Letter from Lara Zelski – December 19, 2018

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

We have had a busy few days here at the elementary campus. We are enjoying the recap of Winterfest performances at morning meeting each morning and working hard to finish up work.

A big shout out goes to ANCS music teacher, Mrs. Wawerna, for creating and directing three beautiful nights of Winterfest last week. I am always blown away at how well our students perform. A special thanks goes to Coach Hall, Mrs. Paez and Ms. Keller who supported Mrs. Wawerna with rehearsals and all the back stage details. Also, to Ms. Arringon, Ms. Duke and Ms. Green for entertaining the crowd with their lovely talent during the change of grade levels.

Thanks, too, to our PTCA for all their support and dedication to our school. The PTCA Related Arts Committee worked diligently to ensure all the details for Winterfest were planned and ready for each evening. If you have not yet joined the PTCA, please consider doing so. Remember, your dues are used to directly support teaching and learning here at ANCS and are very much appreciated.

Finally, thank you to everyone who donated the Holiday Helpers this year. Because of all of donations plus the countless volunteer hours buying, organizing, wrapping and delivering, we were able to make the holidays more joyful for 52 students. I am honored to be part of such a loving and giving school family community.

All the lost and found items are located in our cafeteria. We will donate all remaining items at the end of the day Thursday, December 20th. We are encouraging students to take some time to look through the missing jackets, sweaters, shirts, hats, lunchboxes, etc. at some point this week. You can look through them yourself in the morning before or after morning meeting or at 3:15, directly after dismissal. Thanks to Jo-Ann O’Neal for organizing all these items.

Once we get back to school, your child will be bringing home his/her 18-Week Progress Report on Monday, January 7th. As a reminder, this report is part of our holistic reporting system, and is designed to operate in conjunction with parent conferences and the end-of-the-year report card. This report is intentionally called a progress report because we understand that students are continually growing and developing over the course of a school year. The progress report provides a picture of where a student’s understanding of grade level standards is at this point in the school year. There is no formal parent-teacher conference required for this marking period, but, as always, if you feel the need to meet with your child’s teachers, you should reach out to them to set up a time.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Have a wonderful remainder of your week and a peaceful holiday break!

Wishing you well,