ACS Weekly Newsletter - 03/26/2023
MONDAY, MARCH 27: Spring Individual Pictures for Students
THURSDAY, APRIL 6: Guest Speaker, Chris Singleton
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 5-7pm: COYOTE CONNECTIONS
FRIDAY, APRIL 7: Teacher Workday, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 7: 3rd Trimester Progress Reports Go Home
MONDAY, APRIL 10 - FRIDAY, APRIL 14: SPRING BREAK, SCHOOL CLOSED for STAFF AND STUDENTS
MONDAY, APRIL 17: School Resumes
TUESDAY, MAY 9: 2nd Grade Zoo Trip
REGISTRATION FOR 23/24 SCHOOL YEAR
Monday, March 27, 2023 is the deadline to accept or decline offered lottery seats.
If you have not accepted the offer by Monday, March 27, you risk forfeiting your child's spot.
Login to https://alamancecommunityschool.schoolmint.net to complete your child’s registration. Registration packets are due on Friday, May 12, 2023.
In-person registration assistance will be available on:
Thursday, April 6 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 10 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 17 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday, June 1 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No appointment is needed. You may stop by the school within any of these timeframes with required paperwork to complete your child's registration for school. This is for registration only; there will not be an opportunity to tour the school during these times.
If you have questions or need assistance please contact email@example.com or call the school at 336-270-5052.
We are excited to meet you and your rising Kindergartener! If you are enrolling a Kindergarten student, they will need to attend a Kindergarten Assessment.
Rising Kinders of current siblings must also attend Kindergarten Assessments.
Assessments will take approximately 20 minutes and will assess some very early Kindergarten skills, in addition to learning a little about your child’s personality.
This information will be very important when we create class lists and make teacher assignments in early August.
During the assessment, all caregivers will be asked to wait in the Caregiver Holding Room or in their cars.
Assessment Times are:
Wednesday, May 10 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 17 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday, June 1 from 9:00 - 12:00
**You MUST use the Signup Genius Link provided in your SchoolMint Registration packet and make an appointment.**
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are having difficulty signing up for a Kindergarten Assessment slot.
If your child is sick on the day of their assessment, please stay at home. If there are still available appointment times, you can sign up for a different day.
Please contact us at email@example.com, if you have to miss your appointment.
SPRING INDIVIDUAL PICTURES MONDAY MARCH 27
Strawbridge Studios will be here on Monday, March 27 to take Spring Pictures.
These will be full body photos, so dress accordingly! Solid colors or small prints work best. Avoid clothing with large images or logos.
Do not send money prior to photos.
Packages/proofs will be sent home about 3 weeks later with information on how to order. See attached flyers.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION/SITE PLAN SPECIAL INFORMATION SESSION
Managing Director, Leslie Paynter, will hold an in person information session on Thursday, April 6 at 5:40 PM at our Coyote Connections Event. See the Coyote Connections Attachment for more details.
SPECIAL GUEST, CHRIS SINGLETON
On April 6, ACS is very excited and honored to host Chris Singleton! On this day, Chris will share his very powerful message of “Love is Stronger Than Hate." with our community.
Due to our very limited space and seating in the gym, you are invited to attend one of the morning sessions. You can attend with your child or the adult only at 11:00 AM. However, you MUST RSVP!!
If you would like to hear Chris Singleton’s wonderful message in person, please complete the RSVP Form and check the ONE morning session you would like to attend by Friday, March 31. CHRIS SINGLETON RSVP FORM
You do not need to register or RSVP for your student(s). All of our students will attend the assembly with their class/grade level at one of the designated times listed below.
“Chris Singleton is a former professional athlete drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Following the loss of his mother in a racially motivated mass shooting, Chris has now become an inspirational speaker and best-selling author who has shared his message of unity and racial reconciliation with NFL and NBA teams as well as multiple Fortune 500 companies across the country.” He is also the author of several children’s books such as, Baseball Around the World, and Different: A Story About Loving Your Neighbor.
Chris shares his story with over 30,000 students annually and resides with his spouse, Mariana, and his sons, CJ and Caden, in Charleston, SC.
For more information about Chris, you can visit: https://www.chrissingleton.com/
**Chris tailors his message for each age group to ensure that his speech is developmentally appropriate.**
The morning sessions to hear Chris are:
9:00 - 9:30: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
10:00 - 10:30: 3rd - 5th Grade
11:00 - 11:30: Adult Only Speech
If you are unable to attend, don’t worry - we plan to record his message and will share the link with our families.
