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2019-2020 Elementary School Information

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Please refer to the drop-down menus below for information pertaining to the start of school. An email with homeroom teachers will be sent home by August 9th!

If you need any assistance over the summer, the ES office will be open from 8:00-12:00 Monday through Thursday. Due to construction, we are located on the second floor of the Middle School building.


2019-2020 Faculty Changes

Miranda Lopez A'14 is joining the 4th-grade team in Mrs. Cloonan's place. Lopez has bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from the University of Florida. This past year, she has been the 5th-grade math and science teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Gainesville. 

Andrea Arcos is joining the pre-K team in Mrs. McLean's place. Arcos has a Master of Arts in elementary education and comes to AHN from Roosevelt Elementary School where she has taught kindergarten for four years and 1st grade for two years. She is the mother of two boys.

Mayra Hernandez is taking Patty McCarthy's place as Mrs. Donovan's kindergarten aide. Hernandez has been a member of the Extended Day team for the past year. 

Rachel Besancon is joining AHN as the middle school administrative assistant in Kim Ruff's place. Besancon has a Bachelor's of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Arts in leisure studies from the University of Iowa. She has a daughter at The New College of Florida and a son who will be a high school senior in the fall.

Matthew Treese is joining the 7th-grade team as a language arts and religion teacher. Treese holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Science in education - instructional technology and a Doctorate of Education in educational administration from Wilkes University. The majority of Treese’s experience comes from his time with the Cumberland Valley School District in Mechanicsburg, Penn., where he had roles from an English teacher to supervisor of curriculum, instruction and technology. Most recently, he was with Carrollwood Day School. Treese replaces Naheed Haider, who is moving from 7th grade to 5th grade. 

Kathleen Hughes is moving from 5th grade to 6th grade, in place of Alex Romero.

Allison Warren got married this year. Next year she will go by her married name, Allison Almendares.

2019-2020 Handbook

2019-2020 Planning Calendar

NOTES: Planning dates are tentative and subject to change as deemed necessary by the administration.

Please note February 14 was initially noted as a planning day, however school will be open that day.

August 7-12 Faculty Professional Days
August 13-14 Student Orientation Days
August 15 First Day of School
September 2 Labor Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
October 17-18 Parent-Teacher Conferences
PK-3rd Grade - Noon Dismissal Thursday, October 17
4th-8th Grade - No School Thursday, October 17
No School Friday, October 18
October 21 Professional Day, No School
November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break - No School
(School Closed November 27-29)
December 20 Noon Dismissal
December 23-January 5 Christmas Break - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 6 School Re-opens
January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 27 HS Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
ES - No School
January 31 ES Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
HS - No School
February 17 President's Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
March 2-8 HS Mission Trips
March 9 Faculty Professional Day - No School
April 9-19 Easter/Spring Break - No School
(School Closed April 9-13)
May 25 Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
May 29 Last Day of School
June 1-3 Faculty Professional Days

After School Programs

After School Program registration will be available after the start of school.

Dress Code Reminders & Beginning of Year Information

Dress Code Reminders

For boys:

  • Hair should be neatly trimmed above eyebrows in the front, above the collar in the back and above the ears
  • All-black leather athletic shoe (this includes the sole)

For the girls:

  • The length of jumpers or skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • All-navy or all-black Mary Janes, Oxfords, Sperrys, or athletic shoes (this includes the sole)

For PE:

  • On their scheduled PE day, students may wear the dri-fit uniform purchased through the Jag Shop (extras are available to purchase in the shop) or the standard uniform purchased through Risse Brothers. 
  • Any color athletic shoes.
  • The inseam of the shorts worn by girls must be longer than 5”.
  • Middle school students bring their PE clothes in a drawstring bag and change before and after PE class.

Students bring a snack to school each day to eat in the morning. These snacks should be peanut-free. Due to occasional inclement weather, there are times when these snacks are eaten in the classrooms. We keep the classrooms peanut-free due to students with severe allergies.

Other Links

Online calendars and directories will be available in July.



Extended Day

Registration for monthly, semester and annual Extended Day plans is now open.

Extended Day Registration

First Day of School Information

As you know, the first day of school is Thursday, August 15th. Eighth-grade student ambassadors will be at each various drop-off point to welcome students to school.

**First day of school "paperwork" will be completed via Veracross.**

Please note that our normal start time is 8:00 a.m. except on Wednesdays, when it is 8:45 a.m. 


Early Bird is available in the Brady Center free of charge starting at 7:00 a.m. Please enter our campus from MacDill traveling north and use the West Drive. (Please note: Left-hand turns are not permissible traveling south on MacDill.)

Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. should be dropped off at one of the following drop-off points. On Wednesdays, this time is 8:25 a.m.

