APSAP Meeting Monday, November 25, 2019

The next meeting is Monday, November 25 at 8:00 am. For those attending, please be ready to discuss any possible changes to the athletic section of the school handbook.

Come Celebrate the Holiday Season!

Get into the holiday spirit as Anchorage Public School celebrates the 39th Annual Christmas in Anchorage.  Guests will enjoy festivities ranging from Breakfast with Santa to the fabulous holiday boutique.  This important community event is sponsored by the Anchorage Parent Teacher Association and proceeds support enrichment programs at the schoolPLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RESERVATIONS WILL BE ONLINE ONLY THIS YEAR. Please submit your RSVP by  Friday, December 6 so the elves can buy all their supplies!

Thursday, December 12 – Holiday Kick-Off Party at the Sublett Home, 11406 Ridge Road from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm:

Come help the APTA holiday elves kick-off Christmas in Anchorage. Admission is a $50/person donation to the Anchorage Parent Teacher Association.  Invitations will be arriving at your homes soon.  Please RSVP using cards from the mailing or use the link https://my.cheddarup.com/c/christmas-in-anchorage

Saturday, December 14 – Visit the school between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm to enjoy all these Anchorage traditions:

Holiday Boutique – open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Breakfast with Santa – Seatings at 8:00 am or 10:00 am. Make your reservations now using the attached form. Cost is $10 and RSVP here https://my.cheddarup.com/c/christmas-in-anchorage

Reindeer Ranch – Enjoy hot beverages, pastries, and lunch items from Gumby’s Custom Catering. In the spirit of the season, Gumby’s has graciously agreed to donate 20% of all food sales to the APTA.

Holiday Concert – One concert this year! Kindergarten – 6th grade perform from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

Frosty’s Jolly Fun Zone – While the adults are shopping, the kids can have their own fun! Secure your spot here https://my.cheddarup.com/c/christmas-in-anchorage for the following activities:

  • Make It & Take It Crafts for Kids
  • Candy Cane Corner Kids Shop
  • Storytime and Crafts with Mrs. Claus

2019 Christmas in Anchorage Ornament – Anchorage School, the heart of our special community, is dressed for the holidays in this year’s Christmas in Anchorage ornament! Order here https://my.cheddarup.com/c/christmas-in-anchorage

North Pole Bakery
The North Pole Bakery is one of the most cherished and successful parts of Christmas in Anchorage. This school -wide bake sale features some of the most fabulous treats and raises big dough for our little ones. To stock the bakery we ask each family to:

  • Send in at least one baked good item per child
  • Drop them off Friday, December 13th in morning or afternoon carpool
  • Wrap all treats -marking what the treats are or adding a recipe card
  • Please list ingredients for those that need allergy-friendly or gluten and nut-free items

If you are more interested in baking than presentation we can help! For $5.00 per item our pretty committee will do the work for you and package your goodies like a pro. Just click the link here https://my.cheddarup.com/c/christmas-in-anchorage and find North Pole Bakery Pretty Committee. Just tape the receipt emailed to you onto your baked goods the morning of December 13th and we’ll take it from there.

Attention 6-8 Grades – Go For It!

Go For It!- (A KY YMCA Youth Program)—January 19-21st

The Go For It Conference is an inspirational and motivational character development conference that builds servant leaders through a focus on introspective reflection, personal discovery, and skills development.  Through in-depth guided discussion, small group activities, and team building, teens hone leadership skills and explore their own values away from the pressures of their daily lives.

In a rare space where teens can truly be themselves, students have fun, forge lasting bonds with peers from throughout the Commonwealth, and return home better prepared to be effective servant leaders in their home, school, and community.

If students are KYA members, then they will receive a discount for attending!

Students register for this conference individually and not as a school.  Register by January 3rd for the GFI program by visiting this link: http://www.kyymca.org/gfi/

Email Ms. Fisher with any questions! amy.fisher@anchorage.kyschools.us

No Homework Help November 25 And 26

No homework help November 25 and 26. Homework help will resume on Monday, December 2.

Middle School Community Connections Club School-Wide Holiday Drive- Dontations Due By December 6

The Middle School Community Connections Club is excited to sponsor a school-wide holiday drive to benefit 54 families at the downtown Family Scholar House campus. We are inviting each grade to share the joy of giving.

  • Elementary School and Sixth Graders please collect items to provide a Snow Day Kit for 79 children. (Grade-specific donations below).

