School Newsletter: Week of October 17 - 23, 2022

Important Dates:

✔️ October 17th: B day in our rotation for grades 6-8

✔️ October 17th-22nd: Book Fair

✔️ October 17th-22nd: 3rd Grade CogAT testing

✔️ October 18th and 20th Book Fair Family Night 4-7pm at elementary school

✔️ October 24th-28th Spirit Week

Monday: Pink Out Day

Tuesday: PJ/Comfy Clothes Day

Wednesday: Sports Day

Thursday: Tie Dye Day

Friday: Hat Day (7th & 8th Character/Costume Day)

✔️October 24th-28th Safety Week

Students will review all the safety drills in their classrooms. K-8 will practice the following drills: Tornado, Fire, Evacuation, Security alert & Lockdown. More information will be coming

✔️October 25th: Breakfast and lunch ordering closes at 12:00 pm

✔️October 27th (note date change to Thursday): 7th and 8th grade Dance 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Middle School with DJ Leggo!

✔️October 31st: K-4 Book Character Parade 1:00 pm

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

✔️ November 4th: Early College Presentation for 8th grade at 11:30, here at ARS

RAP (Renaissance Association of Parents) Corner:

The next RAP meeting will be Monday, October 24th at 6:00 pm in the Donovan Cook Center.


✔️ 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!


✔️ 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 this week. Please return your participants' permission slips to your homeroom teacher so that Mrs. McMiller can give them 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!

Breakfast and Lunch Program:

Breakfast and lunch ordering for November is available on MyPaymentsPlus. The ordering period opens at 4:00 PM today, and closes on October 25, at 12:00 PM. You must place an order on MyPaymentsPlus in order for your child to receive breakfast or lunch. If your child needs a panic breakfast the cost is $3.75, and a panic lunch cost is $5.00.

Please check your email for important information on how to order, along with the full menu.

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.

Congratulations to our PBIS Red Ticket Winners:

Friday, October 7th:

Paislyn Clark, Willow Lewis, Liam Sanchez-Reyes, Landen Washington, Kyler Goskolka, Waylon Daniels, Abigale O'Brian, Noah Sitnic, Jovi Dulin, Yhamila Beltran-Gamez, Alexandra Dilger, Emma Mottl, Sophia Mejia, Lilly Robinson, Sayler Gieger, Eastman Jewell-Batchelor, Gabriel Arreola, Natalie Forrest, Audrina Stewart, Iris Burgos, Franklin Wall, Jayse Magallanes, Adalyn Childress, Camren Ham, Gabriel Jewel-Batchelor, Grady Byers, Heinz Peter, Bryson P., Taliah Levy, Caleb Carr, Lillian Owens, London Glover, Harper Shook, Pyper Waters, Eli Marzean, Gabriella Acosta

7th/8th grade Academic Excellence Gryphon of the Month Winners:

Aurora Massey, Mya Yang, Jaxon Norris, Daminen Briceno, Mikayla Lenahan, Jonas Dearman

Friday, October 14th:

Wyatt McNiel, Arabella Smejkal, Harper Horvath, Evren Pentzak, Carrigan Earnest, Weston Yonce, Daniella Fernandez, Gabriel Arellano-Valenzuela, Jaxzen Calloway, Ketrah Jackson, Riley Key, Sawyer Malles, Madix Crockett, Michael Hartman, Emery Walls, Lily Bafford, Victoria Mills, Jaya Wilson, Harlan Privette, Emily Pierro, Natalie Yang, Cayden Yonce, Makaylah Oliver, Aubrey Simpson, Bostyn Davis, Justin Massey, Sadie Fortune, Bryan Lackey, Sully Dobson, Brayden Forrest, La'Niya Maxcy, Aubrey Clodfelter

Class Celebrations:

Congratulations to Ms. Wagoner's class for earning 25 yellow tickets.

Congratulations to Ms. Mathews, Ms. McNabb’s, and Ms. Davis’ classes for earning their 50th yellow ticket!

Club Sign-up:

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

Art Grades K-4th


Ms. Mitchell here, your K-4 student's art teacher!!

Please be on the lookout for your student's Original Works artwork and order form coming home soon. (Only red and green group for 4th grade) Most students have completed their artwork for this project. The order form and artwork will be sent home next week. If your student has been absent from my class in the past couple of weeks, theirs may be a little delayed getting to you. I will accept orders through 10/19. Please reach out if you have any questions. My email address is [email protected]

November Menu:

Costume Parade:

Our K-5 Costume Parade will take place at 1pm on October 31, 2022.

  • Students will parade in their costumes through downtown.

  • Students may wear costumes to school that day and are encouraged to choose costumes that reflect a favorite book character. No violent costumes, face paint, or masks are allowed.

  • Parents are invited to watch our parade from the sidewalk. We will begin with Kindergarten. We recommend that you arrive early and watch from the first block on East Broad Street or Center Street so that you do not miss any of the students.

  • Some of the younger classes may use a shorter route by taking East Broad to turn left onto Center and walking straight down to the middle school if needed.


K-3 students will leave from the front door of the Donovan Cook Center on East Broad Street and take a left. 4-5 students will leave from the church and cross over Broad St. At the corner of East Broad Street, we will turn left onto Center St. and use the crosswalk close in front of Andrea's Ice cream to cross over. (We are going to use these crosswalks with NO stoplight. Staff members will be in the crosswalks with stop signs to stop traffic.)

We will turn right on Center Street, go back down to the corner at East Broad and take a left to walk straight down East Broad to the Upper Room. Here, we will turn left onto Meeting St and go down one block to the corner at the Children's Museum.

From the museum, the parade will turn left and walk straight up Court Street, using the same crosswalk to cross back over Center Street. We will turn right to walk down past our middle school. Past our middle school, we will turn left on Front str, our students will walk up Cooper Street and return to ARS.

We are looking forward to this fun ARS tradition!

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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