Community Connection

At Stono Park

Principal's Corner


Despite our recent weather, the school year is off to a great start! The scholars are doing an excellent job settling into the routines and getting started with learning.

We were thrilled to see the overwhelming support for our new dismissal app. We will still use the app…soon! We are waiting for integration with the districts information system. Once we receive the green light, we will let everyone know!

We had a great turnout at Meet the Teacher. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again at our Welcome Back Wellness & Family Fitness Fun Night on Wednesday, September 20. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6:00.

Principal Richards & The Stono Park Team

Upcoming Events at Stono Park Elementary

9/4- Labor Day- No School

9/8- PTA T-Shirt Fundraiser Ends

9/15- Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

9/18 - Picture Day

9/20- Title 1 Welcome Back Wellness & Fitness Family Fun Night 4:30pm-6pm

9/22- Early Release- Dismissal @1:30pm

9/22- Special Person's Lunch

10/2- SEL groups w/Mr. Williams & Mrs. Rivers start

10/6- 4th Grade Field Trip to Gaillard

10/11- PTA Bingo Night- 5pm-6:30pm

10/13- Early Release - Dismissal @1:30pm

10/20- PTA Fundraiser- Dress Down Day $2.00

10/26 - PBIS 1st Quarter Bingo Celebration for Students

10/27- Half Day - Dismissal @ 11:30am

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This year during our Annual Title 1 Open House we are excited to turn this event into a Welcome Back Wellness & Family Fitness Fun Fair! Along with Title 1 information you will visit your student's classroom to learn about this year's curriculum. Throughout the building we will have community partners & nonprofit organizations to share about the resources in our community

Lowcountry Food Bank will be providing free fresh produce! Family Fitness stations by MUSC, Little Gym, Dance Lab, Yoga & Breathwork, pickleball and much more!

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We are excited to invite our families to eat lunch with their scholars at school on Friday, Sept. 22nd. This can be any special person in the student’s life! Due to space we can only accommodate 2 special person’s per student.

Adults can purchase school lunch for $4.75 and a younger sibling lunch can be purchased for $2.25. Only cash & checks can be accepted as payment. NO CREDIT CARDS or DEBIT CARD.

RSVP can be done on the google form below or a paper copy will also come home with the student. RSVP are due by 9/13 in order to ensure enough food is ordered.


Main Entrees


Brunch Kit



Corn, carrots or side salad

Assorted Fruit

Water Bottle-$1.00

Side Salad- $1.50

Side Fruit or Vegetable- $.75

Lunch Schedule -

10:30am-11am- Kindergarten & 2nd Grade

11am-11:30am- 3rd Grade & Child Development(4yr old)

11:30am-12pm- 1st Grade & 4th Grade

12pm-12:30pm- 5th Grade

Important Information

Safety is always our top priority therefore every person will need to sign in through the district raptor system prior to entering the building. To ensure that events run smoothly we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your student’s start of lunch since you will have to sign in.

Since you are RSVPing ahead of time with your name the school is able to print out your raptor ID badge ahead of time and be ready for you when you arrive at the school if you are already in our raptor system. If you are not in our raptor system, you will have to have your ID scanned which can lead to long lines. We encourage everyone to here well before your scholar's lunch time.

Everyone entering the building MUST HAVE AN ID! ID will be checked for everyone even if you are already in the raptor system to get your sticker or if you need your ID scanned the day of the event.

Special Person's Lunch RSVP

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Gifted & Talented Nominations for grades 3rd-5th

Attention Families:

Every year in grades 3-12, students who have not yet identified as gifted and are showing high academic potential are offered the opportunity to participate in aptitude testing. This year, nominated students in grades 3-5 will test in September in an attempt to allow all children who qualify as Gifted and Talented per SCDE guidelines to begin gifted service as early in the school year as possible. If you would like to nominate your child for this testing, please complete one of the forms below.

Gifted & Talented Nomination Form - English

Formulario de Nominación para Dotados y Talentosos - Spanish

For more information, please check out our FAQ’s about Nomination Testing: English / Spanish

Check Out what our Stono Scholars are learning about in ELA this quarter!

CD- Our youngest learners will be focusing on the following skills: Welcoming, Listening, Focusing Attention, Self-Talk, Following Directions, and Asking for What You Need or Want.

