WE HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THE CHARGER NEWSLETTER TODAY! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH TO THE END! THANKS SO MUCH!
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - UPDATE
As with most new programs, there is an evaluation period to see if everything is working properly. Change is never easy, but we want to make this transition as easy as possible for our families. We are finding that some parents are having difficulty arriving during our pick-up window. Our new Extended Day program is a structured, curriculum based program with scheduled activities as well as snack time (we provide the snack and drinks). We realize, however, that not all families will choose to be a part of this wonderful program and will simply need a little time before they can pick up or arrange for pick up of their students after school lets out. For these students, we will be providing “Drop-In” tables where your students can focus on their homework.
Our liability insurance requires that all on-campus students are being supervised when entrusted to our care. Since the only staff available for this supervision is our Extended Day director, the Drop-In students will remain with the extended day program at the Drop-In table until signed out by a parent or other authorized person. We are making the Drop-In program available at $6.00 for any part of an hour and this should be paid at the time of pick-up if at all possible.
The Extended Day Program handbook & enrollment forms are attached below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Ahrens at [email protected] or 918-832-4600.
SCHOOLWAY COMMUNICATION TOOL
In case of severe weather, large scale sickness among students or staff, or if there is an urgent message we need to share with our families, we will be utilizing the SchoolWay app available on your Apple or Android products. This is a free app that you will need to download to your phone, iPad or tablet (from the App Store or Google Play); or you can download the web based version to receive messages via e-mail or text (you will need to enter your e-mail address or cell number to receive e-mail or text). The SchoolWay system will send you an alert with the message we need our families to receive. Please take a few moments to download the MySchoolWay app for your computer at http://myschoolway.com/acatulsa or from the App Store or Google Play for your smart phone. A pdf to walk you through the download process is attached below.
We will also notify the three local TV stations if sickness or weather should cause us to close the school or delay our start time, but we feel SchoolWay will be a great partner, and it is a free system provided to us by our friends at Jostens. Please download it at your earliest convenience.
LUNCHES AT ACA
We have found that a change to the lunch program offerings would be more helpful to our families. We will now have a vendor providing lunch options for our students and staff for each day of the week, including Fridays! This year we will be offering meal options from the following:
Monday - Chick-fil-A
Tuesday - Marco’s Pizza
Wednesday - Subway
Thursday - Chick-fil-A
Friday - Papa John’s Pizza & Freckles Frozen Custard
Attached below you will find the monthly lunch menu September which shows the items offered each day and prices. These will also be the items offered next week August 17-19, and the following week, August 24-28.
We will not have vendors providing lunches the rest of this week and on Thursday & Friday next week, August 20 & 21. Students must still pack their lunches those days. (Freckles Frozen Custard will be available on Friday, August 21 at lunch time.) Remember that students in grades K4 - 5th will not have microwaves available to them during lunchtime.
During the next two weeks, lunches must be ordered before school at the office window (K4 - 2nd grade) or at the beginning of class (3rd - 12th grade). For the month of September, you may print out the lunch menu and order for the month. Students may also order each morning - the monthly order form is for your convenience. For more information on the specialty pizzas please visit http://www.marcos.com/ and http://order.papajohns.com/order.html Parents who would like, may set up a lunch ledger for their student in the school office by depositing money for their student to spend on lunches. Questions? Call the school office!
CHARGER ROUND TABLE AT NEW LIFE RANCH
It is our tradition at ACA to begin the school year with a retreat for our 6th - 12th graders and staff at New Life Ranch in Colcord, OK. Our students will leave next Thursday, August 20, at 8:00 a.m. and return on Friday, August 21, between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. This is a wonderful time of bonding, worship, games, discussions, fun, and it helps to integrate new secondary students into the ACA family. Permission slips (attached below) MUST be turned in by next Monday, August 17th and payment is due by Wednesday, August 19th, unless other payment arrangements are made through Mr. Ahrens. The cost is $100 per person. We are also looking for families & friends of ACA who might be able to help us with some “scholarship money” for families for whom this retreat is a hardship due to multiple students in our secondary school. If you can help in this way, please contact Mr. Ahrens or Becki in the school office, 918-832-4600.
SOUND OF MUSIC AUDITION WORKSHOP
Attention all High School Students! We are conducting a FREE audition workshop THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 3:45 - 8:30, IN THE PAB. This is in preparation for the upcoming auditions of “The Sound of Music”. We would love to see EVERY High School student at this workshop. You do NOT need any previous vocal, acting, or dance experience. We will teach you everything! There are great parts for guys and girls. The workshop will prepare you for the auditions that will be held on Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, August 17, at 3:30 p.m.. Call backs will be held Tuesday, August 18th. If you are planning to attend the workshop, we need you to complete a Workshop Registration Form found outside the Office window. Please turn this form into the office on or before the end of the school day Thursday. Questions? Talk with Mrs Redden, Miss White, or contact Gale Post at 918-852-2040. Bring your ACA friends!
REQUIRED PARENT MEETING FOR SOUND OF MUSIC
Following the audition workshop Friday night, there will be a required Parent Meeting at 8:30 p.m. in the PAB for parents with students who attended the workshop and / or for parents of students that desire to audition for “The Sound of Music”.
“SOUND OF MUSIC” AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN
On Saturday, August 15th, there will be an open cast call and auditions at 10:00 a.m. for the following age groups:
Boys: grades 4-8
Girls: grades 2-8
Children need to be able to sing well, move well, and act. We will teach all the candidates a portion of a song from the musical and teach them some dance moves and hear them read. Call backs will be held next Tuesday, August 18 from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Post at 918-852-2040.
GRAMMAR SCHOOL T-SHIRTS
If you are ordering t-shirts for your Grammar School student, please bring your order form to the school office by Friday, August 21st. Shirts are $10 each and order forms are available in the office.
2015-2016 PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK
Attached below you will find the updated 2015-2016 Parent/Student Handbook. Please take a few minutes to read through the handbook and sign and return the last page to the school office. We want everyone to be on the same page as we begin the year!
ACA OFFICE HOURS
We will return to regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) beginning August 10th, the first day of school. If you need to reach someone outside of office hours, please email [email protected] .
Have questions? Please call ACA at 918-832-4600
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Aug. 14: “Sound of Music” audition workshop, 4:00 p.m. grades 9 - 12
Aug. 14: “Sound of Music” parent meeting, 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 15: Children’s Auditions, 10:00 a.m.
Aug. 16: Auditions, 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 17: Auditions, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 19: House leaders leave for New Life Ranch, 3:45 p.m.
Aug. 20-21: Charger Round Table at New Life Ranch, grades 6 - 12
Aug. 28: Final Friday Spirit Wear Day
Sept. 4: Yearbook Picture Day (more info coming soon)