The Bobcat Blaze

May 6, 2022

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+++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









Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!

Thank you so much to our wonderful PTO and all the families who showered our staff in love and treats this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week! We truly have the best staff, students, and families in all of Richland One.

Parents of 3rd-5th grade students, please remember that state testing begins next week. You should have received information about this from your child's homeroom teacher. We have also placed the information within this newsletter and on our Facebook page. Ensure students are well rested, eat a healthy breakfast, are on time daily, and come ready to do their best. We encourage them to give it their best try, not to aim for perfection!

Please review this and upcoming Blaze editions thoroughly as we will place end of the year events and information here to keep you updated.

I want to wish all of our Mothers, Mothers-to-be, and those playing the maternal role in a child's life a VERY happy mothers day!

Have a great weekend and stay safe,

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • May 1-31...................................................................Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    ..................................................................................Mental Health Awareness Month

  • May 2-11...................................................................March of Dimes Fundraiser (details below)

  • May 9-19...................................................................SC FitMe and Special Olympics Fundraiser (details below)

  • May 10......................................................................SC Ready Writing, 3rd-5th Graders

  • May 11......................................................................SC Ready Reading, 3rd-5th Graders

  • May 16-20.................................................................SC FitMe Work-out Week (details below)

  • May 17......................................................................SC Ready Math, 3rd-5th Grade

  • May 19......................................................................SCPASS, 4th Graders Only

  • May 20......................................................................Field Day and Rivalry Run for SC FitMe and Special Olympics (details below)

-----Parent News and Reminders-----

SC READY Information (English)

SC READY Assessment: A Brochure for Parents and Students

SC PASS Information (English)

SCPASS Assessment: A Brochure for Parents and Students

SC PASS Information (Spanish)

Evaluación SCPASS: Un folleto para padres y alumnos

3rd - 5th grade students to take a stand-alone text dependent analysis field test

On Monday, May 23rd, a stand-alone field test form will include one text dependent analysis (TDA) question and will be administered online. The entire student population will be field tested in the online format for grades 3–8. Schools with waivers approved by the State Board of Education for paper testing must participate in this online field testing. In addition to providing important data for test development, exposure to online testing provides students with experience and practice for online testing in coming years.

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Order Your Field Day T-shirt...All Orders are Due on Monday!

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Dear A.C. Moore Family,

A.C. Moore Elementary will once again be supporting the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. Each year our students are pumped to be raising money to help moms and babies!

There are several ways that you can help us reach (or EXCEED!) our goal of $1,500. The first is by going online and making a donation, and by encouraging your friends and family members to do the same. Donating is easy, and if you, your friends, and your family members only donate $5 or $10 dollars each, it will make a HUGE difference. Also, the homeroom class that has the most parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends) make a donation to our team will receive a ICE CREAM PARTY!!!! Please follow these simple steps:

1. Go to:

2. If the link doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your browser.

3. Click on the pink “Donate to this Team” tab to make your donation.

3. Make sure to type in the name of your child’s teacher! ***

4. If you would like, you can also click on the purple “Join this Team” tab to sign up and raise funds on your own!


We are also going to have four FUN ways for your children to be involved in raising money to help the March of Dimes.

1. Will Mr. Clamp keep his lovely ponytail or will it be chopped off????? It’s up to our students! If $500 dollars are brought in and placed in our special “Mr. Clamp’s Ponytail” can between May 2nd and May 11th, then Mr. Clamp will be sporting a whole new look! The hair cutting event will take place for all to see later in May.

2. Popsicles for Preemies will be on sale at recess on Thursday, April 21st. Popsicles will cost $1, and all funds will be donated to this amazing cause.


3. Popcorn for Preemies will be on sale at recess on Friday, May 6th. Popcorn will cost $1, and all funds will be donated to help babies!

4. Bobcats for Babies Hall of Fame – Your child will have the opportunity to be a member of and have their names and/or family members’ names displayed on our Hall of Fame. Membership will cost $1 and their names will be written on mini March of Dimes signs and hung in our school for all to see. Your child will also receive a special sticker to wear to show membership.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and your openness to our efforts to support the March of Dimes and the research that it funds. Here at A.C. Moore, children are our top priority, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to be a part of an organization that is making sure that they get the best of care and treatment from the very start. Please feel free to email me at or to call me at 343-2910 Ext. 29208 if you have any questions.


