ACS Newsletter 4/26/2020
CONSTRUCTION & SCHOOL PLANNING UPDATE
Dear Families, This week, the perimeter block and pipes for the plumbing were installed and the elevator pit was waterproofed. Conduit for the parking lot lights in the front of the school were dug and laid. The engineers finished laying out the road and the parking lot. Next week, the brick mason will begin on the elevator shaft and should be finished by the time they are ready to pour the slab. If all goes well with the weather, framing will begin May 11th!
The calendar for a September 8th start date has been finalized and approved by our Board of Directors and is posted on our website at: 2020 -2021 School Calendar. Due to our start date being 3 weeks later than planned, we tried to be very creative, so there wouldn’t be a hardship for families and staff to meet the 1025 instructional hours requirement.
We are pleased to announce that Genesis Athletics will provide our onsite Before and After School Care. We believe that they will be a great fit for our school and will provide high quality and engaging child care for our students. You can read more about the program on our website at: Before & After School Care. Registration information will be coming soon!
Free Stories for kids of all ages: While kids are out of school, Audible is offering a free collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, to help students continue dreaming and learning. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Don’t forget that 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.
We have a few open spaces left in 3rd Grade and the waitlist for 1st and 2nd Grade are short, but growing. However, we do have a significant waitlist for Kindergarten. So, tell your friends and family that now is the time to apply for 1st - 3rd! Here is the link to apply: https://alamancecommunityschool.schoolmint.net/signup
Leslie Paynter, M.Ed.
MY FAVORITE BOOK & AUTHOR FOR THE WEEK:
When my boys were younger, I often had difficulty finding books that they really wanted to read. I was thrilled when I found the Geronimo Stilton book series by Geronimo Stilton. Actually, the books are by Italian children’s author, Elisabetta Dami. The Geronimo Stilton books are very engaging and I love the different text features, such as the word “ice cold” looks like blue ice. On the Scholastic website, they have some different activities that you can download for free.
Scholastic Geronimo Stilton Link
Most of the Geronimo Stilton books are at a Guided Reading Level - O. An O is the reading level we would want our third graders to be reading mid-year.
If you aren’t sure about a book’s reading level, you can use Scholastic Book Wizard to find out. Scholastic Book Wizard Link
READ ALOUD LINK: Geronimo Stilton: The Phantom of the Subway-Free Audio Book
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!
Don’t forget to check our website and Facebook page for previous messages & more school information! www.alamancecommunityschool.net and