Thursday, January 11, 2018

Greetings, Beacon Families!

     One of our LIFESKILLS of focus this month is Flexibility.  Flexibility means to be willing to alter plans when necessary. I’m sure you may have heard your children sharing situations just this week when they had to use the LIFESKILL of Flexibility. Maybe there was a substitute teacher in the classroom, or they had to have indoor recess because of the cold weather outside. Some students had to wait patiently inside the building during afternoon dismissal instead of waiting outside. Since very few things are “set in stone,” at Bookman Road we teach students the importance of being able to adapt to changes, problems, and unexpected situations without undue stress or anxiety. 

     We encourage you to spotlight situations where your Beacon uses flexibility at home this weekend. Thanks, and have an awesome evening.

Dr. Hill, Principal

Ashley's family would like to thank our Beacon community for all of the support during her diagnosis and treatment. She is looking forward to ringing the bell next week! 

Our first graders enjoyed learning about Russian living and traditions through a Skype with Olga who actually lives in Russia! 

Check out these smiling faces on display on D Hall! 
Cyrus Carmack-Belron
Chase  Smoak
Colton Hollobaugh
Lyric Dozier
Jackson Grindstaff
Cameron Sussman
Kobie AlexanderB
Maleiyah Ford
Nicholas Ball
Ethan Haynes
DeAsia Burris
Alex Medeiros
Bennam Buhr
Landon Elrod
Landyn Sevighy
Trinity Merling
Aaron Boken

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Greetings, Beacon Families!

Happy New Year! It’s so exciting to see everyone back and ready to finish off the second half of the year with a blast.

This week our students and teachers participated or will participate in a school wide “Procedure Day.” The purpose of Procedure Days are to take the opportunity to review some very important procedures that help our school days flow smoothly. We are asking that you also take the time to review procedures that help to keep our students safe, particularly during morning and afternoon dismissal. 

Here are a few reminders:
Morning Car-Rider Procedures
The morning rush can be a hectic one. Please use the LIFESKILLS of patience and cooperation during this time.

IF YOU ARE DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILD, please use the main entrance at the front of the school. When dropping off, proceed around the circle, moving as far forward as space permits and have your child exit on the passenger side of the car. Students are to enter through the doors to the left and right of the main office and proceed to the multi-purpose room (K-2), Seaside Café (3-5), or to eat breakfast. Staff members will be on-hand to assist parents and students through this process. Carpool hours are between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. There is no parking at the front during carpool hours (AM or PM).  Remember: The front car loop is for dropping off only, so you must remain in your car. ***AFTER 8:00 a.m. PLEASE DO NOT DISREGARD THESE PROCEDURES. Please refrain from speeding around stopped cars or pulling into the staff parking lot to bypass the  car rider line. Please stay in line and wait patiently for students to exit their cars. If you are in a rush, please arrive before 8:00 so that staff members may assist you. Students will enter through the front office doors after 8:00 a.m.

IF YOU ARE WALKING YOUR CHILD INTO SCHOOL, the back parking lot is available for you to park in parking spaces – not along the curb or near the dumpster – and walk your child to class. For safety reasons, please do not drop your child off or have them walk alone through the parking lot. Families should enter through the Seaside Café and proceed to their destination from that entrance. Cafeteria doors will be locked at 8:00 a.m.  Doors to the hallways and Multi-Purpose Room will remain locked for student safety. Also, please note that the bus loop which parallels the building is for school buses and daycare vans only. 

When students arrive between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m., they must go to the multipurpose room (K-2) or cafeteria (3-5) to ensure appropriate supervision. After 7:50 students may go directly to class. All exterior doors are locked at 8:00 a.m. Anyone wishing to enter will need to enter through the front office doors and will need to get a tardy pass after 8:00 a.m.  Our school hours for quality teaching and learning begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.

Afternoon Car-Rider Procedures
Afternoon procedures are very similar to those of the morning. For the safety of all, there is no parking in the front parking lot or on the grass by the road during afternoon carpool hours (2:50 pm – 3:20 pm). If you would like to walk up to greet your child, please park in the back parking lot and walk around to the front of the school, remembering to remain on the sidewalk, not in the grassy area or in front of the posts (by the cars).

Ø  Please use the LIFESKILL of PATIENCE as we load your child into your car.
Ø  Please follow moving traffic and pull as far forward as space permits.
Ø  For safer loading, children need to enter all cars on the passenger side only. Please make sure that there is a clear path for them to load easily.
Ø  Please refrain from cell phone use when in the carpool line.
Ø  At the end of the day if your child is not picked up by 3:15 p.m. He/she will be sent to Breakers, our after school program.  Parent(s) will be charged the regular fee for after school care.

Thank you for using your LIFESKILLS of Caring, Cooperation, and Integrity, and once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

Please visit D Hall to see these smiling faces on display!

Cyrus Carmack-Belron
Chase  Smoak
Colton Hollobaugh
Lyric Dozier
Jackson Grindstaff
Cameron Sussman
Kobie AlexanderB
Maleiyah Ford
Nicholas Ball
Ethan Haynes
DeAsia Burris
Alex Medeiros
Bennam Buhr
Landon Elrod
Landyn Sevighy
Trinity Merling
Aaron Boken


Friday, December 15, 2017

Greetings, Beacon Families!

