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ACS Weekly Newsletter - 05/14/2023

Dear ACS Families -

Thank you to all the families who donated either gift cards or money for the ACS Staff

Appreciation Gift Card Giveaway! There were a lot of smiling faces as we distributed

them to our staff on Friday! Also, many thanks to the PTO & Casey Wagner for all the fun

and yummy treats that were shared with us for Staff Appreciation Week! We truly

appreciate all of you, our kind & thoughtful families!!


IMPORTANT DATES

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17: 5th Grade Science EOG

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17: Kindergarten Assessments from 2:00 - 6:00

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 from 9:00 - 12:00

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


3RD - 5TH GRADE EOG ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE: MAY 16 - 24

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 NEXT WEEK, 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 day. Make up dates are:

  • Wednesday, May 17 for 3rd & 4th grade Reading

  • Friday, May 19 for 3rd & 4th grade Math and 5th grade Reading

  • Monday, May 22 for 5th grade Math

  • Wednesday, May 24 for 5th grade Science

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!

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

NOW HIRING FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR - TEACHERS, SUBSTITUTES, & PART-TIME INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS

  • ACS is hiring teachers, 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

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

“Mental health is wealth, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month, which is celebrated in May. The stigma around mental health and treatment has long existed, even though this has started to change. Still, people hesitate to seek help or even talk about it with their loved ones for fear of being judged and facing unnecessary backlash. Simple logic dictates that if we are hurt anywhere, we must seek treatment to get better. This applies to both our mental- and physical well-being.” -National Today

Please read the May is Mental Health Awareness Month document to learn ways that you & your family can take part in ending mental health bias and discrimination, and help build a healthy nation that celebrates children's strengths.


BOARD RECRUITMENT

The ACS Board is looking for passionate and dedicated individuals with a variety of experiences and backgrounds to serve on the ACS Board of Directors. Board members play a vital role in shaping the future of our school. LINK TO ACS BOARD APPLICATION


NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 23/24 SCHOOL YEAR

In-person registration assistance will be available on:

  • 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.

GENESIS, 4-H, & SUMMER CAMP NEWS

  • All final payments should be made. Balance Notices will be sent this week. Late Fees will be applied and possible removal from services.

  • Last Day of Spring 4-H classes will be May 16/18. This is for Pollinators and Leadership.

  • 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.

  • Volunteer Opportunities:

    • Outdoor Learning Space Shelter- Date TBD Spring Service Project- we will be looking for volunteers to help.

    • Field Day- May 23

  • Registration for Before and After School Programs for the 2023-2024 school year will open in July.

PTO INFORMATION

Thank you ACS families for helping our teachers and staff feel loved and supported this past week during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! Your continued support is a huge part of what makes ACS so great! -PTO

Join us for our next Skate Night on May 30!


FREE VIRTUAL READING CAMP VIA SHARE THE MAGIC FOUNDATION

Team up with Head Coach and Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Mitchell for READCamp 2023 at: https://www.readwithmalcolm.com/readcamp/

VIRTUAL READCamp opens May 29 and ends September 4.

Follow on social media at @readwithmalcolm for special READCamp bonus activities and live events with Malcolm. Follow the steps below to register.

Step 1: Visit the Official READCamp Website.

Step 2: Choose “SIGN UP”.

Step 3: Complete your Registration. Select “Educator,” “Parent/Guardian” or “Other.”

Step 4: Arrive at your READCamp Account Page. Review your Welcome Email.

Step 5: Select “Add a Student” from the Top Right Menu Grid.

Step 6: Assign your child their username and password.

Step 7: Review the READCamp Resources Section for additional tools and activities.

Step 8: Your kids log their books in the online Playbook or on the printed book logs provided.

Step 9: When your kids log 8 books, they automatically receive a personalized. certificate as a READCamp

Champion. If they complete 12 books, they get an MVP Certificate.

Final Step: Have a SUPER SUMMER with READCamp.


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.

CLOTHES BIN

You may have noticed the large green Clothes Bin that is located just before our entrance beside Kronbergs Court. The bright green bin is our “go-to” for a convenient way to recycle our clothes, shoes and textiles. Every pound that is recycled via our bin supports ACS! So, Clothes Bin is a Green Initiative That Earns ACS “Green”.


Most of the clothes, shoes and textiles discarded in local landfills could have been recycled. So, grab a garbage bag, fill it with hope and drop it off at the ACS Clothes Bin and support our school.


Below are the items that you can recycle and place in the Clothes Bin:

  • Clothes such as pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, suits, shorts, shirts, tees, tanks

  • Outerwear such as coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves

  • Footwear such as shoes, boots, heels, sneakers, sandals, socks, tights

  • Undergarments such as bras, underwear, slips, camisoles

  • Accessories such as hats, belts, ties, scarves, headbands

  • Handbags, wallets, totes, luggage, backpacks, briefcases

  • Linens such as towels, sheets, comforters, blankets, tablecloths


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

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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