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Column, December 14, 2017

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February LUNCH ORDERS

Visit https://www.mymealorder.com/ January 1-18 to order February lunches.

JINGLE BELL MINGLE

Concert #1 is coming up THIS Saturday! We’ll meet Saturday, December 16th at 2pm at Monarch Estates in Auburn.  Concert #2: Tuesday, December 19th at 1:30 pm at Camellia Place in Auburn. Dress is Chapel Attire, Christmas Bows for girls. Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, if you plan on attending.

YEARBOOK

Our yearbook will be finalized in the last weeks for January. Special care is taken to represent each class in the yearbook. In order for this to happen, photos from class events are needed. If you have taken photos of class or school events please consider sharing those for the yearbook. Photos can be uploaded to LINK , a portal for our yearbook community. It is a site that links parents, and teachers to our yearbook project. LINK offers the team of volunteers designing the yearbook an efficient method of gathering and placing photos.

STATE OF THE SCHOOL MEETING

Our annual “State of the School” parent meeting is Thursday, January 25th, at 6:00 p.m. We ask that at least one parent from each family plan to attend this extremely important meeting.  At the conclusion of the parent meeting, parents are invited to meet with teachers for your child’s upcoming year to view curriculum and answer grade-specific questions. Also, commitment fees (10% of tuition) and contracts for the 2018/19 academic year are due no later than February 8, 2018.

 

Calendar of Events:

December 15th – January 15th: Christmas Break

January 16th: Classes resume

January 17th, 1:00 pm: School Spelling Bee

January 25th, 6:00 pm: State of the School meeting

February 8, 2018: 10% commitment fee and contract due for 2018/19

Column, November 9, 2017

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DRESS CODE

As cooler weather sets in please take a moment to refresh your student’s memory as to our dress code related to indoor versus outdoor items. Per dress code, outdoor coats are not worn inside. Please visit our website for a detailed listing (under miscellaneous) of appropriate cold weather indoor uniform separates.  Of course, with the exception of Chapel, students are welcome to wear an ACA sweatshirt for additional warmth.

Also, as your young ladies grow, please be mindful that skirts/shorts/jumpers should be no shorter than 2″ above the knee.

STUDENT ART GREETING CARDS

ACA students have already created several beautiful works of art this semester! Each student has had one work of his/her art formatted into a 5×7 half-fold greeting card. Please check your student’s backpack for his or her proof along with an order form. Prepackaged sets of 10 cards with envelopes are $15.  Order forms are due to the ACA office no later than Thursday, November 16th. 

THIRD ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FEAST FOR THE BEASTS 

November 1st-16th we will have a donation box for the Lee County Humane Society located in the Assembly Room. LCHS publishes an Amazon wish list  as well as a general list of needs. A group will meet Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 to deliver our feast to the Lee County Humane Society! Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, if you would like to be part of the group who delivers our donation.

 

Calendar of Events:

November 15th: Class Spelling Bees

November 20th – 24th: Thanksgiving Break

December 7th: Christmas Program @ Covenant Presbyterian Church

December 14th: Noon dismissal

2017/18 Service Opportunities

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OCTOBER :  Treats for the Troops ACA students and families, drop your individually wrapped candy treats in the box located in the Assembly Room. Mrs. Trouse will deliver donated treats to Kool Smiles  in Columbus. More details coming in October.
NOVEMBER:  ACA’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Feast for the Beasts November 1st-16th we will have a donation box located in the Assembly Room. A group will meet Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 to deliver our feast to the Lee County Humane Society! Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, if you would like to be part of the group who delivers our donation.
DECEMBER:  ACA’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Mingle We will once again be having piano concerts featuring our talented ACA students at area retirement homes. This year we would love to possibly add a group to sing Christmas Carols. We usually color and take Christmas cards for the residents and they all really seem appreciative! Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, to volunteer.
 
