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  • Field Day

    Mark your calendars, Field Day is Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20.   Students will participate in stations from 8:20-10:28.  Check below to see which day is for your grade. 

    Thursday, May 19

    5k, 1st, 3rd

    5th-  A Branham & Porter

    Helping with Stations-Moses & Jones

    Friday, May 20

    2nd, 4th, Moore, Reyes, Thompson

    5th- Jones & Moses

     Helping with Stations-A Branham & Porter

    Finals will be scheduled after stations.

    Thursday, May 19 - 5K, 1st, 3rd

    Friday, May 20 - 2nd, 4th, 5th

    Please make sure your child wears appropriate clothing and tennis shoes on their assigned day.  Don’t forget the sunscreen!  Parent volunteer forms will be sent home soon.

    Also, a Bloomin' Performance will be available each afternoon for students  not participating in Field Day Finals.

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  • Beta Club

    Beta Club did some great fundraising this year to earn some service learning hours. In December, they sold candy grams and used that money to purchase Christmas gifts for a child. They sold flowers at the Daddy/Daughter dance to allow Beta Club to have funds next year.  We also sold cookies for a baby who is in need of many surgeries.  The students also worked with the school to send off our Special Olympics athletes.  Many students worked with Mrs. Thompson's students making cards, reading and playing games.  It was a great year in Beta Club!

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  • Cafeteria News

    With the school year closing, students will no longer be able to charge meals starting May 9.  Students with negative balances on their meal accounts will be served a sandwich, fruit and milk.  This also includes students that are receiving free or reduced meals that have a negative balance.  If you have any questions please call 803-424-2883.

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  • 2016-2017 Registration

    Make plans to join us for registration for the 2016-17 school year on Wednesday, July 27 from 9 - 1 and 3 - 6 here at the school.  Keep watching our Facebook page and website for more information!

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  • Yearbooks

    There are still a few copies of the yearbook available for $20.  Please contact Mrs. Conrath at Elizabeth.conrath@kcsdschools.net to order.

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  • Kindergarten Round-Up (Pre-Registration)

    All new kindergarten students for the 2016-17 school year need to preregister.  This can be done each Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 1pm.  To qualify, a child must be 5 yrs. old on or by Sept. 1 of this year and must live in the Camden Elementary attendance zone.

    Parents and guardians will need to provide the following information to register: birth certificate, immunization record, current & correct address w/photo I.D., current & correct address on tax document, check stub w/current & correct address, and mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from landlord.

    Complete your paperwork online!  Go to www.kcsdschools.net/roundup to complete your paperwork before you come to the school.

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  • Reading for Education

    Thank you to all the families who participated in the Reading for Education program.  We just received a check for $172.50, which was our profit, and the total amount of gift cards donated to classrooms was $970. So over one thousand dollars will go back to the school or to support individual teachers.

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  • Library NEws

    All books are due to the library May 13th.  If you have any questions or concerns about what materials you have out, please contact Lisa Conrath at elizabeth.conrath@kcsdschools.net.  Notices of what materials are checked out will be coming home soon.

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  • Parent Requests

    It is already that time of year when we start planning for next school year.  We plan on keeping our schedule similar to this year, which will include the highly successful first and second grade enrichment classes.  As always, our primary concern is making sure we meet the needs of all students in the most effective ways possible.

    While we again will not be accepting teacher requests by name, for either the teachers you would or would not like your child to have, we will accept information regarding your child’s specific needs.  If you are interested, you may submit, in writing, information about your child’s strengths and needs as well as characteristics of the teacher and/or classroom environment that you feel will help your child succeed.  If a teacher’s name is noted in your written communication, your request will not be considered.

    We are very proud of our teaching staff at Camden Elementary and we know that, just like the students, they have different strengths.  The administrators, guidance counselor and classroom teachers will work together to place children where we feel they will be most successful.  Your input is valued as we work through this process.  Please submit this information to Carol Przybyla, Principal of CES, not later than May 17th, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call her at 425-8960, Ext. 4400.  

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  • Year-End PBIS Celebration

    The end of the year PBIS party will be May 18th. Students need 200 points to attend, and the reward will be bounce houses and an ice cream treat!

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  • New Sign-In Policy

    Visitors who need to enter the building for any reason before school, during school hours or during dismissal are required to go through the office to sign in. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

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  • Spring Carnival!

    Come join us for Camden Elementary’s Spring Carnival on May 13 from 4-7 p.m. There will be games, bounce houses, and lots of fun for the whole family! This year we will again be selling wristbands for unlimited fun!

