A2 Virtual+ Elementary News

November 6, 2020

Dear Families,

As of this writing, the presidential race is yet to be determined. This is a challenging moment for our nation, but also an opportunity to discuss the election process with our children. “Talking to children about the election can make the process more understandable and lay the foundation for them to develop into engaged, informed voters as adults.” (Bologna) Further, there is research that indicates that children care about elections. (Moyer)


The election has left us in what Dr. Suess calls “The waiting place… where everyone is just waiting.” It can be helpful, at these moments, to think about things we can do. So, while we’re waiting, consider checking out these resources to support your child’s understanding of current events:


Or, if you need to take a break from current events, consider sharing a good book. (See the Tech Tip article below with information on how to access Mrs. Othman's recent read-alouds.)


In Partnership-

Robin Kocher

Elementary Principal

A2Virtual+ Academy

Important Dates

Monday, November 9
  • Food Distribution
  • Art kits distributed at Bryant, King, Mitchell, Pattengill (see below for details)

Wednesday, November 11

  • Art Kits distributed at Abbott, Ann Arbor Open, Haisley, Mitchell, Wines (see below for details)

Thursday, November 12

  • Food Distribution
Friday, November 13
  • Art Kits distributed at Thurston (see below for details)

Did You Know?

Did you know that on October 29, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an MDHHS Epidemic Order in response to the increasing cases of COVID-19? The graphic below provides an overview. More detailed information about this and other MDHHS orders can be found here.
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Tech Tip: Accessing Online Read-Alouds

If you missed Book Club, you can access the books read with youtube videos linked on Ms. Othman’s Bitmoji page. For an extra treat, some books (like this week’s The Spider and the Fly) are read by the author! Prior week’s books can be accessed by clicking on the enter key to access the next slide.

Art Supplies

AAPS is providing an art supply kit to all elementary students so that they can fully participate in art lessons. These kits will be distributed to A2V students through their home school. Kit distributions will conclude this week. The dates and times are listed below. You can also see each building's distribution schedule here.


Distribution for the Week of 11/9:

Abbott

  • Wednesday, November 11 @ 2:00pm-5:30pm

Ann Arbor Open

  • Wednesday, November 11@ 12:30pm -3:00 pm

Bryant

  • Monday, November 9 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm

Haisley

  • Wednesday, November 11@ 9am-12 pm & 3pm-6 pm

King

  • Monday, November 9 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm

Mitchell

  • Monday, November 9 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 11@ 9am-12 pm

Pattengill

  • Monday, November 9 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thurston

  • Friday, November 13 @ 8:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm

Wines

  • Wednesday, November 11@ 3:00pm -6:00 pm

Connecting Together: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group

Consider joining twice-a-month, drop-in support groups for parents and guardians of student's in AAPS. Groups meet on the 2nd Tuesday (7:30-8:30PM) and 4th Thursday (1-2PM) of the month.Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2020. Please register here. Last year, parents who participated in an AAPS parent support group consistently reported that they found it helpful, and appreciated hearing from and connecting with other parents going through similar struggles.


Spanish speaking groups upcoming on 11/12 and 11/17:

Helpful Links

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.

Report Cards

The elementary report card date has changed. Report cards will be available to parents on Thursday, December 17, 2020

Second Semester

As our middle/high school counterparts have begun to register students for second semester, I have had several families reach out to inquire if A2V elementary students need to re-register for the second semester. They do not. We will provide an opportunity for families to verify their intention to remain in the A2Virtual+ Elementary program as we near the second semester, which begins in mid-January.

Food Distribution: To Go Meals for Students

AAPS, working with Chartwells Food Service, is pleased to provide “to go” breakfast and lunch meals available for pick-up Monday and Thursday each week. Please click here for details regarding time and location.

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