Concrete Chronicles

Volume 11, Issue 2

Important Events

September 3 - 7 - Book Fair

2 - Holiday - Students do not attend

3- Grits for Grands - K4 & K5 - 7:00 a.m.

4 - Grits for Grands - 1st grade - 7:00 a.m.

5 - Grits for Grands - 2nd grade - 7:00 a.m.

12 - Good News Club begins

13 - Fundraiser ends

23 - Reading for Education begins

30 - Last Day for PTSO membership competition

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Be On Time

Tardies start September 16. Students not in their classrooms @ 8:00 will be marked tardy. All students arriving after teachers have left the sidewalk will need to be signed in.
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Based on Ron Clark’s Essential 55, our BE FANTASTIC program encourages excellent behavior and citizenship throughout the day for our students. A different essential is highlighted each week and classes are awarded a ticket when they display these essential characteristics. Students have the opportunity to earn tickets during related arts, in the hallway, and in the cafeteria.

When classes earn 10 tickets, they are exchanged for a cricket to hang outside of the classroom. At the end of each nine weeks, any class that earns 10 crickets is rewarded with a special treat. The homeroom from each grade level that earns the most tickets receive an additional prize. Celebrations are scheduled at the end of each nine weeks, with our first celebration being held on October 26th.

BE FANTASTIC and earn those tickets!


Welcome back to school! I hope everyone’s new school year is off to a great start! I have enjoyed visiting each classroom and getting to know all of our students over the past couple of weeks!

Parents, there are many small things you can do right away to make a big difference in your child’s reading growth this year. Here are a few tips:

  1. Establish a routine. Set aside a time to read with your child each day. Make it work for your family. It could be before bed, after dinner, right after school, etc. Anytime is fine...just make time!

  2. Give your child a special reading spot. The special spot should be free from distractions. It should be quite, comfortable, and have easily accessible books nearby.

  3. Find everyday opportunities to read. Reading is a necessary real life skill! Have your child read road signs, billboards, cereal boxes, restaurant menus, etc.

  4. Surround your child with books. Studies show that children who are constantly surrounded by books perform better in school than their peers who don’t. Try to make sure there is age-appropriate reading material around the house, on their devices, in the car and on-hand anytime your child has to wait, such as at the doctor’s office.

  5. Be a good reading partner. Reading is more fun when you’re not forced to do it. Take turns reading with your child and be patient and encouraging when they come across a word they don’t know. Make reading time a fun time to relax, unwind and bond after a long day.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you and your family this school year.

Mrs. Lesli Porter

Reading Coach

Media Center News. . .

Scholastic Book Fair

Mark your calendars for the first book fair of the school year! To encourage reading and help our library grow, the school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from September 3 through September 6 at the Concrete Primary School Library Media Center. The book fair will be open during Grits for Grands beginning at 7 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (September 3-5), and it will open at 7:20 AM on Friday (September 6).

Student eWallet is the new Scholastic digital payment option that allows your child to shop using funds that you add to an online account. We will also accept traditional payment methods at the book fair including cash, credit cards, and checks made payable to Concrete Primary School.

Visit our book fair webpage to preview featured books, set up Student eWallet, and access our book fair schedule. You may also opt to shop the online book fair between August 28 and September 10; this benefits our school as well.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Payne at We appreciate your support of the Concrete Primary School Library Media Center!

Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest.

Our students have the option to participate in the South Carolina Department of Education’s 2019 Read Your Way to the Big Game contest. Students who read six books and return a completed entry form will be entered for a chance to win tickets to the Palmetto Bowl on November 30. A statewide winner for Clemson and a statewide winner for the University of South Carolina will be selected. Maybe one will be a Concrete Cricket! The two statewide winners will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game. Completed forms are due to Mrs. Payne in the library by Friday, October 25. This entry form will be sent home with students in the coming days! Happy reading!

"Character Camp Out" with Mrs. Jones and Oliver!

Welcome to Camp Concrete! This year Mrs. Jones and Oliver will visit classrooms each month for a Character Camp Out! The students will have fun as they discuss traits to help build good character. Mrs. Jones will have monthly celebrations for the students who display the trait of the month. Also, each week Mrs. Jones and Oliver will spotlight "Happy Campers" on the Friday news show. This will be students that are caught by a staff member displaying a positive attitude and helping others!

With Grateful Hearts

The faculty and staff of Concrete Primary would like to sincerely thank the following:

Amanda McGinty of State Farm - cake and treats

Bethesda United Methodist Church - school supplies

Carolina Handling - school supplies

"Concrete Families" for providing gift cards for the faculty and staff

Eggs Up Grill & the Concrete Chaos Coordinators - biscuit bar and fruit

Mt. Moriah - luncheon

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church- book bags and supplies

P T S O - coffee bar

Siloam Baptist Church - luncheon

Thank you again for all that you do for Concrete Primary's students, faculty and staff. You all are greatly appreciated.

Donors Choose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.

Congratulations to the following teachers that had their project funded:

Mrs. Anderson - "Headphones Help Our Learning!"

Mrs. Brackett - "Flexible Firsties!"

Mrs. Burger - "Flex Chairs for Flexible Seating"

Mrs. Campbell - "Math Mania for Little Minds"

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