Letter from Lara Zelski – January 9, 2019

Dear ANCS Family and Friends,

I hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday break. We are all geared up and ready to have a strong and positive second half of the school year!

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to review your child’s 18-Week Progress Report and that you found it to be helpful in understanding you’re his/her academic and social/emotional growth over the first half of this school year. Please sign and return the envelope, but keep the report for your records. The next round of parent teacher conferences starts on February 11th, but you should feel free to reach out with any questions you may have before that time. Thank you for the support you provide to our school family each day. The extent of parental involvement and commitment at our school is truly amazing. We value our partnership with you and know that by working together we are sending a very important message to our children – that school matters and learning is important.

It is hard to believe that it’s almost time to begin planning for next school year’s enrollment. Registration for new students will begin on February 1st and continue until March 1st for all who are interested in applying. If you have an incoming kindergartener or any other sibling who is currently not enrolled here that you intend to enroll in ANCS next year, this will apply to you. If have a student currently enrolled, there is no need to complete a new application. We will hold prospective family information sessions at the elementary campus from 9:00-10:30 on Saturday, February 2nd and from 6:30-7:30 on Thursday February 13th so please help spread the word. We will be sending additional information as February approaches.

I just want to clarify that the 2019-2020 ANCS calendar is slightly different than the one adopted by APS. Based on survey data, it was clear that some compromise was necessary to ensure students were receiving regular breaks that support learning and that we stick to the APS calendar as much as possible. The start date next year is two days earlier in August and there is one extra day in October and February for those breaks. Please reach out with questions if you have any.

As you know, Monday, January 21st, 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. 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.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Have a wonderful remainder of your week.