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  • Kindergarten Round-Up



    Camden Elementary kindergarten pre-registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be February 18, 2016 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Students registering for 5 year old kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016.  Complete your paperwork online to save you time on the day of the Round-Up!  Go to to get started!  Parents will need to provide their child’s birth certificate, certificate of immunization, the parent’s photo Id with current and correct address, current and correct address on Tax document, check stub with current and correct address, and mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized document from landlord verifying current address. 

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  • Muffins for Moms

    We invite all Moms to join us for muffins, juice and coffee on 2/18 from 7:00-7:45am.  We’ll see you then!

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  • MAP Testing/Incentives
    We are in the process of scheduling spring MAP testing as well as the incentives will be offering to encourage the students to do their very best on these assessments.  We have already surveyed the teachers and the students and have some great ideas!  
    Now we would love to hear from the parents!  Please share your thoughts and ideas by emailing the principal at   Thanks so much - we value your input!
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  • CES Honor Roll Announced! 

    We are proud to announce our Honor Roll for the 2nd nine weeks.  Students on the All A Honor Roll have made all As on their 2nd report card.  Students on the A/B Honor Roll have made all As and Bs on their 2nd report cards.  Students who received all As and A/B for the semester were recognized during our Honor Roll assembly last week. Congratulations on all your hard work: It has paid off!  Keep doing your best!!!

    1st Grade Honor Roll

    All A Honor Roll

    Avary Barnett, Jude Branham, Ayana Brisbon, Riley Grace Burch, Maxwell Clyburn, Dyznee Detera Johnson, Desaussure DuBose, Edwards Graham, Lilli Hall, William Haunert, Azariah Hinton, William Hutto, Savannah LaVasser, Dai’Auyna McAllister, Kathryn Rachel McLemore, Barry McLeod, Emma Nelson, Jordan Reed, Hunter Thomas Renninger, Katie Elizabeth Rush, Julia Ann Rushing, Hailey Scott, Finley Simmons, Matthew Thomas Slade, Aiden Taylor, Cody Taylor, Owen Thompson, Kemry Torres

    A/B Honor roll

    Joshua Anglin, Breanna Arnold, Tristian Baldwin, Tristan Barnes, Caen Bowen, Thomas Boyd, Tory Boyd, Sheldon Malik Wilson Bradley, Priscilla Brice Chivers, West Connell, Richard Christopher Dixon, Brady Furniss, Quentin Goodwin, Myanna Green, James Harris, Claire Harvey, Gabriel Holland, Janiyah Hollis-Baskins, Hayden Howitt, Mekhi Jackson, Saniya James, Nahra Joseph, Kenneth Ryan Lawson, Jackson LeGault, Jamar Rubin, Ne’Riyah Salmond, Maggie Smith, Robert Ethan Spitler, Mae Stegner, Aubrey Thompson, Emma Vinson, Jaden Waites, Marquise Wilson, Tarren Wilson

    2nd Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Jayden Anderson, Luca Battiata, Thomas Bishop, Cauthen Branham, Caleb Bufford, Shea Cantey, Reese Caulder, Ella Denton, Elizabeth Eckenroth, Lillian Guinn, Leah Hendrix, Mary Kathryn Jenkins, Millicent Adele Kimpton, Wesley King, Derrick Loney, Amia Macklin, Rachel Raber, Laine Redfearn, Ella Kaminer Roberts, Ransom Scott, Joseph Shirey, Jonathan Slade, DonYai Stradford, Grayson Ella Strickland, Taylor Tobias, Ania Williams, Madison Yelton

    A/B Honor Roll

    Zaylin Burns, Laila Capers, Gabriela Carrillo, Eren Charles, Javian Cook Wise, Logan Mason Crain, Henry James Daniels, Tylin Drakeford, Awbree Easler, Aiden Bryce Engel, Gabriella Erwin, Nigel Grant, Delayshia Green, Isys Humphrey, Jackson Jordan, Antonian Kershaw, Rachel Anne Martin, Mac Mellichamp, Grace Meuse, Cooper Morris, Alden Malik Outten, Dylan Gabriel Posey, Arden Preacher, Shemya Pressley, Evan Putnam, Johnny Rubio, Anna Smith, Lacey Taylor, Gage Thomas, Takerra Turner, Bevelan Williams, Trenton Wright, Harris Younghans

