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ACS Newsletter 4/4/2020


Dear Families, We are fortunate that construction is able to continue and that the tasks are quite conducive to social distancing, so the workers can safely do their jobs. This week they were grading and leveling the building pad and plan to begin the foundation next week. Also, the installation of our sign this week was a really pleasant sight to see!



The Alamance YMCA has received funding to provide evening meals to youth starting on April 1st. Each day the YMCA will have a hot evening meal available to anyone under the age of 18 available for pick up at the shelter outside the YMCA. This will be a Grab and Go pick up and the children do not need to be in the car in order to receive the meal. Parents can just let the staff know how many meals they need when they pull in. A healthy snack will also be included for youth to have later that evening. This same meal program will also be available at the Boys and Girls Club of Alamance located at 807 Stockard St, Burlington, NC 27217.

Please feel free to visit either location to provide meals for your children and teens. Unfortunately, the YMCA is no longer able to provide the breakfast and lunches due to regulations on the amount of meals served in each location. The breakfast and lunch is available at each of the school sites with the closest being Williams H.S. or Grove Park Elementary. Please visit those sites for the breakfast and lunch meals and the YMCA or Boys and Girls club for the evening meal. Please spread the word to anyone who may benefit from this program. The YMCA is doing a wonderful service is for the community!

Alamance County Community YMCA
1346 South Main Street
Burlington, NC 27215
Phone: 336-395-9622



I know that many of you are struggling to navigate virtual/digital learning with your children. I want to highlight all the FREE fantastic online resources that are offered through our public libraries! Many of you may already know about all the wonderful resources and sites that the Alamance County Public Library ( and other public libraries have to offer. If you don’t, I want to share a few with you. First, if you don’t have a library card, you can create an account and begin using the online resources immediately! Every family should have one! Here is the link to create an account: https://

The library is offering Tumble Math which has an extensive collection of math picture books and tons of quizzes in the quiz portal - You can also access animated talking picture books through the Tumble Book Library -

I found a terrific document on the Alamance County Library site called: Resources for parents impacted by school closings and wanted to be sure you had the link. 17/2020/03/Resources-for-parents-impacted-by-schoolclosings- 3.17.20.pdf

The final library resource I want to share is hoopla (the h isn’t capitalized). I use hoopla all the time to check out movies, audiobooks, and ebooks. It is a digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! The titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. They have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Since all of our public libraries throughout the state are closed, hoopla is a great FREE resource. The only downside is that you can only borrow 5 titles per month. However, I saw today that hoopla has made over a 1000 Bonus Titles (hoopla Bonus Borrows) available so that you can check out selected titles without using up your monthly 5 title allotment. Here are a couple of my favorite children’s books that are being offered: Henry's Freedom Box #hoopladigital & The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs #hoopladigital



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.

Last, but not least, each week, I will try and highlight a special book (children &/or adult) and/or author on the final page of the newsletter.

Some of them may be familiar to you, but some may not. I hope you enjoy learning about some of my favorites!!


Leslie Paynter, M.Ed. Managing Director



One of my favorite children’s authors is Tomie dePaola. When my boys were small, they loved listening to me read 26 Fairmount Avenue. They enjoyed it so much that we read all seven sequels. 26 Fairmount Avenue is a biography and Tomie dePaola’s childhood memories are hilarious!! This book is truly a delight for children and adults. Here is a link for the eAudiobook at the Alamance County Library.

Tomie dePaola wrote and/or illustrated over 270 books. The American Library Association named Strega Nona a Caldecott Honor Book, and 26 Fairmount Avenue a Newbery Honor Book. In 2011, he was also awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Legacy Award) for his substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.



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!


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 for previous messages & more school information!

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