The Bobcat Blaze

--April 23, 2021--

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!


I hope you all have had an enjoyable week. The students were excited to participate in our March of Dimes fundraiser to determine which staff member would get a pie to the face! Students were also sent home this week with their Spring photos from Strawbridge. Please follow the directions on the envelope if you are interested in purchasing either via the school or online.


This week you should participated in or been contacted by your child's homeroom teachers regarding parent-teacher conferences. Thank you for partnering with us to achieve student success!


Thank you for all the hard work you all are doing to wrap up this unique school year alongside our staff! We have some fun things on the horizon so stay tuned!


Have a great weekend!


Principal's Message

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Important Dates and Upcoming Events

---APRIL---

April 15th-23rd.........................................Pie Smash March of Dimes Event (details below)


April 24th.................................................Early Learners Conference (details in District News section below)


April 26th-April 30th................................Plant Sale, Heyward Career and Technology Center (details below)


April 28th.................................................Rising 5K Parent Orientation (Virtual) 5:30pm


April 30th..................................................Deadline the 2021 Youth Conservation Poster Contest (details below)

---May---

May 4th.....................................................................Joy of Parenting Workshop, 6 pm (details below)


May 18th...................................................................SC READY Writing (online) Grades 3-5


May 19th...................................................................SC READY Reading (online) Grades 3-5


May 25th...................................................................SC READY Math (online) Grades 3-5


May 27th...................................................................SCPASS Science (online) Grade 4


May 31st...................................................................Memorial Day Holiday, No School

Rising 5K Parent Orientation

Join Kindergarten teachers, Georgia (Hollowell) Carfley and Lauryn Schubiger for the Rising Kindergarten Parent Orientation! They have planned this virtual event for Wednesday, April 28th at 5:30 pm. Please click the flyer below to register!

MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISER

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Our Bobcats showed their support for all babies and moms by bringing in donations for a great cause. For our efforts, we will be able to donate $2,130.34 to the March of Dimes! As we conclude our fundraiser I would like to extend a special thank you to the families, parents, students, and faculty members for their support of our fundraising activities. Take a look at the names of the people that have earned a spot in the March of Dimes Virtual Hall of Fame! Their names have been listed for every dollar they donated.

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The Great Bobcat Pie Smash

It Has Been Decided!

Thank you for participating in the Great Bobcat Pie Smash! We appreciate you for sending in numerous donations in support of the March of Dimes fundraiser. Many students cast their vote by placing a donation in the container of the staff member they wanted to see getting smashed! The donations have been counted and the 2021 Great Bobcat Pie Smash winner is art teacher, Mr. Clamp!


The Pie Smash will take place via virtual assembly in May! Be sure to check the Bobcat Blaze for the date! A special thank you to the other Pie Smash participants for their willingness to be smashed!


  • Mrs. Aldridge, Principal
  • Mrs. Evering, Assistant Administrator
  • Mrs. Romanstine, CRT
  • Mrs. Dantzler, Bookkeeper
  • Mrs. Balthazor, School Counselor
  • Ms. Faulks, Instructional Assistant
  • Mr. Hingleton, Special Education Teacher
  • Ms. Britt, Pre-K Teacher
  • Ms. Gowan, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Copeland, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Mrs. Hollowell, Kdg. Teacher
  • Ms. Martz, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Madison, 3rd Grade Teacher
March of Dimes Fundraiser

Healthy children are our business at A.C. Moore! Help us ensure that babies get a healthy start by donating to the March of Dimes' Mother of a Movement. Click the banner above to join our team & raise funds to fight for the health of moms & babies!

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District 2021 Poster Contest

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District's deadline to enter the 2021 conservation education poster contest is rapidly approaching!


The 2021 Youth Conservation Poster Contest, open to all Richland County K-12 students, invites students to combine artistic skills with scientific knowledge to illustrate the theme "Healthy Forests = Healthy Communities." Students may design their posters/images digitally or on paper, but click here to submit your entry electronically (photographs or scanned images of paper illustrations may be submitted as .jpg, .png, or .pdf files).


Cash prizes for successful entries are available! Entries are due by April 30, 2021. Below is a brochure on the contest. View more background information and entry instructions here.

