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 1019 W. Washington
 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
 Rick Weiler, Principal

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That!!!

As this next week comes to an end it marks the end of the first quarter of the 2014/15 school year. Can you believe the year is ¼ over?! Let’s remind ourselves and our students that this week is an opportunity to turn in those missing assignments and to give attention to the little details to improve a class grade. Parents are always welcome to schedule meetings with staff to discuss any questions or concerns or achievement goals and plans that they have about their child. The most effective way to have such a conversation is to contact and talk directly to the teacher of interest.

 I would also like to dispel several “urban legends” that seem to be weighing heavy on the minds of students.

Students at Slauson have a tradition of wearing a costume for Halloween. Dressing in costume is not mandatory, but it is an option. Halloween Costume Day is Friday, October 31, 2014. The Slauson Student Council has developed and posted Halloween Costume Guidelines throughout the building. This tradition also means that the day is otherwise a regular school day. Candy and snacks and parties are not part of the tradition.

Students are allowed to decorate the locker of a friend in honor of the friend’s birthday. Students may SING happy birthday to a classmate in the cafeteria. They may not SHOUT happy birthday to a classmate. There is a tremendous difference between the two! Singing entails an “inside voice” among seated tablemates.  

Parents: Please know that you are welcome to visit and fully experience the lunchroom any day! We ask that you sign in at the General Office. Lunches, generally, are as follows:        

11:00 – 11:30     Grade 6

11:30 – noon      Grade 8

12:30 – 1:00      Grade 7

Traffic congestion at Slauson continues to lessen. Representatives of the City Engineer’s Office, the Ann Arbor Police Department, and the Ann Arbor Public School’s Grounds Division visited and observed morning traffic. We walked the grounds of the school exploring the viability of several long-term options. I would like to remind you of the following suggestions:

Drop-off/Pick-up your student a block or two away from the main entrance to Slauson

Have your child exit/enter the car as quickly as possible

Plan your route so that your child exits/enters the car from the school side of your car - this decreases the need to cross traffic

Please do not park your car and allow your student to sit in the car before school starts. This does happen more during inclement weather, but we will allow students to enter the school when the weather is bad

Slow down

Encourage your child to use the crosswalks

Honor the crosswalks by not stopping or parking in the crosswalks

Honor the adults acting as crossing guards

Rick Weiler

Ann Arbor Public Schools