Griffin Grapevine

ACA Intermediate / Week of May 22 - 26

ACA Intermediate . . .

Strives to build strong positive relationships with our #GriffinTribe and provide rigor and relevance that will inspire all students to become lifelong learners.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and how we can better support you and your Griffin. #simulnosfortes

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Looking Ahead . . .

  • May 19 - 4th grade EOY Party pre-registration deadline @

  • May 19 - Awards Day pre-registration deadline @

  • May 25 - EOY Awards ...see below

  • May 26 - All medication in the clinic, needs to be picked up by an adult ...see note from the nurse below

  • May 26 - EOY Parties ...see below ...KONA Ice onsite! :)

  • May 26 - NO Homework & Health

  • May 26 - LAST DAY of school for all students

  • May 29 - Staff HOLIDAY / Campuses CLOSED

  • May 30 - Staff Work Day

  • May 31 - Staff Professional Development / Work Day

  • June 19 / Pre-ordered School Supply deadline ...see info below

  • July 5 - TELPAS results are expected to be available in the state's online Family Portal

  • Aug 4 - Incoming 6th grade Boot Camp @ Middle School, 9-12PM (tentative)

  • Aug 7 - Intermediate Meet the Teacher / School Supply Drop Off, 3-6PM

  • Aug 16 - April/May STAAR results are expected to be available in state's online Family Portal

End of the Year Awards

Be sure to pre-register @ & save time getting your visitor sticker in the front office.

  • Thursday, May 25th

    • 8:30AM / 5th grade BLUE pod (Crow, Hale, JHofer, Nagano)

    • 9:15AM / 5th grade GREEN pod (Bellah, Clark, KJohnson, Padilla)

    • 10AM / 5th clap out

    • 11AM / 4th grade

    • 12:30PM / 3rd grade

  • All Griffins are to wear their ACA uniform for Awards Day
  • Griffins may sign out & leave with their parent after their Awards Ceremony if they choose

EOY Parties

  • May 26 / EOY Parties

    • 9AM - 5th grade @ Bowling Alley ...more TBA

      • Griffins are dropped off @ the Bowling Alley

      • Griffins are picked up from the Bowling Alley

    • 9:30AM - 3rd grade / Park ...more TBA

      • Griffins dropped off @ ACA Intermediate & will walk to the park with staff/volunteers & DWG Police escort (for safety)

      • Griffins may be picked up @ the park or campus @ regular dismissal time

    • 10:30AM - 4th grade on campus

      • Pre-register & attend with your Griffin @

      • Griffins dropped off @ ACA Intermediate

      • Griffins may be picked up after the party or @ regular dismissal time

Kona Ice!!

Kona Ice will be on site for the last day of school. They will go to the 3rd grade party @ the park first & then head back over to the Intermediate campus for the 4th grade party & all staff.

Kona Ice = Summer!

23-24 School Supply Lists

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Technology Resources

In preparation for summer, ACA wants to remind parents of resources available to them to help manage and monitor technology in their homes.

Summer Reading Challenge

Read (10) books over the summer (student's choice) and write a short summary for each book. If completed, the student will be invited to a special popsicle/ice cream party in the first (9) weeks! Go Griffins! For more information, please email

Join the PTO Board!

Calling all ACA Families!!!

The ACA PTO Board is recruiting members for the 23-24 school year & applications are open.

  • Click on this link and APPLY TODAY!!
  • Applications must be turned in by Monday, May 15th.
  • Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at the ACA Middle School Cafe @6:30pm.
  • All current ACA PTO Members are eligible to vote.
  • Please email if you have any questions.
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Nurse News

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is the end of the school year, therefore it is time to start making plans for picking up your child’s remaining medication that is in the clinic. All medication needs to be picked up by May 26th. Arlington Classics Academy’s goal is to always be thinking about the safety and security of our students; therefore, students will not be allowed to bring their medication home at the end of the year. We are asking that parents come by the school and pick up the medicine personally. If you do not want the remaining medication that is in the clinic, please let the school nurse know and it will be disposed of properly. Our goal, by sending this letter out early, is to allow you to make the necessary arrangements for picking up your child’s medication. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Everett at 817-303-1553 or We wish you a fun and relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you next year.

