The Bobcat Blaze

March 11, 2022

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+++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









Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families,

It was another great week in Bobcat Country! We look forward to welcoming your students back next week for another fabulous week of teaching and learning.

Please remember we have Spring Pictures on Thursday, March 17th. Individual and homeroom pictures will take place on this day. Please ensure your student is at school on time and dressed ready to be photographed. You are welcome to send a change of clothes.

On Saturday, March 18th some of our Bobcats will participate in the St. Patty's Parade in Five Points at 10am. We hope to see you there as a show of support!

On Friday, we look forward to welcoming athletes from Dreher High School to assist with our morning arrival procedures.

Finally, remember to set your clocks FORWARD 1 hour on Sunday at 2am so your students are not late for school on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • March 1-30............................................................Women's History Month

  • Tuesday, March 15.................................................Book Cover Contest Deadline (details in Parent and Family Engagement section below)
  • Thursday, March 17...............................................Picture Day
  • Friday, March 18....................................................St. Patty's Dance Party

  • Saturday, March 19................................................St. Patty's Day Parade

  • Monday, March 21-25............................................Special Olympics Unified Champion School, Unified Spirit Week

  • Tuesday, March 22.................................................End of the 3rd Nine Weeks

  • Friday, March 25....................................................Teacher Workday

  • Tuesday, March 29.................................................Report Cards Issued

-----Parent Reminders-----

After School Tutoring (CRP)

After-School CRP classes will not be held on Thursday, March 17th. Students will need to go home their normal way at the end of the school day (2:30). Classes will begin again on Tuesday, March 22nd.

NO habrá clases después de la escuela (CRP) el día jueves 17 de marzo. Los estudiantes deben ir a sus casas de la manera que van los días que no hay estas clases. Las clases de CRP se reanudarán el día martes 22 de marzo.

Effective Monday, March 14, Richland One Schools will transition to mask wearing being optional for students and staff inside our schools and administrative buildings and on school buses. Students and staff who want to continue to wear masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 may do so.

There may be instances in which masks may be required, including in health rooms and other designated health care areas. Masks will be required for days 6-10 of the isolation period for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and return to school/work after 5 days of isolation. Masks also will be required when there is a school outbreak as defined by the CDC.

Although we are moving to masks being optional for students and staff, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and we will maintain several of our other mitigating strategies and safety protocols. An updated summary of those protocols is posted on our Restart Strong landing page (

Absence Form

Click the banner above to report an absence for your student

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

If your student(s) will be eating breakfast at school, please be sure to have your Bobcat(s) arrive to campus with enough time to enter the cafeteria and complete their meal before 7:30.

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------------------School News------------------

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Women's History Month Theme 2022...Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

Recognizing and Honoring Women Healthcare Executive


The Top 25 Women Leaders' Luminary Award was created to honor women who have made outstanding, sustained contributions to healthcare. They are perennial members of the Top 25 list, and have a proven track record of advancing the careers of other prospective minority leaders. We recognize these luminaries for making their healthcare organizations more vibrant, financially viable, better at providing patient care and for providing mentorship and sponsorship to the next generation of leaders.

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Janet Liang Executive Vice President, Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Care Delivery, Kaiser Permanente

As Chief Operations Officer, Liang is credited for her leadership of KP enterprise’s COVID response over the past two years, overseeing care system, 220,000 workforce management, and community vaccination programs. Liang is also responsible for Kaiser’s California markets, as group president overseeing care and coverage for more than 9.3 million members. She nationally directs clinical strategy and innovation for Medicare, 39 hospital system operations and 500 pharmacy store and benefits organization.

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Dr. Laurie Glimcher, President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

In 2016, Dr. Glimcher became the first woman to lead Dana-Farber. She is widely hailed for her research in cancer therapies and in 2018 won the American Association of Immunologists Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, the Commonwealth Institute and Globe Magazine ranked Dana-Farber as No. 1 on its list of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts.

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Ruth Williams-Brinkley President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States

Williams-Brinkley oversees Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Washington, suburban Maryland, Baltimore and Northern Virginia. The region currently has nearly 800,000 members. Before joining Kaiser, she served as CEO of KentuckyOne Health, which was the state’s largest integrated health system. She has more than 40 years of diverse experience as a leader and executive and also serves on a number of boards.


