Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 3/3/2021

Welcome Back Montessori Students!

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TAPAS Artists Next Week for Lower El

Next week, the Lower El classes will have a unique schedule due to their TAPAS Artists in Residence. Students on campus in the blue week will meet virtually with the artists 10:30-11:15 and then go to PE/Recess. The students who are remote (including the green week) will meet 11:15-12:00 with the artists virtually. Remember that your child received a kit with specific materials for this project and should not open that bag of items until Monday. Mr. Shawn will update you on the details later this week.
Welcome Back Parent Information Session Tomorrow 1 PM

Join us at this Google Meet link to hear information about a safe return to campus. If you are not able to join us 1-2 PM tomorrow, you can watch the recording later. We will send it out on Seesaw as a school announcement.

Return to Learn~Montessori

We are excited about welcoming back some of our young learners starting on Monday. We will be updating you as plans are finalized or change. Please make sure that your phone and email are correct in our system so that you can have the latest up to date information as we anticipate changes will occur.


Bus pick up and drop off times are coming in a few at a time and will be sent to you by our data manager, Lenore Luster. If you have not filled out a transportation request and need bus service, please fill it out today. It takes a while to get students on a route/bus so expect delays if you have not already completed your request. If you have turned in your request, you should hear something by Friday. Call the school if you do not receive your bus assignment by Friday morning.

Online Student Transportation Request Form

Car Riders can be dropped off in the lower lot between 7:30 and 8 am and pick up at 1:30 pm. They will be screened prior to entering the building. Parents should wait in their car during the screening.

Walkers will enter and exit through the front entrance between 7:30 and 8 am and picked up at 1:30 pm. They will be screened prior to entering the building. Parents should wait on the sidewalk in the front of the school during screening.

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.

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.

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.

Schedule Changes

Schedules will shift as needed to accommodate teaching students at home and at school. We appreciate your patience as we work out the kinks of this new arrangement. While we are making changes to how we operate, we will SUSPEND CLUBS. When we are able to resume clubs, there will no doubt be a big reveal from our Enhancement Squad.

Parent Note

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.

Please know that all safety protocols are included in the following district links. 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.

ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview:

ACS COVID-19 Handbook:

More information to come....

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.

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Thank you, PTC and families, for your help with getting ready for student return. This month you have provided:

At Home Learning Kits with books, manipulatives, stress balls, workbooks, stylus pens and art supplies.

The staff enjoyed their Calm Strips, honey sticks and tea as they came back on campus. It was a nice return gift.

Outdoor Classroom furniture that will help us stay in the sunshine and fresh air. We can't wait to use our picnic tables and Cozy Creek chairs!

A special thank you for the HEPA Air Filters for our classrooms. They are scheduled to arrive Friday and we are so grateful that you care for our health and did your part to help keep us safe.

The donation of masks for students, gloves, and KN95 masks. We appreciate the help with PPE.

Read Across America with ACS Staff

Click here to access read alouds from ACS staff members from the Central Office.

Read Across America Next Week

Monday: Read a silly story and wear a pair of silly socks.

Tuesday: Read a book about a famous American and dress like them. It can be an inventor, celebrity, educator or more.

Wednesday: Read about an influential athlete and wear something to represent your favorite sports team.

Thursday: Read a book that has your favorite color in the title and wear your favorite color.

Friday: Read your favorite book and dress like your favorite book character.

One Book, One School~March

Mae Among The Stars

Gratitude is in the Mail

Dr. Cheeks wears that smile even behind her mask! We are grateful for the kind spirit she brings to our campus and the care and concern she puts into planning for the safety of our campus and the social emotional health of our students. Let's send her some gratitude through the mail with your artwork, treats, and letters.

Dr. Ivry Cheeks

441 Haywood Road

Asheville, NC 28801

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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APS Shout Outs

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


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

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

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.

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.

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