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January 29, 2023
AES Families,

Our Annual AES World’s Finest Chocolate Sale starts TOMORROW!! If you would like to sell chocolate, please return the permission slip and we will send a box home with your child. If you have already signed the permission slip, chocolate will be going home with your child TOMORROW. If supporting our school is something you want to do, but you do not want to sell chocolate, there is an OPT OUT option that will still allow your child to participate in the selling incentive parties. All proceeds from our annual chocolate fundraiser go towards needs that will benefit students, teachers, and overall school improvement.

PTO has an involvement opportunity!! 🍎Feb 3 - Donate items to stock the teacher workroom. You can bring drinks (sodas, fruit juice, Red Bull, waters, etc) from now until Feb 3rd! Just drop off in the front office.

Please join us this Thursday at 8am for Parent Advisory. We look forward to taking a Mid-Year School-Wide Data Dive, discussing present communication tools, and hearing your feedback on numerous topics.

We are steadily filling our spots for 23/24 Pre-K - CLICK HERE: https://sites.google.com/alcoaschools.net/aespre-k/home
**Please share this with any Alcoa resident you know that has a child who will be 4 years old by August 15th

We are looking forward to another fantastic week at AES!! Please reach out if we can help you with anything at all! Our doors are always open!!

A few upcoming dates:
🌪 1/30-2/17 - AES Annual Candy Fundraiser
🌪 2/2 - Parent Advisory (8 am)
🌪 2/10 - PTO 2nd Grade Valentine Dance
🌪 2/17 - ½ PD Day
🌪 2/20 - NO SCHOOL
January 22, 2023
AES Families,

This Friday we will be kicking off our AES World’s Finest Chocolate Sale!! A permission slip will be in your child’s folder this week. If you sign the permission slip, chocolate will be going home NEXT MONDAY, January 30th. If supporting our school is something you want to do, but you do not want to sell chocolate, there is an OPT-OUT option that will still allow your child to participate in the selling incentive parties. All proceeds from our annual chocolate fundraiser go towards needs that will benefit students, teachers, and overall school improvement.

ESSER Survey - Parents, please go to https://www.alcoaschools.net/ and fill out the ESSER survey that is on the main page of the district website. This probably looks familiar, because it has to be filled out twice annually. Thank you for taking the time to complete it. PLEASE complete this survey prior to January 31st!

This time of year, we tend to see an increase in student illness. Please keep your child at home if they are running a fever, have stomach issues, or have any other illness which could be contagious. Our policy is that the student must be fever-free and stomach symptom-free (without medicine) for 24 hours before returning to school. Also, when a student is sick, they MUST BE fever-free and/or vomit-free without medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child leaves school because he/she is sick with fever and/or vomiting, they MUST stay home the entire following school day. They may return following this absence as long as they are fever-free/vomit-free for 24 hours. Please send a parent note or doctor's excuse explaining the reason for all student absences when your child returns to school.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help and our doors are always open!!

A few upcoming dates:
🌪 1/16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
🌪 1/30-2/17 - AES Annual Candy Fundraiser
🌪 2/2 - Parent Advisory (8 am)
🌪 2/10 - PTO 2nd Grade Valentine Dance
🌪 2/17 - ½ PD Day
🌪 2/20 - NO SCHOOL
January 15, 2023
AES Families,

ESSER Survey - Parents, please go to

https://www.alcoaschools.net/

and fill out the ESSER survey that is on the main page of the district website. This probably looks familiar, because it has to be filled out twice annually. Thank you for taking the time to complete it. PLEASE complete this survey prior to January 31st!

As always, if you ever have any questions or need to reach us, please don’t hesitate. Our doors are always open!!

Thank you for sharing your children with us at AES!!

A few upcoming dates:
🌪1/16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
🌪1/30-2/17 - AES Annual Candy Fundraiser
January 8, 2023
AES Families,

What an exciting time of year this is at Alcoa Elementary School!

