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2021-2022 Back to School Information
2021-2022 Back to School Information
2021-22 Back to School Information

Welcome, students and parents! We’re looking forward to a new school year full of opportunities. The first day of school, August 23, is quickly approaching and we want to be sure you have the information you need for a smooth and safe start this fall.

Please see below for important back-to-school information, but feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions. Our school’s office is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 to 3:45. Please don’t hesitate to visit or call 828-670-5018 with any and all questions. We’re here to help!

Meet the Teacher
You are invited to our Meet the Teacher event on Friday, August 20th from 8:00 - 10:00 am. It will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and learn more about our school, daily activities, and more! It’s also a great opportunity to ask your questions in person. (For the safety of our teachers, students, and families, protective face coverings will be required.) We look forward to seeing you and your student!

Students may be dropped off and picked up at the following times:
Doors will open for students at 7:15 am
Tardy bell rings at 7:45 am (students must be in class when tardy bell rings)
Dismissal is at 2:30 pm

If your student will ride the bus, you will receive the bus number and pick-up and drop-off times at Meet the Teacher.

School Meals
Due to USDA meal cost waivers for the 2021-2022 School Year, breakfast and lunch meals will be available daily to all students at no cost.

Planning to pack your lunch?
Did you know that even if you send your child to school with lunch they can receive fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk from the cafeteria for free? The current USDA waiver allows all students to enjoy healthy meal components to supplement meals brought from home this school year, for free! To qualify, students must select three of the five meal components offered for lunch and one must be a fruit or vegetable. This is a great opportunity to ensure your child receives a healthy, balanced lunch, and it is a great way to help you save money when packing lunches from home!

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School Supplies
Be sure to  view our supply lists at Supply Lists for 2021-22 of school supplies your student will need to start the school year. 

Online Resources
Our school makes use of various helpful online platforms to serve our families. Be sure to learn more about these key services and tools:
• Weather/Safety Info - Learn about the many ways we share safety and weather information throughout the school year. Visit for learn more.\

• The BCS Mobile App- In addition to meal menus, school contact info, and stories, our mobile app is the best way to receive emergency and weather-related notifications about your school. Simply download our official Buncombe County Schools app and enable "push notifications" on your smartphone. Visit to learn more.

• PowerSchool Parent Portal - The PowerSchool Parent Portal connects parents to their child’s education. In addition to managing student contact and medical information, parents have real-time access to attendance, grades and assignments, notification preferences, and more. Parents of returning students also use the portal to annually update their child's information. Visit and select “Parent Portals.”

• Academic Calendar - View the academic calendar, including holidays and early dismissals, at

• Be sure to follow our school Candler Elementary Facebook Page and BCS (@BuncombeSchools) on Facebook for important announcements and stories.

Thanks for choosing to be part of our school community!
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