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👻 Parent Updates for the Week of October 25 💀

Monday, October 25 is an Optional Workday for Teachers/Students Don't Report School

Witching You a Happy Halloween!

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Why didn't the skeleton go to the Halloween party?

– Because he had no-body to go with!

Know why mummies never reveal their true age?
– 'Cause they like to keep it under wraps.

How can you tell if a vampire has a cold?
– Because of the coffin!

You can find more goofy Halloween jokes here 🎃 🧙‍♀️

We ask that students follow the guidelines and theme provided by their teacher for wearing a "costume" to school during Halloween. In addition to the guidelines, we ask that students not bring props or candy to school or wear unsafe shoes. You should have received communication from your child's teacher already about these expectations. If you haven't, please check in with them.

I encourage you to use our school's website, our Facebook page, the district's Back to School Updates Website, and follow us on Twitter @Principal_IBJ as sources of information.

As a school leader and a parent, I understand the necessity of healthy communication between families and the school. I welcome your questions, celebrations, or concerns at any time. You can reach me by calling the school (828-350-6700) or via email (


Ruafika A. Cobb


Ira B. Jones Elementary School

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Upcoming Important Dates

October 25: Optional Workday for Teacher/No School for Students

October 26: 5th Grade Field Trip to Muddy Sneakers

October 27 - 29: CogAT Testing for 3rd and 4th Grades

November 1 - 9: PTO Booster-a-thon Fundraiser (MORE INFO TO COME)!

November 1: ACS Board Work Session (5:00 pm)

November 2: Report Cards Go Home

November 11: Holiday, no school students or staff

November 17: Picture Retake Day

What's Your Favorite Joke?

IBJ Students, submit your favorite joke here! And listen to morning announcements to hear your joke.

The Asheville City Board of Education Wants to Hear from YOU! A Message from ACS Communication Director

Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families. This is Ashley-Michelle Thublin, Executive Director of Communications. On behalf of Chairman James Carter and members of the Asheville City Board of Education, I’d like to provide you with an update about our district’s complex financial situation.

As the Board looks to determine its next steps about the budget, they want to hear from YOU. Between now and Sunday, October 31st, all ACS students, staff, and families are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings by completing this form. Creating one centralized location to collect feedback ensures all thoughts will be heard by all Board Members.

All feedback collected through this form will be shared with the Board of Education during its November 1st Meeting. And, following the meeting, it will be shared with staff and families as part of the November 1st Board Brief.

The Board has determined they will NOT be making any final decisions regarding budget recommendations from district leadership and/or HIL Consultants until they receive feedback from our students, staff and families on November 1st and our community has the chance to make public comments during the November 8th Regular Meeting.

The Board of Education would also like to remind you that they’ll be hosting their next Special Called Work Session on October 25th at 5:15 PM in the Board Room located at 85 Mountain Street. The meeting can also be streamed on the district’s YouTube page.

We Need Volunteers to Help with At-Home Projects

Are you available to help complete some simple at-home tasks/projects that our teachers need help with like creating student folders, organizing learning packets, cutting out materials, making math games, etc.? If you can, please complete the form below and someone will contact you soon. Thanks for your consideration.

Thanksgiving Week Calendar Changes

During Tuesday's Special Called Meeting, the Asheville City Board of Education unanimously approved a change to the 2021-2022 calendar. Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd will now become Required Teacher Workdays for all ACS staff. They will now become "no days' for students.

Staff and students should use these two days to rest, reflect and reset as we prepare for the remainder of the 1st semester. Asynchronous instruction will NOT be given, and all our buildings will be closed.

More Spooky Stuff 💀🧟‍♀️

Read Aloud "Skeletons are NOT Spooky!" by Duds & Kaine (Halloween Story time)

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