8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Small Talk with the Principal
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!
The special education and related arts team will be selling Carolina/Clemson links for their Relay for Life fundraiser. Links are 25¢ each or 5 for $1, and may be purchased during related arts classes. We will be selling November 16 until the day we get out for Thanksgiving Break. Support your favorite team for a great cause!
During the month of November, Camden Elementary is participating in the Cans For KONA canned food drive. We are asking students to bring in canned goods and nonperishable food items to be donated to local food banks. Each student who brings in 2 or more canned goods will be able to purchase a Kona Ice at a discount price on November 18 when KONA ICE comes to Camden Elementary. The class that collects the most canned goods will be awarded a pizza party!
CEP would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser this fall! To thank our students, we will be having the Mega Party on November 13. We are having a teacher luncheon on November 20 to say thank you to our amazing teachers! In addition, CEP is getting ready for our annual Santa Shop on December 7-11. We will be looking for volunteers to help with that, so if you are available, please contact Diana Taylor at email@example.com. We will also be celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with our teachers. If you know of anyone who would be able to donate gifts or other items that we could give away to our teachers, please contact Margaret Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for new ideas for ways to show our teachers how much we care! Also, don't forget to keep clipping those box tops! We have raised over $1,000 so far this year!
It’s not too late to join CEP!
Membership forms can be found in the office.
Beta Club had their first meeting on September 22. They will begin campaigning for office on November 2. They will campaign from the 2nd to the 6th, and have elections during our next meeting on November 10. All students running for office must do a 30 second to 2 minute speech before the elections. The election results will be announced that Friday. Beta Club students are helping Mrs. McKittrick with the Cans for Kona food drive. They will be collecting the cans from each classroom, counting them, and helping sort them. If you have any questions about Beta Club, please contact Ms. Porter or Mrs. Moses.
The Chorus Kids performance dates:
Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm. Kershaw County Music Association will sponsor a Choral Showcase at Lugoff-Elgin High School. Several school and local choirs will be performing, including our own Chorus Kids!
Monday, December 7 at 6 PM. The Chorus Kids and CES Strings class will give their annual Christmas Concert in the multi-purpose room at CES.
We will also be doing some Christmas Caroling in downtown Camden during the month of December. Let Mrs. McDonald know if there is a special business you would like for us to visit! Aregina.email@example.com
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!
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.
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 www.sled.sc.gov 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.
At Camden Elementary School, the purpose of our school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. We are introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior as an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.
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!
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!
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 www.charlestonwrap.com 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.
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.
and remember that
together we make the difference!
Carol Przybyla, Principal
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
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