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    • 1-1 Chromebook program
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  • Alder Creek Middle School
    Cougar News 2017
    December 11, 2017

    Cougar News is a weekly communication that comes out via email.  This weekly update is brought to you by the ACMS staff in an attempt to keep parents and students informed as to the “happenings” at ACMS.


    The holidays are right around the corner!  Let’s help out our community by bringing in new or gently used coats.  We are also collecting non perishable food items like canned pumpkin, rice, beans and canned vegetables.  Bins will be in the office for collection.


    The Academic Talent Search offers fun, academic, and creative summer classes at Sacramento State.  By taking the test you automatically qualify for this amazing summer program.  On January 31, 2018 the ATS will be given in the library during first & second period.  The forms and more information are available in the office.  


    This program will be based on project-based learning where students will solve problems and create solutions for real-life situations. The program will focus on the STEAM model of education: Steam + Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematics. STEAM is a way to teach how things are related in both school and life. It gives an anchor to technology and science allowing students to see how these two subjects connect our world. We will meet on Mondays every other week from 2:30 -3:30 in the ACMS tech lab.  The next meeting will be on Monday, December 11.


    The ACMS Olympics are coming soon!  On December 20th students will have a day of fun-filled and active games--class against class and team against team!  Each class works together as a team to “cook the chicken” or “move the cup”, so make sure your child has a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast on Wednesday so they will have plenty of fun!  And check out the pictures on Facebook over your winter break.


    English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC): Tuesday, December 12 @ 6:00 p.m., THS, Library

    Open to all Parents, Teachers, Students, and Interested Community Members
    Suggest, Recommend, and Evaluate services and programs for English Learners
    Collaborate with a diverse group of participants
    Share your voice in education decision-making


    Attention 8th graders attending the Washington DC trip: it’s time for another lunch with Mrs. Stephens.  If you’re an 8th grader and have not signed up, there is still time to register!  See you in Mrs. Stephens’ classroom, M-8 on Friday at lunch!  This is not a school sponsored trip.


    PTO thanks you!

    We gratefully acknowledge all who participated in our fall Hot Tamales Fundraiser, which raised$ 2,689.53 ! Everyone who donated has been entered into the drawing to win a homemade tamale dinner.

    The PTO will draw the winners’ names at the next PTO meeting on Wednesday, December 13, at 7:45 a.m. in the Staff Room—please join us for the fun, and take advantage of the opportunities to help us with our projects this year. Note - we will distribute tamales to all the lucky winners the week of December 18.

    The money we raise will help our classes pay for ACMS’s wonderful field trips, and will help pay the up-front costs for community-building events such as Honor Roll Breakfasts and our Movie Night, which we anticipate holding in January.

    Please bring your Boxtops for Education in to the office - we have placed a receptacle there.
    You can find out more about ACMS PTO and our activities on our website, at http://acmsparentteacher.weebly.com.

    Amazon Smiles
    If you have an existing Amazon account, you can use the same account on Amazon.com and smile.amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation"

    Go to: https://smile.amazon.com

    Select charitable organization- Alder Creek Middle School PTO- Truckee,CA

    The next meeting of the PTO is Wednesday, December 13 at 7:45 a.m. in the ACMS Staff Room. Come join the fun!
    All ACMS parents, legal guardians, and staff are considered members of the PTO. Our mission is to promote open communications between parents and staff and enrich our parent-teacher-student community. Find out more about what we’re doing on our website, at http://acmsparentteacher.weebly.com and share your ideas or ask questions at the PTO email address: aldercreekpto@gmail.com.


    ACMS has a Facebook page.  Please like us on FACEBOOK.


    Homework club is on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We will have support available for students to receive after school help with homework.   Homework club is from 2:20-3:20 in room M-9.  Students may not leave early unless picked up by a parent. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons- 2:20 to 3:20.


    Please remember when dropping your child off in the student drop-off area with our buses in the back of the school that you need to turn left as you enter the drop-off area; the outer lane is for buses only. We appreciate your support!


    Here are a couple of great resources to support Parents as they navigate the online world of digital and social media.

    Parent and teacher guide for social media: http://SafeSmartSocial.com
    A Cyber Safe curriculum provider and digital media review: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/


    Whenever your son/daughter will not be, or is not in school:

    Call the school before 9:00 a.m. at 582-2750 and give your son/daughter’s name, and reason for the absence; or
    If you have not called the school, when your son/daughter returns to school, send a note listing the date(s) and reason for absence.  A parent or guardian must sign this note.
    Automated calls will go out twice a day if the absence is not called in before 9:00 a.m.

    Absences:  There are two kinds of student absences from school: Excused and Unexcused. EXCUSED Absences: Per the Education Code the following are excused absences: illness, death in the immediate family, medical or dental appointments, appearance in court, observance of religious holiday, or school related activity, such as athletic event or field trip. Any other absence is considered to be unexcused. Any student that accrues three unexcused absences is considered to be a truant; truancy letters will be mailed home and placed in the student’s file. Should a student have five or more unexcused absences, parents may be asked to attend a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting whereupon a SART contract will be reviewed and signed.


    December 11-GATE STEAM Club-2:30-3:30
    December 12-ELAC-6:00-THS
    December 13-PTO-7:45-Staff Lounge
    December 19-Winter Band Concert-6:00-7:30
    December 20-Olympics

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    Homework Club is in room M-9 on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  It will start at 2:20 and will end at 3:20. Please be on time with work to do! No early release unless picked up by a parent.  

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