November 12, 2020 VOLUME 6, EDITION 2


  • Registrar's Update
  • Fox Star of the Day
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Face Mask Hygiene
  • School District Five Virtual Magnet Fair
  • District 5 Redistricting Scenarios
  • D5 Board Election Update
  • Important Reminders
  • Cafeteria News
  • Library News
  • Technology Tips
  • PTO News
  • Second Cup of Coffee Recording
  • Upcoming Events


Report Cards for Hybrid, in-person, students will go home Friday, November 20th. Report cards for Virtual students will be mailed home November 20th. If your child transferred from FIVE virtual school to our homeschool on November 12th, the current teacher’s name will appear on report cards for 5K-2nd grade; however, the teacher your child had prior to transferring on November 12th for 3rd-5th grade will appear on those report cards.

Contact the registrar for more information.

Sharon Clemens (attendance/ registrar) at or 803-476-3917

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Fox Star of the Day is a program that we have done every year at DFES. Faculty & Staff nominate students that are role models for others at DFES by showing leadership, positive relationship skills or have worked hard to overcome obstacles in his/her learning or behavior, and demonstrated success in reaching specific goals.

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11-2 Andrew B. 2nd grade nominated by Mrs. Gibson

11-5 Sydney D. 1st grade nominated by Mrs. Beckman

11-6 Amir M. 3rd grade nominated by Mrs. Plemmons

11-9 Ellen I. 5K nominated by Mrs. Claytor & Mrs. Congdon

11-10 Abigail P. 5th grade nominated by Mrs. Drayton


Hello Families,

Did you know that all students at our school receive social emotional learning lessons taught by the school counselor? Recently, I have been teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th graders about having a mindset for learning and setting goals. Students in younger grades have been focusing on how listening is a school skill, and a friendship skill that can help them academically and socially. My classroom guidance lessons encourage student growth in the areas of academics, social skills and self awareness. One underlying feature in all of these areas is confidence. All students experience success when they feel confident enough to take risks - whether that is raising their hand to answer a question in class, having the courage to make a new friend, or reflecting on their own actions to take small steps toward improvement. Here are some tips to build the confidence your child may need to manage daily challenges faced by most elementary students.

  • Encourage your child to DO their best and make their best effort. It's not about perfection, it’s about making good effort. Focus less on being the best.

  • Teach kids to embrace mistakes as learning opportunities. Share mistakes that you have made and what you learned from them. We don’t always have to look like we know what we’re doing...especially when we are working on something new. Mistakes are how we learn and make us stronger in the future.

  • Have your student get out of their comfort zone and try new things. Knowing that they can take a risk builds confidence, whether you succeed or make mistakes. If you succeed - celebrate! If not, realize that few people get everything right on the first try.

  • Kids need practice solving problems on their own. Don’t be afraid to step back and let them make their own discoveries.

  • Teach your child to have good posture. Standing up straight and making eye contact shows confidence. Having this body language helps kids feel confident from the inside out. This is true for the classroom setting too, and includes virtual learners! Sitting up and looking directly at the teacher shows you are interested in learning and ready to make the best use of your time online or in the classroom.

Make some time to talk with your child about this quality of confidence. You may both learn from the conversation!

As always, feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s experiences here at DFES. I’ll be happy to help!

Sara Beckman


Face Mask Hygiene

Just as we all care for and clean our bodies, face masks to should be cleaned Jade Flinn, a nurse educator for the Biocontainment Unit at Johns Hopkins Medicine says. “If you’re reusing a mask over and over again without caring for it in between, that becomes just as dirty as you touching something dirty and then putting it back on your face.” Sweaty, sneezed in, nose wiped and coughed in masks are soiled = moist, wet ineffective barrier.

* Wash your cloth mask whenever it gets dirty or at least daily. If you have a disposable face mask, throw it away after wearing it once.

* It’s ok to put your mask in the washing machine and dryer with other laundry. If the manufacturer gave any special directions, follow them. Use the warmest settings on the washer and dryer that’s safe for the material.

* If you don’t have a washer or dryer, you can hand wash your mask in a bleach solution and let it air dry:

a) Mix 4 tablespoons of household bleach in 1 quart of room temperature water

b) Soak your mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes

c) Rinse well with room temperature water

d) Let the mask air dry completely (in direct sunlight if possible) or lay it flat and let it dry completely.

Reminder that masks should never be shared with others and that clean masks should be stored in a clean paper bag.

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Lexington-Richland School District Five Redistricting Scenarios

District Reentry Email Address

During the reentry process, School District Five has utilized a centralized email address to gather feedback and answer questions as we work to transition back to in-person learning. The email address the district created for questions about reentry,, will close November 30. School District Five values your input. If you have any questions about your child’s instructional model, please reach out to your child’s home school.

