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Start of School Welcome Back Letters and Inserts

I want to thank all of our families for their patience during this very unusual time! I apologize for having to provide such long communications and detailed plans. I know how overwhelming it can be to see documents that are 14+ pages long! The amount of detail is only meant to try to keep our families as informed as possible. Communicating electronically and checking websites isn't how we normally do business, but it is our best way to communicate with our families during these changing times. We are doing things virtually to stay connected with all of you.

Please stay connected to our website as well as alert for informative calls from school. These days leading up to the first day of school will be busy and I will share information with families to keep you updated. Attached are the letters that will be mailed home on Monday, August 10, 2020.

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Start of School Welcome Back Letters and Inserts

I want to thank all of our families for their patience during this very unusual time! I apologize for having to provide such long communications and detailed plans. I know how overwhelming it can be to see documents that are 14+ pages long! The amount of detail is only meant to try to keep our families as informed as possible. Communicating electronically and checking websites isn't how we normally do business, but it is our best way to communicate with our families during these changing times. We are doing things virtually to stay connected with all of you. Please stay connected to our website as well as alert for informative calls from school. These days leading up to the first day of school will be busy and I will share information with families to keep you updated. Attached are the letters that will be mailed home on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Questions About Choosing The Right Learning Options?

Families have questions and I am trying my best to provide answers! While I can't make your every wish come true, I have done my best to reimagine how learning opportunities look in our elementary school. These new learning pathways take into consideration student and staff needs as well as guidelines. I apologize for the length of this document, but I tried to be as clear as possible. I wanted to give you a document that you could read over and discuss with your family. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I feel for all of the ARES families and wish we found ourselves in less stressful times. I am proud of what we have been able to offer our families. I am proud of the learning the staff has done to become teachers in an online world. Trust me when I say, we all want to be back to normal in the classroom with all our students. Until then, we have to make the best of this situation. Our students, your children need us to pull together to work as team to get through this. Please understand that this information provided in this document could change at any point in this school year. The foundation of what is presented will not change so it does provide a big picture idea for students, staff, and families.

Kindergarten Registration

We have an additional day for Kindergarten registration on Thursday, June 25th during the day. Please call Kimberlie Akins 724-478-6000 Ext. 5001 to make an appointment if you have not made an appointment previously for your child’s registration.

Student Item Pick Up and Return Day

Hello Apollo-Ridge Elementary School Families! We have arranged for Friday, May 29, 2020, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, to have a day that families can pick up personal belongings from the elementary school. Families can pick up the personal belongings that the teachers have bagged from the classrooms. We will also be sending home summer work packets at this time. These packets are normally given to students on step-up day. They are not mandatory, but meant to give them some academic engagement over the summer. If you have library books at home, we will collect them on this day as well. We ask that all families follow the traffic pattern that will be set in the elementary parking lot. No one is to exit their cars and we ask that all social distancing protocols are followed. When you pull up to the circle, a staff member will ask for the name of your child. This will be radioed into a staff member in the foyer. The materials will be delivered to your car. If you are picking up material for another family, please have a note from the family that permits you to pick up the material for their child. If you do not have a note, we will not distribute belongings for another child to you. If you can’t pick up your child’s belongings on May 29, 2020, you will be able to pick up materials after June 18,2020. We ask that you call the elementary office prior to arriving to ensure the office is open to retrieve your child’s personal belongings. We greatly miss our students and hope that or families are doing well.
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