The ACE Blog

This blog is for the Academy of Christian Education, located in Reston, Virginia.
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India Culture Day was a great success this year! A huge thank you goes out to all the parents who were able to volunteer to help make to make the event enjoyable for staff and students the whole day. Below is a recap of the day. Enjoy!


We enjoyed a culture room led by Mrs. Bakshi who taught us about different Indian musical instruments, how to write letters and numbers in Hindi, and also some pop culture facts about different leaders and places of India.


Mr. Murthy along with other volunteers enjoyed teaching the students how to play cricket.


During lunch, we all enjoyed a tasting of traditional Indian food including somosas, naan, rice, chick peas, and a mango cake.


A lesson on some traditional and contemporary Indian dance was led by a wonderful dance teacher.



Students also enjoyed a craft, making garland and coloring a rangoli picture.



Our staff and parents worked very hard to make this event happen and we appreciate all the hard work that was put into making it a great day!
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The Auction night and Talent Show is less than 10 days away! We want to make sure you have all the information you need before Saturday, May 14 so you are prepared for a fun-filled “fun”draising night! There will be food, talent from our students, and two auctions! All money from donations and the auction will go towards our playground fundraising! Our goal is to raise $100,000 for our new playground!

The two types of auctions taking place will be a silent auction and a live auction. Below we will define the differences for you.

First we will define a bid. A Minimum Bid is the lowest dollar amount that will be accepted for an item. The Highest Bid for an item will win!

What is a Silent Auction?

A Silent Auction is held without an auctioneer. Instead, you place a bid by logging onto the BiddingForGood website using your username and password.

How Do I Register to Bid?

1. Go to the biddingforgood.com home page.
2. In the upper-left corner, click Bidder.
3. Then, click Register.
4. Complete the Registration.
5. Click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page.
6. In order to bid, you will need to add a credit card. Please note that you can pay in cash or via check the night of the event if you wish.
7. Remember your username and password as you will need this to log on to bid during the auction. The auction will end at a specified time and bidding will close. The person who has placed the highest bid wins!

How to place a bid:

1. Make sure you are registered and logged in.
2. Select the Type of Bidding you would like (either Exactly this Amount or Proxy – up to this amount, meaning you can set a maximum dollar-value for your bid).
3. Confirm your bid and you are done!
4. You will know right away if you are in the lead or if another bidder’s maximum (proxy) bid was still higher than yours.
5. If you are in the lead, you will get an email letting you know if you have been outbid so you can bid again!

What is a Live Auction?
A Live Auction is held with an auctioneer and in front of a live audience of bidders! Get ready and excited to bid against your peers! The person who has placed the highest bid wins!

There’s even an option for families who do not want to participate in the auction portion of the fundraiser. You can become a parent sponsor by giving a financial gift directly to the school. Your child/children’s names will be on a special display on the new playground.

Parent Sponsor Levels

Silver Level:  $1,000 - $5,000 financial gift
Gold Level: $5,001 - $10,000 financial gift
Platinum Level: $10,001 + financial gift

Tickets can be purchased online http://bit.ly/ACEauctiontickets or at the door. Tickets purchased at the door will be charged a credit card processing fee. All parents and students coming to the auction and talent show MUST have tickets to enter.

As the saying goes, “it takes a village!” and we have a wonderful village of families that we hope will surround ACE to help us provide for our next journey in the new building. We hope to see you Saturday, May 14th at 5:00PM for the Auction and Talent Show evening, which will take place at the current ACE building.

If you have any questions please e-mail apl@myschoolace.com
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Spring Break is upon us! We have some tips and tricks for those of you traveling for the week and for those of you staying local.

Whether you are taking a day trip in the car, or embarking on a lengthy plane ride, keeping kids entertained can be a challenge. Below are a few ideas to help with travel boredom.
  • New coloring books that are specific for the location you will be visiting
  • A new book from your child’s favorite author or a new picture book for young readers
  • A book about the location or event you will be visiting
  • Put together a slideshow of photos for things you may see
  • Renting or buying movies ahead of time for your tablet device
  • Renting or buying movies ahead of time for your tablet device
  • Travel friendly games... Many retailers have smaller versions of cards and board games that are magnetized to help keep pieces together in a moving vehicle or plane
  • Crosswords, word finds, and maze books

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If you are staying local and need ideas for day trips, we have a few favorites listed below. Click on the links for more information about each one.

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If you are unable to travel locally, here are a few tips for keeping the kids entertained at home:
  • Schedule play dates with neighborhood kids
  • Buy new coloring books and markers especially for the spring break
  • Have an Easter or spring themed craft ready one day
  • Have a “movie at home day” with favorite movies lined up. Add movie theatre popcorn, popcorn boxes from the grocery store, candies, and some healthy snacks, too.
We hope you found this blog post helpful! We wish your family a restful time this upcoming week. We pray for traveling mercies for those of you taking trips. We are grateful to have this time to celebrate and reflect upon the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! God bless.
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February is I Love ACE Month! This is a month of school activities, and a time where parents and former parents tell others about their experiences with ACE through social media. This year, we are holding multiple contests to help get the word out into the community about ACE. Children of participating families will receive a small gift for the first post, and the parent's name is entered into a drawing. For each additional posting, the parent's name will again be entered into a drawing. Posts can be on Facebook and Twitter -using the hashtag #iloveACE2016, Google, Yelp, or greatschools.org.

We must have proof of the post in order to be entered in the drawing. You can take a screenshot of your post and send it to icanread2@myschoolace.com or print the screenshot and send it in your student’s folder.

The more you post on social media, the more chances you have to earn one of our top prizes! Names will be drawn for prizes on March 1.
1st place prize: $100 to Reston Town Center and $25 Toys R Us
2nd place prize: $50 to Amazon and $10 Toys R Us
3rd place prize: 1 free night of aftercare at ACE, or a refund for 1 night if you are currently enrolled

Help spread the word about ACE into the community and to your friends! You can invite people to “Like” ACE’s Facebook page by clicking “Invite friends to like this page” on the left side of the page, below the profile and cover photo of ACE. If you are not following ACE on Twitter, you can search @myschoolACE and click “follow”.

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Remember, use the hastag #iloveACE2016 on Facebook and Twitter to help us trend on social media! Many of our parents say that ACE is the “best kept secret in Reston”. We love that! However, it is time that we get the secret out and show the community what an awesome school ACE is!