The Bobcat Blaze

September 25, 2020

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Principal's Message

Greetings Bobcat Families,

I hope you have enjoyed your week of growing and learning with peers and teachers. As we continue to navigate virtual learning please keep the following in mind:

  • Please find your student a quiet and safe location from which they can work each day. It would even be helpful to provide them with earbuds or headphones to cancel background noise in hopes of avoiding distraction.

  • Our goal at A.C. Moore is to produce independent thinkers and learners. Therefore, we encourage parents and older siblings to not sit directly near students as they work daily. Please allow students in grades 2 - 5 the opportunity to learn the technology and participate in class on their own. Having adults or older siblings present during class is distracting and disruptive to not only your Bobcat but the other students in the TEAM as well.

  • Continue to remind students they are not to use TEAMS chat features or rooms for conversations or activities unrelated to school. Incidents such as this will be reported to parents and administration. We expect all students to follow the school Code of Conduct even virtually.

We hope you have a safe, restful, and fun weekend!

Principal's Weekly Message:

Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • Tuesday, September 15-Thursday, October 15.......Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Monday, September 28..........................................Dreambox 101 Webinar for Parents and Caregivers 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, September 30.....................................Chat and Chew with Principal Aldridge 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, September 30.....................................Interim Reports

Dreambox 101 - Webinar for Parents and Caregivers

Dreambox Learning will be providing a Dreambox 101 Webinar for Parents and Caregivers on Monday, September 28, 2020. Each session will be 30 minutes and will provide a general overview of the Dreambox program. Additionally, tips on how parents and caregivers can help their students at home will also be presented. To attend the sessions please join the Microsoft Teams Meeting below.

Dreambox 101 Webinar Links

Be sure to download the Dreambox at Home guide (below) for additional support.

Chat and Chew with Principal Aldridge

A.C. Moore families are cordially invited to attend a "Chat & Chew with Principal Aldridge"! Please plan to join Ms. Aldridge on Wednesday, September 30th at 8:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. Each session will be held virtually via Microsoft TEAMS. Below are the links for each session. We hope to see you there!

Chat and Chew with Principal Aldridge

Las familias A.C. Moore están cordialmente invitadas a tener una charla informal (Chat and Chew) con la directora Aldridge. Por favor únanse a para hablar con la Sra. Aldridge, el miércoles 30 de septiembre a las 8:30 a.m. o a las 7:00 p.m. Cada sesión se realizara virtualmente vía Microsoft Teams. Abajo encontrara los enlaces para que se unan a la charla.

Esperamos verlos allí!

Una Charla Informal (Chat and Chew) con la directora Aldridge.

SIC Elections Coming Soon

We are excited to be organizing our School Improvement Council (SIC) for the 2020-21 school year. The SIC, a membership comprised of parents, teachers, and community stakeholders, is the advisory council to the principal and school. SIC members meet once a month about issues relating to school improvement. Join us at one of the kickoff Chat & Chew events with Principal Aldridge on September 30th to learn more about the SIC! Be on the lookout for more details about SIC nominations and elections in the next Bobcat Blaze.

Las elecciones del concejo para el mejoramiento de la escuela, por sus siglas en inglés (SIC) serán pronto

Estamos emocionados de estar organizando nuestro concejo para el mejoramiento de la escuela (SIC) para el año 2020-2021.El SIC es un concejo que asesora a la directora y a la escuela. Está formado por padres de familia, maestros, y miembros de la comunidad, quienes se reúnen una vez al mes para discutir temas relacionados con el mejoramiento de la escuela. Únase con nosotros a uno de las charlas (Chat & Chew) con la directora Aldridge el 30 de Septiembre para aprender más sobre el SIC, también puede ver más detalles acerca de las nominaciones y las elecciones en el próximo Bobcat Blaze (nuestra publicación de noticias).

School News

Hispanic Heritage Month...Did you Know?

As of July 1, 2019, the Hispanic population of the United States included 60.6 million people. People of Hispanic origin account for the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority, accounting for 18.5% of the nation’s total population.

The United States wouldn’t be the same without Hispanic people: Colombia’s Shakira, Mexico’s Eugenio Derbez, and Spain’s Rosalía have left an everlasting mark in the music and entertainment world. American-born Hispanics, like Jennifer Lopez, Danny Trejo, and Eva Longoria, are also calling attention to their Spanish-speaking roots. What’s more, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor are giving Hispanics a powerful voice in politics.

