Help Wanted

The Help Wanted is a weekly email that lists all the current volunteer needs in the Ann Arbor Open community.  For general volunteering questions or if youre new to Ann Arbor Open and would like some help finding the right volunteer job for you, contact the AAO Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Watson (

URGENT NEED!!  Multi-Cultural Fair Volunteers - December 20th:  MCF is THIS THURSDAY and a few more volunteers are still needed as greeters and to take donations during the event!  Please sign up at: if you are able to help and email Miguel Rodriguez ( with questions.

Host Family Needed for Exchange Student:  Tyra's family has signed up to host a Japanese exchange student soon.  She is a sixteen-year-old who is attending Pioneer and who has been staying with one of AAO’s former families, Fiona and Brendan O’Rielly since September. She needs another host family for two months only, February and March. Tyra has met her and she’s very sweet and accommodating!  If you think two months of having an exchange student sounds like a nice idea, please contact Tyra (johnsto2@aaps.k12.mi, 734-277-6047) for more details!  Just FYI: there isn't too much paperwork, but you do need a few references and “to comply with Rotary International and the US Dept. of State Requirements, you must be fully vetted including a background check for District 6380.”

Archery Club Volunteers:  The ARCHERY CLUB needs your help!  Please be sure that the coaches have your contact information for your kids!  Parent Volunteers are needed to supervise Archery 2 students from 3:30-4:30 while they wait for their practice to begin.  Practices are on Wednesdays. Contact Anne Solari ( or Rodger Bowser (

Science Olympiad Coaches: The Ann Arbor Open Science Olympiad Team is currently recruiting coaches! The team (grades 2-5) will practice on Fridays after school late-January through mid-May 17th (competition is Saturday, May 11th).  Coaches can be any parent - even if your student is not on the team - or older students with WESO experience.  Were holding an informational meeting THIS FRIDAY, December 14th after school (3:30-4:30) in the auditorium.  More details will be posted on the Ann Arbor Open Science Olympiad website: (  Contact Erica Colone ( or Erica McLeod ( with questions.

Prospective Parent Orientations:  Parent volunteers are needed to speak to interested families about what makes AAO unique on Saturday, January 12 from 12:30-2:00 and Wednesday, January 16 from 6:30-8:00pm. No need to be an "expert" -- parents are partnered with teachers to provide their valuable perspectives. Please email Jenni Lane ( if you are able to help with either date.

Focus Studies - January 22-25:   A few parent volunteers are still needed to teach a focus study of their choice to our youngest learners in K-2 during our first focus study session on January 22-25.  Classes take place during the first hour of the school day.  Please contact Christine ( if you are able to help.  She is happy to help with topic selection, but she must know your topic before we leave for winter break on December 21st.  

Girls on the Run:  One more coach is needed for Girls on the Run, a 10-week program (Spring 2019) in which coaches meet with girls in grades 3-8 after school for discussions, activities, and running.  Volunteers must be identified by mid-January in order for our school to participate in the program.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Ray Dalton (

QSA Dance Volunteers:  Ann Arbor Open QSA is hosting the first district-wide Queer/Ally Dance for middle schoolers.  We will be inviting students from the other middle schools, with permission, to attend  It will be a welcoming environment for all, with information, buttons, and snacks provided (with the help of our volunteers). The dance is February 1st from 7-9pm in the Auditorium at AAO.
To chaperone or donate a snack, sign up here:  Contact Anne ( with questions.

 Cream Social Committee:  
Are you looking for a way to connect with Ann Arbor Open families across grade levels?  We are building a new Ice Cream Social committee and we need 3 or 4 volunteers from each grade pairing (K, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8) to serve on the ICS committee. The Ice Cream Social is one of our community's favorite events, and it’s also a huge fundraiser for the AAOCC. 
Each person on the committee will have a manageable piece of the organizing work: signs/advertising, pizza, ice cream, snow cone/cotton candy, games/prizes, cake walk, obstacle course, dishes, etc. The outgoing committee has great records to pass on. Contact Elizabeth Lunning ( if interested.