The Bobcat Blaze

March 26, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!


We were able to complete a full five days of school this week and I could not be happier! As usual, it has been a great week of teaching, learning, and smiles. We are very proud of our 2nd-5th graders for putting their best foot forward during state practice testing this week.


Monday, March 29th is Spring Picture Day for all students and staff. If your student is virtual or participates in e-learning, you should have received a link to sign up for an afternoon time slot for them to come have their photo taken. The link is also included in this week's newsletter.


On Friday, April 2nd students will have an asynchronous learning day to allow Richland One staff to receive their second dose of the COVID vaccination. The following week, April 5-9 is Spring Break. We will welcome students back on Monday, April 12th.


This is scheduled to be a wonderful weather weekend so please find time to relax and soak up the sun safely.

Have a great weekend Bobcats!


Principal's Message

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

March

March 29th..........................................................................Spring Pictures

April

April 1st..........................................................................End of the 3rd Nine Weeks


April 1st..........................................................................Princess Closet Donation Deadline (see details below)


April 2nd ........................................................................Asynchronous Learning Day


April 5th-9th...................................................................Spring Break


April 15th .......................................................................Report Cards Issued


April 15th........................................................................PTO Virtual Trivia Night


April 21st........................................................................SIC Meeting (Virtual) 3pm


April 22nd ......................................................................Parent Teacher Conferences


April 28th......................................................Rising 5K Parent Orientation (Virtual) 5:30pm

Spring Break Take-Home Meals

The cafeteria will be providing take home meals for students next week to last them through Spring Break. Due to the amount of things that need to go home, the cafeteria staff will be sending half the meals home on Tuesday, March 30th and the other half home on Thursday, April 1st. If your family does not want receive the meals please let your child's homeroom teachers know.

Spring School Pictures for AC Moore Students

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Face-to-Face Learners


Spring Pictures will be taken by Strawbridge on Monday, March 29th. Ordering details and package information is noted in the ordering form. Although these photos will not be included in the yearbook, you may purchase photos of your Bobcat if you desire.

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Virtual Students and E-Learners


If your Bobcat is a virtual student or is currently an e-leaner, please use the link below to sign your student up for his/her Spring Pictures.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0445aaac22a2f85-spring

Got Photos?

A Note from the Bobcat Yearbook Staff

The yearbooks staff is looking for photos of students during eLearning at home to include in our book this year! Do you have great pictures of your student viewing class online, or showing off a school project, or working on an assignment? You can submit them online to the link below or email them to jessica.warren@richladone.org (please put YEARBOOK in the subject line). The yearbook staff will review all photos and determine the final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all photos will be used. Thank you!


We will accept submissions until Friday, March 26th.

https://images.memoryebooks.com/416174594

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Restart Strong

The newsletter provided below will gives an overview/update on the district’s transition to Phase 3 of the Restart Strong Reopening of Schools Plan. Click the link to get the most up-to-date information about the Phase 3 plan.

MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISER

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March of Dimes Fundraiser

Healthy children are our business at A.C. Moore! Help us ensure that babies get a healthy start by donating to the March of Dimes' Mother of a Movement. Click the banner above to join our team & raise funds to fight for the health of moms & babies!

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites for March

DHEC-RRT - Pardon and Parole (Old Building)

Dates and Times for April

Open Daily: 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
  • Saliva testing- Do not eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes prior to testing.


Address: 2204 Lee St, Columbia, SC 29205

Contact Details and Pre-Registration: https://rrtesting.app/devine

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for March

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

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Further Information

  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes


Address: 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201

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

Customer Service Number: 866-416-6341

CVS Health - Benedict College


Dates and Times for March

Open Monday-Saturday: 8:30-5:00


Further Information

  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All ages


Address :1903 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29204, United States

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SCHOOL NEWS

A Bobcat Spotlight...Women's History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” National Women’s History Month was later established in 1987 after Congress designated March as Women's History Month, establishing the proclamation as a way to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the role women have in American history.

