Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connections 1/3/2020

WELCOME BACK From a Well-Deserved Break!

VIRTUAL LEARNING CONTINUES JANUARY 4

Tomorrow, we will resume virtual learning for all of our students and staff. We hope you had a wonderful, restful break with those you love. We will resume our virtual learning schedule starting in the morning. If you have any questions, please remember to contact your teacher via email or call the school at 350-2900.
Derrick Barnes | I Am Every Good Thing

One Book, One School

This month's theme is new beginnings and healthy resolutions. Take some time to reflect on your own life journey. Consider a "stop and go" technique: What one thing will I stop doing that isn't beneficial? What one thing will I start doing (go) that will benefit me and my community?


Our students will be reading "I Am Every Good Thing" this month and reflecting on the strengths they bring to our community. At APS, we celebrate every student's identity and focus on how each individual belongs to our family and the "good things" they bring to our community. Make sure you take some time to tell your child(ren) what you appreciate about them and what talents/characteristics they share with your family. Belonging fosters a sense of purpose that encourages positive relationships and results in a higher rate of success for everyone. It is important that children know that their uniqueness is valued and celebrated by you.


Alfred Adler said, "...the primary need of every child is to feel a sense of belonging and significance. In fact, our children have such a strong desire to belong or feel significant that they sometimes do goofy things to achieve it."

JANUARY DATES

January 8th will be an asynchronous day. This means your child will still have school...just with no live meetings on this day. All work will be project based or on Seesaw. Teachers will give you all the instructions you need about how to complete work.


Montessori Students will pick up art packs on January 11th for some special projects the week of January 19th. Pick up times will be in the lower parking lot 11 am-1 pm or 3 pm-5 pm.

Montessori Lower El students will have artists in residency the week of January 19th. Early Childhood students will have a special art project by Mr. Shawn that week as well.


*Individual teachers will be contacting families if they have additional items to pick up on January 11th.


ACS Preschoolers are scheduled to return to campus on January 19th.

Montessori students are scheduled to return to campus on February 1. More information will be coming about the A/B schedule and what weeks your child will be on campus.

Please remember to continue to listen in for updates from the district for any changes.


NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 18th, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We would like to encourage you to find a project at home that will benefit those in your community in memory of Dr. King on this day. Clean out a closet and donate unused coats and gloves to a nearby shelter, do yard work for your neighbors, pick up trash on your street (carefully and with an adult), make cards and treats for essential workers...what ideas do you have for making a difference where you live? There are many ways to give!

2020 changed our lifestyles...some for the good, some not so much. What will your healthy new year's resolution be?

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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.

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

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