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ACS Weekly Newsletter 12/10/23


Dear ACS Families & Staff,

As you can imagine, ACS is bubbling with energy and excitement as we wrap up 2023 and prepare for Winter Break! Be sure to read through the entire newsletter for updates and reminders and enjoy the highlights from the week below.

  1. This week, some of our students learned to code using Lego Robotics, discovered Newton's Laws through a variety of hands-on activities (spinning eggs, snowball launchers, and balloon cars), and explored holiday traditions around the world.

  2. Our Interventionists and EL (English Learner) teachers hosted a virtual Literacy and Math Family Night! Thanks to those who attended. We will share the resources with everyone soon so that even if you couldn't attend, you can discover ways to help your child at home.

  3. Staff began preparations for the big move to the cottage! Remember that we release at 11:45 on Tuesday. We will see students back on campus on January 3rd.

As always, your support and engagement are invaluable to our school community. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful break filled with joy, laughter, and special moments with your loved ones!


Jamie Miller, Principal


*5th and 6th grade students are headed to Washington, D.C. in February. To help raise funds for the trip, they will hold a 'Coyote Carline Fast Pass' raffle and a Winter Dance in January. Stay tuned! Details will be emailed soon!

December 12: Early Release (11:45 dismissal)

December 13-January 2: Moving Days and Winter Break

January 2: Workday

January 3: Students return to school

January 8: MOY benchmarking begins

January 10: ACS Tour for Prospective Families 5:30-6:30 pm

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No school)

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

*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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  • Students will begin their winter break early and make Tuesday, December 12 an Early Release Day with dismissal at 11:45 AM, so that staff can begin to move classrooms and offices into the cottage.

  • Students will be out of school for the remainder of the week on Wednesday, December 13, Thursday, December 14, and Friday, December 15.

  • Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 3 and our 5th and 6th graders will finally be in the cottage!

  • Please see the attached Revised 2023 - 2024 Calendar that reflects the changes and you can also find it on our website using this link: 2023-2024 ACS Calendar - Board Approved & Revised 10.19.23


Attention 5th and 6th grade Families! We are excited to share that in January, you will be receiving information about how to access your student's grades in PowerSchool. We hope this will help you stay informed and involved regarding your child's work habits, performance, and progress as they learn to adjust to the expectations and grading system that begins in 5th grade.


Thank you again for your kindness and generosity in helping with The Giving Tree!


Big thanks to all who came out for our December Zaxby's Night last week, earning the PTO $320 in the process!

Without a competition to determine the Zaxby's catered lunch winner, we elected to use this month's lunch to treat our incredible Specials Team. Now that we are finally gearing up to move into the new building, we wanted to celebrate the patience and flexibility of our Specials teachers during this extended transition period as they've given up their classrooms, taught from carts, and maintained so much positivity and fun in their lessons. Thank you, Specials Teachers!

Monday, December 18th from 6:00-8:00pm will be our December Skate Night at RollABout Skating Center. Don't miss your friends all Winter Break, join us to warm up and boogie down! $5.00 per person, and the PTO will earn 50% of all entrance fees collected! We hope to see you there!


Reminder: Winter Wonderland Camp from Tuesday, December 12 - Friday, December 15. $99 Until Nov 15

The camp will operate on:

  • Tuesday, December 12: 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM (Early Release for Students & Winter Break Begins for Students)

  • Wednesday, December 13: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

  • Thursday, December 14: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

  • Friday, December 15:  8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

You can register for the Winter Wonderland Camp using this link:


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  


PE (Newly added link!)





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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