COYOTE CONNECTIONS EVENT
On April 6, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, we are offering various informational sessions about a wide range of topics to provide information, support, and resources for our ACS current & new families.
Genesis Athletics, the Before & After School Care provider for ACS, will offer free childcare for children ages 6 months to 8 years of age during the Coyote Connections Event on Thursday, April 6th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Many thanks to Evelyn Kreiley, owner of Genesis Athletics, for her generosity!
Genesis Athletics is asking that families complete the interest form if they are planning on attending the Coyote Connections Event, so that they can accurately determine the number of staff to have on hand.
Completing the form ahead of time does not reserve a spot - it will be first come, first served, but completing the form will help them determine staffing.
Here is a link to the COYOTE CONNECTIONS & GENESIS ATHLETICS FREE CHILD CARE PLANNING FORM
The PTO will sell snacks in the gym, so there will also be an opportunity to do a little socializing!
Some of the informational sessions did not receive as much interest as others, therefore we combined some sessions. See the Coyote Connections Attachment for the list of sessions,descriptions, presenters, times, and locations of each session.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR THE ACS FOOD PANTRY
Our ACS Food Pantry is starting to get a bit depleted. Each week ACS provides weekend meal bags, breakfast/snack items and toiletries/cleaning products to 10-20 of our families (depending on their request).
We would truly appreciate donations of simple boxed meals, canned goods, breakfast items, pasta, rice, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, cleaning wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and shampoo.
Items may be dropped off at the front office or students may bring them to the art room.
Thank you for all your support during our Spring Book Fair! -ACS PTO
FREE AT-HOME COVID TESTS
COVID-19 tests can now be delivered straight to you!
Knowledge is power when it comes to COVID-19! That’s why we’re partnering with Concentric by Ginkgo and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to deliver FREE over-the-counter test kits directly to families. See attached flyer.
Sign up for free COVID-19 test delivery here. Use passcode (9NW8RH) to access the form. https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/order-tests
You order tests*
Concentric delivers tests to your address within 10 business days
Your family tests as needed
*An order consists of 5 boxes containing 2 tests each (10 total tests). Limit 1 order per household per calendar month.
Alamance Community 4-H successfully hatched 18 chicks in our Embryology Programs. We are looking forward to seeing what we learn in Pollinators and Leadership. Programs are open to anyone ages 5-12.
Summer Camp Registration is now open. To learn more visit our site or attend the April 6th Sessions. We will host a Kindergarten Prep Program as well as co-host an outdoor learning program this year.
Please be on the lookout for our Spring Service Project- we will be looking for volunteers to help.
Registration for Before and After School Programs for the 2023-2024 school year will open in July.
PROTECT CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING
Every year, Congress decides how much money should go towards new charter schools. Your voice matters most as they deliberate.
Since the pandemic began nearly three years ago, more than 240,000 new students enrolled in charter schools while 1.5 million students left their assigned public schools.
It’s important that families have more public education choices—not fewer. The Charter Schools Program is the only source of federal funding that helps new charter schools open and great charter schools grow and replicate.
We need your help in asking Congress to protect and grow this program, particularly to support the cost of charter school buildings. Families deserve the chance to choose the public education option best for their children, and all public school students deserve access to great school facilities.
Take one minute to complete this short form which will send an email to your Members of Congress in Washington.
YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE - ORDER BY MARCH 31!
2022-23 ACS Yearbooks are now on sale and can only be ordered online. Yearbooks are currently $23.00 each and can only be ordered online.
We do not order extra copies and so we will not be able to guarantee extra books will be available, if they are not ordered online before the final deadline of March 31, 2023.
To order, visit: https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/search/YB26632 Please contact Leslie Jewell (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions regarding the yearbook. Don't miss out - Order today!!
NOW HIRING - SUBSTITUTES AND PART-TIME INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS
ACS is currently hiring substitute teachers and part-time instructional assistants. If you or someone you know is interested, please apply through our website under the ‘Employment’ tab (see link below) and email a resume to Jamie Miller at email@example.com. LINK TO APPLICATION
2023 - 2024 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Please make note of:
Fall Break; Winter Break; & Spring Break and the Summer Break - Be sure you schedule any vacations/trips around the dates that school is not in session.
The First Day of School for Students is: August 8, 2023
The ACS 23-24 Calendar is available on the school website under Parents > School Calendar & Schedules