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May 7th, 2021

Important Dates

May 17th - Inerims Issued

May 25th - 3rd Grade SCReady Writing Test

May 26th - 3rd Grade SCReady Reading Test

May 31st - No School

June 2nd - 4th Grade SCReady Writing Test

June 3rd - 4th Grade SCReady Reading Test

June 4th - Spirit Day

June 8th - 3rd & 4th Grade SCReady Math Test

June 10th - 4th Grade SCPASS Science Test

June 15th - 2 1/2 Early Dismissal

June 16th - 2 1/2 Early Dismissal / Last Day of School


End of Year State Testing for 3rd and 4th Graders

Parent Notifications:

It is very important to get your child to school on time. Please avoid scheduling doctors’ appointments and other out-of-school functions during testing hours. During testing, students may not be in possession of any electronic device that can be used for communicating, recording, timing, creating images, or storing images. These devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, media players, electronic readers, smart watches, and headphones. These devices will be collected by the test administrator before testing begins.

*Bluetooth enabled earbuds or headphones are not permitted for students receiving an oral administration accommodation.

Resources for parents:

Test Dates:

Testing will begin after the tardy bell rings. The tests are not timed.

May 25th 3rd Grade Writing

May 26th 3rd Grade Reading

June 2nd 4th Grade Writing

June 3rd 4th Grade Reading

June 8th 3rd and 4th Grade Math

June 10th 4th Grade Science

Contact Amy Lester if you have any questions about SCREADY or SCPASS. Brochures were sent home in English. Please let Mrs. Lester know if you would like a brochure sent home in Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.

Amy Lester

School Counselor and School Test Coordinator



Hello, Rising 5th- and 6th Grade parents,

We are excited to welcome you to St. James Intermediate for the 2021/2022 School Year. As we prepare for next year, we are looking to find parents to participate in our PTA and all the wonderful things they do for our school.

If you are interested in being on our PTA as a board member, committee chair, or helping in any way, please fill the form out by May 1st.

Bios for new PTA Board

Quick introduction from candidates who want to be on the SJI PTA board or committee All Nominations are Due by May 1st,2021 Please join our Facebook to view final nominees and elections after May 1st.

Please also join our Facebook ( to see the final nominees and for all upcoming events.

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Face-to-Face - 5 Day Instruction for A & B Students.
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SJE School Improvement Council

News from your School Counselors......

From your Guidance Office

Counseling Services

  • Short term individual counseling
  • Small group counseling
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation with parents and teachers
  • Coordination with outside agencies and therapists
  • Referrals for community services

Report Bullying:

Bullying is an unwanted, intentional, aggressive behavior that may be physical, verbal, or nonverbal. There is an imbalance of power between the parties and the behavior is repeated over time. We have included a link for parents and students to use if they need to make a bullying report. The report will go to Mrs. Lester. There is also a bullying report form on HCS website. Please don't hesitate to contact the school counselors or an administrator with your concerns.

Backpack Buddies Program

We are happy to inform you that St. James Elementary will participate in the Backpack Buddies program this year for families that are in need and can benefit from the support of the program. Backpack Buddies supplies nutritious, child-friendly, self-serve, nonperishable food designed to be put in a backpack and eaten by the child over the weekend. The food is offered to your child at no cost. The identities of the students who participate will be kept confidential. The food will be delivered to the school each week and the food will be placed in your child’s backpack. Please email Mrs. Lester at with your child’s name and teacher if you are interested in participating in the program.

Virtual Counseling

We are excited to share our virtual school counseling program with you.

What will you find in our virtual program?

1. School Counseling Office: contact the school counselors, virtual fidget toys, parent resources, and other interactive goodies.

2. School Counseling Classroom: links to monthly classroom guidance lessons and virtual read alouds.

3. Calming Room: links to relaxing music, yoga for kids and mindfulness exercises.

We encourage you to click around and explore, learn, play, or just take a moment to enjoy some relaxing music.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to your school counselors if you have any questions, concerns, or needs. We are here to support you.

News from your School Nurse......

