Friday, August 10, 2018

August 10, 2018

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Please join us at Bookman Road Elementary for our “Welcome Back Night” drop-in next Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. This event will take place in our multipurpose room and cafeteria (Seaside Café). You will have an opportunity to sign-up for after-school programs, join PTO, and, most importantly, meet your teacher! In addition to classroom teachers, support staff, administration, SAIL teachers, and special education teachers, staff from the following areas will be in attendance to assist and answer your questions:
• District Bus Transportation
• Cafeteria
• School Nurse
• Breakers, our after-school program
Our fabulous PTO will provide popsicles for everyone, as well!

FOR NEW PARENTS to Bookman Road, we will have a special welcome for you at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018. During the new parent orientation, staff will be available to answer questions, discuss school procedures, and give you a tour of the school. We will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the Media Center which is located in the center of the school. The easiest way to access the Media Center is to enter through the main office. You will see the Media Center straight ahead. We will finish this special welcome by 5:30 p.m. so you can attend the Welcome Back Celebration. I hope you will be able to join us.

We have carefully, and with much deliberation, assigned students to classrooms. A lot of thought goes into this process and several factors are considered. While I am not able to accommodate requests for specific teachers, rest assured that all of our teachers are excellent and will provide quality teaching and learning for your children. Our team read the feedback some of you provided about your children as we placed them in classes. Please refer to the memo on the back of this letter for directions to access your child’s class placement. We thank you for being involved in your child’s learning!

The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 22, 2018 which is a full day. Students in the Pre-K Child Development classes will begin school on Monday, August 27, 2018. The first school bell rings each day at 7:50 a.m., and the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m., which is when instruction begins. Please note that staff members will be off morning duty at that time, so please allow your student enough time to get through the drop off line and to his/her classroom by 8:00 a.m. in a safe and orderly fashion. No student should arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. because no adult supervision is available before that time. 

Dismissal begins at 2:50 p.m. To alleviate congestion at the end of the school day, if you need to pick up your child early, please arrive at the main office prior to 2:15 p.m. Children will not be called out of class after 2:15 p.m. or be released to parents from the classroom. Students must be picked up prior to 3:15 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be monitored in the Seaside Café (cafeteria) by the Breakers afterschool care staff and parents will be charged a fee for the time they are at Breakers.

Additional important school dates are available on our online calendar which can be accessed by going to and clicking on the “calendar” link. The calendar will be updated with information throughout the year. Our weekly electronic school newsletter, The Beacon, will also have upcoming school events and dates. Finally, on the first day of school, your child will bring home a Bookman Road student/parent handbook. There is also a copy included with this correspondence. Please review the handbook thoroughly with your students, as well as the student handbook outlining district policies and procedures at

Breakfast and lunch will be served the first day of school. The cost of breakfast is $1.00 per day and lunch is $2.60. Both are payable on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. If you feel you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, please go to to complete an application. Our cafeteria manager, Sardardi “Dottie” Grant, will be at our Welcome Back Night to assist you and answer any questions you may have about the cafeteria.

At our Welcome Back Celebration you will have the opportunity to join our PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization), and learn how to make payments for lunch, BREAKERS, and school fees. The school fee for consumable supplies is $15.00 for full pay students and is now paid online. Please see the announcements below for directions on how to pay school fees through Parent Portal at

Lastly, on the first day of school, August 22, 2018, our awesome Bookman Road PTO will be hosting a Boo-Hoo/Ya-Hoo Breakfast for Bookman Road Kindergarten parents at 8:00 a.m. in our Seaside Café. Some of our PTO members will be on site to give hugs and encouragement to any of our Kindergarten parents who may need them.

We look forward to seeing you at Bookman Road Elementary School’s Welcome Back Night Drop-In on Thursday night, August 16, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.


Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

***Please log onto Parent Portal at the following link for your child’s homeroom teacher assignment:

Click the image above to access our handbook

Click the image above to access the Richland Two student handbook

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Greetings, Beacon Families!

This week is American Education Week.  This is a time when we pause to celebrate and show our appreciation to all of our faculty and staff members who work so diligently with our children here at Bookman Road.  I would personally like to thank all of the educators within our school for the hard work and countless hours they spend working to make Bookman Road Elementary an outstanding and nurturing place for students to learn and grow.  Every staff member plays a crucial role in the functioning of the school, and I can’t thank them enough for what they do for our students and school community.

I would also like to sincerely thank our PTO for the hard work they put into supporting the work of the school and the planning they have done for tomorrow's Staff Appreciation Breakfast. It has been very humbling to watch as parent volunteers have gone the extra mile to bring food contributions and volunteer their time to make the staff of Bookman Road feel very much appreciated.