    3rd Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Kathryn Denise Abstance, Evelyn Alexander, Dohnyvan Jameel Barnes, Indiah Blanding, Madeline Catoe, Grace Catoe, Kaitlyn Clyburn, Brian Elliott, Logan Freeman, Slade Funderburk, Ellen Green, Sarah Green, Emory Gunter, Graig Jeffers, Davis Kinard, Levi Marallo, Clara Ann McCaskill, MaKensie Taylor McGee, Jadin Meagley, Ava Morris, Helen Orton, Alexander Posey, Jamir Richardson, Noah Roberts, Sarah Anne Smoak, Skyler Snipes, Adden Stegner, Josey Sweat, Wyatt Thompson, Alex Torres, Kamani Williams

    A/B Honor Roll

    Edward Louis Alexander, Brendon Alkonis, Jacob Anderson, KyEssence Barnes, Delaney Beckley, Elaina Blanks, Tanner Bracey, Iyana Chavis, Cailin Cokley, Allison Corbett, Emma Grace Cotton, Mose McLean Denton, Cergio Flores Rivera, Amber Gladden, Thomas Henry Greenway, William Grumbach, Dardo Heredia, Ahmel Hicks, Lydia Delaney Holden, David Holland, Annah Horton, Kendal Jenkins, JaZya Johnson, Jordan Caleb Johnson, Trenity Leonard, Jazira Meagley, Margaret Kate Moore, Mackenzie Neal, Kenya Patterson, Emma Ramak, Maddox Rushing, Peyton Sanders, Genevie Shaffer, Javion Singleton, Alexis Smith, Bryanna Smith, Donnajah Stradford, Leigh Thomas, Alaysia Jana’e Thompson, CaNya Tucker Martin, Elizabeth Watkins, Richard Logan Watts, Mason Weatherford, JaNiyah Whack, Kaheem Williams, Lavonte Williams

    4th Grade Honor Roll 

    All A Honor Roll

    Caroline Cassidy, Campbell Denton, Hayden Gainey, Margaret Elizabeth Grumbach, Jaden Mekhi Hayes, Anne Margaret Hutto, Deanna Jeffcoat, Robert Austin Jenkins, Annah Lewis, Law Logan, Walter McNair Wooten Long, Jaquarius Mayrant, Ashton McCardle, Caleb McLeod, Stella Miller, James Murray, David Pope, Jordan Rabon, Noah Ransom, Jackson Rundlett, Carmon Scott, Alex Seaman, Kristen Skufca, Madison Thompson, Erin Watts, Grayson White, Laina Grace Williams, Avery Younghans

    A/B Honor Roll

    Marionna Alston, Jaden Anglin, Kendall Reese Beck, Robyn Butler, Aubrielle Cook, Bryson Croft, Caleigh Denton, Maxwell Allen Ford, Ashlynn Kelly, Camden Kimpton, Christina Lawson, Julio Magana-Gonzalez, Kinsley McLemore, Purpose Mills, Louise Field Moore, Wilson Nash, William Townley Redfearn, Sophia Roberts, William Rushing, Ethan Weirich, Camryn West, Logan Wilkes, Lora Wohlwinder, 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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  • KCSD Honor Choir 

    Congratulations to the following students for being selected to participate in the Kershaw County School District Honor Choir:

    4th grade - Annah Lewis, Erin Watts, Law Logan, and Caitlyn Tobias

    5th grade - Kayla Dixon, Elias Altieri, Hadley Williams and Giselle Rubio

    The Honor Choir will perform at the KCSD Celebrating the Arts show on February 25th at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

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  • KCSD Celebrating the Arts Show 

    The following student art has been selected to be in the Kershaw County School District’s Celebrating the Arts show February 25th . Invitations will be mailed to parents.

    Maddie Carr (K-Nelson), Hayden Howitt (1-Way), Jaisen Diaz (2-Crayne), Mary Kathryn Jenkins (2-Crayne), Jaden Meagley (3-West), Jakia Powell (3-Harmon), Skyler Snipes (3-West), Marionna Alston (4-Powers), Caroline Green (5-Branham), Giselle Rubio (5-Porter)

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  • Jump Rope for Heart 

    It's time for our annual Jump Rope for Heart!  We will kick off our campaign at the beginning of February and celebrate our event on Thursday, March 3.  During this time, students can collect donations for the American Heart Association, and they will learn how to be heart healthy.  On March 3, all students will go to the multipurpose room during their Related Arts to participate in our fun event.   All students need to wear tennis shoes on this day.  You can get started today by going to!

