EMS Weekly Parent Update

Dear Parents,

It is back to school time! We are gearing up for a great year and can't wait to see everyone at Open House on Tuesday, August 11th. Times and information is listed below:

  • New Kindergarten Welcome - 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Elementary School Open House - 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Middle School Open House- 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Open House Details

Kindergarten Open House

Kindergartners will have two open houses. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday and at the Kindergarten Only Events.

Kinder Kiddos Open House Events:

  • Tuesday, August 11 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) - Kinder Welcome Party
  • Friday, August 14 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) - Meet the Teacher Day
  • Monday, August 17 (8:00 - 8:30 am) - Kindergarten Parent Breakfast with Mrs. Shover & Mrs. Kent
  • Monday, August 17 (8:00 - 3:00 pm) - First Day of School

Note: Thursday and Friday will be assigned appointments for screenings. We look forward to seeing you all!


Elementary Open House

We will be kicking things off in the Gym but soon moving into the classrooms and to visit the various booths and stations. It is going to be a scorcher so we will keep things quick and easy. You might want to bring a hand fan (smile). Our amazing teachers have been planning and decorating rooms. We are all super excited to see you and to get the students on campus. Find out your homeroom teacher by visiting the elementary school doors, which are labeled by grades. All assignments are posted now!

  • Tuesday, August 11 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) - ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE
    • Gym (3:00 - 3:15 pm)  - Announcements and Staff Introductions
    • Homeroom (3:15 - 4:00 pm) - Meet the Teacher & Tour the Classrooms
    • Common Areas (4:00 - 5:00 pm) - Visit the booths to get more information about dismissal tags, PTA, and more (see details below)

Note: All supplies may be dropped off with the teachers when you visit the classroom. Click here for supply list.

Middle School Open House

Starting time is at 4:00 in the Gym where we will meet the staff and students will get homeroom assignments. Then we will go to the homerooms to get student schedules. After picking up your schedule please be sure to visit all of your teachers and drop off all supplies in the homerooms.

  • Tuesday, August 11 (4:00 - 6:00 pm) - OPEN HOUSE
    • Gym (4:00 - 4:15 pm) - Announcements and Introductions
    • Homerooms (4:15 - 5:00 pm) - Meet the Teacher & Tour the Classroom
    • Common Areas (5:00 - 6:00 pm) - Visit the booths to get more information about dismissal tags, PTA, and more (see details below)

Announcements

We have lots of new faces so we know you will want to take time to learn more about our wonderful new staff members. During the summer we all attended A+ Training on how to integrate art throughout the curriculum. Our teachers are working as teams to ensure that you have a great year. Visit the teacher wish list boards in the classrooms to learn of any items you can help to supply for the classrooms.

Also, please pardon our dust, as we begin the important renovations necessary for the new facade on the building.

Arkansas Arts Academy Elementary/Middle School Entrance Renovation


WHAT TO EXPECT AT OPEN HOUSE

Every one will be provided a checklist of booths and stations that you need to visit. Here's a quick list of the booths that will be available to help for a smooth and productive school year:

PLANNERS

All students in Grades 3-8 will need to purchase a school planner for $5.00. This will be a helpful form of communication between teachers and parents!

DISMISSAL TAGS

If you pick your child up from school either by foot or car, you will need to pick up your student's dismissal tag. These tags are mandatory but they make sure that all students leave in an orderly and safe fashion. We're excited about this new safety measure to make sure all students are getting home to the right place. Make sure to visit this booth to get your tag at Open House.

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

2015-2016 SCHOOL t-shirts

Join our PTA to support Arkansas Arts Academy for only $5.00! Join and receive a cool car decal! Check out the new 2015-16 school t-shirts that you can order for only $10.

 

VOLUNTEER

We want you to be involved! Volunteering is a necessary component of becoming the best school for arts and academics. Please visit the volunteer table to find the best fit for your talents and time. We love you for volunteering!!!!!!!  Some of the opportunities are: Homeroom Moms/Parents, Watch Dog Dads, Lunch Helpers, Dances, Library Helpers, *New Spooky Science Night (Oct. 30), Picture Day Helpers, Office Helpers, Computer Lab, Bulletin Boards, Tuesday Folders and so much more! Visit the booth for details.

CAFETERIA

Please visit the lunch room and complete an application for free and reduced lunch. Each family needs to complete this application, giving as much information as you feel comfortable. We are asking all parents to complete this form because we get funding based on how many parents fill out the form, regardless of qualification. This information is completely confidential and you will get a cool treat for completing the form. Thank you in advance for filling out the application!

READING LOGS

Don't forget to return your reading logs and get your free t-shirts (compliments of PTA)!  Visit the library where Mrs. Burns will collect and distribute t-shirts.  Be one of the first 300!

SPECIALS TEACHERS

Please visit the specials teachers Music, Dance, Strings, Guitar, Theater and Art to learn about the wonderful plans they have for you. If you are in grades 3-5 you will need to order a recorder and pick out your desired color for your instrument. Recorders will cost $7.00.

COUNSELOR

Please stop by and say hello to Mrs. Shover. She has lots of resources and would love to meet you! Pick up brochures to learn about the counseling services our school offers. You're going to love her and she will provide resources and Watch DOG Dad information.

YEARBOOK

We are going to have a fantastic yearbook!!!! If you order your yearbook at Open House you will receive a coupon for a free family portrait at JCPenney. Yearbooks start at $20 so make sure to reserve yours at Open House!

AFTER-SCHOOL

Rogers Activity Center, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs will also have tables and information for parents to sign-up at Open House. Don't forget to visit to learn about what each of the programs has to offer and they will be offering free giveaways!!!

NEW BUTTERFLY GARDEN

We have a new butterfly garden located outside of the 4th Grade classrooms on the North Side of the Elementary School Building. This butterfly garden was kindly sponsored by community donors, Bill & Avis Bailey, of Superior Automotive Group. We are excited about this new learning space so make sure you check it out. There will be a booth located at the end of the 4th grade hall. We'd love you to all check it out!

AMAZING PARTNERS: