Letter from Lara Zelski – January 15, 2020

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

Congratulations to Declan Gunn, fourth grader, for winning this year’s ANCS 4-8 spelling bee. He will move forward to represent ANCS at the Atlanta Public Schools spelling bee this week. Good luck Declan!

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to complete the Georgia school climate survey for parents. This survey is used in conjunction with other data to assign each school in the state a “school climate star rating”. You can read more about the surveys and the climate star rating on the Georgia Department of Education website. We ask that you please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey for ANCS between now and February 28th. Click here to access survey.

A friendly reminder to enter the drop off lane and the pick up lane from Augusta Street. Pulling in, especially in the mornings, from Pavillion and Bass, causes traffic congestion and interferes with the flow of traffic. Please pull forward to the front of the school in the mornings and resist the urge to stop in front of the library to drop off your child. This also causes traffic congestion and slows down our morning drop off procedures. Additionally, please remember to be considerate of our neighbors by not blocking their driveways or parking on the curb.

As you know, Monday, January 20th, is the MLK holiday and we will not be in school. In 1983, legislation was signed to create a federal holiday to celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This was a long struggle and it wasn’t until 1986 that the holiday was actualized and citizens across the United States were given a day to honor one of the most inspirational speakers and leaders in American history.

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 91 years old this year. Here at school students are having discussions in an effort to deepen their understanding of why we take this day off from school and to create a better appreciation of the work of Dr. King. Most importantly, we want our students to ponder how they, too, can practice the teachings of Dr. King. We are encouraging our students to participate in a service project, that is age appropriate for them, of course. I hope you enjoy this long weekend and find the right way for your family to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy your long holiday weekend.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Lara