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ACS Weekly Newsletter 9/3/23


ACS Families,

It was another busy week at ACS! As part of our commitment to providing the best possible education for your children, we have been conducting beginning-of-the-year assessments for all students. These assessments are a valuable tool to gauge each student's academic progress and identify areas where additional support may be needed.

I want to express my gratitude to our dedicated teachers, staff, and students, who have shown incredible enthusiasm and adaptability in these initial weeks. Their hard work and commitment to education are truly commendable.

As we settle into the rhythm of the new school year, please remember that communication is key. We encourage you to stay engaged with your child's teachers and use our school's resources and support systems to ensure a successful academic journey for your child.

Be sure to read through the newsletter for important updates and a NEW section of our newsletter featuring a guest author.

As always, we appreciate your partnership in your child's education. I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Jamie Miller


8:15 - 3:15: M, T, TH, & F

AM CARLINE: 7:45 - 8:10

PM CARLINE: 3:15 - 3:45

8:15 - 1:15: WEDNESDAY

AM CARLINE: 7:45 - 8:10

PM CARLINE: 1:15 - 1:45


Every Monday & Friday are School Spirit Days! Wear your ACS apparel or purple & gray and show your Coyote pride!


This is the last week to buy an Attractions book for our fundraiser! For just $30, you can purchase a coupon book with free mobile coupons and hundreds of local offers, including free items, buy-one-get-one-free deals, and significant discounts! The fundraiser will end on Friday, September 8th.

Funds raised will be used to support our new Middle School Athletics Program.

Did you know that if you register your

book and enter the code found on the inside cover; you can get 25 FREE additional mobile coupons, AND you can choose coupons/deals from other NC, SC, & VA Editions?



  • SELL 5 BOOKS with EZPay or Seller Page - GET 1 FREE! No Limit.



  • PARENT PRIZE - Skip to the front of the CARPOOL LINE!


Alamance Community School Letter (Updated)
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Here is a quick guide to help support our fundraiser!

1. If students do not wish to purchase the book or participate in a fundraiser, please make sure that they return the book to their teacher BY FRIDAY, September 8.

2. If you purchase a book, you can keep the book that came home. If additional books are sold, please indicate on the order form, and we will send additional books home with students.

3. Payments should be made by EZ pay (Online Pay), Cash, or Check. EZ pay is the preferred method of payment.

4. Please email if you have any questions.

  • The next meet will be September 6 at Cedarock Park.

  • Our Attractions book fundraiser will continue through September 8. Thank you for your support!


Social-Emotional Learning/Mental Health Resources

My name is Cindy Gittens, and I am the school social worker at ACS. I am thrilled to work alongside the amazing staff at your child's school. Your child’s mental well-being and social-emotional growth are of utmost importance. In hopes of supporting your family in these areas, resources have been compiled in the guide below and will be updated monthly. To access the guide from the school website, click Mental Health under the Resources tab. Thank you for all that you do and for your continued support throughout the school year.


Thanks to an incredible turnout at our first Skate Night of the year, we raised $450 for upcoming community events and school projects! Roll-A-Bout Skating Center will be completing some facility repairs in September, so our next Skate Night will be Monday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm. We hope to see you there!


09/12: Zaxby's Night--Sixth Grade competition

09/18-09/22: Trimester 1 Supply Drive--ACS Food Pantry

09/27: Faculty and staff luncheon

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day - No School for Staff or Students

  • Thursday, October 5: PICTURE DAY!

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

  • Thursday, October 19: NC Check-In - Reading for Grades 3 & 4

  • Friday, October 20: NC Check-In - Math for Grades 3 & 4

  • Monday, October 23: NC Check-In - Reading for Grades 5 & 6

  • Tuesday, October 24: NC Check-In - Math for Grades 5 & 6

  • Wednesday, October 25: Fall RtA

  • Thursday, October 26: NC Check-In - Science for Grade 5


*4-H and Enrichment Programs begin Sept 5th. Check your email this weekend for details about each program you have registered for.

*Genesis is a nut-free program. Please help your child know what they can eat in their classroom and after school.

*After School students are reminded to bring a personal book to read to after school.

*Late pick-up fees will be active soon. $10 minimum late fee for registered and non-registered students who remain after the respective pick-up time.

Capped programs on a waitlist will be rolled in once more staff is hired or a spot becomes available.


My Family Activity + Life Lessons

By Kenzie Dlugos

My name is Kenzie, I am 10 years old, and I have been learning martial arts (Taekwondo) since I was 3 years old. I am currently a 2nd-degree black belt and plan on testing this November for 3rd degree. Some things I love about Taekwondo, I can do it with my family, both my mom and my dad are black belts, too, and I have even come to ACS to show my friends how to do Taekwondo.

Also, as I got higher belts, I learned new skills. I’ve been at ACS since 2nd grade, and I have

learned here at school confidence, integrity, cooperation, leadership, and honesty. We also learn these same life skills at TKD. At TKD, each week, we focus on one of these skills and learn how to apply them at home, at school, and with our parents and our friends.


ACS staff makes every effort to reduce the prevalence of disease-causing organisms by ensuring the cleanliness of the environment, emphasizing frequent hand washing of students and staff, and following proper decontamination procedures of items used in mealtime and other activities. Despite those actions, the school-age child is often the source and conduit for communicable diseases ranging from the “common cold” to ringworm, among many. The majority of such illnesses are not among the diseases for which the state Division of Public Health, following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued mandatory isolation rules. However, the following isolation guidelines must be followed:

  • Fever: The parent/guardian of any student with an oral temperature of 100 degrees will be notified and asked to pick up their child. The student should remain at home until fever-free for 36 hours without medication.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella): Students are excluded until all blisters have formed scabs.

  • Head Lice (Pediculosis): The parents/guardians of any student found with lice will be notified and asked to pick up their student. The parent/guardian may consult their medical provider or treat with an over-the-counter product. The student may return to school after receiving treatment for lice and removing nits.

  • Impetigo: Student is excluded from school if he/she has more than three to four sores until seen by a medical provider and treated with a prescription antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours.

  • Measles (Rubeola/Rubella): Student is excluded until physician’s approval is given and student is no longer contagious.

  • MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus): All suspected cases should be referred to their healthcare provider and if possible, lesions should be kept covered while at school. Exclusion from school and sports activities should be reserved for those with wound drainage that cannot be covered and contained with a clean, dry bandage and for those who cannot maintain good personal hygiene.

  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea: The parent/guardian of any student experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea will be notified and asked to pick up their child. The student may return to school 36 hours after the symptoms have abated.

  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): A student who is exhibiting symptoms of pink eye should be evaluated by their medical provider. Students are allowed to return to school on approval of the physician. The student may return when treatment has begun, has minimal drainage, and the student is able to keep hands away from eyes.

  • Scabies: Students are excluded until one (1) treatment with prescription medication has been completed for at least 24 hours.

  • Strep Throat (Streptococcal and Staphylococcal Infections): Students are excluded from school until treated with a prescription antibiotic for 24 hours and have been fever-free for 36 hours.

For the full details of our policies regarding Student Health and Wellness, please refer to the parent/student handbook posted on the ACS Website and linked here:

Thank you!


  • If you or someone you know is interested, please apply through our website under the ‘Employment’ tab (see link below) and email a resume to Jamie Miller at LINK TO APPLICATION






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

  • School Calendar

  • "Coyote Pack" Facebook Group

  • Clothes Bin

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