Algonquin News - Sept. 15, 2021
AMS LEARNING LAUNCH - THANK YOU
Thank you to all of the families that attended our AMS Learning Launch event on Tuesday.
We appreciated that so many families took time from their busy schedules to be here to learn more about our school program.
Please consider taking a moment to answer our three question survey about the Learning Launch event.
Click here for the survey: https://forms.gle/jQMMeLbemvJN7Syc7
NO SCHOOL THURSDAY - YOM KIPPUR
There will be no school on Thursday, September 16th for Yom Kippur.
AMS WARRIOR WEDNESDAY - 9/22
On Wednesday, September 22nd, AMS will hold our first Warrior Wednesday of the school year. Students will have an extended Morning Meeting on Wednesday where students will engage in activities as a group to get to know each other better and develop a stronger sense of community. Each month will have a theme for our Warrior Wednesdays. This month we are kicking off with the theme of Kindness. We encourage you to ask your child about their experience in our Warrior Wednesday program.
BLUE AND GOLD THEME DAY - WEDNESDAY - 9/22
In honor of Warrior Wednesday, students and staff are encouraged to dress in blue and gold on Wednesday 9/22. Go Warriors!
We would like to thank everyone for their patience during morning drop off over the past week. Traffic has been moving more smoothly, but still there is congestion in the morning. Please remember that families are welcome to drop off their child at any time between 7:00am and 7:45am each morning. We respectfully ask that families wait until 7:00am to drop off their child as there is no adult supervision available prior to that time in the morning. Families are also encouraged to carpool with neighbors whenever possible. Thank you.
AMS SAFETY DRILLS
Greetings, AMS Community!
Next week we will be conducting some safety drills during our school days. We will practice both our fire safety procedures as well as a lockdown. Both of these drills will function mostly as they already have in the past. However, there are notable changes to each to accommodate safety protocols for operating during COVID-19.
Students will not be forced to cluster together during either drill. For lockdown drills students will remain in their seats. For fire drills, students will remain in socially distanced lines for the whole drill. In case of actual events, students will gather together in classrooms to be out of sight during a lockdown. Or, they will be closer together in lines as they evacuate the school during a fire emergency. At that point, the most immediate safety priorities are maintaining physical safety during the lock down or fire emergency.
If you have any questions about either of these drills please feel free to reach out.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
The Fall Scholastic Book Fair continues during lunches through Friday 9/17.
The APO is also running a COIN CHALLENGE during the book fair in order to collect money for the “All For Books” program. The money collected directly benefits our school library and classrooms, plus Scholastic matches every dollar collected by donating a book to a child in need through a variety of charitable organizations. The homeroom collecting the most money will WIN A DONUT PARTY! Students should look for their homeroom’s container at the book fair. Parents can also stuff the bin during the Open House.
Students who make a purchase at the book fair get a chance to win a FREE poster (while supplies last).
Families can can also shop the online book fair at: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/amsfall2021
Parents can also set up an “eWallet” for your student (a convenient payment option), just click on the above link.
UPCOMING APO MEETING
The first meeting of the Algonquin Parent Organization (APO) for the 2021-22 school year will be held Monday, September 20th from 7pm-8 in the AMS library. Mr. Messia will be there to give us some updates and we will use this meeting to get some guidance from him regarding how we can enhance this school year for our students.
Also, our Board has a vacant Vice President seat. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Cat Headley (email@example.com). There are only 3 meetings a year. Future meeting dates are 11/15 and 3/7.
CHROMEBOOK CARE PROGRAM
Starting this fall the school district will be offering “Chromebook Extended Care” for $35.00. This one time, optional charge, will provide an insurance for Chromebooks that will cover two claims per school year for any damage that may occur to a student’s Chromebook. Sign up for the program will occur later in September. Click here for more information from our District Technology Department: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ISv1kGBqI2fArIiZkXp4syIrsiqL1-u6/view?usp=sharing
BSA SCOUTING INFORMATION
Please click on the following link for information about BSA Scouting for this year:
WARRIORS COMPETITIVE CHEER PROGRAM
Please click on the following link for information about the Warriors Competitive Cheer Program:
WEBINARS FOR PARENTS FROM NYSCATE:
NYSCATE, (New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) has live webinars for parents on their website. Topics include Google Classroom, digital literacy, social media 101 and many more! Peruse topics and register at the link below:
The Averill Park Central School District’s Board of Education, its officers and employees shall not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation in its educational programs, services or activities. A complete copy of the grievance procedures regarding discrimination may be obtained in any of the school offices.
Kimberly Nugent, Title IX Coordinator
146 Gettle Road, ST1
Averill Park, NY 12018
In compliance with Section 504 (of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) Averill Park offers assistance to
students, parents (for school related purposes pertaining to their child) and staff qualifying as having a disabling condition as defined under Section 504.
For further information or to make a referral for such assistance, you may contact:
Dr. Camille Harrelson, Section 504 Coordinator
146 Gettle Road, ST1
Averill Park, NY 12018