The Bobcat Blaze

December 11, 2020

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!

It has been yet another great week of teaching and learning here in Bobcat Country. Many of our students completed STAR testing in Reading and Math this week. We are very proud of the dedication they showed completing these digital assessments! Next week is the last week of instruction for 2020 and what a year it has been! We look forward to our fun wardrobe activities happening next week. Please review this week's newsletter for more information on those. Please make a note that we will send out The Bobcat Blaze on Friday, Dec 18th as usual but there will not be newsletters on December 25th or January 1st. Our next edition will be sent on January 8, 2021. The weather is slated to warm up this weekend so I encourage you to get outside safely and enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Principal's Message:

Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • December 9th-16th..................Star Testing (For all virtual students or any eLearning students who did not complete testing during face-to-face test window)

  • December 14th..........................Magnet School Application Window Opens

  • December 14th .........................Christmas (Winter) Sweater Dress-up Day (Cohort A)

  • December 15th..........................Pajama Day (Cohort A)

  • December 16th..........................Virtual SIC Meeting, 9AM (see link below)

  • December 17th .........................Christmas (Winter) Sweater Dress-up Day (Cohort B)

  • December 18th..........................Pajama Day (Cohort B)

  • December 21st-January 1st.....Winter Break


  • January 4th ...............................Students and Faculty Return to School

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

DHEC - Pardon and Parole (Old Building)

Dates and Times for December (Closed 12-27-20)

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:

DHEC-Well Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for December (Closes at 2:00 PM in December 24th)

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

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Richland One to Hold Magnet Program Parent Info Sessions

Families can start registering now for online parent information sessions for Richland One’s outstanding magnet programs. The virtual sessions will be held in December and January.

Richland One’s diverse magnet programs include:

  • Montessori Programs
  • Career Magnets
  • Language Immersion Program
  • Medical Magnet Academy
  • Health Sciences Magnet
  • Richland One Middle College
  • Virtual School Program

Key dates for the magnet program enrollment period include the following:

  • Round One applications open: December 14, 2020
  • Round One applications close: February 1, 2021
  • Round One lottery and acceptance notification: February 2021

New Meal Pickup Time for Virtual Richland One Students

There has been a change in the meal pick-up time for Richland One students in the district’s virtual school program. Starting Wednesday, December 2, meals for virtual students will be distributed from 9 a.m. – noon, giving families more time to take advantage of the free meal program. Previously, meals were distributed during a two-hour timeframe from 8 – 10 a.m.

Virtual students can pick up meals at the district’s four school distribution sites:

  • St. Andrews Middle
  • Eau Claire High
  • Lower Richland High
  • Carver-Lyon Elementary

Richland One Student Attendance Information 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.

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 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.

Read to Succeed!

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Ms. Warren's Holiday Read Alouds

Here are some Holiday read alouds you can share with your class.

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree - A sweet story about a tree on a tree farm who wants to be a Christmas tree but is too tall to be picked. His friends the squirrel, the birds, the deer do something special to help make his Christmas wish come true.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree - One of my favorite Christmas stories! ❤️ Mr. Willowby gets a Christmas tree, but it's too tall, so he chops off the top and gives it to his maid. She also snips off the top so it will fit her space and it keeps on going with the tree getting trimmed down and shared until the last little bit is in the home of a little mouse. It is the sweetest little story!

Hanukkah Bear - It's the first night of Hanukkah and 97-year-old Bubba Brayna is making latkes for her gathering later that evening. The smell of the latkes wakes a hibernating bear who comes to her door and Bubba Brayna, who doesn't hear or see very well, mistakes the bear for her Rabbi, and invites him in to light the menorah, play dreidel, and eat all the latkes.

A World of Cookies for Santa - How kids around the world welcome Santa with different cookies, treats and traditions.

The Legend of the Poinsettia - The Mexican legend that tells of how the poinsettia came to be.

Artist-in-Residence to Remain at ACM Through December

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Doris Drake

AC Moore is excited and privileged to be able to provide students with opportunities to experience the arts. There is critical evidence that demonstrates a positive connection to early exposure to the arts and its affect on learning and development potential. As a learning community, we value not only the educational benefits the arts provide our Bobcat students but we also appreciate what arts exposure can do to enhance and provide meaning in the lives of our students. We strongly encourage you to support our efforts in showcasing the arts by having your student participate in the AIR sessions on Wednesdays.

