Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 8/20/2021

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ALL Grades 1-4 will begin school on Monday, August 23.

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Transportation Information

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ASHEVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL CAR RIDER REMINDERS

MORNING

Car rider line will open at 7:30 AM in the lower parking lot, next to the I-240 ramp.

Car line will close at 8:00 AM. Use the traffic pattern outlined on the map.

Car tags will be given to families to identify verified individuals. Please have your license ready for staff as requested.

Walkers may enter the building using the front entrance between 7:30-8:00 AM.


AFTERNOON

Use the same traffic pattern for use of the car line in the afternoon. The car line will open at 2:30 PM and close at 2:45 PM.

Walkers will exit the building at 2:30. Staff will ask for verification of individuals picking up, so please have your license ready for staff as requested.


If you come to school before or after the times listed, please go to the front office to check out your child.

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QUESTIONS about Bus Assignments?

Please call the front office and ask. We will be happy to help you.


Bus assignments for students who rode last year are the same. For new bus requests, you should have received an email with your bus assignment including the bus number and the time for pick up and drop off. Ms. Lenore and Coach Ken will be working together this year to make sure you have what you need.

Preschool Pick Up and Drop Off Changes

Please talk to your child's teacher about pick up and drop off during your preschool home visit.
Please fill out this APS FAMILY SURVEY

OOPS! Our survey didn't collect any of the email addresses for families filling the form out prior to 1 pm on 8/19. If you filled out the survey before that, would you PLEASE help by filling it out again so we have all of your information. Thank you!

After Care ~Asheville Primary

NEW School Age (K-4) After Care option available ON Asheville Primary Campus at NO COST:


We will have an after care option funded by the 21 Century Community Learning Grant on our campus. It will operate Monday through Thursday 2:30-5:30. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED DUE TO STAFFING and TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED AT THIS TIME. Staff will be calling/emailing all families on our wait list in order as space is available. If you would like to have your name added to this list, please call Lenore Luster in our front office to add your name to the list. Please understand that until your name is called, you will need to have a plan for after care or transportation for your child.

Ms. Kayli will be our site coordinator for this program and she will be contacting families with details as your space is available.


This program will not operate on half days or staff workdays.


Montessori PreK After Care will start on Wednesday, August 25th. The after care will run from 2:30-4:30 for now and will also be Monday through Thursday for now. As soon as we are able to hire a dedicated staff member for that program, we will lengthen the time/day. In the meantime, we will have our instructional assistants rotate through and cover the program. If you have any questions, please call the front office and ask for Polly or Tima.


If your child goes to another after care program in the community, you will need to fill out a bus request form if you need transportation to that program. Until an assignment is made, you will need to make sure you have other arrangements for transportation.


If you are in need of after care and want to know the options, please call Lenore or Polly at 350-2900 to inquire and have your name added to the wait list.


Please remember that all after care options are subject to changes due to the pandemic. Please always have a back up plan for your child's after care.

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JOIN US for an Outdoor Work Day this SATURDAY 10-1

We would love to give our space a face lift as we start a new year. Please join us to:

  • pull weeds in the garden, front entrance, and courtyard
  • sweep away fallen leaves and debris
  • bring a flower to plant and add some color to our courtyard or front entrance
  • arrange outdoor furniture for learning experiences and lunch gatherings

Polly Bolding will be facilitating this work time, please email her any questions you have. polly.bolding@acsgmail.net

COVID SAFETY UPDATES

There is no Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C this year. We are all coming back on campus! We can't wait to see your children and watch them grow!


Covid Protocols continue to change as our community needs change. Please refer to the tool kits below to find the latest information and explanations of safety protocols. Our district uses these tool kits to help develop safety protocols for our schools. (Please remember that all the board meeting videos are available on our district website.)


A few notes from the latest board meeting:


  • Masks on buses (Federal mandate) and inside, no masks outside
  • Social distancing still in place
  • Self-screen--don't come to school with Covid symptoms, call your administrator to self-report
  • No visitors or volunteers on campus (even on the first day of school)
  • Field trips and Events limited to outside, small groups
  • Not using water fountains, please send water bottle with student
  • School age students can bring a backpack with only needed supplies


Daily cleaning protocols will remain in place at APS. We also will continue to use only filtered water for drinking and HEPA air purifiers in classrooms. Our classes will continue to pod, but with 3-4 classes in a pod instead of two. This will continue to allow for more distancing on the play structures and at lunch. Lunch will be in our classrooms or outside, weather permitting.

FREE Anti-bias Anti-racism Parenting Workshop

Register for an ABAR Parenting Workshop that works on your schedule. You have until next May to fit this in to your family's schedule. FREE to every family. If your family would like to make a contribution to help, contact an administrator.

Asheville Primary Beginning of Year Documents & Planning

NO BUS PASSES for now

Only students who are assigned a bus through the Transportation Department are allowed to ride. There are NO bus passes being given this year. This is important for all parents to know before school begins. Your child will not be able to ride home with a friend or to a different household due to Covid restrictions on our buses. Please make arrangements for your child's transportation and make sure your teacher knows how your child will get home each day.
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Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes

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Click below for Staples Rewards information and how to link to your child's classroom.

NEED SUPPORT?

Does your family need support for the start of the school year? We will be happy to provide school supplies for families, extra food, or help with other needs you may have. Covid has made things unpredictable for a lot of our families financially. We understand and want to support where we can. Feel free to contact the front office and leave a message for our new social worker, Emagine, or administration. We are all family and want your school year to start out strong!

828-350-2922

We need GREAT people!

Asheville City Schools has several instructional assistant vacancies at the elementary level for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit https://www.applitrack.com/asheville/onlineapp/default.aspx for details.

These positions are full time positions with benefits (i.e. state retirement, sick days, paid time off, health insurance, and access to supplemental insurance). The best part is you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on children every day.

We are still in need of the following positions:


  • academic support assistants
  • cafeteria workers
  • instructional assistants
  • school library/media digital lead teacher


Many schools across our district are struggling with finding new staff to fill positions and we are no exception. Until those positions are filled, please allow grace to our staff as we all fill in to make sure that everything is taken care of for our students. Thank you!

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