Last week the AES teachers took a Mid Year Data Dive and looked at where we started the 22/23 school year and where we are now. All we can say is WOW!! Our students have made incredible gains!! The exciting part is that we are only halfway through this school year and there is so much more to come!!! This term is when we see many students take giant leaps in their learning. Let’s keep the positive growth going with coordinated efforts between home and school.

One of the best things you can do with your child is read with them each night. By taking the time to read with them you:
(1) provide a fluent model of what reading sounds like,
(2) allow them to see that you value the practice needed to grow as a reader,
(3) encourage them to continue practicing the strategies and skills learned at school, and
(4) (the best of all), you get to spend quality time with your child.

As always, if you ever have any questions or need to reach us, please don’t hesitate. Our doors are always open. Thank you for sharing your children with us at AES!!

A few upcoming dates:
🌪1/10 - Class/Club Group Photo Day
🌪1/16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
🌪1/30-2/17 - AES Annual Candy Fundraiser
January 3, 2023
AES Families,

We hope everyone had a great holiday, had time to relax, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. We can’t wait to have your child back in the building this WEDNESDAY, January 4th!!

With the onset of approaching winter weather and flu season, please log into Skyward and make sure all your contact information is up to date. Please include an additional emergency contact we can call to pick up your child in the event we cannot reach you. If you are unable to log in Skyward or need help, please contact our front office (982-3120) or send a Dojo to your child’s teacher and we will get it updated in the system for you.

Please help us by ensuring your child has a winter coat (labeled with their name) so they can be comfortable during outside recess on cold days.

Unfortunately, with winter weather comes flu season. If your child is sick and has a fever or vomiting, they must be fever and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school to prevent other students from getting sick. If your child goes home sick, it is required that they remain out of school the following day. We want to minimize the spread of sickness and keep AES students and teachers healthy. Please remember to send a note if your child has been out sick.

As always, it is a blessing to have the opportunity to share in your child’s life and education. Please feel free to contact us, or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. You are always welcome and your involvement and support are appreciated. Happy New Year!! Happy 2023!!!

A few upcoming dates:
🌪1/10 - Class/Club Group Photo Day
🌪1/16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
🌪1/30-2/17 - AES Annual Candy Fundraiser
December 11, 2022
AES Families,

Be sure to check the Lost & Found racks and bin if you are missing any items. You can check in the morning from 7:10-7:45 during drop-off. During the day you are welcome to check, just sign-in at the front office first. All remaining items will be donated on 12/16.

Please remember, you can fill out a free/reduced meal application anytime during the school year. Take advantage of the opportunity if you believe you may qualify. Applications are available online and in all front offices.

A few upcoming dates:
🌪12/13 - Winter Choir Concert @ 6:00
🌪12/15 - Christmas Party Day
🌪12/15 - 12/16 - ESL Parent Conferences
🌪12/17-1/2 - Winter Break
🌪1/4 - Students Return to AES
December 4, 2022
AES Families,

This has been a fantastic week back following our Thanksgiving Break!! PreK was busy learning about their 5 senses, Kindergarten kicked off their farm unit, 1st grade was tackling the skill of estimation in math, and 2nd grade what blowing us away with their knowledge of Greek Mythology!!

Next week we start our winter iReady Benchmark assessments. These assessments allow us to see the growth being made and the hard work they are putting forth each day. Please make sure your child is at school and on time. Remember, they can get a hot breakfast starting at 7:10 am each morning.

Be sure to check the Lost & Found racks and bin if you are missing any items. You can check in the morning from 7:10-7:45 during drop-off. During the day you are welcome to check, just sign in at the front office first. All remaining items will be donated on 12/16.

This time of year, we tend to see an increase in student illness. Please keep your child at home if they are running a fever, have stomach issues, or have any other illness which could be contagious. Our policy is that the student must be fever-free and stomach symptom-free (without medicine) for 24 hours before returning to school. Also, when a student is sick, they MUST BE fever-free and/or vomit-free without medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child leaves school because he/she is sick with fever and/or vomiting, they MUST stay home the entire following school day. They may return following this absence as long as they are fever free/vomit-free for 24 hours. Please send a parent note or doctor's excuse explaining the reason for all student absences when your child returns to school.