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Join us in Celebrating Down Syndrome Day and Special Olympics Unified Champion School--Unified Spirit Week

The Special Olympics Unified Champion team is honored to announce that we will be participating in the Special Olympics Spirit Week! Spirit Week will begin on World Down Syndrome Day, Monday, March 21st. To celebrate, we are bringing back Crazy Socks Day and having a short parade to kick off Spirit Week. Special Olympics has provided us with fun activities for Spirit Week that teachers can complete in the classroom with students. We look forward to having your Bobcat student participate!

To top off an already exciting time for our promotion of inclusion for ALL students, we will be providing PRIZES to the top 2 students in each homeroom and top 2 homerooms (1 homeroom in K-2 and 1 homeroom in 3-5) for their involvement in the Spirit Week activities!

PLEASE encourage your Bobcat to participate as we continue to encourage inclusion and kindness throughout the school.

Thank you,

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Committee #LiveUnified

Unified Spirit Week (March 21-25)

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--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

Parent and Family Engagement March Newsletter

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Book Cover Contest

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FREE Kinsa FLUency Thermometer

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Dear A.C. Moore Families,

I have great news for those of you who have not yet ordered your FREE Smart thermometer through the FLUency school health program. We have received a thermometer donation from Lysol and Kinsa that enables me to provide them to many of our staff members and families directly! They are on a first-come-first-served basis, so call or email me ASAP and I will send one home with your child (1 per family).

For those of you who have already received your thermometer, please activate it and join the A.C. Moore community. The mobile app is like having a nurse in your pocket, and the more of us that use it the more effective it will be!

Please let me know if you have any questions, and please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse


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Hello A.C. Moore families!

I wanted to make you aware that Richland One has a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation (CDCF). The CDCF is sending people to our schools to assist with Covid-related administrative duties (contact tracing, calling parents, filing, reporting, data collection, making copies, etc.). They are employees of the CDCF and volunteers of Richland One. Our volunteer will be here from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday, beginning next week. Her name is Lace Redd and I have heard great things about her!

If Ms. Redd needs to contact you, she will do so from a school phone, so your caller ID will display a Richland One number. She will not have access to PowerSchool information, only names and phone numbers that I provide her with. She will be housed in an area outside of the school health clinic. Rest assured, Ms. Redd has been trained and properly vetted by the District and she will uphold the confidentiality required by her position. Please do not be hesitant to speak to her or respond to any of her Covid-related questions.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Enjoy your weekend!

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.

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Take A Look at Your Bobcats...

Engaged in Learning!

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

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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.

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

In honor of National Nutrition Month, Healthier Generation and their friends at That's it. want to help you put your best fruit forward. The colorful quiz, budget-friendly buyer's guide, and easy-to-use resources will help you and your family discover and enjoy fruit all year round.

Fruit-tastic Resources

Put your best fruit forward! Check out these fruit-tastic resources from @HealthierGen to help you and your family enjoy more fruit all year round! Click the banner above to learn more!

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Superintendent's Book Club

We are so excited to participate in this year’s Superintendent's Book Club. Students in grades prekindergarten – eighth who either read 100 picture books or ten chapter books between March 2 and May 6 will become members of the club. New book club members will receive prizes and an invitation to a reading celebration.

As a school, we will also be awarding prizes to the top two readers in both PreK-2nd Grade and 3rd-4th Grade each month. Make sure your child is logging all the great books they are reading at home on their reading log. Please also note, that books read aloud to them count as well.

Happy Reading!

Register for the 2022-2023 Pre-K Program Now!

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Free COVID-19 Test Kits

If you have not placed your order for 4 free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website, please do so today! Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.


Click the banner above for the most recent COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district. The COVID-19 tracker is updated by 4 pm each evening.

21-22 COVID-19 Mitigation & Safety Protocols

Click the banner above to view the COVID-19 Mitigation and Safety Protocols (revised 3-11-2022).

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Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Attendance...What You Need to Know

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ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group

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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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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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

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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.

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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

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Site

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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