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Springfield Elementary School

March Dates to Remember

  • 7 - Chili Showdown, 11-2 @ NAFO (see flyer below)
  • 7 - Movie Morning @ Red Stone Theaters (see flyer below)
  • 11-12 - Kindergarten Registration
  • 13 - No School for Students
  • 20 - Mother Son Night (see flyer below)
  • 20 - Yearbook Order Deadline
  • 23 - Spirit Day @ Marco's
  • 23-27 - Penny War Fundraiser
  • 26 - 5th Grade Musical @ 6 PM
  • 27 - Box Top Contest Deadline

A Message From Our Principal


We have had a lot of great things happening at SFES this month. Thank you to our PTA for hosting lunch for our teachers on Valentine’s Day and thanks to all of our volunteers who provided a duty free lunch to our teachers. Our Literacy/STEAM night was a huge success. Thank you to all of you who came out to help us celebrate the end of our One School One Book.

Please remember to join us for the Chili Cookoff this Saturday from 11-2 at Nation Ford High School. We will be there representing SFES. Stop by our table and vote for Mrs. Thomas’ chili.

Kindergarten registration is March 11-12. If you have students who will be entering kindergarten, please make sure you go online to register and schedule an appointment time. You can do so by clicking on this link:


The Father/Daughter dance was a blast. The gym and cafeteria floors were packed. We will be having a Mother/Son dance on March 20th. Please sign up in advance to get your tickets.

Thank you for all you do to help support our students and staff.


Adam Fantone

Upcoming Census

The first census was conducted in 1790, and it continues every decade. A “complete count” is important for our state and for York County. Billions of federal dollars (over $675 Billion!) are allocated based on census data and will be allocated for the next 10 years. In 2010, nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 were not counted. This year’s census will be ground-breaking in several ways, but mainly for the additional ways that households can complete the census. This year, a household will be able to complete the census online or via telephone in addition to the traditional mail options. The online and phone options will hopefully make completion more convenient for all involved and result in a more accurate count. In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 census. Once your invitation arrives, you should respond for your home either online, by phone, or by mail. Watch for more information as we approach Census Day on April 1, 2020! More details can be found here: https://2020census.gov/en.html

Lunch Bunch

Hello Springfield Family, we are in need of your help! We would love to offer our classroom teachers a duty free lunch to show our appreciation for them and give them a much needed break. Our first day of coverage was a huge success. Would you consider volunteering one day, to cover the teachers' lunch times and monitor the cafeteria? If so, fill out the form below and someone will be in contact with you soon to schedule your first Lunch Bunch Day! We hope to do this as a trial this year and more consistently next year. Thanks for your time and showing our teachers your appreciation for all their hard work!

Lunch Bunch Form: https://forms.gle/aL8bFytgDxGSUqUw7

Counselor's Corner

Trailblazer of the month

Shout out to our 5th Grade Trailblazer of the month, Corey Robinson. He has been doing an amazing job as one of our breakfast helpers and is a great leader at our school! Congratulations Corey!

How can you help prevent the spread of infections??

How can YOU help prevent the spread of infections? Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness. Please encourage and remind your students to wash their hands before snack and lunch, after using the restroom, and if hands are visibly greasy or dirty. Washing with soap and running water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on hands in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:

  • People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to another person’s hands by touching objects such as door handles, tabletops, and other high contact areas.
  • Removing germs through hand washing, therefore, helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.

Other recommended prevention and control measures for students and staff include:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Place tissue in a trash receptacle after use.
  • Avoid close contact will ill people. Stay home when experiencing flu-like illness until free from fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, desks, computer keyboards, handrails, etc.

Fort Mill School District Health Services

Notes from the Nurse

Spring is right around the corner and I am looking forward to warmer days ahead!

Health and Wellness Happenings in the Health Room:

Flu season can last through April into May. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting the flu. Hand washing is so important in preventing the spread of germs as well as staying home when you are sick to avoid infecting others. Remember to cover your cough and sneeze as well as avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.

