Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 2/17/2021

WELCOME BACK Preschoolers! We look forward to seeing your smiles on Monday, February 22nd!

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Return to Learn

We know making a selection for whether your child will return to campus is an important decision for your family. Remember to fill out the district survey to make your selection. We will be contacting families tomorrow and Friday to offer assistance for those who have not made a choice. Please feel free to call the school or email administration if you have any questions that may help you in making this decision. We are waiting on survey results to make final plans for classroom arrangements and plans for remote learning. We will update you as plans are finalized.


All staff are in the process of getting additional safety training to ensure a safe return for us all. Classrooms are being rearranged to maximize space and accommodate safety protocols. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make plans for the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in person or on screen!


Asheville City Schools Return to In-Person K-12 Survey.


ACS Transportation Request Form: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSfqgegcA8b.../viewform...


ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview: https://docs.google.com/.../1qA9yIsuR9Tul9Va14mxE.../edit...


ACS COVID-19 Handbook: https://docs.google.com/.../1NtTz4ifhfd9Qtp69wjxX.../edit...#

APS Shout Outs

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

FEBRUARY DATES

Distribution Day: Materials will be available for pick up on February 19th, 8 to 3:30, for Montessori students. Please make plans to visit the tables in the front of the school and pick up the package with your child's name on it. Remember to wear a mask and wait 6 feet away from other people. If you need help, please call the front office or email your child's teacher.

Lower El students will receive a box for the upcoming TAPAS artists visits. PLEASE do not open the box until MARCH 8. Find a safe spot for the box until that day.


Thank you to PTC for purchasing books, workbooks, stylus pens, manipulatives and more for our at home learning kits!


APS SHINES: 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, cultural studies at APS, and join our Enhancement Team for some FUN social activities.

FEBRUARY 22 Choose either the 12 noon-1 session or the 5:30-6:30 session.

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Rover Landing Tomorrow

Many classes will be joining each other online to watch the Mars Rover Landing. Discovery Channel will live stream the event starting 2:15. Tune in to watch this historic event!
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Gratitude is in the Mail

Teachers are busy getting classrooms ready for in person learning. Take some time to send them a note of encouragement and care this week. If you have treats, you can call the front office to schedule a drop off or you can mail items to:

APS/(Add Teacher Name)

441 Haywood Road

Asheville, NC 28801

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.

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Video for Parents

Black History is American History | Okalani Dawkins | TEDxYouth@MVHS
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.

Enrollment

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 susanna.smith@acsgmail.net

Polly Bolding, Preschool Enrollment 350-2926 or polly.bolding@acsgmail.net

Tima Williams, Principal 350-2922 or tima.williams@acsgmail.net

Ivry Cheeks, Assistant Principal 350-2542 or ivry.cheeks@acsgmail.net

TECH HELP AT APS

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 vickie.blankenship@acsgmail.net
APS Student Support Inventory

Need some extra support for your child? Emotional? Social? Communication? Tough situations? The results of this form will be shared with our school counselor, Ms. Lauren, and our administrators.

Don't forget to view the Family Compact below. We are hoping to get a signed copy from each of you!

One Book, One School~February

Nina Simone
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.

Contacting the School during REMOTE Learning

PHONE

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.

EMAIL

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: firstname.lastname@acsgmail.net


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.