Elizabeth Balthazor

School Counselor

March of Dimes


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Help your Bobcat raise money for a great cause and earn extra recess at the same time! Visit our SC FitMe webpage to make your online donation. Earn double points for your Superhero Squad for each dollar donated online!

I'm Ready to Donate

Rivalry Work-out Week, May 16th-20th

The last week of our fundraiser for SC FitMe and Special Olympics South Carolina begins on Monday, May 16th. We will continue supporting SC FitMe’s mission to build and maintain active lifestyles and wellness in our students and school community in addition to supporting Special Olympic Athletes.

Bobcat students will have the opportunity to ramp up their physical activity and help with our fundraiser!

Here is how it works:

1. Arrive at school at 7:05 am (late arrivals can participate but will have less time for activity)

  • Activity will be outside (weather permitting) or in the auditorium from 7:05-7:25

2. Send $1 for your child each day for the planned activities.

  • Your child will put their donation in the can for the Marvel or DC superhero squad they support.

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Rivalry Run for SC FitMe and Special Olympics, May 20th

Bobcats will soon be "Fun Running" for a cause! This year our annual Fun Run will be the Bobcat Rivalry Run. The $5 entry fee to participate will be used to raise funds to support SC FitMe and Special Olympics South Carolina.

The Bobcat Rivalry Run will be on Friday, May 20th. Students participating in the Rivalry Run will complete the run following the course below. All students with a signed permission slip will participate in the Rivalry Run as a runner ($5 entry fee) or as a spectator. The permission slip and/or entry fee is due to Mrs. Whetstone no later than Friday, May 13th.

Show your commitment to supporting SC FitMe and Special Olympic Athletes by running for team Marvel or DC Comics! At the conclusion of the run, the superhero squad with the most points (the squad that raised the most money) will be revealed.

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2022 Start Strong Summer Program


This is the R1 Start Strong Program hosted at Hand and Dreher this summer. This program is open is to ALL Students. Richland One is offering a two-week Start Strong Summer Program for rising 6th – 9th graders. This in-person program is designed to provide students with literacy and numeracy strategies that will help support their learning when they return to school in the fall. During the program, students will participate in engaging activities and have opportunities to receive incentives. Students will be assessed to determine their progress on content and skills learned in the summer program. There is no cost to attend the Start Strong Summer Program.

Registration Link

Parents/Guardians who register will be contacted before the end of the school year with more information.

Canisha Fletcher

Curriculum Resource Teacher

Hand Middle School

2600 Wheat Street

Columbia, SC 29205

803-343-2947 ext. 2207

Richland One está ofreciendo un programa de verano Start Strong de dos semanas para los estudiantes de sexto a noveno grado. Este programa en persona está diseñado para proporcionar a los estudiantes estrategias de alfabetización y aritmética que ayudarán a apoyar su aprendizaje cuando regresen a la escuela en el otoño. Durante el programa, los estudiantes participarán en actividades atractivas y tendrán la oportunidad de recibir incentivos. Los estudiantes serán evaluados para determinar su progreso en el contenido y las habilidades aprendidas en el programa de verano. No hay costo para asistir al programa de verano Start Strong.

Los detalles adicionales sobre el programa de verano Start Strong se enumeran a continuación:


o Se espera que los estudiantes asistan al programa en persona, todos los lunes a jueves, del 11 al 21 de julio de 2022. El programa estará cerrado la semana del 4 al 8 de julio de 2022.


o El horario diario será de 8:30 am a 12:30 pm.

Los estudiantes que ingresarán a los grados 6, 7 y 8 asistirán a Hand MS.

Los estudiantes que ingresarán al noveno grado asistirán a Dreher HS.

Complete el registro antes del martes 17 de mayo a las 3:00 p.m. Deberá completar un formulario por cada alumno que asista. Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con

Registro 2022 Start Strong Summer Program

The South Carolina State Department of Education Climate Survey

March 31, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The South Carolina State Department of Education (SCDE) is utilizing a Climate Survey for accountability/report cards this year as in the past. The delivery model for the survey has changed. Students in grades three through twelve will take the survey, however, the SCDE is placing the survey in the Student Portal account of PowerSchool instead of using a link or paper copies.