A few upcoming dates:
🌪12/13 - Winter Choir Concert @ 6:00
🌪12/15 - Christmas Party Day
🌪12/15 - 12/16 - ESL Parent Conferences
🌪12/17-1/2 - Winter Break
🌪1/4 - Students Return to AES
November 27, 2022
AES Families,
Welcome back, AES families!! We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving week, spent with friends and family! We look forward to seeing our students return tomorrow!
A few upcoming dates:
🌪 12/12 - 12/16 Dress Up Week
🌪 12/13 - Winter Choir Concert @ 6:00
🌪12/15 - Christmas Party Day
🌪12/15 - 12/16 - ESL Parent Conferences
🌪 12/17-1/2 - Winter Break
🌪1/4 - Students Return to AES

November 6, 2022

AES Families,

 

During the month of November, gratitude is a common topic around our building.  It is a wonderful time to reflect on everything we are thankful for here at AES.  What/who are you grateful for at Alcoa Elementary School?  Please take a brief moment to express your gratitude to our amazing staff by completing the google form below. Your words of appreciation make an incredible impact on our school climate and culture.  Thank you!   We will share all of your responses with the staff before Thanksgiving break on Friday, November 18th.


Here's a link to the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfZLrKMQRd1DLO8RM3pHqJhk_CRjSNbxYP6p4xt1Fr5cvLsA/viewform


A few upcoming dates:

🌪11/8 - NO SCHOOL (PD Day for Teachers)

🌪11/14-11/18 Fall Book Fair

🌪11/17 - Math Parent Night (4pm-6pm)

🌪11/19 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Break

October 30, 2022
Red Ribbon Week was so much fun!! Ask your child about Officer Rex (The Enforcer) and Mr. Coffin the Magician and their guest appearances on the AES Morning Show to tell us about healthy choices they make to live a drug free life. We have a fun extension of the week happening tomorrow with “Say BOO to Drugs!” (No scary costumes, please!)

Tomorrow is a HALF-DAY of school!
Dismissal Times:
Pre-K —- 10:00am
K / 1st / 2nd —- 11:15am

The bus WILL NOT be taking students to the MLK Center.
Boys and Girls Club bus WILL be taking students to the Boys & Girls Club.
STARS will NOT be open.

Click here to let us know if your child will need a sack lunch: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsKqzbEt0mnmDXZmigMaeip2DfnyFrUErI4bnVwF7uWaDdTQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

A few upcoming dates:

🌪10/31 - ½ Day of School
🌪10/31 - Say BOO to drugs (wear a costume, but no scary ones, please)
🌪11/8 - NO SCHOOL (PD Day for Teachers)
🌪11/14-11/18 Fall Book Fair
🌪11/17 - Math Parent Night (4pm-6pm)
🌪11/19 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Break
🌪 With temperatures dropping, please be sure to send your child with a coat/hoodie that has their name written on the tag for easy identification. If by chance you sent your child with a coat, but it didn’t make it home, we want to encourage you to look in our lost and found in the foyer closest to Katie’s Garden.

🌪Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack in the event of an accident. (Long sleeve shirt, pants, and underwear)

🌪 We hope you and your family plan on attending the annual AES Fall Festival TODAY, sponsored by the AES PTO. Join us for a fabulous fall afternoon of games, music, and family fun Sunday, October 23rd from 2pm-6pm

A few upcoming dates this month:

🌪10/24-10/28 Red Ribbon Week
🌪10/31 - Say BOO to Drugs!!
🌪10/31 - PTO Trunk or Treat
🌪10/31 - ½ Day of School
October 16, 2022
Our first week back flew by, but not without some incredible learning taking place in AES classrooms! This week we saw PreK going on bear hunts, Kindergarten retelling fairy tales, 1st grade displaying amazing code skills while reading, and 2nd grade performing readers theaters while learning about Greek Mythology. All the while we had a wonderful time celebrating the fundraising efforts with our PTO No Sales Fundraiser that produced over $20,000 that will go right back into our school!! The Glow Party and the Pie-A-Teacher events were a huge hit to close out the week!! October is one of the busiest months in school with lots of dates and events you won’t want to miss.

