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  • 2/22/2018

    Breakfast: Waffles OR Cereal with WG Proball

    Lunch: BBQ Riblet Sandwich, Seasoned Wedges, Celery Sticks w/ Baby Carrots, Rosy Applesauce, Banana
    Fresh Express Option: Chef Salad w/Diced Ham, Grapes and Wheat Thin Crackers

  • 2/23/2018

    Breakfast: Chicken Biscuit OR Cereal w/ Toast and Jelly

    Lunch: Chili Cheese Nachos, Seasoned Corn, Pinto Beans, Chilled Peaches, 100% Fruit Punch
    Fresh Express Option: Seasoned Chicken Wrap w/ Brownie

School Announcements

  • Kindergarten Round-Up

    Camden Elementary Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2018-2019 school year is scheduled for February 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Students registering for 5 year old kindergarten must be 5 on or before September 1, 2018.  Complete your paperwork online to save you time on the day of the Round-Up!  Go to www.kcsdschools.net/roundup 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 a tax document, check stub with current and correct address and a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized document from landlord verifying current address.  

    Please bring the child you are registering with you to the Round-Up.  Some of the kindergarten teachers will be with us to conduct a very quick assessment of the child’s kindergarten readiness skills.  It will be quick and easy, and we will have snacks for the children, too!

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  • Notes from  Nurse Rhonda

    Fever Policy: Please keep children at home with a temperature of 100.0 accompanied by symptoms (cough, diarrhea, vomiting). Your child may return to school when he/she is fever free without medications for 24 hours.

    Vomiting Policy: Please keep children at home if they have vomited 2 or more times during the previous 24 hours. Your child may return to school when he/she has not vomited in 24 hours.

    Please let the school know if your doctor has diagnosed your child with the flu.  If you have any questions/concern, please contact me.

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  • Yearbooks on Sale Now

    Yearbooks are on sale until March 9th.  CES’s Yearbook Club has worked very hard on these yearbooks, and we would love for you to be a part of their success!  If you have previously purchased a yearbook, thank you! If you are not sure, please feel free to email Mrs. Hanna at tracey.hanna@kcsdschools.net.

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  • Golf Tournament

    Save the date of Thursday, March 15 for the 12th Annual CES Golf Tournament.

    The cost is $300 per four-man team. Hole sponsorships will be $100 again this year, or $150 to sponsor both a hole and the spring carnival. The teacher whose class collects the most sponsorships will win $100 to spend on classroom supplies.  Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 at Camden Country Club with a shotgun start at 1:00. Flyers will be going home in the students' folders and will also be in the front office. Please contact Stephen Smoak (427-1794) or Jeff Neal (420-7925) if  you have any questions. 

    We’ll see you on the links!

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  • Jump Rope for Heart

    Jump on board for Jump Rope for Heart! We are currently raising money for the American Heart Association and learning how to be heart healthy.  We will celebrate our event on March 6th.  All students will come to the gym during their normal related arts time to participate in this event.  All students need to wear tennis shoes and are encouraged to wear red shirts.  Please return donation envelopes and money by Friday, March 2nd.  If your child receives any cash donations, please convert those to a check payable to the American Heart Assoc.  You may also raise money online by creating a website for your child by visiting www.heart.org/jump.  It’s easy and fun!!  Make sure you find our school. Refer to the collection envelope for more detailed instructions.  Also, students will receive their instant thank you gifts when they come to PE class.  If you have any questions about our Jump Rope for Heart event, please contact me at 803-425-8960 or brittany.knapko@kcsdschools.net.  We are looking forward to lots of fun and community spirit!

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  • 2nd Nine Weeks 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 cards.  Students on the A/B Honor Roll have made all As and Bs on their 2nd report cards.

