The Bobcat Blaze

March 25, 2022

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+++We Are AC Moore STRONG+++

NEW SCHOOL VISION

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


NEW SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

We collaboratively empower students to be accountable and successful.


STAFF CORE VALUES

Passion: Embracing and nurturing our school community


Intentionality: Purposeful, Present, & Prepared


Accountability: Growth Over Ego


Student Pillars of Leadership: PreK - 2

Respect

Cooperation

Community

Responsible

Self-Control

Caring

Trustworthy


Student Pillars of Leadership: 3rd - 5th

Respect

Collaboration

Citizenship

Responsible

Self-Discipline

Empathy

Integrity

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families,


We had an absolute blast this week celebrating Unified Champions Spirit Week in honor of the Special Olympics! Our Bobcats sprinkled immense amounts of joy and kindness all over the building. It was beautiful to watch and to participate!


On Tuesday, March 29th reports cards go home. You can view the hardcopy or log into your Parent Portal account to view grades electronically. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's teacher(s).


Friday, April 1st is an early release day for all Richland One Students. Elementary students will dismiss at 10:30am. Please ensure your student has a mode of transportation to get home. If that mode is different than normal, inform your child's teacher of the change via email or phone.


Parent teacher conferences will begin the week of March 28th. Your child's teacher(s) will reach out via email and/or phone to set up a time and date. Meetings can be held virtually or in person. Our goal is to hold all meetings by 6pm on Friday, April 1st so please be sure to respond to invitations. If you do not require a conference at this time, please let the teacher know.


I look forward to another great week with your students. Have a wonderful weekend!


Principal's Message: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/651e1d1f65fb2faf796269551160b58b

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Important Dates and Upcoming Events

March

  • March 1-30............................................................Women's History Month

  • Tuesday, March 29.................................................Report Cards Issued

April

  • Friday, April 1........................................................Early Release for Students (10:30am), Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Monday-Monday, April 11-18................................Spring Break

  • Wednesday, April 27..............................................Kindergarten New Parent Orientation, 5:30 pm

  • Saturday, April 30..................................................Bobcat Benefit

-----Parent News and Reminders-----

Kindergarten New Parent Orientation

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

There will be a presentation from the kindergarten teachers followed by time for questions about the upcoming year. We hope to see you there!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The Richland One Board of School Commissioners Approves 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Richland One Parents,

The Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved the district’s 2022-2023 academic calendar at last night's board meeting.


Tuesday, August 16, 2022 will be the first day of school for Richland One students. The last day of school will be Friday, May 26, 2023, which will be an early release day for students.


Other key dates include:

  • Thanksgiving Break – November 23-25, 2022
  • Winter Break – December 21-30, 2022
  • Spring Break – April 10-14, 2023

Draft Calendar B, which was the calendar that was approved by the Board, was the one that was preferred based on feedback obtained through the online survey of students, parents and staff. The Board gave its initial approval of the 2022-2023 calendar at the March 8 board meeting. The 2022-2023 calendar is posted on the district’s website (www.richlandone.org); click on the District Calendars link under Site Shortcuts.


Karen E. York

Executive Director of Communications

Richland County School District One

Public Textbook Adoption Review Grades K-5 Proposed Resources and Materials

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Masks Are Optional for Richland One Students and Staff

Absence Form

Click the banner above to report an absence for your student

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

If your student(s) will be eating breakfast at school, please be sure to have your Bobcat(s) arrive to campus with enough time to enter the cafeteria and complete their meal before 7:30.

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-----------School News-----------

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THANK YOU for Celebrating Down Syndrome Day and Special Olympics Unified Champion School--Unified Spirit Week!

The Special Olympics Unified Champion team was proud to see the Bobcat Family participating in the Special Olympics Spirit Week! Throughout the week, your student had an opportunity to be engaged in conversations and activities that allowed them to gain a better understanding of what it means to be inclusive and supportive of one another. Take a look at the photos montage of Spirit Week in action!


Thank you again for your support and participation!


The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Committee #LiveUnified

Unified Spirit Week (March 21-25)

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World Down Syndrome Day and Spirit Week Kickoff Parade

Mindful Monday

Takes a Team Tuesday

Wellness Wednesday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thank You PTO and Student Council!

