September 10, 2014
Dear Ann Arbor Open Students and Staff –
As Chris & I continue to sort out the “who’s in charge of what” at Ann Arbor Open, we’ve made one big decision! We are going to share the Wednesday Packet! Each of us will write once a month, with updates, info, and observations. I'll go first.
This is the link to our online parent information website: http://www.aaopencc.org/
We hope you’ll take a look to find answers to many questions and information about many opportunities for students and their families.
Our first AAOCC meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm – hope to see lots of folks there!
Thanks to those of you who braved the weather to celebrate back to school with our picnic. We squeezed into the cafeteria and enjoyed good food and good company. The rain let up enough to let kids run around and get dirty after dinner.
In your welcome packet, we described our need for support of the before school programs. This program alleviates congestion in the parking lot, helps parents when they have to get to early meetings, and allows the children to have some adjustment time playing with friends or enjoying a good book before the bell rings. Open gym is a well-loved program that allows children to play an organized game before school, interacting with students from multiple grade levels, and enjoying some supervised, fun physical activity before school.
We put out a plea for financial support in order to keep these programs in place. Last year, we were able to raise about 50% of the funds required, and used building funds for the rest. Our goal is to raise 100% of the funds needed this year. I am thrilled to report that we are well on our way! If you are able to contribute to this important fundraiser, please visit the following site.
If you have already contributed to this fund, please accept our heartfelt thanks. These programs mean so much to so many. Our first sponsors for the 2014-15 school year are Jeff Sabatini and Kristen Bowden. We are grateful for their support!