Shark Talk

September 11, 2020

St. James Intermediate School Shark Families,

Good afternoon Shark Family,

We have had a great week getting connecting with all our sharks and can't wait to continue to teach and watch them grow. All students have done a great job with their masks and social distancing. We are very proud of them. We can tell they are just as excited to be back to school as the rest of the staff.

Below are a few reminders.

Self Screen Daily:

Please be reminded that it is the expectation that parents/guardians self screen their child-children daily prior to sending off or bringing to school. If your child is displaying symptoms they should stay at home, and you will need to contact the school nurse within 24 hours. Students are required to wear face coverings throughout the day. SJIS will provide students with 2 face masks, and we recommend your child bring the spare daily in case the one they are wearing needs to be replaced during the day

School Hours:

6:45- 7:30 - Student Drop-Off (ALL car riders must drop off through the car rider line. The parking lot is not to be used for drop-off for safety reasons.)

7:35 - Tardy Bell, and you must walk your student into the front foyer to sign in.

2:30 - Dismissal

All students must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.


Group A Students - attend "brick and mortar" Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th (Wednesday, Sept. 16 & Thursday, Sept. 17 independent distance learning. (Friday follows their daily schedule logging into live virtual sessions as noted above.)

Group B Students - attend "brick and mortar" Wednesday, September 16th & Thursday, September, 17th. (Friday follows their daily schedule logging into live virtual sessions as noted above.)

Please click the link for the website for important Shark information.

Free and Reduced Lunch


Students are getting free and reduced lunch and breakfast through December. If you still need Free or reduced lunch after that, please fill out the form below.

No Microwave use

Due to eating in the classrooms. Students will not be able to use the microwave at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
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Important News from the Nurse

-It will be more important than ever to make sure your contact information in power school is up to date. Please remember to update changes throughout the school year.

-All parents are advised to screen their students BEFORE coming to school daily. If your student is sick keep them home and contact the school nurse. Please use the DHEC exclusion guidelines for screening your student.

-SC DHEC guidelines and useful information can be found at

-Health forms can be found on the HCS web page

-Please ensure the nurse has the most up to date immunization record for your student.

- It is recommended that you send an extra clean mask to school with your student daily in case the one they are wearing becomes soiled (ex. From sneezing)

-Procedures for dropping off medications will be different this school year and will require an appointment in advance. Contact the Nurse to schedule.

-As always, please contact the nurse for any health concerns for your student.

Contact information for SJIS School Nurse: Marian Squires, RN

Health Office 843-903-6010 FAX: 843-650-9794

Back to School Virtual Counseling Information and a Message from the School Counselors:

Hello Virtual Shark Students! Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year! As school counselors, we are here to help in any way we can! This includes social/emotional learning, and academic and career development. Please join our School Counseling Google Classrooms. The codes are listed below by grade level. There are some activities and lessons you will be required to complete this semester. There is a “request to speak to the school counselor” form you can fill out if you need to talk to someone. We will also be posting in the classroom to let students know about live meetings and upcoming events. This is going to be a great year! We look forward to getting know you all!

5th Grade Google Classroom Code: 6rhezy7

6th Grade Google Classroom Code: iubnqrf

SJIS School Counseling Website

Beginning of the Year Student Survey (This is in the classrooms)

-Gifted & Talent Parent Resources and CogAT Testing Referral:

If you are interested in referring your student for GT screening please use the link below for more information. If you would like to refer your student for CogAT testing during the October/November testing window, please contact our SJIS School Counseling Director:

Jesse DuRant


Gifted & Talented Parent Resources

-Backpack Buddy Program:

For information about the Backpack Buddy Program or for any parent interested in having their student participate in the backpack buddy program please complete the form attached and return to school.

-SJIS School Counseling Department Contact Information

Jesse DuRant- Virtual Contact


Mackenzie Hadley-Theobald


JoAnn Ristau


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