Hootie's Nest

NCCAES Parent Newsletter

NCCAE Weekly Updates from the Parenting Team

Monday, March 6, 2023


Hello NCCAES Families!

Spring has sprung and we are loving this warm weather at school lately!

This past week I had an opportunity to travel to a Principal Networking Conference with our consultant ArtsNOW. They are an arts integration consulting team out of Savannah, Georgia who works with schools throughout South Carolina and Georgia. We brought them onboard last year when we identified the need for onsite professional development in arts integration for our new teachers.

It was a wonderful day of listening, learning and drafting out a five year plan to strengthen the seamless integration of arts into the grade level classrooms to boost engagement, deepen learning and foster creativity.

I urge you to check out their website at https://artsnowlearning.org/ and explore the components we are using everyday to bring learning to life!

Don't Forget! This Week is Read Across America Week!

Big picture
Big picture


NCCAE Family Literacy Night was so much fun! Thank you to all the families that participated! We played literacy games in classrooms, sight word bingo and visited our NCCAE Book Fair. Each grade level had a sight word bingo winner and prizes were sponsored by Kona Ice! Check out the Literacy Night recap video and Prize Patrol video!


On Thursday, March 9th, South Carolina published author Dinah Johnson will present to K-5th grades in our NCCAE multipurpose room. She will share poetry and pictures from her books.

8-8:45am Grades 3-5

9-9:45am Grades K-2


iReady Pep Rally!

As most of our NCCAE families know, i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains.

The iReady characters will be coming to visit classrooms next week to get our students motivated for upcoming testing! We are so excited that they will be on campus visiting us!

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video

Black History Month Recap

Faculty, Staff and Students had an AMAZING time celebrating Black History Month in the month of February. We began February with World Read Aloud Day where parents and community members came in and read a book to classes that was written and illustrated by African American authors.

Faculty and Staff also participated in our Bulletin Board/Door Decorating Contest. Our Winner was the NCCAE Intervention Team! Below you will see a picture of their submission inspired by the book Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport.

Ms. Olivia Price and our Strings students shared a virtual performance of Wade in the Water, a Negro Spiritual. It is believed that Harriet Tubman, who made thirteen trips to the South and helped free more than 70 people, used this song to warn slaves to get off the trail and into the water to prevent dogs—used by the slavers—from finding them.

Ms. Kimberly Majewski and NCCAE 3rd grade Dance students studied and choreographed movement to the Strings performance of Wade in the Water. Ms. Majewski talks about their experience below:

"Students in 3rd grade dance explored who and why Alvin Alley was important to the dance world, especially African Americans. Students looked closer at his "Wade in the Water" piece. They also studied the water cycle and created words for each part of the cycle. Next students got into groups to create their own water cycle words and movements for each word. The class choose the order and sequence of the groups to create their final dance. The dance was performed to music by the Strings students in 4th and 5th grade." Dance performance video

2nd Grade once again pulled off a phenomenal presentation for their African American Hero Wax Museum. Students were asked to choose a person from history that they feel is an African American hero. This person must have made positive contributions in their lifetime. Students dressed up as this person for the Wax Museum on Friday February 17, 2023. Students posed as their figure with their poster in their classroom and all 2nd grade parents were invited to "tour" their classroom museums.

Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble came to NCCAE to perform for the whole school! Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble honors the authentic integrity of West African musical arts. This group shares its knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful and ancient tradition by bringing the music and dance of Africa to people of all ages. Enjoy the pictures and video of the performance!

Big picture

Welcome Ms. Gordon!

We would like to provide an update to our Academic Arts department with the introduction of Ms. Gwinette Gordon as the Drama teacher for the remainder of the school year.

Ms. Gordon has been in the classroom during Mr. Flannery’s extended absence and we are grateful she will be staying with us for the remainder of the school year. Ms. Gordon has built strong relationships with our students and having the continuity and consistency until our school year ends allows for the wraparound support we know is so critical for our young learners.

Thank you for a successful book fair!

Our Scholastic Spring Book Fair just ended and we hit record sales for the school! We were able to purchase multiple books for classroom teachers from the donations received! Thank you to all the AMAZING volunteers that took time to support the daily grind of the student shoppers. Thank you to all the NCCAE Families that supported literacy through student purchases and donations. The Spring Book Fair placed 1000 books into the hands of students and teachers!

Poster Winners & Teacher Classroom Books

Book fair display posters were raffled off to students. During the book fair preview, students got to put their name in to win the poster of their choice. The goal of this book fair was to donate to the teachers with books for their classroom libraries. We were able to give all teachers between 3-4 books to add to their classroom collection. Profits from this book fair will be used to purchase new books. supplies, and incentives for the students. Pictures of poster winners and teachers
Big picture

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

Upcoming PTA Activities and Events

World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser

North Charleston creative arts

Show Us Your Glow School Dance

Big picture

Family Friendly Upcoming Community Events

Kids Craft FREE Family-Friendly DIY Workshop

Sun Mar 12 2023 at 12:00 pmBoard & Brush Charleston, SC, 1300 Savannah Highway, Suite 2, Charleston, SC

The Second Sunday of each month is Kids Craft FREE! Join us for a special parent & child Family-Friendly DIY Workshop. A perfect excuse to to celebrate your littlest DIY'ers and get crafty together!
Perfect for ages 6+
**Use code KIDSCRAFTFREE on this class to receive 1 Free Child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket** (See event details at the link for more information). Pre-registration is required. Tons of project designs available including separate adult and child options.

Book here

Family Friendly Spring & Easter DIY Workshop

Sat Mar 18 2023 at 09:00 am Board & Brush Charleston, SC, 1300 Savannah Highway, Suite 2, Charleston, SC

It's the First Weekend of Spring! Join us in the studio for a special family-friendly Spring Make & Take workshop. Create an adorable bunny or lamb trio or any of our other Spring or Easter designs! Each project ONLY $15! Ages 2+.
We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create a fun DIY project. Choose from a variety of paint colors in the workshop.
We can't wait to see what you create together! Register here

The Sounds of Charleston will be held at 7 p.m., with children ages 3-7 free with adult. Experience the sounds that define Charleston - jazz, gospel, Gershwin, Gullah, spirituals, Civil War songs -- coming to life in historic Circular Congregational Church. Soundofcharleston.com

Important Monthly reminders


3/9 Author Visit - Ms. Dinah Johnson

3/10 Early Release Day - 12:25 p.m. Dismissal

3/13 -3/17 iReady Pep Rally

3/24 Teacher's Workday - No School for Students

3/24 NCCAE PTA Show Your Glow Dance 6:00-8:00p.m.

3/27 Kindergarten Field Trip - Galliard Auditorium

3/27 Report Cards

3/27 World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Ends

3/30 Strings Spring Performance 6:00-7:00p.m.

NCCAE Parenting Team

North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School

Where the Arts and Academics Meet