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4/8 Principal's Message


Alston Ridge Parent-Alligators,


Good Morning! TS Eliot’s April may be the “cruelest month,” but it’s been a great start to our next to next to last month at Alston Ridge.


A few reminders and announcements:


Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the Alston Ridge Elementary School Science Olympiad students who recently placed 2nd at the NC Science Olympiad Middle Creek Tournament. 25 teams from independent schools, charter schools, home school networks, and area public schools around the Triangle participated in the all-day tournament on May 30th. We are proud of all of our students who practiced and prepared for outstanding individual and team performances, and we are grateful to the outstanding faculty members and families who enabled their competitive excellence.


PTA Interest Meeting

The faculty and students at Alston Ridge Elementary School rely on the parents and community members who support them through the PTA. These caring and dedicated families of students at Alston Ridge share their time and talent through the PTA Board and in support of specific initiatives and events. Time commitments vary, but every gift is invaluable to the mission of the school. Please consider helping. You are needed!


Fill out the Interest Form ( and review 2019-2020 Available Positions (, or e-mail Erica Watson, interim president,, or Susan Clarke, VP for Communications at with questions. Thank you in advance for your support of our school’s PTA, faculty, and students.


Single-Subject Acceleration (SSA) Nomination Window

The nomination window for Single-Subject Acceleration is coming soon for families who would like their child to be evaluated for placement for the 2019-2020 school year. The Nomination Form must be received by the end of the school day for the child's nomination window. Schools are not able to process any nominations received after the nomination window closes. Nomination windows are: Track 1 (4/15-4/29), Track 2 (4/16-4/30) & Tracks 3 & 4 (5/10-5/23). Single-Subject Acceleration (SSA) is a practice through which students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English/Language Arts. More information is available through the WCPSS AIG SSA Page.


Alston Ridge Band Show & Tell

All students in rising Grades 3, 4, and 5, who are interested in learning more about the Alston Ridge Band can come to an Instrument Show and Tell on May 2nd, 7th, 16th, and 21st from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm. The Alston Ridge Band is an afterschool band program for students in 3rd-5th grade. Managed by Christina Thompson and Andrew Munger of Summerglen Elementary Band, the Band meets after school for rehearsals and holds several public performances each year. The Band is a private, tuition based program whose members are all Alston Ridge Elementary School students. All activities are on-site at Alston Ridge for the convenience of families.  


Thank you for all your support for our faculty, students, and school.


Go Alligators!


Niko Schutte