Cardinal Courier - October 14

Trunk or Treat October 30 12-2pm!

The Abingdon Elementary PTA will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on Saturday October 30 from 12-2pm in the Abingdon parking lot. Students and their families are invited to drop by the school anytime between 12 and 2pm that day in your costume to collect candy! Here is some more information on what a Trunk or Treat is - and some spooktacular ideas for decorating your car or spot!


Abingdon will not be hosting the Halloween parade during the school day this year and we are hoping that everyone will join us on Saturday for this fun occasion!


There will be 30 spots marked in the parking lot (see map below). We are hoping to get 30 volunteers to sign up to pass out candy to all the kiddos who join us. We will also need help setting up for the event, directing Trunk or Treaters during the event, and clean-up. We are also seeking donations of candy to make sure there is enough for everyone!



Abingdon Volunteer Program

APS requires that all parents volunteering in the building complete a Volunteer Application. In addition to verification of an applicant's identity, COVID 19 vaccination is required for the application to be approved.The process takes about a week to complete. If you plan to volunteer in the school this year please be sure to complete the Volunteer Application here.


Fall 2021 Boundary Process

APS will be adjusting boundaries between Abingdon and Dr. Charles R. Drew elementary school. Planning units will be moved from Abingdon to Drew to alleviate over-crowding at Abingdon. Here are important dates for the process:

Thursday October 14 at 7pm: Presentation of Proposal to School Board See the Fall 2021 Boundary Proposal for Abingdon to Drew here.


Virtual Community Meetings: APS will hold four Virtual Community Meetings for the Abingdon to Drew ES process (dates below).

  • The same information will be presented at each meeting: overview of proposal, supporting information, Q&A.

  • Simultaneous interpretation is available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, and Mongolian (as needed).

  • Please note there will be a Spanish Only session and English interpretation will not be available.

  • Virtual Community Meeting #1: Saturday October 16 11:45-12:30pm

  • Virtual Community Meeting #2: Tuesday October 19 12:45-1:30pm

  • Virtual Community Meeting #3: Wednesday October 20 7:45-8:30pm (Spanish Only)

  • Virtual Community Meeting #4: Thursday October 21 7:45-8:30pm

Virtual Open Office Hours: APS will hold two Virtual Open Office Hours for the Abingdon to Drew ES process:

  • The office hours will provide the community, especially those families impacted by a reassignment, the opportunity to ask questions and receive a response.

  • Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish.

  • Families who communicate in a language other than English or Spanish can submit questions in their preferred language to Engage@apsva.us and a response will be provided.

  • Virtual Open Office Hours #1: Tuesday October 26 7:30-8:00pm

  • Virtual Open Office Hours #2: Thursday October 28 12:30-1:00pm

Wednesday November 3: School Board Work Session to review the boundary proposals, immersion feeders, Q&A

Tuesday November 16: School Board Information Item – Superintendent’s Proposal for Boundary Adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year

Tuesday November 30: School Board Public Hearing – Superintendent’s Proposal for Boundary Adjustments and Immersion Feeders for the 2022-23 School Year

Thursday December 2: School Board Action Item on Superintendent’s Proposal for Boundary Adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year

Links to all meetings and additional information regarding the proposal will be posted on the Engage with APS Fall 2021 Boundary Process page today (October 14).

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday October 21: Early Release at 12:25pm (Day 1 of Parent-Teacher Conferences)

  • Friday October 22: No school for Students (Day 2 of Parent-Teacher Conferences)

  • Monday October 25 at 7:00pm: Virtual Middle School Information Night

  • Wednesday October 27: Early Release at 12:25pm

  • Tuesday November 2: No School for Students (Grade Prep Day)

  • Thursday November 4: No School (Holiday - Diwali)

  • Tuesday November 9 at 6:30pm: November Abingdon PTA General Membership Meeting (PTA 101)

  • Thursday November 11: No School (Holiday - Veterans Day)

Please reach out to us at abingdonelementarypta@gmail.com with any questions.


Sincerely,

Jackie Winkelvoss

PTA President