Weekly Updates

Dec 7, 2017 -- Posted by : admin

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, December 8th
    • Middle Campus Angel Tree gifts DUE
    • 9:00am: Economic Impact Study presentation to ARS Board of Directors @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
    • 10:00am: ARS Board of Directors Meeting @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
    • 11:40am: Middle Campus Crosby Scholars meet
    • 1:00pm: ARS Board of Directors Training @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
    • 3:30pm-4:45pm: Middle Campus Art Club (please pick up students at the front door)
  • Monday, December 11th
    • B Day for middle campus students
    • 6:00pm: RAP Meeting @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
  • Tuesday, December 12th
    • January lunch orders DUE
    • 3:30pm: Middle Campus Basketball vs. Pine Lake Prep @ Fitness & Activity Center, 1875 Simonton Rd., Statesville
    • 6:30pm: K-8 Chorus Concert @ Shearer Hall, Mitchell Community College, 500 W. Broad St., Statesville
  • Wednesday, December 13th
    • 12:00pm: January lunch payments DUE; unpaid orders will be cancelled
    • 3:30pm: Middle Campus Basketball vs. Success Institute @ 1424 Rickert St # 2, Statesville
  • Thursday, December 14th
    • Box Tops for Education turn-in date
    • 3:30pm: Middle Campus Basketball vs. Langtree @ Fitness & Activity Center, 1875 Simonton Rd., Statesville
    • 6:30pm: Middle Campus Band Concert @ Shearer Hall, Mitchell Community College, 500 W. Broad St., Statesville
  • Friday, December 15th
    • Half Day; Winter Break begins!
      • K-2 Dismissal @ 11:00am
      • 3-5 Dismissal @ 11:15am
      • 6-8 Dismissal @ 11:30am

Latest News

December Board Meeting

Our December Board Meeting will follow a slightly different format than usual! It has been scheduled for Friday, December 8th at the Elementary Campus Board Room.

  • 9:00am: Economic Impact Study Presentation
  • 10:00am: ARS Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: ARS Board of Directors Training provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Office of Charter Schools

All sessions are considered open meetings; however, all board business will occur during the 10:00am session.

Inclement Weather Reminders

Winter weather is in the forecast! In the event of school closings or delays, we will notify our community via phone call, email, Facebook, our website, and a multitude of local media outlets including WSOCTV, WBTV, Spectrum News, and WCNC. Please remember that ARS does not follow Iredell-Statesville Schools inclement weather closings; ARS will independently make the decision we feel is the safest and most appropriate for our school community.

In the event of a school cancellation, all after school activities will also be cancelled. In the event of an early release due to inclement weather, all after school activities including our after school program will be cancelled.

Holiday Giving Fund

As you know, public charter schools simply are not funded at the same level as traditional public schools. As a result, we rely heavily on the support of our community. Please consider making a one-time or recurring contribution to American Renaissance School this holiday season! Not only will it help us fulfill our vision to be the best public school in North Carolina, but it's also your last chance for 2017 tax deductible donations. It's quick and easy — simply click the link below, select your contribution amount and frequency, and enter your payment information. A tax-deductible receipt will be emailed to you right away!

Donate Online

Staff Holiday Fund

In holding with tradition at ARS, RAP will be collecting money towards a Christmas cash gift for all staff. Instead of families buying small gifts for many staff, donate to the Staff Holiday Fund and the amount gifted will be equally divided between each staff member. Monetary donations will be accepted through December 14 - no amount is too big or too small! Checks may be written to RAP and placed in an envelope labeled Staff Holiday Fund.

We will also be hosting a holiday luncheon for all staff on Friday December 15th. RAP will be providing the meat and we are asking our families to help with side items. If you are able to provide a side item for the lunch please sign up below.

Thank you for your contribution to these amazing people who care for our children daily!

Staff Holiday Luncheon Sign-Up

K-8 Yearbook

Time is winding down, but it is not too late! You still have time to order your Yearbook Personal Message for your 5th and 8th grader! Simply go to www.jostensyearbooks.com, enter American Renaissance Charter School as your school, and click on student recognition ads on the right side. There are several options for the size message you want to include in the yearbook. (Payment plans are available!!) This is for 5th and 8th graders only! We will do the personalized messages for everyone later in the year.

You can also still order a yearbook for only $30! Again, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and follow the prompts. It's going to be an amazing book of exciting memories for your child.

