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NCCAES Parent Newsletter

NCCAE Weekly Updates from the Parenting Team

Monday, February 13, 2022


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NCCAE Blood Drive

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February NCCAE Service Project


1 in 3 families in the US reports struggling with diaper need.

Infants and toddlers require six to ten diapers per day.

An adequate supply of diapers is a basic need and is essential to a child’s healthy development.

Government programs like WIC and SNAP do not cover diapers. For countless families, having enough diapers is a constant struggle. Without diapers, children cannot attend daycare, which may prevent parents from making an income. Diapers are not funded by WIC and SNAP programs, and without this financial assistance, babies are left in their diapers longer, leading to severe diaper rash that could lead to other medical problems.

NCCAE 2nd Graders take on this project annually to help families in need. Please consider donating. Your donation will make a huge difference in the lives of families in need.

Family Literacy Night

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NCCAE Spring Fair Book Fair


Sign up Link

NCCAE Kidz in Lids Initiative

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School Choice Applications are Open!

Charleston County School District’s School Choice application closes on Friday, February 24, at 5:00 pm.

School Choice Application

School Choice Pre-K Application

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NCCAE 23-24 school choice

Attention 5th Grade Parents! Are you interested in School of the Arts?

  • If you have questions or need information please check our FAQ, contact the magnet/charter schools of interest or contact the School Choice office.

Important Attendance Notifications

Please be advised that our school will continue to review attendance records of students that have accrued more than 3 consecutive unexcused absences or 5 total unexcused absences. If your child's attendance record reflects the above description, they are considered truant and a letter will be sent home to schedule an attendance conference.

If you receive a letter for an attendance conference, please make arrangements to attend. If you need to reschedule the conference, please contact the school to set a new conference date.

When a student is absent, the school office must receive a valid excuse, written by the parent or guardian, within three (3) days after the student returns to school. This excuse must contain: student’s name, teacher’s name, date(s) of absence, specific reason for absence and signature of parent or guardian. Excuses received via email will NOT be accepted, as they must be written and signed by the parent.

"Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career."

Visit the following link for more information on the affects that chronic absenteeism has on student success. Attendance Information

Kaleidoscope's Spring Parent Paid Enrichment

If you are looking for something fun and different to get your student engaged in the afternoon? Make sure you check out the Spring options for Parent Paid Enrichment! This time around we are offering our fan favorites: Soccer Shots and Chess AND ADDING: Lacrosse.

Be sure to sign up soon, enrollment ends this Friday. You should have received a form with the link to enroll in your student's take home folder. If you need a new form or have any other questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Kat Norsworthy by email: kathryn_norsworthy@charleston.k12.sc.us

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Upcoming PTA Activities and Events

Hootie Valentine Grams

All Valentine Hootie Gram orders will be distributed to our NCCAE Classroom teachers on the morning of 2/14/23. The teacher will choose a time to hand them out to student recipients during the school day.

Penny Wars!

Hey NCCAE parents and families! Penny wars started on Monday January 16th! Each class will compete to bring in the most loose change in their grade! Send in your coins and help you learner's class to win!!!

Silver coins are welcome! Example 1 quarter counts as 25 pennies!

Extended Deadline: February 17, 2023

Nothing Bundt Cake PTA Valentine Fundraiser

Thank you to all the NCCAE families that participated in the Nothing Bundt Cake Fundraiser.

Bundt Cakes are ready for pick up starting at 1:00 p.m. TODAY February 13, 2023. Please park in the Faculty and Staff parking lot and text the PTA at 843-607-5507 to notify them that you have arrived. Place in the text the name on your order form, make and model of your vehicle and your order will be brought out to you.

All Bundt Cake orders must be picked up on the 13th by 4:00 p.m. If your child attends Kaleidoscope and you would like your order left with them until pick up, please email the PTA. If you need to make arrangements outside of 2/13/23 between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for pickup, please email the PTA. Email address: Nccaeptatreas@gmail.com

If you would like to volunteer to assist with organizing orders and pick up, please click this link to sign up! We need you!

PTA General Meeting

Please plan to attend the NCCAE PTA General Meeting for updates on all that PTA has done thus far this year and all they are planning to do for the remainder of the year. This is also a great time to sign up for one of the open PTA positions for 2023-2024, sign up for volunteer opportunities for the remainder of the year, or join the PTA if you have not done so already! This meeting will be in the NCCAE Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on 2/28/23 one hour before our Family Literacy Night activity!

Family Friendly Upcoming Community Events

SpongeBob The Musical!

Tickets for The Charleston County School of the Arts nnual high school musical - The SpongeBob Musical - go on sale TODAY (Friday, February 3) at 1:30pm! Tickets range from $15-25, with discounts for students, senior citizens, and military and can be purchased here.

Performances will be Thursday, February 16th - Saturday, February 18th at 6:30 pm as well as Sunday, February 19th at 3 pm.

Don’t miss this thrilling story set under the sea featuring a cast which includes high school students from all SOA majors as well as students from Academic Magnet High School!

SN: Ms. Niki Smith's daughter Carsyn Smith is also starring in this production as Mrs. Puff!

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February Family Workshop

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Location: Bridges of Hope 1691 Turnbull Ave. North Charleston

Registration Required Linked Below:


Join us for a FREE family workshop, pizza (served at 6pm), and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Homeschool History Day: 250th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Explore the first part of our special exhibit highlighting 250 years of The Charleston Museum. Go on a guided tour of our temporary exhibit to see some of the oldest surviving items in our collections then take part in a special scavenger hunt through the Museum. Homeschool History Day programs feature a field trip experience, a chance to go through the Museum, and an educational activity.

Reservations required. Two sessions offered: 10 – 11 AM and 11 AM – 12 PM

$5 for Museum Member Students | $10 for Non-Member Students

Free for Museum Member Adults | $12 for Non-Member Adults

For more information: call 843-722-2996 ext. 236

NCCAE Parenting Team

North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School

Where the Arts and Academics Meet