Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 2/3/2021

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Lucy S. Herring~Her Legacy Lives On

Lucy S. Herring started her career as and teacher in a one room schoolhouse when she was 16-years-old. She retired from the Livingstone College in Salisbury as associate professor and director of the reading center 50 years later. One of her greatest achievements was coordinating the Black Highlanders Research Project at Southern Highlands Research Center at UNC -Asheville, where she worked with nine other retired black teachers to collect historical materials centered around African-American people in the Asheville area. In 1961, a school in the Asheville City School system was named in her honor, the Lucy S. Herring School. That school is now our ACS Central Office and still holds her name. Just this week, Vance Elementary's school name was changed to Lucy S. Herring School as well.

What do you like about school? Do you have a dream for what kind of school you want to go to? Do you have a special project that you would like to do that helps recognize someone or tell an untold story? Let Ms. Herring's story encourage you to make a difference.

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.


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

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APS Shout Outs

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

Two brothers brought joy to the world and a ton of kid-sized wisdom. Watch the Kid President story:

What Happened to Kid President? | Kid President Travel Show E1


Virtual DANCE PARTY February 12 with Special Guest DJ Dr. D

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.

Deliveries for learning materials will be delivered by mail or appointments will be made with the teacher for no touch pick up or delivery. Please email your child's teacher if you need anything.

APS Title One Annual Update: 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, and join our Enhancement Team for some FUN social activities.

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

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Free Community Events for Parents

Asheville Parks & Rec offers a free film event:

Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.: Community Movie Night screening of “Selma”

Location: Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St.

Contact: 828-259-5483 or email

Join us for a screening of the film “Selma” with a community panel discussion following the film. Hosted by Asheville FM 103.3, and moderated by Slay the Mic, panelists will include Dr. Dwight Mullen, Nicole Townsend, Stormey Harper and Maria Young. Free popcorn and drinks.

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

Soul Food Recipes

Visit this site for some delicious soul food recipes to try in your own kitchen. Have a favorite recipe to share? Send it in and we'll share it with our families.

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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.

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.

Gratitude is in the Mail

We know you are working hard to help your child with remote learning. We APPRECIATE all that you do and have done to help your child succeed. If your child gets support from someone, a family member, a POD facilitator, a tutor, an APS staff member, or someone else, consider sending them a note of thanks for their help this year. Every family is being supported by a village of people that care about your child. Help your child spend time recognizing that support and sending some love their way. In most cases, you can have your child take it to their POD or family member when they go "to school". If you would like us to send something to someone in a POD, an ACS office, or someone at APS, send it to the school address and we will take care of delivering it.


441 Haywood Road

Asheville, NC 28806

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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

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