School Newsletter: Week of September 26 - October 1, 2022

Important Dates:

✔️ September 26th: A day in our rotation for grades 6-8

✔️ September 26th: October Lunch Ordering closes at 12:00pm.

✔️ September 26th- 30th: NWEA MAP Testing/Diebels

Monday - K-1st grade ELA

Tuesday - K-1st grade Math

Wednesday 2nd-3rd grade ELA

Thursday 2nd-3rd grade Math

Friday - Make-ups

✔️ September 27th: Middle School Boys Soccer at Statesville Soccer Complex vs. Iredell Charter 4:00pm

✔️ September 30th: Turn in all money for sold Discount Cards and all unsold cards to the front desk of your building or homeroom teacher.

✔️ September 30th: Gryphon of the Month Assemblies:

4th: 8:15 Intermediate School Gryphon Hall

5th: 8:45 Intermediate School Gryphon Hall

6th: 9:15 Intermediate School Gryphon Hall

7th and 8th: 11:30: Middle School

✔️ October 3rd - 4th: NWEA MAP Testing Make-ups

✔️ October 12th: Photo retake/make-ups at 8:00am

✔️ October 14th-22nd: Book Fair...Save the date!

RAP (Renaissance Association of Parents) Corner:

1. We still have lots of discount cards available to sell. If you need more cards please email [email protected] The next turn-in will be this Friday September 30th. Please send in the money for any cards you have sold.

2. The current uniform ordering period will close on September 28th at 6:00 pm. We expect to have items ready the week of October 17th. Now is a good time to order long sleeve items and hoodies.

3. Last call for sign ups for ice cream Friday's. Ice cream will start this Friday for those that have paid. If you would like your child to participate please pay for ice cream on the uniform website.


✔️ Backpack Program Needs:

Individual snacks

Mini bottle waters

Granola bars


Fruit snacks

We are providing snacks to several kids daily along with weekend bags. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

ARS Amazon Wish List

Opt out of Media:

ARS features photos of students on our website, official social media channels, and in newsletters, in addition to other media.

If you DO NOT want photos, videos, or any other likenesses of your child to be used in ARS's materials, please take a moment to fill out the form to decline permission. Form Link: Click Here

If you consent to photographs, no action is necessary.

Congratulations to our PBIS Red Ticket Winners:

Alex Gibson  |  Amber Schwiebert  |  Kati Sparks  |  Ella Hager  |  Logan FFleischaker  |  Sebby Valois  |  Judah Cox  |  Erik Santibanez  |  Jack Piland  |  Maya Corker  |  Grace Gilliland  |  Kenyan Mayberry  |  Olivia Cannady  |  Sofia Martinez  |  Cole Johnson  |  Ethan Filip  |  Kynleigh-Ann Stikeleather  |  Brantley Sowers  |  Carys Hamilton  |  Brantley Moore  |  Aubrey Shipp  |  Aubrey Simpson  |  Brayden McMiller  |  Max Kofke  |  Braxton McMiller  |  Daniela Galvis  |  Jackson Hackett  |  Antoine Vanderburg  |  Lilianna Kalbfus  |  Hayden Madanat  |  Makinzee Calhoun  |  Anya Madison 

Welcome to Mrs. Joni Johnson, our new Art teacher for grades 5-8.

Joni Johnson is a former fourth grade ELA and Social Studies teacher where she taught for four years in Alexander County. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. She also received an Associates Degree in Interior Design from Central Piedmont Community College. She worked five years with local furniture manufacturers in Hickory as a visual merchandiser where she bought textiles for their furniture lines, worked with new product introductions and merchandised their showrooms in High Point for the furniture market. Joni also creates ceramics for the home and shoots professional photography.


✔️ Please do not send pop/soda, energy drinks, or anything in a can to school with your student for breakfast or lunch.

✔️ Rainbow Kidz: permission slips went home on this week. Please return your participants permission slip to your homeroom teacher so that Mrs. McMiller can give it to the counselors.

✔️Breakfast/Lunch Ordering:

Breakfast and lunch ordering for October begins on September 15th at 12:00 PM, and ends on September 26th at 12:00 PM. Please be sure to log onto MyPaymentsPlus to order your child's breakfast and lunch.

Did you know that ARS is unlike Iredell Statesville Schools in many ways. One way that we are different- ARS does not have a school cafeteria. All of our breakfasts and lunches need to be ordered in advance. In order to provide your child with a meal, please be sure to log onto MyPaymentsPlus and place your order. If your child/children qualifies for a free/ reduced breakfast and lunch, you still have to place your orders through MyPaymentsPlus. If your child needs a panic breakfast the cost is $3.75, and a panic lunch cost is $5.00.

Did you also know that you and your family may qualify for a free or reduced breakfast and lunch? Please contact Tina Farewell at [email protected], or 704-832-5603 to learn more.

If you have questions pertaining to breakfast/lunch ordering or the free/reduced application process please email Tina Farewell at [email protected] or call or text 704-832-5603.

Join STEM / Robotics Club!

STEM / Robotics Club!

1st-3rd Grade will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month.

4th-6th Grade will meet the 4th Thursday of each month.

Each club will meet from 3:45p - 4:45p afterschool on their designated day. Pick up will be at the elementary building.

Email [email protected] or [email protected]

CLUB Sign Updates

Drama Club at ARS

STEM Club at ARS

BOOK CLUB Sign-ups/Permission form:

1st & 2nd Grade Book Club Permission for October

3rd & 4th Book Club Permission for October

5th & 6th Grades Book Club Permission for October

7th & 8th Grade Book Club Permission for Oct

Volunteer/Donations for Book Clubs

October Lunch Menu:

Core Values:

Thank you to all our students who are following our Core Values of ARS IS EVERY day!

A for Academic Excellence,

R for Respect,

S for Safety,

I for Integrity,

S for Support.

Academic Excellence: Do your best 100% of the time.

Respect: Respect yourself, peers, staff, school, and community.

Safety: Keep yourself and others physically and emotionally safe.

Integrity: Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Support: Find ways to help support your peers, school, and the local community.

Who's Who:

Who's Who:

Mr. Jim Duffey: Executive Director K-8

Mrs. Andrea Leluika: Intermediate & Middle School Principal 4-8

Mrs. Danielle Cusick: Elementary School Principal K-3

Ms. Amanda DiGangi: Assistant Principal & MTSS Director K-8

Mrs. Tai McMiller: School Counselor K-8

Dr. Maria Rector: Exceptional Children Director K-8

Mrs. Sandy Durham: Administrative Associate ES

Mrs. Brianna Massey: Administrative Associate Intermediate & MS

Mrs. Emily Greene:Administrative Associate Intermediate & MS

Mrs. Anita Waugh: Administrative Associate/HR K-8

Mrs. Kathy Shipman: Student Data Manager

Mrs. Kelli Houston: School Nurse

Mr. Doug Griffith: Technology Director K-8

Ms. Tina Farewell: Before and After School Director K-8

Mr. Dereck Baker: Athletic Director grades 6-8

RAP (parent volunteer organization): [email protected]

Our Mission:

Our mission is to ensure a standard of academic excellence by providing a nurturing environment that allows each child to reach their fullest potential as students and citizens.

We greatly value the feedback of our parents and community. If you have a question or anything to share, please get in touch:


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