The Bulldog's Bark

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November 2020

Colvin's Corner

Dear Busbee Families,

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.

Kind Regards,

Sonya Colvin

Thanksgiving: November 26-27

Important Dates

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


Reminders from Ms. Colvin!

Thank you to all of our parents on car line. With your help and patience, we have been able to transition to an electronic dismissal system. Remember you must have your tag displayed at pick-up. If you need additional car tags, they are $3.00 and may be picked-up at school. Please call ahead.

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

* Medication Permission Forms are available online at or for pick-up from Nurse Poole. If picking up from the school, please call ahead and we will have the form ready or forms can be sent home with the student.

* 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.

Super Specials

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Counselor's Connection

Literacy Notes from Ms. Farmer!

Welcome back! I am looking forward to the opportunity to read with your children again! Some of the programs that we hope to have this year are, PAW Partners for first grade, Super Readers for second grade, a virtual Literacy Week, and Read Across America week.

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.

PTO Updates

Busbee Elementary PTO Officers

Taylor Batchelor - President

Katie Love - Vice President

Wanda Yon - Treasurer

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School Improvement Council

All About School Improvement Councils

Key Points

  • 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.

Key Functions

  • 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

Congratulations to Michael Strock and Brittany Jeffcoat for being chosen as our new Parent Representatives for our School Improvement Council.

The rest of the Committee is as follows:

Sonya Colvin

Karen Fiery

Melesia Farkas

Jennifer Starnes

Bridgett Harter

Stefanie Douglas

Denise Wyatt

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