When Winter Weather Affects School REACH Alert Will Keep You Informed

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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.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Inspiring, developing and educating…one LEGO® brick at a time.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, explore architecture and engineering, including famous buildings, motorized machines and inventions, all while having fun using LEGO® bricks.  The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations, build their self-confidence, and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Kid tested and approved for learning fun!

Parents are required to pick-up their child from the front carpool promptly at 3:00 p.m.

If you also have a child scheduled for pick-up from front carpool it is important that you arrive promptly, or even a few minutes early, in order that you are able to pick-up from both locations in a timely manner.  If your child is supposed to walk or bike home afterwards please include detailed directions in the online “Special Instructions” section.  Please note that there is not a crossing guard on duty during the dismissal of afterschool clubs, so age-appropriate adjustments should be made for your child’s transportation should they rely on the crossing guards for safe walking/biking home.  Type the names of all individuals that have permission to pick-up your child from the activity in the “Special Instructions” section.

*Bricks 4 Kidz is a community-sponsored program being offered at Anchorage School.

 6-Week Session for $70
Grades K-5
January 19th – March 2nd
(No class on Feb. 16th)
Friday from 2:00-3:00
(Late pick-up fee of $10)
(Class size is limited: max. 16 & min. 8)

Please click here to download the flyer.

Please register online at: bricks4kidz.com/louisville

Sharon Dodson
(502) 724-3163

sharon@bricks4kidz.com

Futsal Indoor Soccer

“TEACHING THE GAME”

Is an educational after school soccer program that creates a fun and safe environment to teach children the game of Indoor soccer/Futsal in their own school gym. The program is comprised of 6 practice session.

PRACTICE

Duration: 7 Weeks
Practice day: Fridays from 2:00-3:00pm
Practice calendar: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23.
Make-Up Dates: 3/2
Grades: 6 – 8
Group Size: 10-12
Cost: $ 112 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Go to https://goo.gl/vHPMgz  (write URL inside address bar)

Or, google kickssocceracademy.com, go to Programs; School Program Elementary; Winter Futsal Indoor

Click the link “ANCHORAGE  –  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” and you will be prompted to the registration page.                                              

IMPORTANT

A $ 10 late registration fee will occur after 1.4.18 at 4:00pm.

 

WHAT IS FUTSAL?

Futsal (Five-a-side Soccer) is “the Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer”  as is the International form of Indoor soccer approved by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. Please, visit the official US Futsal website http://futsal.com/about to learn more.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Please, consider donating to the Scholarship Fund.

Please, read www.kickssocceracademy.com/scholarshipfund for more information.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

At their December meeting the Anchorage Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 school calendar which had been recommended by the Calendar Committee.  A link to the 2018-2019 APS calendar has been added to the school webpage which can be found at www.anchorage-school.org under the parent tab.

Christmas In Anchorage Thank You

Thank you, thank you to the entire Anchorage community for another successful Christmas in Anchorage event!  We were glad to see so many people attend the events – and it looked like everyone had a lot of fun! Special thanks goes to the Jacobsens for hosting the kick-off party, the APTA Board, and the Christmas in Anchorage committee chairs: Errin Allen, Hannah Barnes, Sara Berakovich, Alix Crutcher, Catherine Delaney, Jessica Ellison, Corrie Harris , Debbie King, Kyle Ludden, Wendy Makowski, Shannon Mayes, Gina Noonan, Ann & Rip Phillips, Helen-Grace Ryan, Leslie Wenz, and Hilary Wise.  Anchorage staff members were also a huge help.  They volunteered at events, lent us their rooms, and used their muscles in ways they never knew they could.  A big thank you goes out to each and every volunteer that made this day run so smoothly.  We absolutely could not have done this without you.  From all the dads who served a delicious breakfast with Santa, to the folks who helped set up and clean up the gyms in record time, our school would not be what it is today without everyone’s support!  Thank you and happy holidays to all.