🌪 Fall Picture Retakes will take place on Monday, October 17th. Any student who was not photographed on the first picture day or any student who would like a retake will be photographed. Please communicate your desire for a retake photograph with their classroom teacher prior to October 17th. https://www.prepayorders.com/school/aes11093

🌪 One of our favorite events at AES is our Lunch with a Loved One Event. In efforts to put the safety of our students as a top priority, we will be holding this event over 2 days. PreK and 1st grade will have their Lunch with a Loved One on October 18th (PreK @ 10:45 - 11:20 and 1st grade @ 11:50-12:35). Kindergarten and 2nd Grade will have their lunch with a Loved One on October 19th (Kindergarten @ 11:00 - 11:45 and 2nd grade @ 12:10 - 12:55). In the event of bad weather, Lunch with a Loved One could be moved to 10/20 & 10/21. Have you completed our Lunch w/ A Loved One form?? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD9-mfo1ix2rz5oxNVTiYz2TJBnY6MAwdeetnmiVqTO3wPgw/viewform?usp=sf_link

🌪 If you have ordered a pizza for Lunch w/ A Loved One, the money is due TOMORROW, October, 17th by noon.

🌪 We hope you and your family plan on attending the annual AES Fall Festival, sponsored by the AES PTO. Join us for a fabulous fall afternoon of games, music, and family fun Sunday, October 23rd from 2pm-6pm. This event is fantastic and we need volunteers to help make it as successful. Please consider signing up for a slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA9A82DA5FBCF8-aesvolunteers

A few upcoming dates this month:

🌪10/24-10/28 Red Ribbon Week
🌪10/31 - Say BOO to Drugs (Costume Day)
🌪10/31 - PTO Trunk or Treat
🌪10/31 - ½ Day of School
October 10, 2022
Welcome Back AES Families!!! We hope you had wonderful quality time with your families and are ready for the second nine weeks of school! We are thrilled to see your students tomorrow!! The month of October is super busy and super exciting at the same time!! We have so many fun activities coming up as we head into this holiday season! All of our after school clubs are in place and at capacity. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please reach out to the club sponsor directly.

A few upcoming dates this month:

🌪10/14 - PTO Glow Party
🌪10/17 - Fall Picture Retakes
🌪10/18 - PreK & 1st Grade Lunch with a Loved One
🌪10/19 - Kindergarten & 2nd Grade Lunch with a Loved One
🌪10/23 - PTO Fall Festival
🌪10/24-10/28 Red Ribbon Week
🌪10/31 - PTO Trunk or Treat
🌪10/31 - ½ Day of School

🌪 We are asking that parents no longer walk their students into the cafeteria or into the building. We want to foster independence for all of our students and also aid in keeping our school and students safe, so please be sure you’re following that expectation.

🌪 If your child filled 15 squares on their PTO Fundraiser calendar, they will be participating in the PTO Glow Party this Friday!! We are excited to announce that over 20K was raised through this fundraiser and are excited to see how these fundraising efforts will turn right back around and pour into our students, teachers, and classrooms! Thank you so much for your wonderful participation!!

🌪 Fall Picture Retakes will take place on Monday, October 17th. Any student who was not photographed on the first picture day or any student who would like a retake will be photographed. Please communicate your desire for a retake photograph with their classroom teacher prior to October 17th.

🌪 One of our favorite events at AES is our Lunch with a Loved One Event. In efforts to put the safety of our students as a top priority, we will be holding this event over 2 days.

PreK and 1st grade will have their Lunch with a Loved One on October 18th (PreK @ 10:45 - 11:20 and 1st grade @ 11:50-12:35).

