The Bobcat Blaze

December 17, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families,

We had a blast ringing in the holiday season with our Holiday Spirit Week. It was such fun to see staff and students dressed up in their Holiday best! Many classes participated in holiday themed assignments and activities. We had some goodies just for staff from our awesome PTO and even closed out the week with a special performance by our Chorus.

Please remember that school will be closed starting December 20th for Winter Break but will reopen for staff and students on Monday, January 3, 2022.

I wish you a very happy holiday and look forward to watching our Bobcats SOAR and MAKE TRACKS in 2022!

We are AC Moore STRONG!

Principal's Message


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • Monday, December 20-December 31.......................Winter Break


  • Monday, January 3..................................................School Resumes from Winter Break

  • Thursday, January 13..............................................End of the Second Nine Weeks

  • Friday, January 14...................................................Teacher Workday

  • Monday, January 17................................................Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

  • Thursday, January 20..............................................Report Cards Issued

  • Monday, January 31................................................Round One Choice Applications Close

+++We Are AC Moore STRONG+++


Every AC Moore student will enter middle school reading at or above grade level.


We collaboratively empower students to be accountable and successful.


Passion: Embracing and nurturing our school community

Intentionality: Purposeful, Present, & Prepared

Accountability: Growth Over Ego

Student Pillars of Leadership: PreK - 2








Student Pillars of Leadership: 3rd - 5th








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---------SCHOOL NEWS---------

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Richland School District One will host a Cognia Accreditation visit in 2022. A parent survey is now active in the PowerSchool Parent Portal which is accessed here: PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Below, please find screenshots detailing where to find the survey and what it looks like. The deadline for completion is Friday, December 31, 2021. We ask that all parents complete the survey.

Thank you for your assistance in completing this survey. Should you have any questions or need to access Parent Portal, please contact your child’s school database specialist or registrar.

REVISED New Elementary Montessori Parent Information Session Flyer

Bobcat Spotlight...Thank You Bobcat Chorus

On Thursday December 16th, our very own Bobcat Chorus filled the auditorium with the Holiday Spirit! The 3rd-5th grade Bobcat Chorus, under the direction of music teacher, Ms. Elise Helms, took to the stage to perform a holiday musical. Click the link below to watch the recording of the performance and check out the pics of the show below!

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Dear AC Moore Family,

It is an honor to announce AC Moore will participate in Special Olympics under Unified Champion Schools (UCS)! UCS strategies in schools align with important education initiatives including soft-skill development, leadership development, anti-bullying, character education, inclusive collaboration, etc. Students with special needs and their general education peers will be paired up to work together in a variety of physical activities to promote teamwork and inclusive practices, as well as support social-emotional skills. We are so thrilled to have this opportunity! Additional information will be provided in January, 2022.

Thank you,

Special Olympics Team @ AC Moore

Unified Champion Schools

Inside Inclusion - December 2021

Monday---Blizzard (Wear White)

Tuesday---Festive Sweater

Wednesday---Holiday Accessories

Thursday---Holiday Character


A Bobcat Spotlight...Thank You PTO!!!

A special thank you to our PTO for sponsoring the Coffee Truck for the Bobcat faculty and staff and for providing holiday cookies for the Bobcat students! What an awesome way to start the Winter Break!


Hip-Hip Hooray! A New Playground is on the Way!

If you have not had an opportunity to see the first phase of the renovation process for the new playground, check out the pictures below! A lot has happened in such a short period of time. We are excited to welcome new recess areas in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!!

First Phase!

Second Phase! Offers Free, Real-time Tutoring for All South Carolina Residents

The South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) have partnered with to address the continuing academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will span the next three years and is funded through the American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER).

  • is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for English and Spanish speakers.
  • Connect with a tutor on various subjects, such as math, science, language arts, social studies, world languages, computer literacy, and AP courses.
  • offers test prep assistance, skills coaching, and help with specific math and essay-writing questions.
  • Unlock even more features with a account. Creating a account is optional and not required to connect with a tutor.

Visit to get started. If you don't know the Discus login information, contact

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Take A Look at Your Bobcats Engaged in Learning!

Congratulations to Our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year!

The A.C. Moore family would like to congratulate Ms. Dana Copeland, 3rd Grade Teacher, for being selected to represent our school as the 22-23 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Copeland was selected by her colleagues for not only her commitment to student learning and academic success, but for also being an advocate for students and families in the school community.

Ms. Copeland received her B.S. in Pre-K/Primary Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. Ms. Copeland's instructional approach and interactions with students truly embodies her belief that a child does not care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Ms. Copeland will celebrate her 13th year of being an educator in February 2022. She has spent most of her career in Florida, but she has also had the opportunity to teach in Egypt for 4 years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and cooking.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Dana Copeland for be selected as the 22-23

Teacher of the Year!

Overdue Library Books

Dear Parents/Guardians:

There are still quite a few books out from last school year and the 2019-2020 school year. I know these were very exceptional years, but please make every effort to locate and return those books to the library as soon as possible. Thank you for you help in maintaining our library collection of books!

Jessica Warren, Librarian

Water Stations

Please be informed that bottled water will no longer be available to students during the day. Our school is now equipped with water bottle refilling stations! Your student should pack a reusable water bottle daily for use at the refilling stations around the building.

Carline procedures

In an effort to maintain a safe arrival/dismissal and decrease the wait time for car riders, we would like to issue the following reminders:


  • Please be courteous to the other parents in the carline...remain in your vehicle to allow for a more efficient arrival procedure.
  • Pull as far forward as possible before allowing your student to exit the vehicle.
  • Have students prepared to exit the vehicle with masks on and bookbags ready prior to entering the drop-off area.
  • Students should exit the vehicle from the passenger side, along the sidewalk.
  • Students should walk along the sidewalk to the gate at the end of the sidewalk.
  • Students should not be allowed to exit the vehicle in between the parked cars.


