The Bobcat Blaze

February 12, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!

Thank you for another great week! I am excited to finally have all the students back together next week. I appreciate the hard work all of our families and students have put in to make this school year as productive and successful as possible.

Thank you to those who participated and promoted our 100th day of school festivities this week. It brought such laughter and joy to the building!

As students return together next week, we may find ourselves reliving the first days of school all over again. Rest assured that teachers will revist established routines, procedures, and expectations. Each will also have sound classroom management and safety systems in place.

Be sure to check out the Yearbook info included in this issue!

As always, thank you for all that you do!

Have a great weekend and happy Valentine's Day!

We are A.C. Moore STRONG!

Principal's Message:

Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • February 1st-28th.............Black History Month

  • February 15th...................No School for Students, Professional Development Day for Teachers

  • February 16th..................4 Days of In-person Instruction Begins

  • February 23rd..................Virtual Family Bingo Night w/ Mrs. Rogers - 6pm

  • February 26th..................5th Grade yearbook ad forms are due


  • March 12th .......................Yearbook order forms are due

Get Your Yearbook Ordered Now!

Click on the documents below to place an order for the 20-21 yearbook. The deadline to place an order is March 12th.

Fifth Grade Parents:

If you would like to place an ad in the yearbook for your fifth grader, please see the attached flyer for details.

A Message from the District Office

Dr. Witherspoon Announces District Will Return to Phase 2/Hybrid February 1st

January 27, 2021

Dear Richland One Families and Staff,

We continue to monitor our Restart Strong Plan based upon the science and circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plan, which has been posted on our website ( since July 2020, outlines the Phase-In Model (eLearning, hybrid and traditional face-to-face) and the full-year Virtual School Program option.

There have been modifications to our plan throughout this process. For example, parents were able to change options more frequently than originally planned. Another example is the district moved back to Phase 1 (eLearning) after the Winter Break based upon an anticipated surge in community outbreak of COVID-19. The significant increases in incidence rates per 100,000 people resulted in our extension of Phase 1 beyond the two weeks we originally planned. Staff availability, based upon COVID-19 cases and associated quarantines, also was a factor in our extension of Phase 1 beyond two weeks. This background information is important to consider.

As we finish this week of eLearning, the district will return to Phase 2 (hybrid) effective Monday, February 1, 2021. For the week of February 1, the instructional days will be Monday and Tuesday (Cohort A), and Wednesday and Thursday (Cohort B); the flex day will be Friday. Friday, February 5 is a professional development day/early release day for students, as designated on the district’s 2020-2021 calendar.

Also, please note the following information by grade level which is effective Tuesday, February 16:

Elementary School Students

  • We will be transitioning to four days of in-person instruction at the elementary level. Wednesdays will be flex days. Schools will provide additional information to parents next week.
  • Parents of Phase 2/hybrid students who do not feel comfortable with their children returning to school for face-to-face instruction and want them to continue with eLearning will have that option.
  • Students in the Virtual School Program will remain in that program.
  • There are no more slots available in the Virtual School Program.

Middle School and High School Students

  • Middle school students and high school students will continue to be served in the Phase 2/hybrid model or the Virtual School Program, as they were before the Winter Break.

As we continue to work through the impact of COVID-19 on this district and our community, we appreciate your patience and understanding.


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.


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Please return all library books so they can be exchanged.

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites for February

DHEC-RRT - Pardon and Parole (Old Building)

Dates and Times for February

Open Daily: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Further Information:

  • Report to the intersection of Greene St. and Heidt St.
  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes
  • Saliva testing- Do not eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes prior to testing.

Address: 2204 Lee St, Columbia, SC 29205

Contact Details and Pre-Registration:

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for February

Open weekdays: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Further Information

  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

Address 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201

Contact Details

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A Bobcat Spotlight...Congratulations Dreambox Student of Excellence

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Hure Alqahtani, 2nd Grader in Ms. Copeland's Homeroom

A Bobcat Spotlight....Black History Month

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A. C. Moore Continues to Celebrate the Contributions of African-Americans

During A. C. Moore's celebration of Black History Month, each week you and your student can learn more about the contributions African-Americans have had on American culture. Each edition of the February Bobcat Blaze will highlight those contributions in specific areas. This edition focuses on the African-American Influence on Visual Arts.

Artwork: Ellis Wilson, Funeral Procession, 1950

African-American Influence on Visual Arts

Artwork: Edward Mitchell Bannister, Landscape with Woman Walking on Path, 1879


When Africans were brought to the United States, their culture was stripped from them. There was a concerted effort on the part of the enslavers to keep like-people separate in order to weaken them and eliminate communication between them. Once enslaved, they were prohibited from performing rituals or practicing the religions they had before being captured, so they became creative in how they could hold on to some of their culture without being punished. While African Americans have been producing visual art in this country since slavery, only recently have they been accepted into mainstream culture.

