Tappan Thursday Thing - October 10,  2019 

In This Week’s Issue

  • Coming Up Soon

  • October is Bullying Prevention Month

  • Athletics and Clubs Updates

  • Tappan Spirit Week October 28-November 1

  • Halloween Costume Guidelines

  • Parent Cyber Safety Presentation

  • November 5 Bond Proposal Information

  • Students Invited to Join Academic Games

  • Order Your 2019-2020 Yearbook Now

  • Volunteers Needed for the Garden

  • 8th Grade DC Trip Information Meeting October 17

  • Rec and Ed 6th Grade Volleyball Needs Players

  • Counseling News: Upcoming Volunteer Events With Anna’s Kindness

  • About the Thursday Thing

 

COMING UP SOON

October

14

PTSO Meeting, 6pm, Tappan Media Center

 

17

Picture Re-Take Day

 

17

8th Grade DC Trip Information Meeting, 6:30-7:30 Tappan Aud.

 

18

6th Grade Red Team Howell Nature CenterTrip

 

21

Parent Cyber Safety Presentation, Tappan Media Center 6-8pm

 

23

Early Release Day, 12:37 dismissal

 

24

Fall Teacher Conferences (by invite only) 3:30-6:30

 

25

6th Grade Blue Team Howell Nature Center Trip

 

28

Tappan Spirit Week Starts

 

31

Halloween

November

3

Daylight Savings Time Ends, Fall Back!

 

4

Fall Teacher Conferences 5-8pm (Arena Style)

 

5

Election Day--No School for Students

 

11

PTSO Meeting 6pm, Tappan Media Center

 

12

Fall Teacher Conferences 4-7pm (Arena Style)

 

27-29

Thanksgiving Break--No School for Students


 OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

 Please check out the following events:

 1.  Monday morningannouncements - theme for each week

  • 10/14 - STAND UP for Others

  • 10/21 - Week of Inclusion

  • 10/28 - Start the Week with Conversations Amongst your Peers

2.  Developmental Design will focus on this theme this month.

3. Anti-Bullying Club will begin. 

4. Banner Signing  The Anti-bullying Club will be hosting this during the month.

5.  Washtenaw Area Council for Children will provide classroom presentations in Social Studies classes

  • 6th Grade - Cyber Safety/Digital Reputation

  • 7th Grade - Cyber Bullying

  • 8th Grade - Sexting and Online Predators

Please join us in bringing awareness to this very important issue.  It would be great if teachers could talk about these events in their classes. Parents, please  Talk with your children about it and let them know to speak up if they or anyone else is being bullied.

Helpful parent resources can be found here:

https://www.stompoutbullying.org/get-help/parents-page/


ATHLETICS AND CLUB UPDATES

Season 1 athletics continue today, with the 7th/8th Grade Boys Soccer team scrimmaging Ann Arbor STEAM at Tappan this afternoon. All of our other Season 1 teams are practicing on the upper/lower fields. Tomorrow is Cross Country Picture Day prior to their 2nd Meet of the season at Scarlett Middle School, and tomorrow is also Field Hockey Picture Day prior to their game here at Tappan against Scarlett. 

 Monday is the first 6th Grade Girls Soccer game of the season here at Tappan. Our girls team will play Slauson, Clague, and STEAM in 20-minute scrimmages on our lower soccer fields. Our first game against Slauson kicks off at 4:30pm

 Season 2 athletics begin soon! Sign up is now live for Girls Basketball and Wrestling. You can sign up at the link below, but please note that signing up does not guarantee a spot on a team with tryouts (7th Grade Girls Basketball and 8th Grade Girls Basketball). Students must have a physical on file in order to participate in any after-school athletic activities. Please sign up your student even if you signed them up for a Season 1 sport - sign ups are required prior to each sports season. 

 Season 2 Sign Up: https://forms.gle/hwTF4hGVMED3Sgk16

 We are still selling grey Tappan t-shirts for $12 apiece to support the athletic program. Email Mr. Etz for ordering info: etz@a2schools.org

 And congratulations to our current Athletes of the Week, Anders Whitridge and Diego Ruiz-Bautista. You can view more info here: https://sites.google.com/a/aaps.k12.mi.us/tappan-athletics/athletes-of-the-week

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


 TAPPAN SPIRIT WEEK OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 1 

Spirit week is coming. Here is the schedule and theme for each day.