Kindergarten Registration is taking place on March 11 and 12. Immunization records are required to attend school and must be on a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization form. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has issued new immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. All children starting Kindergarten will be required to have two doses of Hepatitis A, both after the first birthday and separated by six months. For a complete schedule of immunizations required, see below, or visit www.scdhec.gov.

Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP/Tdap/Td) - 4 doses, with one dose after fourth birthday

Polio (IPV/OPV)- 3 doses, with one dose after fourth birthday

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)- 2 doses, both after first birthday and separated by at least 4 weeks

Hepatitis B- 3 doses, with third dose received ≥24 weeks and at least 16 weeks after the first dose

Varicella- 2 doses, both after first birthday and separated by at least 3 months

Hepatitis A – 2 doses, both after first birthday and separated by at least 6 months

Schedule an appointment early with your child’s health care provider or health department to get any necessary vaccines to ensure your child is in compliance.

Puberty Class for Fifth Grade Boys and Girls: Classroom instruction will take place on March 30 and 31. Parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the upcoming puberty classes at an informational session that will be held on March 24 at 5:30 PM in the media center. THE INFORMATIONAL SESSION IS INTENDED FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY.

As always, I wish you good health!

Nurse Sova

Yearbook Order Deadline is March 20th

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Mother Son Dance

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Movie Morning

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Penny Wars

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World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness for Down syndrome, and celebrate how individuals with Down syndrome impact our communities. Please wear yellow or blue to represent Down Syndrome awareness.

Related Arts Messages

Media Messages:

We are MARCHing into Reading! Thanks to all for your support of the recent bookfair!! It was HUGE! The library continues to ask your support for donating the following items: greeting cards, postcards, posters or anything we can cut up to make bookmarks, 24 or 100 piece puzzles, starburst candy AND finally any used or new (paperback or hard cover) book that is sitting on your shelf collecting dust. Thanks again! And remember BOOKS are GOLD!

Congratulations to our local electric co-op winners!

Each year, Electric Cooperatives across South Carolina hosts a competition for students to write and illustrate a book that focuses on the power of electricity in our lives. This is part of Enlighten SC, a program designed to enrich education and inspire teachers and students. Winners and their teachers are awarded with cash prizes!

Ms. Keckeis's 5th graders participated, and one group from her class won for our local electric co-op. Landon Riley, Grayson Roberts, Iniyan Gokulkumar, and Ohm Patel wrote the book that won. They did an awesome job and we are very proud of their creation!

Important Information from PTA

Treat Trolley - THANK YOU!

A special thanks to Jackson Orthodontics for again sponsoring our Treat Trolley! Here are pictures from February’s Treat Trolley!

Father Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance Photo Update

Our photos from the Father Daughter Dance event are now available for download, free of charge! The album is passcode protected. Please follow the instructions below to gain access to the album.

Please visit https://villeneuvephotography.mypixieset.com/

-Select Clients from the menu across the top

-Select Springfield Elementary

-Enter as a client, utilizing passcode SFES2020

Thank you for your continued support; we had such a fun evening and were so glad to have seen so many happy faces come out! Have a wonderful day!

The Springfield Elementary School PTA

We need YOU!

The PTA is in need of board members for 2020-21 School Year. The current board would love to help with the introduction and transition in the Spring in support of a successful transition.

If you are interested in joining the PTA board, please email coltspta1@gmail.com. Feel free to reach out to any of the board members with questions.

The PTA Board

Current Positions:

President—Amber Medic medic6405@yahoo.com

Vice President—Michelle Hohl mrshohl@msn.com

Treasurer—Nicole Burrage nikilems@hotmail.com

Secretary—Kristen Miller kristenmiller5000@hotmail.com

Silent Auction

Looking ahead: this year's Silent Auction will begin April 15th and go through April 22nd. The PTA is currently looking for donations for this event. If you, or someone you know, owns or manages a business and would be willing to donate a service, item, or gift card, please reach out and let us know! You may contact Amber Medic with any questions at medic6405@yahoo.com.

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