Weekly Updates

Feb 15, 2018 -- Posted by : admin

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, February 23
    • K-8 Yearbook orders DUE
  • Monday, February 26
    • B Day for middle campus students
    • 6:00pm: RAP Meeting @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
  • Tuesday, February 27
    • 4:00pm: Middle Campus Soccer vs. CSD @ River Run Soccer Field, 19000 Davidson Concord Rd., Davidson
    • 4:00pm: Middle Campus Baseball vs. CSD @ McEver Fields, 626 South St., Davidson
  • Wednesday, February 28
    • Professional Development HALF DAY
      • K-2 Dismissal @ 11:00am
      • 3-5 Dismissal @ 11:15am
      • 6-8 Dismissal @ 11:30am
  • Thursday, March 1
    • 7:00am-6:30pm: Middle Campus Ski Trip
    • 8:15am: "Duncan Donuts" Principal-Parent Meeting @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
    • 4:00pm: Middle Campus Soccer vs. St. Mark's @ TBD
    • 4:00pm: Middle Campus Baseball vs. St. Mark's @ TBD
    • 6:30pm-8:30pm: 5th Grade Dance @ Elementary Campus Boardroom
  • Friday, March 2
    • Read Across America Day @ Elementary Campus
    • 2018 Lottery Application DUE by midnight

Latest News

ARS Spring Gala & Golf Classic

ARS is excited to announce our third-annual Spring Gala, with the addition of a golf tournament! The 2018 Golf Classic & Spring Gala will be held at Statesville Country Club on March 23rd. We hope you'll join us for this event! Tickets are available for golf and dinner, golf only, or dinner only. There are multiple sponsorship levels available. Dinner will be capped by the traditional live auction.

All proceeds from this event go directly toward supporting American Renaissance School, a K-8 public charter school in Historic Downtown Statesville. As a public charter, ARS relies on the support of the community to achieve its vision to be the best option for public education in North Carolina.

Register Online Today!

Students vs. Teachers Showdown

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Teachers vs. Students Showdown on Thursday evening! It was standing room only as the teachers beat the students at their own game. Thanks to your support, we raised over $1000 for the middle campus athletics department. If you weren't able to make it, check out the photo gallery on SVLFreeNews! We hope to make this an annual event, so keep practicing for next year.

Elementary Campus Zoo Trip

Our Elementary Campus students will all travel to the NC Zoo in Asheboro on Tuesday, April 17, 2018!

  • The cost of the trip is $25.00 for students (includes cost of transportation and lunch).
  • Parent chaperones are invited for the cost of $19.00, which includes a discounted ticket and lunch. Parent tickets must be ordered through ARS. (Parents will need to provide their own transportation.)
  • Please send in the completed permission form and payment by Friday, March 16th.
  • Students should wear their 2018 field day shirt, khaki bottoms, and tennis shoes.
  • We will leave ARS around 8:15 a.m. and return by 4:45 p.m.
  • Money for snacks and the gift shop is optional. However, students will be responsible for their money.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Shipman at shipmank@arsnc.org or Sandy Gross at grosss@arsnc.org.

K-5 Zoo Trip Permission Form

Summer Care Program

ARS is excited to offer a full day, everyday, throughout the entire summer, summer camp! Please check out the Flyer, and sign up today for only $5.00. This $5.00 will hold your spot for the week that you desire. So if you choose all 8 weeks, you will need to send in $40.00. The rest of the fee will be due the Monday you attend. Please return all forms to Ms. Farewell no later than March 16th.

Thank you,
Tina Farewell
Teacher Assistant
Director of Before/After School
704-878-6009 ext. 324 then press 3 (2pm-7pm)

Read Across America Day

On Friday, March 2, our elementary campus will celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday! Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. Each class will vote for the best costume! Students will also Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for 20 minutes that morning. We look forward to celebrating this day of literacy!

The NED Show

Students and staff at American Renaissance School will experience America’s most popular school assembly on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Read More on our News page...

Yearbook Orders, Ads, and Personal Messages

It is not too late to order your student a yearbook, but time is running out! To guarantee your student receives a yearbook, orders MUST be placed online by February 23rd. After that, remaining books are on a first come, first serve basis and quantities will be extremely limited. Order today to avoid missing out!

Order a Yearbook

2018 Lottery Applications

The due date for 2018 Lottery Applications is this Friday, March 2! All applications must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight. Late applicants will be placed on the bottom of the waiting list for their respective grade level. The lottery will be held on Wednesday, March 7th at 5:30pm. Current students do NOT need to complete an application; however, you will need to complete an application for younger siblings starting Kindergarten next year. See the Enrollment page of our website for details.

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:

Standing News

Open Enrollment

The ARS Open Enrollment period for the 2018-2019 school year is in full swing! Applications are available online at arsnc.org/apply or at the front desks of both campuses. Current ARS students do NOT need to complete an application; enrollment is guaranteed for existing students. There is no required intent form this year; however, if you know your family will choose not to attend ARS next year, please let us know so we can offer those spots in the lottery.

If you have younger children beginning Kindergarten for the first time, you will need to complete an application for them, and indicate that they are a sibling of a current student. This gives them priority in the enrollment lottery, so they can follow in the footsteps of their older sibling(s).

All applications are due no later than midnight on Friday, March 2. The enrollment lottery will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the elementary campus.

K-5 Invention Convention

We're excited to announce the first-ever K-5 Invention Convention! Create your own original invention following the rules below to win cool prizes.


  1. Be original! No copy cats.
  2. Put your name on it!
  3. Turn in February 1st! Staff will vote on February 2nd. Judges will chose the top 3 at the board meeting on February 7th.


  • First Place: Principal for a day
  • Second Place: Teacher for a day
  • Third Place: Free time with a friend
  • Fourth and Fifth: Honorable Mention and a snazzy pen!

NC Check-Ins

As you may recall, we completed our first NC Check-Ins at the beginning of November. It is time now for the second NC Check-In of the year. As a friendly reminder, NC Check-Ins are for English Language Arts grades 5-7 and Mathematics grades 4-6. These are formative benchmark assessments which provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback to guiding subsequent instruction. The NC Check-Ins are aligned to the NC Standard Course of Study. The testing schedule is included below.

  • Monday, January 29th: 5th grade ELA
  • Tuesday, January 30th: 4th and 5th grade Math
  • Wednesday, January 31st: 6th and 7th grade ELA
  • Thursday, February 1: 6th grade Math

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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