Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Beacon 8/31/2017

Dr. Hill's 

" The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

New Teacher Feature

I am from Florence, SC, and I have 3 sons. I completed my undergraduate degree at Coker College and completed graduate school at Coastal Carolina University. I worked in secondary education (grades 6-12) for ten years prior to coming to Bookman Road. I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, traveling, watching the news and NBA games! (Go King James and the CAVS!) I am excited about getting to know my students and their families. My hope is that I will inspire and challenge my students this year while preparing them for the start of their secondary educational experience! I am truly looking forward to "lighting the way" as a member of the Beacon family!

This is my ninth year as a Special Education teacher and my first (full year) with Richland 2 School District, as well as my first year with Bookman Road. In January, I relocated to the midlands when I accepted a position as a Preschool Autism Teacher. I originally "migrated" from Ohio to the Low Country in 2009 after I graduated from college and have been in love with the warm weather ever since. I enjoy staying active and love any form of fitness. When I'm not in my classroom, you can usually find me in the gym, coaching Crossfit and running our gym's Crossfit Kid's Program. I am so excited to be apart of the Bookman Road family and am looking forward to an excellent school year!

This is my 11th year teaching in Richland District II and I'm so excited to begin a new journey at Bookman Road! I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and 3rd grade is my absolute favorite to teach. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband and my two young daughters keep me busy! I also love reading, riding roller coasters, and cheering on my SC Gamecocks! Looking forward to an amazing new year!

If you haven't completed your child's Annual Registration (InfoSnap), please take the time to do that. Students who have not completed this registration are unable to use technology at the school until this online registration process is complete. You can access this on Parent Portal.

 Bookman Road Elementary
School Improvement Council

What is the School Improvement Council (SIC)?
School Improvement Councils were created to provide an opportunity for parents and community members to have an influential voice in the education of their children. SIC members are active participants in the 5-year strategic planning process for improved student achievement, assist in the monitoring and evaluation of innovations and improvements, and assist in the writing of the annual updates of the plan. In conjunction with the school's principal, SIC members are responsible for writing the narrative on the school report card.

The SIC serves as a liaison between the school and community by collecting and disseminating information regarding school improvement.
The 2017-2018 SIC is seeking new members for upcoming year.  If you are interested please contact Mr. Chris Reliford at or calling the school at 803-699-1724.

New members will be voted on during Open House on September 7.

Goodies for Grands
Bookman Road PTO would like to invite all Grandparents
to join us for muffins & coffee on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Goodies for Grands will be held in the Seaside Café at
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
We hope to see you there!

Calling all Volunteers!
Bookman Road PTO would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering this year, to join us
for coffee on Friday, September 8th, 2017 in the
Seaside Café at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

*PTO will be selling t-shirts tomorrow morning in the Seaside Cafe' if you need one!

New Teacher Feature

Each week, we will feature some of our new Beacon teachers! 

Hi! My name is Danielle and I am originally from Augusta, GA. I recently just got out of the Navy as a dental technician to follow my childhood dream of becoming an elementary school teacher! I attended Columbia International University and just graduated this past April. In my free time I love to travel! I have been to Germany, Italy, Spain, Sicily, Hungary, Greece, the Czech Republic, and the Bahamas. I also like to cook new recipes, which I find on Pinterest most of the time! I am looking forward to being a part of the Bookman community and providing a loving, engaging, and supportive environment in which students can learn and grow.

I am so excited to be apart of the Bookman community! I have taught several years previously in Richland Two and in Orangeburg Five. My husband and I have three boys Noah, Benji, and Levi and enjoy spending time with them within our local community. I look forward to working with Bookman families to reach, teach, and engage learners with a passion for knowledge.

The PTO Port
Parents, please look for information about becoming a homeroom parent in next week’s communication folder. If interested, return the completed form to your child’s teacher.
There are many opportunities to become involved at Bookman Road and volunteer.  A PTO Volunteer Coffee will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 in the Seaside Cafe’ at 9:00 a.m.  We encourage anyone interested in volunteering this year to attend the coffee to receive additional information about ways that you can help and be an integral part of your child’s school.

Free vector graphic: Tea, Cup, Gray, Coffee, Aroma, Java - Free ...

Goodies for Grands
Bookman Road PTO would like to invite all Grandparents
to join us for muffins & coffee on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Goodies for Grands will be held in the Seaside Café at
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Add our calendar to your list of Google Calendars! 
Here's how!

Click the helm to get this year's student handbook. 

August 9, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! Please join us at Bookman Road Elementary for our “Welcome Back Night” drop-in next Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.   This event will take place in the 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 our 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 Wednesday, August 16, 2017. You will not need to attend the new parent orientation if you have a kindergarten student who attended Kinder Camp on August 10, 2017 or if your Beacon is a returning student. 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!

At Bookman Road Elementary, we believe that all children can learn, and we aim to make teaching and learning our highest priority.  We focus on having an outstanding school based on measures of academic excellence, technology, student engagement, brain-based learning, and strong curricular based instruction.  There is also a major focus on modeling and encouraging the use of Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS.  Throughout the year, the faculty and staff will be checking to make sure that everything we do exceeds your expectations for our school.  We want to make sure that we continue to challenge each child to reach his/her highest level of achievement.

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 placement. We thank you for being involved in your child’s learning! 

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 22, 2017 which is a full day. Students in the Pre-K Child Development classes will begin school on August 28, 2017. The first school bell rings at 7:50 a.m., and the final bell rings at 8:00 a.m., which is when instruction begins. Please note that students will be marked tardy after 8:00 a.m. Staff members will be off duty at that time, so please allow enough time to get through the drop off line 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 attached handout for directions on how to pay school fees through Parent Portal at

We look forward to seeing you at Bookman Road Elementary School’s Welcome Back Night Drop-In on Wednesday 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: