Hootie's Nest

NCCAES Parent Newsletter

NCCAE Weekly Updates from the Parenting Team

Monday, February 6, 2022

School Choice Applications are Open!

Charleston County School District’s School Choice application opened on January 24, at 5 pm and runs through Friday, February 24 at 5 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

February NCCAE Service Project

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Academic Magnet and School of the Arts Student Partners!

We are excited about a new partnership between Academic Magnet students & School of the Arts students. They will be coming over to our campus from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. weekly to assist as greeters in our morning car rider line and to support classroom teachers with morning prep for the day. We are extremely grateful for this partnership and we look forward to these student mentors making a positive impact on our NCCAE students.


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NCCAE Blood Drive

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Family Literacy Night

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NCCAE Spring Fair Book Fair


Sign up Link

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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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World Read Aloud Day!

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY WAS A SUCCESS! Thank you to the 24 volunteer readers took the time to read to classes! The students thoroughly enjoyed their time with each of you.

Thank you to our Lead Reading Interventionist Ms. Melissa Weiderhold for selecting books that honor Black History Month for each of our guests to read. Thank you to Ms. Megan Minchener for sharing the vision that made this day possible! Please enjoy the highlights from this day by clicking here.

Celebrating the 100th Day of School!

We had a blast celebrating the 100th day of school! Thank you to all the students who participated! Here is a link to all the pictures to enjoy!

Upcoming PTA Activities and Events

Hootie Valentine's Grams

All Valentine Hootie Gram orders must be submitted no later than, Tuesday, 2/7/2023 at 12:00 Noon. No orders will be accepted after this date.

If you would like to volunteer to assist in preparing Valentine Hootie Grams for distribution, please sign up here for the PTA Hootie Gram Making Party!

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 will be ready for pick up starting at 1:00 p.m. on 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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Kids Club LIVE!

Feb 11, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418

Cupid’s Chase Charleston

When: Saturday, Feb. 11, Check-in starts at 8 a.m., the race begins at 10 a.m.

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Cost: $35

Details: A 5K in support of people with disabilities, this national race series celebrates Community Options’ founding in 1989. Volunteers raise funds and awareness to support housing and employment for people with disabilities. Everyone is welcome – runners, joggers and walkers – and the event is fully accessible and pet friendly. Sign up here.

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.

NCCAE Parenting Team

North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School

Where the Arts and Academics Meet