    In order to receive a wristband, you must return this order form with cash or checks made payable to CEP by May 11 to your child’s teacher. Your teacher will then distribute the wristbands to the student on May 13. Wristbands are priced as follows:

    $10 for ages 5 and up

    $5 for ages 2-4

    Children under 2 play free at all age appropriate games

    Wristbands will be sold at the carnival as well, but you may buy yours early to avoid the line! If you would not like to purchase a wristband, tickets will be available for .50 each at the carnival. Each game or activity will cost between 1 and 2 tickets. Please note that there will be hot dogs, pizza, Kona Ice, and other food available at the carnival, but at an additional cost. In case of rain, the carnival festivities will be moved inside where feasible.

    Spring Carnival Wrist Band Flyer

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  • End of Year Awards Schedule

    End of Year Awards Ceremonies and Graduations will be on the following days:

    Tuesday, May 24           8:30 - Kindergarten Graduation

                                         9:30 -    1st Grade

                                       10:30 -  3rd Grade

    Wednesday, May 25      8:30 -  2nd Grade

                                        9:30 -  4th Grade

    Thursday, May 26         8:00 -  5th Grade Breakfast

                                        9:00 - 5th Grade Graduation

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  • Spring Testing Update

    Grades 3 through 5 will be taking the new SC Ready assessment in writing, ELA and math online this year.  The information has been slow in coming from the State Department of Education, but as we learn more about the test, we have been practicing with the students so they will be comfortable with it. Since the test is online, it will extend over three weeks.  The SC PASS test in science and social studies will be administered to grades 4 and 5 during the second and third week of May, and it will also be online.  Your child’s teacher will let you know exactly which day your child will be testing.  We know our children are well prepared and, as always, we want them to do their very best, but we do not want anyone stressing over it.  We ask your assistance in making sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a good breakfast the day of testing.

    4/19-4/22     SC Ready Writing

    4/25-4/29     SC Ready ELA

    5/2-5/6         SC Ready Math

    5/11-5/12     SC Ready Science

    5/13 & 5/16  SC Ready Social Studies

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  • CES Golf Tournament

    We would like to gratefully acknowledge the following businesses, individuals andfamilies for their generous sponsoring of the 10th Annual CES Golf Tournament.  Sponsors with an asterisk (*) by their name also sponsored our upcoming Spring Carnival.  We thank you! 

    If you have the chance please visit these businesses and thank these sponsors as well!

    Bojangles*

    Books on Broad & Coffee*

    Camden Optical Shop*

    Camden Radiology, LLC

    Camden Radiology, LLC

    Canal Wood

    Cantey Tiller Pierce & Green*

    Cassidy Allstate*

    Cassidy Elite Sports

    Cassidy Grandparents

    Denton Builders*

    Everyday Gourmet

    First Palmetto Savings Bank*

    Ginza

    Graham Realty, Inc

    Greenway Family

    Grumbach Family*

    Horton Tire Company*

    Hunsinger Long & Associates, LLC

    IGA

    In Honor of Peter McKoy*

    Kona Ice of the Midlands*

    Kornegay Funeral Home

    M. Anderson Construction, LLC

    Mac's Auto Sales

    McKittrick Lumber Co.

    Movement Mortgage - Todd McDonald*

    Myers Timber Co. Inc

    NBSC

    Palmetto Paint & Body

    Palmetto Paperboard, LLC

    Piggly Wiggly

    Reliable Management Soluntions

    Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk*

    Robert H. Lackey Surveying*

    Rushing Grandparents

    Sheheen Hancock & Godwin, LLP

    Steeplechase Pathology, LLC

    Sun Ice*

    Suominen

    Thompkins Family

    Thompson Construction Group*

    Wounded Veterans

    Younghans Family

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  • We Have an App for That!

    New KCSD App Available!!

    KCSDapp

    KCSDapp2

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  • CES Honor Roll Announced! 

    We are proud to announce our Honor Roll for the 3rd nine weeks.  Students on the All A Honor Roll have made all As on their 3rd report card.  Students on the A/B Honor Roll have made all As and Bs on their 3rd report cards. 

    Congratulations on all your hard work: It has paid off! Keep doing your best!!!

