LiveWell Kershaw Coalition has teamed up with the Kershaw County School District for the “5210 Challenge” for the month of February, and we want Camden Elementary School to win! KCSD students and staff have the following Challenges:
5 - Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
2- Have 2 hours or less of recreational screen time
1- Be physically active for at least 1 hour a day
0- Have 0 sweetened beverages.
To participate in the challenge students and teachers must log their daily efforts at www.kcsdschools.net/5210. Please help your child achieve these challenges to the best of their ability and submit their 5210 log everyday. Individuals and schools will have the opportunity to win prizes weekly. Lets go CES!
Relay for Life Fundraiser -
Caring Colts Club
The new CES Caring Colts Club will be leading the fundraisers for Relay for Life as their first project this year. Each Friday this month, we will have a hat day. Students may bring a dollar and wear a hat to school on Fridays. We are also going to have a Penny Drive. Please gather any spare change and send it to your child's teacher. Caring Colts will collect it each morning. The grade level that raises the most money from these events will win a game day. And finally, we are going to have a Little Debbie "Bake Sale" later this month. We would gladly accept any donated boxes of Debbie Cakes that families would like to make towards this sale. If our school reaches our goal of $1000, we will have a dance party here at school! Wouldn't that be fun? Thank you for helping us fight cancer!!
CES friends and families, it’s that time of year! Our annual CES Golf Tournament will take place Thursday, March 12th, 2020. In your child’s communication folder, you will receive sponsorship information for this year's game. If you are interested in sponsoring a hole for the tournament, please fill out the Spring Sponsor Form and send that and your donation in no later than Friday, March 6th, 2020. The classroom with the most sponsorships will receive a $100 dollar gift card for classroom supplies! If you are interested in playing in the tournament, please fill out the Team Sign-Up Form, or contact Jeff Neal @ 420-7925 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephen Smoak @ 432-4391 (email@example.com) for more information.
Morning Car Rider Procedures
Parents, please remember that we weave the cars in one at a time during our morning drop off in order to make sure our line moves efficiently and effectively. Please follow the instructions from the adults on duty. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:00 am. Thank you for your patience and assistance to make sure all students are safe at Camden Elementary School.
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Don't Miss Out!!
Yearbooks are on sale! Once again, our student-led yearbook staff has been working hard to create an amazing, memory-filled yearbook of our year. These yearbooks are on sale for $20; watch for fliers to come home with students. They are also available to be ordered online at: https://link.
entourageyearbooks.com/my/ CamdenES2020 Orders are due by March 5th; please make any and all checks payable to Camden Elementary School. Thank you!
Kindergarten & Second Grade Performance
Our Kindergarten and Second Grade students will be performing “Camden Goes Caribbean" on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00pm in the Camden Elementary Gym. Students have begun singing a variety of pieces from the Caribbean Islands. We can’t wait to share our hard work and talent with you. Please sign and return the letter sent home letting Mrs. Morse, Music Teacher know your child will be participating. We want our stage to be set up correctly!
Congratulations to the following students who are in honors chorus this year: MK Boykin, Blair Gunter, Callie Sparks, Christopher Vandergroen, Shayla Myers, Aayanna Douglas, Nicholas Lounsbery, Mollie May, Isabella Davis-Henderson, Lilian Arnett and Tristan Barnes! We will have rehearsal on Monday, February 3rd, 10th, NOT on the 17th, and 24th until 3:30pm. Pick up is in front of the gym.
Celebrating the Arts Performance featuring the Honors Chorus will be on Thursday, February 27th at 6:45pm held at Lugoff-Elgin High School’s auditorium. Please come and support the amazing Arts students in Kershaw County!!
Music Field Trip for Kindergarten, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Ms. Reindeau’s and Mrs. Thompson’s class will be seeing the African Children’s Choir on Tuesday, February 25th. The Choir will take you on a trip across the ocean into the cultural traditions of Africa. The students will experience Africa’s music, dance, and drumming while engaging in global concerns! Please sign and return field trip forms with $6.