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  • New Background Checks 

    The district is implementing a new background check system.  It is called BIB and the cost to the individual is $16.95, which is significantly cheaper than the current SLED check.  The application process is online and payment is also made online.  This check is required for all Level II volunteers, however, if you have a current SLED check you do not need the BIB check until your SLED check expires.  Some of the benefit of the BIB background check is that not only is it cheaper, but it conducts a nationwide search.  BIB will send the approved applicant a letter and identification card and will notify the school and the parent when the background check expires. For more information check out the district website.  The link to the application is

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  • Weather Day Make-Up

    Just a reminder that students will attend on Monday, February 15th.  It is one of the weather make-up days from the October flood.

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  • CES Golf Tournament

    Save the date of Thursday, March 17 for the Tenth Annual CES Golf Tournament.  Hole sponsorships will be $100 a piece or $150 for the tournament and the spring carnival.  The teacher whose class collects the most sponsorships will win $100 to spend on their class. More information will be sent home at a later date, or you can contact Kyle Cassidy at .  We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Walk to School Day 

    South Carolina Walk to School Day is Wednesday, March 2. Students and Parents are invited to walk as a group from Rectory Square Park.  Students must have parent supervision for this group walk.  We will meet at 7:05 and will begin walking at 7:10 along Fair Street.   You may also participate by walking from your house, walking to school from another location, or taking a family walk after school in your neighborhood. 

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  • Geography Bee 

    Our school Geography Bee was held on January 21st. Ten finalists from fourth and fifth grades competed. Congratulations to our school champion, fourth grader David Pope, and to fifth grader Elizabeth West, the first runner up. Other finalists were Tanner Bowers, Emily Boyles, Tucker Carr, David Copley, Charlie Joyner, Caroline Kornegay, Lainey Williams, and Vontrez Wise.

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  • Artists-in-Residence/DAP Grant 

    We are looking forward to more visiting Artists-in-Resident!  The Freed School of Dance will be working with 3rd grade in February.  Actor, Mr. Darion McCloud will be working with 4th grade in March.

    Our visiting artists are made possible because of the SCDE Distinguished Arts Program grant.  If you would like to be a part of the 2016-2017 Distinguished Arts Program Steering Committee, please let Mrs. McDonald know at  Thank you for supporting the arts at Camden Elementary!!

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  • Hoots from Mrs. Hepfner

    Hello Fellow Owls!

    I am so excited to be here at Camden Elementary School as your new Assistant Principal! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know many of the wonderful students, teachers, parents, and staff the past two weeks. I am very impressed by the students and staff, as well as grateful of how welcoming everyone has been. All of the smiles, hugs, and high fives I receive each day warm my heart!

    Here are a few facts you might not know about me yet. I am a Carolina Gamecock fan. I am married and have one daughter. Things I love: reading, writing, traveling, and sweet tea.

    Over the next few weeks, I hope to visit the classrooms to read a story to each class and allow everyone to get to know me better. I love to read and hope to share that love with everyone as I continue to settle in here at CES.

    If there is anything I can do for anyone the remainder of the year, please do not hesitate to ask. From the bottom of my heart, thank you again for making me feel so welcome!

    Hepfner Mrs. Allison Hepfner

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  • Golf Squad at Camden Elementary

    We are excited to be offering Golf Squad for spring 2016 at Camden Elementary! This will be an eight (8) week session open to grades K-5 meeting on Wednesdays starting March 16th. Classes will run from 2:30 – 3:30. All classes are taught by golf industry professionals only. All class essentials are provided (handbooks, visors, ALL EQUIPMENT, all training tools, etc.). Simply show up and enjoy class! Each student receives the Golf Squad Handbook and Golf Squad visor to keep. 

    Building the foundation to enjoy golf for a lifetime.
    -- Golf Squad

    Please see the below web address for more information and to register your child

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  • Winter MAP Testing Update

    The children completed the winter MAP test in early December and we were very impressed with the results that we saw.  The children tested in both reading and math and each child was given goals by his or her teacher.  As a school, we had over 365 students who met both their math and reading goal and another 140 who met one goal!  This was something we had not seen in the past and felt extremely pleased that children were taking the test seriously.

