Saturday, September 12, 2015

AAPS Farm to School Collaborative to Host Garden Tour

Ann Arbor Public Schools Farm to School Collaborative: School Garden Tour & Reception on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Abbot does not have one of these gardens. This looks like a great event for any parents/teachers interested in learning what it would take for us to create one for our students. 

Visit one or all of the six school gardens on the tour and hear more about the learning opportunities at each from students, teachers, and garden coordinators. Reception follows at the final garden (Lawton). For more information, a schedule, and map of gardens, please visit

​September 20, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.​
  • 1:00-1:45 p.m. King Elementary & Burns Park Elementary
  • 2:00-2:45 p.m. Tappan Middle School & Slauson Middle School
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m. Dicken Elementary & Lawton Elementary
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m. Garden Reception - Lawton Elementary​

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thank You Ice Cream Social Sponsors

Each year, the outpouring of support from our local business community help us make the Ice Cream Social an even better fundraiser for PTO supported field trips, educational tools and enrichment activities to benefit Abbot students. Please help us thank these companies. If you shop there, tell the manager you appreciate them supporting the Abbot PTO. If the business has a social media page, like or follow that page, or leave them a comment to say thank you.

Ice Cream Social Event Sponsors

  • Cafe Zola
  • Christensen Law
  • Chelsea-Rhone, LLC
  • Dynamic Edge
  • Language Literacy Learning —
  • RoosRoast Coffee
  • Sam's Clothing
  • Star's Cafe

Ice Cream Social Cake Contest Supporter

  •  Chelsea Milling Company (Donations of free "Jiffy Mix" baking mix and frosting.)

Ice Cream Social Raffle Donation Supporters

Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Applied Fitness Solutions
Arbor Farms Natural Foods Market
Argus Farm Stop
Bel - Mark Lanes Recreation
Busch's Fresh Food Market
Cafe Zola
Carol Roeda Studio
Cherry Rebublic
Coffee House Creamery
Dairy Queen
DreamFarm LLC
Hands-On Museum
Happy House Gifts
Henry Ford Museum
Home and Garden
Juicy Kitchen
Keith Hafner's Karate
Kumon Math and Reading Center
Learning Express
Liberty Athletic Club
Mainstreet Ventures
Mast Shoes

Michigan Theater
Morgan & York
Nicola's Books
Noodles & Company
Northside Grill
Performance Network Theatre
Pilar's Tamales
Plum Market
Plymouth Fire Station
Pratt and Miller Engineering
Prickly Pear
Putterz Golf And Games
Quest Martial Arts
Red Hawk Bar & Grill
Stadium Hardware
Title Boxing Club
Trader Joe's
Weber's Inn
Westarbor Animal Hospital
Westside Bar and Grill
Zippy Auto Wash
Zoey + Joey Studio

Monday, June 1, 2015

2015 Abbot Ice Cream Social is June 5!

Paws, the Detroit Tigers’ mascot, will be back for our 2015 Abbot Elementary School Ice Cream Social and he’s just the opening act! We will also have Keith Hafner and his students doing karate demos and Maurice Archer, Rec and Ed's breakdance instructor, performing.

There are new games this year, too, and a special bounce house just for kids 6 years of age and younger. In addition, there are perennial favorites like the raffle, the cake decorating contest, the cake walk, face painting, glitter tattoos and of course the teacher dunk tank. 

“We are so excited about this year’s social and hope that everyone in our Abbot community can come,” says Molly Mason, this year’s Ice Cream Social chair.

Raffle tickets, event tickets, and unlimited bounce house wrist bands are available during our pre-sale (3:15 to 4:15 p.m. each day between Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 4 at Abbot) and at the event. Event tickets are 50 cents each and raffle tickets are $1 each. (Raffle Ticket Discount: Buy 5 and get an extra raffle ticket for free!) Unlimited bounce house wrist bands are $15 for children 7 years or older, $10 for children 6 years or younger.

