Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School

Constituent Magnet School serving the families of the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC since 1984.

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Charleston County School District

Learning Services has prepared a document with some additional clarifying guidance to help parents make the most informed decision on the enrollment option form.

Below are frequently asked questions and a response from Mrs. Conner. These are the plans as of now but may be tweaked as we get closer to returning to in-person classes. We will share more information as it is available. We appreciate your understanding as we work towards planning to restart safely for our students and staff.

ARCAE families, please see the letter below from Mrs. Conner about restart plan options. Thanks!

Charleston County School District

CCSD will offer two options:

a) An in-person school that will begin Sept. 8 with actual in-person instruction (subject to a sustained downward reduction in COVID-19 infection rates) or temporary stay-at-home remote instruction if parents prefer to start the school year in remote mode;
b) The K-12 Virtual Academy, which entails a 9-week commitment for K-8 students and a semester commitment for high school students.

Read more:

Learning Services / Virtual Academy

Good Evening!

Below is a letter for ARCAE families with updates for the upcoming school year. This was also sent via e-mail, so be sure to check your inbox.

To learn more information about CCSD’s Full Time Virtual Academy, please visit

We will share more updates as soon as possible. Stay safe and well!

The deadline to order has been extended to July 7.

Click this link to order school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.

This is an OPTIONAL service that allows you to order supplies and have them delivered to school.

We are excited to share this year’s school-wide theme, Art Lights the Way!

In light of what has been happening in our society with the social injustices that have been committed against African Americans, we wanted to put together a statement from our school family, in support of our African American community.

We have also compiled a list of resources to use when discussing these recent events with your child. The link is below.

Thank you!

Today, we honored one of our very special teachers, Ms. Debby Menick. Debby is retiring after 30 YEARS at Ashley River. Our school has been positively influenced by Debby's calming, positive spirit. Her dedication to her students does not go unnoticed. We will miss you Ms. Menick! (Fun fact: Ms. Menick started in 1989 with Hurricane Hugo and is leaving us during a Pandemic! The memories!)

Congratulations to our 5th Grade graduates!

ARCA Virtual Art Show 2020

Enjoy our 2020 Virtual Art Show! Thank you to Mrs. O’Keefe for putting this slideshow together. Virtual Art Show Ashley River Creative Arts

Charleston County Sheriff's Office

Thank you Deputy Watson! Your ARCAE family appreciates you!

The in-person school year ended so abruptly thanks to the coronavirus, and the 21 SROs at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office never got to say goodbye. So each deputy wanted to send all the students at their schools a quick message to say they miss you and want you to have a great summer. Be safe, everyone! And please be nice to your parents. #HappySummer

Charleston County School District

[05/29/20]   Order by July 1.
Click this link to order school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year. This is an optional service that allows you to order supplies and have them delivered to school.

Friday, May 29th will be the LAST day to purchase a yearbook. Please come through the 8:30 to 10:00 carline and have you check for $30 ready (no cash, no credit cards).

Check out ARCAE’s virtual STEAMfest!

Way to go 4th and 5th grade Robotics, and club sponsors Mrs. Waldron and Mr. Carrington!

[05/27/20]   🦄4th Grade pick up and drop off is still planned for TODAY from 12:30-2:00.🦄

[05/27/20]   Good Morning!

Due to weather, today’s pick up and drop off for 5th grade and Exceptional Students (8:30-10:00) has been CANCELLED.

🦄RESCHEDULED: 5th grade and Exceptional Students will pick up and drop off will now be on Thursday, May 28 from 8:30-10:00.🦄

Please contact your child’s teacher with questions.

We will make a decision regarding 4th grade pick up/drop off later this morning.

Thank you for your understanding.

Spot the pip!

Oh boy (or girl), we have an overachiever on our hands. Can you spot the pip?!

Bantam Egg #1 🐣

Getting Ready for Hatch

Wow, where did the time go? This morning, at the end of incubation Day 18, the egg turner was carefully removed from the incubator and the 22 developing eggs were returned to lay on their sides. Now the chicks can start their final stage and get into hatch position. The incubator is on "lockdown" and will not be opened again until hatching is complete.

By Sunday, May 24th, (Incubation Day 21) we should start to see the first signs of hatching or a pip. A pip is a tiny hole in the shell and allows the chick to breath air for the first time. The pip can be hard to spot. After that, the chick will have even more work to do. Hatching can take up to 48 hours. Check out a timelapse of a hatching chick here.

Good luck, chicks! We are rooting for you!

We are so proud of our 5th graders. Almost 100 signs were delivered this afternoon to the most kind, talented, smart, and creative students. Congratulations!

This is our LAST WEEK of online sales for the yearbook!
Here is a sneak peek of our cover. 😜
Our yearbooks have arrived TODAY and will be distributed to your child on your designated pick up day NEXT WEEK!
Give your child a wonderful surprise by including the YEARBOOK!

WUNI News at Home May 18 2020.mp4

Check out this week’s edition of the WUNI News!

Hello Parents,

In the most memorable years, there is one book that covers it all. YEARBOOK.

We have a limited number of yearbooks still available which are being sold on a first come, first served basis!
The school is working on distribution plans as we speak, so place your order online at

Join in just a few days for a special virtual sneak peak at the COVER!

This week is student materials pick up and device/other materials drop off:

🦄Items that you may need to drop off include: completed work packets, school issued devices with chargers, school issued books/novels, and school library books.

🦄Items that you will pick up include:
student items/materials left at school prior to closing, artwork, and other student work displayed in hallways, yearbook if ordered, and a copy of the Unicorn Press.

🦄Families with more than one student at Ashley River may pick up/drop off at ONE of the designated times, it is important to let your children’s teachers know of your plans so that materials are organized and ready for your family.

🦄If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your support!

Have you ever heard the saying, "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."? There is a good reason for it.

This afternoon (5/11) will be the start of Incubation Day 8 and things are starting to get very interesting inside of those shells. I will be candling the eggs tonight in search of shadows/ signs of development. Not every egg will develop or make it to hatch. Farmers consider a "good" hatch rate to be 50%. In class over the years, we have seen everything from 25% to 80% hatch.

We have 26 eggs in the incubator. Place your estimate/ best guess below as to how many will have signs of development/shadows tonight. The answer will be revealed Tuesday morning. Good luck!

WUNI News at Home - Google Drive

Click the link to watch this week's WUNI News at Home! Thanks Mr. Lee Grayson for organizing and producing this.

Happy School Nurse Day to our wonderful Nurse Lisa and Nurse Amy! Thank you for working so hard to keep our students and staff healthy and well. We appreciate you both!

WUNI News at Home May 4 2020.mp4

WUNI News is back! Enjoy!

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