COVID-19 Reminders from the School Nurse:

· Please continue to self-screen your child prior to school for fever and other symptoms. If your child has symptoms, please keep them home. If your child is sent home from school by the nurse for symptoms related to COVID, then they will need to remain at home for 10 days unless we receive a negative COVID test result or a doctor's note with alternative diagnosis to return to school.

· Please notify the School Nurse if your child is tested for COVID due to symptoms. They will need to remain at home until they receive their results.

· Please notify the School Nurse if your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 and or if your child had close contact with a person that has COVID-19.

See Flyers attached.

Thank you for helping control the spread of COVID-19 in our community and school!

Melanie O'Tuel, RN, BSN

Office Phone: (843) 215-6011

School Fax: (843) 650-7909


News from your Attendance Clerk ......

Absences from School

Excused (LAWFUL) absences are absences resulting from such circumstances as:

  • Illness
  • Bereavement (death in the immediate family)
  • Major religious holiday
  • Principal approved absences

When a student returns from an absence, the appropriate documentation must be submitted within three (3) school days to the Attendance Office. This documentation may include:

  • Doctor excuse for illness (with the date and time the student was seen)
  • Obituary/Program of Service for bereavement
  • Written request prior to the absence for religious holidays
  • Principal Approval Form for principal approved absences

Parent notes do not excuse a student absence, but the reason for the absence will be noted in the student's record.

Principal Approved Absences

Absences that are prearranged for other reasons and/or extreme hardships are at the discretion of the Principal. Requests are to be submitted to the Attendance Office on a completed Principal Approval Form (which can be obtained from the Attendance Office), The form must be completed and submitted prior to the absence (if prescheduled trip/event), or within 3 school days following the absence.

A student is considered truant:

After (3) consecutive all-day absences, five (5) cumulative all-day absences, or five (5) cumulative class absences within the same class period, which are not excused by a medical doctors written statement, proof of bereavement, or principals approval.

Reporting Student Absences

Parents can email All excused notes (listed above) should be handed in with the student upon returning to school. If a student is expected to miss more than two days of school, please let Mrs. Kearney and the school’s administration know so that student work may be gathered from their teachers. Work will be sent to the main office to be picked up. If a student expects to miss five or more total days of school due to a medical reason, contact the school and ask about Medical Homebound Services.

Attendance / Attendance

**HCS Virtual Students**

Attendance will be collected weekly from the online student information system. To be counted present for the day, the student must login for a minimum of 150 minutes for the week to be counted present every day of that week. Students and parents can review the number of minutes that will count toward each week’s attendance by checking the Student Activity link on their Genius Dashboard or communicating directly with the teacher of the course. For attendance purposes, the time students spend logged into their courses each week begins Saturday at midnight and ends on the following Friday at 11:59 pm.

The number of hours required for counting students present are a minimum number for attendance purposes only. Additional time is required to complete the online coursework. Additionally, they should attend live Google Meets with the teacher; however, those are not required for attendance purposes.

Parents should provide medical and other attendance excuses and documentation to

PTA News......

If you have a business and would like to become a Dolphin Business Partner please contact June Johnson at

Yearbooks are still available to pre-order online at Any questions please contact June Johnson


If you would like to have a special message painted on the Spirit Rock please go to and search for to reserve the rock for your special day!

Dolphin Partners

Much thanks to our Dolphin Partners for Supporting SJE's Journey to Excellence! Special thanks to the following local businesses and individuals for their financial contributions to help improve our school for the 2020-2021 school year!




Tidelands Ford Lincoln, Century 21 Brenda Payne Team, Beach Team

Parents Please Remember....

Horry County Schools Are Smoke Free District policy prohibits the use of tobacco products: Everywhere, By Everyone, At all times. Even in your car.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Car Rider Procedures

Car Riders in the morning:

Student drop off begins at 6:45 am. School starts at 7:35. If your child is tardy you will need to come into the front office and sign in your child.

Thank you for your continued patience as we ease into our morning routines at SJE. We work diligently to ensure all students are inside the building safely by the tardy bell at 7:35. Our car rider loop is on the side of the school by the gym. You have to go around St. James Middle school and follow the signs to get to our drop off. Teachers are on duty and strategically placed throughout the building and sidewalks to monitor students and provide direction if needed. We ask that you please pull all the way forward and let your child out the passenger side of your car.

