APS Presents Information About ECE Services and 504 Plans

Want to learn more about ECE services and 504 plans? Join us March 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm for a virtual seminar with Kristy Clark and Sara Wiles.  This is a great introduction for families looking to learn more about the process and next steps.  To participate in the presentation, join the google meeting meet.google.com/wjo-upcv-jbo.

MISSING MIKE Book Club For 4th and 5th Graders

All 4th and 5th Graders are invited to join our MISSING MIKE Book Club starting Friday, February 26 at 1:30. Please have your students join the book club Google Classroom using code 7i24ong and then log onto the Google Meet this Friday to join in reading this amazing, award-winning book. No need to purchase this book because it is on EPIC! You may read this adventure novel for free when you go to getepic.com, use your previous EPIC classroom code, and search for MISSING MIKE by Shari Green.

Other book club meeting dates will be March 5 and March 12 at 1:30.

The 28th Annual APTA Mini-Auction March 1-6

The 28th Annual APTA Mini-Auction is only 4 days away!  Don’t forget to visit www.BidPal.net/apta2021from Monday, March 1st at 8:00 am through Saturday, March 6th at 9:00 pm to see all fun items we have to offer!  Register your credit card and set your max bids.  We have something for everyone!

We’ve got braces from Braces, Braces, Braces!  Who doesn’t love a beautiful smile?!?

We’ve got your favorite Kentucky beverage!  Cheers to a successful APTA Auction!

We’ve got a 50/50 $$ CASH $$ Raffle!  Tickets are only $25.  The more you purchase, the higher the pot!

And…. We’ve got SCHOOL SPIRIT at Anchorage!  Help us celebrate the auction by showing your school spirit all week long.  All the grades are invited to participate.  This year has been a little CrAzY, so let’s have some fun while supporting the auction:

Monday: PJ Day – Wear your favorite PJ’s to school and be comfortable all day long.

Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day – Wear some fuzzy, mismatched, or funny socks. 

Wednesday: Crazy Hair or Hat Day – Wear your favorite team hat or style your hair in multiple braids!  Use that imagination and show off a new do!

Thursday: Crazy Anchorage School Spirt Day – Wear APS colors, spirit wear, or create your own festive outfit with lots of red, white, and blue flare!  Think tutu’s or suspenders, APS Sweatshirts, etc.

We will miss gathering in person this year, but we look forward to “seeing” you all online next week to help raise money for our school.  In the past few years, the funds we have raised have gone toward highly visible things like updated computer labs, stand up desks, upgrading the auditorium sound system, installing a new turf field and scoreboard, a new outdoor classroom, a revitalization of the APS Library Media Center, and most recently a refresh of our APS Cafeteria.  Funds have also gone to other less visible efforts like teacher professional development, guest speakers and assemblies, field trips, flexible seating, graphing calculators, books, microscopes, gym mats, robotics programs, math manipulatives, iPads and chargers, technology subscriptions, online staff resources, portable stage lights, and countless other items. The money we raise really matters!  Thank you in advance for your support!

Statewide Assessments Will Happen This Spring

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) announced this week that it will require states to administer a statewide assessment (KPREP for Kentucky) for the 2020-2021 school year. USED feels it is necessary to administer these assessments in order to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning. APS will view this assessment as another opportunity for us to learn more about the needs of our students and how we can provide additional supports to move their learning forward. 

So what will KPREP look like? At this point, we are unsure, but we do know that the administration of the assessment will be more flexible, and the length of the assessment may be shortened. As that information unfolds, we will be sure to pass it along to our families.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sale Fundraiser March 6, 2021– Orders Due Next Tuesday, March 2

The 8th Grade Class of 2021 is having a doughnut sale fundraiser. Order your doughnuts today and pick them up curbside at APS between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Saturday, March 6. You may order and pay via cheddarup by clicking here or you may turn in a check (made to APS) or cash (exact change please) with the order form found clicking hereOrders must be completed and paid for by Tuesday, March 2 at 3:00 pm.

Anchorage Independent Called School Board Meetings Wednesday and Thursday, February 24 and 25, 2021

To view a livestream of the February 24, 2021 Called School Board Meeting and/or February 25, 2021 Called School Board Meeting, both scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, please click the following link:  https://tinyurl.com/anchorage-live

If you would like to sign-up to speak at either of the meetings, please complete the form at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448AAAD2BABFC1-board

Individuals signing up to speak at the meeting will be emailed a link to join the school board meeting video teleconference as a participant.

Anchorage Community Lacrosse

Anchorage Community lacrosse teams are forming now! All skills, including beginners, are welcome to come and try lacrosse. It is one of the fastest growing sports in America – truly a fun game to play and watch! 

3rd/4thCoed Lacrosse and 5th/6th Boys’ Lacrosse:

Two practices per week and one game per week.

All practices will be held on the Anchorage School field. All games are played at the King Louie Sports Complex.

**all practices & games are outside

3rd/4th Co-ed Team will practice on Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm & Thursdays, 4:30-5:45pm; games on Sundays
5th/6th Boys’ Team will practice on Mondays & Fridays, 4:00pm to 5:30pm; games on Tuesday nights

Practices will start Monday, February 22nd and run through the end of May. 

  • Final times for both teams to be confirmed based on field availability.
  • Full equipment includes helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, stick and mouth guard, (the community lacrosse team does have some used equipment to share!) 
  • Estimated fee per player is $150.00 per player (final fees determined on total number of players).
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For interested 1st & 2nd graders: Pete Pagano will be holding an after-school skills clinic later in the year – more information to come.
For any interested 7th & 8th grade boys: we will be joining the Oldham Lacrosse Club for boys’ lacrosse – please contact Catherine Delaney for more information. 

