Asheville Primary School

Family Connection 1/9/22

January: New Beginnings & Resolutions; Positive Self Identity

I Believe I Can

Dates to Remember

January 11

PTC Zoom Meeting

This meeting will focus on connecting with families and making plans for the BEST SEMESTER EVER for our kids! Join us 5:30-6:30 online. A Zoom link will be coming to your inbox.

Mid Year Assessment Windows

NCENSI (math) begins January 31 through February 4

mCLASS (literacy) begins January 10 through January 31

STAR testing will also occur this month for 3rd and 4th graders.

Testing will take place within the student's daily schedule and is either one on one or on the computer. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher.

NO SCHOOL January 17 or 18

January 17 is Martin Luther King Holiday and is a wonderful time for your family to choose a way to give back to your community. Start planning for a way to offer support for those around you or participate in a community event for positive change.

January 18 is an optional teacher work day.

REMINDER: Choose Asheville Primary

Click on the link to sign up to start earning rewards for Asheville Primary with Box Tops 4 Education.

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Looking for ways to get involved at APS? We are looking for some virtual field trips to businesses. Showcase your job with a Google Meet with our students. Call 350-2900 and speak with Tima Williams or Lauren Graham to schedule an event.


We will be hosting a Pop-up Career Fair on Wednesday, January 12, from 3:00 until 6:00 in the Boardroom at 85 Mountain Street. We are hiring essential positions: TAs, bus drivers, custodians, substitute drivers, substitute teachers, etc. Please share this event with your friends and family. Potential employees do not need to register. This is a drop-in event.


Omicron is on the rise! Please help us all stay safe by following the 3 Ws:


We are helping to keep you safe by:

  • using daily protocols for cleaning and sanitizing each room
  • saying no to volunteers or guest speakers for now
  • rescheduling field trips

You can:

  • practice hand washing and mask wearing (on the nose and under the chin)
  • keep students home when they have symptoms
  • limit group gatherings to help limit the spread in your own neighborhood

THANKS for helping us keep it safe at APS. If your child is a close contact, you will be contacted with instructions on quarantining. If you are not asked to quarantine, your child can come to school as long as there are no symptoms. If you are asked to quarantine, your absences will be excused. If you choose to quarantine your family, the absence will not be excused (but we totally understand).

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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A Message From the ACS Enrollment Team

First, I want to thank the families who were able to join us for Wednesday’s Enrollment Information Session. You asked thoughtful questions and gave us some additional items to consider as we look to support you and your family’s decision on school placement.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, a recording can be found here as well as a copy of the presentation I shared.

Current Kindergarten - 4th Grade School Selection Form

If your child is a current Asheville Primary Kindergarten - 4th Grader, please know that your family has the opportunity to complete your child’s School Selection Form now - Friday, February 25th. This form is how we will learn more about your school preference, as families will rank their school choices 1st through 5th for 2022-2023.

Additionally, please know the February 25th deadline will allow the enrollment team to assess the numbers and go before the Board of Education. At this time, our recommendation will be to give priority placement to APS students at the school of their choice before placing other students.

Current Pre-K School Selection

Current Asheville Primary Pre-K students will complete their applications for the 2022 - 2023 school year during the district’s regular open enrollment window. This year, open enrollment begins on February 7th and ends on March 14th. Additional information can be found here.

School Videos

To support your family’s selection process, videos that showcase each of our 2022 - 2023 elementary schools and highlight their unique magnet themes can be found here.

Family School Tours

Families are also invited to visit each of our five elementary schools during one of our Thursday Open Houses. They will occur from 3:30 - 6:30 PM on January 13th, 20th and 27th. At this time, they are scheduled to occur in person. If there are any updates, they will be promptly communicated.

Optional School Tours for Students

And, current Asheville Primary Kindergarten - 4th Graders will have the option to tour all five of our other elementary schools in person. Because of the rise in community spread, optional student tours have been postponed until Tuesday, February 1st. Your child’s teacher will be sending home a field trip permission form. Staff will accompany students on these tours.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any enrollment questions, please reach out to Tanya Presha by email at

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Looking Back

It wasn't too long ago that we started this adventure called Asheville Primary. We set out to create an environment for all kids to grow and thrive using a specialized method for education that is usually only reserved for those who can afford tuition. Your work has not been in vain. You have developed future leaders who will change the world by building kinder, more peaceful communities here and beyond.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane and see some of the students who started with us and some of the most impactful events over the years. See anyone familiar? APS, it's your time to SHINE!

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