As you may know, this is the time of year when many students are particularly excited; partly because we have reached the time of year known to some as the “Season of Giving,” and partly because they know winter break starts tomorrow!

We know that there are various religious and cultural celebrations and observances that take place during this time of year, and the focus of many of those observances centers on giving and helping those less fortunate. One of the great things about the students at Bookman Road Elementary is that for them, the “Season of Giving” is year-round. Our Bookman Road families take joy in giving and helping others. 

So far this year our students and staff have donated their time, talents, and gifts to residents of the Wildwood Downs assisted living facility, the American Heart Association Foundation, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Toby’s Place for Women and Children. Palmetto Health Walk/Run for Life, and United Way. When we return in 2018, we will continue monthly service projects to help others in surrounding communities and around the world.

Regardless of how your family chooses to spend this winter holiday, please be safe and enjoy the time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you all on January 3, 2018!


Dr. Hill


We would like to welcome Ms. Altonese Burkes to Bookman Road as a new Instructional Assistant in Mrs. Ramos' Pre-K class! She is replacing Mrs. Brigette Bullock who is now our new Attendance Secretary! Congratulations!

Some of our Beacons want to share their holiday wishes!

Congratulations to our 5th Graders for graduating from the DARE Program!
A special congratulations to Caydence for winning the DARE Essay contest!

The SWAT Team "Tech Elves" made their way around the
school to bring joy by way of cleaning and disinfecting technology devices!

Ms. Kuhn's Kindergarten Class and Mrs. L. Smith's 2nd Grade Class 
got to visit their Grand Buddies to spread some holiday cheer!

Dr. Hill’s Shining Beacons
Mrs. Estes’ class has read all 20 of the SC Picture book Award Nominees for 2017-2018!

Mrs. Estes’ 1st Grade Class

Class favorite: I Yam a Donkey

BRE Birthday Book Club Donations
Students donated $15 through the BRE Birthday Book Club to purchase new books for the BRE Media Center!

These students will be the first to check out these books and will be able to keep them for an extended check-out period.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017

Greetings, Beacon Families!

Every day at Bookman Road our halls and classrooms are full of PTO and school based volunteers assisting teachers, staff, and students become the very best Beacons we can be.  I would like to extend many “thanks” to each of our school partners and volunteers.  Without you, many of the special activities we do here at Bookman Road would not be possible. This week and next week the students will enjoy shopping in the PTO Holiday Shoppe, which allows them the opportunity to exercise the LIFESKILLS of Friendship and Caring. What a great way to teach students about the spirit of giving!

We appreciate everyone who has volunteered in the past, and all who will volunteer in the future.  You take time out of your busy schedules to touch the lives of so many students and we thank you for your support!

Dr. Hill

Thanks to everyone who joined us for 
Paint and Literacy Night!
Paint and Literacy Night

Mrs. Boswell's Class didn't let the rain stop! They enjoyed doing Cosmic Yoga for indoor recess. 

All of students took part in the
 Hour of Code activities this week!


Ms. Barfield's 5th Grade ALERT students are getting very creative with their architecture projects!

Our Third Graders enjoyed 
Fossil Frank this week!

Ms. Moultrie has also been named 
Bookman Road's new Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper.

Stop by our display on D Hall to see these smiling faces!

Kimmy Vu
Laylah Williams
Bryley Knowell
Deon Ellisor
Jada James
Jacob Smoak
Sydnie Suarez
Savannah Jones
Jeremiah Hodgson
Nina Chan
Senyo Amezado
Alex Hernandez
Isis Wells
Abby Tabler
Aiden Cherry
Ty’Leah Jamerson
Ben Christian
Parker McGee

Thanksgiving helped us to kick off our unit of study on traditions. We have been “traveling” around the world to learn what the similarities and difference are between our local community and communities around the world and the traditions and cultures that are a part of our lives. We are understanding how families interact with their environments both locally and globally and comparing schools and neighborhoods around the world using our new knowledge of maps to help us!

Austin Boken
Peyton Brown
Kimber Cooper
Cole Crigger
Jordan Duncan
Josiah Eliscar
Madisyn Finch
Kiet Le
Katriel Little
Phuong Vi Nguyen
Timmy Osisek
Sofia Osorio Lopez
Lennon Owen
Landyn Sevigny
Melody Smith
Abby Tabler
Adain Turner
Harper White
Christel Wilson

The Diversity and Multicultural Committee would love to share as many cultural traditions that represent our school as we can.  If you would like to share your holiday tradition, please email Ms. Harter at

PLEASE NOTE: There is a free app that allows parents/guardians to receive messages directly from the Richland District Two Transportation Department when there are issues or delays with our school buses. 

iPhone- App Store OR Android- Google Play
*Download Bb District by Blackboard

*Once installed select our Richland District Two 

Chorus applications are now being accepted for the Spring Musical.  Applications are available from the Music Room and must be returned by December 15, 2017.  Any 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grader is welcome to join.  Those students who are currently in Chorus do not need to re-apply.