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District Announcements
Online Payments Coming Soon!

Dealing with your children’s school money is about to be a lot easier! Soon you will be able to add money to their accounts for meals online securely and even see what they are buying. An introduction letter to the K12 Payment Center and detailed information will be sent home in the next few weeks. Please watch out for this info coming to your home soon!



School Announcements
Archers Are Awesome!
Recently, the Townville Elementary Archery Team attended the State Archery Tournament.  We finished in 10th place as a team, out of 23 teams.  Our top two shooters, Jesse Osborne and Ashtyn Harper, were 18th and 11th respectively in their divisions out of over 200 shooters!
Also, two of our sixth graders, Olivia Ladines and Samantha Pierce, are members of the Riverside Middle School state archery champion team.  Townville is proud of its Archery Leaders! 

Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act
The Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act, recently approved by the South Carolina Legislature, allows school districts to store supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors for identified school staff to use in emergencies for individuals with unknown life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis.
Parents and guardians of students with known allergies should continue to provide epinephrine auto-injectors for their children at school. These students will continue to have Emergency Care Plans (ECPs) and Individual Healthcare Plans (IHPs) developed by the school nurse.
Every school in ASD4 has a full time registered nurse and at least 5 first responders who are trained in recognizing signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, epinephrine auto-injector administration and follow up procedures in the case of allergic reactions.
See attached for more details. 


Assisting Students With Medications
 
The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Nursing and Pharmacy issued a joint advisory opinion, collectively agreeing that school nurses in South Carolina may administer over-the-counter medications in a school setting with parental consent and without a medical order from a licensed healthcare provider. However, if the over-the-counter medication is prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider, or a parent/guardian requests the over-the-counter medication be given differently than standard package instructions indicate, then the over-the-counter medication must be treated like a prescription medication as set forth in S.C. Code Ann. S 40-43-86, requiring both parental AND healthcare provider’s permission to be given at school.
ASD4 has updated our policy to reflect this joint advisory opinion.
All medications, over-the-counter and prescription, MUST be brought to school by a parent or guardian in the original packaging. Per policy, students are not allowed to carry any type of medication during school hours unless the appropriate permission forms have been completed, are on file and have been approved by the school administrator.
See links below for forms.

Permission for School Administration of Medication (OTC) form
Permission for School Administration of Medication (Prescription) form
Self Administration form 1
Self Administration form 2
Self Administartion form 3



Can you spell W-I-N-N-E-R?
Congratulations goes out to the winner of the 2013-14 Townville Elementary School Spelling Bee Winner, Samantha Roberts, a third grader from Ms. Jones' class!  Other participants in the bee were class winners from each grade level: Tanner Owens, Emily Collier, Ashlyn Wludyka, Jesse Osborne, Olivia Holbrooks, Lily Schaffer, and Katie Shirley.  Job Well Done, Everybody!
These Kids are Terrific!
Congratulations goes out to the students who were chosen for the Terrific Kid Awards for December and January.  They were recently honored at a school assembly.  The students' teachers read a paragraph about each of them and why they are students who exemplify the character traits of caring and honesty, two key traits studied during December and January.  Way to Go, boys and girls!
The Real D.W. Visits T.E.S.!

Students at T.E.S. were recently treated to a visit from Kim Brown.  She is the sister of Marc Brown, author of all the Arthur and D.W. books.  She told us all about growing up with Marc, how he became an illustrator and author, and she talked us through the process of getting a book published.  She even taught us how to draw Arthur!  She told the students, "You don't have to be a super sports star to become successful," as she explained that her brother has been drawing pictures and writing about them since he was a child in school, just like them.  Adults and students alike had a fun time listening to and learning from Ms. Brown, and we are glad she came to Townville!


Great Habits Make Great Leaders!
At our recent Leader in Me assembly, students celebrated how much we've learned about the Seven Habits of Happy Kids over the past few months.  We watched a music video produced by the 5th graders, and we all practiced our Seven Habits hand signals together.  One student from each class was recognized as being an example of a particular habit in his or her daily life.  At Townville, we are all learning what it means to show our own inner greatness, and to be good leaders.  The Seven Habits, from Being Proactive, to Sharpening the Saw, are integral parts of our daily walk around the halls, in the cafeteria, outside on the playground and of course, in the classroom.  The next time you see one of us, ask us about the Seven Habits and how you can start practicing them too!  Click here for a slideshow of pictures from the assembly.
Thank you RMS!
A big thank you goes out to the Riverside Middle Choir for coming out to Townville on Friday!  They sang several Christmas songs to get us in the spirit!  Mrs. Durham and the entire 7th and 8th grade choirs did a fantasic job! 
We "CAN" and we DID make a difference!
TES Shares" food drive collected almost 3,000 food items and paper products which will be donated to Anderson Interfaith Ministries.  Thank you to all the students, parents, and staff who helped to make this a great donation at an important time of the year.

Turkey Trot was a Big Hit!
The Townville Turkey Trot went off without a hitch on November 9.  Runners from all over the area got up early to "trot" around Townville for a good cause.  Participants were required to bring canned goods for AIM (Anderson Interfaith Ministries), and the school is continuing the canned food drive for the next couple of weeks.  Thanks to Coach Laven and his team of volunteers who made everything run smoothly, and thanks to everyone who came out to walk and run!  Click here to see a slideshow from the event.
 
The first RMS Archery Team
Last week, tryouts for the Riverside Middle School Archery Team were held in the gym. Several different factors were used in determining the team; participation, behavior, shooting form, coachable attitude, overall score, average score and round improvement. We would like to congratulate the following students that have qualified for the RMS Archery Team; 6th graders Ana Durham, Olivia Ladines, Samantha Pierce, Porter McLeod and Jentry Whitfield, 7th graders Chloe Burdette, Abbey Gillespie, Carli Hines, Taylor Hines, Zoe Long, Chloe Standridge, Jae Cox, Nick Degroot, Quinton Gilstrap and Dylan Pierce; 8th graders Hayley Crawford, Alexis Johnston, Alli Miller, Victoria Richards and Kevin Reed.

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