School starts August 15! But first, let’s have ice cream…

On Friday, August 11, the School for the Arts Community Organization Board is pleased to present the annual ice cream social from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at our renovated campus. It is a great time to see the campus*, meet students, families, and teachers, and get pumped up for the new year, plus check out the class lists. Our new principal will be there, too! Students and younger children are welcome to check out the new playground equipment. The ice cream social will be held from 6:00 – 7:00PM at 756 Humboldt Street. All current students and their families are welcome!

This is the first of many volunteer opportunities this school year. Helping at the event is a great way to get started earning volunteer hours, to meet new people, and to have a fun evening. Volunteer shifts are deliberately 30 minutes (1/2 the event) in duration so people can volunteer AND participate in the festivities. We are hoping that returning families will help out so that the newest families feel especially welcome.

If you can volunteer, please sign up here.

* Please note: Classrooms and school buildings, other than the MPR, will not be open for tours or viewing during this event.

Annual Calendar

We are working on the annual calendar of events and hope to have it available on this web site by end of July. The version that you can access on the left has key dates to get you started.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 15. School begins at 8:00 a.m. It will be hectic around the school due to the small parking lot that is mostly dedicated to staff parking. We recommend arriving early to reduce first day stress.

The school schedule varies by grade and day but school always starts at 8:00 a.m. On Monday, Tuesday (including the first day of school!), Thursday, and Friday, it is a regular schedule meaning that kindergartners are released at 1:20 p.m., grades 1-5 are released at 2:20 p.m., and grades 6-8 are released at 2:50 p.m. Every Wednesday, including the second day of school, is early release day meaning that all students are dismissed at 1:20 p.m. If you have questions about the schedule and/or after care options, please contact the school office at 522-3170 on or after August 1!

Fresh Start, Lots to Do

As we approach the start of the school year, expect to receive a lot of communication from the school and SACO. In the meantime, SACO suggests you consider the following items during the months of August and September:

Donate to SEED: The Student Education Enhancement Drive begins August 15 and runs through September 15.  The purpose of SEED is to raise money for all of the classrooms. Every single dollar donated to SEED flows directly into the regular classrooms plus Music, Dance, Theater, Visual/Digital Art, and RSP. We encourage families to contribute $100 per student but all donations are welcome.  If you have any questions, please contact SEED Coordinators Kristin Hendricks and Pam Roth at

Complete Your Family’s Campus Directory Form By providing your name, email address, and other optional information to SACO, we will be able to make sure that you receive email notifications about volunteer opportunities, events, and other school news. We encourage you to complete the form electronically because it saves a lot of data entry work. If you provide your information, it will be included in the 2017-2018 Campus Directory so that members of our school community can arrange study groups, play dates, parties, carpooling, etc. Contact Kristin Hendricks if you have questions about the Campus Directory at klhendricks517 @

Attend the September SACO meeting. This year, SACO meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the MPR, the second Tuesday of every month.  SACO meetings are a great opportunity to earn a volunteer hour while meeting other school families and learning how we can work together to support the success of the school.

Attend Back to School Night Back to School Night, held on Thursday, August 31, is an opportunity for parents/guardians to hear from our principal and your student’s teacher, and to learn more about the year ahead in your student’s classroom and how you can help. The event is usually at 6:00 PM– more details TBD.

Volunteer. Each family is required to volunteer 20 hours per year at SRCSA.  Attending SACO meetings, helping organize events, working in the classroom, driving for field trips, and helping run events are all great ways of earning volunteer hours. Need help making a volunteer plan?  Contact SACO’s Volunteer Coordinators at Every family is asked to log 20 volunteer hours either in the office binders or online at