Kindergarten and 2nd Grade will have their lunch with a Loved One on October 19th (Kindergarten @ 11:00 - 11:45 and 2nd grade @ 12:10 - 12:55). I

n the event of bad weather, Lunch with a Loved One could be moved to 10/20 & 10/21.
September 11, 2022
A few reminders about the upcoming week:

-- AES Night at AHS Football game - Join us at a pre-game pizza tailgate starting at 5:00 for all AES students and families - All AES students will be running through the helmet

-- AES Drama Club is open to students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmjv3NNuObe334UxdLjSz6blsz_hgXQN-H_u7ETHWGr21qsA/viewform?usp=sf_link

-- 9/24 - 10/9 Fall Break

-- Beginning the Monday after Fall Break (October 10th), we are asking that parents no longer walk their students into the cafeteria or into the building. We want to foster independence for all of our students and also aid in keeping our school and students safe, so please be sure you’re following that expectation. You may want to start implementing that now to help make that transition a little bit easier.

September 4, 2022

Thank you so much for the wonderful turnout we had at our first Parent Advisory Meeting of the year!  We shared our school goals, provided information about ways you can get involved at AES, and were able to respond to questions that were posed.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, our doors are always open and would love to hear from you. 


Morning Drop-Off Please utilize Katie’s Garden and the soccer field side entry drop-off until 7:45am and leave the circle drop-off available for students who are in Ms. Katie’s, Ms. Ashley’s, and Ms. Lisa’s classes.  After 7:45, please make the dino circle and drop-off at the front office, as the cafeteria doors are shut and locked at 7:45am.


AES Yard Signs - AES yard signs are hot off the press and we are ready to see them popping up all over our community!!  We will be celebrating the success of our students a little differently this year.  Each classroom teacher will be able to recognize 3 students (1 respectful, 1 responsible, and 1 being their best) each semester.  Each specials teacher will be able to recognize 2 students (2 super stars) each semester.   As student names are submitted, Dr. Pendergraft and Dr. Williams will invite the students to be part of the AES Morning Show (our daily virtual announcements), capture a picture, and share with the parent on Dojo.  While we know the Yard Sign assemblies were fun and exciting, this slight change has been made with the safety and security of our students in mind.  


A few reminders about the upcoming week:


🌪 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL -  Monday, September 5th


🌪 This week is Spirit Week for the Alcoa vs. Maryville football game taking place on Friday, September 9th (at Maryville High School)!!  

           Tuesday - Favorite Sports Team

           Wednesday - Hawaiian Day

           Thursday - Pajama Day

           Friday - Alcoa Spirit Day


🌪 Also, leading up to Friday’s game both school districts have a friendly canned food drive competition taking place.  Please bring in canned food items and place them in the designated containers.


🌪 Beginning the Monday after Fall Break (October 10th), we are asking that parents no longer walk their students into the cafeteria or into the building. We want to foster independence for all of our students and also aid in keeping our school and students safe, so please be sure you’re following that expectation. You may want to start implementing that now to help make that transition a little bit easier. 

August 28, 2022
A few reminders about the upcoming week:
🌪 Parent Advisory, Thursday, September 1st at 8:00 am in Pod 9 (Team Time Room)
🌪 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL - Monday, September 5th
🌪 If you would like to volunteer with our AES Parent Patrol, please reach out to Allison Galyon either via Dojo or [email protected]±±
🌪 Beginning the Monday after Fall Break (October 10th), we are asking that parents no longer walk their students into the cafeteria or into the building. We want to foster independence for all of our students, so please be sure you’re following that expectation. You may want to start implementing that now to help make that transition a little bit easier.
August 21, 2022
A few reminders about the upcoming week:

🌪 NO SCHOOL, TOMORROW - Monday August 22nd

🌪 Parent Advisory, Thursday, September 1st at 8am

🌪 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL - Monday, September 5th

🌪 Beginning the Monday after Fall Break (October 10th), we are asking that parents no longer walk their students into the cafeteria or into the building. We want to foster independence for all of our students, so please be sure you’re following that expectation. You may want to start implementing that now to help make that transition a little bit easier.
August 14, 2022
A few reminders about the upcoming week:

🌪 This Friday, August 19th will be a ½ day of school. We will dismiss at 11:15am. The bus WILL NOT be taking students to the MLK Center. The Boys & Girls bus WILL be taking students to the Boys & Girls Center.

