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MAP Testing 1st and 2nd grade

ACT 142 Pre-and Post- Assessments Communications - Act 142, passed by the SC Legislature in June 2020, requires that school districts in South Carolina administer a reading and math pre-test at the beginning of the school year and a reading and math post-test prior to the end of the calendar year.

These tests will be adminstered to all students including traditional brick and mortar and GCS Virtual Academy in grades 1 and 2 during LEAP week, August 17-21.  If a student does not attend LEAP week, the student will make up the test the week of August 24 or August 31.  The link for the testing schedule can be found here.

 


Bringing Special Snacks to School

Parents ~ If you would like to provide food for special occasions (i.e. student birthdays) please check with your child’s teacher prior to the event.  For safety concerns, we cannot serve or give “homemade” foods, therefore, all food to be shared with other children must be store bought with visible ingredient labels and individually pre-packaged.


Welcome to Sara Collins!

All students - check out this video so you can meet some of the special people who work at Sara Collins Elementary.  We can't wait to see you soon!

Kindergarten students - check out this video so you can see where your classrooms are when you arrive to school.


Sara Collins Extended Day Program

Looking for after school care at Sara Collins? We are excited that we will be offering our own program at our school starting this year! Sign up early to get a space for your child! Information can be found here.  You may also use this Google Form to sign up for the program.


Important Back to School Information

As we enter Back to School season in Greenville County, there are several important points that we need to communicate to our school community.  Based on conflicting information from the Governor, the State Department, or just due to life and COVID-19, there are still community members who are confused or have little to no knowledge of the following topics.  

1 – The School start date is August 24 for all students.

2 – Every student should know his/her color group and the days of in-person attendance when Attendance Plans 1 or 2 from the Roadmap are in effect.  Color groups were assigned based on the first letter of students’ last name (hyphenated last names were alphabetized by the first of the hyphenated names:  ex. Jones-Smith would be alphabetized under J)

3 – Under Attendance Plans 1 and 2, students are in-person the stated number of days and attending school virtually the other four or three, respectively.  Students will be expected to sign in and complete assignments on eLearning days.  Otherwise, they will be counted absent.

4 – Students need to pick up their Chromebooks before August 24 if at all possible.  This allows ALL students to start school on August 24, even if we are on Attendance Plan 1 and only ¼ of students are in-person that day.

5 – Parents will not be allowed to walk their children into the building this year.  Elementary schools/CDCs need to have a plan for helping reluctant students (especially 4K, 5K, and 1st graders) into the building in a manner that alleviates parent concerns (to the extent possible).

6 – All students are expected to wear a mask to school.  Though not required for 3K-1st grade and some students with disabilities, all students* will be encouraged to wear masks and trained.  *Anyone with a valid doctor’s note will be exempted, but they must have documentation.

7 – Elementary school starts at 7:45 this year!

8 – The sooner parents sign up for bus transportation the better.

9 – Parents should sign up for Backpack using a valid email address they check regularly.

10 – Parents need to screen their students every day for symptoms and keep them home if they are unwell (not give them fever-reducer and send them anyway). Additionally, students who have been directed to quarantine for any reason – including international travel – should not attend school until the quarantine is complete.


SCE Newsletter

Please check out the SCE Newsletter with important Back-to-School Information.

 


LEAP Days - August 17-21, 2020

Dear Sara Collins Families,
 
The South Carolina General Assembly has approved funding for additional days before the start of the new school year for students. These additional days are identified as LEAP (Learn, Evaluate, Analyze, and Prepare) Days. The LEAP Days for Greenville County Elementary Schools will be August 17-21, 2020. Schools are required to offer the LEAP days, but students are not required to attend, although it is encouraged. 
 
We will use this time to assess the needs of our students to prepare for their learning in the coming year. We also want to help your child become familiar with our new learning environment.  Chromebooks will also be provided to students 3rd-5th grade and for K4-2nd grade students as they become available.
 