The Wizard of Oz and Jungle Book Tickets

Tickets are going FAST for ACT’s production of The Wizard of Oz and Jungle Book, Kids taking place January 18-21! Please buy your tickets today to make sure you get your seats! New this year … reserved seating! No general admission seating this year. To purchase tickets, go to your computer (not hand-held device), and follow these links:

 

Thursday, 1/18/18 show

Friday, 1/19/18 show

Saturday, 1/20/18 show

Sunday, 1/21/18 show

 

International Spy Camp

International Spy Camp is a themed program which utilizes the intrigue and excitement of the spy craft to introduce operatives-in-training to knowledge and skill sets required to travel and work around the world. Each meeting is a TOP SECRET briefing and skills training which will include:

  • Geography and navigation
  • Survival languages
  • Code-breaking, surveillance and other spycraft
  • Exposure to art and culture
  • Progress to higher agency ranks
  • Virtual travel to famous sites

…and more!

Each operative-in-training will receive a confidential training dossier, green-screen photo and ISC t-shirt!

*10% discount when you sign up for both-now!

REGISTER ONLINE: www.internationalspycamp.com/anchorage

Click here to download the flyer for more information

No Homework Clinic December 18 and 19

There will be no homework clinic on Monday and Tuesday, December 18 and 19.

Boys’ Lacrosse Community Teams

Boys’ Lacrosse Community Teams- Anchorage 3/4th and 5/6th  Winter League teams are forming now! Game play will begin on Sundays in January (start date of Jan 7) at King Louie’s Indoor Sports Complex (N. English Road.) Games only, no practices for easy commitment! Sunday game play through the end of February. All skill levels welcome (including 2nd graders for 3/4 team.)

Please contact Catherine Delaney 502-744-9182 or anchoragelax34@gmail.com

Lost and Found

Has your child lost a glove? A hat? A lunchbox? Their coat, boots or shoes? This is but a sample of what is currently in the school’s Lost and Found. Stop by this week and next to take a look.

Drop Off and Pick Up Important Information

Because safety is our first priority during drop off and dismissal time at Anchorage, please follow the procedures below when your child is a car rider or golf cart rider:

  • DROP OFF

Students may be dropped off at school beginning at 7:30 a.m. Car riders will be taken to the gym or auditorium to wait until 7:55 a.m. Drop off will continue until 8:00 a.m. Any students arriving to school after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in at the Front Office by their parent.

Remember, front carpool should use Walnut as your pick-up/drop-off route. You should not turn left from Ridge Road to enter the pick-up line. Right only!

Parents/Drivers should not exit the vehicle when in the drop off lane. Should you need to get out of the car, you are asked to park in the parking lot and come into the building.

Walkers should ALWAYS use the cross walk. Please do not walk down the drive where cars are entering.

To help expedite the process, please pull all the way up to the front spot.

  • PICK UP

Parents/Drivers should not exit the vehicle when in the pick-up lane. Should you need to get out of the car, you are asked to park in the parking lot and come into the building.

Walkers should ALWAYS use the cross walk. Please do not walk down the drive where cars are entering.

Carpool runs most efficiently when you pull all the way up to the car in front of you- even though you might be tempted to stop along the driveway where your child is standing. We can load about five cars safely when everyone follows this procedure.

 

To better help the flow, please display your car rider tag with your last name.

Children are not allowed to load on the road at Bellewood. You must enter the school parking lot.

We are a CELL PHONE FREE car rider line.

Save Your Pull Tabs!

We are again collecting pull tabs for Indian Summer Camp, a special camp for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer.  The camp is run totally on donations with the recycling of pull tabs being their main fundraiser.  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 lot.

You may send them in throughout the year or wait until the final collection in the spring to bring them.   Your student may give them to their homeroom teacher or put them in my mailbox.  The homeroom that collects the most will have a party with Dawne Gee, of WAVE3 News.  She, also, works with the camp and comes each spring to talk to the class and answer questions.  You can read about the camp and see pictures by going to www.kidscanceralliance.org/camp-programs.html and looking under the tab, kids and parents, then photo gallery.

