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Third Marking Period Report cards will be available for parents and students to review in SchoolTool on Saturday, April 24th. Please take a few moments this weekend to sit with your child and review their progress and achievement during the third marking period.



As a reminder, the NYS ELA Assessment is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd and Friday, April 23rd. Linked below is a copy of the letter that was emailed out to families yesterday regarding the New York State Assessments. Thank you again for your continued support of our school.

Link to letter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wh8nZUkh1DAPzWm55Jj2LHpFTYXbMLDi1OkQItyvwAs/edit?usp=sharing



On Monday, April 26 all Algonquin Grade 8 students will participate in the first ever Capital Region “Career Jam” during Access Period. The “Career Jam” is an innovative program that brings together private and public sector employers to connect with students about career pathways.

Initially envisioned as an in-person career fair, this program pivoted to a virtual environment to allow for students to participate in a “virtual field trip.”

Organized by the area’s regional BOCES, including our own Questar III BOCES, students explored an interactive online environment that included live presentations, recorded video content and many other resources to support the formation of career pathways.

To learn more about Career Jam, click on this following link to a video that was shared with Grade 8 students: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a9s7uiAviWiOeAT0FTEaMHdii-uablwy/view?usp=sharing



Chris Anderson and Mike Cavotta are proud to announce the return of AP All-Sports Camp! This non-competitive games camp for elementary and middle school students will take place June 28 – July 1, from 9 AM to noon at Algonquin Middle School. The cost is $I00 per camper but discounted rates are available for families. Visit apallsportscamp.com for more information and to register online for this amazing camp. Finally, email any camp questions to apallsportscamp@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Chris & Mike



Come join us for a great 2021 Football Season. Registration will be open from May 1st-July 31st. Flyer attached.



The Algonquin Parent Organization is sponsoring The American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Course next month. Four courses are being offered with each class limited to a maximum of 4 students. The cost is $35 per student. Please see the attached flyer for details including registration information and dates/times. There is limited availability so RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your spot. Click here for more information:



Please remember that there are many easy ways to help our APO raise money! First, consider using smile.amazon.com when purchasing through Amazon – Algonquin Parent Organization can be set as your selected charity (your login information will be the same as amazon.com). It is simple to set-up and you can save it right to your account!

Box Tops have changed! No more clipping and sending in with students (which inevitably get lost in their backpack). Please consider downloading the Box Tops for Education app to your phone, create a simple account, and then just scan receipts (or have a student in your house do it)! You will again be asked to select your school to support – Algonquin is out there and ready to roll. It’s very easy, and every little bit counts! (See the attached document for additional help. Please reach out to Cat Headley if you have any questions. Headley70@gmail.com)

Also, from now until May 29, 2021 – our school will be participating in the Hannaford Helps tower at the West Sand Lake Hannaford. If you purchase 4 or more qualifying items, you will be given a receipt to add to our school pocket in the collection tower. Additional information is attached in the PDF.

Last but not least, we are always happy to have families donate directly to APO via PayPal using ams.parentorg@yahoo.com.



As the seasons change students will be spending more time outdoors, including eating outside in our picnic area on dry weather days.

Students are encouraged to wear layers and to be prepared for the seasonably cool temperatures that can accompany the months of March and April.



Click on the link below for more information about free and low cost summer STEM camps offered by TechValley High School:



The deadline for order a 20/21 yearbook is Friday April 30, 2021. We will not be ordering extra yearbooks so if your child wants one, you will need to order now. Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and use school code 11617121.

Parents of virtual students: The deadline to send in a photo of your child to be included in this year’s yearbook is this Friday, April 23. Please be sure that the photo is .jpeg format and email it to winkleyc@apcsd.org.

8th Grade quotes – 8th graders are encouraged to submit an inspirational quote to be placed in the yearbook. Quotes should be no longer than 300 characters and must be school appropriate. Any quote that is deemed inappropriate will not be included. 8th graders should check their school email for the link to submit the quote. The deadline for all quotes is Friday, April 23.



As part of our yearbook each year we include “candid shots” of students working in classrooms. We don’t want to miss our virtual students with this part of the yearbook and encourage our virtual families to send in photos of students working at home. Please send photos to the Yearbook at: algonquinyearbook@apcsd.org.



Overdue Book Emails:
If you receive an email that your child has an overdue book and it was returned, please disregard the message. Due to
Covid 19 safety precautions, we quarantine books for one week after they are returned. We also have touchless checkout and students scan their own library books, with assistance. Thanks for your continued support.

18th Annual (Virtual) Richtol’s Read All Day:
Every year we celebrate books and reading with a special event,Richtol’s Read All Day, named in memory of beloved Literacy teacher Ms. Richtol. Newscaster and author John Gray will be our special virtual guest. The library is selling his book, Kelller’s Heart for $10. Order a copy today! The order form is attached. The library is also raffling off a dog lover’s basket with lots of goodies. Chances are 50 cents or 3 for $1. The AMS Library is also accepting donations for the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society of pipe cleaners, shoeboxes, gently used towels and gently used toys.

Here is a video to learn more: http://somup.com/crfI37FVMb
Questions should go to Mrs. Ekstrom (ekstromr@apcsd.org) or Mrs. Conti (contis@apcsd.org).

Special Opportunity to Check out Books for Summer:
AMS students will be able to participate in Summer Loan and check out library books for the whole summer. In order to participate, parents need to fill out the attached permission slip. See the slip for more details. Students will return it to their Literacy or ELA teachers before Friday, May 14th.
Email Mrs. Ekstrom if you have questions: ekstromr@apcsd.org

From the North Greenbush Library:
April is National Poetry Month: Beginning Monday, April 12, we will have DIY Magnetic Poetry kits available for anyone ages 8+. These kits include magnet sheets, a sheet of words and instructions for how to create the magnetic word tiles. Once the tiles are finished, use the tiles to write poems on magnetic surfaces like refrigerators or lockers. Feel free to take a picture of your poems and email them to library@northgreenbushlibrary.org. We will share them on our social media. Call the library at 518-283-0303 if you would like a kit.

Sora Ebooks and Audiobooks:
AMS readers can check out Bookflix: it’s a great way to access ebooks on Sora any time! All these ebooks are available in unlimited copies. All students need to do is log in to Sora using their AP Google account! Remember, Sora is also a free app they can use on their phone. If you have questions, please ask Mrs. Ekstrom. ekstromr@apcsd.org
Bookflix – Always Available:
Google Slides slide:
Ebooks and Audiobooks from the Public Library:
Don’t Forget that the public library is an awesome resource for you and your family. Check out this information sheet to get a library card and to access these books: