Weekly Newsletter

May 21, 2024

FIELD DAY AT ACDS

Coach O’Bier has planned a fun field day for K-8th grade students tomorrow! Lower School Field Day will begin at 9:00 and students will be at each station for 15/20 minutes starting with:

  • Kindergarten @ Station 1 Obstacle Course
  • 1st grade @ Station 2 Baseball Path Relay Race
  • 2nd grade @ Station 3 Football Ring Race
  • 3rd grade @ Station 4 Lacrosse Stick Handoff
  • 4th grade @ Station 5 Soccer Shootout
  • 5th grade @ Station 6 Tug of War

Middle School Field Day will begin at 1:00 and will consist of:

  • Wiffle Ball tournament
  • Hockey matches
  • Obstacle Course

Middle school students should come to school in standard dress and then may change into appropriate-length athletic shorts with ACDS spirit shirts during their Field Day activities. 

YEARBOOKS

Balfour, our yearbook publisher, is experiencing printing delays. They transitioned to a new production plant this year, which caused unforeseen setbacks, and is impacting schools nationwide. Our yearbooks are now estimated to arrive in late June.  We are disappointed about this news, and apologize that yearbooks will not be delivered before the end of the school year.  Please look out for further communication in June about yearbook distribution.

MANDATORY MIDDLE SCHOOL MEETING

5th-7th Grade Parents: To clearly share Aylett’s procedures, policies, and expectations for middle school students prior to the beginning of the school year, we will be holding three middle school parent meetings this summer. We are asking each family of a rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grader to attend ONE meeting this summer. The dates will be emailed later this week. Your middle schooler is highly encouraged to attend with you. Thank you.

ANNUAL GIVING UPDATE

We are just a few gifts short of reaching our 100% participation goal!!  You can give your gift by check, PayPal at www.acdspatriots.net, or with Venmo (@AylettCountry-DaySchool).  

 Total Students# Contributed% Contribution
EC3 – Holmes1414100%
EC3 – Atkins1111100%
PK 4141286%
PK 51414100%
Kindergarten – Goodman131292%
Kindergarten – Wolford1414100%
1st – Bell111091%
1st – Harrison111091%
2nd – Burton121083%
2nd – Carson111091%
3rd – Lewis121192%
3rd – Davis10990%
4th131185%
5th161488%
6th191789%
7th161381%
8th111091%
91%

RISING 5th–8th GRADE STUDENTS

If your student plans on participating in our athletic program next year, an ACDS Athletic Participation Form is required for each student-athlete.  Forms are due by August 28.

RISING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS – THE CLASS OF 2033

ALL rising kindergarten students will need an updated school entrance form for the 2024-25 school year.  Please make sure you schedule an appointment before the first day of school on August 28. Also, click here to review our Standard Dress Policy as you prepare to shop for kindergarten.  It is also listed in the Student Handbook.

NURSE NEWS

Rising 7th graders are required to have Tdap and Meningitis vaccines before starting school next year. The HPV vaccine is highly recommended by the CDC but is considered optional. Below is information regarding the vaccines:

TRAP

  • May 26 – Fun/Cookout – 1:00
  • June 1 – State Competition – Mannassas

SUMMER READING FOR ACDS PARENTS

Patriot Parents: I am currently reading a newly released book that is blowing my mind. 

Here’s a brief overview: 

In The Anxious Generation, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt lays out the facts about the epidemic of teen mental illness that hit many countries at the same time. He then investigates the nature of childhood, including why children need play and independent exploration to mature into competent, thriving adults. Haidt shows how the “play-based childhood” began to decline in the 1980s, and how it was finally wiped out by the arrival of the “phone-based childhood” in the early 2010s. He presents more than a dozen mechanisms by which this “great rewiring of childhood” has interfered with children’s social and neurological development, covering everything from sleep deprivation to attention fragmentation, addiction, loneliness, social contagion, social comparison, and perfectionism. He explains why social media damages girls more than boys and why boys have been withdrawing from the real world into the virtual world, with disastrous consequences for themselves, their families, and their societies.

Most importantly, Haidt issues a clear call to action. He diagnoses the “collective action problems” that trap us, and then proposes four simple rules that might set us free. He describes steps that parents, teachers, schools, tech companies, and governments can take to end the epidemic of mental illness and restore a more humane childhood.”

I would love for Aylett parents to read this book and share their thoughts! Perhaps there are measures we can take and changes we need to make, as a school and as parents, that better support our children’s growth and social-emotional development. Please consider adding this book to your cart and joining your child in summer reading!

-Tara

SUMMER CAMP AT ACDS

We are pleased offer summer camp for children ages 3 – 12!  Campers will enjoy lots of safe summer fun on Aylett’s campus.  All campers must be potty-trained.

The cost is $200/week and $45/day (advance notice required). Registration forms are required for each camper.  Please return form and fee to save your spot.

Camp will be held for eight weeks, Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:30:

  • June 10 – 14 Under the Sea
  • June 17 – 21 Farm Fun
  • June 24 – 28 Red, White, & Blue Patriot Week
  • July 8 – 12 Sports Mania
  • July 15 – 19 Sensory Week
  • July 22 – 26 Outdoor Explorers
  • July 31 – August 2 Space Exploration
  • August 5 – 9 Fun & Fitness
  • (Camp will be closed July 1 – 5.)

Director: Hannah Carson – hcarson@acdspatriots.net 

Assistant Director: Amanda Harrison – aharrison@acdspatriots.net 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2024!

Have a safe and wonderful summer.

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