Principal's Message

principal wood

Dear ACS Families:

I hope you enjoy a peaceful holiday break with your families. December is such a busy time here at school. We were excited to be able to celebrate the season with many special events this year. A huge thank you to our music teachers for putting together two wonderful holiday concerts. Hearing our students sing and play their instruments was a great way to celebrate the season. A special thank you to Mrs. Christy and our Drama Club for creating some holiday fun this year.

I can’t believe 2024 is right around the corner! As we ring in the new year, our elementary teachers and staff begin reflecting on the goals we have set for our students and work to provide opportunities to further their growth. Working together with our families plays a crucial role in helping our students succeed. Having good school attendance, reviewing learned concepts at home, and keeping in contact with your child’s teacher are just a few examples of how parents can help ensure school success.

Below is some information you may find helpful:

• Report Cards: Our first trimester report cards went home in early December. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

• Benchmark Winter Testing: During the month of January our teachers begin assessing our students’ growth by administering the iReady benchmark diagnostic. This testing helps us evaluate your child’s growth in the areas of reading and math. We will share the results of this testing with our parents at the end of January. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have regarding these assessments.

• NYS 3-8 Testing: In the spring our students in grades 3-8 will be taking the New York State ELA and Math Assessments. During the month of January, our students will participate in a computer based simulation of those tests. More information to come.

• Reminder: Our Lost & Found bin is overflowing! Please take a few minutes to look through items when you come into school and claim anything that belongs to your student.

• Recess reminder: We try our best to take the students outside for recess. As the weather gets colder, remember to bring your coats, hats, mittens, and boots.

• School Supplies: We always have a closet full of donated supplies. Please let us know if your child needs anything to help support their learning.

Happy New Year!

Dawn Wood

Elementary Principal