Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Help Abbot While Holiday Shopping

This holiday season you can help Abbot raise money while you shop!

Every time you use Amazon or Amazon Prime, use Amazon Smile instead. The shopping experience is exactly the same as when you go to the regular Amazon homepage, except here you will be prompted to select a preferred charity. If you look up and choose "Abbot Elementary School Pto," a portion of every purchase that you started on Amazon Smile will go to the Abbot PTO.

The money we raise is vital for keeping field trips free for every family and funding enrichment programs, such as Super Science Day, visits from Leslie Science Center, Jim Basketball Jones, and UM Shock.  

Happy Holidays!!  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Abbot Grandma Celebrating 71st Birthday Raises $100 at Run-A-Thon

When Noel Winkler, grandma of an Abbot Elementary student, realized her 71st birthday would fall on the same day as the 49th Annual Abbot Elementary Run-a-Thon, she decided to join the fundraiser. Noel is walking 50 laps today and will be raising $100 for the Abbot PTO.

Quite by accident, her race number turned out to be 71, making the story even more incredible.

In addition to being an Abbot grandma, Noel is a retired Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher. She taught at Mack and Forsythe.

If you see Noel walking today, please make sure to thank her and say happy birthday!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Run-A-Thon is Saturday!

The 49th Annual Abbot Run-A-Thon is Saturday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The Run-A-Thon is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and helps support all that the PTO provides for the classrooms and students at Abbot, including field trips, in-school enrichment programs, supplies, teaching resources and improvements to the school like our wildlife habitat, gardens and our hallway murals.

Just as importantly, it is a lot of fun, it lets our community come together, and it lets our students play a big role in supporting their school.

Before Run-a-Thon, students collect flat or per lap pledges. Then they earn ribbons, medallions and trophies for running or walking certain numbers of laps (based on grade level). The class with the highest percentage participation wins a pizza party and students who have five sponsors and at least $25 in collected pledges will be entered in a drawing for prizes at the Run-A-Thon assembly.

Friends and family can walk or run along with students or cheer them on from the sidelines. Our concession stand with bagels, donuts, fruit, hot and cold beverages and pizza will be open during the entire event (pizza available starting at 11 a.m.) so families can buy food there and/or pack a picnic lunch. Participants can stop, leave and come back as much as they want throughout the day.

Contact Committee Chair Lindsay Pawlowski with any questions at If you own a business and want to support the event with a business donation, please contact Lindsay as well to learn more about how we promote our business sponsors at the event, online and through social media.

What Parents Can Do to Help

Volunteer: We have lots of jobs and times to suit almost any interest or schedule. Count laps, check in runners, work the concession stand, or hand out water. Many jobs and shifts are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please see the sign-up at this website.

Recycle Trophies: 
This is our green initiative. As kids grow older, some of the Run-a-Thon trophies they collected as elementary school students may end up in our landfills. Don't toss them, recycle. Our engraver will refurbish old trophies turned into the office ahead of the event and inscribe them with a new name. 

Thanks to Run-A-Thon Sponsors!

Thanks to our 2017 Run-A-Thon All-Star sponsors!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Jan. 24 PTO Meeting Cancelled

The Tuesday, Jan. 24, PTO meeting is cancelled. Please join us on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. for our next meeting.