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April 01, 2012 Page 1 Volume 2 Issue 9
Parent/Teacher Conferences This is the time of year that teachers in grades prekindergarten through two (PreK-2) extend personal invitations to parents for parent-teacher conferences. The purpose of this end-of-year conference is to allow teachers and parents to discuss each childs strengths and areas that may need improvement as students transition to the next grade level and face new challenges. All grade levels are important but the first few years of school are critical in terms of developing foundational skills and habits that affect future learning. Parents at all grade levels are encouraged to request an end-ofyear conference. Please contact your childs teacher or contact the school office if you would like for us to coordinate a conference with several teachers at the same time. Pennies for Patients Wow! Our students donated over a $1,000 in pennies to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Thank you! Thank you, too, to the Beta Club for sponsoring this service project and to Mrs. Young and Mrs. Davis, for counting and wrapping all these pennies! Guest Speaker On Wednesday, April 11 Mr. Doug Williams, a banker with Wells Fargo, will visit with seniors during their third period economics class to discuss the importance of establishing good credit and other information consistent with credit counseling. The purpose of this presentation is to bring community resources into the school and to help students develop an awareness of issues they will be y in the to understand in the future. expected Valley at Clemson UniverInterim Reports Interim reports for the fourth nine weeks grading period will be The Fellowship April 18. sent home on Wednesday, of Christian Athletes Dear Parents, A special thank you is due to so many of you who assisted with and supported the 2012 auction. The attendance was outstanding and the event was extremely well organized, fun and successful! The auction cleared over $70,000 for the school. The money will be divided among instructional programs, athletic programs, and facility maintenance. As money is spent, parents will be informed so that you are aware of how your support of the auction is benefiting the school and our students. Again, thank you to everyone who was a part of Auction 2012. This type of parental and community involvement contributes greatly to the schools success, 46 year history and upstanding reputation. Please know that you are appreciated! All of the students (and staff, too!) are looking forward to spring break, April 2-6 and April 9. Hopefully, many of you will be able to enjoy some time off from your responsibilities, also. The school office will close when the school day for students ends on Friday, March 30 and will remain closed during the break. Office staff will return Tuesday morning, April 10 refreshed and once again ready to serve you. Happy Easter! Sincerely, Nancy Coleman PTO News Just a reminder that the PTO is selling the remaining coupon books for one-half price ($15.00) while supplies last. Coupon books contain discount coupons you may use when making purchases at a variety of retailers in the surrounding area. If you would like to purchase a book, please come to the school office or see any PTO Board Member. The PTO has a limited number of Tervis tumblers for sale, too. These tumblers feature the RWA emblem/mascot. The 24 ounce tumbler sells for $20.00 and the 16 ounce tumbler sells for $15.00. Check in the school office or look for these items being sold at home ballgames. Booster Club News Thank you to those of you who already ordered your spring flowers from the Booster Club. Orders are being accepted through Friday, March 30. Please remember that you may pick up your purchases on Friday, April 13 at 5:00 P. M. or Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 A. M. in the schools parking lot.


(FCA) Rally in the Valley will be

Junior/Senior Prom held at Clemson University on SepThere is lots of excitement among students about the prom tember 4. The cost is $32 which covscheduled for Friday, April theat the Columbia Country Club. ers admission to 20 football game The junior class sponsors, Mrs. Shannon Wilder and Mrs. Wendy and registrationwith the FCA activity. getting McDonald, along for students are quite busy Mrs. Courtney Thames, Spanish at 8:00 P. M. ready for this special event scheduled to begin No doubt many of you have been busy this activ- prom teacher, is the sponsor for shopping for dresses and tuxedos. The Prom Promise assembly will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 A. M. Officer Bryan McDougald will lead this program. The purpose is to remind students to be responsible and make wise decisions on Prom Night. (*Junior/Senior Prom continued on the next page*)

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Also, please remember that attendance guidelines require a student to attend school for a minimum of three periods on the day of an event in order for the student to participate in the extracurricular activity. (Preferably, students without conflicts will attend school beyond the three period minimumplease schedule hair and other appointments as late as possible.)

