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IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR AAK FAMILIES:

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions:  (970) 226-2800 or info@aakelementary.org.  You can also text us at 970-619-1077

Also, check out our Facebook page to keep in the loop and up-to-date with all school happenings!

Please scroll down for some helpful information.

The following message applies to all students that attend school at AAK:

Dragon Mail
Keep an eye out in Dragon Mail for information about what is going on in the AAK community!  Dragon Mail is sent out every Friday and contains important updates for families.  Dragon Mail is sent directly from our student information system, so always be sure that your e-mail and other contact information stays up to date.

2020-2021 Return to School Plans:

Welcome to In-Person Learning at AAK!!!

Please read through this email carefully as it contains important information regarding expectations for all students attending AAK.  

Drop Off/Pick Up

Drop off for students is from 7:50-8:15 am.  It is very important that you drop your student off in that time frame in order for students to have enough time to eat breakfast and be ready for the day.  

  • Driver drop-off will follow the same route as it has in years past.  
  • Once in our parking lot, make an immediate right-hand turn.  
  • Proceed to the end of the parking lot and turn left at the final row (Lane 4).  
  • Students will be unloaded from cars in front of the building. 
  • Do not let your child out of the car until a staff member is present. 
  • Exit via Lane 2 and carefully merge with traffic exiting our parking lot.

Until further notice, all drop-off and pick up are done through Driver Drop Off and Pick Up.  No walk-ups or parking and walking children to the school allowed.

Pick-Up will run from 3:00-3:20pm.  Please ensure that you arrive in the designated grade level  window to pick up your child. If you have multiple children please pick up at the designated time for the oldest child. 

Kindergarten-1st grade: 3:00pm

2nd grade-3rd grade: 3:10pm

4th grade-5th grade: 3:20pm

 

Pick-up will follow the same route as above.  Please have identification ready.  Students will wait outside in socially distanced class groups until picked up.

If you have any questions regarding Drop-off or Pick-up or any other questions, please contact the front desk at 970-226-2800.

Symptom Checker

In order to keep our school as healthy as possible, we need every parent’s help. Please watch for symptoms in your children and keep them home if they are sick. Please notify the school if they will be absent. Students should also stay home if a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms. 

Please take your child’s temperature before school every morning and monitor for these symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 or above) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Prior to dropping off your student, you will need to complete a symptom checker.  This is a multi-use form so please save this link to complete daily before arrival.

There will be a staff member ensuring that this form has been completed prior to the child entering the school.  Do not drop off your child and leave before checking in with a staff member.  If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, keep them at home.  Students need to be symptom-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school. 

 

Masks at School

Following guidance from the Larimer Department of Health and Environment and Colorado Department of Education, we will require face coverings over the nose and mouth for all students, including during in-person learning, even in a cohort, unless the student has a health or education reason for not wearing a mask. Masks will only be removed when eating and during outdoor recess or exercise activities where appropriate distancing can be maintained. Face covering styles with other than head-strap style attachments should be preferred for students 10 and under to increase safety and improve the ability of students to remove their own masks. All masks should be removed when younger children can not be directly observed; masks should be designed so students can remove them without assistance.

Please pack an extra mask for your child in case the first one becomes soiled.  Masks should be labeled with your student’s name.  Any cloth mask that is lost and not labeled, will be thrown away, not put in Lost and Found.  We will have back-up masks for students to wear at school if they do not bring extras.  Please go over and reinforce these expectations at home with your child and discuss the proper ways to wear a mask.  Here are some tips for helping your child wear a mask. 

Social Distancing

Following guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Education, we ask teachers and students to stay at least six feet (about two adult arm’s length) away from others to reduce disease transmission.  When six feet of physical distancing is not possible, three feet will still provide substantial benefits and is effective in helping to control virus spread among students. You can help us keep our students and staff safe and healthy by underscoring the importance of physical distancing with your student(s).

COVID-19 spreads easily through physical contact between people, which is why it is important to limit close contact with members outside of the family group and avoid crowded places where it is difficult to keep safe distance between people. Doing this helps minimize the risk to staff and students when children return to school.

Lunch

Please pack your student lunch and two snacks for the day. Our facility is nut-free, please pack lunches accordingly. Parents can sign up for meals through the school (including breakfast) at this link: https://michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net/. If you need to sign up for free and reduced meals please click here.

Water Bottles

Our water fountains are not accessible due to COVID-19 concerns.  Please make sure your child brings a clearly labeled water bottle daily.  This will need to be taken home every day and washed/sanitized. 

Uniforms

Due to the circumstances of this year, the uniform policy for the 2020-21 school year is being amended to allow all types of solid-colored pants, shorts, and skirts as well as any top with sleeves that does not have a logo, decal, or recognizable image on it.  Clothing should still be clean, in good repair, and follow modesty guidelines. Footwear needs to be securely attached and closed-toe.  Students will spend as much time outside as possible so please have them dress appropriately for the forecast.

