Annual Events

In a typical year, these are the events and activities sponsored by or held in cooperation with the PTO. 


Popsicle Picninc - Join us at Angell to meet with new friends, have a little treat and learn what teachers you'll have this year.

New Families Orientation - Families new to Angell are invited to meet our princial and PTO, tour the building and ask any questions they may have about the start of the school.  

Welcome Back Coffee - The PTO hosts a Welcome Back Coffee after drop-off on the first day of school. 

Fall Picnic - Please come celebrate the beginning of the new school year by joining us at the Annual Fall Picnic.  This is a wonderful community gathering that allows us to visit with friends you missed over the summer and make new ones.  PTO Board members are on hand to welcome you back to school and answer any questions you may have. 

Curriculum Night - An event for you to meet your child’s teacher, spend some time in the classroom, learn about the curriculum being taught, and ask questions about the upcoming school year. 


Walk-a-Thon/ Read-a-Thon - Students at Angell raise money for the PTO by participating in a Walk-a-Thon or, in alternate years, a Read-a-Thon.  For the Walk-a-Thon students run or walk laps at Angell in a fun and non-competitive environment and for the Read-a-Thon students read books.

Annual Enrichment Fee Drive - At the beginning of the school year we ask families to pay a one-time enrichment fee to help cover enrichment costs for the entire year (no separate requests for field trip fees, etc.). Angell’s Enrichment Program is truly unique among all elementary schools in our community.  Through the program, Angell children enjoy: 

This program is entirely funded by the PTO, and all families who can afford to contribute are encouraged to do so.

Halloween School Dance - Wear your best Halloween costume and come to this all-family event where we get together to dance, socialize, and generally have fun! 


Movie Night - Admission is free and pizza and concessions are available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit Angell by providing needed funds to the PTO.


Talent Show - It's Showtime! The Angell School Talent Show is a non-competitive event where kids get to show off their special talents.  Wonderful acts in the past have been singing, hula hooping, a jump rope routine, skits, percussion performance, gymnastics, magic tricks and cultural dance. No auditions required. 

Disability Awareness Week - The purpose of this enrichment activity is to teach students what it might look and/or feel like to have a variety of disabilities. This fosters empathy and inclusivity when working with others. 


Art Show -   This event showcases all of our students' artwork and arts & crafts are set up in the gym for students to participate in. There is a silent auction for certain pieces of artwork and a raffle.  Funds raised during this event go directly to the Angell art program.


International Celebration - Come celebrate Angell School’s rich cultural diversity and learn about cultures and traditions from around the world. At the Parade of Nations, Angell Students march with a banner and flag of their country, while our principal  reads interesting facts about the country. After the Parade of Nations, the bazaar-style World Market opens in the gymnasium, where tables are set up with books, pictures, crafts or activities representing various countries.  At the potluck-style World Buffet, Angell families can sample foods from all over the world. 

Book Fair - The Angell Book Fair is a way for students to buy wonderful books for themselves, their teachers and the school.  


Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - May is Teacher Appreciation Month and to honor the teachers, the PTO sponsors a Teacher’s Appreciation Luncheon. 

Science Olympiad - The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad is the largest annual elementary school Science Olympiad in the country: every year 3500 students from 35 Washtenaw County schools compete in science events. All Angell students in grades 2 to 5 are welcome to participate.  Students learn fun STEM activities and apply their skills as they compete against other schools. Event-specific teams work with volunteer parent 


Ice Cream Social -​­ The Ice Cream Social is an Angell tradition that celebrates the end of the school year. All Angell students, staff and families are invited to an evening of fun, food, games, prizes and a chance to visit with friends before summer vacation.  The Ice Cream Social is a carnival-like atmosphere with tickets sold for games and cotton candy. Pizza and drinks are available for sale and the ice cream sundaes (or popsicles) are free of charge for all attendees. The Social is held rain or shine, on the school grounds or, if the weather is uncooperative, can be set up indoors.

Year-round PTO activities

Monthly PTO Meetings - All are welcome to our monthly PTO meetings, which are held on the third Thursday of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Common Cup. Check the PTO weekly email for details. If you would like an item included on the agenda, please email the board a week before the meeting.

A few other things…

Spiritwear - In the Fall and Spring the PTO offers a chance to purchase spirit wear showing our Angell pride.

Grocery/Online Shopping Rewards Programs - The PTO partners with BoxTops, Kroger, Busch’s, and AmazonSmile to earn cash rewards for the PTO. See Fundraising for more information. 

Ann Arbor PTO Council​­ - The Ann Arbor PTO Council was established to encourage members of all the PTOs in the district to exchange information, ideas, and concerns. The council is independent of the school administration and the Ann Arbor Board of Education, but maintains continuous communication and active cooperation with these bodies and the community. The Council conducts independent study and research projects, acts as a parent lobby group, and sponsors seminars/workshops relevant to education in the Ann Arbor school district.  See the AAPTOC site for more information.