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Hi Families!

Can you believe we have only 9 days left of the school year? What a year it has truly been and I cannot believe we are closing out the school year. Let’s do whatever it takes to close out the year in a strong way!

Thank you for all that you have done this year and the trust you put in us to ensure that this year was a successful one despite the circumstances. Our hope is that we can return to some form of normalcy next school year. You are a vital part of our success next year. Please continue to read through all communication throughout the summer. When we are all on the same page, we will continue to take CHES to the next level!

With love,

Dr. Johnson



Before the last day of school, you will be receiving information from your child(ren)’s teachers about Summer Homework. Summer Homework will be extremely important. We want scholars to be set up for success in August and the best way to ensure that is to make sure they do a little bit each day! :) In order to help build on their growth during the school year, your scholar will be assigned work in Google Classroom to be completed by the first day of school.  


Some strategies that can help your scholar over the summer are: 

  1. Use the logs and resources in this packet to hold your scholar accountable for completing their work over the summer. 

  2. Encourage your scholar to read every day by asking questions about what your scholar is reading. 

  3. Limit the amount of time your scholar spends watching TV or playing non-educational games on their device or TV.

  4. Keep your scholar’s brain engaged: Take your scholar to museums, support her in learning new things, expose him to music and art, take him to the library… there are many ways to do this! 


With your support, we know your scholar will come back to school ready to hit the ground running. 


If you have any questions about Summer Homework, Please reach out to our school email address



This week we will honor and celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the date when news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops arrived to take control of the state, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved people in the deepest parts of the South.

  • Fact #1: Following the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, not all enslaved people immediately found freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in states then in rebellion against the United States. Union troops operating in said states gave teeth to the Proclamation. This, however, did not apply to the border states.


  • Fact #2: The Civil War ended in the summer of 1865. Union General Gordon Granger and his troops traveled to Galveston, Texas to announce General Orders No. 3 on June 19, 1865. June 19th would go on to be known and celebrated as Juneteenth: General Orders No. 3  stated: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor."

  • Fact #3: Part of General Order No. 3 encouraged the newly freed people to remain with their past “owners”: “The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”


  • Fact #4: The period after Juneteenth is known as the ‘Scatter: Undeterred by the recommendation to remain in place, many former enslaved people left the area during the original reading. In the following weeks formerly enslaved people left Texas in great numbers to find family members and make their way in the postbellum United States.


  • Fact #5: Juneteenth has been celebrated under many names: Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, Second Independence Day, and Emancipation Day to name just a few.

June 3rd Family Town Hall Recap
 Here is a recap of the information we shared with families on June 3rd during our Family Town Hall event.  Please read this information carefully and email if you have any questions.
  • We miss our kids and want to be 100% open as well!  Before any definitive communication is made, we are leveraging the CDC guidance to determine building and safety protocols. We are hopeful to share more information by July via Summer Communication.
  • Uniform Update: All grades moving forward will wear NAVY blue bottoms with the Kelly-green polo shirt!
  • Summer Work:  Strongly Recommended
    • Math: The weekly packets will be available through Google Classroom
    • ELA: Students will read 1-2 texts a week (depending on level) and answer STEP- aligned comp questions.  There is will also be a virtual IR library so that students have access to high-interest texts throughout the summer.  These can all also be accessed through Google Classroom.
    • Digital Learning:  Your student will continue to have access to most DL programs through 7/31.  
  • How to Support Reading at Home
    • Ensure your scholar is reading every night for 30 minutes.
    • Have your scholar read out loud to you.
    • Have the scholar practice sight words
    • Ask your scholar questions about the book:
      • Is this fiction or nonfiction? How do you know?
      • Who are the characters in the story?
      • What is the problem?
      • How did the character change from beginning to end?
      • Ask them to show you evidence from the text
    • 2nd-4th - have the scholar write 3-4 sentences about their reading
  • First Day of School- Thursday, August 26th ONLY for K and 1st grade
  • First Day of School- Monday, August 30th 2nd-4th Grade
  • Back To School Night- Thursday, Sept 2nd 
Spring Report Cards:

Teachers will be posting Spring Report Cards to Campus Portal Thursday, June 24th. In order to access your scholar's Report Card using Campus Portal, please follow the directions below:
  1. Log into account
  2. Click “Documents” in the left-hand column (It is not under “Grades”)
  3. Click on the Spring Report Card (The below image is an example and instead says “Spring 19-20 Report Card 2”)
  4. This will generate a PDF version of your scholar’s Spring Report Card.

