The Bobcat Blaze

November 19, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!

You made it to Thanksgiving Break! I hope you find time next week for peace, relaxation, rest, and time with your loved ones. Your students have certainly worked hard this semester and have earned this break!

Please remember all schools and offices are closed November 22 - 26th. We are so thankful each of you is part of our Bobcat Family! We are better because you're here. We will see you all back on Monday, November 29th.

Have a wonderful week and I'll see you on November 29th!

Principal's Message


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • November 1-30.......................................................Native American Heritage Month

  • Monday-Friday, November 22-26.............................Thanksgiving Break


  • Thursday, December 2.............................................Interim Reports Issued
  • Thursday, December 9.............................................Richland One Virtual Magnet Fair (details below)

  • Monday, December 13.............................................Round One Choice Applications Open


  • Monday, January 31................................................Round One Choice Applications Close

-Updated School Information-

+++We Are AC Moore STRONG+++


Every AC Moore student will enter middle school reading at or above grade level.


We collaboratively empower students to be accountable and successful.


Passion: Embracing and nurturing our school community

Intentionality: Purposeful, Present, & Prepared

Accountability: Growth Over Ego

Student Pillars of Leadership: PreK - 2








Student Pillars of Leadership: 3rd - 5th








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---------SCHOOL NEWS---------

Congratulations to our nominees for 22-23 Teacher of the Year!

Best of luck to each of these deserving educators!

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Native American Heritage Month

Six Stories Celebrating Native American History and Culture

From cuisine to code talkers, from art to eagle feathers, the video link below celebrates Native American history and culture on Turtle Island, now widely known as the United States.

6 Stories Celebrating Native American History and Culture
Bobcat Link

Overdue Library Books

Dear Parents/Guardians:

There are still quite a few books out from last school year and the 2019-2020 school year. I know these were very exceptional years, but please make every effort to locate and return those books to the library as soon as possible. Thank you for you help in maintaining our library collection of books!

Jessica Warren, Librarian

They Showed Their Spirit...Yes They Did! They Showed Their Spirit...Check Out These Kids!

Lets bring some extra fun into the building next week as we head into Thanksgiving break! Please see the attached flyer regarding our Spirit Week!

Monday--Pattern Day

Tuesday--Teacher/Student Swap Day!

Wednesday--Twin Day!

Thursday--Gamecocks vs. Tigers

Friday--Bobcat Spirit Day!

Water Stations

Please be informed that bottled water will no longer be available to students during the day. Our school is now equipped with water bottle refilling stations! Your student should pack a reusable water bottle daily for use at the refilling stations around the building.

Carline procedures

In an effort to maintain a safe arrival/dismissal and decrease the wait time for car riders, we would like to issue the following reminders:


  • Please be courteous to the other parents in the carline...remain in your vehicle to allow for a more efficient arrival procedure.
  • Pull as far forward as possible before allowing your student to exit the vehicle.
  • Have students prepared to exit the vehicle with masks on and bookbags ready prior to entering the drop-off area.
  • Students should exit the vehicle from the passenger side, along the sidewalk.
  • Students should walk along the sidewalk to the gate at the end of the sidewalk.
  • Students should not be allowed to exit the vehicle in between the parked cars.


  • Please be sure your child knows his/her car number.
  • Hang your car tag from your rearview mirror and be sure it is visible to the staff member on duty.
  • Please be courteous to the other parents in the carline...remain in your vehicle to allow for a more efficient dismissal procedure.
  • Pull forward as much as possible before allowing your student to enter the vehicle
  • If your student needs assistance with buckling into a seat or seatbelt, please move forward to the end of the carline before assisting your child.

Attention: YMCA Families

Good Afternoon AC Moore YMCA Families,

I hope this note finds you all well and you’ve had a great week.

I just wanted to pass along a quick note about YMCA pick-up on a weekly basis Tuesdays-Thursdays. When arriving to the school to pick up your child or children from the YMCA program can you all please park on the side of the road instead of the bus loop? There is after school tutoring (CRP) going on during these days and by parking in the bus loops it prohibits the busses from getting in the bus loop.

Thank you so much for your understanding and please let me know if you have any questions.


Matthew Taranto

Program Director

YMCA of Columbia

1447 Hampton Street

Columbia SC, 29201

(w) 803 799 9187; © 772 480 3942

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-------------PTO News-------------

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Parents, please click on the banner below to sign up to provide items for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast dates throughout the year.

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Please remember to check the News from the Nurse page on the A.C. Moore website for important health-related information. You will find many valuable resources, including medication forms, links to reputable health agencies, and current immunization guidelines. As always, contact Nurse Robinson with any questions or needs.

