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ACS Weekly Newsletter - 04/30/2023

IMPORTANT DATES

FRIDAY, MAY 5: Kindergarten Project Celebration 11:00-12:00 (times vary within the hour by teacher)

FRIDAY, MAY 5: 5th Grade Project Celebration 1:00-1:45

MAY 8 - 12: Staff Appreciation Week

TUESDAY, MAY 9: 2nd Grade Zoo Trip

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10: 3rd Grade Project Celebration 11:00-12:00

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10: Kindergarten Assessments

FRIDAY, MAY 12: 2nd Grade Project Celebration 1:30-2:15

TUESDAY, MAY 16: 3rd - 5th Grade Reading EOG

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17: 5th Grade Science EOG

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17: Kindergarten Assessments

THURSDAY, MAY 18: 3rd - 5th Grade Math EOG

FRIDAY, MAY 19: 1st Grade Project Celebration 1:00-1:45

MONDAY, MAY 22: 4th Grade Project Celebration 1:00-2:45 (more details from teachers coming soon)

TUESDAY, MAY 23: Field Day

FRIDAY, MAY 26: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/EARLY RELEASE @ 11:45 AM

THURSDAY, JUNE 1: Kindergarten Assessments

TUESDAY, MAY 30 - THURSDAY, JUNE 1: Required Teacher Workdays


ALL STAFF “GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY” SPONSORED BY THE ACS ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

  • During Staff Appreciation Week, May 8 - 12, the ACS Administration Team is coordinating this year’s ALL Staff “Gift Card Giveaway” that will take place on Friday, May 12.

  • The Admin. Team will sort these donations and distribute them fairly, to ensure that ALL of our staff receive a gift card(s) and feel appreciated.

  • Please send in gift cards, from any store, vendor, restaurant, location, etc. in denominations of $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25.

  • You may bring them to the front office during school hours, or you may send them in an envelope labeled “Gift Card Giveaway” in your student’s communication folder.

  • If you would prefer to donate monetarily, you may do so through PayPal at the following link or by scanning the QR Code below

  • Please note that this is for the “Gift Card Giveaway”. https://paypal.me/ACSFrontDesk

  • Thank you for your help and support to show ALL of our staff that we appreciate them!

  • If you would like to contribute to our All Staff “Gift Card Giveaway”, please donate via PayPal and/or send in your gift cards by Friday, May 5th.



Grades 3 - 5 EOG Assessment Schedule

As part of federal and state legislation, each school year North Carolina students are required to take state tests, including EOGs. The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. We are excited to see the growth our students have made during the 2022-2023 school year.

Students need to arrive on time each day 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. Assessments will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. each day!


These are additional 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.

  • Students should bring a snack and a filled water bottle to school on assessment days, in addition to their lunch and other items needed for school.

  • 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.

  • Our 3rd - 5th grade students will participate in End of Grade Testing at the end of May, according to the following schedule:

Date

Grade Levels

Assessment

Tuesday, May 16

3rd, 4th, 5th

Reading EOG

Wednesday, May 17

5th

Science EOG

Thursday, May 18

3rd, 4th, 5th

Math EOG

We will have make-up EOGs for those students who were not at school on their designated EOG testing days. Make up dates will be communicated in future newsletters.


PTO NEWS


FIELD DAY - TUESDAY, MAY 23

  • We are getting so close to field day! Field day will be held on Tuesday, May 23.

  • There will be water stations so caregivers, please send a towel and a change of clothes with your child on Tuesday May 23!

  • Information on signing up to volunteer to help with Field Day will be coming out soon.

The times for each grade level are listed below:

  • Second grade - 8:30 - 9:40

  • First grade - 9:50 - 11:00

  • Kindergarten - 11:10 - 12:10

  • Fourth/Fifth grade - 12:20 - 1:30

  • Third grade - 1:40 - 2:50


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:

  • 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.


DROP OFF DONATIONS IN THE FRONT OFFICE

  • We are accepting donations of bandaids, tissues, hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, sanitizing wipes and plastic zip-lock baggies.

  • Please drop off your donation at the front office. These will be helpful for the whole school and various classrooms when needed. Thank you!