If you have not yet set up your Campus Parent account, you will receive an email on Tuesday, June 8th with instructions on how to do so. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our Ops team at
Stepping Up Ceremonies:

K Virtual Stepping Up Ceremonies- Friday, June 25th 9am- Teachers will send out links to families

4th Grade Virtual Stepping Up Ceremony – Friday, June 25th- Teachers will send out link to families
<FYI> 2021-2022 AF Enrollment Application is Still OPEN
Great News! Our 2021-2022 school year application is still open! We are still accepting applications for the coming school year. 

We urge you to share this amazing opportunity with your friends and family in need of a school community such as AF! 

As a reminder, current AF scholars do not need to reapply to AF and enter the lottery again.

Whether you have incoming siblings that you would like to send to Achievement First or if you have family or friends interested in our schools, we encourage you to submit today to take advantage of upcoming virtual events and opportunities! To apply, simply click here, create an account or log into your SchoolMint account, and complete the application online.
 Remote Learning Tutoring Service

Brittany Jean, a former AF teacher, has started a remote learning tutoring service. For families interested in this type of support, please visit to learn more.
Achievement First is always in search of great teammates to join our community.  Through our referral program, we connect with hundreds of candidates every year. Recently, we launched an external referral program—this means that anyone can submit a referral and be eligible for a bonus, even if they aren’t employed by Achievement First. Do you know someone who you think would make a great teacher, leader, or operations teammate at one of our schools? Click here to submit a referral. If your referral is hired, you can earn a cash bonus. For complete rules, read here.
The Operations Team will be on summer vacation from Monday, June 28th until Wednesday, July 14th.  We will return to work on Thursday, July 15th.  If you email us, please expect a response 48 hours after our return to work!
<Emergency Rental Assistance Program is Accepting Applications>
  • English: The New York Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is accepting applications. This program will provide up to 12 months of rental and/or utility arrears assistance and up to three months of prospective rent assistance to eligible tenants.  
  • Spanish: El Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia (ERAP, por sus siglas en inglés) está aceptando aplicaciones. Este programa proporcionará hasta 12 meses de asistencia por atrasos en el alquiler y/o servicios de utilidades y hasta tres meses de asistencia para el alquiler.
Scholar Birthdays
6/14 - Elisha Phillius
6/18 - Sherita Johnson
6/18 - Jaydon Reece
6/18 - Nazai Samuels
6/19 - Lynn Garrett
6/19 - Fatoumata Bah
6/19 - Kayden Geffrard

Weekly Scholar Attendance Percentage

Scholar of the Week

Scholar's Name: Kenzo Britton
Scholar's Grade: 4th Grade
Scholar's Homeroom: Kamala Harris

Kenzo Britton is our scholar of the week. Kenzo has grown tremendously throughout the year which is a testament to his perseverance and his determination. Kenzo is always striving to complete his best work. He enjoys telling funny jokes and showing his classmates his burgeoning gardening skills. Kenzo’s classmates thinks he is, “hardworking, focused, and helpful”. We are so happy to have Kenzo in Kamala Harris!

The following summer camps are not run by Achievement First, but are great options for kids this summer.
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Need help with your child’s Chromebook?: Families can send a ticket via the "Ask for Help” button on the site to schedule 1:1 phone support if you need assistance,
AFCHES Families: If you need to get in touch with the Main Office, please email We will not be answering the phone since we are NOT in the building!



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