PTO Budget Update

Our goal for Family Contributions this year is $35,000.  We are pleased to share that Angell families have contributed $23,748 as of December 31 (just over two-thirds of our goal)!

Wondering where that money is going?  In the first half of the school year, we have spent:

This leaves just under $4,000 in the Family Contribution Fund to spend in the second half of the year.  We anticipate that the Enrichment Program alone will cost another $10,000 this year.  

For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to contribute, it’s not too late!  The suggested contribution is $125 per student.  We invite every family to contribute what they can toward these costs by making a tax-deductible Family Contribution to our PTO.  Whether you can donate $25, $50, $75, $125, or $250/child, your contribution is greatly appreciated and thoughtfully utilized.

And, as a 501(c)3, we can also accept matching donations from your employer!

To make your family’s contribution, please complete the Contribution Form.  If you have questions please email our PTO treasurer.

Important Dates 

Tues, Jan 31 - Early Release at 1:18 pm

Sun, Feb 5 - Deadline for Science Olympiad interest form 

Fri, Feb 10 - Disability Awareness Workshop (4th & 5th grades)

Sun, Feb 12 - Pizza House Fundraiser

Tues, Feb 14 - Valentine’s Day classroom parties

Fri, Feb 17 - Deadline for Angell School Talent Show entries

Mon, Feb 20 - No School (midwinter break)

Wed, March 1 - Talent Show Rehearsal at 3:48 pm

Thurs, March 2 - Angell School Talent Show 6 pm

News and Upcoming Events 

Thank you

A warm thank you to Katie Jedynak, Brooke Tomlins and Laura Maasdam for organizing Angell’s Indoor Movie Night last week!  Many families participated in the fun event and it was a welcome opportunity to gather together after the winter break.

Science Olympiad Information

Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad is an opportunity for students from 2nd through 5th grade to learn about science through active, hands-on, group participation.  There are a variety of categories to choose from and practices occur after school. The Olympiad culminates in a county wide competition in May. More information is available in last week’s presentation and the WESO website.

Please fill out this interest form by Sunday, February 5 to help gauge interest in each event.  We are also looking for coaches to lead the practices. No experience or science background is required. Please contact us for more information.

Talent Show

Students, please share your talent at the Angell School Talent Show on Thursday, March 2nd at New Life Auditorium, 6:00 start

All talent show entries must be received by Friday, February 17th

Student name, grade, song selection, composer, and description of talent, must be entered into this form.  This information will be added to the program. 

After the successes of our virtual talent shows, video submissions are welcome!   Video submissions should be limited to talents that would be difficult to share onstage such as stop-motion or other movies, sports demonstrations, pet tricks, etc. 


The rehearsal will likely last about two hours. Students can leave with a guardian after their rehearsal, or they can be picked up at 5:30 PM.  Students who submit a video do not need to attend on March 1st. 

Questions? Contact Katie Ryan: or Deniz McGee.

Disability Awareness Workshop Volunteers Needed

The Disability Awareness Workshop is a one-day program to teach 4th and 5th graders an empathetic understanding of physical, developmental, and learning disabilities.  The hands-on-activity based program is designed to help students understand how difficult and complex daily living can be for individuals with “Diverse Abilities.”  The workshop helps build a culture of understanding that is invaluable, with the goal to learn, through experience, that all individuals deserve respect no matter how they may look, act, walk or talk. 

We are excited to be offering the program to Angell students again this year in partnership with Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

Please consider volunteering to help with the workshop.  We need 8 more  volunteers to help the morning of Friday, February 10 (8:45 am – 12:15 pm) and 1 more volunteer to help set up the evening before.  Volunteers need only be kind and compassionate; no experience working with people with disabilities is necessary.   To volunteer, please sign up here.

Contact Anne Sturm with any questions or if you would like to volunteer but can not attend the full morning. 

Volunteers will be provided information about their station prior to the event and orientation upon arrival the morning of the workshop. Each station has easy to follow activity instructions to oversee students as they participate.  Volunteers may choose to work at one of the following stations:

It is a fun and meaningful experience for volunteers as well as the students.  The event gives both parents and students the opportunity to learn together.  I hope you consider volunteering!

Library Volunteers Needed

Ms. Lauer is looking for a handful of volunteers to help with a large library project.  Parent volunteers will inventory and organize the books in the library.  This task is perfect for those who love to organize and who like a place for everything and everything in its place. 

Volunteers should expect to come in and work for 2-3 hour shifts at least once a week.  Please email Ms. Lauer if you are interested.

Pizza House Dine and Donate on Super Bowl Sunday

Please consider getting your appetizers and meals at Pizza House for Super Bowl Sunday on February 12. Please order over the phone or in person (online orders won’t work for the donation) and mention " Angell Fundraiser."  15% of proceeds will be donated back to Angell PTO.  Pizza House is located at 618 Church Street, Ann Arbor.  Tel:  (734) 995-5095

100 Books in 100 Days for 100 Years

The library collection at Angell needs improvement and updating.  We are excited to announce that, to celebrate Angell’s centennial birthday coming up this spring, the Angell library is having a 100 books in 100 days for 100 years fundraiser.  

The goal is to raise at least 100 books for the Angell library.  Books can be purchased in person from the Literati book store in Ann Arbor or online via Amazon

Amazon Wishlist: By purchasing via this link you will not only be donating much-needed books, but also 0.5% of the money spent will be donated to Angell through the Amazon Smile program if you purchase by February 20.  Please click on the yellow “add to cart” button for the book(s) you would like to purchase. If you click on the image of the book cover, Amazon will think you are purchasing the book for yourself and will not provide the option to mail the book to Angell. Please select the Angell School PTO gift registry address for delivery.  

Literati book store:  The books that Literati Bookstore ordered for the Angell Elementary School Library are displayed on the first floor of Literati near the front info/check-out counter.  There will be a sign identifying them as selections for the Angell Elementary Library.  

Customers purchasing book(s) for Angell, should bring them to the front desk to be rung up.  Any books purchased for Angell must be rung up separately from any personal purchases, and rung up under the Angell Library account, and given to the bookseller processing the sale.  Literati will collect them for distribution to the Angell Library.  Please only purchase books for the library that are on that shelf.

In addition, Literati is donating 20% of the total from books purchased for the library to the school for future library book purchases at Literati. 

Literati's business hours are Monday-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

February PTO Meeting Canceled

Our February PTO meeting is canceled. Please mark your calendars for the March meeting on Thurs, March 16, where we will discuss opportunities to get involved in the PTO for next year.


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