The Bobcat Blaze

March 18, 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 a fun week in Bobcat Country as we hosted some St. Patrick's Day festivities around the building. We definitely had some pesky little leprechauns running around.

I am so excited for the AC Moore representation during Saturday's St. Patty's Day parade in Five Points. If you happen to attend, please take lots of photos to show your Bobcat pride!

Next week our school will be taking part in Unified Schools Week as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School! Look for more information in this newsletter and in your child's homeroom newsletter.

Please remember there will no school for students on Friday, March 25th as this is a Teacher Work Day.

Thank you for everything you do at home and within our school community to ensure the success of your student! We are truly AC Moore STRONG

Have a wonderful weekend!

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


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

  • 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


  • Friday, April 1........................................................Early Release for Students, Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Monday-Monday, April 11-18................................Spring Break

  • Saturday, April 30..................................................Bobcat Benefit

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

Public Textbook Adoption Review Grades K-5 Proposed Resources and Materials

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Masks Are Optional for Richland One Students and Staff

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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What is World Down Syndrome Day?

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


Bringing Hope to Women and Girls Through Sports

There once was a time that women were not allowed to play team sports, officially anyway. After all, it wasn’t very ladylike. And, believe it or not, women were once considered “too fragile” to run the distance of a marathon. Thankfully, times have changed – in a big way. We now see women competing in virtually every sport, and taking top honors, too.

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Dawn Staley, Basketball Player and Coach

Dawn Michelle Staley is an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach, who is currently the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Staley is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, winning three as a player and one as head coach. Staley was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics.

After playing point guard for the University of Virginia under Debbie Ryan, and winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in the American Basketball League and the WNBA. In 2011, Staley was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. Staley was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012 and later elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

While still a WNBA player, she started coaching the Temple University Owls women's basketball team in 2000. In eight years at Temple, she led the program to six NCAA tournaments, three regular season conference championships, and four conference tournament titles. On May 7, 2008, she was named head coach for women's basketball at the University of South Carolina.

Staley built South Carolina from the ground up, over the following six seasons, she improved her program's record every year, culminated by winning the SEC in 2013–2014. In late 2014 her team achieved the program's first #1 ranking, making her only the second individual to both play on and coach a #1 ranked team. Staley has gone on to lead South Carolina to five SEC regular season championships, six SEC tournament championships, seven Sweet Sixteens, three Final Fours, and on April 2, 2017, she guided the South Carolina Gamecocks to the program's first NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.

On April 2, 2020, Staley became the first person to win the Naismith Award as a player, and also as a coach. She also won the other three major National Coach of the Year awards, after she led her team to a 32 win season and a final ranking of #1 in both major polls, before the Tournament was cancelled.

Staley served as the United States women's national team head coach from 2017–2021, finishing with a perfect 45–0 record, before returning full time to South Carolina. In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Staley won her first gold medal as head coach for Team USA, and fourth overall, winning all six games. Her South Carolina team finished the 2021-22 regular season with a record of 29-2, the top-ranked team in the country entering the NCAA tournament.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Fencer

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer and member of the United States fencing team. She is known for being the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics, as well as for winning an Olympic medal (bronze) wearing it. Ibtihaj is a prominent advocate for Muslim women in sport, having emerged during a turbulent time for American political discourse.

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics represented an event of first for Muhammad. She became the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing in Brazil, plus her Team Sabre bronze made her the United States’ first female Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Games. These successes gained extra resonance as they occurred during a US Presidential campaign during which, then candidate, Donald Trump advocated for a Muslim travel ban.

Beyond the Games, the 37-year-old’s message has continued to resonate. As a sports ambassador, she serving on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative. A pair of books have been penned by her and Mattel introduced a Barbie in 2017 in a hijab that was designed after Muhammad. Additionally, she was chosen as one of the faces to launch the Nike Pro Hijab when it went on sale in the USA and also helped test the product before it went on sale.

Muhammad and her siblings launched their own clothing company, Louella, in 2014 which aims to bring modest fashionable clothing to the US market. Both of her parents were born in the United States and later converted to Islam.

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Katie Ledecky, Olympic Swimmer

People love to have debates about who is the greatest of all time in any given sport, and in women’s swimming, Ledecky is operating at a different level compared to her competition. The Washington native has 14 world records, 14 world championship gold medals and five Olympic gold medals by the age of 21. In fact, she has blazed an incredible trail for young swimmers around the world with her industrious, upbeat and carefree attitude, which also reminds us not to take life too seriously.

Since her international debut as a 15-year-old at the 2012 Olympics, Ledecky has gone on to swim so far ahead of the field, it’s as if she is in her own pool these days. The American holds the world’s eight fastest times in the 1,500-metre freestyle and has shattered her own records in 400m, 800m and 1,500m distances by astonishing margins. In the Tokyo Olympics, Ledecky won two gold medals and two silver medals, making her the most decorated U.S. female athlete for a second straight Summer Olympics. Michael Phelps may be the marquee name in American swimming history, but Ledecky could potentially soar beyond that.

She has won 38 medals (30 golds, 7 silvers, and 1 bronze) in major international competitions, including the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan Pacific Championships and holds the record for most individual gold medals (11) and overall gold medals (15) at the World Aquatics Championships. She is the youngest woman ever to be inducted into Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

Fast Facts for Families...Parent Teacher Conferences at Richland One

Parent Teacher Conferences at Richland One

Parent and Family Engagement March Newsletter

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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!

Enjoying Some St. Patty's Day Fun!

A special thank you to our PTO Volunteers for helping to supervise the St. Patty's Day Dance!

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

-------------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.

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

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Your Commitment to Health Contributes to a Healthier Generation

If you’ve missed or delayed routine checkups, you’re not alone: One in five adults in the U.S. reports putting off their healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, you can commit to your own well-being while making a positive impact on children nationwide.

Take a moment to sign the Make Way for Better Pledge and receive a personalized health checklist and helpful screening information.

For each pledge signed, Labcorp will make a donation to Healthier Generation to sustain our work to ensure every mind, every body, every young person is healthy and ready to succeed.

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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 PCR Test Kits are also available
  • Call ahead for availability

Appointment Needed: No

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

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