Whether you enjoy Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin’s best hits or you’re watching a film by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, there’s no denying the significant ways Hispanics have contributed to U.S. culture. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve highlighted a few famous Hispanic and Latinx people who prove that there’s beauty in embracing your heritage.


How Well do you Know...

The Flags of Spanish Speaking Countries?

How well did you and your Bobcat student know last week's flags? The answers are below. Don't forget to submit your student's responses by clicking below on "Flags For Week Two". Remember, each student that submits the correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a special prize at the end of Hispanic Heritage month!

Week One Answers

Nurse's Notes

Please return your child’s completed Confidential Health Questionnaire to Nurse Hurt as soon as possible. It can be faxed to 803-929-2724, emailed to, or mailed to the school. Please be sure to complete both sides and sign the form. Contact Nurse Hurt if you have any questions or concerns.

Prisma Health Offering Flu Shots in October

Prisma Health is offering free flu shots throughout Richland County and surrounding areas. The flu shot is available for anyone six months and older and will be administered by drive-through at designate locations in the midlands or you can visit the first floor lobby of Prisma Health, Nine Medical Park, every Wednesday and Thursday in October, 3–6 p.m. to receive a flu vaccine.

Face masks or shields will be required at both drive-up and in-building locations, along with temperature checks. Anyone with a fever will not be allowed a flu shot vaccine. Consent forms are required and available at each site. Children under the age of 16 require a parent/guardian signature. Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information and locations in our area, click the link below.

Fight the Flu!

A Message from PTO

We would LOVE to build our PTO foundation and include as many families as possible in our communications and events this school year. 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. We will hold virtual PTO meetings on Wednesday evenings this year. Please review the weekly Bobcat Blaze for more information about our first meeting.

Thanks, and hope to see you all soon!

Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes (PTO chairs)


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

Student Lunch Services

Please be advised that breakfast and lunch are being provided to students during the school week. The Student Nutrition Services Meal Delivery Program will delivery your student's meals for the entire week every Monday along the attached route. Please click the link below for your pick-up location and time.

Student Nutrition Services Meal Delivery Program Delivery Routes

Wellness Watch

3 Ways Families Can Promote Fun & Wellness At Home

Source for this week's Wellness Watch

Below are 3 tips for engaging the whole family in wellness-focused activities, inspired by The Center for Family Engagement’s Family Guide to Fostering Whole Child Development.

1. Try a New Hobby or Activity

  • Try dancing, jumping rope, or yoga

2. Balance Screen Time

Try these tips to balance your screen time and support your family's physical and social-emotional well-being:

  • Swap family movie night for family story night. Take turns reading your favorite book or acting out the story!
  • Share your feelings during mealtimes with intentional conversation starters.
  • Create a device-free night-time winddown plan to build a routine for healthy sleep.

3. Connect in the Kitchen

Invite children to help select healthy recipes and prepare food your whole family can enjoy together.

Ways younger children can help:

  • Sort and put away groceries
  • Select which vegetables or fruit to include in a meal
  • Set the table before a meal begins
  • Help plant a family herb or vegetable garden

Ways older children and teens can help:

  • Lead the family in the steps to plan a meal.
  • Chop vegetables for snacking or cooking
  • Help plant a family herb or vegetable garden

Learn more about the role of family engagement in whole child education or discover more family engagement resources in the Kohl’s Healthy at Home resource hub.

Tech Tips

For Teachers, Parents, and Students...

Something not quite right with you computer? Try restarting it! Rebooting your computer helps to keep the device running efficiently and can often speed up performance. Additionally, rebooting a computer unloads all device drivers, closes all programs and restarts the operating system. This action helps to keep “computer cobwebs” from forming and as a result your PC can perform at peak speed.

Still Having Laptop Issues??

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.


September 25th..........Comic Book Day

September 26th..........Astronomy Day

September 26th..........Love Note Day

September 27th..........Crush a Can Day

September 28th..........Ask a Stupid Question Day

September 28th..........Good Neighbor Day

September 30th..........Hot Mulled Cider Day


October 1st..........International Coffee Day

October 1st..........Balloons Around the World Day

We Want to See Your Bobcat Student MAKING TRACKS!

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We would love to share in your student's success by seeing them in action! Submit a photo of your e-learner engaged in e-learning activities and assignments and 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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Grade Level Content Area Standards

This website shows everything your student will need to master per content area and grade level in accordance with the SC College and Career Readiness Standards.