Springfield Elementary School
Dates To Remember
- 1, Blue Pops
- 1, Dr. Seuss Parade
- 4-15, Penny Wars Fundraiser
- 5, Spirit Night at TCBY (Baxter)
- 13 & 14, Kindergarten Registration
- 18-22, Spring Book Fair
- 19, Spirit Night at Carolina Ale House
- 22, Box Tops Deadline
- 23, Movie Morning at Redstone Theaters, 10 AM followed by Spirit Lunch at Which Wich
- 26, PTA Meeting in the Cafeteria @ 6:30 PM
- 27, Spirit Night at CiCi's Pizza
A Message From Our Principal
I want to start by giving a big shout out to our PTA! They have provided our families and staff with many exciting opportunities and treats to our school. It is commonly known that they organize school fundraisers which raise money for many projects for our school which are very important. We are also very thankful for the family events they plan, organize, and run like Outdoor Movie Night, Game Night, the Father/Daughter Dance, Cookies and Canvas, and the Mother & Son Laser Tag event coming up. These events plus operating the school store, Popsicles after the Boosterthon FunRun, providing the pool for our "Polar Plunge", Penny Wars, providing the monthly treat trolley for our staff, and so many other events and treats help make our school a special place. So, thank you PTA for all you do!
As many of you are aware, Fort Mill is growing very fast which has an impact on our school and other schools in the district. We will continue to experience growth at SES next year. Currently we are maintaining a student enrollment around 770 students. We are expected to grow around 120 students through the next year. Due to this projection, our school will be adding five more homeroom classes and an additional related arts class. We will have six homerooms next year at kindergarten and fifth grade and will have seven homerooms in grades first through fourth. We have already begun the interview process to hire additional teachers and have a plan to locate all new classrooms within our building. The Fort Mill School District does its best to maintain low student/teacher ratios, and that continues to be the plan. So, even though we are adding homerooms, we are expecting our student/teacher ratios to be in the high teens or low 20's. We are excited to continue to welcome new families to our school and look forward to another successful and exciting school year next year!
Kindergarten registration is on March 13 and March 14. If you have a child turning five before September 1, they are able to register. Registration both days begins at 8:30 and ends at 1:30. Further information and directions can be found on our website by clicking on the SES website button below. We look forward to welcoming our future Colts!
Please take a moment to read the important information for parents section below. Please let me know if you have any questions about that, our school growth, or anything at all. I am happy to help! Thank you for your continued support for your child's education and Springfield Elementary!
Peter Olinger, Principal
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
As many of you are already aware, there is some inappropriate content going around on the internet/YouTube. I’d like to share a few thoughts and also ask for your help. Our district Technology Department is aware, and I’m sharing a portion of the information that they shared with all teachers and staff…
- Be aware that hackers are now splicing inappropriate content into the middle of kid-friendly YouTube videos. Spliced content often promotes self-harm and includes disturbing images. For example, in the middle of Berenstain Bears video content was spliced in promoting the Momo Challenge which promotes children committing self-harm in an escalating series of challenges.
- Below is a link to an article from the Washington Post describing the problem: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/02/24/pediatrician-exposes-suicide-tips-children-hidden-videos-youtube-youtube-kids/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e85114622fa7
Living in this digital age, we know that there are both advantages and difficulties that we may not have experienced when we were kids. As parents, we experience the challenge of exposing our children to technology in a safe manner, while trying to avoid the negative, inappropriate content that is available in an instant. There are times when children come to school and discuss inappropriate content that they’ve seen or heard. We address it with the child, and work to communicate with the family to help make everyone aware. When it comes to the ‘Momo Challenge’, our expectation for students is similar to any other inappropriate content out there. Just so you are aware, students do not have access to YouTube here at school using their student account. Teachers, however, can access YouTube for educational purposes. If children have questions about the Momo Challenge, we are going to encourage them to talk to you as their parents. If children have been exposed to any of these videos, our teachers and Guidance Counselors are always available for support.
Please be sure you are closely monitoring your children’s access to YouTube and the internet at home, whether that be on a computer, phone, or other device. This is always a wise practice to incorporate with children because of their impressionable minds, but especially important considering the nature of this particular content on what may appear to be normal, child friendly videos. There are wonderful things about technology, but this is not one of them. We hope to partner with you to keep children safe, focused on their education, and help them to make wise choices as “digital citizens”.
Notes from the Nurse
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a change for required immunizations for the 2019-2020 school year and also one for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions regarding vaccines please consult your child’s pediatrician. For a complete look at the requirements of all vaccines or more information please visit their website www.scdhec.gov or refer to the district website for current guidelines.
Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year:
· 5th grade has been added to the requirement for (2) doses of varicella. A child with a positive
history of the disease is considered immune and is exempt from this requirement.
· 7th grade has been added to the requirement for three (3) doses of oral and/or inactivated polio
vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
· The requirement for measles, mumps and rubella vaccination has been updated to refer to MMR
vaccine, as it is the only available vaccine in the US. Requirements are: 1 dose of MMR vaccine on or
after the first birthday for childcare and 2 doses of MMR vaccine on or after the first birthday for
A new Hepatitis A vaccine requirement for childcare will begin July 1, 2020, and will begin for 5K
with the 2020-2021 school year.
· Childcare: 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine with both doses received on or after the first
birthday and separated by at least 6 months for any child born on or after January 1, 2019.
· School: 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine with both doses received on or after the first
birthday and separated by at least 6 months for 5K and an additional grade added each
Yearbook sale ends March 22nd!
Related Arts Messages
OH the places you will go... when you open a BOOK!! Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! March is upon us and the library continues to collect the following: 24 and 100 piece puzzles, starburst candy, new or used greeting cards and books that are collecting dust on your child's shelf! Thank you for all your support.
Until next month, happy reading!
P.S. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information on the PTA's upcoming book fair this month!
The school year seems to be flying by and we really feel it in technology. Kindergarten is learning about usernames and passwords and the keyboard. First Grade is learning about their Google Drive and getting ready to create a Google Doc. Second grade is learning about the many communities they are a part of on the Internet and how to be responsible on the Internet. Third and Fourth Grade are working on Internet Research Skills. Fifth grade is still engaged in their quest to make a movie incorporating stop action with green screen software and Google slides. I am really looking forward to seeing the final product of their hard work. It has been a learning process for me as well based on their imagination and making technology fit.