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

    1st grade All A Honor Roll

    Alexander Jenkins, Alexandra Murphy, Amelia Dabney, Anna Long, Audrey Atkinson, Averette Beckham, Bryson Clark, Caroline Riggan, Cecelia Sloan, Christian Howitt, Daniel Graham, Elena Smith, Guinevere Mills, Jordan Porter, Kayden Key, Kevin West, Lexie Mellichamp, Lola Olney, Madison Hall, Patrick West, Tyon Macklin, Ty'Ren Stratford

    1st Grade A/B Honor roll

    Abner Velazquez, Adrian Ellsworth, Aleena Preacher, Alice Parrish, Anna Black, Braelyn Corlley, Brenton Todd, Burch Funderburk, Caitlyn Montgomery, Connor Marquez, Courtney Arnold, Dilon Williams, Elizabeth Greenway, Gabrielle Robinson, Haven Hines, Haven Thomas, Jakayla Halley, Jordin Stradford, Joseph Carrington, Kevin Lagunas, Khy'Ayzia Porter, Kinleigh Wilson, Kinslee Johnson, Laekyn Peebles, Lila Rimpf, Mason Singletary, Mia Nunez, Myers Wilkes, Preston Flanders, Stella Burch, Taegan Douglas, Thomas McLeod, Ty'Asia Wright, Tyler Lawson, William Brunson, Zykeir Porter

    2nd Grade All A Honor Roll

    Ava Boykin-BeeBe, Baylor Wall, Blair Gunter, Darion Loney, Georgia Vincent, Hank Thompkins, Hunter Thompson, Joshua Neal, Jovan Simon, Kadence Fountain, Kaliyah Thurston, Liliana Bishop, Maddox Freeman, Madeline Carr, Mary Long, Michael Williams, Olivia Frazier, Parker McGee, Rhett Campbell, Ryan Neal, Scarlett Cobb, Sean Spencer, Tristan McCauley, Tyshawn Harry, Zy'Reon Lee

    2nd Grade A/B Honor Roll

    Addison Snodgrass, Andrew Partin, Bryan Lucena, Christopher Vandergroen, Destiny Dais, Diaz Zavala, Dominique McKay, Elijah Grant, Ellen Kendall, Gracelyn Young, Isaiah Clea-Osborne, Janiyah Motley, Jessica Kirkland, Johnski Lee, Jordyn Anglin, Katie Chivers, Kyree Robinson-McAllister, Lavay Penny, Lucas Delost, Madison Fish, Martrez Jefferson, Michael Atkinson, Noah Hagan, Olivia Souto, Paisley Beam, Passion Haigler, Patrick Carr, Roger Smoak, Samuel Daniels, Shymirra Halley, Sydney Spencer, Zeli Harrison

    3rd Geade All A Honor Roll

    Aiden Taylor, Anna Grumbach, Aubrey Thompson, Avary Barnett, Barry McLeod, Cody Taylor, Desaussure DuBose, Edwards Graham, Emma Vinson, Finley Simmons, Greyson Rimpf, Hailey Scott, Iveth Higuera, Janiyah Hollis-Baskins, Jordan Reed, Joshua Roberts, Jude Branham, Kaiden Jordan, Katie Rush, Kemry Torres, Kenneth Lawson, Lailah Miles, Lilian Arnett, Lilli Hall, Lillian Chmiel, Logan Kersey, Mae Stegner, Matthew Slade, Maxwell Clyburn, Owen Thompson, Paul Sloan, Priscilla Chivers, Riley Burch, Robert Spitler, Serena Abraham-Brown, Tarren Wilson, Thomas Boyd, Torien Byrd, Tristan Barnes, William Haunert, William Hutto, Zachariah Parrish

    3rd Grade A/B Honor Roll

    Aayanna Douglas, Ayana Brisbon, Breanna Arnold, Cameron Marquez, Chapelle Edwards, Cloey Shaw, Dai'Auyna McAllister, Darris Wyatt, Hayden Howitt, Hunter Renninger, Isabella Bunyard, Jackson LeGault, Jahmier Thompson, Joseph Reed, Joshua Anglin, Julia Rushing, Kathryn McLemore, Kemori Quick, Landon Santos, Maggie Smith, Mar'khia Watson, Mekhi Jackson, Nahra Joseph, Ne'Riyah Salmond, Orellana Gutierrez, Peyton Jenkins, Saniya James, Savannah LaVasser, Shaniya Smith, Tameka Walker, Tory Boyd, Tristin Ware

