ACS Newsletter 6/21/2020

CONSTRUCTION & SCHOOL PLANNING UPDATE

Dear Families,

First, Happy Father’s Day to all the ACS fathers, grandfathers, and father figures!


We had a lot of rain this week. I was able to visit the construction site on Wednesday and could walk up the stairs to the 2nd floor. I was amazed at the progress! 25% of the windows on first floor were installed and once it stopped raining, the brick masons were laying brick. The glass company will finish and glaze the first floor windows and then move to the 2nd floor. Hopefully, by end of next week all of the windows will be installed and glazed, other than the main entrance. Also, the utility crew tied in the fire water line to the building and set the fire hydrant at the south end of the building.


REOPENING SCHOOLS

I hope everyone has read the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) which details how North Carolina public schools can reopen in the fall. It is also on our website under Resources. It seems as if we receive new information and guidelines daily from NC Department of Health & Human Services and NC Department of Public Instruction. One thing is clear - school will be very different this fall and the way we have known school to look and operate is in the past until there is a coronavirus vaccine. Our goal is to ensure that our students and staff are safe and that learning continues in a meaningful way. Governor Cooper has said that he will make a final decision about re-opening schools for the fall by July 1st. Once we know which Plan the state chooses, we will share the ACS plan for opening school. So that we have information about your technology resources for potential virtual/ remote learning, please complete the short ACS Family Technology Survey.


So that we have information about your technology resources for potential virtual/ remote learning, please complete the short ACS Family Technology Survey.

As I stated last week, I believe that as a charter school, ACS has a unique advantage by having the ability to operate in a smaller, safer, more controlled environment. We have the capability to be flexible and quickly implement changes. This past week, I had five different meetings with future ACS teams discussing how we can offer high quality teaching and learning to our students in person and virtually. Furthermore, I hope you saw the email that was sent about our virtual “Morning” Meetings to be held during the next two weeks. The morning and evening meetings are an opportunity for you and your child to begin to get to know some of our ACS staff, in addition to learning about how our daily Morning Meetings are conducted. All of this wonderful planning and work is being done by our future staff members that are on their summer “break”. They are dedicated to fulfilling our ACS mission and want the very best for all our students. They are willing to volunteer their time and energy this summer to make that happen. I feel extremely blessed and thankful to have such amazing educators as a part of our community! So, a BIG thank you to our future ACS staff!!


MORNING MEETING SIGNUPS

Additional Kindergarten "Morning" Meetings for Monday, June 29th at 10:00 am & 7:00 pm

Kindergarten "Morning" Meeting Sign Up Link


1st Grade: Tuesday June 23rd @

10:00 am - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE &

7:00 pm - ALMOST FULL

1st Grade "Morning" Meeting Sign Up Link


2nd Grade: Monday June 22nd

10:00 am - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE &

7:00 pm - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

2nd Grade "Morning" Meeting Sign Up Link


3rd Grade: Wednesday June 24th @

10:00 am - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE &

7:00 pm - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

3rd Grade "Morning" Meeting Sign Up Link

REGISTRATION UPDATE

Last, but not least, make sure you have started the Registration Process if your child has been offered a position. Also, tell your friends and family that they can still apply to attend ACS for the 2020-2021 school year. Here is the link to apply: ACS Application


Best,

Leslie Paynter, M.Ed.

Managing Director



SCHOOLMINT & REGISTRATION


If you have questions about your SchoolMint account or questions about uploading records,etc., please email Jen Adler at jennifera+acs@chartersuccesspartners.com or call 919-479-1442 extension 707.


Jen manages our SchoolMint account and is able to assist with your questions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


If you have been offered a spot for your child to attend, I strongly encourage you to accept the offer and begin the registration process ASAP.

Also, make sure that you are contacting your child’s doctor and school offices to access their records for the registration process. If your child’s doctor’s appointment isn’t until the summer, upload all the other documents and in that spot, upload a picture of the doctor appointment date.


As long as status is "Registration in Progress," you will not lose your spot. We understand that it is still difficult to get certain documents and appointments and that many students will not receive a final report card until mid-June.


MY FAVORITE BOOKS FOR THE WEEK:


I want to highlight two books this week, one for Juneteenth and one for Father’s Day. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson is a story told through the eyes of one little girl. She tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in Texas. This celebration marks the day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they were free. Initially, this holiday was a Texan observance, but now June 19th is recognized as the African American Emancipation Day across the United States. This beautiful picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.


All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Read Aloud


Juneteenth Lessons & Activities


Teaching Juneteenth Article from Teaching Tolerance



My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero is about a girl, Daisy Ramona, who loves to zoom around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle. She sees the people and places she's always known and she also sees her community changing around her. This story is a letter of love to her hard working father and her memories of home.


My Papi Has a Motorcycle Read Aloud


My Papi Has a Motorcycle Lessons & Activities

BEFORE & AFTER CARE

The Before and After School information provided by Genesis Athletics is on our website at: Before & After School Care. There is a Registration Form that you can complete. If you have any questions,

or if you would like more information, please contact Evelyn Kreiley at

evelyn.kreiley@gmail.com or at 585-738-7360



Be sure to tell your friends and family that they can still apply to attend ACS for the 2020-2021 school year. Here is the link to apply: ACS Application


CALL FOR EXTRA LEGOs, BLOCKS, BUILDING TOYS & BOOKS


If you are doing “spring cleaning”, we would love to have any extra Puzzles, LEGOS, blocks, and building materials for our LEGO/Engineering class and classrooms. Also, if you have children’s books (all levels) that you are no longer using, please set those aside for us too!











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. National Association of School Psychologists


LARRY FERLAZZO - NY TIMES BLOGGER - TEACHING K-12 ONLINE RESOURCES


HIGH QUALITY FREE WEBSITES & APPS - High Quality Educational Resources and Apps


FREE BOOSTERTHON RESOURCES - Boosterthon Access Code: AtHome Boosterthon on Facebook



Don’t forget to check our website and Facebook page for previous messages & more school information! www.alamancecommunityschool.net and

https://www.facebook.com/ACSCHARTER/



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