Thank you again, Bookman Road faculty and staff, for the role you play in the lives of Bookman Road students. Thank you for continuing to let your BEACONS shine!

Have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend!
Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

Special thanks to our PTO and our Veterans who made our Veteran's Day Program a success. Thank you again for your service! If you missed the program, it was recorded live on our Facebook Page -Bookman Road Elementary School. 

Veteran's Day 2017

Ms. Brown and Mrs. Beech's Class during the 
Veteran's Day Parade

Dr. Hill’s Shining Beacons
These classes have read all 20 of the SC Picture book Award Nominees for 2017-2018!

Mrs. Brown’s Kindergarten Class
Class favorite: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog!

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.

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Mrs. Harter's friends are enjoying learning about the
Main Idea of a text in their small group.

Who knew that using shortcuts on Chromebooks to 
create turkeys could be so much fun? 

While learning about government, 2nd Graders in Mrs. Smith's Class had a representative from each learning club to serve as a class presidential candidate. Their peers voted on Google Forms for the candidate that they felt represented their class well.

Richland School District Two schools are funded primarily by local taxes. Due to the large federal presence in our area our district is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid Funds. Impact Aid is a federal program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.  Impact Aid Program Survey Forms were distributed to all students  in Thursday's folder. Please take a few minutes and complete the form for each Bookman student in your house and return it back tomorrow. The information you provide on these forms is confidential.

Thank you for supporting Bookman and Richland 2.

Do you have your spirit wear yet? You can purchase yours
every Tuesday morning in the Seaside Cafe!

For those who have registered....

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017


Kyle Morris
Rylee Stone
Jordan Jenkins
Kennedey Brand
Preston Suarez
Keraj Gemechu
Kyan Huyghue
JR Brooks
Sophie Currence
Addison Parrish
Josiah Eliscar
Addison Ayer
Evelyn Cavanna
Hae Le
Chandler Collins
George Gadsden
Mason Droze
Kyle Broughton

Mrs. Kirkpatrick's friends are adding patriotic hearts to the Veteran Wall.

Mrs. Kenga's and Boswell's Classes joined together to dissect owl pellets. 

Sharing the love of reading from Mrs. West's class.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick's First Grade Class

We have just wrapped up our Unit on Economics and Community Helpers which is one of our favorite units in first grade! We went on a Being There Experience to CIty Roots Farm,  earned Lucky Bucks, created advertisements, and we learned about our needs and wants as well as goods and services. Then we put all of our knowledge to use for our culminating event, the Fabulous Fall Festival! We are looking forward to our next unit on Earth Materials and becoming first grade geologists!
Rock on!

Kamryn Bates
Chloe Beech
James Davidson
Ellie Edwards
Maleiyah Ford
Josiah Green
Jeremiah Hodgson
Coco Jallad
Genesis Merling
Vivian Moser
Andy Osisek
La’Kendra Pinckney
Zoe Smith
Luke Smoak
Lowry Vause
Trevarius Wilson
Ryder Torres
Keraj Gemechu
Yesenia Nazario
Jaiden Bodmer

Dr. Hill's Shining Beacons

These classes have read all 20 of the SC Picture book Award Nominees for 2017-2018!

Mrs. Kuhn’s Kindergarten Class

Class favorite: Marilyn’s Monster


Mrs. White’s 2nd Grade Class
Class favorite: I am Trying to Love Spiders


Mrs. Boswell’s & Mrs. Sarbok’s Class
Class favorite: Billy’s Booger


Mrs. Lechner’s Class
Class favorite: Night Animals


Mrs. Malone’s Class
Class favorite: We Forgot Brock


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.

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Check out this video made by Wyatt, whose father is a Veteran. We hope to see you at our Veteran's Day performance. Make sure to tune in live on Facebook to see the ceremony if you'r unable to attend. 

Toby’s Place - Service Learning Project

Bookman’s Girls Leadership Group will participate in a service learning project.  This project will benefit a shelter called Toby's Place. Toby's Place benefits homeless women and children within our community. Please consider helping with this project by donating new, unopened items.  A list of suggested items is below and starred items are of greater need.  Items can be sent to the school office or to our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Spangler.  The Girls Leadership Group will be collecting items until Friday, November 17th.

Anything donated is greatly appreciated!  

Toothpaste & toothbrushes
Toilet paper
Hand soap
Paper Towels
Body lotion
Shaving cream
New, in-package socks in various sizes.
*Laundry detergent
*Feminine Hygiene products
*Shampoo, conditioner, & ethnic hair care products
*Body wash and soap

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