Community Connection

At Stono Park

Principal's Corner

Greetings Stono Park Families,

We will still use DashPass…….soon! We are waiting for several families to download the app and create their account. If you need assistance, please contact the principal or Parent Advocate, Traci Alter.

Parent teacher conferences are on the horizon! Teachers will send information via Class Dojo. Our goal is to have 100% participation! Please be sure to sign up for a face-to-face conference.

Mark your calendar for our Family Bingo Night on October 11 and Book Character Day on October 27 (scholars only ). On Friday, October 27, scholars may wear costumes related to story book characters. This special day is set aside to foster a love of reading. Scholars are encouraged to dress like their favorite book character, and if possible, to bring the book to school with them!

Warm regards,

Principal Richards and The Stono Park Team

Upcoming Events at Stono Park Elementary

9/15-10/15- Stono Park Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

10/2-School Custodian Appreciation Day (Thanks to Mr. Harris and team!)

10/4- Stono Park participates in National Walk to School Day

10/11- Nutritional Services Celebrates Hispanic Heritage with Special Menu

10/6-4th & 5th Grade Field Trip to the Gaillard

10/9-10/13- CogAT and Iowa Testing (2nd grade only)

10/13- Early Release Day - Dismissal at 1:20pm

10/13- Kindergarten Celebration of Learning

10/13- 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Stretch & Support Day

10/13- K-2nd Grade Counting Collections

10/11- PTA Family Bingo Night 5:30pm-7pm

10/19- CD & Kindergarten Field Trip to Legare Farms

10/20- PTA Fundraiser- $2 Dress Down Day

10/23-10/27- Red Ribbon Week- See Flyer for Dress Down Information

10/26- PBIS Bingo Celebration for students during the school day

10/27- Half Day of school- dismissal at 11:20am

10/27- Book Character Parade

11/7 - Election Day - No School for Students -

11/7- Family Data Conferences

11/10- 4th Grade Poetry Jam

11/13- 3rd grade Field Trip to the Gaillard

11/15- Family Math Night in Candyland

11/17- Early Release- Dismissal 1:20pm

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Stono Park will be participating in World Walking Day on Wednesday, October 4th! All buses & car riders will be dropped off at Randolph Park - 1701 Pearlott St. - The whole school will walk to school together at 8:25am.

Permission Slips were sent home in yesterday's folders, but you can always sign the Google Permission Slip online below. Please complete these permission slips right away.

Families are welcome to join us on this day to walk to the school, but no one will be allowed into the building when we arrive due to student's needing to grab their breakfast & head to class to start instruction.

If you are not at the park by 8:25am then you will need to go straight to the school.

If you don't want your student to participate then there will be staff at the school to receive any students who don't have permission slips.

If you have any questions or concerns - please reach out to Traci Alter at
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Literacy Tip from Mrs. Tackitt

We all want our children to become strong readers. How do we do that? Read to your child EVERY night and have conversations with them using sophisticated vocabulary. Instead of talking down to them using simple words, talk up to them using sophisticated words. School aged children should be learning 2,000-3,000 new words EACH year!
DashPass Instructional Video: Registering an Authorized Driver
DashPass Instructional Video: Allowing Friends and Relatives to Pick Up Students
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Artistically Gifted and Talented Nominations are now up!!!!

If you are a parent/guardian, teacher or student, complete this form for a student CURRENTLY in grades 3 - 8 in a Charleston County School who would like to be identified as GIFTED AND TALENTED ARTISTIC (GTR).

Once this nomination is submitted, the information will be shared with the student's Fine Arts teacher at their school for processing. Students will complete an additional interview-style questionnaire on another form with their teacher.

PLEASE NOTE: If your child has already been identified as Gifted and Talented Artistic in one arts area, you do not need to complete another referral UNLESS YOU WOULD LIKE THEM IDENTIFIED IN ANOTHER ARTS AREA.

Click here to nominate your scholar - Artistically Gifted and Talented (GTR) Nomination Form (Fall 2023) (





If you have any questions please email
Art- Mrs. Powell
Music - Mr. McAfee
Latino Family Stories Through Art

This student activity collection from the National Museum of American History analyzes the work of two very different Mexican American artists, identifying aspects of culture and exploring expressions about Latino experiences in art.

