Ann Arbor Back to School Events

There are several Ann Arbor Back to School events. Ann Arbor Public Schools typically releases a list of curriculum nights in the Back to School Guide. However, some schools have already added the dates to their website or school calendars. In addition, some elementary schools have fun events for the whole school or new students at the end of August.

Ann Arbor Back to School Events - Curriculum Nights, Registration, Welcome Events

Curriculum Nights

Curriculum Nights typically happen in mid-September. At the elementary level, they are typically a night for parents to meet with their child’s teacher in a group. These are usually parent only nights. So mark your calendar and line up a babysitter for that night.

For middle school last year, we briefly followed my daughter’s schedule. Our school usually offered signups for one-on-one conferences at the Curriculum Night.

At the high schools, the parent’s back to school event is called Capsule Night.


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Welcome Back Events

Many of the elementary schools hold social Back to School events. These give the entire school community or just new families a chance to socialize. There are new family orientations, meet the teachers, popsicles on the playground, and more.

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Elementary Back to School Events

Some of the elementary schools have updated their website calendar with Curriculum nights and other events. Some do not have the 2019-2020 information posted yet. Information below was last updated on July 28, 2019 based on an ad in the Ann Arbor Observer for Abbot, Angell, Bach, Burns Park, Pittsfield & Wines. The district and the school web pages still do not have the information for those schools..

Additionally, some schools post the information on PTO pages or through school wide emails that I may not have access to. If you know of other dates for your child’s school that have been released in other ways, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

  • Abbot
    • Tuesday, August 27 5-6p – Popsicles on the Playground
    • Wednesday, September 4 – 6p Curriculum Night
  • Allen
    • Wednesday, August 28 5-6p – Popsicles on the Playground
    • Thursday, September 19 – 6-8p Curriculum Night
  • Angell
    • August 19-22 9-11a – Kindergarten Readiness Camp
    • Monday, August 26 5:30p – Picnic for incoming Kindergarten families and other families new to the school
    • Tuesday, September 3 – Welcome Coffee for parents after Drop-Off
    • Tuesday, September 17 6p Curriculum Night
  • Ann Arbor Open
    • Thursday, September 12 – 6-8:30p Curriculum Night
  • A2 Steam
    • Tuesday, August 27 – Class Lists will be mailed
    • Wednesday, August 28 4:30-5p – Orientation for 6th Grade & new families
    • Wednesday, August 28 5-6p – Popsicles on the Playground
    • Thursday, September 12 – 6-8p Curriculum Night (Young 5-Grade 5)
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 5:30-7:30p Curriculum Night (Grade 6-8)
  • Bach
    • Tuesday, September 10 – 6p Curriculum Night
  • Bryant/Pattengill 
    • Tuesday, August 27 4-6p – Popsicles on the Playground
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 6:30-8p Bryant Curriculum Night
    • Tuesday, September 24 – 6:30-8p Pattengill Curriculum Night
  • Burns Park
    • Monday, August 26 – 10:30a – Casual Playdate for incoming Young Fives & Kindergarteners
    • Thursday, August 29 – Popsicles on the Playground
      • 2p Families of Young Fives, Kindergarteners, and New Students
      • 3p Returning Students grade 1-5
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 6p Curriculum Night
  • Carpenter
    • Tuesday, August 27 – 4:30-5:30p Back to School Kick-off
    • Thursday, September 5 – 6-8p Curriculum Night
  • Dicken
    • Thursday, August 22 5p – Incoming Young 5s and Kindergarten Playdate at Las Vegas Park
    • Tuesday, August 27 – 4:15-5:15p Meet & Greet
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 6-8:15p Curriculum Night
  • Eberwhite
    • Friday, August 16 – 1p – Popsicles with the Principal
    • Tuesday, August 27 – 4-5p Meet & Greet w/ Staff – Class placements will be sent by emails shortly before the event
    • Thursday, September 12 – 6-7:30p Curriculum Night
  • Haisley
    • Wednesday, August 28 – 5-6:15p Haisley Hello – (updated time 7/28)
    • Thursday, September 19 – 6-7:30p Curriculum Night
  • King
    • Friday, August 23 – 9-9:45a Fabulous 4s & 5s & Kindergarten Orientation
    • Friday, August 23 – 10:15-11a New to King Families 1st-5th Grade
    • Tuesday, August 27 – 4:45-5:45p King Kick-off
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 6-8p Curriculum Night
  • Lakewood
    • Wednesday, August 28 – 5:30-6:30p Meet and Greet. Class placements will be sent out via email the day before
    • Thursday, September 19 – 6:30-8p Curriculum Night
  • Lawton
    • Friday, August 23 – 5-6:30p – Popsicles on the Playground
    • Thursday, August 29 – 4:30-5:30p Meet and Greet
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 6:30-7:30p Curriculum Night
  • Logan 
    • Wednesday, August 21 – 10a – Playdate on Playground for Young 5s & Kindergarten families
    • Thursday, August 29 3:45p – New Family Orientation
    • Thursday, August 29 – 4:30-5:30p Welcome Back Meet & Greet
    • Thursday, September 19 – 6-7:30p Curriculum Night
  • Mitchell
    • Saturday, August 17 – 3-5p – Back to School Playdate
    • Wednesday, August 28 – 6p-8 Welcome Back Meet & Greet
    • Friday, September 13 – 6p PTO Family Movie Night
    • Thursday, September 19 – 6-7:30p Curriculum Night 
  • Pittsfield
    • Wednesday, August 28 5:30-6:30p Popsicles on the Playground
    • Tuesday, September 19 – 6p Curriculum Night
  • Thurston
    • Thursday, August 29 – 5:30-7p – Welcome Back Meet & Greet
    • Thursday, September 19 – 6p Curriculum Night
  • Wines Elementary
    • Tuesday, September 17 – 6:30p Curriculum Night