Early African American painters like Robert S. Duncanson, (b. 1821), who was best known for his landscape paintings, had no formal training. He learned to paint by copying prints and European artworks. He is the first internationally known African American artist. And today his work hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Artist, Edward Mitchell Bannister (b. 1828) was able to gain some education in the arts at the Lowell Institute, and while slavery was still an institution until 1865, he created ties with abolitionists to establish a livelihood as an artist.

Artwork: Robert S. Duncanson, Land of the Lotus Eaters, 1860-1861

Henry Osawa Tanner (b. 1859), the first internationally acclaimed African American painter, attended the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and studied in Paris. Tanner’s most famous work, The Banjo Lesson, is a painting of an elderly black man teaching a young black boy how to play the banjo. While we’re able to look at these artists’ works in museums today, they faced hardships to be artists. According to the Smithsonian American Art Museum website, Edward Mitchell Bannister was harshly critiqued by a reviewer who said, “… the negro has an appreciation for art while being manifestly unable to produce it.” This statement was published in the New York Herald in 1867.

Artwork: Henry Osawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson, 1893

The most celebrated time for the arts in black history, the Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937), ushered in a wave of black visual artists. At the time, African American people were better able to afford education to obtain degrees in the arts. While the visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance tend to be overshadowed by authors and musicians, the visual arts of the period were salient to the time, as well. Artists like Aaron Douglas, Hale Woodruff, and Augusta Savage played a huge role in establishing black aesthetics in an art world that wouldn’t readily accept them. While they created their own opportunities in Harlem, their presence made it known that African Americans can create great art and that they possess the artistic and cognitive skills to do so.

The Harlem Renaissance was a time for visual artists to create aesthetics distinct to the black experience in the U.S. This movement also steered the art of Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden who would go on to be well-known African American artists within the dominant culture. Although the Great Depression (1929-1939) devastated the country, it also created opportunities for African American artists. With aid from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Augusta Savage was able to lead the Harlem Community Center and The New Deal’s Federal Arts Projects encouraged black artists to create art to improve morale.

The 1980s, belonged to Jean-Michel Basquiat. The ever-present art star that passed away too soon, Basquiat is the patron saint for many black artists today because he did the unprecedented: He achieved art world superstar status as a black man. The myth of this man is what will make this era in black art history especially remembered.

Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled Head

The postmodern era of the 1990s, saw the dominance of the black female artist. Black women artists, Emma Amos, Deborah Willis, and Renee Cox gained recognition for their work in a way that black women hadn’t done before then. In 1990, Lorna Simpson was the first black woman to present art at Venice Biennale. During the 1990s more marginalized artists than ever were accepted into the mainstream art world, allowing them exposure, and thus the compensation to create lives as full-time artists. There were and continue to be a compendium of voices and perspectives on exhibit that attempt to critique the establishment.

Artwork: Lorna Simpson, Ultra Violet 2

Black History Month Trivia: Answers from Week 1

Can you name the musicians pictured below?

Black History Month Trivia: Week 2

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Name the African American artists responsible for painting portraits of former President, Barack Obama and former First Lady, Michelle Obama

Black History Month Resources

In Celebration of Black History Month

A curated list of quality titles found on epic to celebrate Black History Month.

Inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman inspired the nation as the sixth and youngest Inaugural Poet in U.S. History. Learn more about her poem, 'The Hill We Climb'.

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Attention Bobcat Families:

If any of your contact information has changed (phone number, address, email address, emergency contacts) since the start of the school year please contact database specialist Madolyn Thorpe at We need the most accurate information in Powerschool to ensure you receive school communication.

100th Day of School Dress Up Days

Our Bobcats had fun celebrating the 100th day of school! Thank you students and teachers for making the 100th day of school so enjoyable! Check out the creative 100th Day Celebration outfits below.

100th Day of School Dress-Up Celebration

Virtual Family Bingo Night

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Hello AC Moore Families!

1. After conducting an audit of health records, I found that I am missing documentation from many students. On Tuesday, I will be sending home copies of the forms we need. Please take a few minutes to complete the forms on Tuesday evening and return them to me on Wednesday. I appreciate your cooperation with this very important matter!

2. SC DHEC has updated some of the Covid guidelines, as well as the criteria for school exclusion. Please see the 2 documents below and Click HERE for the new exclusion list.

Please remember to let me know right away if your child has either tested positive for Covid or been classified as a close contact. Let's all work together to keep each other safe!

