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In This Issue...
Survey for Astor's Spanish Speaking Families
Astor's 2nd Annual Warm Welcome!
Community Care Day
Staff Leaving Us and Changes for 2022-2023
School Supply Lists for 2022-2023
Class Lists for 2022-2023 (repeat message)
SMART Reading Program - 2022-2023
We are past the halfway mark of the summer! This is a quick newsletter update to let you know about some of the calendar of events occurring prior to and immediately after the start of the school year. There have also been a few changes around Astor and we want to be sure that you know about them. We also have the school supply lists for middle school students below, too!
You will be receiving a message about your child's teacher for the 22-23 school year in mid-August. Our office reopens on August 9th, so please reach out if you have any questions about the upcoming school year. And, in August, you can expect a welcome back letter from me regarding other important information.
I'm looking forward to our school year together, but, until that day, I hope that the rest of your summer is safe and filled with wonderful family time.
Principal @ Astor
9th - Astor Office Reopens
11th and 12th - Astor Office Closed due to District Meetings
18th at 5:30pm - Connect to Kindergarten @ Astor
24th- First Day for Teachers
27th from 9am to 12pm- Project Community Care Day
29th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm- 2nd Annual Warm Welcome at Astor -
30th - First Day of School for Grade 1-8
1st - Half of Kindergarten Has Full Day
2nd - Other Half of Kindergarten Has Full Day
6th - First Full Day for All Kindergarteners
Survey for Astor's Spanish Speaking Families - Latinx Heritage Month
(This is a survey for our Spanish Speaking families)
¡Feliz verano, familias latinas de Astor! Quisiéramos invitarles a organizar el primer evento latino de nuestra escuela Astor. El evento sera el miércoles, el doce de octubre a las 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Las maestras Renee Espinoza (segundo grado) y Alexandra Hagen (escuela intermedia) estan empezando a planear el evento y necesitamos sus ideas y apoyo y comunidad! Por favor, contesta las siguientes preguntas y pónganse en contacto con nosotros con cualquier comentario.
Astor's Second Annual Warm Welcome!
Monday, August 29, 2022 | 4:30pm-6:00pm
Attention all Astor students and families! It's our second annual warm welcome at Astor! You can find information about the event here. We hope to see you there.
Project Community Care Day!
Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 9:00am-12:00pm
Project Community Care is a wonderful opportunity for community members to help beautify our school grounds before students return for the school year! Volunteers come together to complete tasks from weeding, to picking up litter, to spreading mulch around flower beds.
Together we can grow a sense of community and school stewardship.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Your time and energy will make a direct impact on students, families, teachers, and the neighborhood. PPS appreciates all of the effort and enthusiasm that goes into making this event possible!
Staff Leaving Us and Changes for 2022-2023
Also, Ms. Deacon has decided to take a position outside of PPS. She will be missed at Astor, and we've appreciated all she's done as our 6th grade teacher these past two-years. Thank you Ms. Deacon!
We are in the process of hiring new staff for these roles. These hiring teams are made up of admin, teachers, and parents. Thank you to these teams for their work over this summer to ensure that we are fully staffed in the fall. At this time, there are no other staffing changes for the 22-23 school year.
Finally, we are excited to announce several increased and new positions. Ms. Oswald, our MS counselor, is increasing from half to full time! And, Ms. Theresa, our social worker, is increasing from half to full time, as well! We are adding a student success advocate and an educational assistant (both in process of hiring) to our staff, as well. These additional funds were provided to TSI and Middle Schools after the end of the school year.
Supply Lists for 2022-2023
Supplies are purchased by the school for students in grades K-5. We kindly ask that parents send a donation of 30 dollars if possible to support the cost of these supplies. Parents may certainly donate more or less, as well. We appreciate the help purchasing these materials for our students.
This year, we are asking for students to bring their own school supplies. You can find a list of these supplies here and below. We will make supplies available for any students that need assistance acquiring them.
- 2.5 inch D-Ring binders (suggested, sturdy brands: Office Depot, Avery, or Cardinal)
- Zipper pouch with holes to fit 3 ring binders and pencil box
- pens (blue and black)
- pencils (4 packs of 12 - suggested brand Ticonderoga)
- pencil sharpener (that collects shavings)
- colored pencils (12 or more colors)
- highlighters (assorted colors)
- clear ‘scotch’ tape--individual dispensers
- Loose-leaf college ruled lined paper pack (around 150 per pack)
- White out tape
- White erasers
Class Lists and Teacher Assignments for 22-23 (Repeat Message)
This will all be finalized in early August and parents will receive notification of their child's teacher at that time. We do not send it out sooner as staffing changes (although we hope unlikely) may occur.
As a reminder, we are not able to honor requests for specific teachers. Thank you for your understanding with this.
SMART Reading Program 22-23
If you are interested in volunteering once a week to read to students or to take on the role of volunteer coordinator at Astor, then please reach out to Blake Robertson at email@example.com. He'll connect you with the SMART reading program. Thank you!
- All the water fixtures in the school are currently being replaced. The new water fountains will have added filtration and bottle filling.
- The entry at the back of the school is getting a new camera and call button. The NE hallway on the school is getting a badge reader, as well. These are safety and security upgrades. As a reminder, all visitors should always utilize the front entrance of the school and sign in when on campus.