Letter from Lara Zelski – February 6, 2019

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

First, I want to thank the PTCA for organizing such a fun Bingo night. A special big thank you Hannah Beth Milman who called the numbers and to all who volunteered to make the evening run smoothly. We appreciate those of you who were able to attend and support our wonderful school, too.

Friday, February 15th will be HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Spirit Day. We are inviting students, parents and teachers to wear something that represents an HBCU. We encourage parents to wear their HBCU apparel to morning meeting on that day. During morning meeting there will be a short presentation outlining the history of HBCUs-highlighting Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta as local HBCUs.

Online registration for next school year started February 1st and is open until March 1st. Amazingly, we have already received over 150 applications! Remember, there is no need for you to complete an intent to return for next year as your child will be automatically rolled over. However, if you are planning on not returning next year, we would like to know as soon as possible. If you have an incoming sibling for next year, you do need to complete an application by the deadline. You can always feel free to reach out to Kelly Dennis if you have any questions about the application or enrollment process.

Our second round of parent-teacher conferences begins next Monday, February 11th and runs through March 15th. Please make sure you sign up for a time to meeting with your child’s teachers. Conferences are an important part of our reporting system. If the times provided are challenging for you, please reach out to the teachers as soon as possible so you can work together to find a time to discuss your child’s progress.

As we are gearing up for these conferences, please keep in mind our guidelines for effective family/school partnerships. You can find a lot of information regarding these partnerships on the ANCS website. We spent a lot of time working with and receiving feedback from families and teachers to create how effective partnerships are supported by our school’s Guiding Principles. If you scroll about half way down the family partnerships page, you will find some helpful tips and expectations for all of us to follow.

I have received feedback from a neighbor that many ANCS families are blocking driveways and parking in crosswalks in the morning. Please help us to be good neighbors by following traffic rules and being extra aware that we are part of a neighborhood and the folks who live here are also trying to get kids to school and go to work in the mornings. It would be helpful to keep your route to Grant Street and Georgia Ave. and try to avoid as much as possible the crowded and narrow side streets. Some mornings we have quite a backup with cars trying to turn onto Pavillion and the street is so crowded nobody can move.

Additionally, please remember to move down in the car rider lane in the mornings. If students want to walk on the path through the front yard, they can walk up there to do that, but do not stop by the library to let your student out and please avoid passing by the front steps and then stopping. Both of these situations backs traffic up considerably. Thank you for your cooperation with these matters.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Take care and have a wonderful remainder of your week.