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Tuesday, November 3rd was election day at the national and local levels. D5 School Board Election results:

Lexington - Richland District 5

  • Mrs. Catherine Huddle
  • Mrs. Rebecca Hines

Lexington - Richland District 5, At-Large

  • Matt Hogan

New board members will be seated on November 16, 2020.

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Please remember to display your student’s car rider tag in your front windshield during pick up. If you do not have a car rider tag or need an extra one, please contact the front office at 803-476-3900. We will be happy to send one home with your student. If you do not have a car rider tag when picking your student up, your student will be sent to the front office where you can pick them up there and get a tag.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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Per social distancing guidelines, please call the office at 803-476-3900 before entering the building. Thank you!


After convening a panel of experts to review the existing research, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) formulated recommendations for total daily sleep needs by age (click here).

These ranges are for total sleep including at night and during naps. The NSF’s experts noted that these are broad recommendations and that an hour more or less may be appropriate for some children. Parents can benefit from using these guidelines as a target while recognizing that a healthy amount of sleep may vary among children or from day to day.


For the last 3 weeks students have been eating in the cafeteria on a rotating schedule. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade eat in the cafeteria on Monday and Tuesday. Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd on Thursday and Friday. The cafeteria staff have been serving them, but now we will start our next phase. Students will be allowed to pick up items that they want from the line. Everything is packaged or cupped and capped. Please remind your student that due to COVID-19 safety measures & precautions, if they touch something they must take it. Thank you for your help in this new process.

Denise Bobb, DFES Student Nutrition Manager

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REMINDER: School breakfast and lunch are free for all students in School District Five through the end of the school year, due to a U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver.

Now that students in School District Five are transitioned to a 4-day in-person instructional model, meal pick-up will change slightly. All in-person students will receive a shelf stable breakfast and shelf stable lunch kit on Tuesday to take home for Wednesday. Milk and extra vegetables are available for students to pick-up at each school. FIVE students will also continue to receive their meals on Wednesday.

School Meal Sites

The district will serve 5-day meal supplies at three school sites on Wednesday. These locations are designed for FIVE student meal pick up and will serve five-days worth of breakfast and lunch items to students age 18 and under.

*Please note the time change*

  • Chapin High School (bus loop) – 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • Dutch Fork High School (bus loop) - 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • Irmo High School (bus loop) - 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

*Meals will no longer be delivered at bus stops*

Though students are not required to be present at feeding sites, parents will be required to show their students' ID cards, if they have them. If they do not have them, they will be required to sign their name and list their children’s names in order to receive the meals. Per the guidelines of the federal USDA waiver, these steps are taken to maintain the integrity of the program, while providing flexibility for parents.

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Over the last several weeks, for a variety of reasons, the transportation department has experienced an unusually high number of driver vacancies. Across the state and nation, the pupil transportation industry has experienced shortages for years however; historically as a district, we have consistently maintained a higher percentage of drivers. Moreover, although we have been creative in finding ways to maintain bus routes with minimal impact to your schools, (I hope) I am asking for your help.

We do have a few new folks in training and continue to recruit and advertise for positions however, the process is lengthy to vet and certify an individual to drive a school bus.

Therefore, in an effort to increase awareness within the community, please consider adding one of the following messages to your school's electronic signs, newsletters and social media.

*Now Hiring School Bus Drivers call 803-476-4986 To Apply*

*Bus Drivers Needed call 803-476-4986 To Apply*


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DFES Library will be hosting a Virtual Book Fair with Scholastic from 11/9 - 11/22! The following link will be live during those dates for book fair shopping. All orders will ship directly to your home and book-only orders over $25 will ship free. Please contact Mrs. Kirkindoll at with any questions. Happy Reading!

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We still have 2019-2020 DFES Yearbooks for sale for $15 for soft cover & $20 for hardcover. If you are interested in purchasing one please contact Ms. Cope, 803-476-3900.


We are looking for photos of students, specifically during Quarantine 2020 & FIVE students. Did your student learn a new skill, spend quality time doing something they love, or soak up summer big time? Have a picture of your FIVE student at their workspace, learning in their new environment? Send us a photo, along with the first and last name of the student(s), grade & teacher's name (DFES Students only, please) and tell us what they’re doing in the photo. We would love to include it in our yearbook as we document this new adventure we’re on!

You may email your pictures to Cissy Graham @

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Thank you for everyone that participated in DFES Spirit Night at Pelican's Snowball.

November Second Cup

November's Second Cup was held on Wednesday, November 11th. If you missed it click on the button below to check out the recording.
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9th - 22nd - Virtual Book Fair

12th - 1st Day of the 2nd Nine Weeks

12th - School District Five Virtual Magnet Fair 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

16th - D5 School Board Meeting 7 pm

20th - Report Cards go home

25th - 27th - Thanksgiving Holidays

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9th - Second Cup 9am

21st - Jan.1st Christmas Break