There will be two sessions on each day of our LEAP week.  Session 1 (7:45-10:15) will be for GCS non-Virtual Academy Students.  Session 2 (12:00-2:30) will be for GCS Virtual Academy Students. Students are asked to attend one day that week according to their assigned color track with make-ups scheduled for Friday.
 
All appropriate safety measures will be followed to maintain social distancing, to the extent possible, and all safety precautions will be followed to help protect our students, faculty, staff, and community.  Bus transportation will ONLY be provided on Monday-Thursday, for Session 1 students, if needed.  Bus transportation requests must have been turned in by July 15th in order to receive service.
 
Please complete one survey here for your household for students in grades K5-5 during the school year 2020-21. The deadline for the LEAP Survey is Monday, August 10th.  


Destination: Return to In-Person School

GCS has released Destination: Return to In-Person School.  

Two-page Summary

Comprehensive E-Book


School Supplies for 2020-21

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Special Education Self-Contained

Virtual Program


Creating a Parent Backpack Account

If you need to create a Parent Backpack account, you will find English and Spanish directions linked here.


Sara Collins Elementary Annual Report to the Community

Click here to read Sara Collins Elementary's Annual Report to the Community.

 


Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

Greenville County Schools encourages parents to register for kindergarten and first grade for the 2020-2021 school year beginning December 3-6, 2019.  We are preparing for your child to enter school in August 2020 and are so excited to have your child with us. By completing registration early, you will save time! It is important to register your child before school starts in August so we can ensure enough teachers and spaces are available at each school for incoming kindergarten and first grade students.  Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020 must enroll in kindergarten. A child who will be six years old on or before September 1, 2020 must enroll in first grade. Students who are currently enrolled in a GCS 4K or 5K program do not need to register.

 

Please bring the following items to register:

Photo ID from any state or country, State-issued Birth Certificate, Properly Completed Immunization Certificate or Religious Exemption Certificate,
Two Forms of Proof of Residence (two documents required such as a current utility bill and copy of lease agreement)

For your child’s school assignment and other information, visit the Kindergarten/First Grade Registration website or call INFOLine at 355-3100.


An Interview with Eddie Collins, Son of our Namesake, Mrs. Sara Collins

We are proud to be named for Mrs. Sara Collins, an exemplary volunteer and PTA mom! Enjoy this interview with her son, Mr. Eddie Collins.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf8YwLTn4ns&feature=youtu.be 


GCS Text Alerts

The School District of Greenville County is offering parents the opportunity to sign up for text alerts through School Messenger.  Parents may provide a text-enabled phone number as the primary contact phone in PowerSchool. Please note that this text system is only to be used in emergency situations (including school closings) and not as a platform for regular school messages.

Parents should complete the form with a signature and return it to each child’s school to ensure they receive all emergency text messages.

Note: The text message parents receive will be in English. 


Medications at School

Important information regarding medication administration at school

School Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines

Greenville County Schools (GCS), in an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, is implementing additional security checks for school volunteers. Effective immediately, all volunteers must submit an application to the school and receive clearance from the district before interacting with children in the school or chaperoning any school field trip. Volunteers are now identified by two different categories: Level I or Level II. Please click here to review the details and find applications on the GCS website.

Learn English Online for Free! Aprende Ingl├ęs online, gratis !

A new program available to parents who would like to learn English and become more involved in their child’s academic achievement. The program is free to parents and is on a first come first served basis. Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 is a program available to the parents of our English Language Learners. This program provides the parents of our English Language Learners an opportunity to learn and develop their English Language skills. It enables parents to increase their engagement in their child’s school and contribute to improving their child’s educational achievement. The online lessons from Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 allow parents to use this program at home, work, on their phone, or anywhere they have access to the internet.

If you would like to have access to this program, please contact your child’s ESOL teacher. The ESOL teacher will be able to provide you with a code to access the program and share general log-in instructions. Click for more information.