3. Thank you to those families who have already signed up for the Kinsa health FLUency program. Your FREE thermometer will be sent home just as soon as it arrives. If you missed the last deadline, no worries . . . there will be one more shipment this year, so sign up TODAY!

Don't hesitate to contact me if you need help registering for the thermometer program or linking your account to A.C. Moore. If you have not received confirmation that your thermometer was successfully ordered, it did not go through.

Take care, Everyone!

Jennifer Hurt, School Nurse

803-929-3886 (phone)

803-929-2724 (fax)

News from the Nurse website

Wellness Watch

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Presents: Moving Towards Health Equity - At Home, School, and in Your Community

Click on the image below to read more about reaching healthy equity by implementing practical ideas. Additionally, find out more about success stories for home, school, and community engagement.

Report to the Parents

This report is issued by the AC Moore Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) in accordance with South Carolina law to share information on the school's progress in meeting various goals and objectives, the work of the SIC, and other accomplishments during the school year.

Information from your PTO

To stay up-to-date on PTO happenings, please click the link below to register for the Bobcat e-Blast! If you are currently receiving the Bobcat e-Blasts, you will still need to complete the form and provide your information.


Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes (PTO chairs)


Asi usted haya recibido el Bobcat e-Blast en el pasado, por favor complete esta informacion- estamos haciendo una nueva base de datos. Estamos planeando las reuniones del PTO los miercoles en la tarde, al comienzo virtualmente, por eso esten pendiente de los anuncios que haga la Directora Aldridge en el Bobcat Blaze (periodico de la escuela) para mas informacion de la primera reunion.

Gracias, y espero verlos pronto!

Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes ( representantes del PTO)

Tech Tips

For Parents and Teachers...

Richland One IT Help Desk

You can get remote assistance by calling the IT Help Desk Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 803-231-7436.

Mark Your Calendars for...

Funny, Random, & Weird Holidays

Did you participate in a wacky holiday last week? Don't forget to send a picture of your family's celebration to Mrs. Whetstone at Here are a few weird holidays for your family to think about this week.

February 12..........................................……Darwin Day

February 13..........................................……World Radio Day

February 14..........................................……Ferris Wheel Day

February 14..........................................……Library Lovers Day

February 15..........................................……Gumdrop Day

February 16..........................................……Do a Grouch a Favor Day

February 17..........................................……Random Act of Kindness Day

February 18..........................................……Battery Day

February 19..........................................……Chocolate Mint Day

We Want to See Your Bobcat Student MAKING TRACKS!

We would love to share in your student's success by seeing them in action! Submit a photo of your Bobcat completing their asynchronous assignments and/or activities your student's picture can be featured in an upcoming issue of the Bobcat Blaze! Submit your photos to Mrs. Whetstone at

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Parents, students and staff can now get up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases in the district through Richland One’s new online tracking dashboard.

A link to the dashboard, which will be updated daily, is posted on the Restart Strong page on the district’s website In addition to listing the number of positive and quarantined COVID-19 cases among Richland One students and staff, the dashboard includes the number of cases at each district school and administrative building. It also shows daily, weekly and year-to-date summaries of the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

“Richland One’s goal in creating the COVID-19 dashboard is to provide the most accurate and current information possible to our community,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “Having the same data allows us all to work together to better protect our students and staff.”

COVID-19 data is compiled daily by the district’s Nursing Services office and Accountability, Assessment, Research and Evaluation department. The information shown on Richland One’s dashboard may differ from the reports from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), which are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Media inquiries should be directed to the Richland One Office of Communications.

Registration Information for Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Office of School Readiness & Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Additional information about Richland One's Pre-K Program can be found using the above link.

Parent Information for Pre-Kindergarten Registration

You MUST attend a virtual parent information session (live or recorded) before registering for Pre-K. Use the above link to sign up for a live parent information sessions listed, or watch the video and complete the survey to get credit for attending.

Apply to a Richland One Magnet School

Richland One’s diverse magnet programs include Montessori Programs, Career Magnets, Language Immersion Program, Medical Magnet Academy, Health Sciences Magnet, Richland One Middle College and the Virtual School Program.

District Resources

Be in-the-know with information directly from Richland School District One with one click! Visit #restartstrong for the newest updates!


ThriveRichland is a birth to four initiative established by Richland County School District One with the overall goal of increasing the percentage of children entering kindergarten ready to learn. The three major focus areas of ThriveRichland are:

  • High quality professional development and support for early childhood professionals

  • Comprehensive family wellness and engagement

  • Development of a plan for an early learning lab school within Richland One

ThriveRichland is offering families with children from birth to four and opportunity to join an online play group. Click the link below for details on how to sign up your family.

ThriveRichland Online Play Groups