Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 12/9/2020

ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL~~ This month's book is Our Class is a Family. We are celebrating love and family diversity.

Our Class is a Family (Literally Cultured Read Aloud)

Send pics of your family celebrations, crafts, and special activities to We'll post them for our APS Family. We LOVE our families!


Donate online to the Asheville Primary Parent Teacher Collective's Fall Fund Drive. Our PTC supports teacher appreciation activities for our amazing staff and helps fill gaps for classroom, school, and family needs throughout the year. Donation letters for your tax records are available upon request.

Sign up to donate to our Elf Tree holiday assistance program for APS families. You can sign up to make a monetary contribution by check, or to shop for anonymous "elf hats" or to give to the school social work fund.

Please make all checks payable to:

Asheville Primary School Memo: Donation

441 Haywood Rd Asheville NC 28806

Take a few minutes to check out these ways to earn money for APS while you shop throughout the year:

We're grateful for you and thank you for your support!

Drop Off/Pick Up Next Week

Elf Tree donations can be dropped off at the front office on December 14th (just ring the bell and a staff member will assist you at the door).

Elf Tree Gifts can be picked up by families on DECEMBER 16th in the lower parking lot entrance between 10 and 2. Ms. Shauntey or Dr. Cheeks will contact each of you with further details.

Students in Lower El Montessori classrooms can come to the school on December 16th between 10 and 2 to exchange their iPad for a Chromebook. Another day will be available for exchange in January and will be announced later.

Individual teachers will be scheduling pick ups for at home learning kits next week. Check your email or messages for more information.

NEED SUPPORT for your family for the Holidays?

It's been a challenging year for all of us, some more than others. If you need support for your family for the upcoming holidays, fill out this confidential form.

Buncombe County testing sites:

Free testing at community sites: visit or call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095, from 8:30 AM-5 PM, Monday - Friday

Find another testing site:

COVID-19 Resources for Families and Educators

Dr. Becky Bailey and her team of master instructors have a webinar series. Many staff will be watching her webinars to implement the strategies. We thought since you have been inducted onto our "teaching staff" that you may like to watch as well!

NO SCHOOL (Remote Learning) December 21-January 3

Student Tech Support

Students can continue to contact their teacher or Ms. Vickie for tech support while at home. The district also provides support by filling out the student tech support Google form. Student break-fix and device swap, including broken Chromebook and iPad exchange, access to hotspots, and replacement power cables, is available per the schedule below.

Location: 85 Mountain Street, upstairs at the main entrance

Time and days:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm

Return to Learn District Updates

As you have already learned, changes in our district plans come quickly. This site will be a great place to see changes and reread updates. Please always remember, you're welcome to contact our school for support or any questions you have. Stay Safe!


Please be aware of what your child is doing when online. You should not see a Google Meet screen after school hours or on the weekends, because there is no school during those times. We know everyone is busy, but make sure that you are looking at the screen when students are online. We want to make sure everyone stays safe while working online.


Remote Learning will continue through February 1. If you need support for getting onto Google Meets or accessing activities, please contact your child's teacher.
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Our Montessori classrooms continue their remote learning schedule through February 1st. If your family has a conflict with attending Meets or completing work due to illness or other reasons, please remember to contact your child's teacher and let them know. They are trying to be flexible with families as we know this is a challenging time for us all. Working as a team will help us all!

Please remember to update your address with us so that packages and letters can get to you in a timely manner. You can take a picture of proof of residency and send it to your child's teacher or administrator.

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You asked and we heard you! We have renewed our school license to Lexia Reading Core 5. Your child's teacher will be getting back online soon and will communicate how to participate. It will take a couple of weeks to reset the permissions and access.

Thank you for allowing your child the time and space to work on their reading activities. Remind your child that it is important for their growth that you support them with a smile and hug and not by helping with answers. We use the data to plan for your child's individual literacy needs and want to make sure that we let them make mistakes and grow.

Report Cards will be mailed the week of January 11-15.

Read Aloud Book for Your Family to Enjoy

The Trees of the Dancing Goats
by Patricia Polacco
While Trisha and her family prepare for the Jewish holidays, the neighboring Kremmel family is preparing for Christmas. When scarlet fever strikes the Kremmel family, Trisha and her grandmother help make the Kremmel’s Christmas a special one. Read aloud on YouTube.

Positive Relationships Build Resilience

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Crinkle-Cut Oven Fries with Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Makes 6 servings

Serving Size: 10 fries


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 4 medium Japanese sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Seasonings (Optional. Try salt, pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, or paprika.)


  1. Preheat oven to 475° F.
  2. Lightly spray the baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Wash potatoes thoroughly and dry with a paper towel.
  4. Chop potatoes into long strips about 1/2 inch thick. (If you don’t have a crinkle cutter, a chef’s knife will work fine.)
  5. Put oil in a bowl. Add potatoes and toss to evenly coat with oil. You may add seasoning to the bowl.
  6. Spread strips in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in a preheated oven.
  7. Bake at 475° F for 20 minutes.
  8. After 20 minutes, take the sheet out of the oven and turn the potato strips over.
  9. Immediately return the sheet to the oven and bake at 475° F for 15 more minutes.

Nutrition information per serving

  • 130 Calories
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5g
  • Protein 1g
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sodium 10mg
  • Excellent source of vitamins A and C
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More Special Days in December

Pastry Day

December 9

Human Rights Day

December 10

Mountain Day

December 11

Poinsettia Day

December 12

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Donors Choose Grant

Thank you, Ms. Vickie, for writing the Donors Choose Grant that was just funded for 10 "Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive". We are hoping to try these out on our devices to help students continue to develop handwriting skills and build muscle memory for letter writing while using technology devices. If these tools prove to be helpful to our students, we will add more of them for use with all students. These specially designed stylus tools are about $25 each.

ACS Board Decision

During Monday's meeting of the Asheville City Board of Education, the board approved the recommendation regarding the future of our Montessori Program, Preschool Program and the Asheville Primary campus. Details:

  1. We will be continuing the Montessori program for our currently enrolled students through the 2026-27 school year and will be examining data for a potential future expansion/continuation of the program beyond the 2026-2027 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, new enrollment will be limited to siblings of current Montessori students as we transition to our new space. However, we will revisit community open-enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year.

  2. We will maintain Pre-K for the students currently enrolled in the Asheville City Schools’ program. In order to enroll new students, the district needs additional classroom space; therefore, our ability to enroll new Pre-K students for the 2021-2022 school year will be based on space and capacity.

  3. All staff members are maintaining their employment within Asheville City Schools. Some positions may shift and locations may shift.

APS PTC will host a Zoom meeting tomorrow at 5:30 pm to discuss the new decision. Please join us!

Mentimeter~Opportunities for Family Input/Questions

Do you have questions regarding the recent decision from the board? Do you have items or information that you want us to consider during the planning for next year? Please add those to one of the Mentimeter links below. We will take this information to the planning committee as detailed plans are made.

APS Family Questions & Concerns (Preschool Program Specific)

APS Family Questions & Concerns (Montessori Program Specific)

Kwanzaa Crafts

Click this button for some artist Kwanzaa crafts using everyday household items, some paint and glue.

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