Absences

Please still report absences for your child here: https://www.aakelementary.org/general-information/absence-form  

Illness Reporting Form

Please fill out this form to report any illnesses:

https://www.aakelementary.org/illness-reporting-form/ 

Thank you!!!
The AAK Team

Community Resources

  • We know some of our families are struggling because of jobs being lost, etc. We want to share this resource for help with groceries for your family: https://serve68.org/coronavirus-response/  
  • 2-1-1 Colorado consists of multiple organizations across the state to assist with food, shelter and rent for those who qualify. Simply dial 211 from your phone.
  • Colorado Unemployment: www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/unemployment
  • Larimer County is offering free testing if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Fill out the form in the link and the county will contact you about when and where the testing site will be held. larimer.org/community-testing

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CALENDAR

Click here for our updated  2020-2021 School Calendar


EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM

**Currently we are unable to offer EDP services due to Covid-19 restrictions. As guidance from the Larimar County Health Department changes, we will revisit the possibility of reinstating EDP services for our families.**


 


COMMUNICATION


UNIFORMS

AAK‘s uniform policy has been established to create parity among the students while allowing some artistic expression.

Principal or delegated authority has final discretion regarding the appropriateness of appearance.

**For the 2020-21 school year, the uniform policy will be relaxed to include solid pants/shorts and tops with no logos or decals on them. Students are still expected to dress appropriately.**

Uniform Policy


STUDENT FEES

$150 per student (non-refundable)
$75 for ½ day kindergarten students (non-refundable)

Our Learning Resource
PowerSchool Link:  http://ncaak.powerschool.com
Help with PowerSchool

Wondering about what changes are coming? Have an opinion about the way the parking lot is arranged? Want to brag about your child’s fantastic teacher? Good or bad, we want to hear it! It’s how we GROW! Feel free to drop your thoughts here (anonymously or not). Your ideas help us SHINE!! 

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BREAKFAST/LUNCH

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

You can apply for benefits through a paper application (at your school) or an online application, which will be available mid-late July. Complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. If you apply online, please select the Charter School Institute SFA as your school district.

English: Apply Now

Spanish: Apply Now

Meals must be ordered and paid for online at michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net at 48 hours in advance.  For more information about setting up an account, click here.  If you qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch please contact Jada Kankel at jkankel@aakelementary.org after you have set up your account. 

 UPDATED FOR 20-21

Student Breakfast (includes milk)   $2.50

Student Lunch  (includes milk)        $3.85

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).


ACADEMY OF ARTS & KNOWLEDGE

2020-21 SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST


Please let us know if you need any assistance in purchasing school supplies.  Click here to download PDF version of School Suppy List.


KINDERGARTEN   

1 set of headphones (no earbuds please)
4 reams of white copy paper

2 tissue boxes
2 containers of disinfectant wipes
Personal manual pencil sharpener
1 12-pack colored pencils
1 roll of paper towels
1 pack of construction paper
1 bottle of hand sanitizer
2 packs baby wipes, unscented
1 box no.2 pencils, 12 count, pre-sharpened
1 crayons, 24 count
1 washable markers, 8 count
2 pack Expo dry erase markers, 4 count
8 glue sticks
1 blunt-tip scissors, child size
2 erasers
1 hard plastic supply box
1 primary composition notebook
1  folder with pocketsOptional donations:
1 pack of white cardstock
Individual/personal packs of Kleenex
1 pack colored cardstock (multi or one colored)
1 pack of laminating sheets

FIRST GRADE     

1 box no.2 pencils, 12 count, pre-sharpened

1 crayons, 24 count

1 washable markers, 8 count

1 colored pencils

2 pack Expo dry erase markers, 4 count

8 glue sticks

1 blunt-tip scissors, child size

2 erasers

1 hard plastic supply box

1 red composition notebook

1 yellow composition notebook

1 blue composition notebook

1  folder with pockets

1 set of headphones (no earbuds please)

4 reams white copy paper

2 tissue boxes

2 bottles of hand sanitizer

2 containers of disinfectant wipes

2 packs baby wipes, unscented

** There will be no communal supplies.  Please LABEL all of your child’s belongings.**

SECOND GRADE   

1 pack pencils 8-12 count

2 crayons, 24 count

1 washable marker, 8 count

1 colored pencils

1 washable watercolor set with brush, 8 count

1 pack Expo dry erase markers, 4 count

8 glue sticks

1 blunt-tip scissors, child size

2 erasers

1 hard plastic supply box

1 yellow composition notebook, wide-ruled

 1 red composition notebook, wide-ruled 

 1 blue composition notebook, wide-ruled  

 1 green composition notebook, wide-ruled  

1 blue pocket folder

1 pocket folder, your choice

Headphones (no ear buds)

