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No School  
There will be no school on September 25 and 26.
SPIRIT DAY    Friday, September 19th is an A.E. Wright spirit day.  Make sure to wear your blue and white!!
Make Up Picture Day         
Make Up picture day will be Monday October 6th during lunch. 
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September 2014

Dear Parents and Students:

Greetings! Thank you to all those who attended Back to School Night. I enjoyed meeting many of you and seeing you interact with the teachers. I had several questions from parents about volunteering. Right now our main need is in the library/media center. If you have a couple of hours to spare to help with labeling new books or you would like to sign up to help weekly or bi-weekly, please contact Mrs. Ammon at (818) 880-4614 ext. 287. The Parent Faculty Club (PFC) is also looking for volunteers to help with events. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please attend this month’s PFC meeting on September 10 at 9:00am in the Drama Room.

Some things for the month of September…..

6th Grade Dance
On September 12th we will be having our 6th grade dance party. The theme is “Wright’s Western Round-Up.” The party will be right after school and will end at 4:30pm. During the party students will have the opportunity to play games, take pictures, win prizes, and eat a snack served by our parent volunteers. This is NOT a “date” activity. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale for $5.00 the week of the dance. Students may also purchase tickets at the door for $7.00. Students may purchase pizza at the dance for $2 a slice.

Early Release Days
Students will be dismissed at 1:10pm on September 4, September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 6, December 4, January 15, February 12, February 26, March 12, March 26, and April 23 this year. Campus supervision is only available until 1:30pm. Therefore, students may not stay on campus past 1:30pm. If you are in need of childcare on Thursdays only or any other day after school, childcare is available at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center for a nominal fee. For more information, please contact the Community Center at (818) 880-2993(818) 880-2993.


“How to Improve Your Grades” Workshop for Parents and Students
Parents and students are invited to attend a free workshop presented by Huntington Learning Institute on September 18th on how to get better organized, study more effectively, improve test taking skills, and have a successful middle school year. The same workshop will be given at 1:30pm and 7:00pm in the Drama Room.

Lunch Prov: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join Mrs. Unzueta in the Drama Room every Wednesday at lunch for Improvisations and Theatre Games. Students should eat their lunch first, then come join Lunch Prov as an audience member or participant!

End of the 5 Week Grading Period: The school year in middle school is divided into two semesters. At the end of each semester a final grade is given for the work completed during the semester. There are approximately 20 weeks in a semester. Progress reports are issued via AERIES at the 5 and 15 weeks to students receiving a “D” or “F” in a class. All students will receive a progress report at the 10 week. September 19 is the end of the first 5 week grading period. Parents will be able to view the 5 Week Progress Report on Wednesday, September 24.

School Pictures: School pictures will be distributed during homeroom later this month. If your student enrolled late or did not have his or her picture taken during Registration and Schedule Pick-Up, your student will need to attend Picture Make-Ups on October 6 during lunch. If you do not like the pictures that your child brings home, your child will need to return the pictures to the photographer on October 6 during lunch and have a new picture taken. Students may not re-take pictures (i.e. they don’t like their I.D. card picture) if they did not order pictures the first time around.

Magazine Drive
The magazine drive is right around the corner. The school receives 40-50% of the proceeds from all magazine and prize orders, so please wait until our drive in October to renew or subscribe to any magazines.

School Safety
We are continuing to witness and get phone calls reporting unsafe adult driving behavior on and near the campus during drop off and pick up times. Student safety must be a priority! We have limited drop off and pick up locations near the school and traffic is heavily congested both before and after school. One of the problems is the large amount of parents who are wanting to park and wait for their student. This causes a back-up in traffic before the school bell even rings. Instead of parking and waiting for your student, please consider coming to school at 3:15pm to pick up your child. Usually, Las Virgenes Road is completely clear by 3:15pm and the loop is usually congestion free by 3:20pm. Students may also walk to a designated spot and meet you away from the congestion of the school.

Please consider the message you send to your child when you do not follow traffic and safety rules, even if it is just for a minute. For those who are frustrated with parents who are not following the rules in any of our pick up/drop off locations, please do not honk, curse, or use inappropriate gestures. Instead, if you witness dangerous driving, please take down the license plate number, model and make, and report the driver to the STTOP program (1-877-310-STOP1-877-310-STOP or http://sttop.net/). STTOP is an intervention program developed by the Lost Hills/Malibu Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to educate young drivers and their parents. While the program was originally designed to report dangerous teen driving, the program has been expanded to support safe driving in and around schools. Thank you to all those who continue to follow the rules and exhibit patience and safety when picking up and dropping off at school.

For Your Calendar:
September 10             Parent Faculty Club Meeting, 9:00am
September 12              6th Grade Dance, 3:05-4:30pm

September 12-14       T.H.E. Foundation Carnival for LVUSD Schools
September 16              Sharky’s Fundraiser, 11:00am-8:30pm
September 18             Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal

                                  “How to Improve Your Grades” Workshop, 1:30 & 7:00pm
September 19             End of the 5 Week Grading Period
September 25-26         School Closed


Have a great month!

