Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 5/5/2021

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Flowers VI by Ruth Asawa

"an artist must be technically competent to create the vision that he sees"

Ruth Asawa, mother of six, is famous for her spooled wire sculptures. Check out more information about her at ruthasawa.com.

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One Book, One School~May

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Every year, this is an opportunity to listen and learn about the diversity within AAPI communities as well as how deep the connections are to all facets of American history.

Help your child do some research about AAPI heritage. Choose something to share in class that he/she/they learned.

Check out this site for a great place to start: https://www.pbs.org/articles/2021/05/celebrate-asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage-month-2021/

Curtain Up! | Official Trailer | America ReFramed

Special Called ACS Board Meeting Tomorrow, May 6, 4 PM

Gratitude is in the Mail or On Campus!

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week we will be celebrating all educators with a special week of gratitude. Staff have loved the treats this week!

There's still time to participate and thank our staff for all their hard work this year.


Thursday: Please make signs for the front yard or chalk art celebrating and thanking our teachers. Lunch will be provided by Go Local card funds!

Friday: NO SCHOOL Friday (Optional Teacher Workday). Send a nice email or a video from your child to your teacher(s). Or fill out the APS Shout Out Form to share a public shout out about an APS staff member. Snacks will be provided for staff this day from the district.

APS

441 Haywood Rd

Asheville, NC 28806

APS Shout Outs

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

MAY 5 is Regular School Day~MAY 7th NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, PRE-K CLOSED

Preschool Updates

Asheville City Schools’ Preschool Program is dedicated to building future cougars who are ready for Kindergarten. As we look to Fall 2021, the program will be moving classrooms across six sites, which include:

  • The Lonnie D. Burton Center behind the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center

  • Maple Crest at the former Lee Walker Heights

  • Hall Fletcher Elementary School

  • Ira B. Jones Elementary School

  • Isaac Dickson Elementary School

  • Lucy S. Herring Elementary School

  • Future classrooms will be at the Pisgah View Community Center, additional details will follow

Asheville City Schools is excited to partner with the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville as we make our move to community-based sites.

SUMMER PROGRAMMING

Information is being sent to families this month about K-3 summer programming. Please check your child's backpack, your email, and your mailbox!


Plans are currently being made for preschool options for the summer. Please reach out to Polly Bolding for preschool summer care needs. polly.bolding@acsgmail.net or 350-2926

Kindergarten Registration for APS/HFE will be May 14 at Hall Fletcher~ Call Ms. Lenore with questions!

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Montessori Reminders

TESTING on Monday and Tuesday for 3rd Grade EOG for on campus students, Off campus students will test on May 14th and 21st:

Please remind students to come well rested and with a healthy breakfast so they can do their very best! We will give all students a special breakfast snack before we begin.


Remind your child to wash hands often and keep their mask over their nose and mouth.


PHYSICAL DISTANCING UNDER PLAN A

  • (Plan A only) Maintain at least 3 feet of distance between students in classrooms to the greatest extent possible (e.g., desks spaced 3 feet apart).
  • (Plan A only) Maintain at least 6 feet of spacing between people when masks cannot be worn (e.g., when eating).
  • Keep students and teachers in small cohort groups that stay together as much as possible during the day, and from day to day. Limit mixing between cohort groups as much as possible (e.g., during recess, lunch in the cafeteria, arrival and dismissal).
  • Minimize opportunities for sustained exposure (15 minutes or more, cumulative over a 24 hour period, within 6 feet distance) between students, teachers, staff, and visitors in areas they may congregate, such as in waiting and reception areas, when in line, during transitions, or while waiting for transportation.
  • Provide frequent reminders for students, teachers, and staff to stay at least 6 feet apart from one another when feasible.


SCREENINGS WILL CONTINUE

If your child registers a temperature, you may be asked to wait a few minutes for a recheck (especially if the heat is on). 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.


MASKS

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. Please remember, this includes anytime you are on school property even if out front at pick up.


TRANSPORTATION

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. We will never change your child's transportation plans without hearing it from you. Telling your child there is a change will not change it with us...we have to have a note or phone call or text from you. Please call the school before noon to make any changes.


NOTE TO PARENTS

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.

Classrooms are grouped in pods to allow socialization at recess and lunch while adding in the support of additional adults. If anyone in a pod has symptoms or a positive case, the entire pod will be sent home.


Attendance procedures will remain the same for remote students (complete work, go to Meets, or contact the teacher). On site students will be marked present if on site, absent if not.


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 Covid Handbook for Staff & Families

This is your resource for protocols and changes related to Covid. Please keep this link handy for when questions arise. Call us if you have any further needs or questions.

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.

Photos & Safety

Just a note to let you know that if you see a student hugging someone or without a mask in a photo, the hugs are spontaneous and quick and the mask was taken down for a quick photo of the smile from a far distance. We take safety very seriously at APS. Hugs will happen because we love each other and we are just going to be smart about it. Smiles are an important part of expressing pride in your work or happiness in your environment....we just have to be smart by using the zoom lens. If you ever have any questions, please ask to speak to admin.
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.

TECH HELP AT APS

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 vickie.blankenship@acsgmail.net

Technical Difficulties

Our campus was experiencing technical difficulties today as the wifi went in and out all day. When this happens, please know that staff will contact families to check in and reschedule any missed sessions. The technology department is working on the issues and will help us restore access soon.
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