Weekly Updates

Apr 19, 2018 -- Posted by : admin

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, April 20
    • NC Check-In Score Sheets go home on paper
    • Spring MAP Test results go home via email
    • 11:40am: LAST middle campus Crosby Scholars meeting
    • 3:30pm-4:30pm: Middle Campus Art Club Meeting @ Mrs. Wilkins' room
  • Monday, April 23
    • 4:45am: 7th Grade OBX Trip departs; bus leaves promptly at 5!
    • A Day for middle campus students
    • Spring photo orders DUE
    • 2nd grade CogAT testing
  • Tuesday, April 24
    • 5:45am: 8th Grade NYC Trip departs; bus leaves promptly at 6!
    • 2nd grade CogAT testing
  • Wednesday, April 25
    • 2nd grade CogAT testing
    • 9:00am: 6th Grade MTOS Trip departs; don't be late!
    • PD Half Day for all students
      • K-2 Dismissal @ 11:00am
      • 3-5 Dismissal @ 11:15am
      • 6-8 Dismissal @ 11:30am
  • Thursday, April 26
    • 6:00-7:00pm: 7th Grade returns from OBX
  • Friday, April 27
    • $9 for 4th grade author visit DUE to Mrs. Conine
    • 4:00pm: 6th Grade returns from MTOS
    • 11:59pm: 8th Grade returns from NYC

Latest News

Reminders for Elementary Campus Dismissal

Please remember that dismissal at the elementary campus is driven entirely by the PikMyKid system. We've noticed lately that a number of families are not properly utilizing this system. Using this system is important for the safety and security of our students and the overall efficiency of our dismissal process.

  • Dismissal mode changes (car line, walker, or after school) must be entered in the PikMyKid parent app or called in to the school no later than 2:00pm on the day of the change. Students must be picked up via the method indicated in the system. We are unable to accommodate changes after 2:00pm; parents arriving in the incorrect dismissal area will be redirected to the area indicated by PikMyKid.
  • When using car line, please do not arrive before 2:45pm. Parents arriving before 2:45pm will be asked to wait elsewhere until dismissal begins.
  • Paper or digital car tags are required to pick up students. Adults arriving without a car tag will be required to show photo identification for verification and may be required to wait until the end of dismissal to be verified.
  • Do not stop in the roadway when utilizing car line. If the alley is full of vehicles, please circle the block. Stopping in the roadway is a violation of traffic laws and causes gridlock which further exacerbates traffic issues.
  • The reception office is not a dismissal location. Students will not be dismissed from the reception area once dismissal begins at 2:45.

Thank you for your attention to this important safety, security, and efficiency matter. For more information on the PikMyKid system and instructions to register for the parent app, please see the post on our News page. We must ensure that all 360 elementary campus students are dismissed safely and efficiently to authorized adults, and this is only possible with the cooperation of our students, staff, and families.

Reminders for Middle Campus Dismissal

To help ensure safety and efficiency during middle campus dismissal, please remember:

  • When utilizing car line, please do not arrive before 3:15pm. Parents arriving before 3:15pm will be asked to wait elsewhere until dismissal begins.
  • Do not stop in the roadway when utilizing car line. If the alley is full of vehicles, please circle the block. Stopping in the roadway is a violation of traffic laws and causes gridlock which further exacerbates traffic issues.
  • Do not park in the City Center parking lot. City Center management has recently repainted their parking spaces, and they have advised us that they will begin towing unauthorized vehicles.

5th Grade & 8th Grade Photos for Slideshows

Please send 5 photos of your student growing up via email to tina.farewell@arsnc.org for inclusion in our end-of-year slideshows by Friday, April 20th. Thanks in advance!

K-5 Field Day

Elementary campus field day is coming up on May 4th! Mr. Davis has worked tirelessly to make this a day to remember, and he is in need of parent volunteers. Please email davism@arsnc.org if you are interested in volunteering at field day. Thank you!

5th Grade Art: Required Material

All fifth graders need to bring in an old, hard backed book to transform into a poetry/art book in art class as soon as possible. If you don't have any appropriate books at home, the dollar store or Goodwill have hard backed books at a very inexpensive rate. If you will not be able to provide your 5th grader with a hard backed book for this activity, please let Ms. McCachren know as soon as possible at mccachrena@arsnc.org. Thank you!

Summer Programs @ ARS

ARS is excited to announce our new season-long Summer Care program AND a selection of summer camps hosted by teachers. Students may register for both Summer Care and summer camp, and they may register for multiple summer camps. Summer Care payments are payable to ARS, and summer camp payments are payable directly to camp counselors. Adjusted pricing for Summer Care is available for students attending both Summer Care and summer camp.

Register for Summer Care today and receive a discount on the deposit — only $10 per week up front! Spaces are filling quickly.

Learn More about Summer Care @ ARS

Learn More about summer camps @ ARS

Save the Date: Elementary Campus Chorus Concert

Our Elementary Campus Chorus will hold a concert on May 1st at Forest Park Presbyterian Church on Davie Ave. starting at 6:30pm. Joining our elementary chorus are a number of ARS alumni: singers/guitarists Brody Petree and Hailey Holt, pianist Abby Wilemon, singer Leslie Overcash, and singers Betsy Rosenbalm & family. Donations will be collected to benefit the Special Olympics. We can't wait to see you there!

Staff Appreciation Week

Coming soon: RAP is organizing our annual Staff Appreciation Week, and they need your help! See the post on our News page for details.

Yearbooks: Last Chance!

Time is running out! Yearbook distribution day will be here before we know it! We have a limited number of yearbooks left for preorder (prices will go up once they arrive). Order your child's yearbook today to ensure they don't miss out on a year's worth of memories. www.jostensyearbooks.com

EOG Testing Information

Our EOG testing schedule is now available! Testing will begin on May 18th. Please see the post on our News page for additional important information regarding EOG testing this year.

Local Sharing Tree

Local Sharing Tree has great deals to popular shops and restaurants! Purchase your discount voucher at LocalSharingTree.com and select ARS as your charity. LST will donate 10% of every purchase back to the school. Using your vouchers couldn't be easier: just pull them up on your smartphone when you shop! You can also print them out and bring them to the store. Vouchers are valid immediately after checkout, so feel free to get one while you wait in the checkout line! Check out this week's LST deals:

In celebration of #ThankfulThursday, LST is offering us an additional $5 off ANY purchase! Simply enter promo code THANKFULTHURSDAY at checkout.

Standing News

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!

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.

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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