Kindergarten and First Grade: Packs of hot chocolate and Candy canes—individually wrapped
2nd and 3rd Grade: Toys, small games for ages 1-3 year old
3rd and 4th Grade: Coloring books, packs of markers, crayons for ages 4-7 years old
5th Grade: Card games for all ages
6th Grade: Puzzles, toys, craft kits for ages 8-14 years old

  • 7-8th graders please collect donations to host the “Love Mom” Shop, which is a free store where our students help the children of Family Scholar House choose and wrap a present for their parent.

7th and 8th GradeLove Mom Shop items for mom (candles, new or gently used purses, lotions, scarves, gloves, blankets, jewelry)

In addition,

  1. All families can donate good condition items to Linda’s Closet, a free store at Family Scholar House for professional women’s clothing (donation box in front of school)
  2. Our middle school students and their parent(s) are invited to volunteer their time on Monday, December 9th to host the annual holiday night for these 54 families, including 79 children. Sign-up sheets will be distributed soon.

 Donations due by Friday, Dec. 6th. THANK YOU! 

Anchorage Civic Club Annual Anchorage Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day, November 28 – Free To Cross Country Team Members

Anchorage’s annual Thanksgiving Day activity, the Turkey Trot, is a 5K/10K run/walk that absolutely everyone can participate in! Bring the whole family and your friends to join the fun and burn some
calories in advance of your feast!

Registration is at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Sea Hag in downtown Anchorage, and the race starts at 9:00 a.m. Save time! Registration forms are available online. Visit http://bit.ly/2VDaoQS to download your form. Fill it out in advance, bring it to the race with your payment, and you’re ready to run!

Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for Anchorage Civic Club members, $5 for kids under 12, $50 for a family, and FREE for members of the Anchorage School Cross Country team.

When Winter Weather Affects School REACH Alert Will Keep You Informed

REACH Alerts:  Severe Weather/Emergency Status/School Closing

In the case of severe weather, emergency status or unexpected closings, delays and dismissals the superintendent will enable the ​REACH Alert System​ that sends school alerts via text messages, phone calls (cell or landline) and/or emails.

To register for REACH Alert, simply follow the following steps:

  • Go to ​reachalert.com and click on MY ACCOUNT ​and then select CREATE ACCOUNT ​to establish your initial account.
  • Follow the prompts.
  • When prompted for Network Name, enter Anchorage School and click on the school name when it appears in the dropdown list.
  • When prompted for a role, select parent.
  • Be sure to select to receive “alerts”.  Individuals only registering to receive “Reminders” will not receive school closing information.
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on ​JOIN ​and select the​ City of Anchorage ​network.

If you opted to receive text alerts, REACH Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration. Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE. ​If you do not receive this message, please call REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313 for assistance. After you have completed the registration process, you may add other phone numbers and email addresses. From your dashboard page, click on the second tab at the top of the page – CONTACT INFO​. From this page you will see where you can add and delete numbers and addresses.

If you already have registered for REACH Alert through the City of Anchorage, your place of employment, child care center, another school, or any other organization you can skip the registration process and simply go to www.reachalert.com and login to your current account and click on JOIN NETWORK on the right side of your dashboard page.  Enter Anchorage School and click on our name in the dropdown list and follow the prompts.

Official announcements for school closing may also be heard over WHAS radio and local TV stations. Listen for Anchorage Public School information. It is important to remember that Anchorage School does not follow Jefferson County’s decisions on school closings.

Please note, last winter when we had a snow day, some families learned they had signed up for “reminders” instead of “alerts” in error, and therefore did not receive the snow day message.  We recommend that families select both boxes, as shown below, however you must select “alert” to receive severe weather or emergency messages.  Also, we use the same service as the City of Anchorage, so alerts will come from the same phone number.  If your cell phone has auto labeled the “sender” as “City of Anchorage” or “Angie Chick” you need to be aware that school messages deliver from that phone number as well.  Please do not hesitate to email anchorage.webmaster@anchorage.kyschools.us with questions or for assistance.

Lost And Found

Please check out the lost and found when you are at school for Book Fair and Thanksgiving Lunch. Unclaimed items were donated before fall break, yet there are many new items in the lost and found.

Core Essentials November: Honor

The monthly value word and definition for November is Honor: Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” -Albert Einstein

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

We’ve Got SPIRIT! – November 22 Is Spirit Day!

