The Bobcat Blaze

January 15, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!


Thank you for your dedication to continuing the learning and growth of your students during this return to Phase One. We will continue with Phase One through January 29th. Please monitor your email and that of your student(s) for updated information from their homeroom teacher. Schoolwide updates are also communicated weekly in The Bobcat Blaze and via our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and school website). As always, we are here when you need us!


Stay safe and continue to be A.C. Moore STRONG! #gobobcats #bobcatcountry

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

January

  • January 18th......................Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (Schools and District offices Closed)


  • January 19th - 29th ..........Students Remain in Phase1 Instructional Model (E-Learning)

---see additional information concerning the continuation of e-Learning in the "District News" section below


  • January 20th ....................SIC Meeting (Virtual) - 3pm


  • January 21st.....................Pre-K Registration Begins (details below)


  • January 26th.....................End of Second Nine Weeks


  • January 26th....................Joy of Parenting Workshop: Attendance Matters! (details below)

  • January 29th......................Teacher Workday

Return to E-Learning

January 12, 2021


Dear Richland One Families,


On December 14, 2020, we shared with you our intent of starting this calendar year in the Phase 1 (eLearning) mode due to the increases in COVID-19 incidence rates, positivity rates and trends, along with our concerns about the availability of staff. Prior to the winter break, there were staffing concerns at several schools across the district.


Now that we are in the second week of January, we continue to monitor the health data and the other indicators that assist us in making informed decisions regarding how we continue to navigate the impact that COVID-19 has on the district as it relates to instructional delivery. Presently, we know that the incidence rates continue to climb, and we continue to assess staffing levels.


Given where we are at this point, Richland One will remain in Phase 1 (eLearning) at least for two additional weeks, through Friday, January 29.


The rationale for this continuation is as follows:


  • We do not want to create a situation in which a series of schools may open only to have to close due to staffing concerns due to COVID-19 positivity rates, isolation and quarantine protocols.
  • We want to maintain as much consistency as possible in a particular learning modality.
  • Extending the return to eLearning also allows the district an opportunity to assess vaccination protocols for teachers and other staff.


Again, I appreciate all of our staff, students and parents for your understanding of the many complexities and challenges that we face due to the pandemic. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.


Sincerely,


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Virtual SIC Meeting, January 20th @ 3 pm

Join Microsoft Teams---SIC Meeting

Please use this link to attend the virtual SIC Meeting on January 20th at 3:00 pm.

Parent Engagement Opportunity

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.

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

DHEC - Pardon and Parole (Old Building)

Dates and Times for January

Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Further Information:

  • Report to the intersection of Greene St. and Heidt St.
  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes


Address: 2204 Lee St, Columbia, SC 29205

Contact Details and Pre-Registration: https://scdhec.gov/GetTested

DHEC-Well Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for January

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

Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Further Information




Address 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201

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

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SCHOOL NEWS

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Celebrating and Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 18, the entire nation pauses in remembrance of a civil rights hero, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Dr. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.


Dr. King was the first modern private citizen to be honored with a federal holiday. The observance of MLK Day takes place on the third Monday of each January is designated to honor the activist and minister assassinated in 1968. The MLK Day is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader's life and legacy and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

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.

Notes from the Nurse

Important reminders:

Hello Bobcat Families!


I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. I urge you to please, please, please notify me if any of the following occurs:


  1. your child is identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive for Covid
  2. tests positive for Covid himself/herself
  3. or becomes ill.

We are working hard to track these things, and accurate data is a critical component when it comes to decision-making. We want to get our kiddos back to A.C. Moore as soon as we can, but we have to do it safely. You can contact me via phone or email (quickest way).



In the meantime, please continue to wear your masks, socially distance, perform frequent hand hygiene, and stay home when advised.


Take care, everyone!


Jennifer Hurt, School Nurse


Phone: 803-929-3886

Email: jennifer.hurt@richlandone.org

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.

Wellness Watch

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Presents:

The trick to managing your stress is to be aware of your responses: Your Three B's!

The Three B's

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.


January 15..........................................………Strawberry Ice Cream Day


January 15………..........................................Bagel and Lox Day


January 16……..........................................Nothing Day


January 16…..........................................……Soup Swap Day


January 17………..........................................Benjamin Franklin Day


January 17..........................................………Kid Inventors' Day


January 17..........................................………Ditch New Year's Resolution Day


January 18..........................................………Thesaurus Day


January 19..........................................………Tin Can Day


January 19..........................................………Popcorn Day


January 20..........................................………Penguin Awareness Day


January 21..........................................………Squirrel Appreciation Day


January 22..........................................………Hot Sauce Day


January 22..........................................………Answer Your Cat's Questions 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

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.

Apply to a Richland One Magnet School

Richland One’s diverse magnet programs include Montessori Programs, Career Magnets, Language Immersion Program, Medical Magnet Academy, Health Sciences Magnet, Richland One Middle College and the Virtual School Program.

Richland One Student Attendance Info for 2020-2021

As a parent or guardian you are responsible for ensuring that your child attends school either in person or virtually every day that school is in session. Please review the documents below for Richland One's attendance expectations.

District Resources

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

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