Camden Elementary School

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  • Walk to School Day Postponed

    Wednesday's Walk to School Day has been postponed.  It will be rescheduled at a later date.  Thank you.

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  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Stepp Orchard Postponed

    The kindergarten field trip to Stepp Orchard has been postponed.  It will be rescheduled at a later time.

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  • Chaperoning a Field Trip?

    With several field trips planned for different grade levels, we wanted to remind parents that chaperones must have a current SLED check on file with the school district.  SLED checks are good for two years.  If you need to renew your SLED check or complete a new one, please fill out a volunteer form and attach a check for $26 made payable to KCSD.  Alternately, volunteers can complete the SLED checks online at and attach the printout to the volunteer form to return to the school or the district office.  The school district needs a minimum of two weeks to process these forms.

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  • Notes from Mr. Jackson

    Greetings!  Thank you all for welcoming me to the CESCA school family “Where Together We Make the Difference”. I’m excited about using my education experience to work with Principal Przybyla, staff, students, and parents.

     As you know, we are always exploring ways to help our CESCA Owls to be the BEST. Therefore, student Owls are being reminded to always walk on the right side of the hallway and use their wonderful inside voices. It is also a pleasure to be greeted with warm smiles, hand waves and a good morning from the best staff and students in Kershaw County.

    Please let me know how I can assist you while I’m here! You can reach me at ext. 4401 with concerns and/or suggestions.

    Theodore Jackson

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    CEP/PTO Newsflash

    Fundraiser News

    Fundraiser items will be here on October 21.  Thank you so much to all who were able to help!


    Box Tops News

    Are you watching the tube in front of the school fill up?  It shows how far along we are in reaching our Box Tops goal for the year.  Keep clipping those Box Tops and ask your grandparents, friends, neighbors and everybody else to do the same!  We can reach that goal! 


    Restaurant Fundraisers

    CEP has several restaurant fundraisers scheduled for this school year.  We hope you will be able to join us on these evenings for dinner! 

    • Ginza Nights will be October 27, November 24, January 26, February 23, March 22, and April 26. 
    • Papa John’s Nights will be October 22, November 19, March 17, and April 21. 
    • Chick-fil-A Nights will be October 1, February 18, and April 7.
    • Zaxby’s Nights will be October 13, and November 10.  Other dates will be added in January. 

    Thank you to these establishments for these wonderful opportunities!


    It’s not too late to join CEP! 

    Membership forms can be found in the office.

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  • Veterans Day Program

    Our Veterans Day Program will be November 10th at 9:00.  We will start collecting items for our Shoeboxes for Soldiers the week of October 12th. Please look for a letter coming home about this wonderful program!

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  • School Lunch Week

    October 11th through October 16th is school lunch week and we will be celebrating it at Camden Elementary School.  We are inviting legislators to come and eat lunch with our students and share their memories of school lunches.  So far we have Congressman Mick Mulvaney and State Representative Vincent Sheheen who have agreed to visit Camden Elementary and have lunch with our students.

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  • Giving Back

    Once again, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Reyes and Mrs. Thompson's classes will be giving back to help others in our community. This year they have expanded what they will be doing. Food for the Soul again will be receiving "cheer" cards once a month to place on the food trays. Weekly they will be assisting in the packing of "Sacks of Love". Then finally, an addition to these will be the making of 100 cards once a month for the Karesh Wing. These cards will be passed out to the different people who are either living there or who are there to receive therapy.

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  • Strings Program

    We are very pleased to announce that we are once again offering a strings program at Camden Elementary.  This year we have both beginning third graders as well as fourth graders, who are continuing in the program.   Ms. Mary Ford is again the instructor, and she is very excited about this year and has already been praising all of her students.   The fourth graders will be participating in a Kershaw County School District tribute to the late Sylvia Upton Wood, who has supported strings and other arts programs for many years.  The tribute will be held on Friday, October 9th at 11:00 in the Camden High auditorium.

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  • Kindergarten Says Thanks!

    Camden Elementary Kindergarten class would like to thank the community, parents, and friends that purchased  breakfast tickets for our fundraiser. We also want to thank Fatz Owner- Mr. Marion Kelly for allowing us to raise money for our trip to Stepp's Hillcrest Apple Orchard in Hendersonville, NC. A big thank you also goes out to Ms. Marti who kept our kindergarten teachers and assistants straight as we were the hostesses for the morning. We had lots of fun and this fundraiser was a big success.

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  • Student Tardies

    Many teachers have expressed a concern about the number of students that do not arrive at school on time.  Our school day starts at 7:30 and when they enter their classroom, their teachers have morning work ready for them.  At 7:45, instruction begins and students move to resource, SEAGUL and the reading interventionist.  When children arrive late, they not only miss instruction, but they disturb the teacher and other students during instructional time.  It is important that the children learn early about the importance of being on time.  Each quarter, we have a special award given to those students with no tardies.  The award is a Hooray for Me, I’m Tardy Free blow-pop!

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  • Welcome!

    We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Alison Harmon, as our new third grade teacher!  If you have a third grader, you know those class sizes were getting out of hand and hiring another teacher was the decision.  She is an experienced elementary teacher and has been a reading interventionist for seven years.  The children have adjusted well and they love their new, sweet, soft-spoken teacher.

    Also, we would like to welcome Mr. Theodore Jackson as our Interim Assistant Principal.  The children have enjoyed seeing Mr. Jackson in the halls and in their classrooms since he has come to our school, and he is building quite a rapport with them. 

    Welcome, Mrs. Harmon and Mr. Jackson, to the CES family!

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  •  School Fundraiser

    CEP Fall Fundraiser Our school has partnered with Charleston Wrap for our major fundraising campaign this year. There are over 500 high quality items to choose from and every purchase you make earns much needed money for our school.

    Simply click the link above or go to to shop. All items purchased will ship directly to you, and there is free shipping on all orders over $75.

    First, register your student and a six digit code will be automatically generated for your student to earn prizes during our fundraising campaign. Then click on the “SHOP NOW” button that will take you to the “Assign Credit & Shop” section.

    •  If you wish to assign credit to your student, enter the six digit student code into the “Student Code” section.
    •  If you don’t want to assign credit to a particular student, simply enter your school’s four digit code in the “School Only Credit” section and the school will earn credit from your purchases. You can even support the school year-round after the sale is over by simply using the four digit school code. Our school’s/group’s four digit code is: 5936.
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From the Principal

  • 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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