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ACS Weekly Newsletter 1/28/24

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL


Dear ACS Families & Staff,

We are wrapping up the month of January and heading into February which means the end of the 2nd trimester is just around the corner. Teachers are continuing to gather MOY (middle of the year) data through benchmark assessments. This data provides us with information about how we are progressing toward our academic goals and identify areas in need of improvement.


Benchmarking isn't the only thing happening at ACS! Read on to find out more!


Here are a few highlights from the week:

  • Musical Theatre and Set Design Art students are busy working on 'The Lion King' musical! Stay tuned for details on how you can catch their performance in the spring.

  • First graders are learning how to use text features to read nonfiction texts and are learning to write informational pieces of their own.

  • Fourth graders are learning about equivalent fractions and how to compare fractions, a skill that is introduced in third grade.

  • Sixth grade teacher, Sarah Mayle, has been asked to join State Superintendent, Catherine Truitt's Teacher Leadership Council. The Teacher Leadership Council (TLC) is an advisory board for the Department of Public Instruction as well as a key communications conduit for educators in schools across the state.  

  • Robotics students learned how to code for light and sound with Ms. Kinley!




Best,

Jamie Miller, Principal


IMPORTANT DATES:

February 8: ACS Cheer Showcase 5:30-6:00pm in the gym

February 15: Family Conference Day (NO SCHOOL for students)

February 16: Teacher Workday (NO SCHOOL for students)

February 16: ACS Tour for Prospective Families 12:00-1:00 pm

March 7: Lottery for admissions for the 24-25 school year 12:00


*Project Celebration and NC Check-in Dates are below.


2ND TRIMESTER PROJECT CELEBRATION DATES & TIMES:

  • March 6 

  • 6th grade at 10:30

  • March 8

  •  Kindergarten at 11:00

  • 2nd grade at 1:30

  • March 12 

  • 4th grade at 1:00

  • March 13

  • 1st grade at 11:00

  • March 15  

  • 5th grade at 11:00

  • 3rd grade at 1:30


*The Board approved the 2024-2025 calendar in November. It can be found on our website and is included here as well.

2024 - 2025 ACS Calendar - Board Approved 11.17.23 - R
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Grades 3-6 NC Check-Ins (NCCI) - Late January/Early February

NC Check-Ins (NCCI) are interim assessments that are aligned to North Carolina grade-level content standards (for reading and mathematics) and North Carolina Essential Standards (for science). 


The main purpose of NC Check-Ins is to provide students, teachers, and parents with immediate in-depth action data and a reliable estimate of students’ current performance on selected subsets of content standards. Students in grade 3-6 will take these short classroom assessments up to three times throughout the school year to provide you, your student, and their teachers with information about your student’s understanding of content areas. This will help you and your student’s teacher understand what he or she knows and can do so additional instruction can be provided. 


Our second round of NCCI’s will take place, according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, Jan 30: Grades 3 & 4 Reading

  • Thursday, Feb 1: Grades 3 & 4 Math

  • Tuesday, Feb 6: Grades 5 & 6 Reading

  • Thursday, Feb 8: Grade 5 & 6 Math

  • Friday, Feb 9: Grade 5 Science


REMINDERS

  • MUST use carline unless there are specific situations that require something different (wheelchair, child with special needs, etc.). Those situations are cleared with the front office. Not using carline because the line is long, you are late for work, etc. are not acceptable reasons to skip the carline. 

  • YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE!

  • APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS, TOUR, & THE LOTTERY:

We are now accepting applications for prospective students (NOT current students) for grades K-7 for our Admissions Lottery for 2024-25. The open enrollment application period for NEW students (students not currently attending ACS) began at midnight on January 1, 2024 and will continue through February 29, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Please tell your friends and family that they can visit our website sections on "Our School" and "Admissions" for valuable information about ACS and the admissions process for NEW students. Here is the link for prospective NEW Families to apply: https://alamancecommunityschool.schoolmint.net/welcomeback


Students that are currently enrolled at ACS and returning for the next school year (2022 - 2023) DO NOT need to re-apply for admission.


There is one more opportunity on February 16 for prospective NEW families to tour the school. For more information and to register for the February 16 tour, please visit the following link.

If you have a student that is currently attending ACS and they have a sibling that you would like to attend ACS in 2024-25, you MUST apply for their sibling to attend if they do not already attend this school year.

LINK TO APPLY FOR A SIBLING NOT CURRENTLY ATTENDING ACS: https://alamancecommunityschool.schoolmint.net/welcomeback


The Admission Lottery will be held virtually on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 12:00 noon. A link for the Lottery will be posted on our website as we get closer to that date.


ATHLETICS

Coed Golf Team Interest Meeting:

Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30 – 6:00 PM

If you are a 6th Grade student &/or parent, please join us for our Virtual Coed Golf Team interest meeting on Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30-6:00 PM. You can also find this and more events located on the ACS Events Calendar.

Google Meet Joining Info:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 317-932-0129‬ PIN: ‪943 188 455‬#


 STUDENT COUNCIL and AMBASSADORS

This past week the Ambassadors and Student Council met for our first World Changers Workshop.  We discussed leadership, signed the code of conduct contracts, and met in groups to brainstorm and present ways to promote kindness and respect around campus, encourage teachers and younger students, demonstrate Coyote spirit, and foster a respect for the school environment. 

We are very proud of our World Changers!

Ms. Kellie and Ms. Lane




PTO NEWS


Thank you to everyone who donated to our Winter Wellness Drive! The following classes collected at least 30 items, winning a pack of recess items for the class: congratulations to Ms. Cecil, Ms. Gamble, and Ms. Mooring!





Another congratulations goes to Ms. Tilley's class for winning the Third Grade Zaxby's luncheon! Our Second Graders will have a chance to compete next month on February 13th. We hope to see you there!



This week on January 30th, we will be having our RollABout Skate Night fundraiser from 6:00-8:00pm at 605 Chapel Hill Rd in Burlington. We look forward to dancing the night away with our Coyote friends! (Next Skate Night: Monday, March 11)


GENESIS

Limited Space Available-Starting Feb 1

Embryology 101

Art Around the World


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2024-2025

If you or someone you know would be a good fit for ACS, please apply through our website under the ‘Employment’ tab (see link below) and email a resume to Jamie Miller at jmiller@alamancecommunityschool.net  


WISHLISTS FOR SPECIALS


PE


STEM


MUSIC


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS


ART


SEL (Social/Emotional Learning)



PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED NEWSLETTER CONTENT

Click HERE for previously included newsletter content about the following topics:

  • Carline (Procedures, Tardies, Early Dismissals

  • Lunch

  • Student Health Action Plans and Medication Authorizations

  • ACS Student Wellness Reminders

  • Student Services

  • School Calendar

  • "Coyote Pack" Facebook Group

  • Clothes Bin

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