Angel Tree @ Middle Campus

The ARS middle school Student Council in partnership with the Salvation Army is hosting an Angel Tree again this year. We have 25 children from Iredell County we will be providing gifts for this holiday season. If your family, individual student or a group of students would like to sponsor a child, please come by the middle school and pick an ornament off the tree. Mrs. Berkley can then assist you in choosing a child and discussing gifting options.

  • All gifts need to be in one bag for the child and unwrapped. Please include the angel card in with the gifts.
  • All gifts need to be under the tree no later than Friday, Dec. 8

Thank you to those who have already sponsored a child! Any questions, please see Mrs. Berkley.

Mitten Tree @ Elementary Campus

Please help us warm community by filling our “Mitten Tree!” To decorate the tree, please bring hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks. Handmade and store-bought items in sizes for children through adults are welcome! The collections will be in support of Fifth Street Ministries. We will decorate the tree from November 27th-December 15th. The tree will be located near the back door of the Elementary Campus.

Amazon Smile

The holiday shopping season is upon us — don't forget to use AmazonSmile! Simply visit smile.amazon.com instead of the regular site, select American Renaissance School as your organization, then order as usual.

Local Sharing Tree

Happy Holidays ARS families! Everyone is very busy with the hustle & bustle of the holiday season, and we want to remind you that Local Sharing Tree has some great gift ideas that will save you money. Local Sharing Tree is very simple & fast to use and will donate 10% of every purchase you make back to ARS. All you have to do is make a money saving purchase, choose ARS as the non-profit you would like to support when you checkout and LST will automatically donate 10% back to our school. That’s it! Go to www.localsharingtree.com today, make a purchase, and tell everyone you know to make a purchase to help support our school.

As an added bonus, Local Sharing Tree is giving us a FREE $5 promo code to get you started! Just enter promo code ARSHOLIDAY in your account and you will be credited.

Check out some of the great deals below:

Save at McDonald’s

Save on a Manicure & Pedicure

Save $5-$10 at Los Compadres

Save $15 at The 220 Cafe

Save $75 at The Yoga Loft

Save $8-$25 at Phoenix Thai & Japanese

Save $50-$80 at Ike’s Dog Pub

Save $10-$15 at Fired On Broad Pottery

Save $100 with Amanda Caldwell Photography

Save $5-$15 on Avon Products

Standing News

Tours for Prospective Families

Our open enrollment period is coming up quickly! The enrollment application for the 2018-2019 school year will be available online and in our offices beginning January 2, 2018. Current students who are returning next year do NOT have to fill this out; however, new students and younger siblings of current students must complete an application. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in joining the ARS family! If a prospective family would like to tour either campus, please contact Mrs. Duncan (duncanj@arsnc.org) or Mrs. Leluika (andrea.leluika@arsnc.org) to schedule an appointment.

Alumni Database

We're working diligently to create the first-ever ARS alumni database. We hope this will allow us to more easily keep up with our alumni, as well as give us the data we need to create an alumni showcase feature on our website. If you or someone you know is an ARS alumnus, please ask them to fill out this survey and submit a current headshot. We're especially interested in hearing from those who have started their careers and can serve as inspiration for our current students and prospective new families; however, we welcome any and all alumni contributions. Thank you!

Middle Campus Crosby Scholars

The Middle School Crosby Scholars will meet on the second Friday of every month from 11:40 - 12:30 in the Band/Chorus room.

Backpack Program

Our Backpack Program is in need of food donations all year! Please send in non-perishable food items to the front desk of either building. Our fabulous backpack team will prepare care packages for families in need every Friday and before long school breaks.

Thank you for all your donations so far! However, please remember that we are unable to accept items that are bulk packaged or that must be prepared on the stove or in the oven. We especially need canned goods and individual servings of things like Chef Boyardee, mac and cheese, beanie weenies, oatmeal, grits, etc.

ReplayIt App for Yearbook Photos

This year, for simplicity and ease, we are accepting photos taken by you for the yearbook! Any photos you take throughout the year of school activities or your student can quickly and easily be uploaded to us through the free ReplayIt app for both Apple and Android. Download it today, and start sending photos to the yearbook staff! To learn more, visit ReplayIt.com.

Annual Fund

As a public charter school, ARS relies on the support of its community. Please consider setting up a recurring donation this year! You can choose to give as little as $5 per month, and this is easier for many families than making one big donation per year. Visit the Annual Fund page on our website to learn more and sign up!

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