Mrs. Taylor




2014-2015 Early Release Days – Dismissal is at 1:10pm
September 4, 2014
September 18, 2014
October 2, 2014
October 16, 2014
October 30, 2014
November 6, 2014
December 4, 2014
January 15, 2015
January 29, 2015
February 12, 2015
February 26, 2015
March 12, 2015
March 26, 2015
April 23, 2015

Early Dismissal Bell Schedule
Warning Bell 7:45
Period 0 7:50 – 8:40
Warning Bell 8:45
Period 1/HR 8:50 – 9:30
Period 2 9:35 – 10:10
Period 3 10:15 – 10:50
Period 4 10:55 – 11:30
Nutrition 11:30 – 11:50
Period 5 11:55 – 12:30
Period 6 12:35 – 1:10

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, September 23 - No "0" Period
Thursday, September 25 - Local Holiday, No School
Friday, September 26 - No School 
Wednesday, October 1 - 8th Grade Yosemite Trip Student Meeting, 12:35pm during lunch
Thursday, October 2 - Early Release Day, Dismissal at 1:10pm (see schedule)
Thursday & Friday, October 2 & 3 - 6th Grade Beach Safety Days
Monday, October 6 - 6th Grade Beach Safety Day
Monday, October 6 - Make Up Picture Day, 12:30-1:15pm
Wednesday, October 8 - International Walk To School Day
Wednesday, October 8 - PFC Meeting, 9:00am (Parent Faculty Club)
Friday, October 10 - Spirit Day
Friday, October 10 - Magazine Drive Kick-Off Assembly
Friday, October 10 - 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, October 12- Friday, October 17 - 8th Grade Yosemite Trip
Monday, October 13 - No School, Staff Development Day
Tuesday, October 14 - Magazine Drive: Post Card Turn In Day
Wednesday, October 15 - Magazine Drive: 1st TURN IN DAY!
Thursday, October 16 - Early Release Day, Dismissal at 1:10pm (see schedule)
Friday, October 17 - Magazine Drive: Duck Party

 

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE:
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014:  New state law regarding immunization waivers, click here for more information.


SIGN-UPS FOR INTRAMURAL SOCCER

Next week will be sign-ups for the first intramural sport of the year, Soccer.  If you are interested in playing intramural soccer, please sign your team up by going to the ball room by the boys' locker room next week. See Mr. D'Alonzo with any questions.

HONOR SOCIETY AND CJSF TRIP INFORMATION & IMPORTANT DATES

Yosemite Trip (8th Grade CJSF Members): October 12 - 17, 2014
Student Meeting: September 10, 2014 (during Lunch, 12:35pm, medical & roommate forms)
Parent Meeting: September 17, 2014 (7:00pm @ AC Stelle, Multi Purpose Room)
Student Meeting: October 1, 2014 (during lunch, 12:35pm, supply list and information)
Yosemite Trip, October 12-17, 2014

Catalina Trip (7th Grade Honor Society) November 10 - 12 , 2014
Student Meeting: September 17, 2014 (during lunch, 12:35pm, roommate & medical forms)
Student Meeting: October 28, 2014 (during lunch, 12:35pm, supply list)
Parent Meeting: October 29, 2014 (7:00 PM @ AC Stelle Multi Purpose Room)
Catalina Trip, November 10-12, 2014


THE ANNUAL MAGAZINE FUNDRAISER IS COMING IN OCTOBER! 

We will kick-off our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year on October 10, 2014.  A.E. Wright receives 40-50% of the proceeds from the annual Magazine Fundraiser which helps pay for technology, field trips, special assemblies and end of the year awards. These are just a few of many things that need funding and your participation makes a difference. Please wait until our magazine drive in October to renew or subscribe to any magazines. Be on the look out for more information! Thank you again for your continued support of our school!

SHOWBOAT THEATER OPPORTUNITY

Showboat Theater is doing a production of Journey to Neverland at A.E. Wright. If you are interested in being in the musical, please contact the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center to register. Classes will meet on Mondays from 3:30-5:30pm in the Drama Room from September 15th through January 26th. Click here to see the flyer. 

THE A.E. WRIGHT DIRECTORY IS GOING ON-LINE  

The AEW PFC (Parent Faculty Club) is putting together the directory which is going on line. You must visit www.aewdirectory.com and fill out your information by September 10th in order to be included in the directory. If you do not input your information, you will not be included in the directory. 

THE WRIGHT ANSWERS
NEWSLETTER 

The Wright Answers is A.E. Wright's newsletter put together by student volunteers during their lunch time.  We hope you enjoy our first edition!  Listen to the morning announcements in August to hear when meetings are held so that you can participate in this fun journalistic experience! Click here to see the first edition! 

AERIES PARENT & STUDENT PORTALS  


Aeries for Parents allows parents and students to access progress report grades (weeks 5 and 15), mid-semester report card grades (week 10), final semester report card grades (week 20), as well as attendance and other password protected information. In addition when teachers use the Aeries Gradebook, parents and students can also view current grades for that class through the Aeries Online system. (Please note: Teachers utilize a variety of electronic grading systems. Please visit the teacher's Web page for information or contact the teacher directly via email or phone.) Click the link to access Aeries Online.  Having problems? Click here to go to the support page for extra help.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE 


Please ensure that your student is at school daily and on time. If your child is unable to attend school, please verify their absence by calling 818-880-4614, extension 226. Verifying their absence does not excuse their absence. Per state law, excused absences include illness, medical appointments, immediate family funerals, court appearances or jury duty, and religious holiday with prior written approval.   

FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PICK UP & DROP OFF PROCEDURES


Please click here to see the Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures. We appreciate you following the procedures and being polite and courteous on the traffic loop. As a reminder, there is increased traffic during the first few weeks of school and we encourage you to use alternate pick up and drop off locations. Or drop earlier in the morning and pick up later in the afternoon to relieve congestion (by 3:20pm the line is mostly clear). 

BUS TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION


The Las Virgenes Unified School District operates a fee based home to school transportation program forstudents enrolled in the District’s regular education program to some, but not all schools. Please click here to get more information and details. 

FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT BIRTHDAYS  


Elaborate birthday celebrations such as balloon bouquets, lunch time parties with cakes, cookies, etc. or balloons are not allowed on school campus and may not be brought to school. Per LVUSD District guidelines, students and parents are encouraged to avoid non-nutritious foods on school campus. 

STAY IN THE LOOP


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