The Alston Ridge community provides a safe and welcoming environment in which students develop a true love for learning through challenging and enriching educational opportunities that advance their unique talents to meet and exceed diverse individual needs.
Kingergarten Registration and Orientation: Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming school year begins on January 4th. Registration can be completed Monday-Thursday from 10 AM-2 PM in the main office. See the WCPSS Student Assignment website for more information. If you were unable to attend Kindergarten Orientation this year, the Orientation Presentation from May 10th is available online.
Registration for next year's community-based Alston Ridge After-School Band is open until June 1! All rising 3rd-5th graders can join. No musical experience needed. Please visit http://www.alstonridgeband.com/ for more information or to register. If your child is interested in joining the band, please consider attending Instrument Show and Tell on May 10 and 24 from 4:15-5:15 PM in the Science Room. At Show and Tell, your child will learn about the instruments in the band, and have the opportunity to try them! We'll feature brass and percussion (trumpet, trombone, bells, and snare drum) on May 10th, and all the instruments (flute, clarinet, sax, plus brass and percussion) on May 24.
The Alston Ridge Elementary School PTA has partnered with First Day School Supplies--a vendor of student school supplies--to provide competetively priced school supply kits that will be delivered directly to the school ready for students' first day. The ARES PTA hopes that the program will provide convenience for families, and a financial benefit to the PTA. Supply Lists are also available on the Supply Lists page of the Alston Ridge website.
The nomination window for SSA for the 2018-2019 school year in WCPSS will be open this spring. If you would like your child to take an SSA assessment, the nomination form must be received by the end of the school day for your child's school calendar. Schools are not able to process any nominations received after the nomination window closes. Remaining nomination windows are: Track 3 (4/12-5/17), & Track 4 (5/4-17). Windows that have closed: Track 1 (4/12-25), Track 2 (4/9-20). SSA Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is a practice through which students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English/Language Arts. More information is available through the WCPSS AIG SSA Page.
The School Messenger phone message system used by WCPSS is expanding to include text messaging and e-mail. "Opt-In" to text messages when you receive a text. Or, you can simply opt-in to receive text messages by texting YES to the number 67587 now. The expanded service calls multiple phone numbers for all associated parents/guardians. You can choose how you would like to be contacted by using the new SchoolMessenger infoCenter website or infoCenter mobile app for Android and iOS. Review the Parents Guide to infoCenter (http://bit.ly/sm-infocenter) for instructions.
Online volunteer registration can be completed during school hours at any Wake County Public School building. All returning volunteers must re-register prior to October 31st to ensure that there is no break in eligibility. Prospective volunteers will submit to a background check prior to approval by WCPSS to volunteer. Volunteer clearance may take 2-3 weeks for final approval before a volunteer is eligible.
For families who are interested in learning more about Alston Ridge Elementary School and the chance to walk the school building, join one of our school's administrators for an upcoming tour where you'll have your questions answered as you take a short tour of the building to learn about how we are achieving a vision of excellence. Tours are posted on the website calendar. Remaining tours will be held on 5/24 at 12 PM, and 6/4 at 4:30 PM. If you are unable to attend a tour and have a question about our school, please contact the main office so that we may assist you.
The WCPSS Transportation department has worked in cooperation with its GPS provider to provide an app for smartphones and devices that allows parents of WCPSS students to track their assigned bus on its route. Download "Here Comes the Bus" for free from the App Store or Google Play store. Register at https://herecomesthebus.com/getting-started/ with School Code 67500. You can also watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Au9hh6jEFA), and view FAQ on the WCPSS Transportation website (http://www.wcpss.net/transportation)
In addition to the school's Before-care and After-school care programs, community-based programs offer fee-based afterschool programming for Alston Ridge students. Programs include the Alston Ridge Band, TGA Tennis and Golf, Snapology and Young Rembrandts Drawing Program. Information about registration is available on each program's website. All students who participate dismiss directly to the private programs at the end of the school day, and parents are responsible for arranging pick-up and transportation home at the conclusion of program-days.
Wake County Public School System has chosen EL Education as the new curriculum resource to support teachers of English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3 through 8 starting with grades 3 and 6 for the 2017-18 school year. What is EL Education? EL Education is a curriculum written by and for teachers with emphasis placed on active learning and student engagement. Classrooms are structured with highly collaborative activities that allow students to engage in academic conversations and investigations of rich academic topics. EL aims to contribute to a student’s ability to be globally competitive and active contributors in building a better world. For more information, please see the WCPSS video introduction to the curriculum.
Beginning Tuesday, June 27th, parents can bring the Home Base/PowerSchool Parent Portal: Application for Access form with photo-ID to gain access to Home Base/Powerschool. The system will provide you access to your student's information throughout the year, including transportation information for the 2017-18 bus stop assignments/times.
Families and Community Members always have access to the latest information and reminders impacting Alston Ridge Elementary School through the Principal's Message's page. Look for the Phone Messenger Archive to view text of recent whole-school announcements that are delivered through the WCPSS Phone Messenger system. Updates will include information on upcoming events, district policies and updates, and the goings on at Alston Ridge Elementary School.
Families of students in special education should update bus needs