Before spring break, your student will be asked to create a Student Portal account for PowerSchool (if they don’t already have one) to access the survey when it becomes available. If they already have an account we will make sure they still have access. If they do not have an account, a sheet will be provided them so they can create an account. All students in grades three through twelve will be assisted by their schools, if needed, to create these accounts.

Parents will be receiving a Climate Survey through Parent Portal as well. If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account, please contact your student’s school and they will be able to assist you with setting up an account.

The Climate Survey will be available beginning April 4, 2022 and will close on May 27, 2022.

Absence Form

Click the banner above to report an absence for your student

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

If your student(s) will be eating breakfast at school, please be sure to have your Bobcat(s) arrive to campus with enough time to enter the cafeteria and complete their meal before 7:30.

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-----------School News-----------

A Bobcat Shout-out to...

Our PTO!!!

Thank you to our awesome PTO for the special gifts, treats, and acts of kindness they shared with Bobcat Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you so much for always supporting the Bobcat Family and Community!

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Today (May 6, 2022) is School Lunch Hero Day. The national observance is held annually on the first Friday in May to honor and celebrate the persons who are responsible for providing lunches and other school meals to millions of children across the country.

In Richland One, we appreciate the incredible work done by our cafeteria staff and all members of our Nutrition Services team. They serve more than 3 million meals to our students each year!

They routinely accomplish amazing feats. Not only do they ensure that our students receive healthy and nutritious meals during the school day and in our afterschool programs, but they also distribute meals for students to eat during scheduled breaks and in times of crisis when schools are closed.

On School Lunch Hero Day and every day, please join me in saluting and thanking our Nutrition Services team for all they do. #R1Strong


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.


Thank you Nurse Robinson!

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Happy National Nurses Week!


National Nurses Week 2022 kicks off Friday May 6! While one week is not enough to truly recognize the impact nurses have on all our lives, this week we share our appreciation and gratitude for all they do.

The goal of National Nurses Week is to recognize the contributions and sacrifices nurses make every day, and to remind us all to thank nursing professionals for their hard work to keep us healthy. Nurses Week is celebrated between May 6, National Nurses Day, and May 12, the birthdate of celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale.

With more than 3 million licensed nurses in the US today, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce. Nursing has become a highly specialized profession requiring a wide range of skills, including serving as a vital link between patients and physicians.

Nurses are the backbone and the heartbeat of health care, and the Ohio Board of Nursing is grateful for their strength and commitment to keep all Ohioans safe and healthy.

For more information about the history of National Nurses Week, and how to recognize outstanding nursing practice, please visit the American Nursing Association.

A Bobcat Shout-out to...

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The Bobcat Chorus!

Under the direction of music teacher and choral director, Elise Helms, the Bobcat Chorus, comprised of 3rd-5th grade students, received an Excellent rating at the Festival of Music held at Carowinds on Thursday! Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Helms and the Bobcat Chorus for doing a wonderful job!

A.C. Moore Celebrates...

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

A former congressional staffer in the 1970s, Jeanie Jew, pictured above, first approached Representative Frank Horton with the idea of designating a month to recognize Asian Pacific Americans, following the bicentennial celebrations. In June 1977 Representatives Horton, and Norman Y. Mineta, introduced a United States House of Representatives resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate a month later by Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga.

The proposed resolutions sought that May be designated for two reasons. For on May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the United States. More than two decades later, on May 10, 1869, the golden spike was driven into the First Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed using Chinese labor. President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration on October 5, 1978. On May 1, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Proclamation 8369, recognizing the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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Mental Health Month: Together For Mental Health

For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” We will use this time to bring our voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.

Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Help us spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share awareness information, images and graphics for #MHAM throughout May.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

May Newsletter

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Parent Leadership Partners Program

Carolina Family Engagement Center Training Opportunity

The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC), housed in the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC), has a professional development opportunities to share!

Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program Train the Trainer

CFEC has had a lot of success with its PLP program and many school districts have inquired about the possibility of running similar programs in their districts. Due to this interest, CFEC has developed a virtual Train the Trainer program so that South Carolina school/district administrators, community members, parents, and/or teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a PLP program can do so! For more information see the flyer attached. To register for this summer session, click HERE.