Wear your spirit wear for a chance to win a popcorn party!  The classroom with the most number of kids showing their school spirit by wearing Anchorage wear will win a popcorn party!  Real movie theater popcorn and drinks will be delivered to your classroom on a date chosen by your teacher.

APTA Winter Spiritwear Sale going on now through November 15!

Looking for a gift or stocking stuffer, look no further!  There are a few new items and lots of best sellers available!


Coffee And Conversation Thursday, November 21 at 8:00 am

Campus Security Improvement

Anchorage Public School is stepping up its campus security efforts with several improvement initiatives to better ensure the safety and security of our students, staff and visitors.   One of those initiatives is our enhanced visitor management system being funded through our Safe Schools allocation. The system will help boost campus security by identifying and badging all visitors to our school.

We are happy to share, that while the new system will provide for enhanced security, the experience for visitors is much like our existing process.  Visitors will still present a valid driver’s license or other state issued photo ID at our front desk and will still sign-in, listing the purpose of their visit.  Our new process will also however include a visitor’s picture being taken and included on each temporary visitor’s badge, in order that all badges will include the visitor’s picture, date and purpose of visit.  (A picture will ONLY be taken during a visitor’s initial visit/registration with the system.)  The system also automatically checks the visitor’s name and date of birth against a national databases of registered sex offenders.  At the end of a visit, procedures will remain unchanged.  Visitors simply go to our front desk to sign out and to collect their ID.

This new system will better allow our school staff to ensure that all visitors are authorized to be on campus, are in the intended visit locations and have appropriately signed in through our front desk.

We will begin using our new system on Monday, October 28.  Community members who would like to pre-register with the new system, can do so at the District Office any day next week (October 21 – 25) between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.  It is not necessary to pre-register, but doing so will make your first visit (with the new system in place) to school more efficient.

School Picture Retake Day November 19

Picture Day was great! The childre were happy and very organized. If your child was absent, no worries, the Retake Day will be on November 19 at 8:00 am.

You have 2 options to order online:

  1. Visit mylifetouch.com and add Picture Day ID number EVTVK2DQZ. This option will no longer be available after October 3.
  2. In 2-3 weeks all students will receive a personal order sheet containing a Portrait ID and Access Code. You will be able to go online and see your child’s picture and order if you would like to order.

Any question, please contact Cris Bueno | 502-779-0038 | crisfarhud@hotmail.com.

Save Your Pull Tabs!

We will again be collecting pull tabs for Indian Summer Camp, a special camp for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer!  The Knights of Columbus have a competition between several small schools, mostly private, to see who will collect the most and win a trophy!  Hopefully, we can win that this year!  Last year was our first year to partner with them.   This summer they were able to donate a check to Kids Cancer Alliance, who runs the camp, for $1000.00, from last year’s collection of pull tabs.

The camp is run totally on donations with the recycling of pull tabs being their main fundraiser.  The camp began in 1981 with 20 campers.  This summer they had four separate camps in which 241 children attended.  Fifty-six recreation and support programs were provided to serve over 300 families fighting childhood cancer.

Since cancer can be quite expensive, there is no charge for the kids to attend the week-long camp.  No child has ever been turned away. There are doctors and nurses at the camp so they can continue their chemo and treatments, if necessary.   You may not have a lot of pull tabs but when added together, they can make a difference.  Our number of pull tabs has dropped significantly in the last few years so I’m hoping we will have more this year!

You may send in your pull tabs throughout the year or wait until the final collection on April 10, 2020, to bring them.  Your student may give them to their homeroom teacher or put them in my mailbox.  In the past, the homeroom which collected the most received an ice cream sundae party!  Let’s see if we can have enough participation to do that again!

You can read about Indian Summer Camp by going to www.kidscanceralliance.org.

Remember, with each pull tab you save, you are helping a child with cancer have a week of fun, just being a kid!

Thanks for your help!
DeeDee Mitchell

“Green Team” Environmental Club

The purpose of the Green Team Environmental Club is to have the youth of our school help transform the health of the community, the planet, and themselves.

Each month the members will participate in an activity that helps bring a healthy change to themselves, the school, or the planet. The last meeting in April will be our opportunity to share what we have learned with the school/parents and to celebrate Earth day.

Sponsor: Stephanie Cronan
Monthly on Mondays from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Dates: September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 27,
February 24, March 16, April 20

Contact Stephanie Cronan at slmullett@yahoo.com or come to the first meeting September 16


Community-Sponsored Activity