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ACS Weekly Newsletter 4/15/24

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL


Dear ACS Families & Staff,


What a busy and fun week we had at ACS! As always, the PTO did a phenomenal job organizing our Scholastic Book Fair and Family Fun Night. Thank you to all who contributed! Be sure to check out the pictures below and the pictures on our "Coyote Pack" Facebook group shared by members of our community.


Last week we provided tours for newly admitted families and many came out to the Family Fun Night event to begin connecting with the ACS community. We hope they felt welcome and are getting excited about joining the Pack for the 2024-2025 school year.


Best,

Jamie Miller, Principal




PTO NEWS

Congratulations to Mrs. Simmons' class on winning the Kindergarten Zaxby's competition this month! Mrs. Simmons was joined by over half of her students for supper, all piled into a long table of laughter. It was so much fun, and earned the PTO $321! Thank you to everyone who came out for dinner!


The Book Fair and Family Night were both an incredible success! We will have our final numbers soon! Huge thanks to our vendors, community members, faculty, and MANY volunteers who came together to make this terrific week of events and Bookjoy possible. What do you say, Coyotes...same time next year?



LOST and FOUND

We had a tremendous amount of items in our lost and found that will be donated today. To avoid having so many lost items, please label your child's belongings (particularly coats, jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, books, and water bottles as these are the items that are typically left behind).


ATHLETICS

ACS Golf will be in action this week 4/17/24. They will be hosted by River Mill Academy. The match will feature Discovery Charter, Chatham Charter, Clover Garden and River Mill Academy. The match will have a 3:00 pm shotgun start. Location of the match will be Southwick Golf Course 3136 Southwick Dr. Graham, NC 27253. Golf cart rentals for patrons are $10. Let’s wish the pack best wishes!


Families, if you have a rising 6th or 7th grader that wishes to participate in ACS athletics for the 24-25 school year, a physical examination form is required for tryouts and participation. Exams can be scheduled with your primary care physician, or local minute clinics.


Coach Long


STUDENT SERVICES (Mrs. Tribotte and Mrs. Gittens)

Clothing Needed - We have given out much of our back up clothing, particularly boys. If anyone can donate new underwear and/or gently used shorts as backups in case of accidents, that would be greatly appreciated! Please make sure if you have a younger child to send back ups with them everyday, just in case.


Phone Check/Safety Reminder - Please check your student’s(s’) phones. It's a good idea to check deleted items in photos/videos and to look through their social media accounts. Make sure they know everyone they are chatting with and that they are using kind words to reduce cyberbullying and protect student social/emotional health! Student safety is our priority.


WORLD CHANGERS

*The Coyote Cafe will reopen this week!


On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the Coyote Cafe is open through the month of April in the gym during morning carline. The Coyote Cafe sells drinks and snacks (ex: water, low sugar juice, lemonade, fruit, muffins, etc.).

  • All items cost $1.00.

  • All the money is going to fund World Changers projects (ex: helping with the food pantry, school community improvement projects, etc.)

SAVE THE DATE!

Thursday, May 9th & Friday, May 10th, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Alamance Community School Musical Theater presents: THE LION KING KIDS! Join our wonderful cast and crew for a night of singing, dancing, and laughter. Tickets will go on sale at the end of April, so keep your eye out for that information! You won't want to miss out!





IMPORTANT DATES:

April 24: PTO Meeting (6:00-7:00)

April 29: 4th Grade Field Trip

May 9 and 10 : Lion King Kids performance (7:30)

May 16: 1st Grade Field Trip


END OF GRADE TESTING (EOG) INFORMATION (GRADES 3 - 6)

Dear 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Coyote Caregivers - As part of federal and state legislation, each school year North Carolina students are required to take state tests, including EOGs. The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. We are excited to see the growth our students have made during the 2023-2024 school year.


We are sharing this information now, so that you can plan accordingly. Students need to arrive on time each day and even a few minutes early, so your child can get settled and not be hurried or stressed upon arriving at school on the morning of assessment. Assessments will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. each day! Please note: If testing has begun for the day and if we do not have any extra test administrators to administer the EOG to late students, we may request that the parent take the student home for the day and they will need to take the test on the make-up day. 


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

  • Please make sure your child gets a solid night of rest the night before an assessment.

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

  • Students should bring a snack and a filled water bottle to school on assessment days, in addition to their lunch and other items needed for school.

  • Remind your child they are ready for this, to do their best, and they will do an amazing job!

Our 3rd - 6th grade students will participate in End of Grade Testing at the end of May, according to the following schedule. 

Date

Grade Levels

Assessment

Tuesday, May 14

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Reading EOG

Wednesday, May 15

5th

Science EOG

Thursday, May 16

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Math EOG

Attendance for EOGs is extremely important. However, we will have make-up EOGs for those students who were not at school on their designated EOG testing day.  Designated Make up dates are: 

  • Wednesday, May 15 for 3rd, 4th & 6th grade Reading makeups

  • Friday, May 17 for 3rd - 6th grade Math makeups

  • Monday, May 20 for 5th grade Science makeups

  • Tuesday, May 21 for 5th grade Reading makeups

If you have questions or concerns about the EOGs, you may reach out to your child’s teacher or please contact Catherine Quick, K-5 Curriculum Director, at cquick@alamancecommunityschool.net or Leslie Jewell, Student Information and Testing Coordinator, at ljewell@alamancecommunityschool.net


*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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Rising 7th Graders: Required Immunizations

Students entering 7th grade are required to have one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine for individuals who have not already received those vaccines. Please contact your student’s health care provider or the local health department if your child needs those vaccines. 


Parents/guardians of students enrolled in 7th grade will be required to provide an updated current proof of vaccination (i.e., Certificate of Immunization from the NC Immunization registry) on or before the first day of school, August 13, 2024. 


If proof of vaccination is not provided within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, your child will be excluded from school until a current shot record is provided, as required by law.


Please DO NOT send your immunization certificate to school at this time. You will be asked to provide this  later this spring, during our re-enrollment process for current students.


For more information on required immunizations in NC, please visit: https://immunization.dph.ncdhhs.gov/family/nc_immnz_requirements.htm


REMINDERS

  • 5th and 6th grade students should go directly to the cottage in the mornings. They DO NOT need to come into the main building unless they are coming to the gym for the Coyote Cafe on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

  • Please only use the far right lane when entering the campus for afternoon carline, do not enter in the 2nd left lane.  This is a mandate from the City of Graham.  

  • All MUST use the 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 the carline because the line is long, you are late for work, etc. are not acceptable reasons to skip the carline. 



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 Leslie Paynter: lpaynter@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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