The Bobcat Blaze

May 13, 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,

Despite some rainy days this week, our students and staff kept positive attitudes and smiles as we jumped into the first week of state testing in grades 3-5. We will continue with those assessments this upcoming week and wrap up on Monday, May 23rd.

We have some exciting classroom and schoolwide events within the coming weeks. Please use this newsletter and/or your homeroom teacher newsletters to stay updated.

I wish you a wonderful, safe weekend. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday.

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • May 1-31...................................................................Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    ..................................................................................Mental Health Awareness Month

  • May 9-19...................................................................SC FitMe and Special Olympics Fundraiser (details below)

  • May 16-19.................................................................SC FitMe Work-out Week (details below)

  • May 17......................................................................SC Ready Math, 3rd-5th Grade

  • May 19......................................................................SCPASS, 4th Graders Only

  • May 20......................................................................Field Day and Rivalry Run for SC FitMe and Special Olympics (details below)

  • May 23......................................................................Stand-alone Text Dependent Analysis Field Test (3rd-5th Graders)

  • May 25......................................................................Literacy Day

  • May 30......................................................................Memorial Day Holiday, No School


  • June 3.......................................................................Last Day of School (Early Release Day)

  • June 6.......................................................................Last Day for Teachers

-----Parent News and Reminders-----

SC READY Information (English)

SC READY Assessment: A Brochure for Parents and Students

SC PASS Information (English)

SCPASS Assessment: A Brochure for Parents and Students

SC READY Information (Spanish)

Evaluación SC READY Un folleto para padres y alumnos

SC PASS Information (Spanish)

Evaluación SCPASS: Un folleto para padres y alumnos

3rd - 5th grade students to take a stand-alone text dependent analysis field test

On Monday, May 23rd, a stand-alone field test form will include one text dependent analysis (TDA) question and will be administered online. The entire student population will be field tested in the online format for grades 3–8. Schools with waivers approved by the State Board of Education for paper testing must participate in this online field testing. In addition to providing important data for test development, exposure to online testing provides students with experience and practice for online testing in coming years.

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Returning Student Enrollment in Parent Portal

It is time to fill out the Returning Student Enrollment in Parent Portal for next school year. If your child is not returning to A C Moore next year or you are having trouble with your Parent Portal login please contact Mrs. Thorpe at or call 803-343-2910, ext 29206

4K student’s re-enrollment will be transferred to their zoned school. Make sure to provide two proofs of address when enrolling, email them to Mrs. Thorpe or bring by the school.

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Help your Bobcat raise money for a great cause and earn extra recess at the same time! Visit our SC FitMe webpage to make your online donation. Earn double points for your Superhero Squad for each dollar donated online!

I'm Ready to Donate

Rivalry Work-out Week, May 16th-20th

The last week of our fundraiser for SC FitMe and Special Olympics South Carolina begins on Monday, May 16th. We will continue supporting SC FitMe’s mission to build and maintain active lifestyles and wellness in our students and school community in addition to supporting Special Olympic Athletes.

Bobcat students will have the opportunity to ramp up their physical activity and help with our fundraiser!

Here is how it works:

1. Arrive at school at 7:05 am (late arrivals can participate but will have less time for activity)

  • Activity will be outside (weather permitting) or in the auditorium from 7:05-7:25

2. Send $1 for your child each day for the planned activities.

  • Your child will put their donation in the can for the Marvel or DC superhero squad they support.
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2022 Start Strong Summer Program


This is the R1 Start Strong Program hosted at Hand and Dreher this summer. This program is open is to ALL Students. Richland One is offering a two-week Start Strong Summer Program for rising 6th – 9th graders. This in-person program is designed to provide students with literacy and numeracy strategies that will help support their learning when they return to school in the fall. During the program, students will participate in engaging activities and have opportunities to receive incentives. Students will be assessed to determine their progress on content and skills learned in the summer program. There is no cost to attend the Start Strong Summer Program.

Registration Link

Parents/Guardians who register will be contacted before the end of the school year with more information.

Canisha Fletcher

Curriculum Resource Teacher

Hand Middle School

2600 Wheat Street

Columbia, SC 29205

803-343-2947 ext. 2207

Richland One está ofreciendo un programa de verano Start Strong de dos semanas para los estudiantes de sexto a noveno grado. Este programa en persona está diseñado para proporcionar a los estudiantes estrategias de alfabetización y aritmética que ayudarán a apoyar su aprendizaje cuando regresen a la escuela en el otoño. Durante el programa, los estudiantes participarán en actividades atractivas y tendrán la oportunidad de recibir incentivos. Los estudiantes serán evaluados para determinar su progreso en el contenido y las habilidades aprendidas en el programa de verano. No hay costo para asistir al programa de verano Start Strong.

