Team Kentucky Healthy-at-School Guidance Released

At a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Beshear discussed highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing pandemic.  The Team Kentucky Healthy-at-School Guidance can be found here.

The guidance addresses multiple areas, such as mask wearing, social distancing, wellness screening and sanitation.

With the guidance now in hand, we are working to finalize our APS Return-to-School plans and look forward to releasing those to parents in the coming weeks.   We are certainly blessed by many advantages that will make our transition to reopen school easier, such as small class sizes, a full-time school nurse and school counselor on staff, and a well-equipped custodial department.  Our large classrooms coupled with small class sizes will afford students many opportunities to be relieved of wearing a mask, while still adhering to the expectations included in the state guidance for Kentucky schools.

Anchorage Children’s Theatre – 73rd Season

Get ready for another show stopping season! We are planning on having the ACT program for grades 1-8, as of now. We have contingency plans in place if we have to make accommodations due to the Covid-19 virus. More information will be coming this summer, but as of now, mark your calendars for the parent meeting in the cafeteria or likely via video teleconference on Thursday, August 20. 

Parents of 1-2 grades, Annie Kids, 5-5:45
Parents of 3-5 grades, Matilda, Jr., 5:45-6:30
Parents of 6-8 grades, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., 6:30-7. 

Show dates are:
Matilda and the Annie Kids  Pre-Show: January 21-24
Beauty and the Beast, Jr. March 11-14

Don’t Forget To Order Your School Supplies!

APS teachers’ supply lists for the 2020-2021 school year are now available online! Support your APTA and save tons of time by ordering your school supplies at www.schooltoolbox.com! Order for all of your students (Grades K-8), with just a few clicks. We are excited that middle school supplies are online this year too! You can shop for all of your students, customize your cart, and supplies will be boxed and delivered directly to your doorstep! Complete your online order by July 26th to ensure your supplies arrive before school starts.

Important Supply Reminders and Updates

•When using schooltoolbox.com, be sure to select your student’s appropriate grade for next school year. •7th/8th Grade Calculators – All 7th and 8th grade students need a TI-84 Plus CE Calculator (NOT Nspire CAS). If you do not have one, this item must be purchased and is not included on the schooltoolbox website shopping list.
6th/7th/8th Grade Chromebooks – Options to purchase or rent Chromebooks will be emailed by the school over the summer.
Headphones – All students are required to have a set of plain (no decorations) “over ear” headphones (no earbuds or wireless) for use in the computer lab.  They are used throughout students’ school career at Anchorage School so generally one pair will last all nine years. Your child may also need a second pair of headphones for his or her classroom – if so, these will be included on the school supply list on schooltoolbox.com.
Rising 6th graders and new middle school students will need to purchase a padded case for their Chromebook computers.  APS has a recommended case that is available on Amazon and School Toolbox (you can add it to your order).  All families have the option to purchase another reasonably sized padded bag. The bag must be available for use before a Chromebook will be issued to the student.
• Amazon Link: click here 
• School Specialty Link: click here
Academic Planners – All students will be required to purchase an APS academic planner for the upcoming school year. Additional communication will be distributed as the school year approaches.
Wishlist Items – Any additional items requested by your teacher for the classroom will be included in your classroom assignment packet or communicated by the teacher.
Art Sketchbooks – Students will be reusing Sketchbooks for Art class this year. New APS students should plan to purchase a Derwent Academy Wirebound Sketchbook 11”x8 1/2”, 70ct (this is currently included in the Kindergarten supply list online).
Face Masks – Students will be asked to bring a clean mask (can be cloth) to school with them each day until the current health emergency has passed.  More information about next school year will be emailed by APS in early July; however, this information is being included now as families may want to begin purchasing comfortable masks for their children.
•Should you have any questions or issues with school supply ordering, please email Leslie McClure at lesmcclure123@gmail.com

The Scoop On Summer Learning Opportunities – Summer Reading, Camps, Enrichment!

APS summer 2020 learning opportunities will be housed on the school website located at https://anchorage-school.org/summer-2020-learning-opportunities/. Here you will find the required summer reading by grade level, opportunities to stay sharp in reading, math, science and social studies, weekly enrichment activities for all students (which are highly encouraged for the primary talent pool and GT students), and information on APS virtual summer camps. 

APS 2020-2021 T-Shirts

Over the summer, Anchorage School will be ordering class t-shirts that all incoming students will be able to wear for designated field trips, school Spirit Days, Field Days, etc… These shirts are being provided at no cost to families. In order that we can have these shirts ready when students return in August, please submit your child’s name and size by Friday, May 22, using the following link: https://forms.gle/s3PAA9TLCetxC5mB8. Please download attached flyer for sizing information.

Anchorage Public School Athletic Program (APSAP) 2020-21 Fall APSAP Sports Registration

During the 2020-21 fall season, APSAP is offering K-8 Girls Cheer, K-4 Coed Cross Country, 5-8 Coed Cross Country, 5-8 Girls Field Hockey and 5-8 Coed Soccer. Once registration information is collected and there are a sufficient number of students registered to form teams for the sport and grade(s), parent meetings will be held to provide more information (i.e., practice schedule, game schedules, team expectations, etc…). Practice schedules will be determined and communicated by the coaches once teams are formed. We anticipate practices will begin the week of August 3rd. In order to make sure we have enough interest in our fall offerings, please register by May 29 – see registration procedures below.