    1st Grade Honor Roll

    All A Honor Roll

    Tristan Barnes, Avary Barnett, Riley Grace Burch, Priscilla Brice Chivers, Maxwell Clyburn, West Connell, Dyznee Detera Johnson, Richard Christopher Dixon, Desaussure DuBose, Edwards Graham, Lilli Mae Hall, William Haunert, William Hutto, Jackson LeGault, Dai’Auyna McAllister, Kathryn Rachel McLemore, Barry McLeod, Jordan Reed, Hunter Thomas Renninger, Jamar Rhaashan Rubin, Katie Elizabeth Rush, Julia Ann Rushing, Hailey Scott, Finley Simmons, Mae Stegner, Cody Taylor, Owen Thompson, Kemry Torres

    A/B Honor roll

    Joshua Anglin, Breanna Arnold, Tristian Baldwin, Caen Bowen, Thomas Boyd, Tory Boyd, Jude Branham, Ayana Brisbon, Jackson Bryan, Eemia Childers, Brady Furniss, Quentin Goodwin, Myanna Green, Azariah Hinton, Janiyah Hollis-Baskins, Hayden Howitt, Mekhi Jackson, Saniya James, Peyton Jenkins, Kenneth Ryan Lawson, Cameron Marquez, Emma Nelson, Joseph Reed, Makai Sheppard, Matthew Slade, Maggie Smith, Shaniya Smith, Robert Ethan Spitler, Aiden Taylor, LaQuan Thomas, Aubrey Thompson, Jahmier Thompson, Axel Vargas, Emma Vinson, Jaden Waites, Tristin Ware, Marquise Wilson, Tarren Wilson

    2nd Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Luca Battiata, Thomas Bishop, Caleb Bufford, Ella Denton, Tylin Drakeford, Awbree Nevaeh Easley, Elizabeth Eckenroth, Aiden Bryce Engel, Leah Hendrix, Isys Humphrey, Mary Kathryn Jenkins, Millicent Kimpton, Wesley King, Amia Macklin, Rachel Martin, Shemyah Pressley, Laine Redfearn, Ella Kaminer Roberts, Joseph Shirey, Jonathan Russell Slade, Don Yai Stradford, Grayson Strickland, Lacey Taylor, Gage Thomas, Taylor Tobias, Ania Williams, Madison Yelton 

    A/B Honor Roll

    Larkin Alexander, Jayden Anderson, Cauthen Branham, Zaylin Burns, Shea Cantey, Gabriela Carrillo, Reese Caulder, Eren Charles, Javian Cook Wise, Jhalyl Cooke, Jordan Corlley, Logan Crain, Henry Daniels, Gabriella Erwin, Elizabeth Fowler, Nigel Grant, Delayshia Green, Lillian Guinn, Joseph Heinz, Christian Jefferson, Owen Kersey, Antonian Kershaw, Derrick Loney, Grace Meuse, Cooper Morris, Jeremiah Ogle, Sandra Posas, Dylan Posey, Arden Preacher, Evan Putnam, Rachel Raber, Olivia Roberts, Johnny Rubio, Ransom Scott, Anna Smith, Cole Whitehouse, Bevelan Williams, Harrison McLane Williams, Dontrell Wilson, Trenton Wright, Harris Younghans

    3rd Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Indiah Blanding, Elaina Blanks, Madeline Catoe, Mary Grace Catoe, Kaitlyn Clyburn, Cailin Cokley, McLean Denton, Markayvion Dunham, Brian Lamar Elliott, Logan Freeman, Slade Funderburk, Ellen Green, Thomas Henry Greenway, Emory Gunter, Davis Kinard, Clara Ann McCaskill, MaKensie Taylor McGee, Jadin Meagley, Jazira Meagley, Helen Orton, Jamir Richardson, Maddox Rushing, Javion Singleton, Sarah Anne Smoak, Skyler Snipes, Adden Stegner, Leigh Thomas, Wyatt Thomas, Lavonte Williams Williams

    A/B Honor Roll

    Denise Abstance, Edward Alexander, Evelyn Alexander, Brendan Alkonis, Lakin Atkinson, Dohnyvan Barnes, Delaney Beckley, Tanner Bracey, Allison Corbett, Emma Cotton, Fletcher Crane, Sarah Green, Delaney Holden, Annah Horton, Craig Jeffers, JaZya Johnson, Jordan Caleb Johnson, Nicholas LeJeune, Levi Marallo, Kate Moore, Ava Morris, Mackenzie Neal, Kenya Patterson, Alexander Posey, Noah Roberts, Bob Samuels, Genevie Shaffer, Alexis Smith, Bryanna Smith, Josey Sweat, Alex Torres, CaNya Tucker Martin, Elizabeth Watkins, Zaniya Watson, Richard Logan Watts, JaNiyah Whack, Caitlin Whitehouse, Kaheem Williams, Kamani Williams