4 reams white copy paper

1 pack lined writing paper, wide-ruled

2 tissue boxes

2 bottles of hand sanitizer

2 containers of disinfectant wipes

2 packs baby wipes, unscented

** There will be no communal supplies.  Please LABEL all of your child’s belongings.**


THIRD GRADE 

2 pack no.2 pencils, 12 count, pre-sharpened

2 highlighters

1 pack of Post-it notes (3inx3in)

3 plastic pocket folders, any 3 different colors

2 boxes of crayons

2 boxes washable markers

1 colored pencils

1 small pencil sharpener for pencil box

1 pack Expo dry erase markers, 4 count

4 glue sticks

1 blunt-tip scissors, child size

2 erasers

1 box eraser caps

1 supply box or bag

4 Composition notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green)

4 reams white copy paper

1 pack Astrobrights paper (any colors)

1 Recorder (available at Boomer’s Music)

1 Recorder book, IT’S RECORDER TIME

2 tissue boxes

2 bottles of hand sanitizer

2 containers of disinfectant wipes

2 packs baby wipes, unscented

** There will be no communal supplies.  Please LABEL all of your child’s belongings.**

FOURTH GRADE    

3 boxes no.2 pencils, 12 count, pre-sharpened, no “fun pencils” please

1 crayons, 24 count

1 washable marker, 8 count

1 colored pencils, 12 count

1 multi-color pack of highlighters

1 pack Expo dry erase markers, 6 count

3 Glue sticks

1 child scissors

2 erasers

1 ruler  (please no folding or bracelet rulers)

1 safety point plastic compass (5TH GRADE ONLY)

1 supply box ( without a lock)

1 red spiral notebook

1 blue spiral notebook

1 yellow spiral notebook

1 purple spiral notebook

1 Composition notebook

1 red pocket folder

1 blue pocket folder

1 yellow pocket folder

1 green pocket folder

1 purple pocket folder

1 pocket folder, your choice- homework folder

1 package of 3×5 index cards – white only please

4 reams white copy paper

2 packs lined writing paper, hole-punched

1- ½ inch 3-ring binder

2 tissue boxes

2 bottles of hand sanitizer

2 containers of disinfectant wipes

2 packs baby wipes, unscented

** There will be no communal supplies.  Please LABEL all of your child’s belongings.**

Optional for donation:

     Post – it Easel Pad Paper (25” x 30”)

     1 pack of Post – it notes

FIFTH GRADE     

3 boxes no.2 pencils, 12 count, pre-sharpened, no “fun pencils” please

1 crayons, 24 count

1 washable marker, 8 count

1 colored pencils, 12 count

1 multi-color pack of highlighters

1 pack Expo dry erase markers, 6 count

3 Glue sticks

1 child scissors

2 erasers

1 ruler  (please no folding or bracelet rulers)

1 safety point plastic compass (5TH GRADE ONLY)

1 supply box ( without a lock)

1 red spiral notebook

1 blue spiral notebook

1 yellow spiral notebook

1 purple spiral notebook

1 Composition notebook

1 red pocket folder

1 blue pocket folder

1 yellow pocket folder

1 green pocket folder

1 purple pocket folder

1 pocket folder, your choice- homework folder

1 package of 3×5 index cards – white only please

4 reams white copy paper

2 packs lined writing paper, hole-punched

1- ½ inch 3-ring binder

2 tissue boxes

2 bottles of hand sanitizer

2 containers of disinfectant wipes

2 packs baby wipes, unscented

** There will be no communal supplies.  Please LABEL all of your child’s belongings.**

Optional for donation:

     Post – it Easel Pad Paper (25” x 30”)

     1 pack of Post – it notes

ART

School supply List ART 2020-21

Gallon slider lock plastic bags ( 5 total)

5 pencils

1 pink eraser

1 glue stick

1 Kleenex (optional donation to art)

1 Unscented Baby Wipes (optional donation to art)

Please note: Art supplies will be divided into individual

bags this year to be used for specific projects.  We will not

share supplies as a group.  Please label these basic supplies

and bags with your students name.  Thanks so much!

Suggested Art supplies for remote learners

Prang, Rose Art or Crayola watercolor set  (really cheap sets don’t have brilliant colors)

Small set of Tempera Paints (Again brands stated above have richer colors)

Glue stick

White glue bottle

Scissors

White copy paper, color paper

Air dry clay


Notice of Asbestos-Free Building

Dear Parents, Students, Teachers, and Building Occupants,

In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requiring
schools to inspect and identify any asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM). We are
pleased to announce Academy of Arts & Knowledge is an asbestos-free school.

The law further requires all schools to have an asbestos management plan. Academy of Arts & Knowledge
has an asbestos management plan available for review in the administrative
office at 4512 McMurry Drive.  Rick Bolton is our designated asbestos program coordinator, and all inquiries regarding the asbestos plan and asbestos-related issues should be directed to Rick Bolton at rick.bolton@coloradoearlycolleges.org.


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