A special THANK YOU to our PTO and student council members and sponsors for representing A.C. Moore well in the St. Pat's in Five Points Parade.

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Women's History Month Theme 2022...Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

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Bringing Hope to Women and Girls Through the Arts

About the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Women artists have been marginalized for centuries. Gender bias is less overt today, but contemporary women artists still face many obstacles and disparities, as well as persistent underrepresentation in museum collections and exhibitions worldwide. Their historical precursors still deserve to have their stories told.


The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change. The museum addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.

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Mary Cassatt, American Artist

Born into an upper-middle-class family, Cassatt is the best known of the female painters associated with Impressionism. She initially studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia before moving to Paris in 1866. A friend and admirer of Degas, Cassatt became known for intimate domestic scenes with women and girls as the main focus. Later in her career, her work was shaped by the period fashion in France for Japanese art and design. By 1914, she was almost blind, and stopped making art. She would live for another dozen years before dying at Château de Beaufresne, outside Paris.

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Cindy Sherman, American Artist

Cindy Sherman first achieved famed with her “Untitled Film Stills,” a series of photos that recalled old movie lobby cards. In them, she portrayed various waifs, bombshells, film noir dames and other female denizens of the cinematic imagination. She was part of a cohort of Baby-Boomer artists known as the“Pictures Generation.” Appropriation of existing images was the stock-in-trade of most of its members, but that was never really Sherman’s approach. Instead, she worked both in front and behind the camera. In time, Sherman moved away from Hollywood to inhabit the various roles projected onto women by society, art history and age.

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Frida Kahlo, Mexican Artist

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form.


Kahlo, who suffered from polio as a child, nearly died in a bus accident as a teenager. She suffered multiple fractures of her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, broken foot and a dislocated shoulder. She began to focus heavily on painting while recovering in a body cast. In her lifetime, she had 30 operations.


Life experience is a common theme in Kahlo's approximately 200 paintings, sketches and drawings. Her physical and emotional pain are depicted starkly on canvases, as is her turbulent relationship with her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, who she married twice. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

Fast Facts for Families...Parent Teacher Conferences at Richland One

Parent Teacher Conferences at Richland One

Carolina Family Engagement Center Training Opportunity

The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC), housed in the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC), has a professional development opportunities to share!


Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program Train the Trainer

CFEC has had a lot of success with its PLP program and many school districts have inquired about the possibility of running similar programs in their districts. Due to this interest, CFEC has developed a virtual Train the Trainer program so that South Carolina school/district administrators, community members, parents, and/or teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a PLP program can do so! For more information see the flyer attached. To register for this summer session, click HERE.

Parent and Family Engagement March Newsletter

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FREE Kinsa FLUency Thermometer

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Dear A.C. Moore Families,


I have great news for those of you who have not yet ordered your FREE Smart thermometer through the FLUency school health program. We have received a thermometer donation from Lysol and Kinsa that enables me to provide them to many of our staff members and families directly! They are on a first-come-first-served basis, so call or email me ASAP and I will send one home with your child (1 per family).


For those of you who have already received your thermometer, please activate it and join the A.C. Moore community. The mobile app is like having a nurse in your pocket, and the more of us that use it the more effective it will be!


Please let me know if you have any questions, and please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!


Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse


803-929-3886

jennifer.robinson2@richlandone.org

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Hello A.C. Moore families!


I wanted to make you aware that Richland One has a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation (CDCF). The CDCF is sending people to our schools to assist with Covid-related administrative duties (contact tracing, calling parents, filing, reporting, data collection, making copies, etc.). They are employees of the CDCF and volunteers of Richland One. Our volunteer will be here from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday, beginning next week. Her name is Lace Redd and I have heard great things about her!


If Ms. Redd needs to contact you, she will do so from a school phone, so your caller ID will display a Richland One number. She will not have access to PowerSchool information, only names and phone numbers that I provide her with. She will be housed in an area outside of the school health clinic. Rest assured, Ms. Redd has been trained and properly vetted by the District and she will uphold the confidentiality required by her position. Please do not be hesitant to speak to her or respond to any of her Covid-related questions.


Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Enjoy your weekend!


Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse

jennifer.robinson2@richlandone.org

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.

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Take A Look at Your Bobcats...

Engaged in Learning!

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

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:


MORNING CAR RIDERS

  • 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.

AFTERNOON CAR RIDERS

  • 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.



Respectfully,


Matthew Taranto

Program Director

YMCA of Columbia

1447 Hampton Street

Columbia SC, 29201

(w) 803 799 9187; © 772 480 3942

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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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Your Commitment to Health Contributes to a Healthier Generation

If you’ve missed or delayed routine checkups, you’re not alone: One in five adults in the U.S. reports putting off their healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Today, you can commit to your own well-being while making a positive impact on children nationwide.


Take a moment to sign the Make Way for Better Pledge and receive a personalized health checklist and helpful screening information.


For each pledge signed, Labcorp will make a donation to Healthier Generation to sustain our work to ensure every mind, every body, every young person is healthy and ready to succeed.

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Superintendent's Book Club

We are so excited to participate in this year’s Superintendent's Book Club. Students in grades prekindergarten – eighth who either read 100 picture books or ten chapter books between March 2 and May 6 will become members of the club. New book club members will receive prizes and an invitation to a reading celebration.


As a school, we will also be awarding prizes to the top two readers in both PreK-2nd Grade and 3rd-4th Grade each month. Make sure your child is logging all the great books they are reading at home on their reading log. Please also note, that books read aloud to them count as well.


Happy Reading!

Register for the 2022-2023 Pre-K Program Now!

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Free COVID-19 Test Kits

If you have not placed your order for 4 free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website www.covidtests.gov, please do so today! Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

2021-2022 COVID-19 TRACKING DASHBOARD

Click the banner above for the most recent COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district. The COVID-19 tracker is updated by 4 pm each evening.

21-22 COVID-19 Mitigation & Safety Protocols

Click the banner above to view the COVID-19 Mitigation and Safety Protocols (revised 3-11-2022).

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Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Attendance...What You Need to Know

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ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group

Richland School District One Student Technology Replacement Fees

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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-Neighborhood News & Community Connections-

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Tutor.com Offers Free, Real-time Tutoring for All South Carolina Residents

The South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) have partnered with Tutor.com to address the continuing academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will span the next three years and is funded through the American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER).



  • Tutor.com is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for English and Spanish speakers.
  • Connect with a tutor on various subjects, such as math, science, language arts, social studies, world languages, computer literacy, and AP courses.
  • Tutor.com offers test prep assistance, skills coaching, and help with specific math and essay-writing questions.
  • Unlock even more features with a Tutor.com account. Creating a Tutor.com account is optional and not required to connect with a tutor.



Visit scdiscus.org to get started. If you don't know the Discus login information, contact discusoffice@statelibrary.sc.gov.

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Free Tuition for Technical Colleges in South Carolina

Good afternoon,


Below are links about a recent educational opportunity in South Carolina that may be beneficial for high school students within the district and/or parents/caregivers within your school communities interested in continuing their education. This initiative, SC Workforce Scholarships for the Future, has been designated $17 million in GEER funding for the Spring semesters. The governor is asking Congress for an additional $24 million from the American Rescue Act funds to extend the program through June 2024.


This initiative allows any adult in South Carolina the opportunity to attend one of sixteen technical colleges for free if they choose to major in a high-demand career preparation program including: construction, nursing, manufacturing, technology, hospitality/tourism, and early care and education.


Links with more information:

· South Carolina technical colleges free tuition: how it'll work | wltx.com

· McMaster: Pandemic cash for free 2-year degrees (live5news.com)


Hope this helps!



Laurann Gallitto Patel, MMFT

Lead Regional Family Engagement Liaison

Midlands Region

GALLITTL@mailbox.sc.edu

803-687-3460


Carolina Family Engagement Center

College of Education

University of South Carolina

820 Main Street

Columbia, SC 29208

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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.

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DHEC - Richland County Health Department

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30


Further Information

  • Limited quantity of SELF-ADMINISTERED COVID RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS available
  • Self-Administered COVID-19 PCR Test Kits are also available
  • Call ahead for availability



Appointment Needed: No

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

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