Kindergarten- Toys and Play Scholars will build their literacy and citizenship skills by reading a variety of books about toys and play. They will end the module by writing an informational piece after interviewing a classmate about their preferred classroom toy. They will draw and label the toy and write a sentence to accompany the drawing.

1st Grade- Tools & Work Scholars will create a magnificent thing (a product that fulfills a need or solves a problem in their classroom). They will write a description of what they created, why they created it, and how they used tools to create it.

2nd Grade- Schools and Community Scholars will create an informational book titled "The Most Important Thing About Schools" after completing whole group and small group research.

3rd Grade- Overcoming Challenges Near and Far Students will synthesize their thinking about reading challenges and possible strategies to overcome those challenges by creating an eye-catching bookmark listing the possible strategies described in the reading contracts that they wrote.

4th Grade- Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers Scholars will synthesize their learning about what inspires poets to write poetry by presenting their own original poems inspired by something meaningful along with a speech including supporting visuals about what inspired their poem.

5th Grade- Stories of Human Rights Scholars will work in small groups to compile monologues and create a program. The monologue is based on a character's reaction to an event from Esperanza Rising. Students write about the human rights challenged by the event, identify the corresponding article of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, and explain how people are impacted by this issue today.

Nurse's Note

Welcome to the 23-24 school year. Please help us have a safe and healthy year at school. Here are some ways that you can insure the best for your student.

1. Have an adult check in with your student and take their temperature before leaving the house. Pay attention to any signs of illness like fever, a red sore throat, extreme sneezing and coughing, a painful earache or toothache, vomiting or diarrhea. Please see a doctor and send in a doctor note when they can return. A sick child is often contagious and unable to do their best work at school. Have a working thermometer and a stocked first aid kit. Items can be found at the dollar stores and Walmart.

2. Give medicines on a regular schedule daily at home for best results. Please do not give on an empty stomach unless your doctor tells you too. If medicine will be needed at school, deliver the doctor's order form and the medicine to be signed in. Other than the medicines that you can consent for on the health card, all others must have a doctor order for school each year. All local doctors keep our CCSD forms. If you need one, let us know.

3 Please communicate with us if your child has had an injury and will be in a splint or cast or if they have had a concussion or something that will limit activity.

4 Please turn in current compliant shot records. You have 30 days from registration to get those in per SC law. If you need help making an appointment to get caught up, let us know.

5 Please see that your student dresses for the weather in light colored shirts and shorts, dresses or skirts as the heat index is quite high. They will stay cooler in light colors that reflect heat. A light jacket can be packed if the classroom is cool.

6. Please send in an extra set of clothes, underwear and socks to be prepared for any need. Our supplies of donated extra clothing are very low. Prepare your student to be able to change easily into a fresh outfit without having to come to the clinic and wait to try to find clothes where the most germs live.

7. Please send your student in Velcro shoes until they learn to tie laces. Untied shoes cause many slips, trips and falls. Closed shoes only please for safety at recess and PE

8. Covid is still with us, and flu season will begin very soon. Be safe and encourage hand washing. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay home when ill. The rule for covid right now from DHEC is that the day of a positive test is day zero. Stay home on days one through five and return on day six IF there is no fever and symptoms have improved,

Thank you for your help and support and have a wonderful healthy year.

Nurse Wendy

Dr. Becky Kennedy Talks Back to School Anxiety

Back to School Anxiety

School Attendance Matters!

Stono Park Elementary School Day- 8:30am - 3:30pm

Students can enter the building starting at 8:05am but are considered tardy after 8:30am. If your student has more than 5 unexcused tardies a conference will need to be held to problem solve getting to school on time & residence verification is needed. (If bus is tardy then the tardy is excused)

We begin dismissal at 3:20pm. If your student is a car rider please ensure that you are in our car rider line before 3:40pm.

Late Car Rider Fee

If scholars are not picked up by 3:50 p.m. There will be a fee of $15. However, if a scholar is picked up late more than 3 times, they will be taken to Kaleidoscope, and a $50 fee will be charged.

PS in SC Module 04-A: Intro to Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy

The Importance of School Attendance

As early as elementary school, students who miss just two school days each month are more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and math, even if the absences are excused. While some challenges to a child’s attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence.

As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session daily and on time. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers.

If your child is absent please make sure an excuse is sent in within 3 days of the student returning back to school. A student is considered Truant if they have missed 3 consecutive days of school without a doctor's excuse or 5 unexcused absences total. Once a student has 3 unexcused absences then a Truancy Warning Letter is sent home. Once a student has 5 unexcused absences a Truancy Conference has to occur with the caregiver.

