KCSD schools closed for students Oct. 8 and 9; staff and teachers to report Oct. 9 for Professional Development Day:
Due to continued concerns for area roadways and bridges which would have heavy school bus traffic, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools will be closed for students on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9. Employees who normally report for Professional Development Days will do so on Friday. Adult education classes for Thursday and Friday are canceled.
It is anticipated that on Monday, Oct. 12, administrators will report to work on time, all other staff will report one hour later than normal and students will report two hours later than normal. (Three- and four-year-old students in morning classes do not attend on a two-hour delay schedule.)
The upcoming schedule for KCSD is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 8 – Schools closed
Friday, Oct. 9 – School-Based Professional Development Day
Monday, Oct. 12 – Administrators report to work on time, all other staff members report one hour later than normal, and students report to school two hours later than normal.
KCSD is continuing to work closely with local emergency officials to make decisions in the best interest of the safety of our students and staff. District leaders will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make appropriate adjustments if needed. The school district continues to appreciate the cooperation of our families with this change in schedule.
The annual Health, Fitness, and Conservation Fair will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Any business or vendor in the area that wishes to participate in that capacity is encouraged to contact Mr. John Folger at 803-438-4055 extension 8428 or email@example.com, to recieve additional information.
When your child is absent…
The Doby’s Mill Elementary School family is committed to providing opportunities for academic, social, and character growth for our students. By encouraging and assisting in the development of socially responsible behavior, we believe maximum learning will take place.
Our Vision Statement
The vision of Doby's Mill Elementary School is to create a safe and enriched learning environment that promotes Winning Attitudes and Visions of Excellence with confidence, creativity, and success for everyone.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Doby's Mill Elementary School, in partnership with our community, is to provide a safe, nurturing, and innovative learning environment that empowers students with knowledge and skills to become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive citizens.
The Fin-tastic Five Rules are:
As a school family, several service opportunities have come to light in which we plan to participate.
First, we are collecting new packs of socks (in all sizes) to help those displaced by the flooding in our state and to help the homeless who are some of the hardest hit during natural disasters.This donation drive is called SOCKtober! All donations will go directly to flooding survivors, the homeless, and others in greatest need in Kershaw County. Please bring these donations to the school. Your child's teacher may also choose to participate in a specific project as a homeroom....
Secondly, to partner with the Lugoff-Elgin High School Athletic Department and teams, our school is collecting Flood Buckets at the gate of the game versus Westwood, a local school from Richland II; one of the hardest hit areas has been Richland County. Donating a filled bucket will you FREE admission to the game. Wateree Hardware on Highway 1 has graciously offered a free 5 gallon bucket and lid with the purchase of cleaning supplies which will fill the bucket....plus a discount on supplies. Take the bucket to the football game for a FREE admission....the game has been postponed and will NOT be played this Friday night....I will keep you posted on the rescheduled date.
Flood Bucket List:
1 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid
1 bottle of liquid household cleaner
1 bottle of liquid dish soap
1 bottle of bleach
1 heavy duty scrub brush (plastic or wooden handle)
1 pair of rubber gloves
and add a NOTE of love - FREE from your child! I plan to be at Wateree Hardware today at 4:00 p.m. to build my bucket! Join me??
Third, our students have been patient and been inside for days...the sun finally has come out! And, so many are realizing the destruction in our state. The Lugoff Elgin High School Journalism Department is sponsoring Movie Night this Friday, October 10th. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit our Kershaw County Flood Victims. Cost: $5.00 per carload.....and you are asked to also bring new toys, clothing, and household items to donate. Bring outdoor chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available from Chick Fil A and Kona Ice.
Finally, our Teacher Forum from KCSD will be collecting loose change and bills to make a donation from our district.
Here is a portion of the email detailing the change drive.
Many of us are feeling the need to help those affected by the recent disaster. What most local disaster relief organizations need, such as the Red Cross and United Way, are funds. I just spoke to Donny, president of Kershaw County's United Way and he confirmed the the change/money raised would go 100% to the local relief funds.
We'd like to call this "Pennies for Change." Students and staff want to help in some capacity and donating loose change will make a dramatic impact. I am asking that you encourage your staff to set up collect spots either homerooms/lunchroom for the students and staff to donate their change. If interested, please find some containers and start the collection from our return to school until October 16th."
So, pick a cause...get involved, and teach our children how to "pay it forward."
Hug your babies...I miss them dearly!
(P. S. Thanks for all the great emails parents letting me know that you are okay....I pray for your continued safety!)
Why read 20 minutes at home? You have probably heard that it is important for kids to read at home. As a busy mom myself, I understand how hectic evenings can be, and how hard it is to add one more “To Do” to your day. However, research shows the importance of reading regularly.
There is a chart showing the tremendous advantage that Student A, who reads for just 20 minutes each day, has over his/her peers. In one year, that child will read a total of 1,800,000 words and potentially score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Student B, who reads only 5 minutes per day, will read 282,000 words per year, and their scores on standardized tests drop to the 50th percentile. Most alarming is Student C, who reads only 1 minute per day. This child will read a mere 8,000 words per year, and score in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.
So, I understand that it is easy for me as a reading coach to encourage students to read, but doesn’t the data speak loudly of the importance of reading? So, I urge you to add reading for 20 minutes each night to your schedule. Picture books, magazine articles, even the comics- what your child reads doesn’t matter as much as the act of reading itself.
Consider having a family reading time where EVERYONE drops what they’re doing to read. What an incredible example for your child when they see you reading!
Now, Dolphin families, dive in to reading!