During the month of December, our November Artist-in-Residence, Doris Drake will continue her sessions on Spoken Word. Ms. Drake, a South Carolina native with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Columbia International University will be providing students with opportunities to connect with and positively express their emotions through Spoken Word activities.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina Ms. Drake worked for the City of Columbia as a 911 dispatcher and found that there was a need for programs and interventions that focus on allowing youth to develop an understand how to manage their emotions. After receiving her Masters in Clinical Counseling she began creating solutions to help manage destructive behaviors often displayed by children that have have difficulty managing their emotions. Ms. Drake established the Rebirth Enterprise Youth Development Program to teach students how to manage their emotions in productive ways. The program teaches students about emotions and the misconceptions that are often associated with them. Ms. Drake believes that if given constructive strategies to deal with their emotions, the number of kids with behavioral problems in the classroom, involved in criminal activity experiencing trauma, and bullying will decrease.

The use of Spoken Word is introduced to students as an outlet or tool to help them express themselves in a positive, fun, and engaging environment. Upon completing the program students should be able to communicate in productive ways, understand how to use coping skills to manage their emotions, manage their emotional reactions in positive ways, have the coping skills needed to address their issues, and be able to verbalize their personal issues and concerns in an articulate manner.

School Improvement Council (SIC)

SIC Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 9am

This is an online event.

Please join us for a virtual SIC meeting on Wednesday, December 16th at 9AM. The link to attend is here.

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.

AC Moore Recognized for Exemplary Usage of Reading Program

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The Lexia® Core5® Reading Program supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5. Lexia’s program provides personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge, and providing teachers with specific resources they need for individual or small-group instruction.

A.C. Moore was recognized for having at least a 75% usage rate on the Lexia® Core5® program during the month of November. Our Bobcats share this recognition with only 4 other schools in Richland One. This accomplishment is significant because students that are consistently meeting usage targets increases the chances of reach their grade level benchmark.

Way to go, Bobcats!

Sunshine Committee Presents...

Over the next few weeks the Sunshine Committee will present to you a "Did You Know This About?" section, featuring Sunshine Committee participants! This segment provides you with a few fun facts and interests of each member.

The Sunshine Committee organizers are comprised of a group of staff who come up with small gifts/treats and fun activities for staff as a way to maintain positive morale and to demonstrate an appreciation for the efforts and dedication displayed by our Bobcat family. The goal of the Sunshine Committee is to spread light to all of the hard-working teachers and staff.

Did You Know This About...?

Tiffany Cherry, 4th Grade Teacher

  • Birthday: October 11th
  • Favorite Color(s): Green
  • Favorite Sweet Treat: Gum
  • Hobbies: Cooking
  • Shops @: Target, Walmart

Elizabeth (Libby) Johnson, Instructional Assistant, Special Education Department

  • Birthday: April 9th
  • Favorite Color(s): Purpler
  • Sweet Treat: Jolly Ranchers
  • Hobbies: Crocheting
  • Shops @: Walmart, Target

Nicole Martz, 3rd Grade Teacher

  • Birthday: October 19th
  • Favorite Color(s): Blue, Green, Pink
  • Favorite Sweet Treat: Chocolate chip cookies
  • Hobbies: Crafting
  • Shops @: Target, Old Navy , HomeGoods

Kimberli Anderson, Instructional Assistant, Special Education Department

  • Birthday: January 16th
  • Favorite Color(s): Pink
  • Favorite Sweet Treat: Peanut butter M&M's
  • Hobbies: Planning, Photography
  • Shops @: Target, Ross, TJ Maxx, Michael's

Chemise Wallace, Special Education Teacher

  • Birthday: September 24th
  • Favorite Color(s): Purple, teal, gray
  • Favorite Sweet Treat: Twix, Kit-Kat, Oreo cookies
  • Hobbies: Working out, painting, journaling, watching sports
  • Shops @: Target, Amazon, Walmart

Madison Kozeny, 3rd Grade Teacher

  • Birthday: January 12th
  • Favorite Color(s): Red
  • Favorite Sweet Treat: Muddy Buddies
  • Hobbies: Reading
  • Shops @: Target

Notes from the Nurse

Important reminders:

Hello Bobcat families!

Please, please, please be sure everyone in your household (6 months old and up) gets an annual flu shot. This is the single best way to prevent the flu. It takes about 2 weeks for antibodies to develop and provide protection, so it is definitely not too early!

Please contact Nurse Hurt with any questions or concerns.

Phone: 803-929-3886


ACCESS Freely!

A message from the public library...

If students/families do not already have library cards, they can apply online now and access all the library resources! See the attached flyers for additional information.

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.


Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes (PTO chairs)


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 Here are a few weird holidays for your family to think about this week.

December 12th.............................................................Gingerbread House Day

December 14th.............................................................Monkey Day

December 16th.............................................................Pythagorean Theorem Day

December 16th.............................................................Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17th.............................................................Wright Brothers Day

December 18th.............................................................Underdog Day

December 18th.............................................................Ugly Sweater 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

District Resources


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!