Let's all stay healthy and keep each other healthy!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

Phone: 803-929-3886


Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is available for children 5+

The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is now available for children age 5 and older! To schedule an appointment for your child to receive the vaccine, please visit the DHEC Vaccine Locator site or call your healthcare provider.

It's not too late...get your flu shot!

Dr. Linda Bell - Flu Vaccine PSA 2021 (60 Second)

----------WELLNESS WATCH----------

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Using food as a reward or punishment not only encourages children to eat outside of meal and snack times or when they’re not hungry, but also may create a lifelong habit of rewarding or comforting themselves with food. This practice can undermine healthy eating messages and reinforce unhealthy eating habits. Whether at home or at school, try not to use food, even healthy options, as a reward or punishment. There are many examples of non-food rewards that kids will love. Here are a few of our favorites:

Creative Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day

Join us as we celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13. Click the banner above to get started by choosing one of these kindness-inspired activities from Kohl’s Healthy at Home to help you share and receive gratitude and joy with others.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

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------------DISTRICT NEWS------------

Richland One parents can learn about the district’s magnet programs and the unique opportunities they offer students during the Virtual Magnet Fair on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Parents will receive information about magnet programs from school and district staff, and they will be able to ask questions during the fair, which will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams.

At the elementary school level, Richland One’s magnet programs include career awareness, Montessori and language immersion, as well as pre-kindergarten. Magnet programs for middle school students include career exploration, medical and Montessori. At the high school level, the district offers career preparation and health sciences magnet programs, along with the Richland Middle College and Virtual School Programs.

Richland One students are assigned to schools according to where they live and may apply to enroll in a magnet program within the district through the choice program. All students who live in Richland One’s attendance zone are eligible for admission to magnet programs, unless the program is designated as one that is zoned for a specific attendance area.

Admission is based on successful completion of the application process, which may include attending an information session. Parents are asked to register online at To learn more about Richland One’s magnet programs, go to the Richland One Magnet Programs page on the district’s website at

Important Choice Dates

Round One Applications:
  • Opens: Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Closes: Monday, January 31, 2022

COVID-19 Mitigation Updates

November 10, 2021

Dear Richland One Colleagues,

During this school year, Richland One has experienced decreasing numbers of COVID-19 quarantines and cases among our students and staff. We attribute this to the wearing of masks and other mitigating strategies that have been in place. I want to thank our students, staff and parents for your efforts.

Throughout the pandemic, Richland One has sought and used information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as we navigated the pandemic. That practice continues.

Yesterday, the City of Columbia repealed its mask mandate ordinance. However, our face covering policy (Board Policy ADD) is still in effect. Note that the CDC and DHEC have not changed their recommendations as it relates to schools. Also, there may be an uptick in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.

Our mitigating strategies have kept more students in school and we want to continue in this direction. We will keep monitoring COVID-19 trends and incidence rates, and we will review our mask wearing requirement for students and staff after the beginning of the new calendar year.

Again, thank you for your understanding and support.


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.


Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Attendance...What You Need to Know

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ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group

Revised COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Safety Protocols

Richland School District One Student Technology Replacement Fees

-----Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)-----

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-Neighborhood News & Community Connections-

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 5 -11

Sunday, Nov. 14th, 9-11am

420 Howard Street

Columbia, SC

DHEC will be at the Montessori School of Columbia this Sunday to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children 5-11. Appointments are not necessary.

Additionally, they will have Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including the Pfizer booster for persons 12+. No appointments necessary. Remember to bring your vaccine card if you're getting your booster shot. Family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers are all welcome.

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DHEC-Tour Health - Columbia

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2221 Devine St, Columbia, South Carolina 29205, United States

Customer Service Number


Further Information

  • Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended but not required
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: Call for details

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All Ages

DHEC - Richland County Health Department

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30

Further Information

  • **SELF ADMINISTERED COVID-19 Saliva Test Kits ONLY**
  • Pick up during normal business hours
  • No appointment needed

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2600 Bull St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, United States

Customer Service Number


Further Information

  • Please pre-register using the link. Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended but not required.
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: No
Referral Needed: No
Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All Ages

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Site

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2600 Bull St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, United States

Further Information

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are now available at this testing site.
  • Preregistration is highly recommended, but not required.
  • You can register for a vaccination appointment at
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: yes
Referral Needed: No
UofSC String Project Information

The University of South Carolina String Project directed by Dr. Gail V. Barnes is the model for university string programs across the country. This nationally recognized program caters to children 3rd-5th grade & adults. Click above for more info.