SJE Family,

Please take a moment and review our car rider procedures. It is so important that our children are ready (book bags in hand and masks on) to exit the car quickly and safely when and where it stops. When this does not happen, the flow of traffic is disrupted and the cars behind you are not prepared to stop. This can cause an accident. If you must get out of your car for any reason or your child is not prepared to exit the car at the stop, you must pull forward to the sidewalk area in front of the playground. Also remember that it is most safe for the children to exit the car on the right side. Children walking in front of or behind cars is a huge safety concern. We are working as hard as possible to get all of the children out of the cars and into the building before the 7:40am tardy bell rings. Our teachers on duty need to be in the building so they can prepare to provide instruction to our children. We will begin marking your child tardy after the bell rings. Please be considerate and safe to the cars behind you and follow all car rider procedures. We begin welcoming car riders at 6:45am and the tardy bell rings at 7:40am.

(See car rider procedures below…)

We will continue to monitor the morning drop off situation for the safety of our children. We know that all of you echo our passion for ensuring our children’s safe and timely arrival to school. Please remember that our new morning car rider procedures require that all children will be dropped off in the car line. Please enter the car line beside the middle school and follow the SJE lane to our drop off location. When you pull all the way to the first available spot and stop, your child should be ready to exit the car (make sure book bags are ready, jackets are on, masks are on, and you have said your good-byes before you stop your car). Being ready and exiting the car in a quick manner can be helpful to those behind you in line. Teachers and staff on duty will not be opening the car doors. If you need to help your child exit the car and this requires you to exit your car as well, please pull all the way forward past the first drop off stop and pull to the side area to assist your child. Pulling all the way forward and to the side allows the parents behind you to continue the line moving. We want to be considerate to all students and parents with regards to arriving to school in a timely manner.

Again, the line will begin receiving students at 6:45am. Although the tardy bell rings at 7:40am, we encourage you to drop off your child as soon as possible. All children are provided breakfast in the morning. We want the children to have the opportunity to get settled in the classroom and begin instruction by 7:40am. Another reminder is that all students are required to wear a mask to enter the building. Students who are not in the building at 7:40am will be marked tardy. All students should be dropped off using the car line procedures described below:

AM Car Rider Procedures

  • Staff report to duty at 6:45 a.m. You can begin dropping children off at this time (6:45 am). Teachers will line the sidewalks while others are strategically located throughout the building to keep our children safe.
  • Please pull all the way forward to the first adult on duty. We encourage you to pull as far forward as possible in order to get as much traffic off the road as possible.
  • The teacher on duty will monitor the children as they exit the car and walk down the sidewalk into the school. **Not everyone will get the drop off spot closest to the door, but all children will be safely monitored into the building. By each child exiting the car during each round, the flow of traffic is uninterrupted and can move at a faster pace.
  • Once your child has exited the car, continue with the flow of traffic. Please do not get out of your car. **Please pull off to the side only if your child cannot exit the car without your assistance. Because of COVID, we will not be opening car doors.
  • Please have your child exit the car from the right side. Children walking in front of, behind, and in between cars is a serious safety concern.
  • All car riders must utilize the drop off loop. Parents are not permitted to exit the car or to walk students to the door.

**Remember, all visitors MUST report to the front of the office to enter the building. No one will be permitted into the building from any side entrances. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe. We look forward to a continued happy, safe, and successful school year!!

**Please practice buckling and unbuckling the seatbelt. During afternoon dismissal if you need to buckle your child, please pull over to the wide paved section in front of the playground to buckle.

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SJE Mission Statement

The mission of St. James Elementary School, a richly diverse community of learners committed to a tradition of academic and personal excellence, is to ensure that our children are fully prepared to be productive participants in a constantly changing world through personalized, progressive learning which develops self-motivation, high expectations, life

skills, and the lifelong pursuit of learning.

Felisa McDavid,



Horry County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, immigrant status. English-speaking status or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal or S.C. law inits programs or activities,

You may call 843-488-6700 or contact Horry County Schools, 335 Four Mile Road, Conway, SC 29528.

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