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5/10 Principal's Message


Alston Ridge Families:


The weeks ahead are exciting ones. We look forward to continuing to share more information about ways we will mark the conclusion to this school year and celebrate your students' and our teachesr accomplishments in the coming weeks. Thank you to all families who shared a note of appreciation and acknowledgment with our faculty during Teacher Appreciation Week this past week, and thank you to our Parent-Teacher Association who coordinated ways to make the week special for all teachers.


A few notes and reminders for the weeks ahead:



Intent to Return
Please tell us your plans for the new school year! Our ability to recruit outstanding faculty for our school depends on us knowing who is returning each year; teaching positions are assigned to each school based on enrollment by the 20th day of school. Complete the Intent to Return as soon as possible.


PTA Meeting Tonight
A reminder to join for our PTA Open Meeting this evening at 6 p.m.: “ALL parents and teachers are invited to come this third and final Virtual Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting of the year! Hear about upcoming events, vote for next year's PTA board, and hear a principal update from Mr. Schutte.”

Parent Teacher Meeting
Monday, May 10 · 6:00 – 7:15pm
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 563-564-4202 PIN: ‪873 185 678#


Playground Construction
Through the stewardship of our PTA, we are looking forward to crowning a new playground on our grounds in 2021 with shade to provide 12-month use for our exciting play addition. Initial design proposals look amazing and will be a welcome addition to our front field where the new structure will supplement the open play space. This construction is a partnership between our Wake County School Facilities Design and Construction Department, and our Alston Ridge ES PTA. Thank you to our families who have contributed to our Apex Leadership programs in the past two years to make this investment in our grounds possible for all of our students to enjoy.


Pictures Signup
Strawbridge Studios will take Spring School Photographs for students attending the Virtual Academy on Wednesday, 5/19 (Picture Schedule Sign-up). Students who attend in-person will have pictures taken on Tuesday, 5/18. Picture package options will be available for purchase after pictures have been taken. To sign up for updates about the school pictures from Strawbridge: > Order Pictures > FM360845 (Code)


VA Confirmation Letter Date
The 2021-2022 Virtual Academy Registration window closed on 5/2. Families who registered by 5/2 will receive an e-mail confirmation of their registration on 5/12. Families must have completed the application prior to 5/2 to be guaranteed a spot in the Virtual Academy for 2021-2022. Families who missed the deadline may add their student’s name to the district’s Virtual Academy Wait List ( The school district’s Virtual Academy Wait List will close permanently on 5/12. For more information and FAQ about the district’s Virtual Academy plans, visit WCPSS Virtual Academy 2021-22.


Track Assignment Notification 2021-2022
Track Assignment confirmation will be sent to all Alston Ridge ES families by 5/30. Families who may be subject to a track change will have track preference requested prior to any track change. Track Change Requests from the 2021-2022 Track Change Request period will be communicated at the same time.



Please call our school (919-544-2474) to speak with Mrs. Alvarez and Mrs. Tang about any questions that you may have and for assistance! If you need to reach one of the school’s administration, e-mail: Principal Niko Schutte (, Assistant Principal Ruth Ann Freeman ( and Assistant Principal Melissa Oliver (


Take good care,