The Bulldog's Bark
We Grow Leaders Here!
I am happy to have our students back full time and in school for five days a week! This has not been an easy time but I am so proud of our students, faculty/staff and families for meeting all the challenges of back to school safely, masks and social distancing. Busbee Bulldogs have done an excellent job!
This week begins our second quarter of school. We will have several activities this month that we hope will be fun for the students. Read further through this newsletter for more information.
Parents, please make sure that you are logging into your Parent Portal to routinely check your child's grades and absences. Please contact your child's teacher to schedule a face to face, virtual or phone conference.
A message especially for our virtual parents: Please log into your Parent Portal and complete the Aiken Innovate Survey. This survey should be completed between October 23 (and no later than) November 13th indicating whether you wish your student to remain in Aiken iNNOVATE or to return to face-to-face instruction. This deadline is very important so that we can make staffing plans.
Thanksgiving: November 26-27
November 9-12- Snow Cone Pre-sales
November 11- Veteran's Day - Wear Red, White and Blue
November 11 - Report Cards will be available in the Parent Portal (Power School)
November 12 - PTO Krispy Kreme Fundraiser ends
November 13 - Christmas Pictures
November 13 - World Kindness Day - Wear a cardigan and spread kindness
November 13 - Snow Cones
November 13 - Purple Up Day
November 24 - Make-up Pictures
November 25 - Regular School Day
November 26-27 Thanksgiving Break
Wear red, white and blue in honor of Veteran's Day.
Wear your favorite cardigan in spirit of Mr. Fred Rogers and spread kindness with others.
Snow Cone presales 11/9-11/12.
Reminders from Ms. Colvin!
If you are coming to the school for any reason, you must have a mask. Double check for masks each morning for students and keep reminding them that they must wear them during the day. We are all in this together to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Parents, please regularly check book bags for your child's masks. We are beginning to see a pattern of children wearing the same masks several days in a row. It may be a simple as children forgetting to put their masks in the dirty clothes at home - if so, please remind them.
Students should have several clean masks that they wear during the week. Due to the times that we are in, we now consider masks to be like any other article of clothing: students should wear clean masks just like clean clothes each day.
Notes from the Nurse
* Medications must be dropped off by a parent or guardian. Medications cannot be sent to school with students. This includes over the counter medication as well.
* Medications will NOT be accepted without the completed Medication Permission Form. All prescription medications require a Health Care Provider's Signature. Please make sure to have this done bringing medications to the school. Medication must be brought in the original up to date prescription bottle.
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Poole at 803-564-1000, option 2 or ext. 57004.
Attendance and Transportation
Our instructional day begins at 7:45. Parents or guardians of students who accumulate excessive tardies will be required to attend a conference with Mrs. Smith, our Student Information Clerk and Administration. Tardies cause your student to begin their day trying to catch up their work. Unexcused tardies may result in a referral to the attendance office and/or family court.
Students are required to bring written documentation for absences within 5 days from the day they return from an absence. Parents who anticipate a student’s absence of more than five consecutive days should apply immediately for homebound instruction.
The principal shall approve or disapprove absences in excess of 10 (5 for semester classes). A medical note or other documentation will be required after a student accumulates 10 absences (5 for semester) in order to assist the principal in making that decision.
Absences with no documentation are automatically considered unlawful.
Students who accumulate 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences will be considered truant. Parents/guardians and students (12 years and older) will be contacted to develop a written Attendance Intervention Plan. Failure to participate and/or adhere to the plan will result in a referral to the District Attendance Office and/or Family Court.
We CANNOT accept any transportation changes over the phone. ALL changes must be in writing. For ALL bus transportation concerns or changes, please call 803-564-1103.
For the safety of our students do not drop students off before 7:00 am or request sign-outs after 2:15 pm.
Literacy Notes from Ms. Farmer!
In the classrooms the reading focus will be informational or expository text that the children will be listening to and reading. The school wide writing focus will be writing informational text.
Busbee Elementary PTO Officers
Katie Love - Vice President
Wanda Yon - Treasurer
School Improvement Council
All About School Improvement Councils
- The School Improvement Council (SIC) serves as an advisory committee to a school's principal and faculty.
- Unlike PTA/Os and other voluntary school organizations,councils are mandated by law to exist in every public school in South Carolina.
- SICs play a key role in the education of our state's children, bringing together parents, educators and community stakeholders to work collectively to improve their local schools.
- More than 16,000 people serve on SICs in South Carolina.
- SICs work with the school to develop and implement a five-year school improvement plan (school renewal plan).
- SICs monitor and evaluate success in reaching the plan's goals and objectives.
- SICs write an annual report to parents about the progress of the plan.
- SICs assist the principal in writing the narrative for the School Report Card.
- SICs advise on the use of school incentive awards and provide assistance as requested by the principal.
School Improvement Councils do not have any of the powers and duties reserved by the local school board.
2020-2021 SIC Committee Members
The rest of the Committee is as follows: