The Bobcat Blaze
April 1, 2022
+++We Are AC Moore STRONG+++
Every AC Moore student will enter middle school reading at or above grade level.
SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
We collaboratively empower students to be accountable and successful.
STAFF CORE VALUES
Passion: Embracing and nurturing our school community
Intentionality: Purposeful, Present, & Prepared
Accountability: Growth Over Ego
Student Pillars of Leadership: PreK - 2
Student Pillars of Leadership: 3rd - 5th
It has been a great week here in Bobcat Country. It is hard for me to believe that it's April 1st already!
Our 2nd-5th grade students participated in practice testing to prepare them for state assessments that will be given in May (grades 3-5 only). There will be two more days next week for practice testing. If in a tested grade level, please ensure your student is at school on time next week.
Your student should also have come home with their 3rd nine weeks report card on March 29th. If you have any questions about their progress, please reach out to the homeroom teacher.
This week we also participated in our Spring Active Shooter Drill, allowing students and staff to practice the proper emergency threat procedures and protocols. Everyone did a great job!
Please remember that our Spring Break is April 11-18th. We will include that information in next week's Blaze as well.
Have a great, safe weekend!
Principal's Message: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/e43cf32b063621c5dac74807b2c039d0
Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 29.................................................Report Cards Were Issued
April 1-30.............................................................Autism Awareness Month
Friday, April 1........................................................Early Release for Students (10:30am), Parent Teacher Conferences
Saturday, April 9....................................................Bobcat Night at the Fireflies game (details below)
Monday-Monday, April 11-18................................Spring Break
Wednesday, April 27..............................................Kindergarten New Parent Orientation, 5:30 pm
Monday-Friday, April 25-29...................................Scholastics Book Fair
Saturday, April 30..................................................Bobcat Benefit
-----Parent News and Reminders-----
The South Carolina State Department of Education Climate Survey
March 31, 2022
The South Carolina State Department of Education (SCDE) is utilizing a Climate Survey for accountability/report cards this year as in the past. The delivery model for the survey has changed. Students in grades three through twelve will take the survey, however, the SCDE is placing the survey in the Student Portal account of PowerSchool instead of using a link or paper copies.
Before spring break, your student will be asked to create a Student Portal account for PowerSchool (if they don’t already have one) to access the survey when it becomes available. If they already have an account we will make sure they still have access. If they do not have an account, a sheet will be provided them so they can create an account. All students in grades three through twelve will be assisted by their schools, if needed, to create these accounts.
Parents will be receiving a Climate Survey through Parent Portal as well. If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account, please contact your student’s school and they will be able to assist you with setting up an account.
The Climate Survey will be available beginning April 4, 2022 and will close on May 27, 2022.
Congratulations On Hitting a Home Run and Completing the 2022 Fireflies Reading Program!
We are so excited about all the growth that we have made as readers this year! As a celebration of the students' hard work, all our students are receiving free tickets to a Fireflies Baseball game on April 9th.
Visit the link below to claim tickets for your child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are $10. We can't wait to see you on April 9th for baseball and fireworks! Go Bobcats! Go Fireflies!
Please note, you will be prompted to select our school as you order your tickets. This way we can all be sure to sit together 🙂.
Orientation for Parents of Rising Kindergarteners
Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30pm
This is an online event.
There will be a presentation from the kindergarten teachers followed by time for questions about the upcoming year. We hope to see you there!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Attention Parents of Rising 6th Graders
Hand Middle School will host a Thrive with the Hive community, and family engagement event on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The purpose of the event is to build relationships as we actively engage the community and our families. There will be:
- Food trucks
- Door prizes
- Gaming truck
- Life-Size Games
- Visual & Performing Arts performances
Faculty, staff, students, parents, guardians, rising 6th Grade families, and our surrounding community are encouraged to attend.
Patrice T. Green, EdD
Hand Middle School
2600 Wheat Street
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 343-2947 - Main number
April is World Autism Month!
What is World Autism Month?
Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support. This year, we are committed to creating a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.
How can I participate?
Everyone is encouraged to participate. Whether you have autism, love someone who does, or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community – you’re invited to take the pledge to help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.
Supporters can participate in the initiative by visiting autismspeaks.org/wam where they can:
- Visit autismspeaks.org/WAM and take the pledge to create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential by increasing understanding and acceptance. You’ll receive free information, resources and tools to engage and advocate in your community and learn the impact of your support through Autism Speaks.
- Join our 2.8 million social followers and help foster understanding and acceptance by sharing the diverse stories of people on the spectrum or telling your own. Submit your story for our social media pages here.
- Invite your colleagues, classroom and friends to join our Kindness Campaign and encourage acceptance, understanding and inclusion with daily acts of kindness at school, work or in your community. Together, we can create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.
- Make a meaningful, lasting impact for people with autism with your gift. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to show your support. Donate today!
- Learn about all the ways you can fundraise on social media.
Scholastics Book Fair
--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--
Parent Leadership Partners Program
Carolina Family Engagement Center Training Opportunity
The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC), housed in the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC), has a professional development opportunities to share!
Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program Train the Trainer
CFEC has had a lot of success with its PLP program and many school districts have inquired about the possibility of running similar programs in their districts. Due to this interest, CFEC has developed a virtual Train the Trainer program so that South Carolina school/district administrators, community members, parents, and/or teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a PLP program can do so! For more information see the flyer attached. To register for this summer session, click HERE.
THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in the Kinsa FLUency program. I have now distributed free Smart thermometers to nearly 150 A.C. Moore students and staff. Please download the Kinsa app and activate your new thermometer as soon as possible. See the flyer below for easy instructions and, as always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. The last ordering window for this school year closes on April 3. Let me know if you would still like to participate!
Jennifer Robinson, School Nurse
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is available for children 5+
The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is now available for children age 5 and older! To schedule an appointment for your child to receive the vaccine, please visit the DHEC Vaccine Locator site or call your healthcare provider.
Feel Better, Together!
Family, teachers, and others can help kids and teens make healthy choices by engaging in healthy behaviors themselves.
As we close out National Nutrition Month and step into spring, find new ways to inspire wellness in others with these resources. Click the banner below to learn how you can be a better Active Role Model for your family.
Take A Look at Your Bobcats...
Engaged in Learning!
Overdue Library Books
There are still quite a few books out from last school year and the 2019-2020 school year. I know these were very exceptional years, but please make every effort to locate and return those books to the library as soon as possible. Thank you for you help in maintaining our library collection of books!
Jessica Warren, Librarian
In an effort to maintain a safe arrival/dismissal and decrease the wait time for car riders, we would like to issue the following reminders:
MORNING CAR RIDERS
- Please be courteous to the other parents in the carline...remain in your vehicle to allow for a more efficient arrival procedure.
- Pull as far forward as possible before allowing your student to exit the vehicle.
- Have students prepared to exit the vehicle with masks on and bookbags ready prior to entering the drop-off area.
- Students should exit the vehicle from the passenger side, along the sidewalk.
- Students should walk along the sidewalk to the gate at the end of the sidewalk.
- Students should not be allowed to exit the vehicle in between the parked cars.
AFTERNOON CAR RIDERS
- Please be sure your child knows his/her car number.
- Hang your car tag from your rearview mirror and be sure it is visible to the staff member on duty.
- Please be courteous to the other parents in the carline...remain in your vehicle to allow for a more efficient dismissal procedure.
- Pull forward as much as possible before allowing your student to enter the vehicle
- If your student needs assistance with buckling into a seat or seatbelt, please move forward to the end of the carline before assisting your child.
Attention: YMCA Families
Good Afternoon AC Moore YMCA Families,
I hope this note finds you all well and you’ve had a great week.
I just wanted to pass along a quick note about YMCA pick-up on a weekly basis Tuesdays-Thursdays. When arriving to the school to pick up your child or children from the YMCA program can you all please park on the side of the road instead of the bus loop? There is after school tutoring (CRP) going on during these days and by parking in the bus loops it prohibits the busses from getting in the bus loop.
Thank you so much for your understanding and please let me know if you have any questions.
