Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Word from our Diversity and Multicultural Department:
Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

April is often designated as Diversity Month; a month during which we recognize, honor and celebrate diversity.  By celebrating our differences and similarities we hope that all people will get a deeper understanding of one another. In Richland Two there is strength in our diversity and our unique traits and characteristics, when joined together, make us richer and more powerful.  As Maya Angelou said:  “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

Just as important as diversity but not as easily obtained is inclusion.  Inclusion is an action word that requires us to proactively do something to make a person in one group be fully incorporated in another group.  Diversity happens naturally but inclusion takes work. 

As a district, we have been purposeful in making diversity and inclusion a principle practice of our strategic plan.  It is one of the strategies we use to help make Richland Two a premier school district and to help us achieve premier culture and environment, talent and achievement for our students, parents, staff and community.  To be successful, we have to imbed diversity and inclusion in everything we do.  We have to be of the mindset that each decision we make, at every level of district organization, must take into account the strength of our diversity and the need to ensure inclusion.

During the month of April, the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion encourages you to take some time to see and appreciate the beautiful diversity of our students and staff and to think about things that you can do to help us ensure inclusion.  Visit a school and volunteer to read or to assist with an activity or spend a few minutes talking to a student about what is important to them and what they need you to know about them.

For the staff in our schools and/or for those who work with us at the District Office, share a random act of kindness, a word of thanks or a compliment.  Let someone you work with know that you see and appreciate their contributions to our district and that their contributions are important.

For our parents and the greater Richland Two community, support the diverse businesses in our district.  Whether shopping for clothing or food or out for entertainment, consider visiting a place you haven’t been and trying an activity that’s new to you.  You can find cuisine from across the world in our district and new and exciting things can be found every day in our local libraries.

As you explore the many ways our Richland Two family is diverse I believe that you will find that you have more in common than what you see as differences.  As you celebrate our tremendous diversity, let’s commit to strengthening our inclusion.  To help you with ideas and suggestions, please see the attached calendar that you may use to mark off your diversity and inclusion activities for the month.  Share your experiences with us on Twitter @EmbraceEquity using #R2DMI and #FueltheFlame.

Happy Celebrate Diversity Month!

Dr. Helen N. Grant
Chief Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion Officer
Richland District Two

Dr. Davis visited Bookman this week and spent some time visiting students 
in classrooms. He participated in an art lesson while he was here! 

Our first grade students enjoyed sharing their writing during their 
"Author's Celebration" on Wednesday! 


Second Graders enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a chicken today thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Harrell. They brought their chickens from their farm to visit our Beacons today! 

                                                                                       Ms. Kuhn Kindergarten and Mrs. Smith's 2nd Grade Classes buddied up to make words out of letters that they found during their egg hunt!               

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Thank you for all of your support throughout our first grade charity to raise money to go towards the Columbia Police Department's K-9 Department.  We raised a total of $360.02!  We are excited to give them our donation tomorrow when they bring the dogs to meet us.

Thank you again!

❤, The First Graders and First Grade Teachers

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The PTO Board would like to thank the following volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning on March 24 to clean out the two PTO closets:

From Boy Scout Pack 757:
Tim Watts
Charles Lakin
Tony Webb
Shaneka Oliver

From BRES and beyond:
Melanie Vincenty-Dinkins
Tamara Jenkins
Nicholas Jenkins
Lindsey Weber
Jena Ball
Tracey Morris
Kierston Hicks of NC

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Big Top Curriculum Night. There was so much fun and learning had by all that evening!

Stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Calling all volunteers! THE PTO BOARD NEEDS YOU!

Bookman Road's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is currently taking nominations for the 2018-2019 PTO Executive Board. The following positions are available for next school year:

*PTO President 

(*The PTO President is the only position requiring the previous experience of having served on a PTO Board within the last five years).

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in volunteering to serve in one of these capacities, please fill out a nomination form below or you may fill out a form in the front office.

Please note that you must be a PTO Member at least 30 days prior to voting in order to participate in the election which will take place the week of April 9-12, 2018. Membership forms are available in the Bookman Road front office.

New officers will be announced at the PTO general meeting on April 16, 2018.

We look forward to working together for our Bookman Road students!

You can see these smiling faces on display on D Hall!

Dear Bookman Families,
Our first grade charity this year is to collect money for the Columbia Police Department’s K-9 Unit.  We want to raise money to put towards a new bullet proof vest for one of the police dogs.
Each classroom has a “piggy bank" container for any donations.  Students will come around and pick up donations every Wednesday for the entire month of March.  The last day to donate will be Tuesday, March 27th.
The Police officers and dogs will be coming to Bookman the following day to collect our donations.  We are so excited! Thank you in advance for donating any of your loose change!
First Grade Students and Teachers

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