Scout News from Dr. Burns

Welcome to the new school year! July 2021

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

Dear Families at Sara Collins Elementary,

Welcome to a fun year of learning and teaching! During the year, we will use the theme” Sara Collins Scouts ~ We’re a Great Team!” Our school community continues to pull together, especially during challenging times such as the past school year, to support and enhance the learning environment and our school culture. We are excited to welcome back our parents, volunteers, visitors, grandparents, and special friends from our community to visit and assist us inside our school after a year of not allowing any visitors due to the pandemic. As we transition back to more of a new normal, we welcome our community back into our doors to work collaboratively for our students, staff, and society.

Our focus continues to be on learning and teaching through the GCS curriculum resources and pacing based on the South Carolina state standards. Also, we will continue as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school for Primary Years Program. Please refer to how we teach the South Carolina state standards which can be found at this site and to learn more about IB. Our school will continue the tradition of high student achievement and growth through strong relationships among our families, students, staff members and support from our school community.

Our school provides a safe, loving, and nurturing environment where all students continue to grow and become successful in learning- academically, socially, and emotionally. Our students’ successes are reflected in the strong partnerships that have been established between school and home. This is demonstrated through the remarkable collaboration, teamwork, and support provided by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Improvement Council (SIC). By setting high expectations and continued collaboration, we will continue to meet the needs of all our children.


Melissa Burns, Ed. D.


The First Day of School is Tuesday, August 17th!

School Supply Lists

Meet the Teacher will be on Wednesday, August 11th!

Doors will be open from 10-11:30 AM and 4:30-6:00 PM for a drop-in at the teachers’ classrooms. Be sure to complete your child’s information and transportation forms with the teacher. Go to Room 145 to pick up bus tags for students in K & 1st grades. Be sure to join PTA in the cafeteria!

Summer Office Hours

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

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.***


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.

Extended Day Program at Sara Collins Elementary

After school care if provided through our EDP from 2:15 - 6:00 daily. Contact Carolyn Vaughan, director, for more information.

EDP Registration 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.

Home of the Scouts!

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.

Time to register for school!

Do you or someone you know have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021? If so, is that child registered for kindergarten? If not, please register or encourage your friends to register the child at their school assignment as soon as possible!

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.

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!

Educating together,

Melissa Burns, Ed.D.