🌪 NO SCHOOL, Monday August 22nd

🌪 Accidents happen sometimes and it's ok! Please keep the following extra clothes in your child’s backpack: shorts, shirt, underwear, and socks.
August 7, 2022
We had a wonderful time at our AES Back-to-School Picnic!! The weather was perfect and it was fun seeing all of our families!! We have had the best start to school and love spending each day with your children!!

A few reminders about the upcoming week:

🌪 Fall Picture Day is Friday, August 12th. Every child will be photographed. You can prepay using this link: https://www.prepayorders.com/school/aes10854 Be on the lookout for a paper copy of the picture order form coming home.

🌪 Looking ahead, Friday, August 19th will be a ½ day of school. We will dismiss at 11:15am. The bus WILL NOT be taking students to the MLK Center. Boys and Girls Club bus WILL be taking students to the Boys & Girls Club.
July 31, 2022
It’s hard to believe, but we are now entering the 3rd week of school!! We have had an amazing start and can’t wait to see how much your children learn and grow this year!

A few reminders about the upcoming week:

🌪 This week we will begin our diagnostic iReady testing. The i-Ready Diagnostic (grades K–12) assesses students’ academic skills in math and reading, helping teachers design individualized instruction for them based on their unique needs. The i-Ready Diagnostic will take place three times a year, assessing skills in math and reading. As a school, once the testing concludes, we will send home a parent report with the results of this assessment.

🌪 The cafeteria doors shut and lock at 7:45am. If you are arriving after school starts, please pull around and drop your child off at the front office.

🌪 To expedite morning drop-off, please remain in your vehicle and allow the teacher to open your child’s door. Also, to ensure the safety of your child, situate them on the side of the car nearest to the building, so they are not potentially in passing traffic.

🌪 Please plan on joining us Thursday, August 4th from 4pm-6pm at our Back to School Picnic. We will be providing hotdogs, chips, cookies, and juice.

🌪 Boys & Girls Club will be closed on August 3rd-5th - Please communicate other dismissal plans to your child’s teacher

🌪 MLK Center will be closed Thursday, August 4th - Please communicate other dismissal plans to your child’s teacher
July 24, 2022

We had a wonderful first week of school!!  Our Pre-K and Kindergarten students will continue to stagger this week, but we are super excited to have all of our 1st and 2nd graders every day now!!


A few reminders about the upcoming week:

🌪 Please send in a valid proof of residence (City of Alcoa utility bill, mortgage statement, or lease agreement) by NO LATER THAN JULY 29th. (City of Alcoa utility bill, mortgage statement, or lease agreement.)  

🌪 Kinder parents, beginning Tuesday, you are welcome to join your child for breakfast, but we ask that you leave through the cafeteria at 7:40 and allow your child to walk to their cubby area and unpack with their teacher.  This will allow your child to begin to develop a sense of independence and responsibility.  Our teachers will provide support to ensure they upack and successfully make it to their classroom.

🌪 Kinder parents, beginning Tuesday, it is imperative you enter the car pick-up line through the pool parking lot and then enter the dino-playground circle drive (remaining in the left-hand lane.), avoiding the main AES entrance off of Vose Street.  This entrance is used by buses during afternoon dismissal.  

🌪 Please plan on joining us Thursday, August 4th from 4pm-6pm at our Back to School Picnic.  We will be providing hotdogs, chips, cookies, and juice.

🌪 Boys & Girls Club will be closed on August 3rd-5th

🌪 MLK Center will be closed Wednesday, July 27th and Thursday,August 4th

July 17, 2022

Tomorrow is the first day of the 2022-2023 school year!!  We are incredibly excited to see your children!!  A few reminders about the upcoming week:

🌪 Follow the posted stagger schedule

🌪 While we are staggering you are welcome to help escort your child to their pod at 7:40 when we dismiss from the cafeteria (K/1st) and the theater (2nd).  

🌪 Send in your updated proof of residence as soon as possible.

🌪 Join Class Dojo ~ Don’t miss a single communication from AES or your child’s teacher.  Dojo will be the primary avenue of communication utilized by AES.

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