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7/29 Principal's Message


Track 4 and Virtual Academy Families:


Welcome to the start to your 2021-2022 school year! We have been waiting for you with great anticipation and can’t wait to get started next week. Our Track 4 and Virtual Academy teachers returned yesterday to begin putting in place the final preparations for a great beginning.


“Meet the Teacher” Track 4 and Virtual Academy, Grades 1-5

Class lists will be posted on the school’s grade-level faculty pages today (Thursday) by 12 p.m. for Grades 1-5. Student lists will be posted by the track with a teacher assignment. Due to continued COVID-19 public health restrictions and precautions, we will not host an in-person event this year. Families are encouraged to do the following—


Kindergarten / Grade 1 / Grade 2 / Grade 3 / Grade 4 / Grade 5


  1. Visit the Teachers' Pages and watch the introduction videos for your track.
  2. Fill out the Student Information Form. Teachers will use this contact information to call families
  3. Fill out the PTA Opt-in Form if you would like to receive communication from the Parent/Teacher Association at Alston Ridge.


1st Days of School


Grades 1-5, Track 4 & Virtual Academy              Monday, August 2

Kindergarten, Track 4 & Virtual Academy           Monday, August 9


School Hours

Students begin arriving to school campus at 8:45 a.m. and all students are expected to be at school by 9:10 a.m. Students begin learning in classrooms at 9:15 a.m. Dismissal begins via carpool, walker, and bus dismissal at 3:45 p.m. Families can reach the school by phone from 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Virtual Academy Attendance & School Hours

WCPSS Attendance guidelines require attendance to be taken at every Live Session for students who are participating in the Virtual Academy. In the 2021-2022 Virtual Academy, students are expected to attend all 3 hours of Live Instruction and to complete and submit all assignments promptly. Teachers will share the daily schedule with students and families before the end of the day on Friday. All Live instruction will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Virtual Academy Supply Pickup (Grades 1-5), Friday 7/30

Virtual Academy families in Grades 1-5 should plan to pick up instructional materials Friday, 7/30. All families will be required to sign a new technology acceptable use policy. Families who have not already received a district Chromebook will be issued a new WCPSS device for the Virtual Academy. Virtual Academy teachers will get the chance to meet their students and families face-to-face while handing-off math resources, literacy texts, and other instructional supplies—


Grades 1-2                   Friday, July 30, 1 – 2 p.m.

Gators 3-5                    Friday, July 30, 2 – 3 p.m.

Kindergarten                 Staggered Entry Appointments


Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Kindergarteners attend only 1 day during the first week of their assigned track to provide the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the school and daily routines: students will meet the members of the school’s faculty, eat in the cafeteria, explore the Specials classrooms, play during recess, and make a new friend! This 1-day experience also allows kindergarten teachers and academic specialists to conduct initial kindergarten entry assessments to better understand how we can support each child’s learning this year! The hours for Staggered Entry are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Due to COVID protocols, 1 parent is permitted to walk students to their staggered entry classroom. At the end-of-the day, pick-up will be via carpool


Kindergarten, Track 4                August 2- 5


Virtual Academy Kindergarten families will be invited to sign-up for a 30-minute, in-person, Staggered Entry appointment via SignUp Genius sent by the Virtual Academy teachers.


  • Appointments will be only 2 students at a time to complete assessments and meet the Virtual Academy faculty.
  • Chromebooks will be distributed to families at the Staggered Entry appointment.
  • Up to 2 parents are invited to attend the appointment to meet with the teacher
  • Parents who attend an appointment will meet in-person at the school, with a Virtual Academy teacher to receive an orientation to Canvas (the digital Learning Management System) and Google Meet