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    The Buzzword of the Day for 12/19/2014 is:

    ancestor (noun)


    What does it mean?

    1 : one from whom an individual, group, or species is descended
    2 : something from which something else has developed : forerunner

    How do you use it?

    "The pupils were better dressed and better looking than were those of my time; consequently they did not resemble their ancestors; and consequently there was nothing familiar to me in their faces." (Mark Twain, _Life on the Mississippi_)

    Are you a word wiz?

    The English word "ancestor" comes from Latin ancestors. How old do you think the word "ancestor" is?

    A. 200 years old
    B. 400 years old
    C. 600 years old
    D. 800 years old
    Check your answer on Word Central.

    Today, 12/19/2014
    High: 59 Low: 41
    Partly sunny
    6% chance of precipitation.
    Tomorrow, 12/20/2014
    High: 44 Low: 38
    97% chance of precipitation.

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    Friday, December 19
    Pre-K and K celebration
    All Pre-K and K classes will have a special celebration by wearing pajamas and reading Holiday stories.
    Saturday, December 20
    Community Holiday Market
     9 AM - noon   Community vendors will be displaying items for sale.  This is a PTA fundraiser.
    Mon, Dec 22 - Wed, Dec 31
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    Thu, Jan 1 - Fri, Jan 2
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    Friday, January 30
    Books and Breakfast
    (for families of all PCD and Pre-K students_ - 8:30 - 9:30 AM.  The featured book will be find a Cow Now.

    From the Principal

    Dear Parents,
     Welcome to an exciting year at John P. Thomas Elementary School. The staff and I are very excited that you have entrusted your child's education to us. We will make every effort to help your child achieve academically and socially this year. It is our goal to create an enriching learning environment that engages the student.

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    Richland School District One Mission Statement:
    We are Richland one, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

    School Uniforms - School uniforms include navy blue or khaki slacks, jumpers, or shorts (knee high).  Tops must have collars and include white or navy colors. School t-shirts may be worn as uniform shirts.  These are available for purchase from the PTA. For further information please contact the parent liaison, Freddie Harrell ( 803-735-3430).

    The Tiger Promise

    While here at John P. Thomas, I promise to act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too. I come to school to learn and I will learn. I will have a good day.