The Bobcat Blaze

August 27, 2021

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday Bobcat Families!

It has been quite the week here in Bobcat Country! It was so great to have our Bobcats here for the first full week of the new school year. We can already tell it is going to be a great year!

On Wednesday, August 25th our arrival process was halted due to an unexpected building evacuation caused by the fire alarm. Staff and students were cleared to return inside the building by 7:40 that morning. A detector within an outdoor storage closet caused the fire alarm to trigger unnecessarily. Students were immediately evacuated using our standard evacuation procedures. Students did a wonderful job of following our evacuation protocols! Breakfast was provided to students who did not receive or were interrupted. Parents were notified as soon as possible of the incident via email, phone blast, and social media. We appreciated your patience as we worked diligently to ensure the safety of staff and students.

Thank you to all as we monitored and adjusted our arrival and drop off processes to make them timelier and more effective.

Please remember the following during arrival and drop off:

-Only families with students using the handicapped parking spaces in our staff lot should be using those spaces during arrival and dismissal. Otherwise, families are not allowed to park within staff parking lots or in street parking spaces to walk students into the school or wait for them to be dismissed.

-Please do not get out of your cars in our car line during morning drop off or pick up as this slows down both processes and causes traffic issues on Etiwan Avenue.

-Your students were given car tags this week. Please hang these in a visible place during afternoon pick up starting Monday. Students will be dismissed based on car number going forward.

-Supervised walkers vs Independent Walkers: Supervised walkers are students who have someone meet them anywhere on AC Moore property during dismissal. They will be dismissed from the Kindergarten Hallway entrance/exit located to the right of the ramp at the front entrance. Please stand on the paws and wait for your children. Independent walkers are students who have been given parent permission, via a completed form on file, to walk home alone or with friends without an adult escort on campus. Independent walkers will be dismissed from the auditorium doors.

Principal's Message:


Important Dates and Upcoming Events


  • Tuesday, August 31...........................................Orchestra Applications Due


  • Monday, September 6...........................................Labor Day Holiday

  • Friday, September 24 ...........................................Professional Development Day (Early release for students, noon dismissal)


  • Wednesday, October 20........................................End of First Nine Weeks (45th day)
  • Friday, October 22................................................Teacher Workday (No school for students)
  • Wednesday, October 27........................................Report Cards Issued
  • Friday, October 29................................................Early release for students-Parent Teacher Conference

Updated School Information

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








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Revised COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Safety Protocols

R1 Virtual School Waitlist

Richland School District One Student Technology Replacement Fees

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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School News

STAR Testing


Your child will take the Renaissance Star test this year. The first testing window opens Aug. 23 and closes Sept. 8. This means your child's teacher can administer the test anytime during this window so some students may have tested by the time you see this newsletter. Below is a link to help you better understand the test and how the results will be used.

If you ever have any questions about Star or the results, you may contact your child's teacher or CRT Kellie Romanstine for more information at

Orchestra Application (5th Grade Only)

Dear Parents,

Richland School District One is pleased to be able to offer beginning orchestra instruction to students during their 5th grade year. Orchestra classes will meet twice a week – during school on Thursdays from 1:40-2:20 and after school on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30 - and will be free of charge. Students will need to arrange for a ride home after class on Tuesdays.

Instruction will be offered on violin, viola, cello and bass. Your child will need to have an instrument for class, and there are several ways to provide one. Local music stores offer very reasonable rental or lease plans for these instruments. There are a limited number of school instruments that may be assigned to students as needed. These will be issued, for a NON-REFUNDABLE $20 maintenance fee, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not obtain an instrument OR SEND MONEY until your child has attended the first class and been measured for an instrument. In cases of financial hardship, please contact me privately.

Dottie Hanlin, Orchestra Teacher

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Dear A.C. Moore Families,

I am excited that we were chosen to participate in the Kinsa FLUency program again this year! Please see the brochure below and use the QR code to sign up today. You will receive a FREE smart thermometer for your home and help us win Lysol wipes for the school!

Brochures will be coming home within the next few weeks, but you don't have to wait. Sign up by September 17th to be included in the first shipment of the year. Please let me know if you have any questions or need help signing up.

Thank you!

Jennifer Robinson, RN

School Nurse


Parent and Family Engagement Opportunities

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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.

Free Reading Academy

Richland Library is offering a FREE 6-week Reading Academy program to provide one on one virtual tutoring to students living in Richland County, who are struggling to meet grade-level reading standards. The attached flyer has all the details.

Reading Academy | 3:30-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays | September 14 - October 21

This grant-funded program includes:

  • One on one tutoring from a trained tutor
  • Free use of a library laptop or hotspot if needed for the 6 weeks of tutoring
  • Books to help build a home library
  • Art supplies to participate in daily craft activities
  • Levelized library books to match students reading levels

There are only 10 spaces available! For more information, please contact one of the Richland Library staff members listed below no later than Friday, August 27.

Taelor Johnson |

Anne Clifton-Katz |


Please review the following attachments for information regarding Back to School Procedures for the 21-22 School Year!


A.C. Moore School Supply List 2021-2022

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.

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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.