Weekly Newsletter

Updated March 21, 2017  |   Follow Us on Facebook


Middle School Fine Arts Show and League Meeting – TONIGHT

Please join us tonight for our MS Fine Arts Show at 5:30 before the League meeting in the cafeteria (complete with a little jazz and light refreshments).  We will have approximately 93 pieces of artwork on display!!  The students have been working hard and are extremely excited to show off their finished work, so please plan to come and bring friends and family with you!  See you at 5:30 tonight!

ACDS Annual Oyster Roast – Saturday, April 22

The League’s final fundraiser of the year will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 4 – 10pm.  We will have live music from Midnight Coal Company AND Southern Bred Band, all you can eat oysters (4 – 6pm), and your favorite golden beverages.  Tickets are $35.00.

Each family will receive TEN tickets and you are requested to sell them all.  You will earn ONE FREE ticket for every TEN you sell!  The Sign-Up Genius will be sent out for you to pick a shift to work.  If you are unable to work the event, please attempt to sell your tickets and consider a donation to offset expenses.  We look forward to a great event!

Re-enrollment Contracts are DUE

As of today, we have received 101 re-enrollment contracts!  Adherence to the deadline date is important as we plan for next year. Our student body is growing so we may need to hire an additional teacher or two! The sooner we can advertise, the better chance we have of finding high-quality, good-fit educators.  Thank you, again, for your support as we strive to fulfill our mission of helping each child reach his or her full potential.

We are happy to welcome another new students to ACDS

Leila Lawrence – 3rd grade
Our student enrollment is now 136!

ACDS Alumni Association Legacy Student Scholarships

Congratulations to Matthew Hundley (2nd grade) and Madison Mundie (PK5) for receiving the ACDS Alumni Association Legacy scholarships!  Both students will receive a $500.00 tuition credit for the 2017-18 school year.

Besty Q returns to ACDS

Betsy Q, the beloved singer and performer of children's songs, will be performing at ACDS on Wednesday, March 22, at 11:00!  Students in EC3 through 3rd grade will be attending her performance in the library.  Parents- Feel free to bring younger siblings to the show!  This musical performance is being sponsored by the ACDS Alumni Association.

Stanford 10 / OLSAT Testing (Grades 2 – 8) – April 3 – 7

Help prepare your child for testing week by having a good night’s rest each evening and a healthy breakfast each morning.  Testing begins promptly at 8:30!  Please NO NOT schedule any appointments this week.  Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding testing.

Exciting Preschool News at ACDS

We have had an overwhelming interest in our preschool program and our classes are FULL.  If you know of anyone interested, please let us know as soon as possible to secure their spot on our waiting list for next year.  We are hoping to add an additional class!  Our mission is to help each child reach his or her potential, beginning in preschool!

MakerSpace coming to ACDS

A MakerSpace is a work space in which students can design, construct, think critically, engineer, and test their project-based creations.  It is a space where students use technology and work collaboratively and a place for students’ creative thinking to come alive!  Our plan is to convert our computer lab in the lower school into a MakerSpace for all students to use.   We appreciate your help with this new Space.

Annual Fund Update

We are moving toward our goal of $75,000.00.  Every gift made to the Annual Fund directly supports each child at ACDS.  We need EVERY family to make a gift for us to reach our monetary goal, as well as our goal of 100% participation.  Each gift is important and makes a difference.  THANK YOU!
How is your child’s class doing?
EC3                23% (10 gifts needed)
PK4                27% (11 gifts needed)
PK5                44% (9 gifts needed)
K                     38% (5 gifts needed)
1st                  43% (4 gifts needed)
2nd             100%
3rd             100%
4th             50% (4 gifts needed)
5th              55% (5 gifts needed)
6th             58% (5 gifts needed)
7th             46% (8 gifts needed)
8th             36% (9 gifts needed)

ACDS Softball and Baseball Schedule  

March 22 – AWAY games at Montross – 4:30pm
March 24 – Home games at Northumberland – 4:30pm
March 29 – AWAY games at Colonial Beach – 4:30pm
April 3 – AWAY games at King George – 4:30pm (change)
April 5 – Home games vs. King George – 4:30pm
April 7 – AWAY game vs. St. Gertrude’s – 4:30pm (softball only)
April 21 – AWAY games at Caroline – 4:30pm
April 25 – Home games vs. Northumberland – 4:30pm
May 3 – AWAY games at Lancaster – 4:30pm
May 10 – Home games vs. Colonial Beach – 4:30pm
May 17 – Home games vs. Montross – 4:30pm
May 19 – Northern Neck District Championships
May 20 – Northern Neck District Championships
All home games will be played at Essex Little League fields 1 and 2.

Summer Camp at ACDS (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)  Co-directors: Amanda Brooks and Bridget Herrity

We are excited to offer summer experiences for children in a creative, nurturing environment.  Children will enjoy games, cooking, art projects, and field trips while keeping their academic skills sharp!  Our camp is for children ages 3 – 12 and is open to the public.  Children must be potty trained to attend.  Summer camp will start Monday, June 12, and end on Friday, August 25.  Registration forms are due April 1.

  1. Entire summer - $1000.00
  2. Each week - $110.00
  3. Drop-in days - $25.00
  4. 10% discount for multiple children           

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