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                                                                                     BENCHMARK TESTING

Students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades will take ELA and Math benchmark tests the week of January 28.  Your child’s teacher can inform you of specific testing dates.


                                                                                        SCHOOL DELAYS & CANCELATIONS

Please remember that if school is delayed or closed, you will receive a call from the school district and a SchoolWay notification.  The local television stations are also notified. To receive the most current information, please make sure you have a working phone number on file with the school.  SchoolWay is also a notification service that you have to sign up for on your mobile phone.  As a point of information, we do NOT serve breakfast to students when we are on a two-hour delay. Please make sure your child eats breakfast at home whenever this occurs.


                                                                                        SCHOOL CLOSED

There will be no school on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.



Yearbooks go on sale this week through March 22, 2019. There are TWO options this year, Hardcover book for $25.00 and Softcover book for $20.00.  Order yours today!  Extra books will be limited! 


                                                                                        MAKE UP PICTURES

Students who were absent on our original picture day on October 29, or if you did not like your child’s picture, can have another picture taken on January 18.  You can still send orders for fall pictures to the office or order them online.


                                                                                        GUIDANCE PROJECT

Caring will be the character trait focus of discussion in our guidance classes for the month of January.  Caring can be defined as paying attention to those that need help, then reaching out and helping them.  Throughout the month of January, we will put this character trait into action by having our school participate in a service project for the Dillon County Animal Shelter. Please help us in showing them how caring Latta Elementary is by having your child participate in this project.  The following is a list of items that are needed at the shelter.

             Cat litter


             Dawn dish liquid

             Paper towels

             Puppy pads

             Cloth towels

             Puppy/dog food

             Kitty/cat food

Thank you for your participation.  It is greatly appreciated!! If you have any questions you can contact the Guidance Counselor, Kim Yauger, at 752-5295 ext 1512

                                                                                        FLU SEASON

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  If students are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medication).  Symptoms consist of fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose & muscle aches.  Flu viruses spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.   Always remember and encourage kids to: cover their mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing, wash hands with soap & water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer, and remind them not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth, for this causes the spread of germs.  Please join us in preventing the spread of the flu virus in our schools.   Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns (843) 752-5295.


                                                                                   BOX TOPS & CAN TABS

We collect Box Tops for Education and our school receives money that is used to purchase classroom supplies.  The class that collects the most labels wins an ice cream party.  We also collect can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Columba. Please send your box tops and can tabs to school!  We appreciate all that you do! 

                                                                                        LOST AND FOUND

It’s that time of year again and lost coats and jackets are accumulating in the office.  If your child is missing a coat or jacket, please stop by the school and check out what has been turned into the office.  Also, please write your child’s name in his or her jacket; it can then be returned to the owner easily if it is lost.

                                                                               ISTATION AT HOME

Included with your newsletter this month is information about how to access Istation at home.  This program will help them with their reading progress and tie directly to what they are doing at school.

Do you know where your child is reading? Are they on grade level?

Grade   October Level    January Level

1st          D             F

2nd        J              K

3rd         N             N

4th         P             Q


If your student rides a bus to and from school, it is important that an adult be visible to the driver at the bus stop in the morning and afternoon.  We do not accept transportation changes over the phone for any reason.  If your child has to change their transportation, we must have a written note.

Parents, please display your car tags in the front windshield of your car so we can easily see who you are picking up until your child is in the car.

                                                                                        ATTENDANCE POLICY

Consistent school attendance is important to your child’s academic, social and emotional development.  Please see that only illness prevents your child from attending school. Any student who misses school must present a written note signed by a parent or physician.  After 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences, intervention plans will be developed with the parent to improve student attendance.  

                                                                                        EARLY SIGN-OUT

If your child has a doctor’s appointment or some other need for which he/she must be checked-out early, please do so by 2:00 p.m. Be aware that doctor’s appointments are excused early dismissals ONLY with a doctor’s note. All other early dismissals are unexcused; 3 unexcused early dismissals equal 1 unexcused absence according to District policy.

                                                                                        LUNCH CHARGES

Last school year’s lunch status is applicable until September 12. If you have not completed a form for this school year by September 12, your child’s status will revert to full pay and you will be responsible for all charges. Students are allowed to owe $5.00 to the cafeteria. According to District policy, students whose balance due exceeds $10.00, must bring a lunch box until the amount due has been paid. As a reminder, full pay is $2.60 daily/$13.00 weekly and reduced pay is .40 daily/$2.00 weekly. Please contact the office if you need a form or have questions (843-752-5295).

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