    4th Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Caleigh Lane Denton, Campbell Denton, Margaret Elizabeth Grumbach, Braylon Hardy, Jaden Mekhi Hayes, Anne Margaret Hutto, Deanna Jeffcoat, Camden Kimpton, Annah Lewis, Law Logan, Walter McNair Wooten Long, Jaquarius Mayrant, Ashton McCardle, Kinsley McLemore, Caleb McLeod, Stella Miller, James Brewster Murray, David Pope, Jordan Rabon, Noah Ransom, Jackson Rundlett, William Rushing, Kristen Skufca, Madison Thompson, Caitlyn Tobias, Grayson White, Logan Wilkes, Laina Williams, Lora Wohlwinder, Avery Younghans

    A/B Honor Roll

    Summer Arrants, Bea Atkinson, Katherine Baker, Robyn Butler, Caroline Cassidy, Aubrielle Cook, Bryson Croft, Patience Dais, Meissy Duran Rosales, Maxwell Ford, Hayden Gainey, Caitlyn Harvey, Robert Austin Jenkins, Christina Lawson, Julio Magana-Gonzalez, Lisa Marie Mayo, Purpose Mills, Louise Field Moore, Wilson Nash, Karla Portillo, Towns Redfearn, Sophia Roberts, Carmen Scott, Alex Seaman, Erin Watts, Ethan Weirich, Becky Zheng

    5th Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Elias Altieri, Ashleigh Barnes, Liliana Battiata, Mary Ashton Blanks, Tanner Bowers, Andrew Cheung, Grayson Clyburn, Ethan Cotton, Brett Elliott, Caroline Green, Henry Davis Green, Julia Haunert, Lydia Hope Hendrix, Avery Irick, Samantha Jeffery, Robert Charles Joyner, Vivian Kinard, Caroline Kornegay, Michael McCloud, Marissa Alexandria Patel, Angelica Giselle Rubio, Javonte Singleton, Elizabeth Smoak, Margaret Briggs Thompkins, Elizabeth West, Greer Younghans

    A/B Honor Roll

    Brandon Best Corlley, Emily Boyles, Clara Grace Branham, Alexander Brice, Breanna Briggman, Mary Charlton Chandler, Jacob Coody, Precious Dais, Kayla Dixon, Denim Edwards, Josiah Kendall, Darius Loney, Winn McKittrick, Arthur Boswell Norred, Carmen Richards, John Paul Santiago, Bayne Simmons, Griffin Cole Thomas, Nathan Wallace, Kassidy Watts, Evan McAdoo Williams, Quandre Wilson

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  • Hoots from Mrs. Hepfner

    I cannot believe the school year is coming to a close!  As we finish out the year, please remember that our school rules are still there to follow and referrals can still be written.  Let’s all commit to make good choices and finish the year strong.  I still feel very blessed to be here as your Assistant Principal, and I am excited to come back next year in full force.  Have a safe and fun summer, and I will see in August!

     Hepfner Mrs. Allison Hepfner

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  • CES Reading Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Ms. Allison Newman, who was selected as Camden Elementary's Reading Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Newman has served as our Reading Interventionist for the past two years. Besides working with her first through third graders, she has helped to revise our MAP testing schedule and has assisted teachers in using and understanding test data.  We are very proud to have Ms. Newman representing Camden Elementary in the KCSD Reading Teaching of the Year competition!

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From the Principal

  • April Is Here!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 4/4/2016 7:00:00 AM

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break!  It amazes me that as soon as we come back we are conducting spring testing and planning for the end of the school year.  We have had a fantastic school year!  The children have worked so hard and the results of the spring MAP assessment are showing how it has paid off.  The children and teachers like the new MAP “targets” that gave each student a range of where their scores should fall.  We finished grades three through five up before break and we had 236 students who met both targets – remarkable!

    April’s calendar is jam packed with activities!  Please be sure to check your child’s newsletter for all the dates and times.  We did have to postpone the Pizza in the Park MAP incentive and we will be sending home a new permission slip this week.

    Spring time is also the time of year that we see more injuries on the playground, either from accidents or rough play.  We are asking teachers to review recess rules with the students and explain exactly what rough play is and to let them know that there may be consequences for that behavior.  Rough play can either lead to someone getting hurt or it can turn into an actual fight and we need to stop both from happening.  I hope you will assist us in sharing this information with your children.