    4th Grade All A Honor Roll

    Amia Macklin, Bevelan Williams, Elizabeth Eckenroth, Ella Denton, Grayson Strickland, Harris Younghans, Jayden Anderson, Jonathan Slade, Joseph Mellichamp, Kirstynn Washington, Laine Redfearn, Leah Hendrix, Lillian Guinn, Logan Crain, Luca Battiata, Madison Yelton, Mary Jenkins, Millicent Kimpton, Shea Cantey, Shemyah Pressley, Thomas Bishop, Thomas Blackwell, Tyson Harry, Wesley King, Zaria Jefferson

    4th Grade A/B Honor Roll

    Alyssa Torres-Lee, Ania Williams, Anna Smith, Arden Preacher, Bailey Freeman, Bryson Keys, Cooper Morris, Delayshia Green, Derrick Loney, Dontrell Wilson, DonYai Stradford, Elizabeth Fowler, Ella Roberts, Evan Presbot, Evan Putnam, Gabriela Carrillo, Grace Meuse, Henry Daniels, Jackson Jordan, Jaison Diaz, Joseph Shirey, Keilee Young, Lacey Taylor, Larkin Alexander, Lauryn Stradford, Malaya Whiters, Mason McMann, Rachel Martin, Ransom Scott, Reese Caulder, Taylor Tobias, Tylin Drakeford, William Garmon, Zaneah Brown, Zaylin Burns, Zion Halley, Zoey Baker, Zyla Johnson

    5th Grade All A Honor Roll

    Adden Stegner, Annah Horton, Brendan Alkonis, Brian Elliott, Bryanna Smith, Cailin Cokley, Craig Jeffers, Davis Kinard, Delaney Beckley, Dohnyvan Barnes, Elaina Blanks, Ellen Green, Emily Schenck, Emma McCutcheon, Emory Gunter, Haydin Williams, Helen Orton, Javion Singleton, Jazira Meagley, Josey Sweat, Kaitlyn Clyburn, Leigh Thomas, Levi Marallo, Logan Freeman, MaKensie McGee, Margaret Moore, Maria Byrnes, Mose Denton, Slade Funderburk, Thomas Greenway, Tilan Byrd, William Grumbach, Wyatt Thompson

    5th Grade A/B Honor Roll

    Alex Torres, Allison Corbett, Ashley Avery, Caitlin Whitehouse, David Holland, Donnajah Stradford, Edward Alexander, Elizabeth Watkins, Evelyn Alexander, Everett McMann, Genevie Shaffer, Gibson Crane, Indiah Blanding, Isabelle Semones, Iyana Chavis, Jadin Meagley, Jamal Turner, James Shull, JaNiyah Whack, Kaleigh Tritapoe, Kelsey Clyburn, Lakin Atkinson, Mackenzie Neal, Marteya Burris, Martin Tucker, Noah Roberts, Peyton Sanders, Richard Watts, Sarah Green, Sarah Smoak, Skyler Snipes, Tanner Bracey, Tariq Oliver, Trenity Leonard, Zyian Gause

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  • SC Wallk to School Day

    Camden Elementary School is participating in South Carolina Walk to School Day by having a “Walk to and at School” day.  Students will learn about pedestrian safety and the benefits of walking during their physical education class.

    We want to encourage all students to walk to school on Wednesday, March 7. Parents and students are invited to walk as a group from Rectory Square Park.  Students must have parent supervision for this group walk.  We will meet and begin walking at 7:10 along Fair Street. You may also participate in this event by walking to school from your house, walking to school from another location near the school, or taking a family walk after school in your neighborhood.

    Remember walking is good for you (exercise), good for the environment (less pollution), good for neighborhoods (less traffic), and it’s fun!  Remember to talk to your child about pedestrian safety.

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  • Geography Bee

    The CES Geography Bee was held January 29th. Many fourth and fifth graders took part in the preliminary competition, with ten qualifying for the finals. Participants were Logan Freeman, Taewren Curry, Slade Funderburk, David Holland, Emily Schenck, Wyatt Thompson, Sammy Poe, Grace Meuse, Zaneah Brown, and Jonathan Slade. Our school winner is Slade Funderburk. First runner-up is Logan Freeman, and second runner-up is Jonathan Slade.

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  • DAP Grant

    Our Artists-in-Residence are made possible through our Distinguished Arts Planning (DAP) Grant from the SC  Dept. of Education.  If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee for 2018-2019 DAP, please email Mrs. McDonald at Aregina.mcdonald@kcsdschools.net.  The next grant application is due in April.

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  • Hats and Gloves Needed

    We are asking for your help again this year in supplying us with hats and gloves for students that might not have them or with parents that cannot afford them.  We like to keep a supply on hand in the guidance office to give out to the children.  You can drop them off in a basket near the Christmas tree in the front office.

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  • Volunteers Needed

    We are in need of volunteers to help out around the school during various activities.  If you have any time to offer, we can use help monitoring the cafeteria during staff luncheons, reading with children read, and helping with field day. Also, this coming May, we will have our Spring Carnival and can always use volunteers for that.  As always, thank you so much for the support that you offer to our school!

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  • Mascot Survey

    We would love to hear from you!

    Link to Survey about CES Mascot

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  • Important Reminders

    Change of Transportation - If your child will be going home from school in a different manner or someone different will be picking them up early from school, we need to have that information IN WRITING.  We have to have that written verification if ever a question were to arise.  You may send it in with your child in the morning, or if transportation changes mid-day, you may call and let us know and then we will need a fax or email to verify the change.

    TARDIES - We have recently seen an increase in the number of tardies and this concerns teachers who are beginning morning work at 7:35.  Our school day starts at 7:30.  We have been allowing a 5 minute grace period before children must sign in tardy in the front office.  This also includes students who are dropped off at the Fair Street gate.  I have asked the crossing guard to lock the back gate at 7:35 and to please direct parents to the front of the building.

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  • The Who, When, and Why of Retests

    There have been some questions about retests and we felt we needed to provide clarification.  Our school policy is that students may retake tests, which are the major grades, if they have a D (69%) or lower.  Before a student may retake a test, teachers must either reteach or review the material.  This will normally occur a few days after all students have tested, and it has been graded.  Retests are usually given during the enrichment block or a time that will not interrupt instruction.  Quizzes and classwork assignments (minor grades) are not retaken.  The purpose of retests is not to get a better grade, but to ensure the student understands the material.  If a student receives a D or F, it means that there are some things they do not understand, which is why we require teachers to reteach or review before retests.  Each grade will determine how retests will be counted in the student’s grade average.

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  • Our Fall Fundraiser Has Begun!

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  • Background Checks for Chaperones and Volunteers

    Last year, the district implemented a new background check system.  It is called BIB and the cost to the individual is $16.95, which is significantly cheaper than the SLED checks that used to be required.  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 benefits 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 https://www.kcsdschools.net/volunteer.

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  • School Safety!

    Just a few safety reminders; all parents and other visitors must come by the front office to get a visitor’s pass.  All outside doors are kept locked during the school day, so visitors must enter through the front door.  Visitors are not permitted to go the classroom after 7:30.  We will be happy to send a note to the teacher or deliver any items you wish to drop off.  The last reminder involves after school dismissal.  Parents who are walking up to get their children must line up on the sidewalk to the left of the front door.  Staff are there with radios to call your child.  Please do not come up to or into the building unless you are signing in to get a visitor’s pass.

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  • Afternoon Dismissal

    Afternoon dismissal in the front of the school is moving along, better and better each day.  The name tag that you place in the window of the car is so helpful. For walk-up parents, please remember to stand clear of the front entryway and stay in line until your child exits the building.  Children need a clear pathway to their car, so the teachers on duty can watch them and so the children do not have to step off the sidewalk to reach their car.  There are a lot of moving parts to make dismissal safe and smooth.  We thank you for your cooperation!

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  • We Have an App for That!

    New KCSD App Available!!

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  • Hoots from Dr. Hepfner

    Happy February everyone!  We are having a great start to our second semester.  We have a lot of great events and opportunities planned for the month of February. I am so proud of all of our students accomplishments at our January awards day ceremony, and it was great to see everyone who was able to out and join us.

    Our 5th grade Ambassador dinner was rescheduled to March 1st, 2018 from our original February date.  More information will be going out to those fifth grade students involved.  This is a fun activity we have after school, and I am excited to share it with this year’s ambassadors.

