Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 3/31/2021

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APS Shout Outs

We invite you to share words of kindness and appreciation for the APS staff.

Gratitude is in the Mail

Paige Bode provides our staff with curriculum support for Math and Science. She works with our teachers each month to help them to explore the math and science standards and how they teach those in the classroom. We appreciate Mrs. Bode's support and her advocacy for Montessori math. Please send her some beautiful spring artwork, a note, or letter of thanks!

We love you, Mrs. Bode!

Paige Bode

APS

441 Haywood Road

Asheville, NC 28806

Preschool Updates

The district is still working on the location of the new preschool sites. More information will be released once those sites are finalized.


Summer opportunities are being finalized as well and we will be sending out more information soon.

Kindergarten Registration for APS/HFE will be May 14~More details coming in the mail!

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Return to Learn~Montessori

Starting April 12th we will be moving to Plan A. Here are some changes this plan will bring:


NEW ENHANCEMENT & RECESS SCHEDULES

We did some rearranging to put in more outside recess time with access to the play equipment. We also wanted to add in time for students to be in the Learning Commons to do some SHINE Lab activities. We took the counselor out of the Enhancement rotation, because she will be scheduling time with your class for some Social Emotional lessons during the day.

Please see the new schedule below that includes an Enhancement EVERY DAY Monday-Thursday. If you are remote, you will have your Art and Music with your class and your Learning Commons and PE will be at 12:45 on another day (Coach Ken and Ms. Vickie will schedule those times with you.)

We hope these new changes give all of our students a chance to SHINE. Please let us know if you have any questions.


SOCIAL DISTANCING UNDER PLAN A

  • (Plan A only) Maintain at least 3 feet of distance between students in classrooms to the greatest extent possible (e.g., desks spaced 3 feet apart).
  • (Plan A only) Maintain at least 6 feet of spacing between people when masks cannot be worn (e.g., when eating).
  • Keep students and teachers in small cohort groups that stay together as much as possible during the day, and from day to day. Limit mixing between cohort groups as much as possible (e.g., during recess, lunch in the cafeteria, arrival and dismissal).
  • Minimize opportunities for sustained exposure (15 minutes or more, cumulative over a 24 hour period, within 6 feet distance) between students, teachers, staff, and visitors in areas they may congregate, such as in waiting and reception areas, when in line, during transitions, or while waiting for transportation.
  • Provide frequent reminders for students, teachers, and staff to stay at least 6 feet apart from one another when feasible.


SCREENINGS WILL CONTINUE

If your child registers a temperature, you may be asked to wait a few minutes for a recheck (especially if the heat is on). If your child has a temperature or symptoms, you will be asked to take them home and will be contacted by school personnel with instructions.


MASKS

EVERYONE should wear a mask EVERY DAY, ALL DAY. If you need a mask for your child, let a staff member know. We will be happy to provide one and will have them at each entrance. Please remember, this includes anytime you are on school property even if out front at pick up.


TRANSPORTATION

AFTER 8 am, please enter only through the front office. Parents should plan to walk with their child to the front entrance and wait while staff complete a screening.


All transportation changes should occur BEFORE 12 NOON. This gives us time to plan safely for everyone's departure. We will never change your child's transportation plans without hearing it from you. Telling your child there is a change will not change it with us...we have to have a note or phone call or text from you. Please call the school before noon to make any changes.


NOTE TO PARENTS

Please know that at any time that your child develops Covid symptoms or is exposed to someone with Covid symptoms, you will be asked to pick him/her up early from school. If you need a note or call to your employer to explain why you have to leave work, we will work with you to provide that. If your child is asked to quarantine, school staff will provide specific information about how to participate remotely during that time.

We are using the same attendance procedures during this time. You can be present for school by being in person (if you are in the blue or green weeks), attending virtual meetings, completing work on Seesaw, or communicating with school staff.


Our staff will be sanitizing the Montessori classroom materials as they are used. All aerosol cleaners will be sprayed after staff and students leave the area/room. If you have any questions, please reach out to our staff at 350-2900. We want to do our best to keep things clean and safe for your child and for our staff.

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ACS Covid Handbook for Staff & Families

This is your resource for protocols and changes related to Covid. Please keep this link handy for when questions arise. Call us if you have any further needs or questions.

One Book, One School~April

One Plastic Bag

Earth Day 2021~Restore Our Earth

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter To Our Planet

Photos & Safety

Just a note to let you know that if you see a student hugging someone or without a mask in a photo, the hugs are spontaneous and quick and the mask was taken down for a quick photo of the smile from a far distance. We take safety very seriously at APS. Hugs will happen because we love each other and we are just going to be smart about it. Smiles are an important part of expressing pride in your work or happiness in your environment....we just have to be smart by using the zoom lens. If you ever have any questions, please ask to speak to admin.
APS Student Support Inventory

Ms. Lauren would love to hear from you! Fill out this survey to give her information that will help with planning for your child's success.

TECH HELP AT APS

Any parent or student needing technology assistance please call 828-350-2925 and leave a message for Mrs. Vickie. This line is forwarded to Mrs. Vickie's email and she will be able to listen to your message and get back in touch with you. You are also welcome to email Mrs. Vickie at vickie.blankenship@acsgmail.net
Fill out this application for free and reduced lunch:

Our school Title One funds are generated by the number of students that qualify for free and reduced lunch. Fill it out for your current situation. It is COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL.