Dear ASE families,

It is hard to believe that April is here! We have had such a wonderful school year and are planning for a great 4th 9 weeks.
Please mark your calendars for the following dates. K registration will begin at 8:30 on Wednesday, April 5th. Our 2nd graders will tour Highland Elementary School on Friday, April 7th. Class pictures will be taken on April 11th.  Our 2nd grade play "The Great Kapok Tree" will be held Thursday, April 13th. There will be no school on Friday, April 14th and Monday, April 17th as we celebrate the Easter Holiday.  First graders will celebrate MS Day on Friday, April 21st.
Our Parent Night at the Museum will be held Tuesday, April 25th. I ask that each family please make plans to attend this night. It is a great opportunity to help us plan for the next school year, learn more about what your child's next grade entails and view some of our great student art work. This is also a great opportunity for you to fill out our yearly parent survey. We use your data to help us make our school better. You can actually access our survey now. It is located on our school's homepage. 
We are getting ready for our third round of MAP testing. Our school goal is for all students to be proficient (61%-80%) or advanced (81% or above) in reading and in math. If your student is below the 61%, we must partner together so that your student has the opportunity to obtain proficiency. Your child's teacher will be sharing the most recent results with you once testing is complete.
We will continue our focus on PBIS this year. Our trait of focus this month is friendship. We will encourage students to do their best each day by continuing our Mystery Bus program, The Golden Spoon award, Super Titan Program, and Team Titan Tickets. This month's PBIS Celebration will be held on Friday, April 28th. We will also celebrate our Super Titans on April 28th. ASE is a Model PBIS School. Thank you for all of your support in our efforts to provide positive behavior supports for all of our students.
ASE was selected by the Mississippi Arts Commission as a Whole Arts School, and we will continue our focus on arts in the classroom this year. During the 4th 9 weeks we will focus on all four art forms: music, dance, theater and visual arts. Our theme is "One Love" and focuses on what is means to use individual talents to make the world a better place. Authors who showcase cause and effect relationships and/or the environment, such as Laura Nueroff, Leo Leoni and Bill Peet, will be celebrated. We will focus on artists, such as Georgia O'Keefe, Henri Rousseau and Claude Monet, because of their focus on nature. Musicians and composers who are known for their harmony will also be a focus.   
We are so happy to have you here with us at ASE. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. You are always welcome at our school, and we appreciate all of your support.
Melissa Philley