Friday, April 29, 2016

Elementary School

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
724-478-6000, Ext. 5000

Principal:  Courtney Anderson
Secretaries:  Kim Akins & Amy Kunkle

Welcome to our web page!  Please navigate through the tabs on the left to find information about our elementary school.  If you are having trouble finding a page, clicking on "All Pages" at the bottom will reveal all the options. 

We feel that communication between home & school is very important.  We have created an announcements blog to keep the lines of communication open.  We encourage all families to "follow" what's happening here at Apollo-Ridge Elementary by signing up here.

Visitiors Please Note:  There are significant security measures in place to help improve our school's security.  These measures include locking all of the doors at the beginning of the school day and immediately after the school day ends.  Please be sure to make an appointment with the person you would like to meet with or send a note to the office if you plan on picking up your child during the school day. Also, if you are picking up your child or entering the building, please be sure to have your driver's license or photo identification.  The District utilizes the Raptor Visitor Management System which will require your driver's license to be scanned.  We apologize for any inconvenience these measures may cause, but they are needed to ensure student safety on campus.

School Picnic Day
Kennywood:  Saturday, June 18, 2016
Tickets will be sold on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at our
High School from 8:00 - 8:30 am
Middle School from 8:45 - 9:15 am
Elementary from 9:30 - 10:00 am
and Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the
Learning Festival on HS/MS Campus from 11:00 - 1:00 pm.
You can also purchase tickets online at


April 12-15, 2016: PSSA ELA Testing - Gr. 3-5

April 19-21, 2016: PSSA Math Testing - Gr. 3-5

April 26-27, 2016: PSSA Science Testing - Gr. 4

April 28, 2016: 9:30 am Kennywood Ticket Sales at Elementary

April 29, 2016: School IS in session - snow makeup day

May 2-6, 2016: Grade 2 testing

May 3, 2016: 5:30 pm Art Show

May 10, 2016: 5:30 pm Reading Fair - Gr. 4 -5

May 12, 2016: 7:00 pm Chorus Concert - Gr. 4 

May 17, 2016: 7:00 pm Chorus Concert - Gr. 5 

May 26, 2016: PTA Track & Field Day 

May 27, 2016: No School (snow makeup day not used) 

May 30, 2016: No School - Memorial Day 

May 31, 2016: Awards Day - Gr. 5 graduation 2:00 

June 3, 2016: Last Student Day - ½ day, early dismissal at 12:25 pm 

Makeup Day Changes to District Calendar

At the February Legislative Meeting, the School Board approved changes to the Master Calendar to switch the sequence of snow make-up days. Therefore, school will not be in session on Friday, March 11, 2016, but will be in session on Friday, April 29, 2016 to make up for the February 16 snow day.

Any remaining snow make up days will follow the schedule outlined on the original calendar.

The revised calendar is posted on the website located at Apollo

The hour of code is coming!

What is the Hour of Code?
The hour of code is a way to spark a student’s interest in coding or programming. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code. This year at Apollo-Ridge Elementary School, students in grades K-5 will choose a one hour, self-guided activity from Code.Org.

Why the Hour of Code?
We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. The basics of computer science help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, and prepare students for any future career.  Find out more at


This is to remind you that students are not permitted to be dropped off in the morning prior to 8:30am.  Adult supervision is not provided and students will not be permitted to enter the elementary building until then.  It is required that your child remain in your car until the teachers are at their designated stations.

Once the adults are stationed at their assigned locations, and the students can safely cross from the parking lot to the sidewalk, the students will be permitted to proceed to the elementary building.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  The safety of all students is our utmost priority.

Student Registration 
If you'd like to register your child, please call to schedule an appointment
with Mr. Skiba:  (724) 478-6000, ext. 6910 or e-mail:
You can upload the registration packet for grades 1-12 below or come to the middle school to pick up the paperwork.
For kindergarten registration, see link at the right for directions.



Start Time 7:30 am  7:00 am
Tardy 7:45 am  
Half-Day 11:05 am  10:53 am
Dismissal2:35 pm  2:45 pm
Start Time   8:30 am  8:00 am
Tardy  9:00 am
Half Day12:05 pm  11:53 am
 Dismissal  3:30 pm  3:45 pm
 Parent Pick-Ups   3:40 pm  

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