    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I am happy to assist in any way I can.

    Thank you,

    Nurturing Owl  

    Dr. Allison Hepfner

     

     

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From the Principal

  • February Post

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 2/1/2018 7:30:00 AM

    I am sure everyone is happy to say goodbye to January, and hopefully February will bring us much better weather.  We do appreciate everyone being flexible with our unusual schedules, and our teachers did an exceptional job of keeping the learning happening.  

    We have a lot of activities going on this month, so please check out the articles in the newsletter for all the details.  I really want to stress the importance of the Kindergarten Round-Up on February 15th.  We need all parents of a rising kindergartener to bring your child and come in on that Thursday to register.  The kindergarten teachers will be on hand to give each child a little readiness assessment.  This information helps us as we place the children in classes next year.  Also, please share this information with family and friends and others at your daycare, preschool or churches.  Kindergarten staffing depends on these numbers.

    I have always stressed the importance of good home / school communication.  I have instructed my teachers that they have 24 hours to respond to a phone call, email or note, unless of course, it is an urgent concern that needs to be dealt with immediately.  Please understand that teachers cannot check email, text messages or Dojo messages while they are teaching.  I am sure that you would not want them doing that while they should be teaching. Sometimes a teacher may be able to call you back in the evening, but we hope you understand that they do have families and other commitments in the evenings and are not required to respond at night.  Please, do not hesitate to let me know if you have not heard back from a teacher with 24 hours of making contact with a concern.  

    Thank you, and as always,

    Together We Make The Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 1/8/2018 8:00:00 AM

    This new year really got off to a crazy start!  We greatly appreciated your patience as we adjusted the schedule taking into consideration the safety of all the students across the district.  We are fortunate that the preschools and daycares in the community also worked with our schedule.  Hopefully, this will be the last of the bad weather that we will see for a while!

    Please check out the school calendar for the holidays and the days of attendance in January.  Friday, January 12th was to be a teacher workday, with no student attendance, but now has to be used as a weather day for a day missed in the fall.  Students will attend school on that Friday.  They will not however, have school on Monday and Tuesday, January 15th and 16th.  Our restaurant nights are starting back up, please check out our calendar and support those businesses that so graciously support our school!

    We so appreciate the support that our parents consistently demonstrate.  Our school could not operate, nor be as successful as it is, without our fantastic parents!  Throughout a school year, many decisions have to be made, and now with a new school on the horizon, we have even more decisions to be made.  Please know that most decisions at Camden Elementary are not just made at the administrative level.  We have a school leadership team that meets monthly and we have a wonderful School Improvement Council (SIC), made up of parents, teachers and community members that also regularly meet to discuss questions and concerns about the school.  SIC meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:00 and all parents are invited.  Also, frequently, rumors travel around the community, raising more questions or concerns.  Please do not hesitate to call me for clarification or feel free to attend any of our SIC meetings.

    Thank you for all your support and remember that Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • December Posting

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 12/5/2017 8:00:00 AM

    December has come so quickly and it is hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to a close.  We have had a tremendous start to the school year, and we know as we head into the second semester that we are going to finish strong.  I do want to share how proud I am of our children, parents and staff for the amazing giving spirit they demonstrated for our many fund-raisers, including United Way, Relay for Life, and the filling of one hundred and ten boxes for soldiers that are on their way overseas.  The Beta Club and School Ambassadors are also continuing to raise money for a Christmas community service project.  What an amazing community we live in!

    I hope you’ve had a chance to drive by the building site for our new school!  It is so exciting to finally see the walls of the building starting to grow.  We still appear to be on track for a mid-year opening in 2018, so, a year from now, we will be moving into the new building.  We have received some ideas from parents as to how to make this a smooth transition into the new building.  Fingers crossed, we stay on schedule, and we can have an open house for both the students and parents before we leave for our winter break next December.  If you have any ideas on how to make this move easier on you or the students, please don’t hesitate to email me or your child’s teacher.  We are welcome to all suggestions.