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Annual Plant Sale

The Horticulture Program at Heyward Career and Technology Center is preparing for their Spring Plant Sale on April 26th thru 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be an assortment of vegetables, annuals, perennials, indoor plants, herbs, and hanging baskets for sale. See the flyer for more details.

Joy of Parenting Workshop

SC READY and SC PASS--Testing Dates May 18th and 19th, May 25th and 27th

SC PASS Assessment: A Brochure for Parents and Students

Click here for information about the upcoming State Assessment for 4th and 6th graders.

Sc ready assessment: a brochure for parents & students

Click here for information about the upcoming State Assessment for 3rd-8th graders.

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for April

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Richland County Health Department (Public health provider – public health clinic)

Accepting eligible appointments.

Vaccine manufacturer: Moderna

2000 Hampton St. , Columbia , SC 29204

1-855-472-3432

CONTACT THIS PROVIDER


Walgreens #11433 (Pharmacy - chain)

Accepting eligible appointments.

Vaccine manufacturer: Moderna

1941 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 29205

CONTACT THIS PROVIDER



Prisma Health Baptist (Hospital)

Accepting eligible appointments.

Vaccine manufacturer: Pfizer

Taylor @ Marion St., Columbia, SC 29203

833-277-4762

CONTACT THIS PROVIDER

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites for April

DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for April

Open weekdays: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Further Information

  • Please register using the link below
  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes


Address: 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201

Contact Details: https://www.tourhealth.com/

Customer Service Number: 866-416-6341

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SCHOOL NEWS

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Bobcats in Action!!

Mrs. Hollowell's Class

...writing about their weekend.

...working on math concepts.

...completing morning work.

Mrs. Frick's 1st Grade Class

...using cookies to learn about erosion.

Ms. Gowan's 2nd Grade Class

...sharing I AM poems

...sharing Haiku poems

Ms. Kozeny's 3rd Grade Class

In Ms. Kozeny's 3rd grade class, students submitted reviews about book selections they completed. Below you will find book reviews by an anonymous reviewer and Zane Humphrey.

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Wellness Watch

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Nature-Based Bingo

Celebrate the natural world around us in recognition of Earth Day and every day using this handy BINGO card filled with nature-friendly activities. Also available in Spanish. Complete your card and return it to Mrs. Whetstone for a special prize!

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A Bobcat Spotlight...AC Moore is NAEYC Accredited!

AC Moore has received a renewal of it's accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)!


Early childhood programs accredited by NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and continuous quality improvement.


NAEYC Accreditation is awarded for a five-year term. During that period, programs submit annual reports documenting that they are consistently meeting the NAEYC program standards. All NAEYC-Accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits by skilled and reliable NAEYC program assessors to ensure that they continue to meet the standards.


A special congratulations to the Early Childhood educators for their efforts in preparing for the renewal process and for their hard work and dedication to the Bobcat students!

Fall Re-Cap for AiR

During the Fall semester, our Bobcat students had an opportunity to engage in several educational opportunities through the Artist-in-Residency (AiR) program. We appreciate the efforts and information delivered by our artists and would like to say a special thank you to them and to the Bobcat related arts and classroom teachers for making AiR a great experience for students. Please click the banner below to view the Fall recap video prepared by Mrs. Warren. We look forward to featuring more classes and students in the Spring.

Attention Bobcat Families:

If any of your contact information has changed (phone number, address, email address, emergency contacts) since the start of the school year please contact database specialist Madolyn Thorpe at madolyn.thorpe@richlandone.org. We need the most accurate information in Powerschool to ensure you receive school communication.

School Improvement Council

Report to the Parents

This report is issued by the AC Moore Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) in accordance with South Carolina law to share information on the school's progress in meeting various goals and objectives, the work of the SIC, and other accomplishments during the school year.

