A2 Virtual+ Elementary News

January 15, 2021

Dear Families,

Next week, is a "flex" week. This week is built in our schedule to allow students to wrap up outstanding work and Discussion Based Assessments (DBAs) from Segment 1, as well as to orient our incoming students. Students who have completed the Segment 1 requirements have the flexibility to select from a variety of activities next week. Students are encouraged to access Clever and continue with Dreambox, Core5, MyON and other applications. The flex week is also a terrific time for students to log on to the special area courses and/or attend the Special area club meetings. Students can also access a variety of enrichment opportunities, including STEM, art, yoga and much more through the A2V+ Elementary Winter Wonderland. In addition, teachers will open Segment 2 Modules for students who would like to preview them or get a head start.


In partnership-

Robin Kocher

Elementary Principal

A2Virtual+ Academy

Important Dates

Monday, January 18

  • No School: MLK Jr. Day
  • Food Distribution

Wednesday, January 20

  • K-2 Printed material distribution, 4:00-6:00 PM at Balas
Thursday, January 21
  • Food Distribution
  • K-2 Printed material distribution, 9:00-11:00 AM at Balas

University of Michigan MLK Children and Youth Program

The 22nd annual MLK Children and Youth Program takes place on January 18, 2021. Celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with programming for children and youth via zoom. Information and registration here.

No School: Monday, January 18, 2021 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We will not have school on Monday, January 18, 2021 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please note, however, that meals will be distributed through the AAPS Food Distribution Program. Details are available here.


Just a reminder that on days when the district has no school, we will not host Zoom meetings, special area clubs or office hours. Your child is welcome to continue his/her/their learning via Buzz. Please note, however, that staff will not be available to provide feedback on assignments or respond to emails or phone calls.

Printed Materials for Y5-2 Students

Printed materials will be made available for Y5-2 students. They can be picked up at the Balas Administration Building located at 2555 S. State Street at the following dates/times:

Wednesday, January 20 at 4-6pm

Thursday, January 21 at 9-11am

2nd Semester Specials

We will continue to offer the following specials in the second semester: Art, Spanish, Technology/Book Club, and Physical Education. Please see the following letter for more information about specials club meeting times and content.

Free Virtual Science Game Night for AAPS Students

Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health organization at the University of Michigan is planning an online volunteer event for our community!


All Elementary Students are welcome to sign up for a virtual science game night on Wednesday, February 10th at 4pm.


Students and U-M volunteers will gather together on a Zoom call to play fun science games and get to talk about life with older mentors!


The event should last around 30 minutes.


Interested parents can fill out this form and direct any further questions to ashmehra@umich.edu.

Recognize an Exceptional Teacher: AAPS Excellence in Virtual Instruction Award

The AAPS Excellence in Virtual Instruction Award recognizes exceptional educators in the AAPS Community.


AAPS staff members eligible for the AAPS Excellence in Virtual Instruction Award demonstrate the following traits: Engaging, Inclusive, Approachable, Empathetic, a Leader, Positive Attitude.


Any AAPS staff, student, parent or community member may nominate any AAPS staff person for this award.


Three AAPS staff members will be selected at random from all eligible nominees to receive a $500 grant to use to enhance their instruction.


Deadline for Nominations: February 16th, 2021 at 5pm.


Learn more and nominate an educator at a2schools.org/2021excellenceaward

Did You Know?

Did you know that there are free academic resources to support students?

You can find a list of academic supports on the district website: Free Resources for Academic Support

Helpful Links

A2 Virtual+ Elementary Specials Club Schedule & Zoom Links Clubs run Tuesday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A2 Virtual+ Elementary Website Information regarding A2VE, including staff email addresses and family resources

AAPS Covid Metrics Dashboard AAPS metrics to inform considerations and decision-making; updated weekly

Food Distribution: Date, times, locations for free “to-go” breakfast and lunch for children

Technology Distribution: Information regarding how, when and where to get a device

Technology Helpdesk: Phone number and email contact for tech support

Washtenaw County Health Department: Information regarding COVID-19 and other health matters.

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