Prices are as follows:
1 ticket: Beverages (soda, juice, water), Cake Walk
2 tickets: Dunk Tank, Prize Games, Chips, Ice Cream, Little Kids (6 years and younger) Bounce House
3 tickets: Bounce House, Obstacle Course, Giant Slide, Face Painting, Pizza Slice

This year, the Ice Cream Social takes place on June 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Abbot Students to Compete in Science Olympiad

Come cheer on your Abbot WESO team on Saturday May 30, 2015 at Pioneer High School. What is WESO? Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad is a fun hands on Science team. Our WESO program is the largest Science Olympiad in the state of Michigan. WESO is dedicated to increasing a student's interest in science and helping to instill a love of science in young students. 

This year Abbot will have 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teams participating. Our teams have worked very hard in their field of study for the big day. They will compete against many other Washtenaw County elementary schools. Award ceremonies are open to the public. Award times are: 2nd grade 11 a.m., 3rd grade 2 p.m., 4th grade 5 p.m. and 5th grade 8 p.m. 

There will also be many fun interactive science booths at the event for you to enjoy. The public will also be able to spectate two events. These events are Water Rockets and On Target. Abbot 3rd graders will launch their water rockets in the back field at 9:15 a.m. and 4th graders launching at 2:15 p.m. Inside the gym, come watch straw rockets take flight aiming for a specific target! On Target 3rd grade teams will build and fly their rockets at 12:30 p.m and 5th graders will build and fly at 6:50 p.m. Hope to see you there. Go Abbot All Stars!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Abbot Students Raise $2K for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research

As we all know, Abbot is amazing! In just one week, our students raised $2,179.30 in small change for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Student Council chose the LLS "Pasta for Pennies" campaign as their charitable contribution to our community. Mr. Meyer's first grade class collected the most and will receive a celebratory pasta lunch from The Olive Garden restaurant.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary cancer research agency specifically focused on finding cures and better treatments for blood cancer patients. Because some blood cancers are childhood diseases, this cause is one our students connect with and feel good about donating to. With the help of programs like Pasta for Pennies, more than 1 billion dollars has been invested in research to advance therapies to save lives.

Abbot Habitat Needs Spring Care

Please help preserve our beautiful Wildlife Habitat as a wonderful learning resource for the kids! Spring is here and so are the weeds. We badly need a few more helpers to keep the weeds from overgrowing everything else. We've already got a big pile of new mulch that is just waiting to be spread.

If you have a little bit of time to help, even a half hour would be greatly appreciated, please the PTO at We will forward your to message to Birgit von der Lieth of the Habitat Committee who will assign you a small part of the habitat to weed and mulch. The more helpers, the less work for each!

In addition, we thank the Girl Scouts who volunteered to help clean and plant.

Project Lead the Way Coming to Abbot

We are thrilled to announce new STEAM learning opportunities via Project Lead the Way are coming to Abbot in the 2015-2016 school year. All students in grades K-5 will experience learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) projects and problem-based challenges tied to our Ann Arbor Public Schools science curriculum and national standards. This exciting curriculum is engineered to “ignite interest and confidence” while supporting the development of 21st century skills.

In the 2015-2016 school year, students across our school will experience two full modules of Project Lead the Way Launch. Our exceptional teachers will work together with AAPS Project Lead the Way Lead Teachers to deliver and facilitate this exciting program together. With their guidance, students will embark together on learning adventures, solving real-world problems and applying the engineering and design process to their thinking and end products. This is truly an exciting time for us at Abbot and we look forward to sharing more with you soon!

— Pam Sica, School Principal

Monday, April 13, 2015

AAPS School Bond Proposal on May 5th Ballot: Strong Schools for a Strong Community

In the May 5 election, the Ann Arbor Public Schools will ask voters to approve borrowing to take care of important capital expenditures that have been put off as other critical needs were addressed.
The timing is right to take care of these needs at no added cost to residents of the district.

So, what exactly is this bond for?