Influential Women of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Women have always played an active role in history. In the first March issue of the Blaze we began exploring some of the historical pioneers and contemporary newsmakers that continue to impact the world. This week we close Women's History Month with a few more recognitions of and salutes to a few of the most influential women of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

A Bobcat Spotlight...Ms. Kozeny's Class

3rd Grade Book Review

In Ms. Kozeny's 3rd grade class, students submitted reviews about book selections they completed. Below you will find book reviews by Maddie Warren and Royal Upchurch.
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A Bobcat Spotlight...Spring Artist-in-Residence

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PORKCHOP Productions!

Founded in 1991, Porkchop Productions is a professional theatre company specializing in audience participation performances. Their interactive approach to performances and residencies make for a one-of-a-kind theatre adventure!


Porkchop Productions has performed extensively for schools, libraries, youth groups and special events throughout the southeast, including:


  • Dare Days in Manteo, NC
  • Europa Cruise Lines in Key West, FL
  • Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC


Along with performing, Porkchop has also designed and implemented drama programs and arts camps for thousands of young people in four states. Porkchop Productions is dedicated to expanding artistic horizons by providing a professional, interactive theatre experience for young people and to promote a life-long appreciation of the performing arts.



Porkchop Productions appears on the Approved Artist/ Arts Directory of the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Meet the Porkchops!


Stacey Maxwell-- Artistic Director, Playwright & Actor


Stacey Maxwell earned a BA in Speech/Drama with an emphasis in children's theatre from Columbia College. She has performed extensively for children with many professional theatre companies since 1987 and can be seen in Disney's That Darn Cat as well as numerous productions for South Carolina Educational Television. Stacey has also served as director for The Lost Colony Children's Theatre where she received the Evelyn Russell Layton Award, as well as, The Lost Colony Alumni Association 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Stacey is also the recipient of the 2014 Career Achievement Award from the Columbia College Alumnae Association.

Laura Blanchette-- Tour Director, Production Manager & Actor


Laura received her training at Winthrop University and has been performing professionally since 1980 with theatre companies including CPCC Repertory Theatre Company, The Lost Colony, Southeastern Theatrical Productions, Chopstick Theatre, The Patchwork Players, and Trustus Theatre. An accomplished singer and musician, she has toured with theatre companies and musical ensembles from New York to Florida. Laura has also done extensive voice over work for television and radio as well as commercial jingles and print work. She, along with Stacey, was honored with The Lost Colony Alumni Association's 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dottie Allen--Education Director, Office Administrator & Actor


Dottie is a graduate of Columbia College in Music and holds MFA in theatre/performing arts management from CUNY/Brooklyn College. She has worked in administrative and education capacities for organizations including the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, New York City Opera, and was Director of Adult Learning and Community Engagement for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Dottie enjoys performing onstage for Porkchop Productions, and assisting backstage for Opera at USC productions when needed. She is currently Porkchop's primary Theatre Residency artist.

Fall Re-Cap for AiR

During the Fall semester, our Bobcat students had an opportunity to engage in several educational opportunities through the Artist-in-Residency (AiR) program. We appreciate the efforts and information delivered by our artists and would like to say a special thank you to them and to the Bobcat related arts and classroom teachers for making AiR a great experience for students. Please click the banner below to view the Fall recap video prepared by Mrs. Warren. We look forward to featuring more classes and students in the Spring.

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.

Wellness Watch

Alliance for a Healthier Generation +Kohl's Cares Presents: Kohl's Healthy at Home: Recipes

Healthy eating fuels healthy families! In recognition of National Nutrition Month we invite you to commit to focusing on preparing nutritional, family friendly meals with your Bobcat student. Click on the documents below to find simple and fun recipes to keep your family healthy and satisfied! Each recipe is designed to be affordable and made with as few widely-available ingredients as possible.


Take a picture with you and your Bobcat student highlighting your culinary creations! Send your photo to Mrs. Whetstone at andrea.whetstone@richlandone.org.

School Improvement Council

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.

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.



March 26....................................................Make Up Your Own Holiday Day


March 27....................................................Spanish Paella Day


March 28....................................................Something on a Stick Day


March 29....................................................Smoke and Mirrors Day


March 30....................................................Take a Walk in the Park Day


March 31....................................................Bunsen Burner Day


April 1.........................................................Fun at Work Day


April 2.........................................................Walk to Work 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.

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.

District Resources

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

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