October 1, 2019

Link to view in browser        


October 1                 CiCi's Spirit Night  5- 8 pm
October 4                 Race for Education (Rain Date is October 18th)
                                  Grades K           10:15 am - 10:45 am
                                  Grades 1-2          9:30 am - 10:00 am

                                  3rd Grade          11:00 am - 11:30 am
                                  Grades 4-5          1:45 pm -  2:15 pm                                                           
October   8               Just Say No Meeting  -  8:00 am
                                  Fall Picture Day
                                  PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm
October 14               Chipotle Fundraiser for Jamestown trip  4:00 - 8:00 pm
October 15               SCA Meeting   - Officers                -  8:00 am
                                                             Representatives  -  8:15 am
                                                             (Meet in Library)

October 16               "Orange You Glad You're Not a Bully" - Wear your orange in
                                  recognition of  Bully Prevention and Awareness Month
                                  Paladin Spirit Night  4:00 - 8:00 pm
October 17               Kindergarten Field Trip - Great Country Farms 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

October 22               Report Cards Issued
October 25               Fall Dance 6-8 pm
October 28 thru
November 1              Red Ribbon Week


November 4            No School
November 5            No School
                                 CiCi's Spirit Night 5-8 pm


As we move into the second full month of school, it is important to consider ways to help our students to be successful. One simple way to help improve student performance is to ensure that students arrive at school on time and attend every day. Clearly, students must attend school regularly to benefit from what is taught in the classroom.  

A 2015 study from the National Assessment of Educational Progress concluded that chronic absenteeism is contributing to academic gaps in students across the country. One in ten kindergarten students across the United States missed 18 or more days in the past school year.   “Poor attendance is among our first and best warning signs that a student has missed the on-ramp to school success and is headed off track for graduation,” the report says.  “Chronic absenteeism is harmful to student progress no matter its cause.  Attendance, even as early as kindergarten and first grade, can be predictive of graduation rates and academic success”.

A state-by-state analysis of national testing data demonstrated that students who miss more school than their peers score lower on national assessments.  This is true at every age, in every racial and ethnic group and in every state and city examined. In many cases, the students with more absences have skill levels one to two years below their peers and grade-level expectations.  The effects are particularly pronounced among students who miss four or more weeks of school within the year.

The study clearly points to the importance of daily attendance, as well as to the negative side effects to frequent absences.  However, the study also provided some good news, letting us know that it is never too late to improve this area.  When students reduce absences, they can make academic gains.   We encourage all of our families to make school attendance a priority this year.  We look forward to seeing the great things our students can accomplish this year at AES!

Brown, Emma. "Report: Chronic School Absenteeism Is Contributing to Academic Gaps." Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2015.

National Center for Education Statistics. "Absences Add Up."

We would like to wish a big congratulations to our newly elected SCA Officers:

President - Nolan McConnell
Vice President - Emma Dongoski
Treasurer - Ciara OShaughnessy
Secretary - LiliAna Daly
Historian - Paige Wilson


Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally in October. It began
as a tribute to Enrique Camerena, a fallen DEA officer, in 1985.
This year’s theme is "Send a Message.  Stay Drug Free." The
theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy
choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free,
you are sending a message to yourself and others about how
much you value yourself, your overall health, your community,
and your future. This year, Armel students and staff will be celebrating
Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1.

Monday, October 28: Break out your bell bottoms &
fringe to "Dance Drugs Away with Disco Day."

Tuesday, October 29: "Team Up Against Drugs" by
wearing your favorite sports or team apparel.

Wednesday, October 30: Wear your comfiest
pajamas and "Put Drugs to Sleep". Reminder to
bring sneakers for recess and P.E.

Thursday, October 31: Show you are "Too Bright to
do Drugs" by wearing your brightest neon clothing.

Friday, November 1: It’s 80’s Day! Wear your best 80’s
outfit to show that "Drugs are Old School!"

Drug Free Pledge
I pledge allegiance to myself and who I want to be
‘Cause I can make my dreams come true if I believe in me.
I pledge to stay in school and learn the things I need to know
To make the world a better place for kids like me to grow.
I pledge to keep my dreams alive and be all that I can be
I know I can, and that’s because
I pledge to be drug free.




ach year we take time to highlight our school lunch program and invite you to have lunch with your child at school.  This year we will celebrate our lunch program from September 30 through October 16, 2019.  As we are celebrating the school lunch program, we ask that you please do not bring in fast food or sodas for you and/or your child.  This helps us collaboratively support our staff members as they work to provide delicious and nutritious meals for all of our students.  We thank you in advance for your understanding with this request.  In order to ensure space for students and parents, we have scheduled classes over the three week period.  A flyer detailing this event was sent home with your student on September 20, 2019.  Be sure to attend on your child’s designated day. Please refer to the flyer for the date and time or contact us at (540) 869-1657 for more information.  Please do not forget to bring your driver’s license as all visitors will be requested to sign into the school through our electronic Raptor Visitors Management program.  Adult lunches are $3.55.  We look forward to having you join us! 


Please note parents are always welcome to join their child(ren) for lunch.  However, as our school continues to grow,  the space in the cafeteria is very limited.  When eating with your child the aides will direct you to an open area to sit with your child(ren).  Sometimes students like to invite some of their classmates to join them and their parents for lunch.   Unfortunately, other students will no longer be allowed to join you as our open space is extremely limited.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we serve a large population of close to 650 students.


Join us in supporting National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month by wearing an
orange shirt on October 16, 2019.  

Nurse Ann Reminders

If your child has had strep throat, or another contagious illness, give them a NEW TOOTHBRUSH after being on the antibiotic for 24 hours!!!

Breakfast Brain Power
It's important for kids to have breakfast every day, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber and protein while low in added sugar may boost kids' attention span, concentration, and memory — which they need to learn in school.

Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Research in this area indicates that homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep.  It may be a good idea to ensure  that your kiddos are not playing video games and looking at videos when they should be sleeping.


Kindergarten Singing Game Night

October 22, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in the Armel Cafeteria.

You are invited to join your Kindergarten student to explore the fun of learning in the music room.  All Kindergarten classes will be sharing songs from class while you
         join in on the fun.  

Regular student attendance in school is critical to student's ongoing academic growth and learning.  Although teachers can provide make up work and will support students upon their return to school after absences, there is no replacement available for full days of missed direct instruction, hands on exploration, and peer collaboration.  

We ask that families limit student absences due to family trips as much as possible and instead plan to travel on holiday breaks and/or summer vacations. We do understand, however, that situations do sometimes arise that require students to miss school.

As summarized in the FCPS Student & Parent Handbook and policy number 410P, student absences are excused only for family trips that are pre-approved by school administration. Parents should notify AES administration in writing a minimum of 7 business days prior to the trip. Consideration of the number of total days missed for the trip and student's previous school attendance records will be used in the determination of pre-approval. Student absences due to trips that are not pre-approved will be noted in your child's attendance as an unexcused absence.

Thank you for your support in ensuring that your student is at school each day!

Socktober is a community outreach event. Donations of gently used or new socks will be taken throughout the month of October to give to families in need. Any size sock, especially            children's socks, is appreciated! 

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

2239 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, VA 22602

(540) 869-1657



Heather Miller, Principal


To learn why you received this and how to remove yourself from the list, see Privacy Policy

Review / edit information about you | Unsubscribe

Generated by Learn more