Pontiac Elementary School


Employee Choice is an employee benefit that allows full-time Richland School District Two employees to enroll their children into the Richland Two school of their choice. If you fall into one of the following two categories, then you need to complete the 2015-2016 Employee Choice Form:

  1. You are a full-time employee, do not reside in the district, but want to enroll your child in a Richland Two school.
  2. You are a full-time employee, reside in the district, but you want to send your child to a school other than your residentially zoned school.

Every employee utilizing the Employee Choice option must complete the application process each school year. Now is the time to complete the form online.

Click on the link below to review compete details on the Employee Choice program and to access the 2015-2016 Employee Choice Form. The deadline for submitting your form is February 23, 2015.

Important points to remember:

  • If you reside outside Richland School District Two and wish to use the Employee Choice Option, you will need to obtain a release from your residential school district.
  • If you qualify for Employee Choice, there is no need for you to apply for Expanded Choice.
  • Employee Choice does not include enrollment into magnet programs or magnet centers. You must apply through the Choice Program for these programs/centers:


The district has mandated all schools to have a Health Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to develop and implement wellness information and physical activities for the entire school population...faculty, staff, and students.

Mrs. Ellis has agreed to chair this council. Upon our return from winter break, she would like to get started working with this committee. Your ideas are welcomed! At the end of the year, a report must be sent to the district detailing the initiatives we participated in at our school.

If you are willing to be on this committee, please email Daleen Ellis of your interest. The committee will meet once a month at our school. We look forward to hearing what great ideas you would like to see happen at Pontiac. Merry Fitness and a Healthy New You!!

A message from our School Nurse

How does the flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.


Cough or sneeze into the elbow area, and not into your hands.

If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.

Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses and may offer some protection against the flu.

Note: Please remember if a student is coughing a lot, and you have an "extra cough drop", please don't share it with any of your students. Cough drops are considered a medication, and requires a parent permission slip for the health room to dispense it. If a student develops a bad reaction from an ingredient inside the cough drop this can create a lot of problems.


1. The hospitality room will be set up in the Parent Perch. Please remember to provide items for this room for our staff and presenters.

2. The deli tray that has been purchased is for presenters.

3. We will order from Albert's Deli. Please include appropriate information on the envelope if you wish to order.

A big thank you to the Science Safari committee for arranging such a special curriculum day for our students!

Team Leaders meeting

Monday, Dec. 15th, 3:30pm

Office Conference Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Chorus Holiday Concert

Monday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

RNE Auditiorium

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Holiday Performance at PES

Wednesday, Dec. 17th, 1-2:30pm


K-2 and Lower Montessori program will begin at 1pm (We will begin calling at 12:45pm)

3-5 and Upper Montessori program will begin at 1:45pm

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Thursday, Dec. 18th, 8:30am-2:30pm

500 Spears Creek Church Road

Columbia, SC

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Lunch with Leaders

Friday, Dec. 19th, 10:45am-12:45pm


Please be sure to add your student's name to the Google Doc!


Administration appreciates each of you! We know how busy these upcoming weeks are; your excitement and enthusiasm is contagious! Please enjoy a staff lunch from Honey Baked Ham on Wednesday! Enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones!