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April 2022

Congaree Families,

What a packed month we have! This is always a fun time for us at Congaree. We are so excited that we will be having our Spring Book Fair and Special Olympics during the first week of April. Please help to support our students if you are able. We will also have a spring production of Aladdin, performed by our students. Please look for more details in the coming weeks.

Later in April we will take our End of Year Star tests in Reading and Math. These tests measure how much students have grown from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. They also provide us with another measurement of how students are performing on grade level work and give teachers valuable information on what areas students are strong in and need help with Reading and Math. They make adjustments to their teaching based on the Star information. We ask that you talk with your students each and every day about doing their absolute best in school. We also ask that you make sure that students are here at school on time, all day, every day. We have no time to waste with our learning.

Lex 2.5, one of our after school support programs will be ending on April 14, 2022. As we will be checking for how our students have performed on Star, we will be soon sending home invitations for our Summer Enrichment Program. Not all students will be invited, as space is limited. One of the purposes of our program is to maintain the momentum for learning and to reduce summer learning loss. Please be on the lookout for more information.

Finally, April 15th begins our official first day of Spring Break for students. We ask that you spend the week doing what makes you happy. Enjoy family, relax, rest, reflect, and recharge to finish the school year strong! Be safe in all that you do and thank you for choosing Congaree Elementary School for your child. A place where learning takes flight!


Mr. Dickey

Ride 360 App

Parents and students can access their bus stop location, route and pick-up time on the Traversa Ride 360 App.

For additional information, view the transportation website at: https://www.lex2.org/apps/pages/ride360.

Congaree is UNIFIED - one voice, one sound!

Show your school spirit April 4-8th to support our Special Olympics team as they get ready to compete on April 7th!
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Field Day Donations

Field Day will be on Friday, May 6th. If you can donate any of the following items, we would greatly appreciate it:

- Cases of Bottled Water

- Popsicles/Ice Pops

Donations can be dropped off in the front office between 7:00am-3:00pm.


Standardized testing is almost here. We will begin testing on Tuesday, May 10th. Students in

grades 3, 4, and 5 will take several tests over a 2 week period. SC Ready is the test for English

Language Arts and Math. SC PASS is the test for Science and Social Studies. Each of these

tests measure a student’s understanding of the South Carolina standards for that subject.

Students take the ELA test over 2 days. The tests are not timed, but must be completed that day. Students may not have any electronic devices that can communicate, record, time, create images, or store images. The test administrator will collect all devices and return them after the test session is completed.

Parents should not schedule doctor’s appointments or any other out-of-school functions during testing. Your child’s attendance is important. Children tend to perform better when testing with their class, rather than on a make-up. Please ensure your child gets a good night’s rest and is at school on time. Encourage your child to do his/her best before leaving each morning.

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Fireflies Reading Program

We are participating in the Fireflies reading program from April 1-22! Students who complete the program will earn 1 FREE ticket to the game in Reserved Sections (sections 101, 111, or 112). Additional tickets for those sections are only $10. To upgrade the whole family, All-Star seats will be discounted to $10 per ticket (actual value $12). Students will receive a Fireflies drawstring bag at their game.

Congaree's game time is Sunday, May 8th @ 5:05 PM. Nine other dates are available if the family can't make it on May 8th.

Once checked in, students will also receive their fan experience pass to run the bases. Happy reading!

Meet our new School Based Mental Health Counselor

My name is AbbeyHill Jolly and I am your school’s Mental Health Counselor. I was born and raised in Columbia and now call it home with my husband and sweet golden doodle, Scooter. I attended USC and received my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. I have worked as a Developmental Interventionist, specializing in children and families.

I provide the following services: individual and family therapy as well as conducting assessments. I will be here at Congaree on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

My email is: ahc33@scdmh.org if you have any questions!

Spring Book Fair

Our spring book fair is almost here! Look for the schedule coming soon on Class Dojo. Don't feel comfortable sending cash or a check with your student to school for the book fair? Be sure to check out eWallet, a convenient, cashless option where you can set up an account before your child shops. See below for more information:

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Setting up eWallet for your student


Nurse News

Spring is among us and pollen is in the air! Please do not send your child to school if they have had fever, vomiting, diarrhea, new cough, or a red/sore throat in the past 24 hours. If you have any questions, please refer to the Exclusion List: https://scdhec.gov/health/child-teen-health/school-exclusion.

So, what are the differences and similarities is Seasonal Allergies, Covid-19, and flu?

- Seasonal allergies: Sneezing, Watery or Itchy Eyes

- Covid-19: Fever, Chills, Muscle or body aches, Loss of taste or smell, Nausea or vomiting,


- Flu: Muscle Aches, Fever (not always), Nausea or Vomiting (more common in children),

Diarrhea (more common in children), Shortness of Breath

- Common Shared symptoms: Congestion, Runny Nose, Cough, Sore Throat, Fatigue,


Remember if your child will need medication (even over-the-counter) during the school day, a Permission for Medication form MUST be completed by the Doctor and Parent.

4th Nine Weeks News Team

The following students have made the News Team for the 4th Nine Weeks:

Cierra Dykhuizen

Michael Simmons

Jasmine Watkins

Steven Wise

Boys & Girls Club Summer Program @ Congaree Elementary

Congaree will be the location for the Boys & Girls Club Summer Adventure Camp. Click the header to be directed to the registration page.

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2022-2023 Registration Coming Soon!

Parents must have an active PowerSchool Parent Portal account set up in order to register your returning student(s) for the upcoming school year. If you do not have a parent portal account or are unsure of the login information, please contact the front office.

American Heart Association,

On behalf of the American Heart Association, thank you very much for raising $1,321.50 with your school's recent Kids Heart Challenge (KHC) event. You have made a life-saving difference for people in your own community and across the nation.

Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. Your support and participation in the Kids Heart Challenge has kept more hearts beating strong.

Warm regards,
Nancy Brown
Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association