Los detalles adicionales sobre el programa de verano Start Strong se enumeran a continuación:


o Se espera que los estudiantes asistan al programa en persona, todos los lunes a jueves, del 11 al 21 de julio de 2022. El programa estará cerrado la semana del 4 al 8 de julio de 2022.


o El horario diario será de 8:30 am a 12:30 pm.

Los estudiantes que ingresarán a los grados 6, 7 y 8 asistirán a Hand MS.

Los estudiantes que ingresarán al noveno grado asistirán a Dreher HS.

Complete el registro antes del martes 17 de mayo a las 3:00 p.m. Deberá completar un formulario por cada alumno que asista. Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con

Registro 2022 Start Strong Summer Program

The South Carolina State Department of Education Climate Survey

March 31, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The South Carolina State Department of Education (SCDE) is utilizing a Climate Survey for accountability/report cards this year as in the past. The delivery model for the survey has changed. Students in grades three through twelve will take the survey, however, the SCDE is placing the survey in the Student Portal account of PowerSchool instead of using a link or paper copies.

Before spring break, your student will be asked to create a Student Portal account for PowerSchool (if they don’t already have one) to access the survey when it becomes available. If they already have an account we will make sure they still have access. If they do not have an account, a sheet will be provided them so they can create an account. All students in grades three through twelve will be assisted by their schools, if needed, to create these accounts.

Parents will be receiving a Climate Survey through Parent Portal as well. If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account, please contact your student’s school and they will be able to assist you with setting up an account.

The Climate Survey will be available beginning April 4, 2022 and will close on May 27, 2022.

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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A Bobcat Shout-Out to Permanent Art Collection Winner...


On May 4, fifth grader, Eli Simmons, was given a Certificate of Award for having his artwork selected for display in the District's Permanent Art Collection. Congratulations Eli!

A Bobcat Shout-Out to...

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The Dreher Theatre Performers!

This morning 4th and 5th grade students attended a theatre production of the book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by author, Kate DiCamillo. A special thank you to the Dreher High School Students for sharing their talents with our Bobcats and to Kathleen Pennyway and @DreherHigh theatre department for today’s performance.

A.C. Moore Celebrates...

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 Theme


According to the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the theme for AAPI Heritage Month 2022 is “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration.” The FAPAC encourages local and national governments to prioritize collaboration, development, diversity, transparency, and inclusion through leadership training of AAPI people.

For Los Angeles-based nonprofit LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) – a member of Independent Sector – this moment is highlighting the gravity and urgency of making greater progress in its mission of equity and inclusion to “achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders…through leadership, empowerment, and policy.”

“We want to change the narrative,” says Linda Akutagawa, president and CEO of LEAP, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and calls the city’s Little Tokyo neighborhood home. “Through the years, we’ve focused on how we help our community not only understand how we can have impact and influence, but also how we can be authentic to who we are. Our leadership philosophy is: Keep your values, develop new skills.”

LEAP Impact
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Mental Health Month: Together For Mental Health

For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” We will use this time to bring our voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.

Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Help us spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share awareness information, images and graphics for #MHAM throughout May.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

May Newsletter

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Parent Leadership Partners Program

Carolina Family Engagement Center Training Opportunity

The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC), housed in the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC), has a professional development opportunities to share!

Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program Train the Trainer

CFEC has had a lot of success with its PLP program and many school districts have inquired about the possibility of running similar programs in their districts. Due to this interest, CFEC has developed a virtual Train the Trainer program so that South Carolina school/district administrators, community members, parents, and/or teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a PLP program can do so! For more information see the flyer attached. To register for this summer session, click HERE.

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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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#Summer Swap

Healthier Generation & Kohl’s are helping you make healthier choices this summer. By making simple swaps, you can eat healthy, stay active & recharge your mind. Read the #SummerSwap blog series to learn how your choices affect your health.

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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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The Richland One Board of School Commissioners Approves 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Richland One Parents,

The Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved the district’s 2022-2023 academic calendar at last night's board meeting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 will be the first day of school for Richland One students. The last day of school will be Friday, May 26, 2023, which will be an early release day for students.

Other key dates include:

  • Thanksgiving Break – November 23-25, 2022
  • Winter Break – December 21-30, 2022
  • Spring Break – April 10-14, 2023

Draft Calendar B, which was the calendar that was approved by the Board, was the one that was preferred based on feedback obtained through the online survey of students, parents and staff. The Board gave its initial approval of the 2022-2023 calendar at the March 8 board meeting. The 2022-2023 calendar is posted on the district’s website (; click on the District Calendars link under Site Shortcuts.

Karen E. York

Executive Director of Communications

Richland County School District One

Masks Are Optional for Richland One Students and Staff

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 PCR Test Kits are also available
  • Call ahead for availability

Appointment Needed: No

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

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