YMCA of Columbia
1447 Hampton Street
Columbia SC, 29201
(w) 803 799 9187; © 772 480 3942
The Richland One Board of School Commissioners Approves 2022-2023 Academic Calendar
Richland One Parents,
The Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved the district’s 2022-2023 academic calendar at last night's board meeting.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 will be the first day of school for Richland One students. The last day of school will be Friday, May 26, 2023, which will be an early release day for students.
Other key dates include:
- Thanksgiving Break – November 23-25, 2022
- Winter Break – December 21-30, 2022
- Spring Break – April 10-14, 2023
Draft Calendar B, which was the calendar that was approved by the Board, was the one that was preferred based on feedback obtained through the online survey of students, parents and staff. The Board gave its initial approval of the 2022-2023 calendar at the March 8 board meeting. The 2022-2023 calendar is posted on the district’s website (www.richlandone.org); click on the District Calendars link under Site Shortcuts.
Karen E. York
Executive Director of Communications
Richland County School District One
Masks Are Optional for Richland One Students and Staff
Superintendent's Book Club
We are so excited to participate in this year’s Superintendent's Book Club. Students in grades prekindergarten – eighth who either read 100 picture books or ten chapter books between March 2 and May 6 will become members of the club. New book club members will receive prizes and an invitation to a reading celebration.
As a school, we will also be awarding prizes to the top two readers in both PreK-2nd Grade and 3rd-4th Grade each month. Make sure your child is logging all the great books they are reading at home on their reading log. Please also note, that books read aloud to them count as well.
Register for the 2022-2023 Pre-K Program Now!
Free COVID-19 Test Kits
If you have not placed your order for 4 free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website www.covidtests.gov, please do so today! Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
Click the banner above for the most recent COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district. The COVID-19 tracker is updated by 4 pm each evening.
Click the banner above to view the COVID-19 Mitigation and Safety Protocols (revised 3-11-2022).
Read to Succeed
Attendance...What You Need to Know
ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group
Richland School District One Student Technology Replacement Fees
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
-Neighborhood News & Community Connections-
Tutor.com Offers Free, Real-time Tutoring for All South Carolina Residents
The South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) have partnered with Tutor.com to address the continuing academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will span the next three years and is funded through the American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER).
- Tutor.com is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for English and Spanish speakers.
- Connect with a tutor on various subjects, such as math, science, language arts, social studies, world languages, computer literacy, and AP courses.
- Tutor.com offers test prep assistance, skills coaching, and help with specific math and essay-writing questions.
- Unlock even more features with a Tutor.com account. Creating a Tutor.com account is optional and not required to connect with a tutor.
Visit scdiscus.org to get started. If you don't know the Discus login information, contact email@example.com.
Free Tuition for Technical Colleges in South Carolina
Below are links about a recent educational opportunity in South Carolina that may be beneficial for high school students within the district and/or parents/caregivers within your school communities interested in continuing their education. This initiative, SC Workforce Scholarships for the Future, has been designated $17 million in GEER funding for the Spring semesters. The governor is asking Congress for an additional $24 million from the American Rescue Act funds to extend the program through June 2024.
This initiative allows any adult in South Carolina the opportunity to attend one of sixteen technical colleges for free if they choose to major in a high-demand career preparation program including: construction, nursing, manufacturing, technology, hospitality/tourism, and early care and education.
Links with more information:
· South Carolina technical colleges free tuition: how it'll work | wltx.com
· McMaster: Pandemic cash for free 2-year degrees (live5news.com)
Hope this helps!
Laurann Gallitto Patel, MMFT
Lead Regional Family Engagement Liaison
Carolina Family Engagement Center
College of Education
University of South Carolina
820 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
The University of South Carolina String Project directed by Dr. Gail V. Barnes is the model for university string programs across the country. This nationally recognized program caters to children 3rd-5th grade & adults. Click above for more info.
DHEC - Richland County Health Department
Dates and Times
- Limited quantity of SELF-ADMINISTERED COVID RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS available
- Self-Administered COVID-19 PCR Test Kits are also available
- Call ahead for availability
Appointment Needed: No
Referral Needed: No
Pediatric Testing Available: Yes