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 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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 Principal: Kit Flynn




By Kit Flynn


October 23, 2014

Dear Ann Arbor Open Students and Staff –

Be sure to join us this Saturday for the Pandarific Fun Run at 9:00 am. The weather should be gorgeous, the company uplifting, and the activity good for the heart! Don’t worried if you’re not registered, you can do that when you arrive. All entrants will be in the drawing for a pair of tickets to the Michigan/Michigan State game happening later that day in East Lansing!


On Friday, November 14th, Ann Arbor Open welcomes a delegation of educators from Singapore for a very special tour of our building. This distinguished group of teachers and administrators will be visiting a select number of schools within AAPS, and we are honored to be among those chosen. More details to come – but wanted to share the exciting news!


It will be Halloween before we know it! On Friday, October 31st, we will host our Halloween parade at 1:30 pm. Parents & younger siblings are welcome to join us as we troop through the neighborhood in our annual autumnal parade. Many classes will plan specific activities as well, and your child’s classroom teacher will be in touch with information and requests for supplies or help. Our guidelines for Halloween at Ann Arbor Open are as follows:

o  If you do not want your child to participate in Halloween celebrations for any reason, we will provide alternative activities. Please let your child’s teacher know this preference ASAP, but by noon on Monday, October 27th at the latest, so we can plan accordingly.

o  There are NO weapons of any kind allowed at school (including toy weapons, replicas, or science fiction related items such as light sabers). If your child’s costume includes a weapon, it must be left at home.

o  Costumes that could be considered offensive, including those that stereotype an ethnic, racial, religious or other group are not appropriate. Any child with such a costume will not be allowed to wear it at school.

o  Please remember that we are a K-8 school. Costumes and masks that are very scary or bloody may not be worn. The bottom line is that we don’t want our youngest students frightened – so if you are unsure of whether or not your child’s costume is appropriate for school, feel free to check with your child’s teacher or the office staff. Let’s hope the weather cooperates!


Picture Re-Takes have been scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th – so if your child was absent or had a picture worth less than 1000 words, remember to come prepared for the second chance at a wonderful school picture. If you are returning packages, they must be intact, and will be exchanged for the new set of photos.


On Saturday, November 15th, a group of UM students is coming to offer their hands to helping paint our cafeteria as part of a service project. We could use some A2O community volunteers as well! If you are willing to help between 9:00 and 2:00, please email Kit at


Many thanks to those in attendance at this month’s AAOCC meeting and volunteer fair! Our AAOCC executive committee (Clare Sansburn, Neeraja Aravamudan, Karen Hawver and Kristin Gapske) and Angie Watson (volunteer coordinator) did a great job of explaining “how things work around here.” If you missed the meeting, please be sure to look for the minutes in the next Wednesday packet.


LOST AND FOUND! Dear parents – no way to over-emphasize how helpful it is when you label your children’s clothing and other belongings. Our lost and found is bursting, and it’s only the 8th week of school. Come claim your children’s items in the lost and found!


On November 4th, citizens will have the opportunity to vote on several important issues and candidates. Please remember there will be no school that day, and please remember to vote! For information on the proposed Whitmore Lake annexation, please visit for lots of information on this challenging issue. There is also information regarding the important School Board Election available here:


Lots going on around here obviously! Wishing you and yours some time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors this weekend.






Ann Arbor Public Schools