Thank you,

Emily Everett, RN

Arlington Classics Academy: Intermediate Campus

A note from Mrs. Huntley . . .

"Summer is nearly here, which means it’s time to get all of those library books turned in! Intermediate's last library week will be May 15th-May 19th. All library books must be returned at this time. Parents, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Huntley if any books need to be replaced:

Griffin Book Club is still going on! All Intermediate Griffins have until Friday, May 19th to turn in their passport to receive their special certificate on their awards day and their exclusive Griffin Book Club t-shirt.

I have loved every second of being your child’s librarian this year. Thank you for choosing ACA!”

Allergy season . . .

There are lots of coughs, sniffles, & runny noses in the building, but we need your help teaching our Griffins when they should come to school and when they should stay home.

We use the "Big 3" to decide when a student should go home/stay home:

#1 Fever ...if 100+ keep them at home or we send them home

#2 Vomit ...if they throw up food/full tummy keep them at home or we send them home, however if it is just mucous from congestion we keep them @ school

#3 Diarrhea ... if it is unexpected or reoccurring we send them home; if it is a symptom of medicine/antibiotic we want them at school & we will accommodate their restroom needs.

If you're child does not have any of the "Big 3", please send them to school & we will accommodate their needs & notify you if anything changes throughout the school day.

Classes are also being fumigated nightly when there is an increase in sickness, so each morning your child is entering a clean/fumigated classroom.

Thanks for your cooperation & understanding as we work through the "cold/flu season".

22-23 Yearbooks

The long, anticipated wait is over!!!! You may now order your 2022 - 2023 yearbook of memories for your student. Order and pricing information is attached. The 8th grade Yearbook Team has been diligently working to bring you the best yearbook yet.

You can submit photos for yearbook consideration to: Include campus and event name in the subject line.

Thank you for your support!

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Library . . . Did You Know?

You have FULL ACCESS to view everything in our library. Not only that, but you can see what your child has recently checked in and out. As a Griffin Tribe, we truly believe in the 3-Legged Stool and to offer complete transparency. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jenni Huntley @

Check it out @ & the Destiny Database @

Are you following?

Our Art teacher, Mrs. Hernandez posts student artwork & projects on her school Instagram account .

Thank YOU!

Thank you to everyone that helped us reach our Boosterthon fundraising goal! We raised $31,500! And, as promised...

Mrs. Rodgers & Mr. Kelly got slimed! #bettertogether

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ESL Parent Support

Families with a second language @ home, be sure to check out the supports & opportunities from Mrs. Boswell, our district special populations coordinator.

4 PIllars

Please continue to partner with us & teach your Griffin

the "4 Pillars of ACA" . . .STRENGTH, COURAGE, WISDOM, & VIGILANCE. We firmly believe that everyone deserves a "healthy struggle" & that students learn by making mistakes. Help them learn from the obstacles they face now, to build resilience & perseverance for future challenges.#growthmindset #grit #simulnosfortes

Family Trips

According to our student handbook, "family trips are unexcused absences" & affect our attendance funding & academic report card rating. If students are absent, they have one day to complete missed work for every day that they are absent (excused & unexcused absences).

Student class work can be obtained prior to leaving town, with campus administration permission (, however if new concepts are being taught or tests are being administered, students will receive instruction from their classroom teachers, when they return.

Be sure to notify our attendance clerk, Mrs. Helsel at for any absences. Thank you for cooperation.

Absence Notification Reminders

Per the ACA Student Handbook, pages 5-6

A student absent from school on a day of instruction shall be excused for the following reasons:

1. Illness - However, excessive days or absences of three consecutive school days or more must be documented in writing by the treating physician, dentist, or other applicable health professional. Cumulative absences of more than four absences within a six month period must accompany a doctor’s note for each absence for illness afterward.

2. Temporary absence resulting from appointments with healthcare professionals (if the student returns on the same day of the appointment with a documented re-entry slip from the doctor’s office). NOTE: ACA requests that parents make every effort to schedule doctors’ appointments outside normal school hours; otherwise, appointments should be scheduled with the goal of minimizing lost instructional time.

