Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dive on in!

The water is just fine here in the Mitchell Volunteer Pool!  January is chock full of fun volunteer opportunities.  We're showing The Secret Life of Pets at the movie night on Friday, January 20.  It's a blast to enjoy a family movie with our extended Mitchell fam!  There's always lots of food to sell and serve and kids to corral, so please join us to keep things running smoothly that night!
You can sign up here:
On January 27 after school PTO will be setting up for Mitchell's next Scholastic Book Fair!  The Book Fair  runs Monday, January 30 through Wednesday, February 1.  Take as many shifts as you can!  Book Fair time is my favorite time, it's a fun way to get to know students and what they're interested in.  It's also a way to earn books for the school, and of course, get kids and families excited about reading!  Volunteer for the Book Fair at
Of course, we are still recruiting for the Science Olympiad!  We need parent volunteers and students from second through fifth grades to compete.  Please see Michell Foulkes if you have any questions about this exciting competition!
You can also head to the Mitchell PTO's next meeting on Tuesday, January17th at 6 pm in the school library.  We'll be discussing updates on these activities and more, like the upcoming and sure-to-be-rad International Night.  Actually, the next planning meeting for the International Night is coming up after school on January 12.  We'd LOVE to have your thoughts on this event, all are welcome!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Easy peasy cash for the school

Did you know there are easy ways to help raise funds for Mitchell Field Trips?  

Most of us already shop at these businesses so all you have to do is sign up and they'll send the PTO a check.

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KROGER All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! 
Our organization # is 91474
Kroger rewards members must re-enroll annually. Please check your account to see if it's active.
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Don’t forget to save your Box Tops for Education.  Each Box Top is worth $0.10.
Box Tops for Education has donated almost $6000 since the program started.

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Link your Amazon account to Mitchell at

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Mitchell School Parent-Teacher Organization Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Please note that you must start use the website to benefit Mitchell. If the browser says amazon.comand not, they will not link your purchase to Mitchell.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at

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To enroll in Cash for Education log into your MyWay account through and select Cash for Education from the dropdown menu underneath your name.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop donates THOUSANDS of dollars to the Mitchell PTO ANNUALLY!  

Please support A2 PTO Thrift by shopping and donating to this great organization!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Kwanzaa Celebration

Science Olympiad- Volunteers and Participants Still Wanted!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of attending my first Science Olympiad practice as a coach.  I'd been nervous as I've never coached so much as a game of jacks before, and I'm well removed from my own school days.  But my daughter has been participating in Science Olympiad for the past few weeks and has been having a wonderful time, so I decided to get in on the action.  Although I was nervous today, I had an excellent time!  What a great, inquisitive, and positive group of kids.  Michelle Foulkes led the kids in practice for several of the Olympiad events, and the kids seemed excited to try their hand at engineering, aeronautics, and DNA.  It was so affirming to see a group of kids  choose to spend extra time, after a long day at school, engaging in new learning opportunities:)

And one of the best parts of the experience is that we have room to share it with more members of the Mitchell fam!  All second through fifth graders are welcome to compete, and any parents or adult family members who want to help are so, so welcome.  We need more coaches if possible!  Practices are Monday and Friday after school until 5:30, depending on which events your student participates in.  So, you don't have to make a huge commitment of time or resources to be a part of this scholastically stimulating event!

International Night

Mitchell's International Night is coming up on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8 pm.  We are still in the planning stages and welcome help and input!  The next meeting is after winter break on January 12 after school in the family room.  Please join us to create a fun, inclusive event for the whole Mitchell community to enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December PTO Meeting Notes

Tuesday, December 13, 6 pm, Mitchell library interior...
It was a dark and stormy night...

