Bear Bulletin

The Week of June 14 - 18

From the Principal

Dear BES Families,

We have made it to the last week of the 20-21 school year. I can't let it end without extending a sincere THANK YOU for your partnership and support this year. With your help, we successfully navigated the most unprecedented school year and made it the absolute BESt it could be! A special thank you to the advisory committee members on our PTO and School Improvement Council. They faithfully met monthly to support our school, staff, and students and provided valuable feedback as we adjusted procedures and routines.

Two very important things to know about the upcoming week -

  • Wednesday, June 16th - We will have our annual school-wide Bear Blast on Wednesday. We have some fun, but very messy activities planned, so we highly recommend wearing old clothes that you don't mind if they get a little dirty! They will also need to wear tennis/athletic or other close-toed shoes for several of the activities.

  • Thursday, June 17th, and Friday, June 18th, are half-days with dismissal starting at 10:40. Please note this is an hour earlier than we usually dismiss on our typical early release days.

If we missed you at the recent New Kindergarten Welcome on June 10th, please make sure to stop by the front office to register and pick up important information for our rising kindergarten students. If you have a rising kindergarten student or know someone who does, we are currently enrolling for the upcoming school year. Registration information can be located on the BES or the D5 websites. Once the online portion is completed, please contact our Registrar, Mrs. Spell, to complete the process. We look forward to meeting the newest BES Bears!

Finally, a reminder to check out the lost and found by the cafeteria for jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts that may have gone missing during the winter. You may drop by between 3:00 - 5:00 at the door nearest the cafeteria. Any clothing items left at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

FIVE Celebration

To wrap up the year, we are inviting all of the BES virtual FIVE students to drive through the car line at BES on Friday, June 18th from 11:30 - 12:00. We'll be celebrating all of your hard work this year while learning virtually and sending you off with BESt wishes to start your summer!

Upcoming Dates & Links

June 14 - D5 School Board Meeting, 7:00pm, District Office

June 16 - Bear Blast (please make sure your child wears clothes that can get messy and tennis/athletic shoes so they can participate in all of the activities.)

June 17 - Half day, dismiss at 10:40am, BES Spirit Day at Highway 55 (details below)

June 18 - Last day for students, dismiss at 10:40am, FIVE Reunion Celebration from 11:30 - 12:00 - this will be a drive through opportunity for our virtual students to see all BES staff one more time to wrap the year up. This will take place in the front car line.

Last Call for Yearbooks

Quantities are getting limited and you don't want to miss out on the memories from this historic school year! The cost of the yearbooks is $35.00 and can be purchased in the front office.

Medication Pick Up from the Health Room

The end of the school year is almost here and we are making preparations for the closing of the Health Room. If your child has medication here at school, a parent or guardian will need to pick up the medication before 12:00 pm on Friday, June 18th.

For safety reasons, we do not send medications home with students and medications cannot be stored over the summer months. Any medications remaining will have to be disposed of according to DHEC regulations. Please stop by the health room to pick up your child’s medications before 12:00pm on Thursday, June 18th. If you need to make special arrangements, please call the nurse at 803-476-4509.

Also, if your student will need prescription medicine to be given at school or if they have a chronic medical condition, an Individual Health Plan and/or medication form for the 2021-2022 school year will be available for you when you pick up your child's medication from the health room.

Any health care plans that have not been picked up will be mailed to you at the beginning of summer so that you can have them reviewed and signed by your medical doctor prior to school starting in August. This is extremely important! It helps us start the year off being able to fully take care of your child's medical needs at school. This is also helpful to your doctor as they get an overload of medication permission forms and IHP approval forms to sign at the beginning of the school year!

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A Peek at Our Week

Proof of Residence Required of All D5 Students

Once again this year, all District 5 students will be required to provide THREE proofs of residence for the upcoming school year. In order for your child to be scheduled into a homeroom, you will need to provide the following prior to August 13:

1) Property tax bill / Lease / or Real Estate Closing documents

2) TWO bills dated July 1, 2021 or later. These can be electric, water, sewer, cable, satellite, phone, vehicle tax or voter registration card.

You may drop by the school at your convenience as this process truly takes about two minutes. Our front office is open from 7:00am – 4:00pm through June 18. From June 21 – August 6, the school hours will be 7:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Thursday.

You can also fax them to BES at 476-4520. Please write your child(ren)’s name(s) on them so we can make sure the info is recorded for the appropriate student(s).

When a student and his/her parent/legal guardian move in with a family in an existing home/apartment, the parent/legal guardian must still provide proof of acceptable address through the affidavit process. The homeowner must provide the three proofs of residence above and an affidavit must be completed and notarized. Please call 476-4500 and speak to Mrs. Spell, our registrar, if you have any questions.

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Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 Now Open

BES is currently registering students for five-year-old kindergarten for children who will be five years-old on or before September 1, 2021. Parents and guardians of children meeting this eligibility can go to the District’s Registration Page online to begin registering your child at In-person registration may be available at zoned elementary schools. Required documents include:

The student’s legal birth certificate

  • A current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, or a South Carolina Certificate of Medical or Religious Exemption
  • A property tax receipt or a rental lease showing all occupants
  • Two utility bills showing the current home address

Students that are in the 4-year-old kindergarten program and in PowerSchool should not complete the new student process, as current students will roll into 5-year-old kindergarten at the end of the school year. Parents will be prompted to update their information in Registration Gateway over the summer.

For more information on School District Five’s 5-year-old kindergarten program or the online registration form, contact Mrs. Spell, BES Registrar at 476-4500.

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Summer Learning Opportunities

D5 Summer Learning: This is a site created by the amazing D5 Digital Integration Specialist Team for families to have a one stop resource to help your child(ren) continue learning over the summer.
2021-2022 School Calendar

Click HERE to see a larger version of the calendar

How to Reach Us...

Parent input and feedback are always appreciated as we work through new routines and procedures. Whether through a phone call or an email, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. The Administrative Team at BES is always available to help in any way we can! You can contact us by calling the main office at 476-4500 or emailing us directly.

Principal Robin Bright

Assistant Principal Zach Keister

Assistant Administrator Amy Sgorrano

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Our Mission…

The mission of Ballentine Elementary School is to join together community, staff, students, and families to ensure that all students are provided a world-class, rigorous education.

Our Vision…

In partnership with the community, staff, students, and families, Ballentine Elementary School will exemplify excellence in education in a positive, safe and nurturing environment in order to prepare our students to be fully participating citizens and leaders. We will foster the development of creative thinking, encourage curiosity and problem solving, promote respect for individual differences and uphold high ethical standards.