DECEMBER:  3rd Annual Cookies for Cops/Sweet Feast for Firemen!  Of course we can’t leave out our community police and firefighters! This one is self-explanatory… These folks like sweets and the kids love to see the police cars and firetrucks. We will work out a date that works best for people interested in participating to deliver our goodies! Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, if you would like to join in.
 
DECEMBER:  2nd Annual Cookie Walk Several ACA families participated last year and enjoyed baking treats to share. Volunteers donate baked items for a bake sale.  Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. It happens at a time of year that folks are enjoying baking and spreading cheer! This will be the 22nd year for the event, it will be our 2nd time to participate. We will update information as it becomes available.
 
JANUARY 27th, 2018:  Cold for a Cause/Freezin’ for a Reason, The Auburn Polar Plunge to benefit the Lee County Special Olympics. This one was a blast (of Arctic proportions)! Three of our ACA families participated last year.  Our hope is that more warm-natured, like-minded friends will join in this go-’round! 
MARCH/APRIL/MAY:  This last spring, a few of our ACA families volunteered to be “buddies” through Miracle League of East Alabama and it was an amazing experience. The principle is that you play baseball along side a special needs individual and help them with whatever they need help with, encourage them, dance around with them, whatever needs to be done to make the experience enjoyable.  Their schedule runs late March through mid-May. Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, for more information.
APRIL:  Mrs. Hayes and her 4th grade student have offered to do an ACA Lemonade Stand (or a few throughout town) to benefit Big House in the late spring. They had a ton of success with the LemonAid for a Cause stand when they did it through Community and Cause and felt like folks really enjoyed it, lemonade peddlers and drinkers alike! Contact Mrs. Hayes via email, in your family directory, to brainstorm or volunteer.

ACA Column, March 23, 2017

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Parking

LSM is a gracious host to ACA. One of the requirements of our lease, and of us being gracious guests, is that we refrain from parking on the grass unless absolutely necessary.  Please use the gravel parking area, even during drop off or dismissal times.

Progress Reports

Mid-Second Semester Grade Reports will go home with students this afternoon. Please sign your student’s progress reports and return them to the ACA office next week. A copy of the signed report will be sent home for your records.  Please telephone your teachers directly if you have any questions concerning your student’s grades. They would be more than happy to answer your questions. (We think a telephone call rather than an email message would provide a better interchange if you have concerns.) You may also contact teachers if you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference.

Grandparents’ Day

You and your family are invited to attend our annual Grandparents’ Day on Thursday, April 20th at 9:00 am.  This will be an opportunity for the students to showcase some of the material they have learned this year.  The event will be held in the Assembly Room.

Following the presentations, join us for a reception in the Lunch Room.  Students will be dismissed from school at noon, following the reception.  If you do not plan to attend this event, please make arrangements for your student to be picked up at noon.  Our desire is that a shortened day will allow family to enjoy extended time together.

We ask that students wear their best chapel attire for this event.  In light of this, chapel attire will not be required on Wednesday, April 19th.  Students will be allowed to wear their ACA T-Shirts on Wednesday in place of Thursday.

Thespian Thursday

Thursday, April 27th students have the option of attending school dressed as their favorite character from one of the books they have read this year as part of their class curriculum.  All attire should be tasteful and in keeping with ACA dress standards. Students that choose not to participate in Thespian Thursday may wear their usual ACA Thursday uniform.

Usborne Book Fair

April 26-27 we will be hosting an Usborne Book Fair in the Assembly Room. Students will have the opportunity to shop at a scheduled time with their class. Look for more details in the weeks leading up to the Book Fair.

P.E.

With the arrival of warmer weather, students will spend more time out of doors. Students are welcome to wear hats, visors or sunglasses while they are outside for P.E. or recess. Also, if your student has fair skin, you may want to have her/him use sunscreen. Please ensure that your student’s personal belongings are labeled with his/her name.

 

Open House: March 7, 2017

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 8:00 am until 11:00 am
Join our students and faculty for morning Assembly at 8:00 am. Following Assembly, you will have the opportunity to meet our faculty, browse curriculum, observe classrooms, and have any questions answered.