ACS Newsletter 3/29/2020
Updated: Apr 4
CONSTRUCTION & CALENDAR UPDATE
The construction site has been “hopping” for the past two weeks with the delivery of pipes, stripping, grading, and building the retention pond. I hope you are enjoying the pictures that we have been sharing on our Facebook page.
After speaking with Hubrich Construction, if construction continues to be an essential service and permitting by the City stays on schedule during the COVID-19 crisis, they feel good about completing the building by the end of August. Originally, we chose to start school 4 to 5 days earlier than Alamance Burlington Schools and other traditional public school systems which plan to start on August 24. I have created draft calendars which have a September 1st start date and a September 8th start date. Because we have chosen to follow the minimum of 1,025 hours of instruction guideline set forth by 2012 Senate Bill 187 (Session Law 2012-145) instead of 185 days, my draft calendars are creative to ensure that it isn’t a hardship for families and staff. Potentially, we could go a little longer in June, we could add some full Mondays, take a day or two from Fall Break, a day from Spring Break, etc.
I am working on finding an alternate location to have our teacher workdays for professional development, planning, and possible Kindergarten assessments in August, so that when we are issued a Certificate of Occupancy, we can get the furniture moved in and teachers can set up their classrooms. Once they are further along in construction, I will have a better idea regarding the exact start date for students, however we should all plan for early September. If you are doing “spring cleaning”, we would love to have any extra LEGOS, blocks, and building materials for our LEGO/Engineering class. Also, if you have children’s books (all levels) that you are no longer using, please set those aside for us too! Once we are able to resume normal activities, I will arrange a time and a place for collecting the LEGOS, blocks, and books.
Leslie Paynter, M.Ed. Managing Director
Be sure to tell your friends and family that we only have a few open spaces left in 3rd Grade and the waitlist for 1st and 2nd Grade are short, but getting longer each day. So, now is the time to apply for 1st - 3rd!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
We know that many of you are unable to access immunization records and school report cards due to COVID-19. As long as we can see that the Registration is in Progress, your child will not lose their spot. In the SchoolMint system, ALL documents must be uploaded before it will allow you to submit.
Once this crisis is over, we will get everyone to upload the missing documents (immunization & school records).
If you have been offered admission and/or if you have accepted, you need to begin the Registration Process ASAP!
HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
The National Association of School Psychologists has developed this resource for parents regarding how to talk to children about COVID-19.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES
2. FREE BOOSTERTHON RESOURCES
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