  • Monday - PJ's Day

  • Tuesday - Super Hero Day

  • Wednesday - Tappan Spirit Wear Day

  • Thursday - Halloween Costume Day

  • Friday - Crazy Hair Day


HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUIDELINES

Students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Thursday, October 31. In an effort to enjoy and celebrate the fall season appropriately, respectfully, and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

  • NO masks or FULL face paint. Staff must be able to easily identify all students.

  • Costumes that are provocative, revealing or sexual in nature or employ questionable props are not permitted. School dress code rules will still apply.

  • Costumes that depict alcohol, drugs or violence are not permitted. Fake weapons, blood, or replicas are not permitted.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.

  • Costumes should not hinder your ability to participate in your classes, including P.E.

  • Costumes may not disrupt or impede traffic, or present issues of safety in the hallway.

  • If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your costume idea, we encourage you to speak with your parent or guardian. Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire. If normal attire is not available, a parent will be called.


CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS

On Monday, October 21st, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tappan Middle School will be hosting a Parent Cyber Safety Presentation being facilitated by the Washtenaw Area Council. The event will be located in the Tappan Middle School media center. We encourage parents to attend and learn more about the social media applications your children are using and ways to help keep them informed, safe, and protected while accessing their social media.


NOVEMBER 5 BOND PROPOSAL

Do you have questions about what the November 5 Bond proposal could mean for the Tappan Community? You can review the coming enhancements for each school in the attachment at the end of this email. An informational meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 7pm at A2 STEAM. More information, including a video and complete meeting schedule can be found at https://www.a2schools.org/2019bond


STUDENTS INVITED TO JOIN ACADEMIC GAMES 

Academic Games is looking for interested students! AG challenges students to use higher-order thinking skills in Mathematics, Logic, Language Arts, and History. Players receive recognition and awards in the same way that sports champions are honored. Students' hard work culminates in a State and a National Tournament.

AG will practice Thursdays 3-5 pm in the cafeteria and Tuesdays 7-9 pm in room 141. Hope to see you there! If you have questions, please contact Ethan Cohen at ethanhco@umich.edu


ORDER YOUR TAPPAN 2019-2020 YEARBOOK NOW

Tappan yearbooks for the current school year are on sale now. The cost increases as time goes on. See below:

Cost :

$26 through Nov 2

$30 Nov 3-March 8

$35 starting March 9

Turn in a completed yearbook order form, along with cash or check, to your child's Advisory teacher or the office.  You may also order a yearbook online at www.yearbookforever.comusing a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.  If you have questions about ordering a yearbook, please contact Erin Borges borgee@aaps.k12.mi.us


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE GARDEN

The growing season is coming to a close.  Thank you to those who helped make the garden a big success from the spring to the fall!  We have one more week of "Advisories in the Garden" and need parent volunteers to help assist. No gardening knowledge is required and a coordinator will be present.  Sign up here if you are able to help on Thursday or Friday of this week or next: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054FACAF22A02-fall1  Additionally, we will have a work day on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2:00-4:00.  No need to sign up in advance. Free head of Tappan-grown garlic to anyone who shows up!


8th GRADE WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MEETING OCTOBER 17

Attention all 8th Grade Parents!  The Washington DC Trip informational meeting will be on Thursday, October 17th from 6:30-7:30 in the Tappan Auditorium.  Parents and students are expected to attend to find out about the itinerary, cost and scholarship info, travel arrangements, chaperoning possibilities, and trip expectations/student criteria.  Look forward to seeing you there.


REC AND ED 6TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL NEEDS PARTICIPANTS

Rec  & Ed has a 6th grade youth volleyball team that could use several more players (either boys and girls). The team practices Mondays at Burns Park6-7:30. Saturday games start soon and last until early December.  If you are interested in joining this team, please contact Karen Draves at draves@a2schools.org for a registration form (form is also posted on the Rec & Ed youth volleyball website). 


COUNSELING NEWS-VOLUNTEER WITH ANNA’S KINDNESS

We are once again partnering with Anna's Kindness organization to offer wonderful volunteer opportunities to our middle school students.  Read all about their organization at https://annaskindness.org/.   Sign up for their volunteer opportunity emails at https://annaskindness.org/contact/


ABOUT THE THURSDAY THING

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 at tappanpto@gmail.comwith submissions or questions.  Deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on the Tuesday before the Thursday Thing is sent.  


Attachments:

Your_School.pdf 

yearbookorder.pdf