School Bells: Mock drill hosted at Ann Arbor Open

Click below for slides of Saturday’s full-scale emergency readiness event at Ann Arbor Open @ Mack. The simulated event involved parents, students, staff and area emergency agencies:

General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 2

On Nov. 2, residents of The Ann Arbor Public Schools will go to the polls to cast ballots on a number of key state, judicial and local races and proposals, including electing five members to The Ann Arbor Board of Education.

Five incumbents are running unopposed for open seats this year. They include: Susan Baskett and Christine Stead, who are both running for open four-year terms; Deb Mexicotte who is running for a partial two-year term; and Simone Lightfoot and Andy Thomas who are running for open one-year terms.

Information on all races can be found at the website of the Washtenaw County Clerk under the Nov. 2, 2010 category.

At Michigan’s Voter Information Center, residents can view a sample ballot for the upcoming election, request an absentee voter ballot, get polling precinct locations or find links to the Michigan Candidate Information Guide.

Bookstore hosts events involving Ann Arbor schools

Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw Ave (at Huron Parkway) is hosting a number of events related to The Ann Arbor Public Schools during November. Details 734-973-0846. The events include:

  • Saturday, Nov 6 from 6-8 p.m. – 
Book fair for Community High School. 
Theatre students perform a reading from “Little House of Horrors” and the award-winning school jazz band will play.
  • Wednesday, Nov 17 at 9:30 a.m. – 
Coffee with the principal. 
Terra Webster, Principal of Logan Elementary School invites residents to a discussion and question-and-answer session. 
Complimentary coffee and tea.
  • Saturday, Nov 27 – All Day Book fair. 
Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation Department is at the store to share readings and stories written during summer camp.  The kids of camp tell tales and share their talents.

Library offers programs of interest to Ann Arbor families

The Ann Arbor District Library hosts a number of events of interest for Ann Arbor Public Schools families in the month of November. Below are a sampling. Visit for more listings:

  • English as a Second Language Conversation Groups –  AADL, in partnership with Washtenaw Literacy, hosts weekly ESL conversation groups at several branches. Sessions at Pittsfield Branch are on Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. (November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29) at Traverwood Branch on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. (November 3, 10 & 17, no session on Wednesday, Nov. 24) and at Malletts Creek Branch on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (November 5, 12, 19 & 26). Details: 734-327-4555.
  • In-Person Tutoring – Students from The University of Michigan’s Circle K chapter provide homework help to school-aged children and teens at no charge.  No appointment necessary Downtown Library Youth Department on Mondays (November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29) from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesdays, (November 3, 10 & 17 – no session on Wednesday, Nov. 24) from 4-8 p.m.
  • Online Homework Help for grades 3 and older – Visit  Online tutor Brainfuse may be accessed from home or by computer at library locations. Online tutors are available from 2-11 p.m. daily to assist students in math, English/language arts, science, and social studies. Service is available in English and Spanish at no charge, but requires an AADL library card. Details: 734-327-8301.
  • Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Parenting Lecture: “Raising a Bilingual Child” at Traverwood Branch Program Room. Learn how to support the language acquisition of children whose native language is not English. Young children are welcome; toys will be available. Details: 734-327-8301.

Branch locations: Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, 734-327-8301 (Youth Department) 734-327-4555 (Information Desk); Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Drive; West Branch, 2503 Jackson Avenue; Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Drive; and Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway.

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