If your child does not have a current KHSAA sports packet on file please get this completed by August 1st. You can find the forms for this packet by clicking here.

Registration Procedures

To register for fall sports go to the following Team Snap site and complete all required fields. 

https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/230200

Go Anchors!
Tom Clemons
Athletic Director
Anchorage Public Schools
tom.clemons@anchorage.kyschools.us

5-8 Soccer Coaches Needed

The Anchorage Public School Athletic Program APSAP is seeking additional 5-8 soccer coaches for the 2020 season.  Ideal candidates possess a genuine care and concern for students, have experience in playing and/or coaching these sports, strive to create positive relationships with parents and the community, and demonstrate a willingness to partner with fellow coaches and administration to create meaningful growth and development experiences for students.  Requirements include completing coaching education and CPR/First Aid training which is provided by Anchorage School.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Athletic Director Tom Clemons at tom.clemons@anchorage.kyschools.us.

Interested In Coaching Field Hockey?

APSAP is seeking additional field hockey coaches for the 2020 season for grades 5-8. With Coach Wiles taking a year off due to the upcoming birth of her newest addition, Coach VanNevel is looking for an assistant to help her work with the girls. Ideal candidates possess a genuine care and concern for students, have experience in playing and/or coaching field hockey or the willingness to learn, strive to create positive relationships with parents and the community, and demonstrate a willingness to partner with fellow coaches and administration to create meaningful growth and development experiences for students. Requirements include completing coaching education and CPR/First Aid training which is provided by Anchorage School. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Athletic Director Tom Clemons at ​tom.clemons@anchorage.kyschools.us.

Revised 2020-2021 Calendar News

At their April meeting the School Board approved a revised 2020-2021 school calendar to address the Kentucky Oaks being rescheduled for Friday, September 4, 2020.  The only changes to the calendar made Friday, September 4, 2020 a non-school day, but only if the Kentucky Oaks is run with or without spectators.  If due to conditions at the time, the Kentucky Oaks is not run on September 4, 2020, it will be a school day.  The last day of school for 2020-2021 has been moved to Thursday, May 27, 2021 if the Kentucky Oaks is run with or without spectators.  If the race is cancelled, our last day will be scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2021 as originally planned.

Enrollment Forms Due ASAP

In

an effort to prepare for the 2020-21 school year and help parents check a summer “to-do” item off their list early, we are requesting that you complete an enrollment form online and submit it by Friday, May 1, 2020.  

The document is conveniently located on the school website at https://anchorage-school.org/welcome/school-forms/ and is titled, “Enrollment Form.” If you have any issues locating the form please email Misty and she will make sure you get one.

You may submit this form by emailing it to enroll@anchorage.kyschools.us

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email Misty Killinder, RN/Registrar at Misty.killinder@anchorage.kyschools.us

We appreciate your efforts in facilitating a smooth enrollment process for the 2020/21 school year.

Buzz Book Moving To An App! Please Complete ASAP

We are very excited to announce that our Buzz Book is moving to an app for 2020-2021! You will have access to two downloads for $10. If you need more downloads, you of course may purchase more. In order to gather family information, please complete the form on Cheddar Up by clicking here. You may purchase your downloads at the same time you complete your registration allowing your family to be published. Don’t want the download? That’s ok – you do not need to purchase, but we do need you to complete the registration form by Friday, May 1, 2020. Information on how to download will be sent out at the start of school in August.

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

At their November meeting, the School Board approved the 2020-2021 school calendar which had been recommended by the Calendar Committee.  A link to the 2020-2021 School Calendar has been added to the school webpage which can be found at www.anchorage-school.org under the parent tab.

KHSAA Sports Physical Forms Needed

Visit a doctor with your child to get their KHSAA Sports Physical Form completed. Don’t forget, any student participating in an Anchorage School summer sports camp or school year sport must have an updated KHSAA Sports Physical turned into the school prior to the first day of camp/tryouts in order to participate. The Sports Physical form can be found here or picked up at the front office. KHSAA Physicals expire exactly 12 months after the date the most recent physical was performed. Please be certain that all required areas of the 4 page form are complete with signatures.

Every year we have students sidelined due to expired sports physicals, so please schedule your appointment today to keep your child in the game.

Add Money to Your Child’s Lunch Account

Go online to add money to your child’s lunch account at MySchoolBucks. If you are new to Anchorage School and do not yet have a MySchoolBucks account, or have not yet utilized the online payment option, to sign-up for MySchoolBucks please click here for the parent letter, which includes instructions. Upon signing up you will be able to make payments and see up to 90 days of transaction history, all from one site. It’s a great way to monitor your child’s cafeteria purchases.

APTA on Facebook

Stay connected to your Anchorage School friends and informed of school events by “liking” the PTA’s fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anchorage-PTA/107209339336069