    Thank you so much for all you do for your child and for Camden Elementary – together we make the difference in lives of so many.  Have a restful and blessed holiday season and we look forward to seeing you at our holiday programs and back again in January!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • November Post

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 11/1/2017 8:15:00 AM

    What an outstanding first nine weeks of school we’ve had!  We loved seeing well behaved children working in the classrooms, and I know parents have enjoyed seeing photos of the Positive Referral recipients!  We also received test scores from last spring and are exceptionally pleased to see that we outperformed the other schools in Kershaw County on almost every test.   Those scores were a result of parents, teachers and students working together and we will continue to need your support.  Parent conferences were a great success last month.  If you have not had your conference please be sure to send your child’s teacher a note asking to schedule one.

    I know there have been a lot of questions about the Read to Succeed legislation that requires students be retained if they are not reading on grade level. We have been sharing the information that we have with third grade parents.  Unfortunately we still have a lot of questions for which we, too, have yet to receive answers.  We hope to have a session at our literacy night for K-2 parents to answer their questions, and hopefully by then, we will have received more answers from the State Department of Education.  It is important that we do not wait until third grade to make sure our children are on grade level, and understand that we have been working with our K-2 teachers for several years assisting them to better prepare their students to be reading on grade level by the end of third grade. 

    Thank you for your support, and we hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Happy Fall, Y'all

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 10/2/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Happy Fall, Y’all!  - seems to be a favorite saying on all kinds of decorative items this year.  We have had beautiful weather for the past few weeks and I still feel so fortunate that we avoided the terrible destruction the two hurricanes brought to many areas of the country.  Speaking of the hurricanes, we are so appreciative of you and your children’s help collecting items to send to children affected by Hurricane Harvey.  One shipment already left by truck and the other will be mailed directly to a teacher for her students.

    Be sure to be looking for information regarding Parent Conference Days coming home with your child or on your teacher’s website.  If you did not sign up at Open House, please make sure you get an appointment.  Teachers will be able to share your child’s most recent MAP scores, reading assessment and for fourth and fifth graders, their spring state assessments.

    The grade level field trips are starting soon and some of them will be using parent chaperones.  Please be sure you have a current background check.  They are good for two years and the application can be found on the district website.  Please understand that not all field trips will need chaperones and for other field trips, the number of parents we can take is limited.

    The construction of our new building seems to be going extremely slow, but I know that is because we are so anxious to have if finished!  Please let us know if you have any ideas on how we can make this move a smooth transition and also ideas for how we can make this last full year in this building a memorable one.  I am looking forward to hearing from you and

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 9/1/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Welcome back to school and to what promises to be another fantastic school year!  We got off to an exciting start with WIS Sunrise being at the school on the first day and then being able to witness the total eclipse of the sun on the third day.  Now things are settling down, and teachers are getting down to business in their classrooms.  

    As you all know, this will be our last full school year in this building.  We will be moving to our new campus early in the 2018-2019 school year.  We are very excited about this move and have been brainstorming ways to make this, not only a memorable year for our current students, but to also share memories from the past.  We are finding lots of old photos and yearbooks and plan on taking them to the new school.  Please let us know if you have any ideas on how to make the transition to the new Camden Elementary a memorable one.

    We have been able to take a preliminary peek at our spring test scores, and I have to say, they are looking good!  Teachers and a schoolwide data team will begin to closely examine the test data to determine our strengths and where we can improve. Once the scores are released, we will be sending home your parent copies.

    Our MAP testing window opens on Monday, September 18th.  We are going to handle MAP testing a little differently this year.  For the fall MAP, we are asking the children to try their very best, but we will not have schoolwide incentives.  Winter MAP testing will be optional for teachers and will primarily be used for students that need additional data. Spring MAP testing begins in March and gives teachers a very good idea of how ready students are for the spring state assessments.  We will have a schoolwide incentive to encourage children to “show what they know!”

    We know we are going to have a wonderful school year!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!  

    Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • It's Finally May!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 5/1/2017 8:30:00 AM

    Unbelievable that there are only four weeks of school left!  Seems like yesterday that we saw the excited and smiling children on the first day of school!  These last four weeks are packed with activities from state testing to field trips, Field Day and awards.  Please check the May calendar online and your child’s class newsletter each week for all the dates and times.  

    We had a fantastic 2016-2017 school year!  The teachers and students worked hard and they also had a lot of fun.  I believe we had more field trips this year and brought in so many guests to work with the children, including our amazing artists-in-residence.  We added a Math / Science and Literacy Night evening workshops and both were very successful.

