Class T-Shirts

We are collecting t-shirt sizes for our students in grades K-7th in order that we can provide them a t-shirt next school year, similar to the one that they wore at field day this year. The form went home with your student, or you may click this link to download the form as well.

Please return order form to classroom teacher tomorrow.  Order forms can also be returned over the summer to Judy Link at the Board Office. Deadline is June 20, 2017.

School Supply Ordering Information

**New School Supply Company **

It’s time to think about ordering school supplies for 2017-18. For the upcoming year, we are trying a new supply company called School Tool Box .  They have no ordering deadline and the ability to order just what you need or want.

Here’s how it works:

*Go to schooltoolbox.com

*shop supplies

*shop for “boxes”

*find boxes now

*enter Anchorage Public School

**You will find all the lists for each grade – you can choose to order the whole thing, or just the items that you want/need.

Shop now until school starts — but please allow 10 days to get your order!

Thank you for supporting the APTA School Supply Sale!

Questions? Please contact Tracey Adams at  tntadamsky@gmail.com or Kim Striegel kimstriegel@gmail.com

Library Media Center Updates

  • Grade level ‘Summer Reading’ information will be found in the report card envelope, as well as on our school’s web site under the Academics/Activities tab.
  • Our school’s library will be open the following Mondays during this summer: June 5, 12, 26, and July 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Summer Reading Celebrations for the students who complete their summer reading assignments and turn them into their homeroom teachers on the first day of school:

~Middle School Pool Party on August 16th from 1-3 p.m.

~Douglass Hills Swim Club

(click here for required permission slip…no younger siblings)

~K-5th grade SPLASH BASH on August 19 from 7-9 p.m.

~YMCA Splash Park

(families invited but please no older siblings)

  • There are still many student library books to be returned and middle school library fines to be paid. Report card envelopes will not be released until missing library books are returned or paid for….all 6th-8th grade library fines must be paid to get your report cards too. Thanks for your continued support!

Anchorage Readers will turn into life time leaders…..

2017 Fall Cross Country Team Early Registration

First Practice: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Summer camp/practice TBD!)

What to expect this season:  Our inaugural year was a success and hopefully this year is bigger and better!  We welcome all incoming 1st-8th grade students who would like to participate on the Cross Country team!  Our program is a great outdoor activity allowing athletes to develop skills in the sport while building stamina, responsibility, and friendships.  Athletes will participate in Cross Country Meets running from 1K to 3K.  Being “athletic” is not a requirement, we are focused on individual performance and crossing the finish line.  Head Coach – Patrick Ryan (patrickmryan@live.com).

Why Early Registration? Meets begin shortly after school starts and to avoid expense and rush of getting uniforms we are asking you register early.  We also want our students to be prepared to run at the first meet.  Depending on early registration, we may begin practices before school starts. Submit early registration and check to front office before the end of school year.  Final deadline for registration, Friday, August 18, 2017.

Sports Physical: Must be on file before you may participate.  Forms are available in the front office with Ms. Carman.

TeamSnap: Coaches will use the online program/phone app TeamSnap.com to communicate practices and meets.  Upon receiving this registration form back, we enroll you into this service.

Other requirements: Each player must have running shoes that fit well (not shoes “they’ll grow into.”)  Cross Country specific shoes are optional. The athletes will be provided with a tee shirt, a uniform jersey, and shorts.  If you want to purchase the uniform (or additional uniforms) add $25 to the registration fee.

Practices: Athletes are expected to be at practice weekly and attend meets.  Please contact me if there are conflicts with other school activities/sports.  We will be glad to make accommodations if necessary.  Athletes engaged in other sports are encouraged to sign-up for Cross Country!

Fees (early registration):   $85 first athlete / $75 each additional

Click here to download registration form

What is different from last year?

  1. We are retuning as champions!  With some experience behind us, we know what to expect!
  2. Yes, fees increased to ensure we are able to replace uniforms and pay for meets.  To remain consistent our fees cover our expenses; however, a multi-athlete discount was added.
  3. More coaches.  We are recruiting college Cross Country runners to help coach our practices and run with our older athletes.  We will be working on scheduling additional practice times and/or splitting our elementary/middle school practices.  A goal is to have more participation in our middle school.

Summer Library Hours

The Anchorage School Library will be open this summer for your students!  Parents and incoming K-8th grade students are welcome to come to the school’s library/media center on scheduled Mondays to check out books for up to three weeks and to take AR tests. Students under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult when visiting to check out books over the summer.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Dates: June 5, 12, 26 and July 10, 17, 24 and 31

Hours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

For your convenience a book return box will be located in the front lobby of Anchorage School and also in the Board Office over the summer.  Families that check out books are welcome to stop by any weekday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., to return books.

We also encourage our students and families to visit any of the Louisville Free Public Libraries over the summer and to participate in their great summer reading programs.  Details can be found at the following link:  http://www.lfpl.org/kids/

Anchorage School phone number:  245-2121

Anchorage Board Office phone number:  245-8927

Summer Reading Celebrations!

Middle School Swim, DJ, and Photo Booth Party

6th-8th Grades Summer Readers

Wednesday, August 16

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Douglass Hills Swim and Tennis Club

Parent signed permission slip required. Click here to download permission slip.

Calypso Cove Splash Park Party

Kindergarten-5th Grades Summer Readers

Saturday, August 19th

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Students must attend with a parent or guardian…families encouraged to attend too!

Buzz Book Information and Order Forms

2017-18 school year Buzz Book forms are due no later than May 19, 2017.

The document is conveniently located on the school website at https://anchorage-school.org/welcome/school-forms/ and is titled, “Buzz Book Form.” The forms should be printed, completed and turned into the Front Office along with your check made to Anchorage School for $7.00 for each Buzz Book purchased.

The Class of 2018 is collecting the information and taking orders now so that the Buzz Books will be available on orientation day. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2018 by ordering a Buzz Book.

17-18 School Year Enrollment Forms Past Due – Please Contact Us If You Need Assistance Submitting

In an effort to prepare for the 2017-18 school year and help parents check a summer “to do” item off their list early, we requested that you complete an enrollment form and submit it no later than May 12, 2017. If you have not turned that in, please do so ASAP.

The document is conveniently located on the school website at https://anchorage-school.org/welcome/school-forms/ and is titled, “Enrollment Form.” The enrollment forms can be completed electronically and emailed to enroll@anchorage.kyschools.us or it can be printed and turned into the Front Office. Hard copies are also available at the Front Desk.

Anchorage Summer Program Offerings

Looking for a camp this summer for your children? Well, check out all of the great camps being offered at Anchorage School this summer. Click here to download the camp brochure. Turn in your registration ASAP to ensure your child gets into the program of their choice.

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

At their December meeting the Anchorage Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 school calendar which had been recommended by the School Council.  A link to the 2017-2018 APS calendar has been added to the school webpage which can be found at www.anchorage-school.org under the parent tab.

When Winter Weather Affects School REACH Alert Will Keep You Informed

Be prepared

Winter weather conditions sometimes prompt Anchorage Public School to cancel school, delay school or dismiss early.  Therefore it’s a good idea to decide in advance how best to keep up with the changes, what child-care arrangements are needed, and how to adjust to a different schedule.  Also, please make sure your child’s school has up-to-date phone numbers and emergency contacts for your family.  

Getting the word out
Announcements are made as early as possible on Louisville news channels (WDRB, WHAS, WLKY & WAVE) and the APS website. Families can register to receive a phone-call, and/or text-message, and/or email through our REACH Alert system.  We do not follow Jefferson County’s decision on school closings.

Students’ safety is a top priority, so on wintry days, district employees begin assessing conditions as early as 3:30 a.m. These leaders consider roads, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, precipitation, outdoor temperatures, wind chills, current conditions and the weather forecast, with a goal of announcing a decision by 6:00 a.m.

Whenever travel is unsafe, APS has three choices:

  1. Cancel school
  2. Delay the start of school
  3. Dismiss school early

IF SCHOOL IS CANCELED:  Afternoon and evening school sponsored student activities are canceled for elementary and middle school. School Council meetings are also canceled.  APTA meetings, Board meetings, and community sponsored activities held at school may continue at the superintendent and chairperson’s discretion.

IF SCHOOL IS DELAYED:  School starts either one or two hours later than normal. School dismissal times remain the same, and afternoon and evening activities continue as usual unless evening weather warrants a cancellation which would be communicated through REACH Alert and team coaches/club sponsors.

IF SCHOOL DISMISSES EARLY:  The decision will be made as early as possible to allow families time to make arrangements and all student after-school and evening activities are all canceled.  Elementary school families are asked to email their child’s teacher or call the school with instructions about how they want their child to go home if they want to alter procedures.  If families don’t make contact, the school will try to reach them. Students will be supervised until the last child is picked up.

