Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 11/13/2021

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Author Visit

Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis visited Ms. Leslie's class today to discuss her book, My Heart Flies Open, as part of a TAPAS Grant written by Ms. Leslie and Ms. Kat. The book is a story of inclusivity, empowerment and promise. We hope our students enjoy the beauty of the illustrations and the power of the uplifting message in this book. She will also visit with Ms. Kat's class next week.
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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

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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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.

Thank you, PTC, for the Battle of the Books Library!

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Our Lower El and Upper El students have been involved in the postcard project for Buncombe County. They are submitting their neighborhood designs this week and WLOS was on site to capture the last minutes of their work together. Catch Ms. Kat's class with Ms. Baily on WLOS Channel 13 tonight or watch it later on their website.
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Currently, we are working on getting MOU agreements for outside agencies to come in and serve our students. Next, we will begin setting up volunteers on a scheduled basis. If you would like to be paired with an activity or group of students on a regular basis, please visit the district volunteer page to complete a background check. You will also complete Volunteer Level II training with Kim Dechant prior to being added to our list. If you have any questions, please call administration or speak with Polly Bolding at 350-2900. We know you are anxious to get started. We want to make sure that we are following district guidance on Covid protocols to keep everyone safe and keep our numbers down.
Volunteering in Asheville City Schools

Check out this page for information on how to become an APS volunteer.

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). 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!

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

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!


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


Please mark your calendars. November 22 and 23 are now work days and we will not have school. PreK tuition will be credited for those two days.
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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Month

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Indigenous Perspectives

Hello Asheville Primary families and staff,

The Claxton Social Justice League has invited us to join them for a virtual talk on indigenous perspectives on Thanksgiving. Please join us and Dr. Trey Adcock on November 17th via Zoom from 7-8pm. Register here and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

-Your APS Parent Teacher Collective

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Special Called Board Meeting on Monday

Asheville City Board of Education Work Session, Monday, November 15, 2021, starting at 9:00 a.m. via Google Meet.

The Special Called Work Session Meeting will be available for viewing live via

Asheville City Schools YouTube page.


Congratuations to Ms. Baily for receiving her NC Teaching License! She transferred from South Carolina earlier in the year and has been awaiting this exciting news!

Thank you, Veterans, for your Service!

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