APC

**NEW** Acalanes Testing Center (ATC) funded by Acalanes Parents Club

A new resource is available on campus. Students may utilize the Acalanes Testing Center, located in the Peer Tutoring Office, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30-8:30am to take missed tests from excused absences or finish an incomplete test. Students may ask their teacher whether or not the ATC is an option for their testing since teachers must pre-approve utilization of the resource. The center provides a valuable alternative to using the Academy period for test taking.

 

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Stay tuned…

Stay tuned for more fantastic topics from the APC Speaker Series as we kick off the New Year.  As always, if you have questions or suggestions on content you would like to see more of at Acalanes, please contact: Kelly Daggs, VP Community Partners

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Co-Presidents’ Message

Welcome to the last week of the first semester! We know your kids have spent the past several days preparing for final exams and we want to thank our APC Finals Fuel team, Carey Starn and Nicole Carberry, along with lots of parent help, for providing healthy snacks for students throughout the week. Don’t forget to remind your students to take advantage of our Wellness Center and Peer Tutoring resources as needed.

We want to express our gratitude to our entire APC Board, sub-committees and Class Liaisons for all their dedication to the many Dons programs and events on campus this first semester. We wish everyone a restful holiday break and hope that you all enjoy the festivities and traditions of the season. A reminder that the first day of second semester is Tuesday, January 7.  

Dawn Brightbill & Sarah Cusumano

 

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Peer Tutoring is available during Finals Week!

Monday: lunch, 7th Period and after school until 4pm.
Tuesday  – Thursday: 12:30 – 2:30pm.

 

 

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Co-Associate Principals’ Message

It’s hard to believe we started school on August 13th and the Fall Semester is now coming to a close. As you know, finals are around the corner and then our students are off for what we hope is an enjoyable and relaxing Winter Break. We hope you’ll encourage your students to take advantage of all the finals resources at Acalanes including the upcoming Exam Jam on Wednesday, December 11, from 3-5pm, in the Cafeteria. It provides a terrific way for students to get extra academic support in preparation for finals. We will have teacher representation from each of our departments. 

We would like to extend a special thanks to APC’s Teacher Appreciation Chair Emma Bishopp and her team who once again went above and beyond to provide a delicious staff lunch last week. Our teachers and staff feel well taken care of by our wonderful Dons parent community and we look forward to the APC Cookie Exchange next week. 

We are proud of all our fall sports teams. Check out an overview of their collective success in the Sports section below. We wish all our students good luck in closing out the semester and look forward to connecting with all of you after break in 2020!

Andrea Powers and Mike Plant

 

 

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Gift of Presence: Managing Finals and Holiday Stress  

Wednesday, Dec 11 from 7:00-8:00pm in the Acalanes Library

Join us for a real gift and hear from Allen Choi of Acalanes Wellness and Dr. Brittany Friedrich of Las Lomas Wellness. Learn what they hear from students about what stress they have, and how parents can effectively help them. Join us for this workshop in the Acalanes Library. Parents and students welcome.

Contacts:
Kelly Daggs,
VP Community Partners
Mary Kuhn, Parent Education Chair 

 

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Finals Fuel

Calling all parents! During the breaks between exams, volunteers are on campus during finals week handing out encouragement and healthy snacks, and we need your help to make it happen! Please use this Amazon link to donate pre-selected items. No need to drop anything at school. You buy, we deliver. Let’s work together and make finals week a little brighter for our hard working students! 

 

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Co-Presidents’ Message

Acalanes fall sports teams have been dominating this season. Be sure to check out the schedule for upcoming games for Girls and Boys Water Polo, Girls Tennis and Varsity Football. A special shout out to Girls Water Polo with a current 50-0 record. Let’s go Dons!

Thanks to all the parents who showed up to help out in the AHS Football game concessions last Friday. Football concession profits are divided throughout the season among the various classes so your support by volunteering or buying food is greatly appreciated!


The Make Vaping History Parent Education Event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 4, at 7pm, in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This informative evening is put on by Acalanes Parents Club, Acalanes Union High School District and the Contra Costa Office of Education. Students and parents are invited. Learn up-to-date information on e-cigarette/vape pen products, adolescent use rates, impact on young people, prevention strategies, and how to support current users and more. You may want to also check out the APC Parent Ed Workshop with Matt Crevin on November 18 from 7-8:30pm in the Library. Learn how to help your kids with the invaluable skill of face-to-face communication. Refer to the Parent Ed section below to learn more and to sign up for these events.

Dawn Brightbill & Sarah Cusumano

 

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Parent Ed Workshop

Master the Message: The Art of Face to Face Communication with Matt Crevin

November 18 from 7-8:30pm in the Acalanes Library 

Lamorinda native and 49ers Football Press Box Announcer Matt Crevin will join APC to discuss the essential life skill of face-to-face conversations. While teens excel in connecting with numerous social media platforms, many lack the ability to sustain confident, clear and coherent face-to-face conversations. As a former talk show host, youth coach, sports announcer and parent, Crevins will guide parents in learning how to help your teen add effective face-to-face communications to their growing repertoire of skills. This workshop is similar to those he gives through his company Talk Shop. You can find more details via Talk Shop’s video link. We hope to see you on the 18th. Please register here for this free event.

 

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Rescheduled Event!! APC in Partnership with AUHSD Presents

Make Vaping History: Students and Parents Learn About Risks of Vaping and Tobacco Use

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 to 8:30pm, Acalanes Performing Arts Center

Learn up-to-date information on e-cigarette/vape pen products, adolescent use rates, impact on young people, prevention strategies, how to support current users, and more.  Register for this free event here

 

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