Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 2/10/2021

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Filling the Buckets of Our Preschool Staff

Our Preschool staff will be returning next week to prepare for our preschoolers to return to campus on February 22. It takes a lot of preparation and emotional energy to prepare a classroom during a pandemic and we want them to FEEL THE LOVE, care, and concern we have for them. Please consider dropping off treats or cards for them at our front office. Call 350-2900 to schedule a drop off.
Elladj Balde Backflip to Triple Lutz

Listen to his words at the end..."after a million tries". Keep working towards your goals! Practice leads to progress!


Preschoolers will have program wide PE time with Coach Ken on February 11 at 10:30. Reach out to your child's teacher for the code to join.

Virtual DANCE PARTY February 12 at 2 PM with Special Guest DJ Dr. D! Use the Google Meet Code APSDANCE.

Parent Conferences will be scheduled by your child's teacher the week of February 15th. This virtual conference will be to discuss your child's progress academically and socially.

Distribution Day: Materials will be available for pick up on February 19th, 8 to 3:30, for Montessori students. Please make plans to visit the tables in the front of the school and pick up the package with your child's name on it. Remember to wear a mask and wait 6 feet away from other people. If you need help, please call the front office or email your child's teacher.

APS SHINES: Join us for a virtual Title One meeting to get information on our Title One plan and how we use our resources, information on Read to Achieve and what it means, cultural studies at APS, and join our Enhancement Team for some FUN social activities.

FEBRUARY 22 Choose either the 12 noon-1 session or the 5:30-6:30 session.

APS Shout Outs

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

Gratitude is in the Mail

This Friday, Dr. Mark Dickerson, aka DJ Dr. D, will host a Soul Train Virtual Dance Party. Dr. Dickerson is one of our Assistant Superintendents and focuses most of his work in the district on hiring and keeping great staff members to teach and care for your children. He is a kind leader and we appreciate his presence in our district. Please send some gratitude to him for all the behind the scenes work he does to help our district thrive. We look forward to movin' and groovin' with Dr. D this Friday!

Dr. Mark Dickerson

85 Mountain Street

Asheville, NC 28801

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Students will sign on for this event by joining their class Meet using their class code.

Montessori Remote Learning Attendance

Filling out this short form will document your attendance for remote learning. Your child is present if you join Google Meets, do Seesaw work, communicate with staff, or fill out this form.

Free Community Event for Parents

Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Soul Food Supper

Location: Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

Contact: 828-350-2058 or email

Enjoy a Soul Food supper prepared by the Stephens-Lee Teen Leadership participants with help from the East End Valley Street Neighborhood and Stephens-Lee Alumni. FREE

Annual Student Information Update in PowerSchool

It's time to update your address, contact information, and more. Please remember you’ll be receiving an email from with Mandatory Annual Student Information Update in the subject line. We hope to complete this process by February 26. If you are not able to complete the process online please contact the school front office for assistance.

Lenore Luster, Data Manager, 350-2900 or

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.

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Francine Delany ~An ACS Legacy

Francine Delany started working in Asheville City Schools as a secretary and ended up as a principal! Ms. Delany was the first African American graduate of Asheville Biltmore College (which is today called UNCA). She served on the National Board and Executive Council of the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was the state president of our North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Ms. Delany was a leader in ensuring quality education for every child in North Carolina and beyond our state lines. There is a school in Asheville that bears her name, Francine Delany. Do you have any friends who go there? Isn't it wonderful that so many people remember her hard work and dedication to education!
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Njideka Akunyili Crosby - Inhabiting Multiple Spaces | Artist Interview | TateShots

What inspiration did you get from this video? What beauty can you design that shows who you are? Share it with us!


The time for Open Enrollment is here!

Now is the time to make your selection for where your child will be next school year. Even with the uncertainties that you may be facing, remember that this selection process allows you to secure a space in a school of choice for next year.

We know this is an important decision for your family and we want to support you by answering questions and helping you through the process.

It is important for us as well. Our enrollment will determine school allotments for personnel and funding for next year so we get excited when we see those numbers rise!

  • Currently enrolled K-2 students do not need to submit an application unless withdrawing or requesting a transfer.
  • Rising Montessori K students will do a magnet school application and select Hall Fletcher for the Montessori Program.
  • All other rising K students will complete a magnet school application for their school of choice.
  • Preschoolers who will be 4 will contact Polly Bolding to register.

Please contact any of the following staff with questions:

Susanna Smith, Preschool Director 350-2924 or

Polly Bolding, Preschool Enrollment 350-2926 or

Tima Williams, Principal 350-2922 or

Ivry Cheeks, Assistant Principal 350-2542 or

ACS Open Enrollment

Rising 4th Grade School Selection Due January 22 The rising K and preschool open enrollment period for the 2021-2022 school year is February 1 - March 8. Visit this site for details. K-2 Transfer Requests can also be made on this site.

LEXIA is active for our Montessori students. Go into ClassLink and click on the Core 5 icon to get started. Contact Ms. Vickie with any questions.


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
APS Student Support Inventory

Need some extra support for your child? Emotional? Social? Communication? Tough situations? The results of this form will be shared with our school counselor, Ms. Lauren, and our administrators.

Don't forget to view the Family Compact below. We are hoping to get a signed copy from each of you!

Contacting the School during REMOTE Learning


Our school office is open on modified hours due to Covid restrictions in place, but we are not more than a phone call away. Our phones are forwarded to office staff and administrators working off site so that we won't miss your calls. You may hear a Google message when you call that asks you to say your name and why you are calling. This helps us get your phone call to the right staff member and avoids us spending time on telemarketing calls. Feel free to also leave voice mails with detailed information about your reason for calling.


Our staff can be emailed at any time with questions, concerns, or words of encouragement. Every staff member can be reached using this email format:

If you have items you need to drop off on campus, essential staff on site will not always be in the office and may not hear the doorbell. You may mail items to 441 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806 OR you may contact the office staff to arrange for a day to drop something at the front door.

Please let us know if you or your family needs anything during this time of remote learning. We care about you and want to stay connected. If your address or phone number changes, let us know by emailing your child's teacher. He/She will pass the information to the office for you.

One Book, One School~February

Nina Simone