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ACS Weekly Newsletter 2/11/24

Updated: Feb 19


Dear ACS Families & Staff,

We have over 100 days of school under our belt and have wrapped up our 2nd trimester. Teachers will be conducting conferences and working on report cards. This will be the second time using Power School for report cards. We anticipate it will be smoother, having worked on some of the kinks from the first trimester. Assuming that's the case, our target date range for sending report cards to families is between Friday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 27.

With one trimester remaining, we want to finish the year strong and we need your help! Below are some academic competencies to highlight with your child at home. Talk through them together and check in regularly to see how they are progressing in these areas:

Academic Competencies 

  • Academic Mindset: Positive mindset (I belong here in this learning community, my efforts help me to get better, I can succeed at my learning, and I see the value of the work that I’m doing) 

  • Perseverance: Ability to stick with something that might be difficult, completing in timely manner, working through bumps in road, start and see the task all the way through 

  • Learning Strategies: Anything they are doing to help them with their learning, stopping to think while reading, self correcting, setting goals, managing time

  • Academic Behaviors: Regular attendance, arriving ready to work, paying attention, participating, taking the time outside of school to practice or additional learning to help them grow within school 

Here are a few highlights from the week:

  •  Teachers across all grade levels are incorporating meaningful lessons and activities to celebrate Black History Month.

  • Kindergarteners and 1st graders celebrated the 100th day of school!

  •  3rd graders have been working on their prototypes and marketing strategies for their businesses which will be presented during the next project celebration.

  • 5th and 6th graders had a volleyball scrimmage to demonstrate the skills they learned with Coach Long.

  • In PE, students are learning basketball skills such as different types of passes and how to shoot the ball. March Madness, here we come!


Jamie Miller, Principal


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


  • 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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  • 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! Order your student's ACS 2023-24 Yearbook! $23.00 until 3/22/2024www.strawbridge.netOnline code TB29266

  • We love having volunteers! Here is the sign-up for February:


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:

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.


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.


ACS Cheer Showcase

Our cheerleaders participated in a Cheer Showcase to demonstrate the skills and routines they have learned. Thanks to our coaches for the time and energy they put into a successful Cheer Clinic!

Next up...Golf! If you are a parent of a 6th grader and missed the interest meeting, please email Coach Long for information:


Tuesday the 13th from 5:00-8:00 is our February dinner fundraiser at the Graham Zaxby's, located at 501 South Main Street! It will also be SECOND GRADE Competition Night! Place your order inside, at the drive thru, or on the app, and 10% of the purchase will be donated to the PTO. If you are joining us for the dinner fundraiser, there is nothing more for you to do than grab a bite to eat between 5:00 and 8:00pm. If your student is a Second Grader, make sure you pop into the dining room to drop their name into their teacher's cup on the fundraiser table in order to make your visit count in the competition. The class with the highest participation wins a catered lunch!

Upcoming February Events

02/13--Zaxby's Night: Second Grade Competition 5:00-8:00pm

02/21--Public PTO Meeting 6:00pm (ENTIRELY VIRTUAL! Join the Video Call:

02/28--Buffaloe Lanes Spirit Night 2:00-8:00pm


4-H Enrichment classes are still enrolling! Check out next month's classes. Anyone ages 5-12 can participate.

  • Strap yourselves in folks, it’s going to be a “FAIR-ly” good time at our Spring Fund-arnival!

  • The PTO, 4-H, and Genesis are partnering up to bring you a popping good time!

Join us online, February, 21st at 6pm if you want the inside scoop


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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