Come out and try lacrosse! We look forward to teaching new skills, getting some great exercise outside, learning a new sport, and having fun as a team! 

Contact Catherine Delaney for more information about any of these community lacrosse opportunities.
cmdelaney555@gmail.com
502-744-9182

Go Anchors, Go Lax! 

February Core Essential: Kindness

The monthly value for February is Kindness: Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”- Mother Theresa.

A core component of this program is family involvement; we greatly appreciate your continued support of our monthly value outside of the school day.

Test Your Internet Speed To Help Improve Broadband Access

The state is urging residents to take the Kentucky Broadband Speed Test, a crowd-sourcing project to gather data needed to expand internet home access for distance learning, telework and telehealth. You can take the free test until February 18.

Families without internet access at home are urged to connect via a business, library or friend’s house and enter their address to register that their home does not have internet access.

“We need as many Kentuckians as possible to take this internet speed test, to get an accurate picture of who has adequate internet access across the state,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “The more speed tests taken, the better understanding we will have of our state’s internet capabilities, and the better prepared we will be to repair and expand it.”

Kentuckians who participate in the speed test will help detect slow spots around the state and where Wi-Fi access and affordability are lacking.

2021-2022 School Calendar

At their January 19th meeting, the Anchorage School Board considered the 2021-2022 school calendar.    While the final calendar will not be approved until the Board conducts a final reading at an upcoming meeting, all members agreed that the major breaks would be approved as presented.  Major breaks next school year will be observed as follows:

  • Fall Break:  October 4, 2021 through October 8, 2021
  • December Break:  December 20, 2021 through January 3, 2022
  • Winter Break:  February 14, 2022 through February 18, 2022
  • Spring Break:  April 4, 2022 through April 8, 2022

Upon final approval of the full school calendar, a copy will be posted on our website and shared in the School News.

New Quarantine Guidelines

The Kentucky Department of Health has adopted new CDC guidelines related to quarantine requirements for regarding someone who has had sustained close proximity contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. Those guidelines are below.

After a confirmed exposure with a Covid-19 positive individual, students may return to school:

  • After day 10 without testing (Ex. Exposed on 2/11/21, provided the student has no symptoms, including no fever without the use of fever reducing medication, the student may return to school on 2/22/2021)
  • After day 7, after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later). (Ex. Exposed on 2/11/21, tested on 2/16/21 and received a negative test result and student has no symptoms, including no fever without the use of fever reducing medication, the student could return to school on 2/19/21)

You can find a summary of the new guidance at the following link: https://dnks20yxl1c2u.cloudfront.net/381d0fbb43b611527a8f1c329301ef51fd555fcf/New%20CDC%20Quarantine%20Guidelines%20in%20Plain%20Language.pdf

After stopping quarantine, you should:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • Please keep the school updated so we can notify the teachers and appropriate staff of the student’s absence, to help plan appropriately.

Please contact Nurse Killinder with any questions or concerns: misty.killinder@anchorage.kyschools.us

APS Virtual Talent Show March 18, 2021

Due to safety procedures and guidelines, this year our talent show will be a Virtual Talent Show. 

Here is how this will work:

  1. Practice your performance. 
  2. Record a video of your performance and send your video to Ms. Morris no later than Friday, March 12.
  3. All approved videos submitted by the deadline will be put together for a virtual performance to be shared with the Anchorage School Community on the Music Instagram Page and the School Website on Thursday, March 18th.
  4. Guidelines:
    1. Music/Content must be school appropriate. Inappropriate music/content will not be shared in the Talent Show. If you are unsure if your music/content will be approved, please send your video in early to double check!
    2. Your video may not include students from multiple grade levels unless all participants are siblings. Videos submitted with non-sibling grade-level mixtures will not be included in the Talent Show. If you are recording a Talent Show Video with someone whom you do not live with, even if they are in the same grade, you must have a mask on and remain 6 feet apart. Videos submitted with non-household mixtures without masks and safety procedures will not be included in the Talent Show.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Register for Scout Troop 110 “Flags Over Anchorage”

Don’t forget to sign up for Anchorage Scout Troop 110 “Flags Over Anchorage” program!  Join your neighbors in a communitywide display of the American flag for six patriotic holidays in 2021.  Our goal is to have flag lined streets throughout Anchorage this year!  The Troop will install an American flag on a stand near your mailbox and will also remove and store the flags for the next holiday.  It is all done for you!  The cost per year is $40 and the deadline to register ends this month.  Please use the attached flyer to register and support the Anchorage scouts.  Contact Leslie McClure at lesmcclure123@gmail.com with any questions.  

Kindergarten Registration And Screening Information

Kindergarten Enrollment

APS Kindergarten Registration will be virtual this year. Students entering Kindergarten must turn 5 years old on or before August 1, 2021, to be eligible to enroll.  Please    complete the form found at the below link to add your child to our Kindergarten  Registration list.  

https://forms.gle/uDBKpbwbNGh1QEiSA

After completing the form you will be emailed a link to complete the enrollment process.

If you have any questions about the APS Kindergarten Registration process please reach out to Kristy Clark at   kristy.clark@anchorage.kyschools.us or Misty Killinder at misty.killinder@anchorage.kyschools.us.

Kindergarten Screening

After your child is registered for Kindergarten, Kristy Clark will contact you to schedule a Kindergarten Screening time. 

Reserve Library Books From Our LMC

Beginning January 11th, our LMC is offering a new library book service. On all devices and from everywhere, you may search for APS library books on ALEXANDRIA! Simply search: anchorage.goalexandria.com.

Sign in with your library username and password (hint:  username and password are the same as your lunch number).  Search for a book, place it on hold, and it will be delivered to your classroom by the next day.  For more specific directions, please investigate the Alexandria Screencastify tutorial found on our Library web page.  EASY…FAST…READ!