SciFi Junior High Authors Coming to A2 STEAM!

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:13 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 11:36 AM ]

Nicola's Books has once again offered us an exciting opportunity to visit with both an author and an illustrator! Scott Seegert and John Martin have teamed up to write a new series called SciFi Junior High. They will be coming to A2 STEAM on Tuesday, February 21 from 1:50-2:50pm to speak with students in Grades 3-6 about their book. 

Here is a short description from the publisher: 

Kelvin Klosmo isn't just the new kid at school - he's the new kid in the galaxy Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and... slime content. As the son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn't just the smartest kid in the world....he's the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that's what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks. 

So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed. 

Well, at least Kelvin won't have to worry about math homework anymore. 

Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil... bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies - don't ask.

Sure to appeal to students ages 8-11, we are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the duo. Students will have the chance to speak with them at the time of signing. 

The Order Form is attached at the bottom of this blog post. It will also be sent out to families via Bloomz. Please turn in the forms to your classroom teacher no later than February 10. Limited copies will also be available for purchase the day of the event. 

The Media Center will be purchasing copies of the book for our library. Happy Reading!

Recent Grants Awarded to A2 STEAM Media Center

posted Dec 15, 2016, 12:52 PM by Anne Reader   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 12:53 PM ]

The Media Center is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded two grants! The first, from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation's Karen Thomas Fund, is given in the amount of $1000 to support the American Revolution study that occurs at A2 STEAM in 5th grade. 

In order to really delve deeply into the subject matter, students read both a biography of a person from the American Revolution time period, as well as an historical fiction. This allows them to gain a unique perspective on this period in our history. The funds from the grant will go toward increasing our collection of American Revolution biographies. Thank you, Ann Arbor Educational Foundation!

The second grant is a Donors Choose grant for $430 solely for contact paper. Before a paperback book can be added to the Media Center collection, it is covered with clear contact paper to protect it and extend its shelf life. As you might imagine, we go through a lot of contact paper at A2 STEAM! This grant enabled us to purchase 11 rolls just in time to start covering all of our Book Fair purchases! Thanks very much to those in the A2 STEAM community who donated to the cause!

Hooray for the Book Fair!

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:51 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

Thanks to the A2 STEAM Community's generous support, we had an extremely successful Book Fair, earning over $6,000 for the Media Center! All proceeds from the Fair go directly back to the library through book purchases for students and staff. 

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser - I can't wait for students to check out all of the new books we will have on our shelves!

The Book Fair is ON!

posted Nov 16, 2016, 7:56 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 5:14 AM ]

Thank you to those who responded to my message about volunteering for the Book Fair! We are currently at 93% volunteerism, so the Book Fair is a go.

Set up will take place after school on Monday, 11/28. Tuesday 11/29 and Wednesday 11/30 are Preview Days, when students come down to look and make a wish list. Thursday 12/1 and Friday 12/2 are Purchase Days, and card, cash or checks made out to A2 STEAM at Northside will be accepted. Please remember to include tax!

We also have our after school event on 12/1 from 3-6 pm and will be open for families to purchase books.

Friday 12/2 at 3pm will begin the packing up of the Book Fair, so be sure to get your shopping done early!

The Online Fair wraps up 12/4 at midnight, so if you miss the fair during school hours, you can always purchase online through Sunday.

Thank you for your support!

The Book Fair is Desperate for Volunteers!

posted Nov 14, 2016, 9:38 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 9:45 AM ]

The A2Steam Book Fair needs volunteers or we are in danger of losing the Preview Days and the after school Purchasing Event for Families. 

Please sign up today! https://goo.gl/NTKVrF Thank you!

Book Fair Coming 11/28 - 12/2

posted Oct 10, 2016, 10:06 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 5:14 AM ]

The 2016 Scholastic Book Fair will run from Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 2

In order to make it run smoothly, we need the help of many volunteers! Click here to access our Sign-Up Genius and pick a time to help out. 

Want to shop online? Click here for a link to our Scholastic Book Fair Online Shopping site

Proceeds from the fair will be used to add more books to our Media Center. Thank you for your support of this important fundraiser!

Laurie Halse Anderson a Revolutionary Speaker!

posted Oct 7, 2016, 11:32 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 11:32 AM ]

We were honored to have New York Times bestselling author, Laurie Halse Anderson out to A2 STEAM yesterday! Ms. Anderson presented to 5th through 8th grade students about her latest book, Ashes

Ashes is the final installment of her trilogy that began with Chains and continued with Forge. It is set during the time period of the American Revolution and is told from Isabel's point of view. 

Ms. Anderson was a highly engaging speaker, often bursting into lines from the musical "Hamilton" and getting our students engaged in history. We are so thankful to have her at our building and can't wait to read the book! 

A special thanks to Nicola's Books for bringing this opportunity to A2 STEAM!

Small Supply Grant Posted

posted Sep 27, 2016, 3:05 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 3:06 AM ]

The Media Center works very hard to get brand new books into the hands of your children on a weekly basis, and has done very well on that count the past 2 years. One way we do so is by purchasing paperback copies of books instead of hardcover, due to their price point. 

However, in order to ensure the books last longer, every paperback book in the library collection must be covered in plastic protectant, or contact paper, before it goes out on the shelves. 

The Media Center is looking to replenish its supply of contact paper so that our backlog of new books can get out into the collection. If you are interested in donating, please follow the link here to the Donors Choose grant page: Contacting Books

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Laurie Halse Anderson Coming to A2 STEAM!

posted Sep 20, 2016, 3:55 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 7:54 AM ]

We have been offered a very exciting opportunity to have a renown author come to our school on Thursday, October 6 from 1:50-2:50pm: Laurie Halse Anderson! This event is hosted by Nicola's Books, a local bookstore in town that is very supportive of Ann Arbor Public Schools. All students in 5th-8th grade will be invited to participate in the assembly. 

Ms. Anderson has written several books for young adults and children, and will be specifically highlighting her new release, Ashes. Ashes is the exciting conclusion to the Revolutionary War historical fiction trilogy that began with Chains and ForgeAll 3 copies of the trilogy will be on sale both on preorder and on the day of the event. 

Please see the flyer attached to this post for additional pricing information. All preorders must be back to classroom teachers no later than Thursday, September 29. Students are encouraged to bring in personal copies of Anderson's books to be signed by the author. 

We are very thankful to Nicola's for bringing this exciting opportunity to our school! 

A2 STEAM Little Free Library Up

posted Sep 19, 2016, 3:59 AM by Anne Reader

The third Little Free Library created by 7th grade ILT students during the 2015-16 school year is up in front of the school! This one was designed and assembled by Azola Martin and Kyle Hoffmeyer. They wanted to emulate the blue siding that is most notably the facade on the new gym, as well as other parts of the school. To do so, they hand-stained cedar shingles in 3 colors and then alternated them to replicate the look. 

Remember, the idea behind a Little Free Library is take a book, leave a book. While we appreciate the general spirit of that statement, we want students to choose books when they need them, regardless if they have a replacement to leave. Please enjoy our library and take books to fortify your home libraries whenever you can. 

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