    Please remember that Wednesday, April 6th is the final Small Talk with the Principal of the year.  We meet at 8:00 in the school cafeteria.  If you are unable to attend, my door is always open if you have any questions.

    Thank you and remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • March 1, 2016

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 3/1/2016 8:00:00 AM

    BUSY is the best way to describe this time of year!  I recently looked at the calendar for the remainder of the year and it is packed with fun activities, lots of field trips, programs and also our annual spring testing.  Please be sure to check school and class newsletters as well as the school website for all the details of coming events

    First of all, I want to thank the School Improvement Council and all the parents and staff who volunteered their time or donated refreshments, to make our second annual Father / Daughter Dance, a huge success!!  The praises continue to come in!

    We are already starting to prepare our children for spring testing.  Our spring MAP assessment will be given, starting the week of March 7th.  Your child’s teacher will have testing dates in their newsletters and information about the incentive program is in this newsletter.  We are also preparing our third through fifth graders for the new SC Ready Assessment.  The children will take a mock writing assessment the first week in March to give them a better idea of the test format.

    Finally, I want to thank you in advance for your support of our annual golf tournament, sponsored by CEP, our parent organization, which will be held on Thursday, March 17th.  This is a huge fund-raiser for our school and we greatly appreciate everyone who can help us secure hole sponsorships.

    Hope March is wonderful and have a fantastic Spring Break!!  Remember that,

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • It's Going to Be a Fabulous February!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 2/1/2016 7:30:00 AM

    This promises to be a FABULOUS FEBRUARY!  Be sure to check out the newsletter for information on Kindergarten Round-Up, Muffins for Mom, Celebrating the Arts, and Patriot Night.  We are also in the process of finalizing all the activities for the remainder of the school year and each month is packed with fun activities and events.

    I really appreciate the parent feedback to our recent changes to MAP testing and the implementation of a more extensive incentive program.  We are listening to you, the students and the teachers and promise to take your suggestions into consideration as we plan for spring MAP testing.

    We are just beginning to receive information about the new SC Ready state assessment that we will be administering in April.  This test is for grades three through five and will assess writing, reading and math and they will not be timed.  We will continue with the same science and social studies tests that we have been administering for the past several years.  I will be sharing this information with you as we receive it.

    I am so proud of our teachers and our students!  Everyone is very focused.  Teachers are planning great lessons to meet the needs of all their students.  The kids are learning and having fun, and best of all, we are seeing discipline concerns decrease!

    Thank you and remember that,

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Happy New year!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 1/4/2016 8:00:00 AM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2016 and welcome back to school!  I hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday vacation and were able to spend time with family and friends!  We have a lot to accomplish during this second half of the school year, so I know teachers are going to hit the ground running.  Many of the teachers feel that they still haven’t caught up to where they should be after the flood.  We are going to try to eliminate unnecessary distractions to give the teachers as much time as possible to teach and we’ll work to keep the children focused.

    I have included in this month’s newsletter an article about MAP testing.  A few parents have shared their concerns and I hope the article clarified some of them.  As always, we are reflecting on the assessment process and the incentive program.  We are taking input from parents and teachers, and we are even asking the children, so we can make it even more effective in the spring.  I think it will help to take some time to talk to the children about MAP testing, explaining the test, the type of questions, about their goals and what kind of information we are able to pull from the results.  I have invited our reading coach and reading interventionist to our next SIC meeting on Thursday, January 7th, at 3:00, to present an overview of MAP and answer questions.  All parents are invited.  

    We had to adjust our first semester awards programs due to the adjustment in the school calendar.  Please check out the information about the awards in this newsletter and your teacher will have it in her class newsletter as well.

    Thank you and remember that,

    Together We Make the Difference! 

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • December Notes

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 12/4/2015 8:00:00 AM

    Thanksgiving is behind us now and we are looking forward to a busy December and the excitement that a new year always brings.  Please be sure to check out the newsletter for the dates of the holiday programs,  both in the community and at school.  I know you will be impressed with both our chorus and strings students.


    As you probably know, the school calendar had to be adjusted to reflect weather make-up days and the dates for interims and report cards.  Check out the newsletter for the changes and be sure to mark them on your calendar, especially the days the children will not have school in January.


    Please be sure to check out the school's Facebook page.  There are so many pictures posted and you will be able to see some of the great things that are going on at CES.  I am so proud of our faculty and all our children. I wish you could see what I see going on in classrooms every day.  It is truly amazing!