Literacy Games

A range of games for literacy ranging from pre-k to 5th grade. Free for everyone, a fee for premium access

October's Character Trait is Empathy

The Book of the Month is The Kindest Red a Story of Hijab and Friendship. It correlates to our character skill for October which is Empathy. Check out our Book of the Month with your student at home.
THE KINDEST RED read by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Nurse's Note

Happy Fall,

As the weather begins to change and we get closer to a time change, remember to keep a regular bedtime. Many early morning headaches and stomach aches are related to poor sleep. Poor rest leads to a weak immune system which causes the body to not be able to fight off viral and bacterial illness. We are seeing a high volume of respiratory viruses, covid, bronchitis, ear and sinus infections and really bad seasonal allergies

Please remember to have a working thermometer to assess temperature. Feeling the forehead only tells you that the skin temperature is warm, but a thermometer measures the inside body temperature to read fever. Anything close to 100 means that your child is ill and often contagious and must stay home. Make a quick fever check and discussion on how your child is feeling each morning a part of your daily routine.

Thank you to everyone who has turned in completed shot records. We are being audited by DHEC this year in Oct. and must be compliant with state law. If you have not turned in records to us, please do so. If you registered with only daycare required shots, you need to make an appointment to get the crucial boosters given at the 4 year well child check up. These will make your student ready for 5K and compliant through elementary school.

Thank you for keeping our school as healthy and safe as possible.

Nurse Wendy

A story about thinking before you act

Social Emotional Learning- RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT | EQ Skills
Learning to control your impulses and self-manage is a critical social emotional lesson for kids. In this video, two siblings keep finding themselves at risk of hurting themselves or hurting someone else with hasty actions and unkind words. Our loving Mulberry Tree helps the kids learn the essential SEL lesson to think BEFORE you act. She plants the seed to ask "What if?" and to consider how actions cause consequences. The children learn valuable social emotional lessons about having empathy, acting with responsibility, and taking care of your own safety and well being.
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School Attendance Matters!

Stono Park Elementary School Day- 8:30am - 3:30pm

Students can enter the building starting at 8:05am but are considered tardy after 8:30am. If your student has more than 5 unexcused tardies a conference is held to problem solve getting to school on time. (If bus is tardy then the tardy is excused)

We begin dismissal at 3:25pm. If your student is a car rider please ensure that you are in our car rider line by 3:40pm.

We also offer Kaleidoscope After School Program for our Stono Park Scholars from 3:30pm-6pm daily. Kaleidoscope is open on teacher work days, early release days and 1/2 days of school. You also have the option to register your child for Kaleidoscope and not use them every day if you don't need the service but would still be available to your student on days you might need a late pick up or on those early release/teacher work days!

If your child is absent please make sure an excuse is sent in within 3 days of the student returning back to school. A student is considered Truant if they have missed 3 consecutive days of school without a doctor's excuse or 5 unexcused absences total. Once a student has 3 unexcused absences then a Truancy Warning Letter is sent home. Once a student has 5 unexcused absences a Truancy Conference has to occur with the caregiver.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources for Home

Social Emotional Learning Books to take out at the Library

Did you Know?

The Charleston County Public Library loans SC Aquarium passes, Children Museum passes, State Park Passes. All CCSD Students have a library card number so visit Charleston County Public Library ( Look up the Park Pass you are interested in Classic Category and type in the pass you want to loan out and put the pass on hold.

The Charleston County Public Library also has Free Virtual Tutoring with student's library Card. Visit Student Center | Charleston County Public Library ( to take advantage of this free resource.

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NEW Program to Support Families with Internet!

To support families with internet service during COVID-19, the FCC has a new

program called Emergency Broadband Benefit. Households with students who receive free or reduced-price school meals, including ALL students in CEP schools, qualify for the program. There are three ways to apply:

  1. Apply online at
  2. Contact the local broadband provider to learn about their application process (find participating broadband providers here)
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.

Mortgage and Housing Assistance: Help for homeowners and renters during the coronavirus national emergency

SC Assistance to Help Homeowners

South Carolina has nearly $145 million to help homeowners with COVID woes. Questions? You can email; or call 803-702-5222 or 833-405-3080, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays or visit:

Rent & Utility Assistance

Food Assistance

How can I support you?

My goal is to provide an easy way for you to find community resources, tips & tricks for academic support at home and upcoming events at the school or in our community.

Traci Alter - Parent Advocate

Feel free to reach out for any resources, support or referral for services.