ingenuity.  On April 13th we will host another opportunity to showcase student work during the Maker Fair & PLTW Expo.  Details forthcoming!


    Warm Regards,

    Meg Fenech & Chris Curtis

    Ann Arbor Open Administrators