Tappan Thursday Thing - February 14, 2019


In This Week’s Issue

  • Coming Up Soon

  • Please Read: Tappan PTSO Annual Fund Phase II

  • Washtenaw County Community Conversations

  • Athletics/Clubs Update

  • Semester Grades

  • 6th Grade Parent Orientation

  • Tappan Media Center Installs Original Painting by Local Artist

  • Tappan Peer to Peer

  • Girls in Science and Engineering Summer Camp

  • AAPS/Durham Bus Tracker App

  • Tappan Media Center Collecting Boxtops for Education

  • James and the Giant Peach Tickets on Sale Now

  • 2019 Engineering Summer Programs

  • Washtenaw Camp Placement Extends Deadline

  • 2019 School Garden Workshop

  • Tappan School Store Needs Help in February and March

  • SAVE THE DATE: Tappan 8th Grade Promotion June 6, 2019

  • About the Thursday Thing







Community High School Application Window Closes


15, 18

Mid-winter break--NO School for Students



Tappan Players Present James and the Giant Peach



WC3 Session about  the Experiences of LGBTQ Youth



Early Release Day, Dismissal at 12:37



Daylight Savings Starts



6th Grade Parent Orientation Night



Spring Break


Tappan Middle School PTSO is proud to announce the second phase of our 2018 - 2019 school year annual fund  campaign. This is the largest campaign in the school's 68-year history and our first large-scale fundraising effort. The PTSO aims to raise $50,000 by the end of the 2018 - 2019 school year to create a new yearly PTSO budget structure that will support our students and teachers as well as fund school-wide enrichment projects and field trips.

Please consider joining us and making your contribution today at the link below!




Everyone is invited to attend this community discussion and learning opportunity about the experiences of LGBTQ young people in our district.


February 24, 2019 2:30pm

Ann Arbor District Library

343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public


Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Look at the numbers and hear the experiences of LGBTQ youth in Washtenaw County, and how those experiences impact their mental, social, emotional, and physical health
  • Identify at least one thing we can do to support LGBTQ youth in our community

Intended audience: Any and all community members (students, parents, teachers, business owners, and others) who would like to know more about LGBTQ youth, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. See attached flier for more info.


The 7th Grade Basketball team plays A2Steam at Tappan today, beginning at 4:30 pm. A2Steam does not have an 8th Grade team, so there will be no game or practice for 8th Grade Basketball. 6th Grade Basketball practice will end early today at 4:00 to accommodate the game.

Synchro also practices today from 3:15-4:45.

Season 4 begins soon! Season 4 sports include Volleyball and Competitive Swimming. You can sign up your student for Season 4 here: https://goo.gl/forms/FIQVpycJ0U8Q6QHy1

Please make sure your student has their physical on file in order to participate on the first day of tryouts/practice. Students also need to have their $150 pay-to-participate fee completed, which you can take care of online here:https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/49394

7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball will have an intro meeting on Tuesday, February 26th in the Tappan Rec Room from 3:15-3:45. All 7th/8th Grade girls interested in trying out for Volleyball should plan on attending this intro meeting. Tryouts for the Girls team will begin on Friday, March 1st from 3:15-5:30.

The 7th/8th Grade Boys Volleyball tryouts will begin on Monday, March 4th from 3:15-4:30 in the Tappan Gym. There are no tryouts for Competitive Swimming - the first practice for Swimming will also be on Monday, March 4th from 3:15-4:30.

6th Grade Boys Volleyball begins Monday, March 11th from 3:15-4:15, and 6th Grade Girls Volleyball begins Tuesday, March 12th from 3:15-4:15. You can see the full Season 4 Schedule here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=11PosxBCNKxKqcQ3Xq5lwENRqc2mGvxMuWKAohF1KOI4

Thank you for your support of our program - Go Trojans!

SEMESTER GRADES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Dear parents--your student’s semester grades will be mailed home. You can also view your child’s semester grades in Powerschool. If your mailing address has changed, please contact the school office.

6TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Tappan's incoming 6th grade Parent Orientation Night has been changed to Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The event is for parents only and will take place in the auditorium from 6-7:30 pm.

TAPPAN MEDIA CENTER INSTALLS NEW PAINTING BY LOCAL ARTIST                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The Tappan Media Center is honored to display an original painting by the late artist Kate Paul, who donated it just prior to her untimely passing.  The piece is titled "Window Of Possibilities" and is displayed in the quiet reading nook at the entrance of the library. The imagery shows a curious child lounging in a window and looking out through a telescope into a vast landscape of fantastic places.  

"I am happy to say I knew Kate as a wonderful artist, and a kind and generous person," said Mr. Kipp, Tappan librarian.  "She and I both felt that this artwork nicely portrayed the depth of a child's imagination, and what they may see, when they lose themselves in the story of a great book."  

The next time you're in the Tappan library, be sure to take a look at the painting for yourself.  Check out the photos attached below!

