Irmo Elementary Family Updates

#HeartoftheHive #BetterTogether January 18-22

A Note From Your Principal

Dear IES Families,

This week we celebrated and honored unity at both IES and across D5. It is a priority for our bees to understand the importance of working together, growing, and learning as ONE. What could be more appropriate as we celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King tomorrow? May we all reflect and act on this every day through our kindness and love for others. Please review the important details and dates below.

Shannon Fincannon




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Important Updates from D5 for Redistricting

School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties provides information, videos and updates to keep our staff and families engaged and informed. We aim to share factual information in a timely manner.

School District Five Board of Trustees requests more redistricting scenarios

The Lexington-Richland School District Five Board of Trustees is seeking more options for the district’s redistricting plan.

During a board workshop on January 6, board members asked engineering and planning firm Milone & MacBroom to create two more scenarios that would address the “immediate need” of creating an attendance zone for Piney Woods Elementary School in Chapin, which is slated to open this fall. The two new scenarios would reassign students currently attending Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary School only, as part of a short-term solution. Trustees said they would later consider district-wide redistricting as part of a long-term goal.

The two new scenarios would be available for public viewing January 15 at Public input on the scenarios will be collected through an email address dedicated to redistricting at

Click the following link to learn more:

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COVID-19 Dashboard Reminder

The district's COVID-19 dashboard is updated each Friday, and has been updated today (January 8). The dashboard can be found on the district website homepage and at the following link:

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REMINDER: Self-Screening Checklist, COVID Communications Guide and COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart

Safety is a top priority. School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties has worked in collaboration with health officials to establish health protocols for the 2020-21 school year, in response to COVID-19. Students and staff will be asked to complete daily self-screenings before reporting to school/district campuses. District schools will follow DHEC guidance regarding the management of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

  • Click the following link to see the district’s self-screening checklist:

Self-Screening Checklist

  • Click the following link to see the district’s COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart:

COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart

  • For DHEC guidelines regarding the management of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases, click the following link:

School Exclusion

  • View our COVID-19 Communications Guide:

Communications Guide

  • View DHEC's School COVID-19 Report:

For more information on health and safety protocols, click the "20-21 COVID-19 Information" tab on our district website or visit

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Important Dates

Coming Soon:

1/18 Dr. Martin Luther King Day~Holiday

All Schools and Offices Closed

1/20 SIC Meeting 12:00 pm

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Purchase Your IES Yearbook!

  • Yearbook Price $26.00
  • IES Online Code is: FMYB100385
  • The online ordering site for your yearbook is ready. Your direct link to access your online ordering site is: in

IES #HeartoftheHive Spirit Wear Coming Soon!

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FREE PARENT WORKSHOPS- From Special Services -> Click Below

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Weekly Update:

Good Evening FIVE IES Family,

2021 is off to a great start in FIVE. This week we had a blast with our "We are One in 2021"initiative. Students were able to show their spirit, and were able to hear speakers/ read a-louds from both our principal, Mrs. Fincannon, and from our district FIVE personnel. FIVE students were able to become pen pals with students who are attending the in-person learning option and were able to express other methods of creating unity across our district. We look forward to another great week ahead as we continue to work hard to connect our FIVE students and teachers back to IES. Our teachers and students are also working hard to both teach and learn at a high level. We are continuously impressed by their efforts. We are also constantly impressed by how hard our parents/ guardians are working to both support our teachers, your students, and our school. We know it isn't easy, but please know we appreciate all of your efforts. As a reminder, please check back through your students grade book to ensure that your student is completing assignments and is attending all class sessions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or your students teacher if this is something we can help you with or if there are any questions we can answer. We also ask that if you have any suggestions or ideas for something that can help to make our FIVE virtual academy more successful that you are more than welcome to reach out to me with your ideas. We know that we are #bettertogether and our cohesion with our parents, community, teachers, and students allows us opportunity for increased success. Have a great week!


Jason Bebber

FIVE Contact


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FIVE Dates of Interest:

  • Jan. 20th- 2-4pm Chromebook Case Pickups (Bus Loop/ In Front of Cafeteria) Please make plans if possible to pickup your FIVE Chromebook case if you have not already.
  • Jan. 24th- Last Day for FIVE Spirit Wear Orders
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  • Students are expected to attend all classes face to face in our virtual program. If your student is absent, please provide documentation to the classroom teacher. Students must attend class the majority of the day to be marked present.
  • Please look at your child's daily schedule carefully to ensure they are logging into each live Google Meet each day. This includes all related area classes.
  • VIDEO: Supporting Students in a Virtual Environment
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FIVE Celebrations

  • Send pictures and celebrations to or to be included in the weekly parent/FIVE newsletter and in our school highlights on social media.
  • Feel free to share pictures on social media using the hashtag #FIVEinLexRich5 and #HeartoftheHive
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