The Bobcat Blaze

January 22, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!


I hope you've had a great week. As always, thank you to all for the hard work you are doing during our return to Phase 1. Please monitor your email and that of your student(s) for updated information from their homeroom teacher. Schoolwide updates are also communicated weekly in The Bobcat Blaze and via our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and school website). As of today, students are still expected to return to Phase 2 beginning Monday, February 1st. If that changes, communication will be sent out as soon as possible.


As we ushered in a change in our country's top administration this week I could not help but think of our beloved A.C. Moore Elementary. The culture of care we continue to build within these school walls is admirable. We too believe in leaving no child left behind, strive to be the light for all students, and hope to build a better future for all. I could not be prouder to serve among such talented and diverse students, staff, and families. Thank you for allowing me to walk alongside you during this journey! As always, we are A.C. Moore STRONG! #gobobcats


Principal's Message: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/b288ac02cf29a211862f425db8a93503

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

January

  • January 25th - 29th ..........Students Remain in Phase1 Instructional Model (E-Learning)

---see additional information concerning the continuation of e-Learning in the "District News" section below


  • January 21st.....................Pre-K Registration Begins (details below)


  • January 26th.....................End of Second Nine Weeks


  • January 26th....................Joy of Parenting Workshop: Attendance Matters! (details below)

  • January 29th.....................Teacher Workday

February

  • February 1st ..........TEA with ME, Zoom Meeting with Parent and Family Engagement Specialist Sylvia Rogers

---see flyer below


  • February 3rd ..........Lunch and Learn, Zoom Meeting with Parent and Family Engagement Specialist Sylvia Rogers

----Balance Literacy Focus: Interactive Read Alouds

---see flyer below


  • February 5th.....................Early release day, Professional Development for Teachers


  • February 15th...................No School for Students, Professional Development Day for Teachers

Return to E-Learning

January 12, 2021


Dear Richland One Families,


On December 14, 2020, we shared with you our intent of starting this calendar year in the Phase 1 (eLearning) mode due to the increases in COVID-19 incidence rates, positivity rates and trends, along with our concerns about the availability of staff. Prior to the winter break, there were staffing concerns at several schools across the district.


Now that we are in the second week of January, we continue to monitor the health data and the other indicators that assist us in making informed decisions regarding how we continue to navigate the impact that COVID-19 has on the district as it relates to instructional delivery. Presently, we know that the incidence rates continue to climb, and we continue to assess staffing levels.


Given where we are at this point, Richland One will remain in Phase 1 (eLearning) at least for two additional weeks, through Friday, January 29.


The rationale for this continuation is as follows:


  • We do not want to create a situation in which a series of schools may open only to have to close due to staffing concerns due to COVID-19 positivity rates, isolation and quarantine protocols.
  • We want to maintain as much consistency as possible in a particular learning modality.
  • Extending the return to eLearning also allows the district an opportunity to assess vaccination protocols for teachers and other staff.


Again, I appreciate all of our staff, students and parents for your understanding of the many complexities and challenges that we face due to the pandemic. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.


Sincerely,


Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Parent Engagement Opportunity

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.

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

DHEC - Pardon and Parole (Old Building)

Dates and Times for January

Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Further Information:

  • Report to the intersection of Greene St. and Heidt St.
  • Appointment Needed: No
  • Referral Needed: No
  • Pediatric Testing Available: Yes


Address: 2204 Lee St, Columbia, SC 29205

Contact Details and Pre-Registration: https://scdhec.gov/GetTested

DHEC-Well Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times for January

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

Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Further Information




Address 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201

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

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SCHOOL NEWS

History Made in Washington This Week

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It is our hope that you had an opportunity to share with your Bobcat student an important American government ritual, the Presidential Inauguration. On Wednesday, January 20th, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and for the first time in American history, Senator Kamala Harris became the first woman, first African-American, and first person of South Asian decent to be sworn in as Vice-President of the United States. The inaugural ceremony took place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and was the 59th presidential inauguration.


For more kid-friendly information about the Inauguration process or Inauguration Day visit Britannica Kids or We Are Teachers

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.

Notes from the Nurse

Important reminders:

Hello Bobcat Families!


I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. I urge you to please, please, please notify me if any of the following occurs:


  1. your child is identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive for Covid
  2. tests positive for Covid himself/herself
  3. or becomes ill.

We are working hard to track these things, and accurate data is a critical component when it comes to decision-making. We want to get our kiddos back to A.C. Moore as soon as we can, but we have to do it safely. You can contact me via phone or email (quickest way).



In the meantime, please continue to wear your masks, socially distance, perform frequent hand hygiene, and stay home when advised.


Take care, everyone!


Jennifer Hurt, School Nurse


Phone: 803-929-3886

Email: jennifer.hurt@richlandone.org

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.

Wellness Watch

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Presents: Family Connection through Food

Mealtimes are great opportunities to connect with loved ones. Watch Chef Grace Ramirez, distinguished chef, author, and TV personality, share a quick and healthy recipe the whole family can enjoy

Family Connection through Food, featuring Chef Grace Ramirez

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.


January 22..........................................………Hot Sauce Day


January 22..........................................………Answer Your Cat's Questions Day


January 23..........................................………Handwriting Day


January 24..........................................………Compliment Day


January 24..........................................………Macintosh Computer Day


January 25..........................................………Opposite Day


January 26..........................................………Spouse's Day


January 27..........................................………Chocolate Cake Day


January 27..........................................………e-Day


January 28..........................................………Data Privacy Day


January 28..........................................………Fun at Work Day


January 29..........................................………Puzzle 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

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.

Apply to a Richland One Magnet School

Richland One’s diverse magnet programs include Montessori Programs, Career Magnets, Language Immersion Program, Medical Magnet Academy, Health Sciences Magnet, Richland One Middle College and the Virtual School Program.

Richland One Student Attendance Info for 2020-2021

As a parent or guardian you are responsible for ensuring that your child attends school either in person or virtually every day that school is in session. Please review the documents below for Richland One's attendance expectations.

District Resources

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

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