  • West Drive (runs parallel to MacDill) – Any grade level can be dropped off here.
  • North Drive – Any grade level can be dropped off here. Please note that the only location to drop off on the North Drive will be adjacent to the four square court area. To ensure the safety of our students, dropping off by the classrooms on the northeast corner is NOT an option.
  • Front Circle Drive – Any grade level can be dropped off here.
  • South Drive: Students in grades pre-K, K and 1 (and their siblings) can be dropped off on the South Drive at the southeast entrance. Parents arriving prior to 7:40 a.m. (or 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays) may NOT wait in the drop-off area. These parents must drop off at Early Bird or circle the building until the teacher assistants are present.

Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must enter from the front of the building off Bayshore, and their parent must check them in with the ES assistant to receive their tardy pass. On Wednesdays, please follow these procedures if you drop off after 8:45 a.m.


Pick-up assignments are alphabetical according to last name. (Please note that we monitor pick up the first two weeks of school and if we need to make adjustment to accommodate traffic, we will communicate that.) Again, please note that left turns are not allowed from MacDill onto our property.

  • A-G: South Drive - Traveling north on MacDill Ave., enter campus at southernmost MacDill Ave. entrance and proceed to the South Drive (keeping the new middle school building on your left).
  • H-M: North Drive – Traveling south on Bayshore Blvd., enter campus at northernmost Bayshore Blvd. entrance and proceed to the gates next to the four-square court area.
  • N-Z: West Drive – Traveling north on MacDill Ave., enter campus at MacDill Ave. entrance and proceed under the bridge to the pickup area in front of the Brady Center.

Students in pre-K have two options for pick up. The first is a pre-K only pick-up at 2:20 p.m. on the front Bayshore Drive. The second option is the regular 3:10 dismissal from the designated points listed above.

After 2:30 p.m., there are no early dismissals. The only exception to this is when our middle school athletes have an away match.

Immunization & Paperwork Reminder (K, 7th Grade, ALL New Students)

If you have not yet done so, please submit the following to Deb Norris as soon as possible, but no later than August 14, 2019.

  • School-Entry Health Exam Form (DH 3040)
  • Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form 680)
  • Birth Certificate (new students)

Students will not be permitted to attend school in August until a current Florida Certificate of Immunization and Proof of Medical Examination are received.

Jag Shop PE Uniforms

Students may order dri-fit PE uniforms through the Jag Shop. Alternately, Risse brothers offers a PE short and cotton T-shirt. The deadline to order is Sunday, August 11th.  

Middle School Fall Sports Tryouts

Please note that the EL2 and EL3 forms are mandatory. They must be completed and turned into athletic director Kevin Vargas or athletic trainer Donny Schaefer each school year before any student-athlete is allowed to participate in practices or tryouts for any AHN athletic team.

Fall Sports Tryouts

Varsity Girls Volleyball (7th-8th grade)

  • Wednesday, August 21 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 22 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

Varsity Boys Soccer (6th-8th grade)

  • Wednesday, August 21 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 22 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

JV Girls Volleyball (6th grade only)

  • Monday, August 26 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 27 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country (6th-8th grade)

  • Practice Monday, August 26 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Practice Tuesday, August 27 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Optional Summer Enrichment (K to 4th Grade)

We are often asked if there are other resources that students can use over the summer to either reinforce learning or as a form of enrichment. On this page you will find a list of resources that your child might enjoy using in addition to the summer requirements. Continue scrolling to find suggestions for summer enrichment organized by grade level.


Offer your child a journal or spiral notebook to write about all their summer fun! Not only will this serve as a memory keepsake but a chance to keep writing and handwriting skills sharp over the course of the summer months.

Grammar Practice

Your child has an online subscription to MobyMax ( This program will be used to complete the required summer math. However, MobyMax also has a language module. Some of our older grade-level students have spent time working in this module over the past few months to practice grammar skills and conventions.  Students are able to continue practicing language skills and conventions as enrichment over the course of the summer. After selecting the language module from the MobyMax home page, students are prompted to complete lessons. Please note language skills practice is NOT required for summer work.


The Lawrence Hall of Science developed a series of apps that provide step-by-step instructions for hands-on science activities as well as videos, simulations, and live data feeds. To download the apps, search Lawrence Hall of Science in the App store.


Download the ScratchJr app on an iPad for younger students ages 5-7.  Older students can create a free Scratch account on this website and access this account either through and iPad or a computer.

Suggestions by Grade

Optional Summer Enrichment (5th-8th grade)

We are often asked if there are other resources that students can use over the summer to either reinforce learning or as a form of enrichment. Below you will find a list of resources that your child might enjoy using in addition to the summer requirements.

Orientation Information (New Students, PK-8th)

Pre-K (Please note there are two parts.)
  • Tuesday, August 13th - Parent ONLY Orientation from 8:45-10:45 a.m. This will be in the Chapel and parking will be available in the MacDill parking garage. Please allow some extra time to arrive, park, and cross the bridge to the main campus to ensure your presence for the 8:45 a.m. start. Please bring school supplies with you on this day.
  • Wednesday, August 14th - Open House for parents AND students from 8:45-10:45 a.m. This is an opportunity to show your child his/her classroom and for him/her to meet the teachers. Parents and students can drop in anytime during the two-hour window. Parking will be available in the front visitor spots or on the West Drive.
K-4th grade

On Tuesday, August 13th, please feel free to come by the school between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is not a formal presentation during this hour. It is intended to allow your child(ren) to meet their teacher, see their room, and drop off their school supplies. Parking is available in the MacDill parking garage, so please allow time to cross the bridge to the main campus. This is also a great time to drop off your immunization forms if you have not already!

