Scout News from Dr. Burns

Updates and Reminders - October 13, 2020

To Our Parents and School Community ~

What an exciting time for learning, teaching, and celebrating at Sara Collins Elementary! As we are finishing our first nine weeks of school, we are are welcoming our students in all grades back to full time in person learning in a staggered manner to 5 days a week. We have reviewed and analyzed our students' achievement data and assessments to set goals to aim for this school year. Lastly, we are celebrating our 56th annual Freaky Friday which will wrap up virtually on Friday, October 30th! Please read through these Updates and reminders and let us know if you have any questions!

Home of the Scouts!

About Our School...

Sara Collins Elementary School is an urban school located in Greenville, South Carolina. With its school motto, "Our students are our world," it provides quality education to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Sara Collins is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school. The school has a long-standing tradition of excellence and volunteerism. The students, staff, and parents have been recognized for their achievements and accomplishments on local, state, and national levels. Awards, honors, and an information summary may be found in the Sara Collins Profile. More detailed information is available in the annual Sara Collins School Portfolio.

History of Sara Collins Elementary ~ An Interview with Eddie Collins, Son of our Namesake, Mrs. Sara Collins

We are proud to be named for Mrs. Sara Collins, an exemplary volunteer and PTA mom! Enjoy this interview with her son, Mr. Eddie Collins.

Did you know our school mascot is a Boykin Spaniel named Scout? The Boykin Spaniel is the state dog for South Carolina, too.

GCS to return elementary students to full-time in-person instruction

School Improvement Council

Thank you to our School Improvement Council members for serving our school to support our students, staff, families, and community! The members consist of Bart Cumalander, Chair

Parents ~ Meredith Conroy, Tricia Craddock, Janet Foster-Whitley,Katie Kratky, Sandra Miller, Ashley Powell

Elected Members ~ Eddie Collins, Kayla Lee-Kelly, Betsy Shouse, Kim Troyer

Staff ~ Mary Sims Costigan, Kaci Esqueda, Melissa Burns

2nd graders CogAt and Iowa Testing

CogAT and Iowa Testing for 2nd Graders

Students in second grade will be administered the CogAT and Iowa assessments as part of South Carolina’s Grade 2 Gifted and Talented Assessment Program. SC State Board Regulation 43-220 requires districts to test all enrolled students (in-person and virtual attendance plans). Testing is conducted at the student’s enrolled elementary school.


Day 1: Monday, October 26 (10:00)

CogAT Verbal Battery

CogAT Quantitative Battery

Day 2: Tuesday, October 27 (9:00)

CogAT Nonverbal Battery

Day 3:Wednesday, October 28 (10:15)

Iowa Reading

Iowa Math

*Due to the uncertainty of and impact surrounding COVID-19 affecting schools’ schedules, all dates are subject to change.

Please read this letter for more information about testing.

Our 56th Annual FREAKY FRIDAY!

This year, our annual Freaky Friday PTA school fundraiser will be conducted virtually through October 30th, 2020. Check out all of the many ways you can participate in our FUNdraiser this year even though it is virtual!

Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week will be October 19-22nd! Please see this link for details and see Sarah Payne with any questions.

According to Greenville County Schools, when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be excluded from school for at least 10 days and asked to isolate. Contact tracing will begin immediately, and three types of notification will follow – Close Contact Notification, Not Close Contact Notification, and School-Wide Notification. Read more about these three notification types here.

Tech Support

Call 355-HELP for assistance with school issued student devices.

Carpool Procedures

Please review these Sara Collins Elementary Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

***Both carpool lines are phone free zones at all times to ensure safety for students, staff, and other drivers.***

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

School meals will be available for all students in all school-opening scenarios, including the 100% eLearning option (Attendance Plan 0) and for those that register for the Virtual Program.

In order to qualify for free or reduced meals parents must complete a new free and reduced meal application for the current school year.

Bringing Food to School

If you would like to provide food for special occasions (i.e. student birthdays) please check with your child’s teacher prior to the event. For safety concerns, we cannot serve or give “homemade” foods, therefore, all food to be shared with other children must be store bought with visible ingredient labels and individually pre-packaged.

Thank you so much for your continued support for our students and staff! We are ready for the first week of school!

Educating together,

Melissa Burns, Ed.D.