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THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in the Kinsa FLUency program. I have now distributed free Smart thermometers to nearly 150 A.C. Moore students and staff. Please download the Kinsa app and activate your new thermometer as soon as possible. See the flyer below for easy instructions and, as always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. The last ordering window for this school year closes on April 3. Let me know if you would still like to participate!

Jennifer Robinson, School Nurse


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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.

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

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#Summer Swap

Healthier Generation & Kohl’s are helping you make healthier choices this summer. By making simple swaps, you can eat healthy, stay active & recharge your mind. Read the #SummerSwap blog series to learn how your choices affect your health.

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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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Take A Look at Your Bobcats...

Engaged in Learning!

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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The Richland One Board of School Commissioners Approves 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Richland One Parents,

The Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved the district’s 2022-2023 academic calendar at last night's board meeting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 will be the first day of school for Richland One students. The last day of school will be Friday, May 26, 2023, which will be an early release day for students.

Other key dates include:

  • Thanksgiving Break – November 23-25, 2022
  • Winter Break – December 21-30, 2022
  • Spring Break – April 10-14, 2023

Draft Calendar B, which was the calendar that was approved by the Board, was the one that was preferred based on feedback obtained through the online survey of students, parents and staff. The Board gave its initial approval of the 2022-2023 calendar at the March 8 board meeting. The 2022-2023 calendar is posted on the district’s website (; click on the District Calendars link under Site Shortcuts.

Karen E. York

Executive Director of Communications

Richland County School District One

Masks Are Optional for Richland One Students and Staff

Superintendent's Book Club

We are so excited to participate in this year’s Superintendent's Book Club. Students in grades prekindergarten – eighth who either read 100 picture books or ten chapter books between March 2 and May 6 will become members of the club. New book club members will receive prizes and an invitation to a reading celebration.

As a school, we will also be awarding prizes to the top two readers in both PreK-2nd Grade and 3rd-4th Grade each month. Make sure your child is logging all the great books they are reading at home on their reading log. Please also note, that books read aloud to them count as well.

Happy Reading!

Register for the 2022-2023 Pre-K Program Now!

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Free COVID-19 Test Kits

If you have not placed your order for 4 free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website, please do so today! Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.


Click the banner above for the most recent COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district. The COVID-19 tracker is updated by 4 pm each evening.

21-22 COVID-19 Mitigation & Safety Protocols

Click the banner above to view the COVID-19 Mitigation and Safety Protocols (revised 3-11-2022).

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Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed

Attendance...What You Need to Know

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ThriveRichland Spark Time (Virtual ) Play Group

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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Big picture 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.
  • offers test prep assistance, skills coaching, and help with specific math and essay-writing questions.
  • Unlock even more features with a account. Creating a account is optional and not required to connect with a tutor.

Visit to get started. If you don't know the Discus login information, contact

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Free Tuition for Technical Colleges in South Carolina

Good afternoon,

Below are links about a recent educational opportunity in South Carolina that may be beneficial for high school students within the district and/or parents/caregivers within your school communities interested in continuing their education. This initiative, SC Workforce Scholarships for the Future, has been designated $17 million in GEER funding for the Spring semesters. The governor is asking Congress for an additional $24 million from the American Rescue Act funds to extend the program through June 2024.

This initiative allows any adult in South Carolina the opportunity to attend one of sixteen technical colleges for free if they choose to major in a high-demand career preparation program including: construction, nursing, manufacturing, technology, hospitality/tourism, and early care and education.

Links with more information:

· South Carolina technical colleges free tuition: how it'll work |

· McMaster: Pandemic cash for free 2-year degrees (

Hope this helps!

Laurann Gallitto Patel, MMFT

Lead Regional Family Engagement Liaison

Midlands Region


Carolina Family Engagement Center

College of Education

University of South Carolina

820 Main Street

Columbia, SC 29208

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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.

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DHEC - Richland County Health Department

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30

Further Information

  • Self-Administered COVID-19 PCR Test Kits are also available
  • Call ahead for availability

Appointment Needed: No

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

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SC READY Information (Spanish)

Evaluación SC READY Un folleto para padres y alumnos