B.O.L.D. Airways

Where Learning Takes Flight

Congaree Families,

Once again we roll into a new month. We hope that all of you enjoy your Thanksgiving this November. We have officially completed the first Learning Quarter of the school year. Students are working hard and need an even greater effort and focus on learning. We ask that you read with our students at least for 20 minutes each day. This can be magazines, novels, comic books, newspapers, etc. The more that they read, the better they become with decoding words, increasing their vocabulary, and increasing their knowledge. We've got students with great potential to fly away with learning, but they need exposure to reading materials and have to practice daily.

Parents, we also ask that you have students put away their devices (Chromebooks and ipads) after 6:00 pm when they are at home. We have not assigned work at night and want our students to stay away from social media and other unproductive activities. We want our students to focus on reading print materials and to ensure that they get a good night's rest each day. As we continue to focus on reading, we want you to support our Fall Book Fair from Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 5, 2021. You will receive more information about this on Dojo, the website, and in the newsletter.

Two weeks ago, our Congaree Road Runners participated in a 5K run at Segra Park in Columbia, SC. These 3rd through 5th graders, coaches, and adult buddy runners, did an excellent job of teaching our students about perseverance, teamwork and other positive character traits that helped all of them to finish the race to celebrate such a huge accomplishment. This is what being BOLD is at Congaree.

Finally, we thank you for choosing Congaree's BOLD Airways: Where Learning Takes Flight for your children. If you have any questions or concerns about how you can best help your child in school, please contact the main office. We look forward to this flight together.


Mr. Dickey

School Device Usage

We are actively using our devices as tools for learning and are excited about the skills our students are acquiring. Teachers and students have grown so much in their use of technology since the onset of Covid-19. With the benefits comes much responsibility. Our school district has implemented GoGuardian, a monitoring software, that allows administration to see what students are looking at during the school day and while at home. We are noticing an increase in the time students are spending on sites such as Youtube and TikTok during nighttime hours when they should be asleep. Please have discussion with your students on the importance of sleep and appropriate use of the school issued device. One solution that worked for me when my children were living at home was to have all devices, phones and school devices, placed in my bedroom at bedtime to ensure they were not able to use them when the expectation was to be asleep. If I can help support in any way please contact me through the school office. Together we can foster success in our students. Thanks, Ms. Brown

Nurse News

For the SCDHEC Exclusion list, check here: https://scdhec.gov/health/child-teen-health/school-exclusion.

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact Nurse Ginny or make a confidential report here: https://forms.gle/8dGzPbZHejjsvZBy5.

Your child will be excluded from school for a temperature of 100.4 or higher, for a new or worsening cough, for shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and/or if they lose taste or smell. Other symptoms associated with COVID-19 that may also warrant school exclusion are chills, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you have any question or concerns, please contact Nurse Ginny at 803-755-7450 or gshull@lex2.org.

What does it mean to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (who tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. In addition, close contacts include people who provide care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19; people who had direct physical contact with the infected person (e.g. hugged or kissed them); people who shared eating and drinking utensils (forks, spoons, cups or glasses) with the sick person; and people who were sneezed or coughed on by someone with COVID-19.

In childcare and school indoors settings, a close contact is defined as:

  • anyone within 3 feet of an infected person or
  • someone not wearing a mask within 3-6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for those without symptoms, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the person with COVID-19 is isolated.

Book Fair

Our 2021 fall book fair will be held in-person from Nov. 1-5 and will open from 7:00AM - 2:45PM! Wednesday is an early release day so we must close at 12PM. Stop by for afternoon shopping on Thursday, Nov. 4 until 3:30 PM. We will close on Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 PM for clean-up/pack up. Spend some time looking at the interactive fair flyer on our homepage and view the shopping schedule below.

If you would like to shop with your child, please do so before or after school instead of with your child’s class. Checks may be written to Congaree Elementary and include sales tax. Credit or debit cards may be accepted from parents only. Concerned about sending money with your child to school? Sign up for eWallet, a safe, cashless payment option. Click here for a short eWallet video.


Congaree Elementary Book Fair Homepage

Canned Food Drive

November 1-19, Beta Club is having a canned food drive, with all items being donated to the Cayce Cares Project. The winning grade will earn a Dance Party!

Veterans Day Celebration

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