Alma School District Newsletter

August 12, 2022

Let's get this school year started!

Hello, Airedales! If this is your first year with Alma Schools, welcome to the district, and to our returning families, welcome home. There is just something special about the start of a new school year! Our teachers and staff members have been working extra hard to prepare for the year ahead, and look forward to welcoming students on Wednesday, August 17th.

Great Start - Monday, August 15th (For students entering grades K, 3, 6, 9)

This is a special orientation day for students to explore and learn about their new school!

Students will:

  • Meet teachers and classmates.
  • Ride the bus to and from school.
  • Buses will run normal routes before and after Great Start (8:00 am-12:00 pm) - parents may also drop off and pick up students.
  • Enjoy free breakfast and lunch.
  • Learn cafeteria procedures.
  • Discover programs offered at your new school.
  • Explore the school before the first day of classes.

First day of school: Wednesday, August 17th

In order to keep up with district events and info, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram! As always, thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Open House 2022

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2022 Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

On Thursday we gathered together with teachers and staff for the 2022 Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, followed by an inspirational message from Dr. Manuel Scott. Thank you to River Valley Ministerial Fellowship for hosting the breakfast! We would also like to thank Billy Stewart, Brent Williams, Dale Richardson, Gary Perry, and Bo Harvey for being a part of the morning program.

"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." Scott Hayden

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Back-to-School Transportation

As we prepare for the start of another school year, we want to share some important transportation reminders. We ask for your patience as everyone navigates their way around at the start of a new school year. Allow yourself extra travel time and be prepared for heavier than normal traffic.

Things to remember:
  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals & always obey the speed limit.
  • Be aware of children walking/biking to school in residential areas.
  • Never pass a bus loading/unloading children. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles & wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place, & the bus is moving forward.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, & remain vigilant in school zones.
  • Watch out for school crossing guards & obey their signals.

Bus Riders
Before school starts, you should know where your bus starts and stops. Knowing the route will help you plan your morning routine and ensure you don't miss the bus!

View the bus route schedule here.
View the bus rules here.

Check out more back-to-school safety tips from the National Safety Council click here.

Let's work together to keep everyone safe on the road!

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Making a splash at Band Camp

Thank you to the City of Alma Fire Department for joining in on the fun on the last day of Band Camp! The days of summer practice are long and hot, it's nice to take a moment to cool down! We appreciate everything you do for the band and our community!

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OG&E hosts Teacher Pop-Up store at AHS

Shout out to OG&E for hosting a 'Teacher Pop-Up Store' today! Teachers from across our district had the opportunity to grab supplies for their classrooms for FREE!

Meet the Airedales - tonight!

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Alma Youth League Football Sign-Ups

If you want to sign-up for Alma Youth League Football (city or travel), please fill out the Google Form!

Please only fill out the form for the league you want to participate in during the 2022 season. You are not allowed to play in both leagues.

FYI: City League is 1st-6th and Travel is 3rd-6th grade students.

Click here for City League

Click here for Travel League

Alma Youth League Cheer

If you want to sign-up for Alma Youth League Cheer (city or travel), please fill out the Google Form!

Please only fill out the form for the league you want to participate in during the 2022 season. You are not allowed to cheer in both leagues.

Click here for City League

Click here for Travel League

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Senior High Football Spirit Days

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Football Program Fundraiser

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School meals update

The federal government allowed schools to offer free meals to all students during the pandemic, but Congress did not extend this benefit for the next school year. Families that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals must apply to receive them, and all other students must pay full price for their meals.

The application process for free and reduced-price meals is now open. You can fill out the application here:

Note: Only one application is needed per family. If you have multiple children, please list them all on one application.

How much are meals if the application is approved for reduced eligibility?
Breakfast: FREE for all enrolled students
Lunch: .40

How much are meals if the application is denied?
Breakfast: FREE for all enrolled students
Lunch: K-5 $2.30; 6-12 $2.50

If you have questions please contact Grace George, Child Nutrition Director, at (479) 632-4791 or by email at

School meal payment information

Alma Schools offers parents the ability to pay for student meals online.

Parents will need to set up a profile before making online payments. For support, call 877-237-0946.

Curious about this service? Read their frequently asked questions.

School menus

By using My School Menus you will find what is being served at your student's school along with nutritional information, allergens, and more!

Some key features of using My School Menus:

  • View the menus and items offered at your student's school.
  • Filter items by allergens.
  • Easily translate to other languages (app).
  • See detailed Nutrient Information for each menu item as well as for a complete meal.
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Join us as a substitute!

Have you ever thought of becoming a substitute teacher? Do you have a desire to work with kids and want a flexible schedule? Team Airedale would be happy to have you! For more information on how to apply, please see the Substitute Information page.
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Press Row

Kevin Taylor is an experienced sports writer with 40 years of experience, including the last 22 at Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith. Kevin's specialty is feature writing. A native of Texas, Kevin spent seven years in Palestine, Texas before moving to Fort Smith in 1999. Kevin and his wife Mardi built a home in Alma in 2005. The Taylors have two sons, Logan (16) and Landon (11). In addition, Kevin enjoys yard work and working with his model train layout.

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