The monthly READ-O program is going strong! Thank you for helping your children foster their love of reading and literacy.
In February, the library will be hosting our third annual African American Literacy Celebration on February 24th. If you are interested in participating as a guest reader, please email our librarian, Tracey Hanna, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 17th.
Please consider donating gently used children’s books to our classroom libraries. We would love age-appropriate books in good condition. You may deliver to the Reading Coach Sara Fakoury’s office room 103! Our 4k through 5th grade classes are so thankful for your donations!
CES Blood Drive Update
Thank you to those who were able to come out on Wednesday and support CES during our annual blood drive. Our school collected a total of 24 pints of life saving blood! That will help out the Red Cross so much! Thank you for helping to make a difference!
We kicked off 2020 with our General Member meeting in January. If you were not able to attend, here is a summary. We have had a great year so far with our #TeamCES. A few of the things we have supported this year are monthly teacher appreciation, Grits for Grandparents, Fun Run Fundraiser for Shade, Santa Shop, restaurant nights with Chick-fil-A and La Fiesta, #Justachicken authors, and our One Book One School.
We have many exciting events coming up! March 12th will be our Annual Golf Tournament. If you are interested in playing, please see the information posted on the CES Facebook page and website. We would love to have your help with our sponsorship for the event. Information went home on Monday, February 3, 2020 about sponsorship. If you have questions about our golf tournament, please email us at camdenelementarypartners@
gmail.com. Our Spring Carnival will be at CES on April 24 from 4:00-7:00. Be on the lookout for more information about this fun event for our school!
We are currently seeking nominations for our 2020-2021 Board of Directors for Camden Elementary Partners. Board members meet monthly to help plan events as well as plan how to best support our #TeamCES and our CES families. If you are interested in serving on our board, please email camdenelementarypartners@
Lastly, we are no longer collecting Boxtops each month but you can use the Boxtop app to send in your Boxtops at home! Also if you are an Amazon user, we could use your help! Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to Camden Elementary. If you go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your Amazon username and password, you can choose a charity to support. We are named Camden Primary Partners. You have to do your shopping from smile.amazon.com for us to receive the benefit.
We love our #TeamCES and appreciate your support!
Parents, you are always welcome to come and have lunch with your children. We value the time you spend with your children. Therefore, only your child is allowed to sit at a parent table with you. If you would like to sit with multiple students, please sit with the class table (if there is enough room). Thank you for following our cafeteria expectations.
Have you heard of our Watch D.O.G.S program? Want to join us? We need YOU!
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative with two primary goals: 1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
WATCH D.O.G.S.® began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.
- Students gain positive male role models.
- Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears.
- The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
- Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
- Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
- Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. The WatchDOGS volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.
Who are WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS.
The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program has been recognized by the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been involved in the U.S. Department of Education’s P.F.I.E. (Partnership For Family Involvement In Education) and the Department’s Safe School Summit. The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program is a founding member of National PTA’s M.O.R.E. Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement). The WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson in their “Spirit of America” segment on November 17, 2008, on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams on September 12, 2012 and on NBC’s Today Show which aired February 11, 2013. Also, the program has been recognized on the floor of Congress as a program that “can be a great tool in our efforts to prevent school violence and improve student performance because it can increase parental initiative and involvement in their children’s education.” (Congressional Record, February 7, 2000 page S392) WATCH D.O.G.S. ® has been endorsed by the President’s Advisory Council and included in the March 2010 report to the President. In June 2011, US Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited a local WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program in the DC area to encourage fathers and father figures to become more active in the educational system and to get a firsthand glimpse of the program.
For more information, visit their website at dadsofgreatstudents.com or contact Tyke Redfearn at email@example.com.
To sign up, please follow this link: Watch D.O.G.S. Sign Up.
Box Tops Changes!
Also, thank you to everyone who sent in Box Tops on the 4th! You can continue to send in Box Tops as you clip them, but you may have noticed that some items no longer have an actual Box Top on them. Instead, there is an icon that tells you to download the Box Tops app and scan your receipt. Click on the Box Tops logo below for links to the app and more information about how that works.
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.