  • Please be sure your child knows his/her car number.
  • Hang your car tag from your rearview mirror and be sure it is visible to the staff member on duty.
  • Please be courteous to the other parents in the carline...remain in your vehicle to allow for a more efficient dismissal procedure.
  • Pull forward as much as possible before allowing your student to enter the vehicle
  • If your student needs assistance with buckling into a seat or seatbelt, please move forward to the end of the carline before assisting your child.

Attention: YMCA Families

Good Afternoon AC Moore YMCA Families,

I hope this note finds you all well and you’ve had a great week.

I just wanted to pass along a quick note about YMCA pick-up on a weekly basis Tuesdays-Thursdays. When arriving to the school to pick up your child or children from the YMCA program can you all please park on the side of the road instead of the bus loop? There is after school tutoring (CRP) going on during these days and by parking in the bus loops it prohibits the busses from getting in the bus loop.

Thank you so much for your understanding and please let me know if you have any questions.


Matthew Taranto

Program Director

YMCA of Columbia

1447 Hampton Street

Columbia SC, 29201

(w) 803 799 9187; © 772 480 3942

-------------PTO News-------------

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Parents, please click on the banner below to sign up to provide items for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast dates throughout the year.

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Hello Bobcat Families!

Our school was selected to participate in Kinsa's FLUency school health program (sponsored by Lysol) again this year! This program allows us to give FREE smart thermometers to all school families & staff. Thirty students/staff participated last year, so we have SO many families to enroll!

Ordering your FREE smart thermometer is easy! Text JOIN to 24020 to get started. The app is helpful, and the more A.C. Moore families that participate, the more effective it is!

Please consider signing up over Winter Break if you haven't already. With 50 new orders, Lysol will provide disinfecting wipes for the school!

Email Nurse Robinson if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is available for children 5+

The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is now available for children age 5 and older! To schedule an appointment for your child to receive the vaccine, please visit the DHEC Vaccine Locator site or call your healthcare provider.

It's not too late...get your flu shot!

Dr. Linda Bell - Flu Vaccine PSA 2021 (60 Second)

----------WELLNESS WATCH----------

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--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

Calming Strategy...My Best Self

Me Moments are practices students (& adults) can use to address their needs at any moment in school & at home. These practices build self-regulation that helps prepare you to learn and engage with others. Click the banner to learn more!

Free Tuition for Technical Colleges in South Carolina

Good afternoon,

Below are links about a recent educational opportunity in South Carolina that may be beneficial for high school students within the district and/or parents/caregivers within your school communities interested in continuing their education. This initiative, SC Workforce Scholarships for the Future, has been designated $17 million in GEER funding for the Spring semesters. The governor is asking Congress for an additional $24 million from the American Rescue Act funds to extend the program through June 2024.

This initiative allows any adult in South Carolina the opportunity to attend one of sixteen technical colleges for free if they choose to major in a high-demand career preparation program including: construction, nursing, manufacturing, technology, hospitality/tourism, and early care and education.

Links with more information:

· South Carolina technical colleges free tuition: how it'll work |

· McMaster: Pandemic cash for free 2-year degrees (

Hope this helps!

Laurann Gallitto Patel, MMFT

Lead Regional Family Engagement Liaison

Midlands Region


Carolina Family Engagement Center

College of Education

University of South Carolina

820 Main Street

Columbia, SC 29208

------------DISTRICT NEWS------------

COVID-19 Mitigation Updates

November 10, 2021

Dear Richland One Colleagues,

During this school year, Richland One has experienced decreasing numbers of COVID-19 quarantines and cases among our students and staff. We attribute this to the wearing of masks and other mitigating strategies that have been in place. I want to thank our students, staff and parents for your efforts.

Throughout the pandemic, Richland One has sought and used information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as we navigated the pandemic. That practice continues.

Yesterday, the City of Columbia repealed its mask mandate ordinance. However, our face covering policy (Board Policy ADD) is still in effect. Note that the CDC and DHEC have not changed their recommendations as it relates to schools. Also, there may be an uptick in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.

Our mitigating strategies have kept more students in school and we want to continue in this direction. We will keep monitoring COVID-19 trends and incidence rates, and we will review our mask wearing requirement for students and staff after the beginning of the new calendar year.

Again, thank you for your understanding and support.


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.


Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Attendance...What You Need to Know

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ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group

Revised COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Safety Protocols

Richland School District One Student Technology Replacement Fees

-----Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)-----

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-Neighborhood News & Community Connections-

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DHEC-Tour Health - Columbia

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2221 Devine St, Columbia, South Carolina 29205, United States

Customer Service Number


Further Information

  • Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended but not required
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: Call for details

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All Ages

DHEC - Richland County Health Department

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30

Further Information

  • **SELF ADMINISTERED COVID-19 Saliva Test Kits ONLY**
  • Pick up during normal business hours
  • No appointment needed

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2600 Bull St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, United States

Customer Service Number


Further Information

  • Please pre-register using the link. Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended but not required.
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: No
Referral Needed: No
Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All Ages

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Site

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2600 Bull St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, United States

Further Information

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are now available at this testing site.
  • Preregistration is highly recommended, but not required.
  • You can register for a vaccination appointment at
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: yes
Referral Needed: No
UofSC String Project Information

The University of South Carolina String Project directed by Dr. Gail V. Barnes is the model for university string programs across the country. This nationally recognized program caters to children 3rd-5th grade & adults. Click above for more info.