The Bobcat Blaze

--April 30, 2021--

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcats!


It has been a great, sunny week here in Bobcat Country! It is hard to believe that when we return from the weekend, we will be in the month of May. Each day, I am so grateful and proud of the work our students, staff, and parents have done to make this unique year a success. Thank you all for your dedication!


Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I for one cannot wait to shower our staff with treats, love, and praise for all their hard work! Your family is welcome to join me in that celebration.


Parents of 3rd-5th grad students, please be on the lookout for information regarding state testing that will take place starting the week of May 17th. Information will be in our newsletter as well as within homeroom teacher newsletters.


I wish you all a weekend of fun in the sun! I cannot wait to see our Bobcats back on Monday.


Principal's Message

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Important Dates and Upcoming Events

---APRIL---

April 23rd.................................................Richland One's Summer SOAR Program Brochure released (see link below)


April 26th-30th.........................................Heyward Technology and Career Center Plant Sale (details below)


April 30th..................................................Deadline the 2021 Youth Conservation Poster Contest (details below)

---May---

May 4th.....................................................................Deadline to submit Virtual Program Interest Survey (details below)


May 4th.....................................................................Joy of Parenting Workshop, 6 pm (details below)


May 4th.....................................................................Virtual Chat 'n' Chew with Mrs. Aldridge, 7 pm (details below)


May 5th.....................................................................Empowering Parents Workshop: Test Taking Strategies (details below)


May 7th.....................................................................Deadline to turn in Strawbridge pictures and/or money


May 13th...................................................................ESOL Event: Resource Meeting for ESOL Families, 7:30-3:00


May 18th...................................................................SC READY Writing (online) Grades 3-5


May 19th...................................................................SC READY Reading (online) Grades 3-5


May 25th...................................................................SC READY Math (online) Grades 3-5


May 27th...................................................................SCPASS Science (online) Grade 4


May 31st...................................................................Memorial Day Holiday, No School

Chat 'n' Chew with Mrs. Aldridge

There's a Chat & Chew event with Mrs. Aldridge scheduled for May 4th at 7pm. Click the link above to join the TEAMS meeting.

Interested in continuing with the Virtual Program Model during the 2021-2022 school year? Complete the survey below by Tuesday, May 4th.

Richland One | Virtual Program Interest Survey

The district would like to gauge parents’ interest in the virtual school programs at the elementary and secondary levels for the 2021-2022 year. Please complete the interest survey by Tuesday, May 4.

Don't forget...

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Richland One 2021 SOAR Program Brochure

Click the link to learn more about the dozens of exciting camps and programs Richland One is offering to fill your student's summer with adventure, academic enrichment, science, technology, the arts and everything in between.

Family Engagement Opportunities

Tea With Me!

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Joy of Parenting Workshop

Lunch and Learn! Understanding Balance Literacy: Interactive Readalouds

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Empowering Parents Workshop: Test Taking Strategies

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SC READY and SC PASS--Testing Dates May 18th and 19th, May 25th and 27th

SC PASS Assessment: A Brochure for Parents and Students

Click here for information about the upcoming State Assessment for 4th and 6th graders.

Sc ready assessment: a brochure for parents & students

Click here for information about the upcoming State Assessment for 3rd-8th graders.

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Annual Plant Sale

The Horticulture Program at Heyward Career and Technology Center is preparing for their Spring Plant Sale on April 26th thru 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be an assortment of vegetables, annuals, perennials, indoor plants, herbs, and hanging baskets for sale. See the flyer for more details.

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District 2021 Poster Contest

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District's deadline to enter the 2021 conservation education poster contest is rapidly approaching!


The 2021 Youth Conservation Poster Contest, open to all Richland County K-12 students, invites students to combine artistic skills with scientific knowledge to illustrate the theme "Healthy Forests = Healthy Communities." Students may design their posters/images digitally or on paper, but click here to submit your entry electronically (photographs or scanned images of paper illustrations may be submitted as .jpg, .png, or .pdf files).


Cash prizes for successful entries are available! Entries are due by April 30, 2021. Below is a brochure on the contest. View more background information and entry instructions here.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for April

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Richland County Health Department (Public health provider – public health clinic)

Accepting eligible appointments.