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

REACH Alert System

One way the Anchorage Independent Board of Education supports school/parent communication is through the purchase of an emergency parent-notification system.  The Board partners with the City of Anchorage and the Anchorage Police Department in using REACH Alert to communicate timely information with residents.

REACH Alert currently serves many other communities, businesses, and organizations in the state. You may have already created a REACH Alert account for the City of Anchorage, Anchorage School or other network.

  1. If you registered for Anchorage School REACH Alerts in a previous school year, no action is needed as you are already in our system and will continue to receive alerts.
  2. If you are already registered for REACH Alert through the City of Anchorage or any other organization, but have not registered to receive Anchorage School alerts, you can skip the registration process.  Just 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.
  3. If you are not registered to receive Anchorage School alerts we encourage you to sign up in order that you will receive important school emergency and weather related delay and closure information.
  • 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
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on JOIN and select the City of Anchorage

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.

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.

Once all families have had the opportunity to register, we will send a test message on September 5, 2017 around 4:00 p.m.  After that time the system will be used for emergency messages and reminders only, so please do not delay in registering.  REACH Alert is a Kentucky company located in Louisville.  If you have any difficulty registering, or believe you are registered and do not receive the test message on September 2nd, please contact REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313.  Their customer service teams will gladly assist you with any questions.

FAQs

When will the system be used?

There are three basic scenarios:

  • Emergency – For example if there were a chemical leak, gas leak or lock-down, you would receive a message detailing the situation. Follow-up messages could be sent with more detailed information as the situation develops.
  • School Delay/Cancellation Notifications – Early dismissal, delayed arrival, and school cancellations due to weather.
  • Community News – Community related emergency announcements impacting Anchorage Public School.

How will I receive alerts?

When you register, you can choose to receive alerts via text message, phone call (cell or landline) and       e-mail. The system is so flexible that you may even choose different ways to receive different types of messages. You may also choose which type of alerts to receive.

What will it cost to receive messages?

The Anchorage Independent School District and the City of Anchorage are paying for this service. The only cost to parents is the charge from your cell phone carrier for the receipt of a text message or e-mail if you are not on an unlimited text and data plan.

Can anyone other than parents/guardians receive alerts?

Yes. The decision is yours. You may choose to have grandparents, non-custodial parents, or other caregivers also receive messages when you register.

My family does not use text messaging, e-mail or Internet.   Can we still receive emergency alerts?

Yes, you may receive alerts over a regular landline phone.

Is my family required to use the REACH Alert system to keep informed?

No, you will have traditional information sources such as radio and television available for closings and emergencies, and we will continue to send you our regular newsletters and email updates from school. Using this service is your choice and you may opt out at any time. Remember, it is designed primarily for instant communication directly to you; and, in the case of emergency, will provide you with information pertinent to a situation impacting your child at APS.

How do I contact REACH Alert customer service?

Call (877) 307-9313 and the REACH Alert Customer Service Team will be pleased to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have.

 

Anchorage Public School App

Download our free school app from the App store (Apple) or Google Play (Android) on compatible iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Android tablets.  The app was created by two Anchorage Alumni, Logan Beaver and Nick Huls, Class of 2016.  It provides a tool for students, families, and teachers to easily access Infinite Campus as well as the school’s website, lunch menu, email, calendar of events and sports schedules.

To download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, go to the store for your device and search for “Anchorage Public School.”  We hope that you enjoy the additional means for accessing Anchorage Public School information and news!

Box Tops for Education

Collecting ‘Box Tops’ is as an easy way to earn extra money for our school!  Whenever you find this label on many common products, 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 both November and in March, so bring in your collection soon! Each label is worth 10 cents – and that will add up fast.

The APTA thanks you for your support!