Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 12/2/2021

One Book One School: Love is Love~Family Diversity

Miss Liz reads Families Can

Families

Take time this month to talk with your child about the diversity of families in our school. Children are observant and are very curious when they see things that are different in their lives. Practice how to ask curious questions in a kind way. The culture of APS is that everyone belongs here and as guides to our students we will support them in kind communications with their peers and appreciate you partnering with us for that purpose. Our focus is always on awareness and respect communicated in an age appropriate way.

We LOVE having your family as part of APS and appreciate the gifts you bring to our community!

Cougar Learning Packets

Packets for INCLEMENT WEATHER Days will be coming home soon. Please keep those in a special place until they are needed.

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
  • gently used or new jackets, gloves, socks sizes 3T to 14
  • electric pencil sharpeners



Wow! Thank you for the donations that have been coming in! We appreciate you all so much!


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


Thanks for all you do to support our school.

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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.)


Covid cases are rising in our community currently. Please do your best to follow all safety protocols and keep your family safe. Our school numbers have not risen lately and we are certain it is because our staff are being diligent with protocols and our families are extra cautious when it comes to symptoms. Thank you for your efforts!


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 now the same as school aged.


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.

PreK through SCHOOL AGE and STAFF SYMPTOMS

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Mask Sale

Paula Weaver, our Preschool Teaching and Learning Coordinator will be selling homemade fabric masks Dec 2-3 and Dec. 7-9 in the front of the school. Several sizes available will fit preschoolers, kids and adults. A portion of proceeds will go to PTC.
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VOLUNTEERS

Thank you for asking for specific needs around volunteering. I spoke with Dr. Dechant about adding additional sessions since you said the ones listed were full. She is going to add additional classes and will send out a new list soon.

We have started having guest speakers come on campus and are excited to look at adding more volunteers soon, as long as the Covid numbers stay low.

Thank you for understanding that the health and safety of our students and staff are priority for us this year.

We need GREAT people!

Asheville City Schools has several instructional assistant vacancies at the elementary level for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit https://www.applitrack.com/asheville/onlineapp/default.aspx 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!

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!

SHINE

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!

Save the Dates

School Closed December 20-January 2

Please mark your calendars for Winter Break. Our school will be closed during this time.
ACS Board Meeting Monday, December 6th

Click the link above at 5 PM to view.

THANK YOU

The Thanksgiving Potluck breakfast was so delicious! Our staff appreciated the love and gratitude you sent.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Month

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MCI Visits APS

Our Upper Elementary students had the first in a series of visits from Nola Pina and Tristin Bottenbaugh from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Over the next few months, they will be exploring the culture of the Cherokee both past and present. Our students were very inquisitive and asked some great questions. The speakers were impressed by their focus and attention. We look forward to their next visit and the conversations about the celebrations and challenges of past and present.

Lower Elementary Pottery Creations

Lower Elementary started their TAPAS residency with Ona Armstrong this week. Ms. Ona helped students explore the culture and artwork of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Students created their own pot based on Grandmother Spider's clay pot from the Legend of the First Fire and practiced the art of storytelling.

REMINDER

Please remember that Ms. Lenore is no longer at APS. If you need anything, call the front office at 350-2900. If you have absence notes or contact information changes, please email them to karena.haynes@acsgmail.net or polly.bolding@acsgmail.net.

~Belonging and Equity are Connected~

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Happy Hannukah

Ms. Marianne and Ms. Kayli's class found a "safe" way to light their menorah in celebration of Hannukah. Thanks for keeping it safe during the state wide fire ban ;)


Please send us pictures of your family's celebrations to share in next week's newsletter!