Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 10/15/2021

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Conscious Discipline at Home

As part of our work with Conscious Discipline at APS, we seek many ways to make connections with our students. We wanted to give you some ideas of ways to make lasting connections with your child at home as well.

Consider doing an "I LOVE YOU" ritual before your child leaves in the morning for school or when you pick your child up in the afternoon. This helps create a sense of comfort, consistency, and safety when changing from home to school. This also prepares your child to use the ritual when upset, like in the line at the grocery store, because it is a familiar routine that can bring comfort in a time of distress.

You could also try a choice of a greeting or farewell. We give students a choice in how they will be welcomed into the classroom in the mornings. One choice is usually a "touch" choice like hug or a high five, and the other is a "limited or no touch" option like an "air" high five or a wave. The staff and students love to get creative about their greetings. Ask them what new greetings they have used in their rooms. Some of their favorites this month are "spider crawl", "snake slither", and elbow tap.

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

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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.

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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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

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.

ACS Board Work Session October 19th 5:15 pm


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). The best part is you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on children every day.

We are still in need of the following positions:

  • academic support assistants
  • cafeteria workers
  • 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

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NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 25~Optional Teacher Work Day

Federal Programs Team From NCDPI Visits APS

This month we have been involved in this district audit of Title One. The federal programs team came to tour our school on Thursday for a visit and was very complimentary of what they observed at APS. They were impressed by your children's focus, independence, and communication skills. They loved the climate of the school and the focus on community.

We are thankful for Wren Cook, Samantha Demick, and Leslie Blaich for representing us for the parent and teacher interviews at central office.

It was nice to hear that in an hour, this team observed what we are grateful for every day. This is a special place because we are all here for the children! Thanks to our staff and families for setting up an environment where everyone can grow and be happy!