A student is chronically absent if he or she misses only two days of school per month (18 days per year). Even one year of chronic absence can cause a child to fall behind academically and decrease a child’s chances of graduating from high school, which can have long-term consequences on their financial independence, physical well-being and mental health.

Parents can prepare their children for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority and understanding the reasons for their child’s absences.

Thank you for partnering with us to help your child learn, thrive and succeed.

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Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

What is SEL?

What is SEL? Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. The creators of Second Step show what social-emotional skills are and the important role they play throughout our lives.

Stono Park's SEL Groups will start the first week of October. Look out for permission slips in their folder from Mrs. Rivers & Mr. Williams.

Learn more at Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum | Committee for Children (

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources for Home

Social Emotional Learning Books to take out at the Library

Did you Know?

The Charleston County Public Library loans SC Aquarium passes, Children Museum passes, State Park Passes. All CCSD Students have a library card number so visit Charleston County Public Library ( Look up the Park Pass you are interested in Classic Category and type in the pass you want to loan out and put the pass on hold.

The Charleston County Public Library also has Free Virtual Tutoring with student's library Card. Visit Student Center | Charleston County Public Library ( to take advantage of this free resource.

Learn how to access Library resources here

L Squared gives students the ability to borrow books, movies, and other items. The account also gives students access to digitally borrow materials for downloading or streaming online including ebooks, movies, subscriptions, music & even hot spots!

After School Kids Cafe at Charleston County Public Library

Kids Café with the Lowcountry Food Bank

Beginning September 11, 2023, kids and teens can enjoy free after-school snacks and meals at select library branches through the Kids Café Program! The program is in partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank and provides access to healthy food options. The program also offers hot and cold suppers at a few branches.

Snacks include nutritious options such as fruit, cheese, yogurt and muffins. Meals include foods like sandwiches, taco salad, chicken salad, mac and cheese, ham, sweet potatoes and more. This is an equal opportunity program.

The Kids Café Program goes through May 7, 2024. Meals and snacks are available to kids 18 and under, Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (*unless otherwise noted) at the following library locations. Check out the schedule and locations below:

Serving Hot Suppers

Serving Cold Suppers

Serving Snacks

  • Hurd/St. Andrews (1735 N. Woodmere Dr, Charleston)
  • Dorchester (6325 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston)
  • Otranto (2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston)
    • *Snacks at Otranto Road Library will be served from 2:30 -4:30 p.m.
  • John’s Island (3531 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island)
    • *Snacks at John’s Island Library will be served from 2:30 –4:30 p.m.
Teach your Child Essential Mental Health Skills

The elementary-age videos feature hedgehog characters in imaginative stories to teach key skills in a way that kids will enjoy watching and remember longer. Each video comes with Skill Sheets that summarize and reinforce key ideas.

Supporting Early Literacy at Home: A Parent's Guide

“Supporting Early Literacy at Home: A Parent's Guide” is a series of online, self-paced learning modules designed to provide information for parents and caregivers so that they can support their children’s early literacy development.

Click Here for your Family Reading Guide

Family Guide to help support your student with reading.

Check out the Bridges Family Support Page

This resource shows you how math looks in a Bridges in Mathematics classroom and how students learn concepts and strategies. Learn ways you can foster your student's math thinking.

Reading with your Children

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NEW Program to Support Families with Internet!

To support families with internet service during COVID-19, the FCC has a new

program called Emergency Broadband Benefit. Households with students who receive free or reduced-price school meals, including ALL students in CEP schools, qualify for the program. There are three ways to apply:

  1. Apply online at
  2. Contact the local broadband provider to learn about their application process (find participating broadband providers here)
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.

Mortgage and Housing Assistance: Help for homeowners and renters during the coronavirus national emergency

SC Assistance to Help Homeowners

South Carolina has nearly $145 million to help homeowners with COVID woes. Questions? You can email; or call 803-702-5222 or 833-405-3080, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays or visit:

Rent & Utility Assistance

Food Assistance

How can I support you?

My goal is to provide an easy way for you to find community resources, tips & tricks for academic support at home and upcoming events at the school or in our community.

Traci Alter, Family Service Advocate

Feel free to reach out for any resources, support or referral for services.