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NCCAES Parent Newsletter

NCCAE Weekly Updates from the Parenting Team

Monday, January 23, 2023

NCCAE Happenings!

Greetings NCCAE parents and families! We are so excited to share some awesome upcoming activities and events with you!
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NCCAE Celebrates World Read Aloud Day! 2/1/2023


Please join us on February 1, 2023 and be a reader for a classroom of your choice to celebrate this day! We are asking for 1 reader per classroom to read to our learners. Click the sign up genius link and pick an open classroom slot and sign up! Only 24 total readers needed!

For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.

Remember you must be cleared by the district to volunteer in the school building so before you sign up as a volunteer reader, make sure you have completed the CCSD mandatory volunteer application.

Celebrating the 100th Day of School!

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School Choice Applications are Open!

Charleston County School District’s School Choice application opens tomorrow, Tuesday, 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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School Choice Fair

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023 (10:15 am - 1:15 pm)

    Session 1: 10:15 am | Session 2: 11:15 am | Session 3: 12:15 pm

    • Families may attend a total of 3 sessions (up to 3 schools)
    • To attend, please click here to register for sessions choice schools. You will receive a Zoom link to join that session at the email address you provide.
    • Registration for all sessions will close at 9:00 am on 1/28/23.
    • The School Choice Office will also host sessions for general questions about the application process. Assistance with translation and application completion will be either provided or scheduled for a future date through this session.
    • The Early Childhood Department will be holding sessions as well.
    • If you have questions or need information please check our FAQ, contact the magnet/charter schools of interest or contact the School Choice office.

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

Upcoming PTA Activities and Events

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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!!!

Nothing Bundt Cake PTA Valentine Fundraiser

Family Friendly Upcoming Community Events

JAZZ DAY FOR KIDS: Charleston Jazz Express

January 24 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Charleston Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC

Charleston Jazz, in partnership with the Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program, presents Jazz Day for Kids, featuring the Charleston Jazz Express led by Robert Lewis and Charlton Singleton, Gaillard Center Artist-in-Residence Emeritus. Jazz Day for Kids is a big band concert designed for Kindergarten through middle school students. Access lesson plan here.

Building Healthy Communities 5K Run/Walk and Wellness Expo

When: Saturday, Feb. 11; 8 a.m. – noon

Where: Hampton Park, Downtown Charleston

Cost: $35, with discounts for veterans or active military and small or large groups

Details: All proceeds from this eighth annual run/walk will benefit the Heart Health program of MUSC’s Children’s Health, and the event will have T-shirts, swag, giveaways and a raffle with prizes. There will be finisher medals for all who complete the entire course, and the event is also an informative and beneficial wellness expo. Sign up here.

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.

Snowman Scavenger Hunt at Dorchester Road Library

Monday, January 23, 2023

Additional Dates

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Thursday, January 26, 2023


Dorchester Road Library


Dorchester Road Library- Our snowman has fallen apart! Can you find all the pieces to put him back together again? Complete our scavenger hunt snowman sheet and turn it in to the Children's desk for a prize.

Family Lit | Intergenerational Book Club Discussion, Ages 8+

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm

Additional Dates

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Saturday, February 04, 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm

Saturday, February 04, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm


Gibbes Museum

135 Meeting St

Charleston, SC

(843) 722-2706



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