The Bobcat Blaze

February 25, 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!

I hope you have enjoyed this great week of weather as much as I have! While it may have only been a 4 day week for students, they packed in the same amount of energy into their learning as they always do and I could not be prouder.

We look forward to celebrating Read Across America Week next week. Please check out the daily themes and encourage your student to participate.

Many great things are coming up this semester so please keep an eye on your students' backpack and your emails for things coming out from the school.

Have a great weekend!

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • February 1-28.........................................................Black History Month
  • February 22-March 1..............................................Butter Braid Fundraiser
  • February 28-March 4..............................................Read Across America Week (details below)

  • Monday, February 28..............................................Science Day


  • Wednesday, March 2..............................................Teacher & Staff Breakfast Cart

  • Wednesday, March 9..............................................Secret Garden Clean-up
  • 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

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

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

  • Tuesday, March 29.................................................Report Cards Issued
Absence Form for Parents

Attention Parents: Please use the attached link to report an absence for your student

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Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.

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In Celebration of Black History Month

Black History Month Theme 2022...

Black Health and Wellness

The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.



Pioneering doctors like James McCune Smith and Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who were the first African American man and woman to earn their medical degrees, paved the way for generations of African Americans in medicine. Today's Black doctors not only carry on their legacy through their work but also have created a strong online presence that shows what a doctor looks like. Below are Black doctors that you should know more about.

Black History Month Events in the Columbia Area

Black History Parade and Festival

Saturday, Feb. 26th, 1-5pm

2300 Greene Street

Columbia, SC

F.U.N.D.S., INC. presents the 17th annual statewide, Black History Parade and Festival. The parade starts at the corner of Hampton Street and Harden Street and the festival will be held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. There will be live entertainment, education, vendors, kid zone and more.

For more information, please contact or call 803-361-5470 or visit

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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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Inclusion Weekly: Whole School Engagement

In the video above, students from Pontiac High School, in Illinois, discuss Whole School Engagement. Because of Whole School Engagement, the entire student body feels included.

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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----------

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A Commitment to Equity

Today more than ever, we must reexamine and redefine ‘health’ in a more equitable and inclusive way. Year-round partnership and service in communities is essential to creating safe, stable, and culturally responsive environments that support comprehensive well-being.

As we welcome February, Healthier Generation celebrates Black History Month and the Lunar New Year with resources to support visualization, youth and staff voice, and family traditions.

Celebrating Black Health and Wellness: Past, Present, and Future

Hear from three leaders in Black health and wellness as they share the role models who have impacted them, the lessons they have learned, and what gives them hope as they work towards a healthier future.

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Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon Named Superintendent of the Year by SCAAA

Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon has been named the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association (SCAAA) 3A/2A/1A Superintendent of the Year for 2022. The award is presented annually to the superintendent who has shown outstanding leadership and support of athletics on the local and state levels.

Dr. Witherspoon is receiving the honor for his dedication to students and his commitment toward improving the quality of interscholastic athletics and facilities in Richland One, according to Roger Dixon and Jack Kosmicki, co-chairs of the SCAAA Awards Committee. He will be presented the award on March 16 in Charleston.

“I am honored to have been chosen by SCAAA for this award, especially because it also recognizes what we do as a team in Richland One for the benefit of our students,” said Dr. Witherspoon. “Athletics play a vital role in the development of the whole student – academically, socially and personally – and we fully embrace that belief.”

Richland One has a tradition of excellence in athletics as well as in academics. Last year alone, student-athletes won 26 team and individual state championships in eight sports. Student-athletes are also expected to excel in the classroom. Richland One has a “C” average policy, requiring students in grades 6-12 to have at least a 2.0 GPA in all courses in which they were enrolled the preceding semester as a condition for participation in competitive co-curricular activities.

Bob Matz, Richland One’s athletics director, said Dr. Witherspoon is definitely one who sees value in addressing the whole student.

“He has been very supportive of athletics in Richland One, just as he has with curriculum and instruction. He sees it as an integral part of the student’s educational experience,” said Matz. “He’s allowed me to do my job and has wholeheartedly championed what we do.”

The SCAAA was established in 1987 with the purpose of providing information and professional development courses to its membership. The awards program was added some time later. Nominations are typically submitted to the Awards Committee by athletic directors, resulting in the selection of two award recipients – a 5A/4A and a 3A/2A/1A Superintendent of the Year.

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 1-18-2022).

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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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Riverbanks Zoo is kicking off FREE FRIDAYS!

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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-Tour Health - Columbia

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2221 Devine St, Columbia, South Carolina 29205, United States

Customer Service Number


Further Information

  • Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended but not required
  • 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: Call for details

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All Ages

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