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All academic requirements and financial obligations must be met in order for a student to participate in graduation activities. The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 P. M. at Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro. Aerie and the Senior Class of 2012 Proudly Announce Senior Superlatives Most Likely to Succeed: Alex Maass & Alex Douglas Most Unforgettable: Courtland Smith & Nic Mills Class Clown: Courtland Smith & Alex Douglas Most Athletic: Alex Maass & Colie Rowe Most Dangerous Driver: Tara Peak & Lee Renwick Best All Around: Alex Maass & Colie Rowe Best Smile: Rebekah Phillips, Lee Renwick, & Kyle Black Most Likely to Brighten Your Day: Courtland Smith and Colie Rowe KUDOS to the 2012 Auction Committee Lori Waldrep Ashley Wilson Amy and David Stuck Gina Pendergrass Marion Coleman Frances Porter Kerri Martin Wayne Steele Lori Simpson Tweedie Mills Kathryn Warren Wendy Robinson, Chair Melanie Robertson Laura Bost Lou Anne Atkerson Jeff Spires Seniors: Please check with Mrs. Bellomy every week for new scholarship information.

First and Second Grade Musical Program Once again parents and other guests will be treated to one of Mrs. Nicholsons famous musical programs. On Thursday, April 26 first and second graders will perform Salute to Disney at 9:00 A. M. in the fine arts room. Upcoming Field trips for Lower School Students Mrs. Schwartz and Mrs. Atkerson are looking forward to taking first and second graders to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia on Friday, April 27. Watch for details and permission slips to be sent home soon! Our third graders will tour Fairfield County on Friday, April 20 and will participate in a luncheon at Honeysuckle Acres on Friday, April 27. The tour of Fairfield County is a way for the students to culminate their study of South Carolina History this year. Manners learned through the 4-H classes taught by Miss Allison Coleman will be practiced at the luncheon. Watch for details and permission slips to be sent home soon! Cap and Gown Pictures and Class Photograph Seniors will have their pictures taken in their graduation caps and gowns on Monday, April 30. The group picture will be taken at this time, also. Strawbridge Studios, Inc. is the photography company. For questions, contact Mrs. Martha Ladd or senior class sponsors, Mrs. Missy Taylor and Mrs. Lore Gibbons. Graduation Ceremony/Baccalaureate Service In addition to excitement about the prom, seniors are anxiously awaiting and anticipating graduation! The graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 P. M. in the schools gymnasium. Senior class sponsors, Mrs. Missy Taylor and Mrs. Lore Gibbons, will contact parents of seniors with detailed information about the ceremony, rehearsals, and other expectations. Please remember that the following guidelines apply regarding presentation of diplomas: The presentation of diplomas at graduation is the responsibility of the Head of School OR ---an immediate family member who graduated from RWA may present the diploma ---an immediate family member serving on the faculty or staff of RWA may present the diploma ---appeals for exceptions may be made to the Board of Directors for extenuating circumstances only (Immediate family refers to mother, father or sibling.)

Future Dates to Remember May 7 Charleston Trip for Participating Students in Grades 5-8 May 8, 9 PTO/The Yellow Daisy Sponsor a Mothers Day Shop; 8:30-10:30 A. M. May 10 Athletic Banquet at White Oak; Dinner @ 6:00 P. M. & Awards @ 7:00 P. M. May 10 AP English Exam @ 8:00 A. M. May 11 AP History Exam @ 8:00 A.M. May 16, 17, 18 Senior Exams May 20 Baccalaureate @ 7:00 P.M. May 21, 22, 23 Exams/Tests; Students dismiss @ Noon May 24 Student Holiday/Teacher Workday Graduation @ 7:00 P.M. May 25 Lower School Awards Day Report Cards Issued Last Day of School for Students and Teachers

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Congratulations to Honor and Merit Roll Students for the Third Nine Weeks Grading Period

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4th gradeDarius Boyd, Alice Montgomery, Nate Moore, Riley Simpson, and Kaitlyn Thoma. 5th gradeCaleigh Caldwell, Will Carvalho, Hannah Gibbons, Jennifer Haney, Alex McDonald, Bryan OConnor, and Hannah Smith. 6th grade Lane Bickett, Kira Bishop, Sally Costenbader, James Price, Calee Thigpen, and Lydia Wilder. 7th grade Alyssa Atkerson, Mitchell Gibbons, Madison Wade, and Grace Wilder. 8th grade Meg Cathcart, Marion Walker Coleman, Chloe Dawkins, Gunnar Hensley, Jonathan Lewis, John Sandifer, and Megan Simpson. 9th grade Cassidy Branham, Emily Brigman, Cassie Rae Cantrell, Jessica Douglas, Hunter Gibbons, Jordan Parris, Jessica Stidham, and Matt Taylor. 10th grade Anna Cooke, Vicky Durham, Lauren Faust, Mason Gibbons, Joseph Goldin, Austin Knox, Patrick Pope, Alex Scott, Casey Self, and Anna Grey Walters. 11th grade Corey Davis, Logan Gibbons, Kristin Irby, Codie Revis, David Walling, and Brittany Yongue. 12th grade MacKenzie Branham, Alex Douglas, Dalton Haney, Tyler Lewis, Emily Locklair, Tara Peak, Rebekah Phillips, and Courtland Smith.

Richard Winn Academy just completed its third nine weeks for the 2011-2012 academic year and had many students make the Honor and Merit Rolls. The Honor Roll consists of students who made all As or Es in their current courses, and the Merit Roll consists of students who made all As and Bs or all Es and Ss. We congratulate the following students for making the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks: 1st grade Landon Caulder, Lily Hawkins, Maggie Hughes, Anna Grace Martin, Kitt Nicholson, Morgan Raley, Lawson Wade, and Rob Wilson. 2nd grade B Baker, Berry Bonds, Elena Frick, Colten Hatchell, Anna Hunter, Autumn Keys, Mikaela Miller, Emily OConnor, Samantha Rabon, Wyatt Raley, J Talbert, Matt Tate, and Samantha Wilkes. 3rd grade Sydney Boulware, Dru Caldwell, Emma Castles, Gavin Douglas, Marshall Gibbons, Ben Johns, Kolton Kaiser, Ainsley Martin, Summer McCoy, Aryan Patel, John Russell, Taylor Spires, and Seth Williams. 4th gradeCameron Bass, Celeste Hewitt, Brandon Miller, Ally Robinson, Carson Stuck, Scotty Timms, and Hudson Wade. 5th grade Grier Hensley and Bradden Steele. 6th gradeCrystal Liu, Vincent Liu and Cooper Swearingen. 7th gradeShelley Priddy, Cali Swearingen, Hunter Tate, and Bailey Taylor. 8th grade Chrissy Caudill, Perry Anne Robinson, and Jacob Steele. 9th grade Logan Robinson and Hannah Silvia. 10th grade Sarah Coleman and Alexa Karoly. 11th gradeCR Caudill and Blake Little. 12th grade Tori Douglas, Carol Ann Elliott, Alex Maass, and Michael Padua.

We also congratulate the following students for making the Merit Roll for the third nine weeks: 1st grade None. 2nd grade Haley Glisson, Juliet Pineda, Kyle Smith, Jake Smith, William Spang, and Ellie Trapp. 3rd grade - Graedyn Bartell, Will Cathcart, Ethan Dean, Kaeleigh Dukes, Christina Liu, Austin Robinson, Joey Sanchez, Mary Stegall-Smith, Tyler Tanner, Zack Taylor, Rayne Williams, and McKenzie Wilson.