3. Death in the immediate family - Immediate family includes only the grandparents of the student and the descendants of a grandparent of the student by marriage or consanguinity.

4. Attendance or observance of religious holy days - Advance written notice of absences because of religious observance is requested in advance of the absence. This provision applies to holy days which are tenets of the religion. This provision does not apply to retreats, conventions, youth group activities, etc.


Friendly reminder....students are not to carry any medications, inhalers, cough drops, etc on them or keep in their backpacks. All medicine is to be kept in the Nurse's Clinic along with a permission slip to administer @ school by the nurse if needed. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Gardenhire @ .

  • 7-7:30AM / Early drop off Mrs. Rodgers if there is a need to drop off before 7:30AM @

  • 7:30-8AM / Drop off begins in the EAST drive

  • 7:30AM / Breakfast

  • 7:45-8AM / Griffins write in planners/prep for their day

  • 8AM / Campus announcements

  • 8:05AM / Instruction begins

  • 8:06AM / Griffins are tardy

  • 3:30PM / Dismissal begins

  • 4PM / All students are to be picked up

  • 4-6PM / Homework & Health

FREE Online Safety Parent Resources

ACA is continually committed to developing an atmosphere of trust among our parent community, in our ability to provide not only a positive and enriching educational experience but a safe place for students to thrive too. A main school priority, student safety includes online activities both in and outside of school. The internet provides a valuable educational tool however, it also includes risks.

ACA has partnered with Linewize, a leading global provider of online safety products and education, to provide security safeguards for our students and devices. Linewize has also created an educational hub for parents and teachers containing articles, videos, courses, and more, to ensure you know how to keep your kids safe online.

Parents and staff can access ACA’s Online Safety Hub through the link below. The Safety Hub will contain the latest online trends, guides, game reviews, and timely articles, created by digital wellness and online safety experts from the perspective of child development. This hub is controlled and vetted by experts in the field of online safety for students. Information is often provided by a third party and may not always reflect the values of ACA.
Click on the link below for an introductory video by Mr. Sims.

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School Report Cards

School report cards are now available @

  • The school report card (SRC) combines accountability ratings, data from the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), and financial information to give a broad view of campus performance.
  • SRC's may be viewed online or a printed copy can be picked up in the Intermediate front office foyer.
  • SRC's are available for each campus in Texas, the SRC is intended specifically to inform parents and guardians about a school’s individual characteristics and its academic performance.
  • As a resource, you may use the glossaries to assist you with information in the report cards. ENGLISH / SPANISH
  • For more information and details on these TEA School Report Cards, please visit TEA's website here.

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Breakfast / Lunch $$

Be sure to check your child's lunch account & make sure that they have a POSITIVE balance to purchase breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks. You may find out more information on how to add money to your child's account and set limits on your child's snack purchases @ .

If you have any further questions, please contact our Cafe Manager Mrs. Nguyen @ .

ACA School Volunteer Sign Ups

Hello Griffin Families Did you know ACA PTO has a Volunteer Coordinator assigned to each campus to help assist, coordinate and create volunteer listings for when we need to come into action and help our school? Let’s introduce you to:

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Cell Phone/Smart Watch Reminders

Students are to have all cell phones/smart watches turned OFF during the school day. Students are to use classroom or front office phones to communicate home. Please do not text or call your child during the school day on their personal devices.

Per ACA District Student Handbook ...

"Possession and use of personal telecommunications devices, including mobile telephones

for safety purposes, the district permits students to possess personal mobile telephones; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes." pages 21-22


STOPit! is an anonymous link that students can access to report bullying, inappropriate behavior, or self harm concerns. (see link below & on our campus website)

We teach & highly encourage all Griffins to "report" to an adult (at school or home) when someone is being hurt on purpose. Please help your child learn the skill of self advocating and "reporting" to help take care of one another and create a safe environment for our students.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our Griffins safe!

2022-2023 School Calendar

If you're trying to schedule trips & vacations next year's school calendar can be found @
STOPit link

Allows Griffins to anonymously report safety, misconduct, or bullying concerns to campus administrators.

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