Scout News from Dr. Burns

Updates and Reminders -June 15, 2021

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To Our Parents and School Community ~

What an exciting time for learning, teaching, and celebrating at Sara Collins Elementary! As we are planning and preparing during the summer for the upcoming school year, we continue to remediate through our Summer Scout Scholars program for students who qualify. Also, we will continue to review and analyze our students' achievement data and assessments to set goals to aim for next school year. Please read through these Updates and reminders and let us know if you have any questions!

Greenville County Schools and offices are operating on Summer Hours through Friday, August 13. Summer hours are Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, and Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Buildings are closed on Fridays.

Welcome to Sara Collins!

All students - check out this video so you can meet some of the special people who work at Sara Collins Elementary. We can't wait to see you soon!

Kindergarten students - check out this video so you can see where your classrooms are when you arrive to school.

2021-2022 Student Calendar

Greenville County Schools has released the 2021-22 student calendar.

Because Greenville County Schools is an approved eLearning district, the district is not required to build in makeup days for inclement weather. GCS will automatically operate on Attendance Plan 0 (eLearning) if school buildings are closed on a regular attendance day.

Summer Meals Information


Complete your transportation form for the 2021-2022 school year. Every student who will be attending brick and mortar schools next year must complete this form.

Creating a Parent Backpack Account

Parents - Please create a Parent Backpack account if you have not already done so. Important communications from the school and the school district come from this account. This is also a great way to keep track of your child's grades and attendance information. If you need to create a Parent Backpack account, you will find English and Spanish directions linked here. The Greenville County Schools website has a great video tutorial to guide you through the process.

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About Our School...

Sara Collins Elementary School is an urban school located in Greenville, South Carolina. With its school motto, "Our students are our world," it provides quality education to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Sara Collins is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school. The school has a long-standing tradition of excellence and volunteerism. The students, staff, and parents have been recognized for their achievements and accomplishments on local, state, and national levels. Awards, honors, and an information summary may be found in the Sara Collins Profile. More detailed information is available in the annual Sara Collins School Portfolio.

Parents ~ Register students for five-year-old kindergarten and first grade (new students) for 2021-22!

It’s not too late to register for five-year-old kindergarten and first grade (new students) for 2021-22!

PLEASE REGISTER NOW, so schools have correct number of teachers and all preparations are made to welcome your child!

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021 must enroll in kindergarten. Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1, must enroll in first grade. Students who are currently enrolled in a GCS 4K or 5K program do not need to register.

Parents should set up a Backpack account, then click on “Enroll A Student” and follow the instructions.

If you do not have internet access, the Student Enrollment Form and Home Language Survey form are available at each school. Be sure to bring all of the required documents when you visit the school.

The following documents are required for online OR face-to-face registration:

  • Photo ID from any state or country
  • Two current “proof of residency” documents (all must contain property address). These can be a combination of:
    • Current bills – i.e. electric, gas, water, cable
    • Current mortgage statement or current signed lease agreement with landlord’s name and phone number
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Signed Certificate of Immunization, Conditional Certificate of Immunization, or Religious Exemption Certificate (Religious Exemption Certificate provided by Health Department)

The GCS Virtual Program will be available for grades 5K-12 in 2021-2022. An application will be posted on the GCS website in early spring of 2021 through February 8. Your child must be registered or enrolled in Greenville County Schools to apply for the Virtual Program.

To find out where your child will attend kindergarten or first grade, call INFOLine at 355-3100 or visit Find Your School section of our website.

History of Sara Collins Elementary ~ An Interview with Eddie Collins, Son of our Namesake, Mrs. Sara Collins

We are proud to be named for Mrs. Sara Collins, an exemplary volunteer and PTA mom! Enjoy this interview with her son, Mr. Eddie Collins.

Did you know our school mascot is a Boykin Spaniel named Scout? The Boykin Spaniel is the state dog for South Carolina, too.

School Improvement Council

Thank you to our School Improvement Council members for serving our school to support our students, staff, families, and community! The members consist of Bart Cumalander, Chair

Parents ~ Meredith Conroy, Tricia Craddock, Janet Foster-Whitley,Katie Kratky, Sandra Miller, Ashley Powell

Elected Members ~ Eddie Collins, Kayla Lee-Kelly, Betsy Shouse, Kim Troyer

Staff ~ Mary Sims Costigan, Casi Esqueda, Melissa Burns

Tech Support

Call 355-HELP for assistance with school issued student devices.

Carpool Procedures

Please review these Sara Collins Elementary Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

***Both carpool lines are phone free zones at all times to ensure safety for students, staff, and other drivers.***

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

School meals will be available for all students in all school-opening scenarios, including the 100% eLearning option (Attendance Plan 0) and for those that register for the Virtual Program.

In order to qualify for free or reduced meals parents must complete a new free and reduced meal application for the current school year.

Bringing Food to School

If you would like to provide food for special occasions (i.e. student birthdays) please check with your child’s teacher prior to the event. For safety concerns, we cannot serve or give “homemade” foods, therefore, all food to be shared with other children must be store bought with visible ingredient labels and individually pre-packaged.

Thank you so much for your continued support for our students and staff! We are excited about the 2021-22 school year and are preparing for the first week of school!

Educating together,

Melissa Burns, Ed.D.