6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CES Ambassador Dinner
5:30 AM STEAM Night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM La Fiesta Night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM La Fiesta Night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM La Fiesta Night
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to lots of fun and community spirit!
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!!!
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
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
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.
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.
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.email@example.com. The next grant application is due in April.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dr. Allison Hepfner