SPELECTIVES - FOR 4TH & 5TH GRADE STUDENTS (RISING 5TH & 6TH GRADERS) ONLY

  • You should have received and submitted your Spelective choices for next year.

  • The Spelective form was due on Wednesday April 19th @ 11:59pm.

  • If you have not submitted your choices or you have any questions please email Mr. Tribotte &/or Coach Holloway at stribotte@alamancecommunityschool.net &/or kholloway@alamancecommunityschool.net


EXTRA-CURRICULAR NEWS

  • All final payments are due for Genesis programs by May 1st. Balances should be paid by that date in order for us to close out your account. Failure to do so will result in late fees and possible other consequences.

  • New Kindergarten Families, please check out our Kindergarten Prep Program. This program is one week over the summer and designed to help our new students feel positive and ready on their first day of Kindergarten. The program is open to any rising Kindergartener.

  • Take it outside! This year we are offering an outdoor summer camp from June 5th- August 18th. Check out our site or our registration at Summer Camp Registration to learn more.

  • Our Shelter is in route!! 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.


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 hiring substitute teachers and part-time instructional assistants for the 2023-2024 school year. 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


REMOVAL OF THE COVID QUARANTINE & ISOLATION POLICY

  • In case you did not see last week’s email and newsletter, on Thursday, April 20, the ACS Board of Directors voted unanimously to remove the Covid Quarantine and Isolation Policy.

  • Therefore, we will follow the ACS Student Health and Wellness policies and guidelines that are listed on pages 46 - 48 in the 22-23 ACS Parent Student Handbook

  • Parents/Guardians are still required to complete the STUDENT ILLNESS FORM

  • This form has been revised to reflect our new guidelines. If a student is absent from school due to any illness (strep throat, virus, cold, etc.), it should be reported to the office by the parent/guardian completing this form. This will continue to help the teachers and office staff keep accurate attendance records.


  • Students are excluded from school in cases of certain reportable communicable diseases.

  • While the list of diseases reportable to the state Division of Public Health is lengthy, the number of such diseases common to the school age child is not. This list is available upon request from the school office.

  • When a student is suspected of having one of those reportable communicable diseases, it is the responsibility of the parent to take the child to the local health department or primary health care provider for verification and treatment before that student can return to school.

  • Students should be temporarily excluded from school if presenting symptoms of a reportable disease is present. In each case, readmission to school should also take into account whether the student is able to participate in school.

The following isolation guidelines must be followed for the illnesses listed below:

  • Fever: The parent/guardian of any student with an oral temperature of 100 degrees will be notified and asked to pick up their child. The student should remain at home until fever-free for 36 hours without medication.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella): Students are excluded until all blisters have formed scabs.

  • Head Lice (Pediculosis): The parents/guardians of any student found with lice will be notified and asked to pick up their student. The parent/guardian may consult their medical provider or treat with an over-the-counter product. The student may return to school after receiving treatment for lice and removing nits.

  • Impetigo: Student is excluded from school if he/she has more than three to four sores until seen by a medical provider and treated with a prescription antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours.

  • Measles (Rubeola/Rubella): Student is excluded until physician’s approval is given and student is no longer contagious.

  • MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus): All suspected cases should be referred to their healthcare provider and if possible, lesions should be kept covered while at school. Exclusion from school and sports activities should be reserved for those with wound drainage that cannot be covered and contained with a clean, dry bandage and for those who cannot maintain good personal hygiene.

  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea: The parent/guardian of any student experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea will be notified and asked to pick up their child. The student may return to school 36 hours after the symptoms have abated.

  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): A student who is exhibiting symptoms of pink eye should be evaluated by their medical provider. Students are allowed to return to school on approval of the physician. The student may return when treatment has begun, has minimal drainage and the student is able to keep hands away from eyes.

  • Scabies: Students are excluded until one (1) treatment with prescription medication has been completed for at least 24 hours.

  • Strep Throat (Streptococcal and Staphylococcal Infections): Students are excluded from school until treated with a prescription antibiotic for 24 hours and have been fever free for 36 hours.


FREE AT-HOME COVID TESTS

  • COVID-19 tests can now be delivered straight to you!

  • We are 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 the 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.

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