The Bobcat Blaze

March 4, 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 for a great week of celebrating the joy of reading with our Read Across America Week festivities! It was a pleasure to see all the fun outfits and smiles. The weather was equally as perfect!

As we head into the home stretch of the school year, I ask that you continue to encourage your students to do their best academically and behaviorally at school.

Finally, if I do not say it enough, THANK YOU for allowing us to be part of your family as grow and mold your sweet Bobcats.

As always, I hope you find time to relax, recharge, and renew this weekend. Enjoy the lovely weather that is expected.

Principal's Message


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • March 1-30............................................................Women's History Month

  • Wednesday, March 9..............................................Secret Garden Clean-up
  • Tuesday, March 15.................................................Book Cover Contest Deadline (details in Parent and Family Engagement section below)
  • Thursday, March 17...............................................Picture Day
  • Friday, March 18....................................................St. Patty's Dance Party

  • Saturday, March 19................................................St. Patty's Day Parade

  • Monday, March 21-25............................................Special Olympics Unified Champion School, Unified Spirit Week

  • Tuesday, March 22.................................................End of the 3rd Nine Weeks

  • Friday, March 25....................................................Teacher Workday

  • Tuesday, March 29.................................................Report Cards Issued

-----Parent Reminders-----

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------------------

Did Someone Say Field Day!?!

During field day last year, each student was asked to create a t-shirt design for the 2022 field day t-shirt. Mrs. Whetstone would like to thank all the Bobcats for their amazing artwork. It was a difficult choice, but the design committee selected three designs for honorable mention and one winning design for this year's t-shirt. Honorable mention recognition goes to:

The winning artist and highest recognition for the 2022 field day t-shirts design goes to 5th grader, Eli Simmons. Congratulations, Eli, for creating our field day t-shirt.

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Eli Simmons, 5th Grade


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!


Take a look at how our Bobcats celebrated Read Across America Week! A special thank you to our Media Specialist, Jessica Warren for coordinating a fun-filled week of reading activities for our students!

Monday--Superhero Shirt or Cape

Tuesday--Reading is EVERYWHERE!

Wednesday--Reading Makes Us Bright!

Thursday--Cozy Up With A Good Book!

Friday--Reading Sparks Imagination!


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Thank you PTO for our monthly breakfast cart treats!

A Bobcat Shout Out To....

Radius Church Southside!

Thank you for your continued support of our Bobcat Family!

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In Celebration of Women's History Month

Women's History Month Theme 2022...

Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope


The 2022 Women’s History theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.

Women as healers harken back to ancient times. Healing is the personal experience of transcending suffering and transforming it to wholeness. The gift of hope spreads light to the lives of others and reflects a belief in the unlimited possibilities of this and future generations. Together, healing and hope are essential fuels for our dreams and our recovery.

This year, in particular, we are reminded of the importance of healers and caregivers who are helping to promote and sustain hope for the future. The NWHA encourages communities throughout the country to honor local women who bring and have historically brought these priceless gifts to their families, workplaces, and neighborhoods, sometimes at great sacrifice. These are the women who, as counselors and clerics, artists and teachers, doctors, nurses, mothers, and grandmothers listen, ease suffering, restore dignity, and make decisions for our general as well as our personal welfare.

Women have long advocated for compassionate treatments and new directions in public health and in women’s mental and physical health. Women have also historically led the way in mending divisions, healing wounds, and finding peaceful solutions. This timeless work, in so many ways and in addition to so many other tasks, has helped countless individuals in our communities recover and follow their dreams.

The 2022 theme proudly honors those who, in both public and private life, provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all.

Recognizing and Honoring Women From Our Communities

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Mia McLeod, South Carolina State Senator

Mia comes from a family that’s run a small business in Bennettsville for over 100 years. Her small town roots have kept her in tune with the challenges that families and businesses face every day, and has given her the perspective to bring people from all walks of life together to get things done. She is running for Governor so that South Carolina can be a place that is full of opportunity. If McLeod wins the election, she would become South Carolina’s second female governor and become the first Black governor in the state elected to this office.

Mia has shown leadership in and outside of government. With 18 years as an entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of her own company, she has also served as a college educator, the state’s top victim advocate and has a distinguished career serving the people of SC in the legislative and executive branches. She has worked with Attorneys General and Governors to take on South Carolina’s crisis of domestic violence by developing the state’s first protocols and curricula for law enforcement, solicitors, judges and victim advocates, using a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to training and implementation. While leading the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Program, the Program received national accolades for its innovative expansion of services and access to rural, underserved communities and was used as a model for other states.

She has won multiple high-profile, competitive races for State Representative and State Senate (the latest by more than 24 points), in which she became the first woman and first African-American to win her Senate seat. She is a Liberty Fellow, SC Education Policy Fellow and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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Nikki Haley, Former Governor of South Carolina

Nikki Haley is a diplomat and politician who served as the 116th and first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, and as the 29th United States ambassador to the United Nations for two years, from January 2017 to January 2019.

Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, and earned an accounting degree from Clemson University. She joined her family's clothing business, before serving as treasurer and president of the National Association of Women Business Owners. First elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, she served three terms. In 2010, during her third term, she was elected governor of South Carolina, and she won re-election in 2014. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, the youngest governor in the country and the second governor of Indian descent. She was the first female Asian American governor, and in 2017 became the first Indian American in a presidential cabinet.

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Darla Moore, Investor and Philathropist

Born in 1954 in Lake City, South Carolina, Darla Moore made her way from her family’s tobacco, soybean and cotton farm all the way to Wall Street.

The University of South Carolina graduate was the vice president of Rainwater Inc., an investment company until 2012. Moore is also the founder and chair of the Palmetto Institute, a nonprofit thinktank that strives to raise income across South Carolina. In 1997, she was the first woman to be profiled on the cover of Fortune magazine and was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.

Moore has served on numerous corporate boards, including JP Morgan’s national advisory board. She has also served on the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees and the New York University Medical School and Hospital’s board of trustees.

Moore currently serves on the National Teach for America board of directors and the Culture Shed board. The University of South Carolina business school is named after Moore, the first business school in the country named for a woman. Recently, she’s moved back to Lake City part time.

--Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities--

Parent and Family Engagement March Newsletter

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Book Cover Contest

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Let's Celebrate!

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Committee is excited to continue promoting and implementing inclusive practices that will lead to the success of ALL students at A.C. Moore. Over the next several months, our students will be participating in activities to celebrate and bring awareness to:

  • Down Syndrome Day, March 21st
  • Autism Awareness Day, April 2
  • Mental Health Awareness Month, May 1-31

It is our goal to establish a school climate where students with disabilities feel welcome and are included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions. Additional information about the upcoming events will be posted soon.

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FREE Kinsa FLUency Thermometer

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Dear A.C. Moore Families,

I have great news for those of you who have not yet ordered your FREE Smart thermometer through the FLUency school health program. We have received a thermometer donation from Lysol and Kinsa that enables me to provide them to many of our staff members and families directly! They are on a first-come-first-served basis, so call or email me ASAP and I will send one home with your child (1 per family).

For those of you who have already received your thermometer, please activate it and join the A.C. Moore community. The mobile app is like having a nurse in your pocket, and the more of us that use it the more effective it will be!

Please let me know if you have any questions, and please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse


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Hello A.C. Moore families!

I wanted to make you aware that Richland One has a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation (CDCF). The CDCF is sending people to our schools to assist with Covid-related administrative duties (contact tracing, calling parents, filing, reporting, data collection, making copies, etc.). They are employees of the CDCF and volunteers of Richland One. Our volunteer will be here from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday, beginning next week. Her name is Lace Redd and I have heard great things about her!

If Ms. Redd needs to contact you, she will do so from a school phone, so your caller ID will display a Richland One number. She will not have access to PowerSchool information, only names and phone numbers that I provide her with. She will be housed in an area outside of the school health clinic. Rest assured, Ms. Redd has been trained and properly vetted by the District and she will uphold the confidentiality required by her position. Please do not be hesitant to speak to her or respond to any of her Covid-related questions.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Enjoy your weekend!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse


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.

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Take A Look at Your Bobcats...

On Science Day!

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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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.

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

In honor of National Nutrition Month, Healthier Generation and their friends at That's it. want to help you put your best fruit forward. The colorful quiz, budget-friendly buyer's guide, and easy-to-use resources will help you and your family discover and enjoy fruit all year round.

Fruit-tastic Resources

Put your best fruit forward! Check out these fruit-tastic resources from @HealthierGen to help you and your family enjoy more fruit all year round! Click the banner above to learn more!

------------DISTRICT NEWS------------

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 1-18-2022).

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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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Riverbanks Zoo is kicking off FREE FRIDAYS!

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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 Saliva Test Kits ONLY**
  • Pick up during normal business hours
  • No appointment needed

Referral Needed: No

Pediatric Testing Available: Yes

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Site

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DHEC-Tour Health - DHEC Parking Lot

Dates and Times

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


2600 Bull St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, United States

Further Information

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are now available at this testing site.
  • Preregistration is highly recommended, but not required.
  • You can register for a vaccination appointment at
  • Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive.
  • Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.

Appointment Needed: yes
Referral Needed: No