A2 Virtual+ Elementary News

February 26, 2021

Dear Families,

This week the AAPS Board of Education approved an in-school hybrid learning option. While the A2Virtual program will continue throughout this school year with the same learning platform, you have the option of returning to a hybrid experience at your home school. Accordingly, an email was sent through School Messenger earlier today prompting you to complete a survey. This survey will ask you to make a decision as to whether or not your child will remain fully virtual or participate in the hybrid model. Please be sure to complete the survey on or before March 8, 2021.

What do these choices mean for A2V families?

  • Remaining virtual: Your child will continue with his/her/their A2Virtual+ program and teacher.

  • Hybrid option: Your child will return to a building-based class. Your child will attend in person two days a week, participate remotely via Zoom two days a week and asynchronously via Schoology on Wednesdays. This shift would occur according to the following schedule:

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I understand that you may have many questions. Each school will host an information session over the next week to discuss the specifics of the hybrid plan at their building. Please check your email for recent communication from your home school for details. The dates/times and links can also be found here. In addition, I am available to answer questions. You are welcome to contact me via email or drop in between 3-5 pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 using this Zoom link.

In the meantime, we will maintain the same instructional integrity and responsive care you've experienced to date. We care deeply about your child and the value of our program.

In partnership-

Robin Kocher

Elementary Principal

A2Virtual+ Academy

Important Dates

Monday, March 1

  • Food Distribution

Thursday, March 4

  • Food Distribution
Monday, March 8
  • Hybrid Learning Option survey due
Wednesday, March 10
  • Food Distribution: 7 day distribution begins (see below)

National Reading Month - A2VE Reads

We are looking forward to enjoying a book across the A2V elementary community. The title will be revealed on Friday, March 5. In the meantime, can you guess what book we'll be reading? Our second clue is below.
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UMS Presents Ballet Folklórica de México

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández was formed in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández. The company is based in Mexico City, but tours internationally, promoting and celebrating Mexican folk dance around the world. As a choreographer – someone who plans and arranges the movements you see in a dance – Hernández created dozens of dances, based on unique dance traditions from across Mexico. Amalia Hernández died in 2000, and the company is currently directed by her grandson, Salvador López.

A2Virtual students, families and staff now have FREE, unlimited access to this wonderful performance March 1st through March 12th.

How to Access the Performance:

  1. Enter this URL into your web browser: https://myumi.ch/r8wr4

  2. At the top of the UMS web page, click the play button.

  3. Once on the video page, enter the password: schoolday

  4. Enjoy the performance.

You are also welcome to join our virtual workshops with Maestra Amalia Hernádez. She will explain the history, culture and music of Mexican dance. Join us on the following days. Maximum 50 people per session.

Tuesday, March 2nd from 10:50 to 11:30 for 3 through 5th graders


Thursday, March 4th from 1:50 to 2:30 for Kindergarteners through 2nd grade


Tuesday, March 9th 5:20 to 6:00 p.m. for Y5 and Kindergarteners


UMS Learning Guide:


We hope you will join us!


Ann Marie Borders, Jennifer Barcelata, Vanessa D’Souza

Changes in Meal Distribution: March 10

Beginning the week of March 8, meal distribution will be adjusted. Meals will be available on Wednesday for the full week.
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Academic Support

If your child needs additional support, please check out these Free Academic Resources for AAPS Students offered by AAPS community partners.

These resources are also available on the AAPS Community Resources Webpage.

Connecting Together: An AAPS Parent/Guardian Support Group

AAPS is offering twice-a-month Zoom support groups for parents and guardians. Groups meet on the 2nd Tuesday (7:30-8:30 PM) and 4th Thursday (1-2 PM) of the month. Connect with other parents to find support and get ideas about how to face the challenges of 2021. 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. We also offer parent support groups in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese. See the dates for these groups and register for bilingual groups here.

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, lunch and supper 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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