Welcome New ACM Families and Welcome Back Returning Families!


How is it already time to go back to school? There’s a theory that I love to cite (science nerd here) that, beyond the age of 20 and continuing into old age, the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine drops, making time appear to run faster. Yeah, there are other theories, but I like this one and have decided it must be happening in my brain because it does seem like every summer passes a bit more quickly than the year before. 


I'm pleased to start my first year as ACM PTA President and, even more, am honored to work with a fantastic group of dedicated ACM parents who are serving on the PTA Board of Directors. They have already been working hard to make this a fun and successful year for all students, staff and families through a long list of PTA programs and events. Though the board acts as our essential leadership, they will need YOUR help throughout the year, so please don’t hesitate to jump in when you hear the call (or offer before you do). This is your community, too, and I hope you will join us in making it a great year!


Every year I smile as the PTA Facebook page lights up around the energy that is the start of the school year. There are a lot of posts about uniforms, school supplies, etc., and they make me smile because I was an excited new parent, once, too (ok fine, my kid is starting 5th grade and I still get a bit excited). I always appreciate how quickly those new parents receive answers from our more experienced parents. ACM’s “village” has always been inclusive and kind. I was grateful for it as a new parent and am grateful for it now.


Undoubtedly, there will also be some posts about the bumpiness of the start of the school year. Anyone want to start a betting pool about when the first carpool post will happen? The truth is, I smile about those posts, too. ACM is a very big elementary school because it is a wonderful place for our kids. As a result, it takes a few weeks for everyone to understand the rules, and for the carpool chaos to settle down. I always think ‘If this is the biggest thing we have to complain about, we’re in good shape.’ Take some time to read the carpool rules below and remember to be patient with each other in general. Then all will be well!


I'm looking forward to another year of making great memories with all of you as we do the best we can to help our kids grow and learn. We are all in this together. I wish your kids and you a wonderful school year ahead!


- Elizabeth Simpson, ACM PTA President 2017-18