School Newsletter: Week of October 3-8, 2022

Important Dates:

✔️ October 3rd: A day in our rotation for grades 6-8

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

✔️ October 3rd: Boys Soccer game at Home 4:00pm

Girls Volleyball match at Home 4:00pm

Cross Country meet at Hickory Day School time TBA

✔️October 5th: Gryphon of the Month Assembly K-3

✔️ October 6th: Girls Volleyball match at Home 4:00pm

Cross Country meet at Mac Anderson Park 4:00pm

✔️ October 7th: 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 7th: First Quarter Ends

✔️October 10th: No School-Teacher Workday

✔️October 10th: Board Meeting 5:30pm

✔️ October 11th: Boys Soccer game Away at Statesville Christian 4:00pm

Girls Volleyball match Away at Statesville Christian 4:00pm

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

✔️ October 13th: Girls Volleyball match at Home 4:00pm

Cross Country meet at Mac Anderson Park 4:00pm

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

✔️ October 18th and 20th Family Night 4-7pm

✔️ October 24th-28th Spirit Week

Monday: Pink Out Day

Tuesday: PJ/Comfy Clothes Day

Wednesday: Sports Day

Thursday: Tie Dye Day

Friday: Hat Day

✔️October 31st: K-3 Book Character Parade 1:00pm

✔️ October 31st: Downtown Statesville Trick-or-Treat 4:00pm - 6:00pm the Middle School will be open!

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

apple sauce

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:

Aden Anderson   |   Jimena Luna-Peralta   |   Luna Bryer   |   Jace Campbell   |   Nora Widener   |   Liam Edwards   |   Lily Hoeflick   |   Colton Belyeu   |   Kayden Durham   |   Sarah Keymah   |   Robyn Brown   |   Scarlett Brown   |   Sawyer Sloan   |   Charlotte Moore   |   Arian Gorecki   |   Dakarai Dulin   |   Ayden Dagenhart   |   Julian Nobinger   |   Chloe Campbell   |   David Wyrick   |   Nathan Brooke   |   Ava Eudy   |   Weston Stewart   |   Shyla Smith   |   Silvea Lawton   |   Cilicia Miller   |   Tae Childress   |   Mya Christie   |   Cilicia Mille   |   RJ Roberts


✔️ We are collecting Halloween candy and treats to pass out for downtown trick or treat! Please turn in donations to the front office of your child's school!

✔️ 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.

Crosby Scholars:

Have you signed your student up for Crosby Scholars yet? Could your child use a little extra support with skills like teamwork or communicating with peers and adults? Iredell Crosby Scholars is a free program available now for middle school students! Visit to find out more about this career and college attainment program and to apply online! View a short video online to learn more!

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.

CLUB Sign-up:

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

Breakfast and Lunch Program:

Did you 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.

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,

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:

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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