    We have already started to plan for the 2017-2018 school year!  Each year we examine the programs and classes that we offer to see what is working and how we can improve what we are doing.  Please check out this newsletter for information about requesting classes for your children for next year.  Information about your child needs to be turned in by May 19th.

    I hope you will take a few minutes to thank your child’s teacher(s) for all they’ve done this year to make sure that your child not only met all the academic challenges, but were loved and cared for, too.  We truly have a remarkable staff at Camden Elementary and we really need to do all we can to show how much we appreciate all they do each and every day.

    I also want to take this time to thank all of you for all you have done this year to support me, the teachers, your children and the school.  We could not have done all we did without the support of our tremendous families!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

     

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  • It's April, and the Countdown Is On!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 4/4/2017 12:00:00 PM

    It’s April and the countdown is on!  Eight more weeks of school which means we have a lot to accomplish in a short period of time.  We are hopefully over our second flu season of the year, because it is very important that students attend school every day, arrive on time and are not signed out early unless it is an emergency.  Important instruction is missed when students are not here for the entire school day.

    Grades three, four and five will be required to take a separate SC Ready field test this year.  We have scheduled this for Friday, April 7th, so we can get it out of the way before spring break.  When we return, teachers will be able to focus on reviewing and preparing the children for SC Ready and PASS.  Our teachers have been working hard this year and students showed significant growth on spring MAP, which is usually a good indicator of performance on SC Ready.

    Our annual golf tournament this year was a huge success!  We have the absolutely best parents and our Camden community is so supportive and so generous!  I hope you were able to attend our Family Reading Night that CEP also helped sponsor.  We need help and they are there!  Not all schools can say that.  We do know how fortunate we are!  More proof that, Together We Make The Difference!

    Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

     

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  • Welcome March!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 3/1/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Not sure if the weather in March will be coming in like a lion or a lamb, but as far as the teachers are concerned, they are going to be aggressively tackling this last quarter of school, no matter how it arrives.  In two weeks, the third quarter will be over and we are heading into the final nine weeks.  It is a VERY busy time as we prepare students for MAP testing, SC Ready and PASS, as well as all the usual end of the year activities and trips.  It is very important that your child is at school and on time every day.

    Be sure to check the school calendar and your child’s newsletter each week to keep up with all the activities this month.  Our two big events are the golf tournament on Thursday, March 16th and our Family Reading Night on Tuesday, March 21st.  More information is in this newsletter and will be coming home with your child.  Family Reading Night not only brings in money for new books, but this year we will also have lots of enjoyable activities for the whole family.

    We are already busy preparing for next year.  Please be sure to schedule a final conference with your child’s teacher(s) before the end of the year.  Your teacher will be happy to share assessment information to show how much your child has grown this year.  Teachers will also be happy to share ways that you can keep your child learning over the summer.

    Thank you parents for all you do to help your child, the teachers and our school.  You are an important part of what makes Camden Elementary great! Remember that

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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  • Hello, Fabulous February!

    Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 2/1/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Hello, Fabulous February!  

    Hope we are able to enjoy the same spring-like weather we saw through most of January.   We are a blessed community in that we were spared the severe weather that tore apart other areas of the South.

    Lots going on this month - be sure to check out the newsletter and flyers that will be coming home!  Also make sure you have Friday, February 17th and Monday, February 20th on your calendar.  The 17th is an early dismissal day and the 20th is a teacher workday.

    I am so proud of the great teaching I see going on in our classrooms each day.  Students are on task and are actively engaged.  What a wonderful thing to witness!  Please check with your child’s teacher about scheduling a mid-year conference.  It is not too late for your child to get help.  It’s important not to wait until the end of the year.

    These next few months will bring a number of assessments, all designed to show us how much the children have grown and areas where they can still use assistance.  State testing for grade three to five will begin after we return from break.  We are still working on finalizing a testing schedule and will let you know once it is complete.

    Thanks so much for all you do for your child(ren) and for Camden Elementary.  We couldn’t do what we do without your support.  

    Together We Make the Difference!

    Carol Przybyla, Principal

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