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ACS Weekly Newsletter 10/08/23

Updated: Oct 8, 2023


Dear ACS Families and Staff,

October and November will be very busy months at ACS. Upper grades will participate in NC Check-ins (benchmarking assessments), Boosterthon (our big fundraising event) will kick off at the end of the month,1st Trimester Project Celebrations will occur during this time, and students will take yearbook photos. Also, our 5th and 6th graders will be moving into the cottage! It has been exciting to see the building literally come together. We will keep you updated on the move-in dates once we know more. We will likely reach out for some volunteers to help.

Please be sure to read the important dates and information included in this newsletter so you can stay on top of upcoming events and activities.

There will NOT be a newsletter on Sunday, October 15. We hope you enjoy the fall break, and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, October 16!


Jamie Miller


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

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

NC Check-ins (more information below):

  • Thursday, October 19 - Grades 3, 4, & 6 Reading

  • Friday, October 20 - Grades 3, 4, & 6 Math

  • Tuesday, October 24 - Grade 5 Reading

  • Wednesday, October 25 - Grade 5 Earth Science

  • Thursday, October 26 - Grade 5 Math

November 8 - FUN RUN! (details coming soon)

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

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: 11/7 at 1:30

  • 5th: 11/3 at 11:00

  • 6th: TBD


Our annual ACS Fall Apparel Sale ENDS TOMORROW, MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, and once the online store closes, you will be unable to place an order.

So, you don’t miss out on purchasing your COYOTE t-shirts, hoodies, and polo shirts. There is something for everyone and they will also make great gifts!

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:

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

Happy Shopping!!

Grades 3-6 NC Check-Ins (NCCI) after Fall Break

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 first round of NCCI’s will take place after Fall Break, according to the following schedule:

  • Thursday, October 19 - Grades 3, 4, & 6 Reading

  • Friday, October 20 - Grades 3, 4, & 6 Math

  • Tuesday, October 24 - Grade 5 Reading

  • Wednesday, October 25 - Grade 5 Earth Science

  • Thursday, October 26 - Grade 5 Math

These are ways for you to help your child do their best:

  • Please make sure your child gets a solid night of rest.

  • Please make sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast before coming to school.

  • Please arrive on time 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.

  • Remind your child to simply do their best.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or you may contact our Testing Coordinator, Leslie Jewell at


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!


Cheerleading will be our winter sport, followed by golf in the spring. Coach Long will send an email to 6th-grade families the week of October 16 with information about cheerleading.

Athletics Fundraiser:

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


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)


Self Care & Relaxation & Hiking start next week 10/16/23

Self Care- Designed for students grades 2-6 to learn ways to practice self-care and make some creative self-care products.

Hiking- Get outside and explore nature, meet off campus, and go on hikes at local parks within 15 minutes of ACS. Transportation not provided

Fall Break Camp- ON CAMPUS ONLY. We will be hosting a fall break camp next week on campus. This will be a blended camp with our outdoor farm camp. Students will spend most of the day outside learning about different plants associated with fall. Students will also do various hands-on projects outside, such as exploring fall plants, building shutters, painting, planting, and hiking. This will be a device-free program, and students should plan to be active, outside, and get dirty.

Soccer Program has been postponed until Spring


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






SEL (Social/Emotional Learning)


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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