The Bobcat Blaze

December 3, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families,

It was a busy and productive week back for our Bobcats! They came back pumped, ready to learn and grow!

Our 2nd - 5th grade students will participate in State Practice Testing next week for ELA and Math to prepare from for standardized testing in the Spring. Please ensure your student in on time, has a good night's rest, and a hearty breakfast so they can do their best work.

Thank you to some of the Dreher High School student athletes who surprised our students as they assisted with morning drop-off on Friday. It was a joy to watch and students loved meeting "the big kids."

Enjoy this wonderful weekend weather and we will see you back in Bobcat Country on Monday!

Principal's Message


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, December 9.............................................Richland One Virtual Magnet Fair (details below)

  • Monday, December 13.............................................Round One Choice Applications Open


  • Monday, January 31................................................Round One Choice Applications Close

-Updated School Information-

+++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








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---------SCHOOL NEWS---------

Congratulations to Our 22-23 Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Dana Copeland, Second Grade Teacher

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The A.C. Moore family would like to congratulate Ms. Dana Copeland for being selected to represent our school as the 22-23 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Copeland was selected by her colleagues for not only her commitment to student learning and academic success, but for also being an advocate for students and families in the school community.

Ms. Copeland received her B.S. in Pre-K/Primary Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. Ms. Copeland's instructional approach and interactions with students truly embodies her belief that a child does not care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Ms. Copeland will celebrate her 13th year of being an educator in February 2022. She has spent most of her career in Florida, but she has also had the opportunity to teach in Egypt for 4 years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and cooking.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Dana Copeland for be selected as the 22-23

Teacher of the Year!

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Our Bobcat family would like to send a special thank you to the Dreher student-athletes (many of them were Bobcats) for visiting and assisting our students with morning routines today! Our students and staff enjoyed their visit! It is our hope that they can will join us again soon! Offers Free, Real-time Tutoring for All South Carolina Residents

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.
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  • Unlock even more features with a account. Creating a account is optional and not required to connect with a tutor.

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Take A Look at Your Bobcats Engaged in Learning!

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

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Please remember to check the News from the Nurse page on the A.C. Moore website for important health-related information. You will find many valuable resources, including medication forms, links to reputable health agencies, and current immunization guidelines. As always, contact Nurse Robinson with any questions or needs.

Let's all stay healthy and keep each other healthy!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

Phone: 803-929-3886


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.

It's not too late...get your flu shot!

Dr. Linda Bell - Flu Vaccine PSA 2021 (60 Second)

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

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5 Immune-Boosting Foods to Feed Your Family Now

Foods that boost your immune system may lead to a lower susceptibility to infection and have many other health benefits. So when cooking for yourself and your loved ones, try incorporating these five immune-boosting foods into your meals: sweet potato, citrus, red kidney beans, peanut butter, and broccoli.

5 Immune-Boosting Foods to Feed Your Family Now

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

------------DISTRICT NEWS------------

Richland One parents can learn about the district’s magnet programs and the unique opportunities they offer students during the Virtual Magnet Fair on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Parents will receive information about magnet programs from school and district staff, and they will be able to ask questions during the fair, which will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams.

At the elementary school level, Richland One’s magnet programs include career awareness, Montessori and language immersion, as well as pre-kindergarten. Magnet programs for middle school students include career exploration, medical and Montessori. At the high school level, the district offers career preparation and health sciences magnet programs, along with the Richland Middle College and Virtual School Programs.

Richland One students are assigned to schools according to where they live and may apply to enroll in a magnet program within the district through the choice program. All students who live in Richland One’s attendance zone are eligible for admission to magnet programs, unless the program is designated as one that is zoned for a specific attendance area.

Admission is based on successful completion of the application process, which may include attending an information session. Parents are asked to register online at To learn more about Richland One’s magnet programs, go to the Richland One Magnet Programs page on the district’s website at

Important Choice Dates

Round One Applications:
  • Opens: Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Closes: Monday, January 31, 2022

COVID-19 Mitigation Updates

November 10, 2021

Dear Richland One Colleagues,

During this school year, Richland One has experienced decreasing numbers of COVID-19 quarantines and cases among our students and staff. We attribute this to the wearing of masks and other mitigating strategies that have been in place. I want to thank our students, staff and parents for your efforts.

Throughout the pandemic, Richland One has sought and used information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as we navigated the pandemic. That practice continues.

Yesterday, the City of Columbia repealed its mask mandate ordinance. However, our face covering policy (Board Policy ADD) is still in effect. Note that the CDC and DHEC have not changed their recommendations as it relates to schools. Also, there may be an uptick in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.

Our mitigating strategies have kept more students in school and we want to continue in this direction. We will keep monitoring COVID-19 trends and incidence rates, and we will review our mask wearing requirement for students and staff after the beginning of the new calendar year.

Again, thank you for your understanding and support.


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.


Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Attendance...What You Need to Know

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ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group

Revised COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Safety Protocols

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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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

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

Customer Service Number


Further Information

  • Please pre-register using the link. 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: No
Referral Needed: No
Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All Ages

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Site

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
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.