-Treasurer's report
     -the bank's new name is (drumroll please) Chemical Bank
     -a line item for Disability Awareness is needed.  The $520 is already figured into the budget but needs its own formal line
-Admin Update
     -Very happy to have our esteemed PTO President, Michelle, and appreciative of the Mitchell PTO
     -Happy to have the upcoming International Night
     -Happy to give students free books.  (Used books before Winter Break, new books before summer vacation)  "Kids who read a lot learn a lot!"  (Or as my Grandpa said, "Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power")
     -Asking for feedback on Coffee with the Principals mornings
          -Ideas for new topics?
          -Have some meetings before pickup rather than at drop off?
     -How to bring more traffic into the family room?
-International Night Update (from the amazing chairwoman Shereen)
     -Date set for February 10 from 6-8 pm
     -Set up is by five regions
     -Student volunteers as greeters with passports and programs
     -Traditional garb is encouraged
     -Auditorium for performance and displays, food in entry hall
     -Five classrooms needed for "region rooms" for crafts and activities
     -The Incredible Katie will bring items to add to Japanese tea ceremony display
          -put out (air dry) clay so attendees can make pinch pot tea bowls
     -Next International meeting will be January 12 at 4 pm in the family room
     -$600 approved for sundries
-Science Olympiad is still recruiting students in second through fifth grades and coaches!
     -Coaches' meeting in Jan
     -Workshop on Feb. 2
-Next Scholastic book fair will be the week of January 30, running Monday through Wednesday
     -Setup on Jan 27
-Other upcoming dates to note:
     -Jan 12, next International Night committee meeting after school
     -Jan 20, next Movie Night.  (Secret Life of Pets-so totally funny!)
           -preceded by the 2-3 grade Art Show featuring Solar Lights for the school!!!
     -Feb 13 is NAAPID with lunch at 11:45
     -Pizza kit info sent home before break, due back so kits will arrive in time for the Stupor Bowl
     -PTO Board Nominations coming up.  we will give information on the different positions at the March PTO meeting
     -Family Science Fair Night with displays of the projects lining the hallways happens in March
     -Talent Show tentatively June 2
     -Washtenaw County Science Olympiad on June 3 at Pioneer High
     -June 9 is Ice Cream Social
-Next PTO meeting is Tuesday, January 17 at 6 pm
     -See your wonderful selves there!


Monday, November 21, 2016

November PTO Meeting 11/15/2016

-Welcome and Introductions
-Treasurer's Report
     -in process of updating the way files are done and layout of budget
     -$5.5K in camp account
-Mr. Karr:
     -Mission Statement highlights:value diversity, connect families and students as GLOBAL CITIZENS-knowlwdgable and caring with high academic standards.  ALL KIDS welcome, safe, and loved<3  Mr. Karr and Mr. Hilton are honored to work here at Mitchell with our kids<3
     -there is a dedicated Facebook for Ann Arbor IB, 11th and 12th grade IB about to be ready at Huron
     -SIT (School Improvement Team) milestone.  Plan for '16-'17, support from teachers academically and socially.  Connect to families will support and involvement (community room part of that design)
     -Community communication:
          -SAFETY procedures for beginning and end of day.  Encourage walking in groups, as harassing incidents have occurred.  Adult volunteers at Platt and Lorraine?
          -Brainstorm ideas for ways to be active for peace, groups we can support, be involved in as a community
           -list of support groups/resources for targeted groups that experience prejudice
-Science Olympiad in December
     -Coaches give background check form to Mr. Karr or Mr. Hilton
-Holiday Shop
     -We got $100 free "bucks" for holding Mitchell's shop in November
     -Items for sale range from 25 cents to ten dollars
-Email group proposed for PTO members to help with errands as they come up, possible running Sign Up Genius
-December 14th Teacher Appreciation Lunch
-PTO Thrift Raffle made over $600!
-Lanterns and singing: Mike Zeidler spoke of the German tradition.  Kids can build a lantern in art class.  Light can be put in to walk through the park.  Possible piggybacking onto February's movie night?
-December 13th meeting
     -2017 calendar
     -International Night: potluck, performances, displays
          -Shireen chairperson, Kathleen second chair
-Little Caesar's Pizza Kits.  Fliers go out in December, money due in January, delivery before Stupor Bowl
-Meeting Adjourned!


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