ACA Column, August 31, 2017

By August 31, 2017ACA Column, Announcements

Mrs. Durbin’s Musings

We have had a great start to the school year here at ACA, and you parents are to be commended for your efforts to have students comply with our academic and behavioral standards.  We are truly “getting in the groove” just like the front left tire of our cars must when we go through a car wash – “Tire in groove, car in ‘neutral,’ hands off steering wheel.”  One of those grooves we are still finding is with homework.  Some students have established a good homework routine, and others are still moving in that direction.  Just in case your student still needs help “finding the homework groove” these hints may get them organized.

  1. Clarify assignments. Check to be sure students are copying assignments correctly into Planner. (They should copy exactly as instructions are written on white board and not use their own “shorthand”.  If there is concern regarding accuracy of assignment, verify with a classmate or the teacher.)
  2. Determine a specific place to complete work. (e.g. a table or desk for written work to promote good penmanship; a comfortable place for reading that would also allow you to be with them to listen and read with them some of the time)
  3. Consider meaningful rewards for completion of various subjects or portions of difficult subjects (such as an agreed upon number of minutes doing a pleasurable activity AFTER excellent completion of work — correct spelling, neatness, well-formed sentences, etc.).
  4. Have students check their work, and you check behind them. When you carefully check their work when they are young, your students will work more excellently the rest of their lives.  (They will quickly learn that completing work well the first time keeps them from having to re-do it.)
  5. Friday schoolwork idea: Try taking your student to a favorite coffee shop or restaurant that welcomes students.  I remember seeing several students with their parents regularly on Friday mornings at Panera or Burger King or even the University Library.

Again, thank you for a great and “groovy” start to the new school year!  As always, let me know how I can better serve your family.


Robin Durbin

Auburn READS

THE READS PROGRAM encourages reading through events that inspire student readers and provide public recognition for reading achievements. The program hosts two events, a Spirit Night and a Recognition Night, for partnering elementary schools in malls across the United States. Run by local business sponsors and Hull Property Group, a retail real estate company specializing in enclosed shopping malls, all events are at no cost to participating schools as a community based marketing initiative that brings families to the mall in support of local reading success.

The READS Spirit Night will be held  September 14, 2017 at Auburn Mall Center Court.

  • Encourages students that reading is fun and supports your school’s library.

  • Features fun interactive themed displays and games for students to use their reading skills to win prizes.

  • Students are invited to drop by anytime from 5-7 PM. Plan to spend approximately 45 minutes to complete all event activities.

  • Activities include a reading scavenger hunt around the mall, book raffle, word puzzles, interactive photo booth and storybook coloring station.

  • The mall donates $1 to our school library for every student that attends. Be sure to bring the voucher on the bottom of your invitation.

  • Many mall stores participate with special shopping and dining promotions so plan on staying to shop and eat!

  • Siblings are welcome so bring the whole family to enjoy a fun night out.

Spirit Night invitations were sent home with Kindergarten through fifth grade students in their weekly folder. Be sure to bring the voucher on the bottom of your invitation. Visit Auburn READS to register for Spirit Night.

Additional READS program details and reading goals will be sent home with students in the coming weeks.

See You At the Pole

For over 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation. Join ACA faculty and students Wednesday, September 27th at 8:00 am for prayer at the flag pole. Visit SYATP  for more information.

School Photos

Mark your calendars and schedule those visits to the barber or cosmetologist! Individual and class photos are scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th immediately following Chapel. An extra set or two of adult hands is always helpful during school photos. Contact Mrs. Bryant ( if you are available to assist with straightening uniforms, hair and making certain that sweet faces are clean and picture perfect.

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