School Newsletter: Week of January 16 - 20, 2023

Last Updated 1/18/2023In Homepage Feed

Important Dates:

✔️January 9th-27th MOY K-3 MClass Reading Assessment window

✔️January 16th: No School

✔️January 17th-31st MOY MAP Testing Window for K-8

✔️January 26th: Village Inn Pizza is hosting a Spirit Night for American Renaissance School! Dine in or To Go! 10% of ALL sales go to ARS!

✔️February 9th 1/2 Day Teacher Workday Dismissal times: K-3 11:00am, 4-6 11:15am, 7/8 11:30am

✔️February 10th Teacher Workday


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

✔️ K- 8 Cell Phone Policy: (Per ARS Student Handbook)

While in school or involved in school-related activities (before/after school, field trips, etc), students may not use their cell phones for any reason including but not limited to, making phone calls, sending or receiving texts, visiting social media sites, or taking pictures or videos. Cell phones carried to school should be put into the student’s locker or book bag from 7:30 am until they are dismissed and outside of the building. Caution should be used during dismissal if a student is trying to contact their ride or walk across the street to their car.

If a student is using their cell phone without permission, the teacher or staff member will ask for the cell phone and a parent/guardian will be contacted to pick it up from the front office by the end of the day.

Teachers may allow cell phones in certain cases and in certain school trips but that will be shared as necessary.

RAP (Renaissance Association of Parents) Corner:

Volunteers are need to help on Fridays to do ice cream orders for each class.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact RAP at [email protected]

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!

Congratulations Red Ticket Winners!

Kaitlin Burns

Alex Gibson

Lily Millsaps

Indy Odom

Madi Piland

Malachi Neaves

Colton Belyeu

Ava Jimenez

Noah Sharpe

Chloe Sharpe

Emma Mottl

Calyce Smith

Sofia Torres

Declan Wells

Gavin Orrison

Claire Moore

Bryson Burton

Liam McClelland

Natez Foster-Campbell

Ayla O'Keefe

Elli Broome

Keilah Webb

Amelia O'Brien

Abel Lewis

Ava Kestler

Keylei Campbell

Griffith Tan

Great Opportunities for ARS Students:

Theatre Statesville Presents Disney Aladdin Jr

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up "a whole new world" for your young performers!

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement over magic, mayhem, flying carpet rides, and songs from the Academy Award-winning score. 


April 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, & 29th at 7:30p

April 22nd & 29t at 2p


Cornerstone Christian Academy at 650 Glover Street, Statesville, NC

FREE online Cooking Matters At Home Classes

A new series of FREE, online Cooking Matters at Home classes begin soon in NC

Find out more: FREE online Cooking Matters At Home Classes

Volleyball Sheriff's League Sign-ups

Registration for the 2023 Iredell County Sheriff's Athletic League will OPEN on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 08:00am and remain open until Friday, February 10, 2023, at 05:00pm.

ANY child living in Iredell County between the ages of 9 and 15 is eligible to participate in the league.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Athletic League (ICSAL) focuses on providing Iredell County youth with competitive activities which teach athletic techniques. We place a high priority on anti-gang and drug education during every practice. We want to provide quality coaching, fundamental skills building, and a competitive environment while giving our youth life tools that will help them grow into productive members of our community as they grow older.

The games will be played at Statesville High School, located at 474 North Center Street in Statesville.

THE ICSAL warmly welcomes the participation of adults who would like to volunteer as a Coach. Adults can complete the same form provided for players and mark it as Adult or Coach.

A Coaches Meeting will occur before practices, beginning on Monday, February 27, 2023. The meeting will be held at Iredell County Sheriff's Office located at 231 Constitution Lane in Statesville.

PRACTICES will begin on Monday, March 6, 2023.

Games have already been scheduled for 2023 on the following SATURDAYS: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13.

FINAL TOURNAMENT will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023.

To register your athlete, go to Click on "How Do I'. A blue box will appear, move the cursor to the lower right-hand side, click "Sheriff's Athletic League" and complete the Registration Form and the Medical Release Form. Once you complete and submit the forms, you will receive a confirmation email. IF you do not receive an email, the registration did not go through.


If you have any questions, please call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180 or email [email protected].

Who's Who:

Mr. Jim Duffey: Executive Director K-8

Mrs. Danielle Cusick: Elementary School Principal K-3

Ms. Amanda DiGangi: Assistant Principal & Curriculum 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 MS

Mrs. Emily Greene:Administrative Associate IS

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]

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.

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.

David Whitlow, Class of 2003David Whitlow is an American Renaissance School in Downtown Statesville, NC alumnus.
Megan (White) Whitlow, Class of 2002Megan Whitlow (White) is an American Renaissance School in Downtown Statesville, NC alumnae.
Crystal Ingersoll, Middle School Visual Arts TeacherMs. Crystal Ingersoll is the Middle School Visual Arts Teacher here at American Renaissance School in Downtown Statesville, NC.
Tracy Sain, Board ChairTracy Sain is the Board Chair on the Board of Directors here at American Renaissance School here in Downtown Statesville, North Carolina.
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