    The MAP test is known as a Computer-Adaptive Test and it is designed to adjust the level of difficulty, based on the students’ responses, so that they match the knowledge and ability level of the test taker.  If a child gives an incorrect answer it will follow up with an easier question and if they get it correct, the next question will be a little more difficult.  The questions are designed to be appropriately challenging for each student.  Most students will get about half the questions right and half wrong and the score is based on both the number of correct answers the student gives and the level of difficulty of the questions they complete.  (The Glossary of Educational Reform of the Great Schools Partnership).  What this also means is that there is no pass or fail to the MAP test, it is only to show growth.

    The Northwest Education Association (NWEA) created MAP and developed nationally normed projected growth.  This is how we came up with our goals. Student goals are individually based and they take into consideration the grade level, their previous MAP score and the time of the school year.  Teachers were given the projected growth goals for their students and they were also given the flexibility to tweak the goals based on their knowledge of the student and where they fell within the range of scores.  So if a teacher felt a goal might be too much of a stretch for that child, she could lower it.  Or if a teacher thought a student had not tried his/her best on the previous test, she could tweak it upward.  Many of our students surpassed their goals by a huge number and others just reached it.  The important thing is, we are showing growth.

    How will this test data be used?  Teachers are able to pull reports that will show them the areas that students were strong in and in which areas they struggled.  Teachers will use this information to know what they need to reteach and it will help them create their small groups for their enrichment block. For example, the teacher can see which students had trouble with fractions.  She can put them in a group and work with them and reteach the material. Other groups may be working on different areas of math or even reading.  This data we acquire from MAP testing is extremely valuable and that is why we want students to do their very best.

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  • Introducing Nurse Rhonda!

    Hello, my name is Rhonda Shirey-Ware and I am the new school nurse here at CES! Here is a little about me. I received my BSN at USC. For the last 7 years, I have worked nightshift at KershawHealth.  Prior to my nursing career, I received a Master’s in Psychology and worked with foster care children and with the Dept of Mental Health.

    I have 2 children, a 10 y/o boy and a 6 y/o girl. They are the reason I changed from hospital nursing to school nursing.  I also have 2 fur babies and a beta fish.

    I am excited about being here with your children. Please be patient with me as I am new to the school system. My first priority is to keep the children and staff safe and healthy. Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any concerns/questions.


    Nurse's Notes

    Cooler weather is coming and with that comes runny noses, coughs and colds, and germs! Make sure your child washes their hands frequently! Please do not send your child to school sick. We do not want to spread any viruses to other children and/or staff members.  Also ALL medications that are administered at school (i.e., prescription as well as over the counter medications) need Permission for Medication forms which have to be signed by a physician. Forms can be picked up in the health room. With that being said, cough drops (Halls, etc.) or any “medicine” with instructions “give (blank) amount every (blank)” are considered medication that needs a form.

     During the winter months, children may share hats, hooded coats, and scarves. Make sure you discuss with your child the importance of not sharing these items because of germs and head lice. Like germs, head lice travel from person-to-person contact or are transferred via personal articles as mentioned above.

    If you have any concerns, please contact me. I will be happy to answer your questions…or find the answers for you!

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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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  • CEP/PTO Newsflash

    Box Tops

    We would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the Box Tops Program. Ms. Beckley’s class raised $215 to win this month. They won an animal themed notepad, pencil, and eraser set.  Please continue to bring in the box tops for this great program!

    Upcoming Events

    Mark your calendars! There are a number of events that will be coming in the next couple of months. The CES Golf Tournament will be held March 17 at the Camden Country Club. The Spring book fair will be March 14-18. Also, the Spring Carnival will be held May 6. More information will follow soon about these events.


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  • Terrific Kids

    Thank you Kiwanis' Club for once again supporting our students and helping us have this program in our school. The standards are as follows: students will be Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable. They also must meet the standards set as well as not have any level 1,2,or 3 disciplinary referrals. Good behavior is expected in all classes including related arts classes. 

    To quote Jim Gilchrist with the Terrific Kid of North Carolina Kiwanis Youth Services, "It's a win-win situation. Nobody loses! The child wins, the teacher wins, the school wins, the parents win and the community wins."  Thank you, Kiwanis!

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  • School-Wide Calendar

    During the last Small Talk with the Principal, it was suggested that we update our school-wide calendar that we keep on our school website.  We have placed as many events and activities on the calendar that we can at this time.  As important events are added, we will update the calendar accordingly.  Please note that we cannot always guarantee 100% that the dates will not change a few months from now.  We will notify you when they change.  Be sure to check your child’s newsletter for grade level and class activities.

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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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  •  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

  • 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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