    Wednesday, December 2nd, is our second Small Talk with the Principal at 8 am.  This is an opportunity to share concerns, ask questions or praise all the great things that are happening at Camden Elementary.  If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email me or call anytime to share your thoughts.
    Hope your holidays are wonderful and, as always, remember that . . .  

     

    Together We Make the Difference! 

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

     

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  • November Notes

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 11/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

    The first quarter of school is complete and report cards have been sent home.  How quickly the time has flown by!  As I do each quarter, last week I was looking over each report card and writing a comment to the student on them.  As I was doing this, a thought overwhelmed me!  Each student had seven grades on their report card and I started to think about how much work each student put into receiving those grades, how much help and support parents gave their children along the way, and even more impressive,  how much work each teacher put into planning, teaching, and grading all the assignments!  This doesn’t even include all the other responsibilities we place on teachers each and every day! 

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I realize, and I hope you do too, how fortunate we are to live in the community that we do, and attend this wonderful elementary school that employs the most dedicated and professional staff that I have worked with, in my very long career.  I am so thankful each day that I know our children are safe, well cared for and being provided a high quality education by the very best!

    You should have already had a beginning of the year conference with your child’s teacher.  If you have any concerns about your child’s academic progress, please call or send a note in to schedule another meeting.  While I am always glad to speak with you, for classroom concerns, it is always best to speak to the teacher first.

    I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We truly do have so much to be thankful for this year.  Let’s also keep in our hearts and minds our fellow South Carolinians that are still working through the aftermath of the floods.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    and remember that

    together we make the difference! 

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • October 5, 2015

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers at 10/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

    Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful autumn weather!   We are loving the cooler temperatures, but along with it we are seeing a lot of rain.  I just wanted to let everyone know, especially our new parents, that when we are dealing with inclement weather, we will make the call at about 2:10 as to whether we will have a regular dismissal or a rainy day dismissal.  A rainy day dismissal means all students will dismiss from the front of the school on Lyttleton Street.  The Fair Street gate will not be open and the crossing guard will move to Lyttleton Street.  If your child is a walker, please let them know if you still want them to walk home in the rain.  We will not dismiss walkers if it is thundering or lightning.  They will wait in the building until the storm passes.  Please be patient during rainy day dismissals.  They take longer and we always want to make sure we get the children to their car safely.

    I hope you will take a minute to welcome Mr. Theo Jackson, who is our interim assistant principal.  He is replacing Mrs. Norton who accepted an assistant principal’s position in Richland 2 School District.  We are also welcoming a new nurse next week.  Mrs. Rhonda Shirey-Ware will be starting on Monday and really looking forward to working with the children, parents and staff of Camden Elementary.

    The children have adjusted well to the new breakfast schedule.  Teachers appreciate it also since it allows them more instructional time in the morning.  Students and teachers have done a great job with our crazy related arts schedule.  It’s not ideal, but it’s working and it allows everyone to get the required time in all the related arts classes. 

    Thank you for all you do for your children and our school!    Remember, that together we make the difference!

    Together we make the difference! 

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

     

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  • Welcome back to school!

    Posted by Carol Przybyla at 7/29/2015

    Principal Carol Przybyla

    WELCOME BACK TO CAMDEN ELEMENTARY and what promises to be a fantastic school year!  The new online registration went really well and we had over 80% of our students registered before school started.  Our first few weeks of school have been outstanding and the students have done a great job of adjusting to new teachers and a different daily schedule.  We have several new staff members this year and I hope you will take a minute to say hello and welcome them to Camden Elementary.

    The new school year brings some changes to our schedule and policies.  This year, all students are required to have 60 minutes of PE each week.  Teachers are also required to include handwriting in all grade two through five classes.  Since we have no more minutes in our school day, we have to make better use of the time we do have.   While formal instruction will begin at 7:45, students are expected to be in class by 7:30 to get started on their morning work, while all the housekeeping tasks are completed.  It is SO very important that your child arrives to school on time!  To help us get instruction started on time breakfast will be serve from 7:00 to 7:35 each day, and students will eat in the cafeteria.  We ask that you do not send children with fast-food breakfasts, but if you do, they will also need to eat in the cafeteria.  We also ask that children are not picked up early from school on a regular basis.  We understand that occasionally it is unavoidable, but please understand that the children are missing valuable instruction when they leave early. 

    I will again be scheduling my Small Talk With The Principal several times during the school year.  This is an opportunity for you to share concerns, ask questions and of course, praise all the great things that are happening at Camden Elementary.  Our first one is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th.

    Together we make the difference! 

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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