The Bobcat Blaze

November 12, 2021

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Principal's Message

Greetings Bobcat Families,

I hope you had a wonderful week. As usual, it was a great week here in Bobcat Country. We celebrated our Veterans, gave out some academic achievement medals, and adjusted our bodies and minds because of the end of Daylight Savings Time.

Next week is AC Moore Spirit Week. I cannot wait to participate alongside our students and staff. Please check out the daily themes on the flyer within this week's newsletter. You should also receive the information from your child's homeroom teacher.

For students participating in CRP, there will not be any classes the week of November 15th. Please ensure your students are aware of how they are to go home.

Our monthly School Improvement Council meeting is November 17th at 3pm via TEAMS. Please join to learn all about how this organization supports AC Moore.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • November 1-30.......................................................Native American Heritage Month

  • Monday-Friday, November 15-19............................No CRP
  • Saturday, November 13...........................................World Kindness Day
  • Tuesday, November 16............................................Dad Talk 2 (details below)
  • Wednesday, November 17.......................................Virtual SIC Meeting (link below)
  • Monday-Friday, November 22-26.............................Thanksgiving Break

November PTO Events

November 17

PTO Sponsored Staff Breakfast Cart

-Updated School Information-

+++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---------

scheduled break for the CRP program next week

CRP will NOT be held next week (November 15-19), due to a scheduled break in the program. Classes will resume after the Thanksgiving Break.

NO habrá CRP (tutoría después de la escuela) la semana del 15 al 19 de noviembre, debido a un receso en el programa. Las clases empezaran después de las vacaciones de acción de gracias.

Virtual SIC Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Our monthly School Improvement Council meeting is November 17th at 3pm via TEAMS. Please join to learn all about how this organization supports AC Moore.


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.

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A.C. Moore's Chorus Pays Tribute to Veterans

The Bobcat Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Elise Helms, is comprised of 3rd-5th grade students. Over the last few months Ms. Helms has worked hard to prepare the chorus for a special Veterans Day performance. Click the banner to watch!



Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, was first issued on November 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I. The purpose of Armistice Day was to honor the fallen soldiers of the Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. Seven years later, in 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans rather than just the ones who died in World War I. He led a delegation to General Dwight Eisenhower, who was all for the idea. Weeks then organized the first Veterans Day celebration in 1945 in Alabama and every year since, until he died in 1985. In 1982, he was honored by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal. Weeks was also named the ‘Father of Veterans Day’ by Elizabeth Dole.

In 1954, Ed Rees, the U.S. Representative from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill to establish the holiday to Congress. Eisenhower, who was then the president and also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954, eight and a half years after Raymond Weeks held the first Veterans Day. After having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urge of the veterans’ service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word ‘Armistice’ and inserting the word ‘Veterans.’ With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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Honoring Veterans Who are Friends and Family of A.C. Moore

Thank you, veterans!

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What a great day Veteran's Day 2021 was! A.C. Moore students colored Veterans Day thank you cards to send to veterans attending the American Legion Auxiliary luncheon and the Dorn VA Hospital. Additionally, many of the special notes and messages will also be attached to the Christmas gifts that will be wrapped during the annual American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Shop at the hospital next month. Below are a few pictures from the luncheon held at the post after the Veterans Day parade yesterday.

A special thank you to Pat Jarvis of the American Legion Auxiliary for allowing our students to be part of this special contribution.

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About Native American Heritage Month


November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

We Got Spirit, Yes We Do! We Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

Lets bring some extra fun into the building next week as we head into Thanksgiving break! Please see the attached flyer regarding our Spirit Week!

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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

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-------------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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Please remember to check the News from the Nurse page on the A.C. Moore website for important health-related information. You will find many valuable resources, including medication forms, links to reputable health agencies, and current immunization guidelines. As always, contact Nurse Robinson with any questions or needs.

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.

If you did not get your flu vaccine in October, it's not too late! Flu shots are the best way to protect your family against the virus. CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone age 6 months and up. Contact your healthcare provider or call 855-472-3432 to make an appointment at DHEC.

Let's all stay healthy and keep each other healthy!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

Phone: 803-929-3886


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

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Celebrate World Kindness Day

On Saturday, November 13th, World Kindness Day offers a great opportunity to show that we can all bring the power of kindness into our everyday lives and serve as role models to those around us.

To help you put kindness into action, Healthier Generation and Kohl's Healthy at Home share seven ways you can spread kindness in your community.

Creative Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day

Join us as we celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13. Click the banner above to get started by choosing one of these kindness-inspired activities from Kohl’s Healthy at Home to help you share and receive gratitude and joy with others.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

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

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-

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 5 -11

Sunday, Nov. 14th, 9-11am

420 Howard Street

Columbia, SC

DHEC will be at the Montessori School of Columbia this Sunday to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children 5-11. Appointments are not necessary.

Additionally, they will have Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including the Pfizer booster for persons 12+. No appointments necessary. Remember to bring your vaccine card if you're getting your booster shot. Family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers are all welcome.

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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.