Weekend activities

Canceling or dismissing school early on a Friday does not cancel weekend activities.  All school activities scheduled on the weekend are subject to cancellation under the following conditions:

  • When there is clear and present danger for automobile travel on local streets and roads. This condition may be assumed whenever local governmental agencies or the local police have issued warnings against unnecessary travel.
  • When there is a high probability of storms or other conditions that would most likely restrict safe travel on roads and streets during the next several hours.

Student activities scheduled on the weekend are subject to being placed on hold under the following conditions:

  • When the present weather conditions are not conducive to safe travel, but the local forecast indicates the condition will likely end within the next three hours.
  • When it is expected that streets and roads might become unsafe for travel during the time period that students, parents and sponsors will be traveling to or from the event.

If student activities are canceled or placed on hold, the club sponsor will contact the parents of student participants.  In the event that a large number of students are impacted a message will be sent via our REACH Alert system.

Make-up days

State law requires school districts to ensure at least 170 days and 1,062 hours of teaching and learning.  Cancellations and/or delays can result in days or hours added into the school calendar.  APS announces an adjusted calendar at the end of the winter snow season.

Registering for REACH Alert Notices

One way the Anchorage Independent Board of Education supports school/parent communication is through the purchase of REACH Alert, which is an emergency parent notification system.  In the case of severe weather, unexpected closings, delays, dismissals or emergencies 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
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on JOIN and select the City of Anchorage. Individuals that only join the “Anchorage School” network will not receive City of Anchorage notices.  We recommend that you join both networks in order to receive all information that may be related to road closures or emergencies.

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.

Don’t Forget to Register for Anchorage Retail Rewards Programs!

Don’t forget to register your Kroger cards for Anchorage School rewards, too.  Kroger cards can be registered at www.kroger.com/communityrewards.  You get to keep your Kroger points but the school also gets a quarterly check for our combined purchases.  Please email Emilie Delehanty, emilie.delehanty@gmail.com, with any questions.

Box Tops for Education

The APTA continues to collect ‘Box Tops’ as an easy way to earn extra money for our school!  Whenever you find this label on many common products (such as Kleenex tissues), just cut it off and start saving them.  You or your child may drop them in the collection box located in the mail room near the front desk. We will be counting and sending them off in November, and then again in March, so bring in your collection soon! Each label is worth 10 cents – and that will add up fast. Thank you for your support!

Make Sure We Have Your Correct Contact Information

Have you recently checked to make sure the school has the latest contact information for you and your emergency contacts? Phone numbers and email addresses change a lot, and the district makes every effort to keep its databases accurate. You can help by sending changes to webmaster@anchorage.kyschools.us or, if your students are in 3rd-8th grade, by updating your information using Infinite Campus.

For 3rd-8th grade parents, instructions for checking and updating contact information is below.

From your computer (not the mobile app), log in to Infinite Campus. On the left side of the screen, click “Family,” to display the names and contact information for parents and siblings. Please review the phone numbers and email addresses. If a change is needed, click the Update button and edit the appropriate information. Remember to click “Send Update” when finished. If you have questions, please direct them to webmaster@anchorage.kyschools.us.

Thank you for helping us stay in touch!

Not Sure When or Where…We’ve Got it Covered!

You can access our school calendar by clicking on the “Calendar” link found on our main webpage at www.anchorage-school.org.  When you access the calendar you will notice that in the upper right corner there are options to switch the view between “week”, “month” and “agenda.”  Be sure to try out the “agenda” view as it is the most popular and offers a less cluttered overview of upcoming events and student activities.

The school calendar can also be added to many mobile devices and personal computers as well.  If you would like to load school events onto your device, click the following link and follow any prompts:  https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/anchorage-school.org_t16nd3040fobtj0cofs0kivqj4%40group.calendar.google.com/private-9e04ec71b6a7925a4d1d9c7f68a2eae9/basic.ics.  Some devices make the addition without any prompts, but may require a restart of the device.  Once the calendar is added to your phone, calendar events that are added to the school website (www.anchorage-school.org) will automatically sync to your device. The first sync may take a few minutes.  We have noticed that occasionally mobile devices fail to detect updates to the calendar.  An occasional reboot of the device is generally the easiest way to resolve this issue.  We do want to alert users that loading the school calendar onto your phone will load multiple daily school events into your calendar.

We recommend if you use the mobile device calendar feature to set the school calendar to a different color on your device than your work or personal calendar in order that your personal appointments do not get overlooked.  Also, please note that your mobile device offers a feature which allows you to turn the school calendar off and on once it is loaded, which allows you to choose when you would like to view events.

If you have any questions or need assistance with accessing our school website or calendar information please contact Karen Steltenpohl at karen.steltenpohl@anchorage.kyschools.us for assistance.