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NCCAES Parent Newsletter

NCCAE Weekly Updates from the Parenting Team

Monday, February 20, 2022


Hello Parents!

I asked our Parenting Team if I could pin a space on their weekly newsletter to share updates with our community and they said...ABSOLUTELY!

This last week was a sad one for us at NCCAES as we said goodbye to our beloved Officer Marshall. Officer Marshall spent 7 years at NCCAES and was a fabric of our school and he will be missed. We wish him the best in his retirement and know he will enjoy being able to spend more time with his family in his next chapter.

Enjoy the Recap Video

Around school we are getting ready to start our iReady March Mathness! The brackets are up and the kids are excited for the competition to begin. Be sure to check in with your students on how they are contributing to their classes' lessons passed as this is what advances you to the next bracket!

And lastly I wanted to share some pictures of the math facts which have been popping up around our school. There is never a missed opportunity to add to our students math fluency at NCCAES, even if it is when you are walking down the hall!

Kidz in Lidz

We are excited to participate in Kidz in Lids! Kidz in Lids supports local children battling cancer. Don't forget bring $1 and wear your hat on Wednesday 2/22/2023! Kidz in Lids benefits @ChildrensCancerPartners and their mission to assist Carolina children on their cancer journey.

BUS Driver Appreciation Day 2.22.23

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Come Zoom with us!

Zoom with Mr. Daniel Scruggs from Peace Culture Music

New Zoom information:

Niki Smith, NCCAE is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Starting at 5:15!!!

Topic: ARTS Zoom with Daniel Scruggs

Time: Feb 23, 2023 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 869 7445 5180

Passcode: STYLEZ

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NCCAE Blood Drive is Approaching!

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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.


At Literacy Night, families will have the opportunity to participate in literacy games in classrooms, play sight word bingo and visit our Book Fair. Each grade level will have a sight word bingo winner with prizes sponsored by Kona Ice! You don't want to miss this event!

(Our NCCAE PTA General meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. right before this event)

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Read Across America Week

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NCCAE Spring Fair Book Fair


Sign up Link

School Choice Applications are open for 3 more Days!

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

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!
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Family Friendly Upcoming Community Events


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Kids Formal African Ball

Family time, Fun and photos lets make memories with our kids.

Tickets: https://allevents.in/north%20charleston/kids-formal-african-ball/10000511236691707

Edisto Beach: Maritime Marvels

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

oin us for a guided walk from the Learning Center and learn all about the uniquemaritime forest ecosystem. Highlights include picturesque live oaks, Christmas and bubble gum lichens, and diverse forest microcosms and interactions. Free with Park Admission. (1 hour)

More information: https://charleston.momcollective.com/event/edisto-beach-maritime-marvels/2023-02-24/

Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

February 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will be on hand to share projects currently being worked on and to help identify your fossil finds.

FREE for Members and FREE with admission to The Charleston Museum.

Information: https://charleston.momcollective.com/event/fossil-friday-with-the-natural-history-department-3/2023-02-24/

Stingrays Hockey: Star Wars Night + Light Sword Giveaway

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $21

Come to the Dark Side… we have hockey! The fan favorite, Star Wars Night, returns to the North Charleston Coliseum with a Light Sword giveaway presented by Jeff Cook Real Estate. May the Force be with you.

Click here for more information

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NCCAE Parenting Team

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Where the Arts and Academics Meet