February 16 - Early Dismissal Day
Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m., middle schools at 11:45 a.m. and high schools at noon.
Celebration of the Arts
Thursday, February 22
Art Gallery - 5:30-6:30
Performances - 6:45-8 pm
Enrollment Information for new & returning students and families.
February Dates to Remember:
Feb 3 – Archery Tournament in Lexington
Feb 7 – Donuts for Dads 7:15 a.m.
Feb 8 & 9 – Choralier Bake Sale during lunch
Feb 9 – Daddy Daughter Dance from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb 10 – Archery Tournament in West Columbia
Feb 15 – Dolphin Pups 2:00 p.m.
Feb 15 – Kindergarten Round- Up from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Feb 15 - Patriot’s Night from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Feb 16 – Early Dismissal for Students
How can you help prevent the spread of the flu? The Center for Disease Control recommends “Take 3 Actions:”
1. Vaccinate- talk to you doctor about getting a flu vaccination
2. Take everyday preventative actions. Avoid close contact with ill
persons. Keep children home if they have a fever (100 degrees or
higher), until they are fever free without the use of fever
reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours . Cover
coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve. Wash hands
frequently with soap and water or alcohol hand rub. Clean and
regularly disinfect high touch surfaces.
3. If you are sick, seek medical advice and take antiviral medications if
Per DHEC exclusion guidelines, if your child has had a fever of 100
degrees or higher, they must be fever free for 24 hours without the
use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin, in order
to return to school.
Please let the school know immediately if your child has been
diagnosed with the flu. DHEC requires us to report cases to assist
with tracking. Thanks for helping us keep our students and staff
KCSD Kindergarten Round-Up set for Feb. 15
Families with four- and five-year-olds who will attend kindergarten in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) next school year should participate in the school district’s Round-Up set for Feb. 15.
“We are excited to welcome new kindergarten students to our school district next school year, but we need the help of families to let us know who they are so we can make plans now to have the proper resources ready for them,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of families to complete the easy two-step process of filling out the online pre-registration form and then visiting their children’s school on Feb. 15.”
Morgan said that families can visit the school district’s website at www.kcsdschools.net/roundup to complete their pre-registration online forms.
Current students in KCSD’s four-year-old and five-year-old kindergarten classes do not need to participate in the district’s Round-Up program as KCSD already has their information.
In addition to new kindergarten students, the district also will be signing up students on Feb. 15 who will be in the first grade in 2018-19 and are not currently enrolled in district schools.
Kershaw County School Board policy requires parents to bring the following documents to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child's birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina ID such as a driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, and either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord.
Parents should register five-year-old kindergarten and first grade students at the school sites for which their residences are zoned; four-year-old kindergarten students should be registered at the school closest to their residence where the program is offered.
To be eligible for the four-year-old program, students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2018. Students applying for the four-year-old program must take an admissions test that is given at a later date. Four-year-old child development programs are tentatively scheduled for Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Midway Elementary and Wateree Elementary, although programs are subject to discontinuation in the event of funding shortages.
To enroll in five-year-old kindergarten programs, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, and not currently enrolled in KCSD four-year-old kindergarten. All elementary schools have five-year-old kindergarten programs.
To enroll for first grade, a student must be six years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018, and not currently enrolled in the KCSD five-year-old kindergarten. All elementary schools have first grade programs.
Kindergarten Round-Up times
Round-Up times on Thursday, Feb. 15 are as follows: Doby’s Mill Elementary School – 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.
Parents do not have to bring their children to the Kindergarten Round-Up, but are welcome to do so.
All KCSD students—those who participate in the Round-Up and those who do not—will attend the district’s summer registration July 25-26. More information on the July registration will be available this summer.
We are excited about a fantastic second semester at Doby’s Mill Elementary.
As we enter a new semester, please be sure the school and your child’s teacher have the correct contact information for you and any emergency numbers we may need. This is so important in case we need to reach you. There is a lot of sickness going around. Please keep your child home if he/she has symptoms of being sick. We would like to keep as many students healthy as possible! If your child has to miss school be sure to send a doctor’s note or a parent note upon his/her arrival. Thank you for helping us get off to a great New Year!
We are very sad to lose Mrs. Catoe, but we all wish her the best on her new journey and welcome Mrs. Hall as our interim principal. My door is always open! Feel free to call or email anytime and I will be glad to speak with you!
Mrs. Alana Powers
Linda Hall to serve as DME interim principal
Retired Richland 2 elementary principal Linda Hall is the interim principal at Doby’s Mill Elementary. Hall served as the principal at Sandlapper Elementary for more than 11 years and was the principal at Rice Creek Elementary for seven years prior to that. She began her educational career as a music teacher in Richland School District Two before becoming an assistant administrator, assistant principal and principal in that school system.
During her tenure as principal, Hall’s schools earned the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, National Blue Ribbon Award for Technology and the National Franklin-Covey Lighthouse School designation. She also received a $30,000 Road Ahead Technology Grant and is a certified trainer in the Leader in Me program.
Shout Out to our PTA for the new playground equipment purchased with funds from last years Boosterthon!
The Rock Climbing Wall is a huge success!
Your support of our current Boosterthon Fundraiser will allow us to purchase an electronic billboard and additional playground equipment for the other playgrounds on campus! Your support is greatly appreciated!