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 abbotpto@gmail.com. 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