Asheville Primary School

APS Family Connection 9/17/2021

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Mums the Word...except in this case, tell everybody!

We want to thank Costa Farms for the donation of 350 mums to our school this week. We raised over $800. Special thanks to Claxton PTO for sharing this special donation with our school. We are so thankful for your generosity. Also, a special thank you goes out to the parents and students who worked the "last minute" mum sale and planted some of the beautiful flowers at our front entrance and in our courtyard. What joy these beautiful flowers bring and especially when they remind us of the community we have built with our Claxton neighbors!
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Building Connections

Our staff are learning and growing together. This week we worked together to consider ways to build connections with our students and facilitate their self-regulation. We invite you to connect with your child each day with an "I Love You" ritual like the one below. Connections on the outside build connections on the inside and rewire our brains to help us regulate our own emotions and reactions to difficult situations. Ask your child to teach you a ritual or a breathing technique that they use at school.

Try this "I Love You" Ritual with Your Child to Build Connection

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Great Teachers

We are so lucky to have such a great staff at APS. This is what you will see in the classrooms AFTER your children leave for the day....teachers working together to problem solve or perfect lessons before they are presented to students.

Thank you for caring so much about our students and working together to make sure they receive the best instruction possible!

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Meet Our New AIG Specialist, Ms. Hunt

Greetings! I am excited to begin serving APS supporting advanced learners. I am the AIG Specialist for Claxton and APS and in this role I work with teachers and students. This is my 25th year teaching. I previously taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and have earned my Masters in Teaching and my National Board Certificate of Teaching. I have been an AIG Specialist in ACS for 15 years.

When I am not at work, I am usually with my family. I have a 7th grader at AMS and a Freshman at AHS. I love to hike in our mountains, plan travel and actually travel, and walk my dog around my neighborhood. If you ask my students what I love, many will probably say Harry Potter and this is definitely true. I like to do crossword puzzles, read, and watch sports. I love all school subjects and my favorite thing to do is make students stretch their brains. I look forward to learning, exploring, wondering, and creating with students at APS.


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Meet Eve Bridger~Family Preservation Services

Greetings! I’m Ms. Eve and I’m excited to be serving as the school-based therapist for Asheville Primary School this year. I’ve been with Family Preservation Services of NC for 3 years and have the pleasure of working with students and families from PreK through 12th grade.

I am an Asheville native and proud of my connections to Asheville City Schools as both a former student and employee and parent of two current ACS students.

I love to travel and was fortunate to spend 5 years teaching ESL in Tokushima, Japan. It is there that I met my Australian husband. My experiences abroad have been invaluable to me personally and professionally, instilling me with a broader worldview and greater cultural understanding and appreciation.

I think we can all agree that last year was rough and although we are back in-person, students may still face challenges with the transition. I am happy to help with any social, emotional and behavioral issues so students can better focus on their learning.

I’m looking forward to a happy and successful 2021-22 school year!

Montessori School Lunch

Thank You

Thanks so much for the donations of picnic mats. We have enough to give each classroom one so far. We would still love to have some more if you would like to give.
We have also had some more pop ups donated, which is great because the storms of late have damaged some. We are also adjusting the location of our picnic tables to accommodate spaces that are being used most often. We are moving the smallest tables near our smallest learners and the larger tables near the spaces most frequented by our oldest students.


Thanks for your patience as we continue to figure out the best way to keep it safe!


Our Plan:

At APS, there is a large set of stairs going to our cafeteria. This makes it difficult for little feet to get down to the cafeteria quickly and climb back up with a full tray and no spills. We had an original plan that included Montessori lessons during lunch that will also work for getting students through the cafeteria line. We will start next week with one Lower El or Upper El class per day going to the cafeteria and receiving a lesson on going through the line and then having a Grace and Courtesy lesson during lunch. The rest of the classes will continue eating in their rooms and outside. We will continue to assess the situation and work towards having students be able to go through the cafeteria line for choices. This will be a work in progress and we appreciate your patience.

Monday Room 207

Tuesday Room 205

Wednesday Room 204

Thursday Room 206

Friday Room 208


We are still waiting on mulch for the courtyard to help with the mud. When it arrives, we will let you know...we will need help spreading it out.

Pandemic Safety

Ask your child what he/she learned in the Learning Commons this week about the pandemic of 1918. What similarities did they learn about between that pandemic and this one? What is different?

We can all make choices that keep us safe. We are strong and resilient!

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.)


Please remind your child to do the following:


  • wear a mask/face covering (we touch our nose and our chin when we are doing a mask check, students usually quickly adjust their mask when prompted, try that at home)
  • socially distance (3 feet when mask is on, we use our arms to help with that length; 6 feet when mask is off for eating)
  • wash hands (sanitizer works, but learning to wash hands well is best, sing a song while washing hands like Happy Birthday or APS Song or ABCs)


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.


Thank you for your help with keeping it safe at our school.

SCHOOL AGE and STAFF SYMPTOMS

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PRESCHOOL SYMPTOMS

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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.

SHINE

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

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NUTS?!?!

Many of our families have been asking about whether nuts are allowed or not. We have finished collecting health histories and have met with our school nurse to determine the safest plan. We will be a peanut aware school this year. That means that we have some staff/students allergic to peanuts. You can bring other nut butters like cashew, almond, etc. Thanks for helping keep everyone safe.

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!

Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes

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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!

We need GREAT people!

Asheville City Schools has several instructional assistant vacancies at the elementary level for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit https://www.applitrack.com/asheville/onlineapp/default.aspx 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). The best part is you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on children every day.

We are still in need of the following positions:


  • academic support assistants
  • cafeteria workers
  • 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!

ACS Board Meeting Monday 5 PM

APS Family Connection 9/9/21

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