Vaccine manufacturer: Moderna

2000 Hampton St. , Columbia , SC 29204

1-855-472-3432

CONTACT THIS PROVIDER


Walgreens #11433 (Pharmacy - chain)

Accepting eligible appointments.

Vaccine manufacturer: Moderna

1941 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 29205

CONTACT THIS PROVIDER



Prisma Health Baptist (Hospital)

Accepting eligible appointments.

Vaccine manufacturer: Pfizer

Taylor @ Marion St., Columbia, SC 29203

833-277-4762

CONTACT THIS PROVIDER

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites for April

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for April

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

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Further Information

  • Please register using the link below
  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes


Address: 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201

Contact Details: https://www.tourhealth.com/

Customer Service Number: 866-416-6341

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SCHOOL NEWS

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The Newest Art Installation is in the Media Center

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Additional information is forthcoming, but we are excited to announce that the portrait of Andrew Charles Moore, created by artist and former Bobcat parent, Kirkland Smith, is now hanging in the library! The artwork is an interesting and amazing assemblage of recycled plastics.

A Bobcat Spotlight...Top Fundraisers!

Congratulations Ms. Kozeny's class!


Ms. Kozeny's 3rd grade class will participate in a Purplicious Party! In recognition of their efforts during the March of Dimes fundraising campaign, these 3rd grade Bobcats will be given a purple themed party for being the top fundraisers in the school. Good job Bobcats!

Bobcats in Action!!

Mrs. Hollowell's Kindergarten Class

Math Workstations!

Ms. Gallo's First Grade Class

SLIME TIME!

Earth Day Celebration...Dirt Cups with Worms!

Gardening with Plants donated by @SustainableCaro

Ms. Gowan's 2nd Grade Class

Animal Unit Project

Ms. Wrights' 4th Grade Class

Novel Study Activity: Comic Strip

Wellness Watch

Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Celebrating 15 years of Impact!

Would you like to see the Alliance for a Healthier Generation continue their efforts to make communities, schools, and students across America healthier? Consider participating in their campaign to raise $15,000 to celebrate their 15 years of impact. By successfully raising $15,000 the Alliance can also receive a $15,000 matching gift from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute! Click here to make a contribution.

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A Bobcat Spotlight...AC Moore is NAEYC Accredited!

AC Moore has received a renewal of it's accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)!


Early childhood programs accredited by NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and continuous quality improvement.


NAEYC Accreditation is awarded for a five-year term. During that period, programs submit annual reports documenting that they are consistently meeting the NAEYC program standards. All NAEYC-Accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits by skilled and reliable NAEYC program assessors to ensure that they continue to meet the standards.


A special congratulations to the Early Childhood educators for their efforts in preparing for the renewal process and for their hard work and dedication to the Bobcat students!

Fall Re-Cap for AiR

During the Fall semester, our Bobcat students had an opportunity to engage in several educational opportunities through the Artist-in-Residency (AiR) program. We appreciate the efforts and information delivered by our artists and would like to say a special thank you to them and to the Bobcat related arts and classroom teachers for making AiR a great experience for students. Please click the banner below to view the Fall recap video prepared by Mrs. Warren. We look forward to featuring more classes and students in the Spring.

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 madolyn.thorpe@richlandone.org. We need the most accurate information in Powerschool to ensure you receive school communication.

School Improvement Council

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.

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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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVTMQYJ


Thanks,

Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes (PTO chairs)

acmbobcatspto@gmail.com


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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 andrea.whetstone@richlandone.org. Here are a few weird holidays for your family to think about this week.


April 30.......................................................Honesty Day


May 1..........................................................Batman Day


May 1..........................................................Herb Day


May 1..........................................................Free Comic Book Day


May 4..........................................................Star Wars Day


May 6..........................................................Beverage Day


May 7..........................................................No Pants 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 andrea.whetstone@richlandone.org.

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DISTRICT NEWS

Restart Strong

The newsletter provided below will gives an overview/update on the district’s transition to Phase 3 of the Restart Strong Reopening of Schools Plan. Click the link to get the most up-to-date information about the Phase 3 plan.

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 www.richlandone.org/restartstrong. 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.

District Resources

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

ThriveRichland

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