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Middle School Registration & Curriculum Nights

Middle Schools typically hold registration events the last week of August. Events for the K-8 schools are included in the elementary school list above.

  • Clague Middle School
    • 7th Grade – Wednesday, Aug. 21st in the morning
    • 8th Grade – Wednesday, Aug. 21st in the afternoon
    • 6th Grade – Thursday, Aug. 22nd in the morning
    • Makeup & Translators available – Thursday, Aug. 22nd in the afternoon
  • Forsythe Middle School –
    • 8th Grade – Monday, August 26 8-9:30am
    • 6th Grade – Monday, August 26
      • 10-11:10a – Registration
      • 11:15a-3:30p WEB activities
    • 7th Grade – Monday, August 26  1-2:30p
    • Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 12 – 6-8p
  • Slauson Middle School
    • Thursday, August 22 – 6th Grade Registration 9a-1p
    • Friday, August 23 – 7th & 8th Grade Registration 9a-1:30p
  • Tappan Middle School
    • Tuesday, August 22 – 9a-10a – Information Day for all new students to Tappan
    • Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 12 – 6-8p

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High School Registration & Capsule Nights

Each of the three comprehensive high schools offers registration near the end of August. Hopefully high school parents received these dates already and have planned their vacations accordingly. With a rising 8th grader, I am definitely taking note for next year.

The High Schools also offer a Capsule Night for parents in September.

  • Community High School
    • New to Community High School Parent Orientation 6-6:30p
    • Capsule Night – Tuesday, September 10 – 6:30-8:30p
  • Huron High School
    • 12th Grade Registration – Tuesday, August 20 8-11:30a
    • 11th Grade Registration – Tuesday, August 20 12:30-4p
    • 9th Grade Registration – Wednesday, August 21
      • Last names A-K – 8-11:30a
      • Last names L-Z – 12:30-4p
    • 10th Grade Registration – Thursday, August 22
      • Last names A-K – 8-11:30a
        Last names L-Z – 12:30-4p
    • 9th Grade Orientation – Friday, August 23 – 8-11:30a
    • Capsule Night – Monday, September 16 – 6:30-9p
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  • Pioneer High School
    • 9th Grade Registration – Wednesday, August 21 8-10:30a
    • 12th Grade Registration – Wednesday, August 21 noon-2:30p
    • 10th Grade Registration – Thursday, August 22 8-10:30a
    • 11th Grade Registration – Thursday, August 22 noon-2:30p
    • Makeup Registration – Monday, August 26 5-8p
    • Senior Parent Meeting – Monday, September 9 5:30-6:30p
    • Capsule Night – Monday, September 9 6:30-9p
  • Skyline High School
    • 10th Grade Registration – Tuesday, August 20 8-11a
      • Last Names A-C – 8a
      • Last Names D-H – 8:30a
      • Last Names I-M – 9a
      • Last Names N-S – 9:30a
      • Last Names T-Z – 10a
    • 9th Grade Registration – Tuesday, August 20 noon-3p
      • Last Names A-C – noon
      • Last Names D-H – 12:30p
      • Last Names I-M – 1p
      • Last Names N-S – 1:30p
      • Last Names T-Z – 2p
    • 11th Grade Registration – Thursday, August 22 8-11a
      • Last Names A-C – 8a
      • Last Names D-H – 8:30a
      • Last Names I-M – 9a
      • Last Names N-S – 9:30a
      • Last Names T-Z – 10a
    • 12th Grade Registration – Tuesday, August 20 noon-3p
      • Last Names A-C – noon
      • Last Names D-H – 12:30p
      • Last Names I-M – 1p
      • Last Names N-S – 1:30p
      • Last Names T-Z – 2p
    • Registration Makeup Monday, August 26 – noon-3p
    • Capsule Night – Wednesday, September 11 – 6-8:30p

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More Ann Arbor Back to School Information

Be sure to check our Ann Arbor Back to School Guide for more information including school calendar, supplies, bus routes, and more updated.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Back to School Guide
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