5th Grade

On Tuesday, August 13th, there will be an orientation for new 5th-grade students from 8:30-9:30 a.m. You can drop off and pick up your child on the West Drive (drive that runs parallel to MacDill). This is also a great time to drop off your immunization forms if you haven’t already!

6th to 8th Grade

Your orientation is on Tuesday, August 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) You can drop off and pick up your child on the West drive (drive that runs parallel to MacDill). This is also a great time to drop off your immunization forms if you have not already!

There will also be technology help sessions for new students in grades 6-8 immediately after school from 3:15-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15th, and Friday, August 16th. Again, your child can be picked up on the West Drive at the end of these sessions.


Orientation Information (Returning Students)

Kindergarten to 7th Grade

Returning students in grades K-7 do not have an orientation time. On the first day of school, there will be 8th grade students at each of the drop off locations to help assist your child with their school supplies and in finding their homerooms.

8th Grade

Throughout 8th grade, there will be leadership opportunities for the students. One of these opportunities is the first day of school when the 8th-graders act as ambassadors, welcoming students and assisting some of our younger students with their school supplies. In order to prepare the students for this opportunity, we are asking that all 8th-graders come to school on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to prepare. They should meet Mrs. Elliott in the west commons on the second floor of the MS building. They should be dropped off and picked up on the West Drive.

On the first day of school, Thursday, August 15th, 8th-graders will arrive to campus at 7:00 a.m. for the 8th Grade Class Breakfast. After that, they will help students at arrival carry their school supplies and find their homerooms.

SAGE Dining

School Supplies

Below you will find the elementary school supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline to purchase school supplies is Friday, July 26th. This year, parents can choose to purchase school supplies independently or participate in a new program that the Academy is offering, Yubbler. is making our supply lists available for online purchasing at discounted prices and will donate 50% of the profits back to the school. Instructions 

Register for a coupon code:

Discount schedule:

  • June orders, up to 10% off 
  • July orders, up to 5% off 

What you need to do:

  • Find the supply list for your child(ren)'s grade at this link.
  • Click on the purchase button ("Full List") then enter your shipping and billing information.
  • You can customize your cart in checkout by removing or adding items.
  • You're done! Supplies are shipped "Next Day" to your home for free.


The deadline to purchase supplies is Friday, July 26th, to ensure your classroom has supplies for the first day of school. However, we recommend you purchase supplies as soon as possible to lock inventory for the start of school. If you have any questions, you can contact Yubbler at All transactions are processed by PayPal’s BrainTree secure online payment service. Some teachers elected to have all supplies shipped to the classroom. Please refer to your grade’s list for details.

Technology Distribution - New Middle School Students

New students in grades 6-8 may pick up their MacBook and iPad the week of July 29 through August 2 in the Bailey Center, adjacent to the athletic fields. A representative from the technology office will be available daily from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They will be available until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. If you are unable to pick up the device that week, please email Kent Smith at

Students in grades 6-8 are required to have an Gen 6 iPad case. Because iPads are not insured by the school, the Academy requires one of the following cases to protect your investment.

New Technology Plan for 5th Grade

Called by Blessed Marie Rose to meet the needs of the times for our children, in 2012 AHN began a 1:1 student technology program with iPads. While we found they enhanced student learning, there were limitations to their capabilities in terms of being both a learning and creating tool. We became 2:1 by introducing the MacBook Air to complement and further enhance our program.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Apple released a new model of the iPad Pro. As we explored its capabilities, we realized that it has the ability to accomplish all that we want for students, which allows us to streamline back to one device. Additionally, the iPad Pro supports the Apple Classroom platform, which allows us to better manage what students access on their devices, as well as what they are doing during class time when they are on their device.  

After researching and testing the devices with teachers as well as students, we have decided that we will roll out the iPad Pro to the 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Students in grades 6-8 will continue to use the current 2:1 model to which they have grown accustomed. Students in 5th grade will get their iPad Pro after the start of school. 

Technology Pricing

Grade 5

The 2019-2020 cost for the iPad Pro is $1,300, which includes:

  • iPad Pro
  • Apple Care insurance for three years
  • a rugged keyboard case
  • an Apple Pencil engraved with the student's name

Grades 6-7 and 9-12

The 2019-2020 package cost for new students in grades 6 and 7 and high school students is $1,300, which includes:

  • a Gen 5 iPad
  • a 13" MacBook Air + case
  • MacBook insurance
  • relevant apps and software on each device

Grade 8

Students entering 8th grade will receive a MacBook Air and iPad on loan from the Academy.

The total cost of the devices will be prorated each year you are at the Academy, up to four years, and billed according to your selected tuition payment plan. Students must purchase an iPad case from the required list, below.