Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 10/22/2021

NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 25~Optional Teacher Work Day

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Welcome to the APS Family, Ms. Kathryn!

Kathryn is an Asheville native and a product of Asheville City Schools. Following graduation from Asheville High, Kathryn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UNC Wilmington. After practicing with a focus on residential reentry and chronic employment insecurity in NC and FL, Kathryn returned to Asheville with her family and was thrilled to partner with Asheville City Schools. When not at school, Kathryn enjoys exploring new hiking trails with her family, gardening, and researching ancestral sustainable skill sets. She will be supporting the Lower Elementary classrooms, specifically in Ms. Helen Mary's class.

Welcome to the family, Kathryn!

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Try this "I Love You" Ritual with Your Child to Build Connection

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If you have items to donate, please send them by your child or you can drop them off in the car line or at the front office. THANKS
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.

Looking for items to donate to our classes?

We would love some of the following for our students to use:

  • water bottles
  • individual snacks, fruit, veggies
  • letter sized laminating sheets
  • baby wipes
  • two shower curtains
  • gently used pants, sizes 3T to 8

You can drop donations at the front office or in car line.

Thanks for all you do to support our school.

Bus Safety

Your child watched a bus safety video at the beginning of the school year and this coming week, we are revisiting how to stay safe on buses. Every child has the potential for riding a bus at some point, so every child will have bus safety lessons throughout the year. This week's lesson is summarized on a bookmark that will be coming home. Please go over the safety tips on the bookmark with your child as a reminder about how to "help keep it safe".
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Health & Safety

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.)

Students should stay home, even with a negative test result, if they have vomiting or diarrhea or a fever. They may return with a negative test result and 24 hours after no longer vomiting, diarrhea or fever without the aid of medication.

**Preschool guidelines are different than school aged guidelines, including symptoms. Please see the symptom list below.

Help us keep it safe by:

  • washing or sanitizing your child's backpack periodically
  • keeping coats and sweaters clean
  • washing or wiping down any items your child brings to school (i.e. water bottles)

Thank you for your help with keeping it safe at our school.


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We get lots of questions about costumes this time of year. If your child would like to wear a costume on Friday, please remember the following:

  • think about book characters or future careers or adjectives (describing words like striped or dotted or shiny or soft)
  • no blood or gore, ghouls or scary things
  • no face masks (this one is funny this year, but we don't want masks that cover the whole face~safety issue)
  • nothing that can't be played in or that may be a tripping hazard or too hot/cold (weather-wise)

This is a great opportunity for your child to get creative. Encourage them to think outside of the box and create their own costume or to choose an outfit that can be described using adjectives.

If you have any questions or want to send a picture of an option, please email

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Want To Be More Involved at APS?

We are looking for families to join our Title One Parent Involvement Team. This team helps us find ways to involve our community and families in our students' academic success. We also create the communication that is sent to families about Title One, plan events centered around how we use Title One funds at APS, and create and innovate ways to support every child's success. There are also opportunities to represent our school on the ACS District Title One team.

Want to join us? Email Tima Williams at

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Please remind your child to SHINE every day by:

  • Keeping it SAFE at Asheville Primary
  • HELPING our class community
  • Showing INTEGRITY
  • Keeping our environment NEAT & CLEAN
  • ENCOURAGING our classmates and staff

Asheville Primary Reference Documents & Links

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!

Ingles Tools for Schools

Be sure to link your card to our school so that we can reap the benefits. Our school code is 10753. Thanks!

We need GREAT people!

Asheville City Schools has several instructional assistant vacancies at the elementary level for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit 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). Part time positions have a greater per hour rate of pay. The best part is you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on children every day.

Our list is shrinking, but we are still in need of the following positions:

  • academic support assistants
  • instructional assistants
  • substitutes

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!

Report Cards Go Home November 2

Asheville City Board of Education Work Session, Monday, October 25, 2021, starting at 5:15 p.m. at the Administrative Offices - Board Room at 85 Mountain Street, Asheville, NC 28801

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Supporting Our Growth

Thank you to Camille Cushman, Title One Specialist, and Amy Powchak, Early Intervention Instructional Coach, for all of the support that they have been providing to our staff for instructional planning for literacy. So glad to have you on our team!