Hello! Here is a quick opportunity to have your voice heard! Please give ten minutes of your time to provide an extremely valuable service to the PTA. We are collecting responses to a survey to help the PTA understand the priorities within our community. The PTA’s goal is to be an accessible, useful, welcoming resource for Abernethy families, and in order to make sure that our work aligns with community needs, we are hoping to gather input from as many community members as possible, PTA members or not. By completing this survey and spreading the word so that as many families as possible participate, you will help the PTA to reflect the many voices that make up our community.
The survey link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCW8YQ6
We will collect survey answers for a few weeks—why not get it out of the way over the upcoming holiday weekend? If you prefer a printed copy of the survey, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get one to you! Reminders will come out as the survey window closes. Thank you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback!
Beth Cavanaugh, Abernethy PTA Communications Co-Chair, on behalf of the Abernethy PTA Board
What a wonderful first week of school for our older kids. We are thrilled to be welcoming our kindergarteners today. It is a pleasure to see all of the kids so excited to have a great school year. As we get moving into the school year I wanted to highlight a calendar change. We try so hard to stick to the calendar that was set, but in this case, we need to move the date of Curriculum Night. Curriculum Night has been moved to Thursday, September 14th from 6:00 to 7:30. We apologize for the inconvenience of this change, but the original date fell on Rosh Hashanah. This event is only for adults. There will be two sessions for each classroom (6:00-6:25 and 6:30-6:55). Teachers will be presenting information about the curriculum, expectation, and routines. We ask that you do your best to be present for the beginning of the presentation to minimize disruptions for the group. At 7:00 pm there will be a short presentation to share information about Talented and Gifted (TAG) identification and testing.
The Auction date was inadvertently left off of the calendar. It is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 10th. Mark the date so you don’t miss the fun.
Since we have another grade level starting in the building this week I thought it would be good to repeat the information shared last week about our morning routine:
In order to maintain peaceful, safe hallways in the morning, students and their families are expected to be in the cafeteria, on the playground, or in the main hallway before 8:40. In the morning, teacher plan time allows them to create meaningful, engaging activities for students. Please allow teachers uninterrupted plan time before 8:40. As in the past, there is no supervision in any area except the cafeteria for breakfast. Here are the following changes:
We are all excited to have a truly amazing school year. I look forward to all the learning and growth that is in store for all of us.
PPS Bond project work is continuing on many fronts.
Water quality teams have replaced water fixtures in the first group of 15 schools and are now retesting the water for each school. When the water test results show that the quality of the water coming from the drinking faucets is better than the EPA recommendations for schools they are turned back on. The water is now flowing again at Astor, Chapman, Hayhurst, Richmond, Sacajawea, Skyline, Woodstock and West Sylvan.
In case of a fire, students know to evacuate the building at their teacher’s direction. In case of an earthquake, students know to brace themselves under their desks and protect their heads and necks. But what happens after those events? What happens if a school crumbles or burns, leaving students and staff without a way to contact parents and families?
Last week, Capitol Hill Elementary School attempted to answer those exact questions.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Conversation about Race
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Winter Break
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Winter break, schools closed