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Powers Elementary
401 Washington Street
Amherst, OH 44001
Phone: (440)988-8670
Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Powers News
Reading Connection For Parents
The February and March Reading Connection is full of great strategies for parents to consider when working with your child at home in the area of reading and writing.  
Comet Conversation
Please check out this week's Comet Conversation with Superintendent Steve Sayers and don't forget to subscribe to The Official YouTube Channel of Amherst EVSD! This week, Superintendent Sayers discusses the beginning of a community engagement process to gather input on how to operate buildings more efficiently, exploring the feasibility of further consolidation due to declining enrollment.
 
AJH Nominated National Blue Ribbon School
Amherst Junior High School is one of only 14 schools across Ohio that has been nominated for National Blue Ribbon School recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.  The National Blue Ribbon Program has recognized only 7,000 "Great American Schools" since it began in 1982.  As a nominee, AJH will have the opportunity to apply for the award and share their best practices with other schools from coast to coast.  Congratulations to everyone at AJH!
 
Clothing Drive For Families Local and Abroad
Olivia Sliman is heading a clothing drive for the fourth year in a row. Please consider sending clean clothing items to school if you choose to donate. Collection ends March 20th.  
Emergency Text Messaging - Next Steps

Several weeks ago we began collecting guardian cell phone numbers as the first step in the process to offer emergency SMS text messages. We are now ready to begin step 2, which is having guardians opt in to receive these messages.

1. If you have not already filled out the form to have your cell phone on file, please click here for the link to do so.


If the school did not have your cell phone number on file and added it, wait at least 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.

2. From your cell phone, text the word "JOIN" to the number 56360.

If our messaging system finds a match for your number in its database, you will receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining school alerts.

At anytime you can unsubscribe by texting Stop to 56360.


3. Create a contact on your phone for the district with the phone number 56360. Then, when you receive a text from this number you know will who is sending it.  

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
As the weather conditions worsen arrival and dismissal procedures may be affected. We appreciate your time and consideration as the wait time may increase. As always we are most concerned for our student's, families' and staff's safety. I have included our arrival and dismissal procedures in this memo. Thank you so much for your patience and consideration.  
Revised PTO Meeting Times and Dates
Powers PTO will host their meetings for the remainder of the school year on the following dates and times. On March 5th we will meet at 6:30 pm in the staff lounge.  There will not be a morning meeting in March. On February 6, April 10, and May 1st we will meet at 9:00 am in the staff lounge at Powers.  
Tuition Free Kindergarten 2015-2016
Registration information for parents to register their child for tuition free, all day kindergarten for Fall 2015-2016 school year will be available on the web page in late February.  
Emergency Alerts via Text Message
In an effort to keep everyone informed as quickly as possible during a potential emergency situation, we are in the process of introducing SMS (text) messaging for emergency alerts. Parents, please click "Read More" to learn more and to update your cell phone number. 
School Board Approves All-Day Kindergarten
At Monday's Board Meeting, the Amherst School Board voted to move forward with implementing tuition-free, all-day, every day Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Amherst Schools are currently on track to be financially stable through at least the 2018-2019 school year. Recent cost-saving measures and the restructuring of staff in other areas will support the move to all-day Kindergarten. 
Amherst Police Honored at Board Meeting
The Amherst School Board honored the Amherst Police Department at Monday's Board Meeting for all of the help and support they provide to the Amherst Schools. As a community, we thank our police department for all that they do to ensure our safety and security!  
Comet Pride Spirit Day-Every Friday
Every Friday students and staff are encouraged to wear green and gold or your favorite Comet Pride wear to school to support the Amherst Comets.  
Target & Giant Eagle Support Powers Elementary
When you use your REDcard, Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to our school! Grandparents, alumni, friends and neighbors are all welcome to participate in the program. The more people we involve, the harder the program works for our school. If you are already participating, THANK YOU!  Visit Target.com/ or call 1-800-316-6142.  (Powers School ID: 83642)
 
How would you like to help the students of Powers Elementary School while grocery shopping? It's easy! Just enroll your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points on every shopping trip! You can register in three easy steps:
1. Register now at Giant Eagle or 1-800-474-4777.
2. Enter our School ID# 2682.
3. Shop with your Giant Eagle Advantage Card
 
PowerSchool Parent Account
If you would like to create a PowerSchool Parent account to access your child's grades and information, please use the attached PowerSchool Parent Account document and the PowerSchool Parent iPad document. You may also find these downloadable documents on our website under Parent Resources or Forms and More. (If you are new to the district or are a Kindergarten parent, you will be receiving a letter with this information specifically for you and your children within the next few days.) 
E-mail Update
The Amherst Schools will be sending two or three updates a month via e-mail to parents beginning in mid-September. Updates will highlight student achievements, innovative classrooms, district operations, and plans. Videos may be included as well. If you are interested in receiving these updates, simply email our EMIS Secretary, Patti Killen, and include your name, names of your children, and your e-mail address. Thank you and Go Comets!! 
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