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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Today, at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School thirty of Camp Wildcat's older campers were asked by Food Services to do a taste test of a new hamburger they might use this school year. Yummy!! 😋🍔 CCSD Nutrition Services

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🥳Hooray!! Today's the first day of summer camp!🏖
Check out Camp Wildcat's vacation themed site at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School. These K-Scope kids are having so much fun during their morning dance party. What a perfect way to shake off those Monday blues!

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Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School

Thank you for the best school year! We are so grateful for our fabulous students and families. Have a safe and happy summer! Get ready to "Explore the Arts" during the 2019-2020 school year.

Congratulations to Dr. Bramble for being our new teacher of the year for the 2019-2020 school year! We are also so grateful for Ms. Wiggins and her forty years of service as an educator. Ms. Wiggins has been at ARCAE for 35 years and will begin retirement this summer. Best wishes to both!

Our Chorus and 5th graders visited Carowinds last Friday. The Chorus performed at the Festival of Music and all were able to enjoy the roller coasters and rides at the amusement park!

Congratulations to Mrs. McCarthy on her promotion to principal of Lambs Elementary School! We will miss her, but know that she will be very successful in her new role. Lambs is lucky to be getting Mrs. McCarthy!

Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School's cover photo

We are so excited to kick off the last week of school for the 2018-2019 year! 🥳 Here’s a look at the week ahead...

[05/30/19]   Today is hat day $1! We can’t wait to see all of you this morning!!!

[05/29/19]   Bag lunch tomorrow, May 30th. Ham and Cheese or PBJ. Thank you! 😀

ARCA’s “Groovy Gardens” Big Fill was yesterday!!! Thanks to The Green Heart Project and a fabulous church youth group from Knoxville, Tenn., our gardens are filled with soil and sweet potato transplants!!!! 💚🍠

[05/28/19]   Let's Celebrate the ending to a great year with HAT DAY!
Please send in $1 on Thursday, May 30th and wear a hat all day!

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Avoid the scavenger hunt and fights that come with back to school shopping at yucky big box retailers.

ARCAE Lunch Menu for weeks of May 27 and June 3

Our Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary dance groups performed today! They will perform for families tomorrow night at West Ashley High School at 6:30.

Our Very Special Actors performed “The Magic Wand” for family and friends at school.

[05/23/19]   Bag lunches tomorrow Ham and cheese or PBJ. Thank you!

[05/21/19]   Reminder: the 4th and 5th graders are taking their SCPASS today, please no visitors in the building until 12:30pm. Thank you!

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Last Friday, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School Kaleidoscope held their annual family dance. This year was a western theme! They set up activity stations which included coloring, crafting a stick pony, playing pin the hat on the cowboy/girl, lassoing a horse, and a photo booth. After having fun in the different stations families then ate and line danced the night away! Yee-haw!! 🤠🐎

[05/17/19]   Bus 644 just left ARCA. Your students will be home later than usual.

Yearbooks were distributed to students today for those who pre-ordered. If you would like to purchase one, they are on sale through the front office for $30.

Mayor John Tecklenburg called their words “profound.” Our 4th graders had the honor of reading their poem “A Sense of Peace” at the beginning of the Charleston City Council meeting tonight. They also offered to lead a kid committee for peace. You could hear a council member in the background say, “I’ll take you up on that offer.” Our students did a fantastic job!

[05/14/19]   For Parents of Ballet students: The ballet performance has had a last-minute change in venue. It was scheduled to be at SOA, but we will now be back at West Ashley High School.

Please be on the look-out for the new field trip permission slip on Friday. You only need to pay the $5 bus fee one time, but we need permission signatures for the updated form that says West Ashley High School.

Please return the new permission slip and money no later than Tuesday, May 21st.

[05/13/19]   Tomorrow, May 14, we will have SC Ready Math testing for 3-5th grade students. We ask that visitors refrain from coming to the school since we are on an alternate schedule.

Also, on May 16, we will serve bag lunches due to our Spring Performance.

The bag lunch options will be as follows:
Option 1 PB&J
Option 2 Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

The garden build has begun!!! Come out and help! We’ll be here until 1:00! 💚

[05/09/19]   Today - Thursday, May 9 - is Pelican's SnoBalls West Ashley day! Grab a snoball and let them know you're with Ashley River Creative Arts and they'll donate money back to the school!

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Our first graders visited the South Carolina Aquarium today and had a blast!

Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School's cover photo

[05/06/19]   ARCAE's Art Show is tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 7, from 5-7 P.M. Be sure to stop by to check out clay pieces in the Black Box, guest artist demonstrations in the cafeteria, face painting, and the hallway displays!

The Special Olympics were canceled this year due to weather, but our classes for students with special needs at Ashley River are grateful for your unwavering support!

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Our Lost and Found is packed! All items are laid out in the atrium. Please take a look and let your child know to grab their missing jacket, sweater, water bottle, or lunch box!

Happy Administrative Professional Day Mrs. Tina Shaw!

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1871 Wallace School Rd
Charleston, SC

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