WELCOME NEW ACA FAMILIES
Several more new ACA families are now receiving the Charger Newsletter and we just want to say “Welcome to the family!” Watch for the Charger Newsletter to arrive in your in-box every Wednesday afternoon and you will stay up-to-date on the events and news at ACA.
Returning ACA families should check Gradenet (or have your student check) to be sure there are classes listed for your student, because if there are no classes showing for the upcoming year, then we do not have a class schedule for your student! If you are unsure, call the school office. If you need to meet with Mr. Post to discuss your student’s class schedule or diploma option, please call the office to make an appointment with him as soon as possible. Some classes are filling up! Families new to ACA will receive information about accessing Gradenet at the parent orientation.
EARN DOUBLE HOUSE POINTS!
We are in need of some high school students to help us get the school building and classrooms ready for school to begin. If your students are willing to help, and would like to start off the year with some House points, please have them come to the school this Friday, August 1st. Teachers will be working on their rooms beginning at 9:00and will welcome the help! Also next week any day we can use helpers to pick up, clean up, put away, carry books, etc. Mr. Post will award DOUBLE COMMUNITY SERVICE POINTS for each student who volunteers and the House that earns the most points during this opportunity will receive a BONUS!
PARENT ORIENTATION & FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
In order to accommodate the needs of different age groups, we have scheduled TWO parent orientation evenings. Tuesday, August 5th, at 6:30 p.m. will be specifically for the parents of elementary age students (grades K4 – 5). Then on Thursday, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m. we will meet with parents of secondary age students (grades 6 – 12). This is the only time during the school year that we have the opportunity to share important information to parents in person! It also provides a time for you to meet our teachers and hear their expectations for the new year. Students do not need to attend – they will have their own orientation time on the first day of school, August 11th.
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – The first day of school will be a full day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. All students, grades K4 – 12, including part-time students and those who will be attending classes only on T/Th, need to attend the morning student orientation (8:00 – noon). Full time students and those attending part-time on MWF will have a shortened class day during the afternoon with each MWF class meeting for approximately 30 minutes. Everyone will need to pack their lunch – no lunches will be available for purchase. After school care will be available on the first day of school! Please call the school office if you have any questions about our first day of school: 918-832-4600.
We are leaving the gently used uniform pieces in the school lobby through Friday of this week. If you missed the Uniform Recycle day last week, stop by tomorrow or Friday to see if we have some items that will fit your student!
NEW HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY
This year, there will be a new class for high school students who are interested in working with children. We have enhanced our Student Aide program and added a Student Intern program. Dr. McGuire will be overseeing both of these classes. If your student is interested in either one of these opportunities, you may contact Dr. McGuire at [email protected] . Specific information will also be available during student orientation.
Teacher Aide (.5 credit per year)
The Teacher Aide Program provides an opportunity for each student to gain a realistic experience within the teaching profession as they observe and help the classroom teacher. Students will be assigned to Grammar school classrooms (Pre-K-5th grade) based upon need and available cooperating teachers.
Teacher Intern (1 full credit per year)
The Teacher Intern Class is a career exploration experience for students considering a teaching career. Each intern works daily (M,W,F or T,Th) with a classroom teacher and is exposed to a variety of classroom activities representative of the responsibilities of a teacher. Interns will be asked to perform duties such as interacting with students in the classroom, tutoring individual students, creating bulletin boards, and teaching a lesson. At the end of the experience, the Intern should have a good idea of whether or not he or she would like to pursue a career in education. In addition to the classroom experience, a journal and assignments will be required to achieve a full unit of credit.
PERFORMING ARTS – “Oklahoma!”
All students entering grades 9 - 12 are invited to the FREE audition workshop for our upcoming fall musical “Oklahoma!” on Friday, August 15th after school. Auditions will be held on August 17th and 18th, with call-backs on the 19th. Director Mrs. Post says “My inspiration for ACA’s production will be the stage version starring Hugh Jackman with the Royal National Theatre. You can watch it FREE online on PBS.com under Episodes > Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” > Oklahoma. This is my favorite version. I think you will see why after you watch it!” Our “Oklahoma!” performances will be November 13 - 16, 2014. Mrs. Post will be giving more information at Parent Orientation on August 7th!
NEW GRAMMAR SCHOOL HANDBOOK
Attention Grammar School Families: There is a brand new Parent/Student Handbook just for our Grammar School (K4-5th grade). Parents, you can find the new handbook attached below!
If your family uses the FACTS monthly payment option to pay your tuition, please remember that you need to turn in your payment form three weeks prior to your first monthly payment. Please call the school office if you have any questions about the monthly payment option or the FACTS form.
The ACA office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday through August 8th. Beginning August 11th, office hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Have questions? Please call ACA at 918-832-4600
Aug. 1: Teachers Return
Aug. 5: Elementary Parent Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Secondary Parent Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: First day of school, 8:00 – 3:30
Aug. 15: Free Audition Workshop for “Oklahoma!”, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 17-18: Auditions for “Oklahoma!”
Aug. 21-22: New Life Ranch, grades 6-12
Sept. 1: Labor Day – no school