Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Special Fundraising Challenge at Abbot Ice Cream Social

The Abbot Elementary School Ice Cream Social is Friday, May 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  

This is one of the most popular events of the whole year as it is free and open to the public with a nominal charge for ice cream, food, games, the raffle, bounce house, and more.
The money we raise from the Ice Cream Social helps fund field trips, school beautification, special assemblies and in-school events, supplies for teachers, and donations to community organizations that help our students, like the Peace Neighborhood Center. 

This year, we are doing a special fundraising challenge. Because the field trips this year to hear concerts at the University of Michigan were such a success and exposed our students to amazingly talented artists, like word-renowned Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, we have budgeted money for all students in grades 3, 4 and 5 to go to a University Musical Society (UMS) performance next year. If we earn $1,000 above our goal for the Ice Cream Social this Friday, we will send an extra grade to a UMS performance. So please consider giving generously at this year's Ice Cream Social as it will directly impact our students in grades K-2 if we exceed our fundraising goal. 

Also this year we have a special guest. Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS will mingle and pose for pictures from 6 to 7 p.m. during the Ice Cream Social.

Volunteers are still needed, so please email the PTO at
abbotpto@gmail.com. We are especially in need of volunteers for the raffle and donations of cakes for the Cake Walk. Cakes should be dropped off in the office prior to the event and each person who donates a cake will receive a free raffle ticket.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ice Cream Social Ticket and Wristband Presale!!

Avoid the lines at the annual Abbot Ice Cream Social. Buy your tickets and bounce house wristbands in advance!

Tickets are available for pre-sale on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 27-29, from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets will be sold in front of the school or in the gym if the weather is bad. Cash or check payments will be accepted. We regret that we cannot accept credit cards.

Also, for the pre-sale only there is a Raffle Ticket Special. Save $4 and get 24 tickets for $20.

The Ice Cream Social is Friday May 30, 2014, from 5:30-8 p.m. We have some exciting surprises this year, including a visit from PAWS, the Detroit Tigers' mascot.

Want to help out? We are still looking for volunteers to work before, during and after the event. Volunteers are especially needed for the cake walk and games throughout the night. Please email hannahm29@comcast.net with the time you are available and she will find you a job.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Volunteers Get Abbot Habitat Ready for Summer

After the long hard winter, there was lots of cleanup to do in the Abbot Habitat last weekend.

The Habitat is a special nature area in the shady area tucked behind our C and D Centrums (wings) of the school. It includes native plants, feeding stations for birds and squirrels, and a miniature Ann Arbor bird house village. Abbot teachers use the Habitat to help educate students about science and the natural world around them.

Tasks undertaken by our volunteers included weeding, removing dead foliage and making sure all the various plant species in the Habitat had come through the winter.

Special credit goes to David Warner for the help with the pictures and for the project he is undertaking to identify the mystery plants in the Habitat. David even has plans to create educational signage for the more notable plants!

Thank you to all the volunteers (kids and grownups) who gave the Habitat some much needed care!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Attention Abbot Helpers

Our annual PTO volunteer appreciation breakfast is Friday, May 23, 2014, from 8:10 to 8:40 a.m. in the Abbot Library.

If you've been a part of any of the following this year, please come and enjoy.
  • PTO meetings and committees
  • Field trip volunteers
  • Room parents
  • Lunch volunteers
  • Science Olympiad volunteers
  • Math lab
  • Library volunteers
  • Reading volunteers
  • Run-a-Thon volunteers
  • Enrichment volunteers (i.e., in-school special activities like Science Day)
  • Classroom volunteers
  • Computer Lab volunteers
  • Bookapalooza volunteers
And if you've not yet done anything this year, we still want you. Grab breakfast and then head outside to help out with Field Day, which starts immediately after the breakfast.

About Our Blog Background

The beautiful artworks we are using as the background for our blog were created by students in Mrs. Ruthven's art classes during the 2013-2014 school year.

Under Mrs. Ruthven's instruction, students experimented with many types of art media, from the traditional paint and crayons to more unusual materials such as paper and yarn. They drew inspiration from both the natural world around them and from the works of famous artists Mrs. Ruthven introduced them to. Just check out the Paul Cezanne-inspired fruit selection from one of the youngest artists featured on this page.

More about our Abbot art classes can be found on Mrs. Ruthven's blog.

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Abbot Students Win Prizes in Science Olympiad

On Saturday, May 10th, our very own Abbot All Stars competed in the 12th Annual Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad at Pioneer High School. We are proud to announce the following results from our students:
  • 2nd grade won Second Place in Feathered Friends, a timed event where teams of two compete to see how well they can identify local birds by markings and song.
  • 3rd grade and 4th grade both won Fourth Place in Map Reading, a timed event that involves answering geographical questions using a selection of maps. 
Planning for the next Science Olympiad will begin next winter. Learn more about this event and the many fun competitive options at http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/wesowizards.home

If you are interested in helping coach a team of students next year, please contact the PTO at abbotpto@gmail.com