Safe and Sound:  A vote YES will replace an aging school bus fleet, outfit buses with security equipment like GPS and Cameras, retrofit all school entrances with secure doors and install energy-saving window treatments that meet safety protocols.

Programs to Playgrounds:  A vote YES will replace worn musical instruments and add new ones to meet growing student need, update our kids’ desks and equipment to support innovative teaching and bring school playgrounds up to the latest safety standards.

Community Benefits:  A vote YES will upgrade school auditoriums to support stellar arts programs and community events.  Our many athletic fields will also be improved to not only better serve our kids but also surrounding neighborhoods and recreational use.

AAPS has carefully managed its existing debt: the District just saved taxpayers $3.3 million through refinancing.  Borrowing costs are low, and this is a great time for our community to invest in these kinds of improvements without having to take it away from the funds used for everyday classroom teaching.
Five community information meetings have been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the middle schools:
·       April 14 @ Slauson Middle School
·       April 16 @ Tappan Middle School
·       April 21 @ Scarlett Middle School
·       April 23 @ Clague Middle School
·       April 30 @ Forsythe Middle School

For more information, please go to the Ann Arbor Public Schools web site at  To contribute or volunteer, please go to the Ann Arbor Citizens Millage Committee web site at If you would like a lawn sign, you can request one at this link:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bread as Science with King Arthur Flour

Bread the 4th graders made for the Peace Neighborhood Center.
King Arthur Flour is a 225-year-old Vermont company that takes social responsibility seriously. Abbot 4th graders recently got a very special visit from company representatives who taught them a lot more than just how to make delicious bread — like science, math and microbiology.

Students were amazed to find out that yeast, a microscopic organism, makes the gas that puts the air bubbles into bread.

After a demonstration of how to make bread, each student was given two bags of King Arthur flour and asked to make two loaves. One loaf would be for their their family and one would be brought back to school and donated to the Peace Neighborhood Center to use at their community dinner.

"It was a really cool and free reverse field trip for the 4th graders," said Tracie Frailey, a teacher consultant and resource room teacher at Abbot. "The children also made some delicious bread. We have some bakers!"

Learn more about King Arthur Flour at

You can find out more about Peace Neighborhood Center, a center for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems, at The Abbot PTO proudly donates to Peace each year.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Abbot Math Night Draws Record Crowd

Approximately 150 students and parents attended this year’s Math Night on January 29, a record for the event.

“This is the best Math Night we’ve ever had,” said first grade teacher Cathy Stone, one of the organizers.

Ms. Stone thought a combination of effective promotion by the teachers and the addition of several new activities this year was behind the great turnout. Students especially seemed to enjoy the math in art activities organized by Abbot art teacher Kristina Ruthven, the online math games in the computer lab, playing Twister and the estimation jar contest.

“Having Ms. Ruthven involved was fabulous,” Ms. Stone said.

Next year’s plans may include expanding the range of activities to also include art in music.

“Showing parents and students the games is so important in making math fun,” Ms. Stone added. “Parents can help by continuing to play these games at home with their kids.”

Thursday, January 15, 2015

RSVP Now for Abbot’s Family Math Night

Please join us on Thursday, January 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to explore the wonders of math with your child:

  • Play Everyday Mathematics games; take home directions to play at home
  • Explore math games online
  • Learn about math through art

  • Complete a math scavenger hunt
Please email Ms. Stone at and let us know how many of your family members are coming.

Abbot Teacher Featured on District Kindergarten Roundup Poster

Ms. Maksimchuck, who teaches one of the two Abbot Kindergarten classes, is featured on this year's AAPS Kindergarten Roundup posters. (Abbot Principal Pam Sica is also on the poster, but only for our school.)

Please help us reach all families of children who will be 5 between May 1 and September 1, 2015 (or by December 1, 2015 with a waiver) by sharing this poster. The Abbot Kindergarten and Young 5s open house (roundup) is February 10 at 6:30 p.m.