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Parent Updates for the Week of 2.7.22

Mark Your Calendars for Parent/Teacher Conferences: February 22

Celebrating Black History Month

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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing, celebrating, and reflecting on a rich history of Black American culture, innovation, revolution, and the central role of blacks in U.S. history who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other areas.

Black History Month was preceded by a weeklong celebration that started in 1926 in the United States. Historian Carter G. Woodson and The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History chose the second week of February for the observance due to the birth dates of Frederick Douglass (February 14th) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th). Professors first proposed the change to a more extended celebration at Kent State University in 1969 and eventually recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1776. Now Black History Month is observed in the U.S. and by Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

Don't Forget to Check Our Website for the Link to Your Child's Teacher's Webpage!

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Recommended Books to Read

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Little Leaders: Bold Women & Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashi Harrison

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History focuses on 40 black women throughout American history. All of these women contributed very differently to our history: some were scientists, some artists, politicians, pilots, mathematicians, poets, filmmakers, actresses, and so on. No matter what they did, there's one thing all of these women have in common: they're inspirational. These women all did something to make the world a better place for generations of women to come after them.

Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists.

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National School Counseling Week 2022 (#NSCW22) is Feb. 7-11, 2022

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A New Addition to the Ira B. Jones Community

Ms. Boone, our Art teacher, will not be returning this school year. We wish her the best in her future endeavors. Kirstin Daniels will be our Art teacher for the rest of this school year. Her first day is Thursday, February 10. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Daniel to our school community.

Kirstin Leigh Daniel: is a theatre educator, actor, director, and designer whose home base is in Asheville NC. She is the founding artistic director of Venture Shakespeare; an ensemble-based company that uses original practices to create engaging rehearsals and performances for both players and audiences alike. She teaches and directs at UNCA, Young Harris College, and Brevard College. She earned a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Spent eight years as Theatre Arts Teacher at AC Reynolds HS in Asheville, NC. She holds a Masters in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University and she earned her MA at The Shakespeare Institute in Shakespeare and Creativity where she created and performed new work at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has been a company member of The Cardboard Sea which deals with new works since 2015. Kirstin continually trains and works for Shakespeare and Company under the tutelage of Kevin Coleman, Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, and Gwendolyn Schwinke among others. She is a company sharer for Anerke Shakespeare, a directorless ensemble that is supported by the Global Shakespeare Project in London UK. oh and she has a cat named Toby.

She looks forward to working with all of our students!

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Upcoming Events

  • January 31 - February 11: Middle of Year Math Benchmark Window (K-5 students)

  • Monday, February 7: ACS Board Work Session (5:00 pm)

  • Monday, February 14: Valentines Day

  • Monday, February 14: ACS Board Meeting (5:00 pm)

  • Monday, February 21: Required Workday, No School for Students

  • Tuesday, February 22: Parent/Teacher Conference, No School for Students

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president.

With powerful illustrations by Shane Evans, this is a unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country.

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ACS Enrollment Info

  • Enrollment "season" is here! Do you have a rising kindergarten you need to enroll in our school next year? Here's what you need to know:

    • Applications will be given equal consideration, regardless of the date received during the open enrollment period. Placements are not based on a first-come, first-serve basis. If space allows, all applications will be placed at their 1st choice. If there is insufficient space to place all applicants at their 1st choice, that particular school will go to a lottery.
    • Open enrollment begins on February 7, 2022

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