Information from your PTO

To stay up-to-date on PTO happenings, please click the link below to register for the Bobcat e-Blast! If you are currently receiving the Bobcat e-Blasts, you will still need to complete the form and provide your information. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVTMQYJ


Thanks,

Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes (PTO chairs)

acmbobcatspto@gmail.com


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Asi usted haya recibido el Bobcat e-Blast en el pasado, por favor complete esta informacion- estamos haciendo una nueva base de datos. Estamos planeando las reuniones del PTO los miercoles en la tarde, al comienzo virtualmente, por eso esten pendiente de los anuncios que haga la Directora Aldridge en el Bobcat Blaze (periodico de la escuela) para mas informacion de la primera reunion.


Gracias, y espero verlos pronto!

Carrie Smith & Kim Pordes ( representantes del PTO)

Tech Tips

For Parents and Teachers...

Richland One IT Help Desk

You can get remote assistance by calling the IT Help Desk Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 803-231-7436.

Mark Your Calendars for...

Funny, Random, & Weird Holidays

Did you participate in a wacky holiday last week? Don't forget to send a picture of your family's celebration to Mrs. Whetstone at andrea.whetstone@richlandone.org. Here are a few weird holidays for your family to think about this week.


April 23.......................................................Take a Chance Day

April 23.......................................................Impossible Astronaut Day

April 23.......................................................Lover's Day


April 25.......................................................DNA Day

April 25.......................................................World Pinhole Photography Day


April 26.......................................................Pretzel Day

April 26.......................................................Richter Scale Day


April 29.......................................................Zipper Day


April 30.......................................................Honesty Day

We Want to See Your Bobcat Student MAKING TRACKS!

We would love to share in your student's success by seeing them in action! Submit a photo of your Bobcat completing their asynchronous assignments and/or activities your student's picture can be featured in an upcoming issue of the Bobcat Blaze! Submit your photos to Mrs. Whetstone at andrea.whetstone@richlandone.org.

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DISTRICT NEWS

4th Annual Early Learners Conference

The Richland One Department of Early Childhood Education and ThriveRichland present the 4th Annual Early Learners Conference. Registration is now open. You may register using this link. The conference theme is Brain Builders: Families, Schools, and Communities Collectively Striving to Expand Young Minds. Parents, childcare directors, childcare providers, school leaders, prekindergarten teachers, and prekindergarten instructional assistants are invited to attend. The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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Restart Strong

The newsletter provided below will gives an overview/update on the district’s transition to Phase 3 of the Restart Strong Reopening of Schools Plan. Click the link to get the most up-to-date information about the Phase 3 plan.

Parents, students and staff can now get up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases in the district through Richland One’s new online tracking dashboard.


A link to the dashboard, which will be updated daily, is posted on the Restart Strong page on the district’s website www.richlandone.org/restartstrong. In addition to listing the number of positive and quarantined COVID-19 cases among Richland One students and staff, the dashboard includes the number of cases at each district school and administrative building. It also shows daily, weekly and year-to-date summaries of the number of positive COVID-19 cases.


“Richland One’s goal in creating the COVID-19 dashboard is to provide the most accurate and current information possible to our community,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “Having the same data allows us all to work together to better protect our students and staff.”


COVID-19 data is compiled daily by the district’s Nursing Services office and Accountability, Assessment, Research and Evaluation department. The information shown on Richland One’s dashboard may differ from the reports from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), which are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Media inquiries should be directed to the Richland One Office of Communications.

Registration Information for Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Office of School Readiness & Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Additional information about Richland One's Pre-K Program can be found using the above link.

Parent Information for Pre-Kindergarten Registration

You MUST attend a virtual parent information session (live or recorded) before registering for Pre-K. Use the above link to sign up for a live parent information sessions listed, or watch the video and complete the survey to get credit for attending.

District Resources

Be in-the-know with information directly from Richland School District One with one click! Visit #restartstrong for the newest updates!

ThriveRichland

ThriveRichland is a birth to four initiative established by Richland County School District One with the overall goal of increasing the percentage of children entering kindergarten ready to learn. The three major focus areas of ThriveRichland are:


  • High quality professional development and support for early childhood professionals

  • Comprehensive family wellness and engagement

  • Development of a plan for an early learning lab school within Richland One


ThriveRichland is offering families with children from birth to four and opportunity to join an online play group. Click the link below for details on how to sign up your family.

ThriveRichland Online Play Groups