Leopard Tales

January 2022

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A Note from the Related Arts Team

Parents and Students of CFKN -

Wow! Words cannot begin to describe how grateful the Related Arts team was to receive all of the kind holiday gifts and cards given this season and every season. Thank you. We felt so loved and appreciated! Teaching your children brings us so much joy each and every day - we agree we have the best jobs! We hope you all had a wonderful, restful winter break. Thank you again so very much for your kindness, generosity, and support!

So much love,

Related Arts Team

Camille Stack, Perri Peraza, Molly Drews, Emily Herbig, Tracey Heller, Mary Paige Boyce

Clarke's Corner

What is Balanced Literacy?

The ELA model that Richland 2 follows is a balanced literacy model, but what does that actually look like in the classroom? In a nutshell, it means that all ELA domains (reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking) are addressed. It also means that there is time to work on foundational skills like phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency, especially in the early grades while still addressing the vocabulary and comprehension needs of our readers. In the upper grades, the foundational skills focus shifts to more word work involving roots, bases, and affixes. At Center For Knowledge/Center For Knowledge North, we also spend time integrating Core Knowledge topics from science and social studies into the daily routine of ELA. The comprehension component of a balanced literacy approach also supports the Core Knowledge emphasis on classic literature and critical thinking in the ELA curriculum. Both the Balanced Literacy model that our district has adopted and the Core Knowledge curriculum that is central to CFK/CFKN come together to create an accelerated curriculum that provides the challenging work our students need to grow as independent readers, writers and thinkers.

Late Arrival Procedures

Please be reminded that instruction time begins at 8:00 am.

When arriving at school after 8:00 am and no adult is on duty in the carpool loop, please park your vehicle and walk your child into the front office. This is for your child's supervision and safety. Thank you in advance for your support in this matter!

  • Tardies begin at 8:10am. An adult will need to sign the student in at this time.
  • Excessive tardies will be reviewed under the choice option for attendance to a magnet program.

Uniform Guidelines

Please be reminded of our uniform guidelines.

Monday through Thursday, students wear solid burgundy, navy, or white shirts with any school-appropriate insignia that is smaller than 2” in size, with khaki or navy shorts or slacks, skirts/skorts or jumpers. Tops and pants should not contain patterns including, but not limited to stripes, polka dots, plaid, etc. Fingertip length for shorts and skirts is required. Students may wear the CFK/CFKN logo on t-shirts or sweatshirts. During the winter months, students may wear navy sweatpants with burgundy, white, or navy sweatshirts. In the classroom any outerwear worn must be uniform. Friday is a free choice dress day. If Friday is a school holiday, Thursday does not become a non-uniform day. If a student is out of uniform, their parents will be called and required to bring a change of clothing. Students may wear our approved plaid as part of their uniform. The plaid is called “Clear Blue Plaid”, and can only be purchased through Lands’ End – no other plaids are acceptable. The items available in this plaid are skirts, skorts, jumpers, belts, ties and headbands. This is completely optional and simply provides another uniform choice.

  • Spaghetti strap, halters and midriff shirts may not be worn at any time. Straps must be at least two fingers wide.

  • Rubber flip-flops (shower/beach type) may not be worn at any time.

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From the Library

A parent volunteer is needed in the library for the following times:

CFK - 8:15 - 10:10 - W (Stewart and Allison homerooms)

CFK - 8:15 - 10:10 - Th (Sheorn and Goddard homerooms)

CFKN - 8:15 - 10:10 - M (Quadri and Fain homerooms)

CFKN - 8:15 - 10:10 - T (Wegren and Kellett homerooms)

If you can help during that two hour shift every week, please email Ms. Boyce at mboyce@richland2.org. Weekly consistency is very important.

Health Room News

Please contact our school nurse, Lea Oakes, loakes@richland2.org directly if your child tests positive for COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or is Quarantined for being a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19. This is very important to complete DHEC reporting and close contact tracing and notification in a timely manner. The nurses are working hard to keep up with the growing numbers of cases.
COVID-19 Information

For COVID-19 updates and information, please click here.

Just a friendly reminder...

As we are starting out the new semester, please be reminded that aftercare payments are due on Monday of each week. Accounts must be kept current in order for your child(ren) to remain in the program. If late payments become habitual or the account is in arrears, your child may be removed from the aftercare program. It is encouraged that all payments be made online through your Parent Portal account, however you can pay with cash or check (payable to CFKN) during school hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Payments will not be accepted in the front office after 4:00 p.m.
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Dates to Remember


11: CFK/CFKN Information Night

13: End of quarter

13: Early Dismissal @ 11:30 am

14: Teacher Work Day (No School)

17: District Holiday (No School)

20: Report Cards go home

26: Choice Applications Close Online


4: Class Pictures

18: Early Dismissal @ 11:30 am

21: District Holiday (No School)

About us

Center for Knowledge North

1043 Muller Rd.

Blythewood, SC 29016

Phone: 803.691.4895 Fax: 803.691.3085



Director: Jessica Agee - jagee@richland2.org

Lead Teacher: Angel Brown - abrown@richland2.org

Office Manager: Bridgette Branson - bbranson@richland2.org