Kristen Gravely  

    Dear Families,

    We are off to a great start this 2017-2018 school year.  Over the summer, our school was painted and we feel like we have had a facelift! :-)  As summer ended, our “Meet the Teacher” Night was hugely successful, according to the feedback we received, and our children are adjusting to their new teachers positively.  We are looking forward to our September Open House Curriculum Night and to getting to know each family a bit more.  Also, we have two new teachers in our family, Ms. Torie Fields (1st grade), and Ms. Amanda Holt (EC Dept. Chair), and we are in the process of hiring one new Teacher Assistant.  Please join us in welcoming them.

    Furthermore, our school will continue to focus on STEM activities throughout their curricula, as you will be able to see through the photographs posted on our website.  Feel free to make plans with your child’s teacher to join us on an Early Release day to see STEM learning in action.  STEM helps us with problem solving complex, “real world” situations.  Such situations involve complex tasks, with which even real engineers have to wrestle;  we are so very proud that our students not only work through these projects but amaze us with their mental leaps.

    Further, if you are not yet involved with our PTA, we would invite you to join us.  There is an A-O PTA Facebook page, and PTA announcements will be made at the beginnings of our three Curriculum Nights, in the gym.  Our PTA organizes our famous Fall Festival each year, as well as annual fundraising efforts and ongoing support of our teachers.  We are open to all who wish to be involved.

    As we go throughout this school year, do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is a question or concern that we may help with.  A-O has a heart and a passion for growing children, and I truly believe that it takes solid teamwork on everyone’s part to actually grow children into the worldly, resourceful problem solvers of tomorrow.  We  appreciate your continued support as we journey together with your children, and we want you to know that you are welcome at our school.   As the backbone of our school, it is our hope that you feel connected to A-O, capable of partnering with us, and cared for by the A-O staff.  Please let us know if we can help you.