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ACS Weekly Newsletter - 04/09/2023

Happy Spring Break, Coyotes!! ACS will be closed from Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14.


 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • MONDAY, APRIL 10 - FRIDAY, APRIL 14: SPRING BREAK, SCHOOL CLOSED for STAFF AND STUDENTS

  • MONDAY, APRIL 17: School Resumes

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 20: 5th Grade Science Check-in 3

  • MONDAY, APRIL 24: ACS PTO Skate Night

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 25: 3rd Grade Reading Check-in 3

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26: 4th & 5th Grade Reading Check-in 3

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 27: 3rd Grade Math Check-in 3

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 28: 4th & 5th Grade Math Check-in 3

  • TUESDAY, MAY 9: 2nd Grade Zoo Trip

 

NEURODIVERSITY AWARENESS WEEK April 17-21

  • Check your email over the break for more information about our ‘Neurodiversity Awareness Week’ which will be the week after Spring Break. Students will learn about how all of our brains work differently and how we can overcome stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.

 

NC Check-In 3 Assessment Schedule

  • After Spring Break, our 3rd - 5th graders will be participating in NC Check-In 3s for Reading, Math and Science (5th grade only). Please refer to the assessment schedule below.


Check-Ins are an opportunity for your child to show what they know. These are ways for you to help your child do their best:

  • Please make sure your child gets a solid night of rest the night before an assessment.

  • Please make sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast before coming to school.

  • Please arrive on time and even a few minutes early, so your child can get settled and not be hurried or stressed upon arriving at school in the morning.

  • Remind your child they are ready for this, to do their best, and they will do an amazing job!

  • If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or you may contact our Testing Coordinator, Leslie Jewell at ljewell@alamancecommunityschool.net.

 

IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION: HB 219

As you may know, lawmakers in the General Assembly have filed H 219 Charter School Omnibus. Other than the original bill authorizing charter schools in 1996, this legislation is the most important bill that charter advocates in our state have ever seen! The problem: Local administrators are shortchanging funding for public charter school students. The solution: HB 219 would ensure local funding fairness in public education, requiring money to follow the child—whether that child attends a public charter or public district school. SEE ATTACHMENTS to this email for talking points, resources and a form letter. CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR TODAY!

 

REGISTRATION FOR 23/24 SCHOOL YEAR

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.

 

KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENTS

  • 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 frontdesk@alamancecommunityschool.net 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 frontdesk@alamancecommunityschool.net, if you have to miss your appointment.

 

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.

 

DONATIONS TO FRONT OFFICE REQUESTED

  • The Front Office is accepting donations of Band-Aids, tissues, hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, sanitizing wipes and plastic zip-lock baggies. These will be helpful for the whole school and various classrooms when needed. Thank you!

 

PTO NEWS

Please see the linked/attached flier for the next ACS Skate Night on April 24.

 

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.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR NEWS

 

UNC-CHARLOTTE VIRTUAL SUMMER READING PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS

  • UNC-Charlotte is offering virtual summer reading programs for Pre-K - 5th Grade students this summer.

  • The Learn to Read programs are 6-weeks with approximately 14-15 students per class. The classes meet virtually each week for 1 hour.

  • There are assignments that the students complete between the weekly meetings.

  • The cost is approximately $300 and this includes materials and instruction.

  • If you would like to learn more, please check out the attached flier.

 

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 jmiller@alamancecommunityschool.net. 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

 

Spelectives Sign Ups: 4TH & 5TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY

  • You will be receiving a Spelective Sign Up Form from your student’s teacher with directions on how to sign your student up for spelectives next year and course descriptions

  • Please discuss with your student the options that are available and what they would be interested in learning about over the 3 trimesters

  • These forms will be due on Wednesday April 19th by 11:59pm

  • Class sizes are limited and first come first serve basis, late forms will be accepted but may not guarantee 1st or 2nd choices

  • Mr. Tribotte and Coach Holloway will then draft schedules based on selections, please email both of them with any questions

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