Letter from Cathey Goodgame – May 22, 2019

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

Wednesday was our last official day of classes which means we have some exciting, special events ahead of us on Thursday and Friday. Thursday will kick off with a Talent Show followed by Yearbook Signing and Extended Advisory. Later Thursday evening, I look forward to seeing many of you at Maynard Jackson High School as we celebrate our 8th grade class moving on to high school. The event is at 7:30pm and, like last year, the ANCS 5th grade Celebration will be at the same location just a couple of hours earlier at 5:30pm. I always have mixed emotions at this event as we make it to the end of another school year. It’s hard to see the 8th graders go but they need to experience the next step and I’m looking forward to welcoming our next group of 6th graders to campus in just a couple of months!

After a very busy Thursday, we’ll close out the year on Friday with Field Day. There’s no rain in the forecast this year, but we’ve got some serious heat heading our way. To help beat the heat we’ve got a few water events planned. I’ve talked to the students about dress code expectations so please help us support that at home. Don’t forget that Friday will be a noon dismissal and there won’t be any After Care so students need to either walk/bike home or be picked up at noon.

Families of rising 6th – 8th graders should have received information last week via email from Somer Hobby about the Middle Campus Summer Reading and Math activities. In case you don’t have that email, everything you need to know about the reading choices and math activities can also be found here on Ms. Linahan’s blog.

We are asking each Middle Campus student to read at least 2 books over the break: at least one from the required list and at least one “choice” book. We’ve provided some links to possible options for the choice book or students can read anything of interest to them. We are also asking that adults pick up one of the required books to read along with your middle schooler. Engage him or her in conversation about the book as you read and have fun with it! I’m planning to read As Brave As You and Amal Unbound. Which one will you choose? For summer math, students will be working on the Khan Academy mission for the grade they just finished to be sure their skills are sharp when they return in August.

Final Grade Reports for the year will be available in ManageBac at some point on Wednesday, May 29. Before we release the reports, I’ll send an email to families with some explanations about final grades. Keep your eye out for that one and read it carefully as it might be a little long.

Finally, thank you to the Middle Campus families for sharing your children with us each day. I am grateful and proud to be a part of this school family.

Wishing you well for the summer!

Cathey