TAPPAN MIDDLE SCHOOL PEER TO PEER (P2P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tappan students will be working in collaboration with the University of Michigan Depression Center.  The goal of the P2P Depression Awareness Campaign is to educate students about depression, and support them in conveying this knowledge to their peers in order to reduce stigma, raise awareness, encourage help-seeking when needed, and ultimately, help to promote the early detection of depression and related illnesses.  The students are doing 6th grade advisory presentations (these were done at all levels last year), and other informational activities.


Hello, friends, family, and teachers of future scientists and engineers. The application for our Girls in Science and Engineering (WISE GISE) summer camp is now open! Apply on YouthHub.  You can learn more about the program and start your application with the Apply button on the bottom right. You can also check out our website for details and an FAQ.

If you have any questions, email umwisegise@umich.edu.


Download Durham Transportation's free app to monitor your student's bus. See real-time bus locations so you know when your student's bus is due at their bus stop in the morning and afternoon. This is especially helpful on bad weather days. The app is a safe, secure way to track your student's bus.



Tappan Media Center is now collecting Boxtops For Education to raise money to buy books for the media center.  Please consider contributing any boxtops you may have clipped from many of the popular products you buy, and drop them off at the Tappan Media Center so we can redeem them for materials.  Boxtops can be found on products ranging from cleaning supplies to snacks. The more you clip, the more new books the library can add to the shelves for children to enjoy for years to come.

See this link for more information, as well as a list of products that have the boxtops on their labels:


Find coupons for these products at this link:


JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH TICKETS ON SALE NOW                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Please join the Tappan Players in the production of the classic, family-friendly musical James and the Giant Peach. Show ticketshttps://www.showtix4u.com/events/1367 are on sale NOW! Act quickly to get the best seats. Come with us on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure! Show dates are February 22nd: 7:00pm, February 23rd: 7:00pm and February 24th: 12:00pm. 


The Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach (CEDO) offers a collection of summer programs for a diverse group of middle and high school students. We strive to provide greater educational opportunities for young people including individuals from educational, cultural, geographic, or socioeconomic backgrounds considered to be underrepresented in engineering. Our camps challenge young people to explore engineering disciplines through exciting real-world challenges. The curriculum takes a holistic approach to learning focusing on STEM education, personal and professional development, and college readiness.

To be eligible for CEDO camps, participants must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States.

Click HERE to view the camps or see the CEDO flier below.

WASHTENAW CAMP PLACEMENT EXTENDS DEADLINE                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Washtenaw Camp Placement (WCP) has extended the first round of campership application deadline to Thursday, February 28. Students who will finish 4th grade or above this spring are eligible to apply if they live in and/or attend school in Washtenaw County.  The target population is those who may not be able to afford a camp without support. A campership consists of one or two weeks of expense-paid resident summer camp.  Also supportive services including transportation and gear if needed. WCP has awarded more than 10,000 camperships in its 57 year history.

The required Forms A and B are on the web at WashtenawCampPlacement.org. Email questions to WCP Executive Director Jane Talcott atCampPlacement@sbcglobal.net or call 734.971.4537;  please be patient with the new phone system!

2019 SCHOOL GARDEN WORKSHOP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The AAPS Farm to School Collaborative is hosting a 2019 School Garden Workshop for all school garden coordinators and school garden volunteers!  Please RSVP by Friday, February 15 (link to RSVP below).  Questions about the event? Contact Neha Shah atshahn@aaps.k12.mi.us.

Event Date: Tuesday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Event Address: Burns Park Elementary School, 1414 Wells Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Classroom #301.  

(Please park in the parking lot and go around to the front door of the school facing the park.  Walk up to the top floor and turn left. First classroom on the left. )

You won't want to miss this!  We are tailoring this workshop based on the survey that went out to garden coordinators last year.  Sign up here: RSVP to the School Garden Workshop!

TAPPAN SCHOOL STORE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS IN APRIL, MAY, JUNE                                                                                                                                                                                                         

The Tappan School Store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for approximately 15-20 minutes after school for kids to grab a quick beverage/snack before getting on buses or heading to athletic practices. Two (2) volunteers are needed every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:55pm to approximately 3:30pm.  Sign up at Tappan School Store Volunteer Sign Up. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Patty Kracht at krachtfamily@gmail.comor Kelly Ceccacci at kellyceccacci@yahoo.com


Tappan's 8th Grade Promotional events will take place on Thursday, June 6th, 9am at Pioneer High School.


The weekly Thursday Thing is how the Tappan principal, teachers, and the Tappan Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) communicate important information to the Tappan community.  Please contact Thursday Thing editor, Kellie Carbone attappanpto@gmail.com with submissions or questions.  Deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on the Tuesday of the week that the Thursday Thing is sent.  


AnnArbor_Community Workshop Flyer.pdf 

CEDO Flier