Weekly Updates

Aug 18, 2017 -- Posted by : admin

Welcome to the third weekly update post for the 2017-2018 school year! We will continue posting the contents of our weekly update emails on the News page of our website. We hope these posts will be a one-stop-shop for parents to keep up with what's happening at ARS.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, August 21st
    • B Day for Middle Campus students
    • Early Dismissal K-8 due to Solar Eclipse
      • 12:00pm: K-2 dismissal
      • 12:30pm: 3-5 dismissal
      • 12:45pm: 6-8 dismissal
  • Tuesday, August 22nd — MAP Testing begins; Middle Campus iPads go home
  • Wednesday, August 30th— K-8 Picture Day; Wear your red polo!

News & Updates

About the Solar Eclipse on August 21st

Due to the solar eclipse on August 21st, ARS will have an early release day. Lunch will still be served. K-2 dismissal will begin at 12:00, 3-5 dismissal will begin at 12:30, and 6-8 dismissal will begin at 12:45. This is not only for the safety of our students, but also to allow you to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event with your student(s). The afterschool program will still operate this day, beginning immediately after dismissal.

Read more about the safety issues associated with a solar eclipse.

Dismissal Information

The Elementary Campus will continue to utilize PikMyKid for dismissal this year. The system is now ready for parents to register for the PikMyKid app! See the post on our News page for more information. If you registered last year, there is no need to sign up again.

The Middle Campus will not utilize PikMyKid this year. If you need to make a change to your student's dismissal plan, please call the middle campus at 704-878-6009.


A partial delivery of the second uniform order was sent home with students on Thursday. We expect the remainder of this order to go home with students on Tuesday of next week.

MAP Testing

The first round of MAP Testing will begin on Tuesday and continue through the following week. Please be sure your student arrives to school on-time and well-rested, ready to do their best. The MAP tests provides teachers with valuable data that allows them to tailor instruction for each student's needs. This is the first of three MAP testing sessions this school year.

Book Bag Program

We're excited to announce the book bag program is back! Read the post on our News page to learn more...

Technology Fees

ARS will continue to charge a technology fee to support the ongoing repair, maintenance, and expansion of all technology programs K-8. The fee is a flat $50 for all students this year. If you have not yet paid, please do so as soon as possible. If you need to arrange a payment plan, please contact the building principal.

iPad Information

Middle Campus students will receive iPads on Monday as long as there are no fees owed from last school year and all paperwork has been turned in. If you have outstanding fees, please remit payment to ARS as soon as possible. If you have not yet turned in the iPad Agreement or Network Required Use Policy, please send them in on Monday.

If your student has a personal Apple ID, please be sure they have that login information with them on Monday morning. Students who do not have a personal Apple ID will be assigned a Managed Apple ID controlled by the school.

We have selected a new insurance provider this year, so repairs should take much less time than before! We will also have more visibility into the repair process so we can keep students updated on the progress. The fee for accidental damages will remain $50 per incident.

Discount Cards & 3b Tickets

The discount card fundraiser kicks off today! Information packets were sent home with students. We're also combining the discount card sales with 3b ticket sales this year — anyone purchasing a discount card is eligible to receive a discount on 3b tickets! As always, there are several very attractive prizes for our top sellers. We appreciate your work with our first major fundraiser of the year.

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!

Publix Partners

By scanning our Partner Card, a percentage of every Publix purchase can support ARS. Cards were distributed at the end of last school year. If you need a card, stop by the school next week or ask your child's teacher during open house.

Amazon Smile

Don't forget to use AmazonSmile next time you order online! Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com instead of the regular site, select American Renaissance School as your organization, then order as usual.

Local Sharing Tree

Don't forget — you can get a great deal from a local retailer AND support your school at the same time! Simply visit LocalSharingTree.com and choose ARS at checkout. In one fell swoop, you've supported local businesses, supported your school, and supported your own budget.


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