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ACS Weekly Newsletter 10/01/23


MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR


Dear ACS Families and Staff,

Alamance Community School believes that parent and family involvement must be actively pursued and supported by all our staff, families, and members of our community by working together. The ACS Board and Administrators are committed to developing policies to involve parents in our school and their child’s education effectively, which includes following all State and federal guidelines, including N.C.G.S. § 115C-76.20(b)(3).


During the September Board meeting, the Board approved two policies, the ACS Parents Bill of Rights Compliance Policies and the ACS Non-Title IX Discrimination Policy & Complaint Process, that are now included in the 2023 - 2024 ACS Parent Student Handbook - Board Approved 6.22.23.


Whenever there are new policies or procedures, changes to existing policies and procedures, and/or changes in the handbook during the school year, we notify staff and families by email, in the weekly newsletters, in addition to posting the information on our website. This information will also be added to our website this week.


The Parents Bill of Rights Compliance Policies found on pages 70 - 81 in the Parent Student Handbook focuses on improving student achievement and that it must be the equally shared responsibility and goal of parents, teachers, staff, and the community. Also, there were some changes and improvements to the Non-Title IX Discrimination Policy & Complaint Process that you will find on pages 82 - 87 in the Parent Student Handbook.


All parents/families and educators must prioritize family involvement in education; thus, the Board is committed to providing support and coordination for school staff and parents to implement and sustain appropriate parent/family involvement.


Volunteerism at our school is a way for you, parents and guardians, to learn more about ACS, engage in a positive way with your child’s teachers, and witness firsthand the hard work and dedication that all our staff - teachers, assistants, support staff, and administrators demonstrate each and every day. It is also a way to support your student and other students by assisting with workstations or a small group, helping with clerical tasks or lunch, and/or something as simple as reading a book to the class. You do not have to be an educator to volunteer, and everyone is welcome! Please click on the ACS Volunteer Form Link below to find ways that you can volunteer to help support our school! https://forms.gle/6iPiTAYNhm14BezV6


Best,

Leslie



IMPORTANT DATES:


October 6: Fall Conference Day - No School for Students

October 9-13: Fall Break - No School for Staff or Students

October 30-November 8 - Boosterthon Fundraiser and Spirit Weeks (details coming soon)

November 8 - FUN RUN! (details coming soon)

November 17: Picture Day (rescheduled due to construction delays).


NC Check-Ins:

*Grades 3-6 NC Check-In Dates Slightly Modified

Due to the delays in construction, we will need to slightly modify the dates of each of the grade-level NC Check-In assessments. The assessments will still take place after fall break, starting on October 19, but the exact schedule for each assessment is still being worked out. The Fall RtA test will still take place on Wednesday, October 25.

A separate email will be sent to all 3rd-6th grade families once the new schedule is solidified, and the schedule will also be published, hopefully in the October 10th Newsletter. The ACS Events Google calendar will not be accurate until the schedule is finalized, and then we will update it at that time. Keep watching emails and newsletters for updated information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility





Project Celebration Dates:

  • Kindergarten: 10/31 at 11:00

  • 1st: 10/26 at 1:30

  • 2nd: 11/3 at 1:30

  • 3rd: 11/2 at 1:30

  • 4th: TBD

  • 5th: 11/3 at 11:00

  • 6th: TBD



FALL APPAREL SALE!


Our annual ACS Fall Apparel Sale ends on Monday, October 9. Don’t miss out on purchasing your COYOTE t-shirts, hoodies, and polo shirts. They also make great gifts! You are going to love some of our new logos and choices! There is something for everyone!


There was a bit of a mix-up, and one of the logo choices wasn’t included on the first site, and because purchases had already been made, the vendor was unable to add the additional logo to the first online “store.” However, we have worked with the vendor, and they have created another link to a 2nd “Store” with the additional logo choice.


So, staff, students, & parents can now order apparel from our TWO online "stores.”

ACS Store #1 has the logo shown below for short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies, in addition to having polo/golf shirts for sale.



Here is the link to Store #1:







Store #2 has the logo shown below for short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts & hoodies.



Here is the link to Store #2: shop: https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/ACSap2222





Again, be sure to do all your fall shopping BEFORE Monday, October 9.


Happy Shopping!!



VOLUNTEERING

Volunteerism at our school is a way for you, parents and guardians, to learn more about ACS, engage in a positive way with your child’s teachers, and witness firsthand the hard work and dedication that all our staff - teachers, assistants, support staff, and administrators demonstrate each and every day.


It is also a way to support your student and other students by assisting with workstations or a small group, helping with clerical tasks or lunch, and/or something as simple as reading a book to the class. You do not have to be an educator to volunteer, and everyone is welcome! Please click on the ACS Volunteer Form Link below to find ways that you can volunteer to help support our school! https://forms.gle/6iPiTAYNhm14BezV6



ATHLETICS


Our Cross Country Team had a banquet to celebrate a successful season.


Special Recognitions:

Ava Herman for her first-place finish, Harper Kennedy for 2nd, and Sophie Davis for 3rd. Also, to Jaxon Davis for Most Improved for taking over 3 minutes off his over-race times and being a leader for the team. All runners represented our Coyote Student body well!


Athletics Fundraiser:

We still have several Attractions books that have not been returned. Please return those ASAP.


PTO NEWS


A group of dedicated volunteers have been established to assist with the ACS Food Pantry, and the PTO Board would just like to take a moment to recognize all of their hard work and thank them for their help making things run so smoothly as the pantry serves a group of students that has very much expanded this year. You all are wonderful.


October Events

  • Tuesday 10/17 Zaxby's Night (5:00-8:00 at the Graham location)--5th Grade Competition!

  • Monday 10/23 Texas Roadhouse Gift Card fundraiser kickoff

  • Monday 10/30 Skate Night (6:00-8:00 at RollABout Skating Center)




GENESIS ATHLETICS NEWS


  • National 4-H Week Kicks off Sunday, October 1st. Come out and join us from 3-6 p.m. to learn more about 4-H. Register on alamance4hweekcelebration.eventbrite.com

  • School Break Camps are available the week of October 9th for anyone needing them. Register on Sawyer.

  • Next round of 4-H courses are starting soon- spots are still open. Anyone can participate.

  • Please use the abbreviated carloop for pick up and drop off outside of school hours and be cautious of your speed. Children are active outside on campus and we need to ensure their safety.


NOW HIRING FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR


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


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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