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ACS Weekly Newsletter - 05/28/2023



 

IMPORTANT DATES

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 : Kindergarten Assessments from 9:00 - 12:00

MONDAY, MAY 29 : ACS CLOSED for MEMORIAL DAY

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


 

REPORT CARDS

All Kindergarten - Fifth Grade Third Trimester Report Cards will be sent home via email on Thursday, June 1st.

 

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR CURRENT ACS STUDENTS

The re-enrollment process is fully open and available in School Mint. Please login to SCHOOLMINT to complete your re-enrollment along with registration packet by the deadline of June 1st! If you need any assistance, please email: admissions@alamancecommunityschool.net

 

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

 

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.

Final Assessment Day/Time is:

  • 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.

 

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 23/24 SCHOOL YEAR

In-person registration assistance will be available on:

  • 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.

 

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 FORMS NEEDED FOR 2023-24: STUDENT HEALTH ACTION PLANS & MEDICATION AUTHORIZATIONS

If your student has (or will need) a school Health or Action Plan please make sure to have the plan updated and ready to turn in at the start of next school year. Even if your student had a plan for the 2022-2023 school year, a new plan must be reviewed and authorized by the student’s healthcare provider and submitted to ACS for the 2023-2024 school year. There are a few frequently-used health plan and action plan forms available on the Documents and Forms page of the ACS website and linked below. Health plans should be submitted to the front office when students return to school in August.


Students requiring medication administration at school, including the use of inhalers and Epi Pens, must also have a Medication Authorization Form completed by their healthcare provider on file for each new school year. These completed forms should be submitted to the front office prior to the student needing to receive medication at school. Please find the link for the ACS Medication Authorization Form below.


** Please note that Alamance Community School is not a part of the Alamance-Burlington School System and we cannot act upon a completed ABSS form.


Related Links:

We also have copies of these forms in the school office, if you need a printed blank copy. We are here to help, if you have any questions or concerns about authorizations or health action plans, please contact the school office at frontdesk@alamancecommunityschool.net

 

KINDERGARTEN READINESS

The Let's Get Ready! Guide is intended to provide family-friendly resources on age-appropriate developmental skills, support tips, and at-home activities where adult/child interactions are the central focus. It is not intended to determine if a child “is" or "is not” ready for kindergarten. We encourage you to share this resource with families of rising kindergarten students.

 

May is 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.

 

BEGINNING OF THE 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION

TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS

Teacher assignments will be sent by email to all currently enrolled families and families that have completed the registration process by Wednesday, August 2 by 5:00 PM.


OPEN HOUSE & CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Each Grade Level Open House & Curriculum Overview will last for 45 minutes. The dates and times are listed below. The first 15 minutes will be for meeting, greeting, and dropping off supplies, followed by a curriculum overview for 20 minutes, with a time for questions and answers for 10 minutes. The Open House & Curriculum Overview is NOT a “floating” event, so you will want to arrive on time. We will have some ACS “swag” for sale, in addition to information about ordering ACS apparel.


Open House Dates/Times for 2023-24 School Year:

Thursday, August 3

  • Kindergarten - 10:00-10:45 & 11:00-11:45 (Times will be assigned based on student’s last name)

  • 1st Grade - 12:00-12:45

  • 2nd Grade - 1:00-1:45

  • 3rd Grade - 2:00-2:45

  • 4th Grade - 3:00-3:45

  • 5th and 6th Grade - 4:00-4:45 The first day of school for ALL 1st - 6th grade students is Tuesday, August 8 from 8:15 - 3:15.

KINDERGARTEN STAGGERED START

ACS Kindergartners will begin the school year with a staggered start and an abbreviated day, so that the students can get accustomed to their new school, teachers, and schedule.

From 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, a fourth of the students from each class will come to school each day on:

  • Tuesday, August 8

  • Wednesday, August 9

  • Thursday, August 10

  • Friday, August 11

All kindergarteners will have their first FULL day of school on Monday, August 14 from 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM.


Kindergarten families will receive an email with their student’s assigned day for their staggered start on Wednesday, June 14 by 5:00pm.


SUPPLY LISTS FOR 2023-24

  • Kindergarten - Sixth Grade Supply Lists can be found on our website under the Parents Tab.

  • 1st, 2nd & 4th Grade Supply Lists are posted and available now and the other grade levels will be posted by mid-June, at the latest.

 

GENESIS, 4-H, & SUMMER CAMP NEWS

  • All final payments should be made. Balance Notices will be sent home this week. Late Fees will be applied and services will be frozen until paid.

  • 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.

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

 

PTO INFORMATION

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.

 

Have a great summer, Coyotes!!

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