11:30 AM Half Day - 11:30 Dismissal
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM La Fiesta Night
Our students participated in the KC Parks and Recreation annual Christmas card contest. I am pleased to announce our school winners and district winners! The cards will be on display at First Palmetto Savings Bank on E. DeKalb St. starting Thursday, December 7th. Please stop by and view our students work!
Camden Elementary Winners
1st Place, Stella Burch
2nd Place, Alex Jenkins
3rd Place, Cece Sloan
1st Place, Rhett Campbell
2nd Place, Olivia Frazier
3rd Place, Baylor Wall
1st Place, Priscilla Brice Chivers
2nd Place, Riley Grace Burch
3rd Place, Katie Rush
1st Place, Lakin Atkinson
2nd Place, Delaney Beckley
3rd Place, Kensie McGee
CES had two students winning overall for their grade level throughout the district! 1st grade winning 2nd Place overall was Stella Burch. 3rd grade winning 1st place overall was Priscilla Brice Chivers.
Congratulations to these students and all students who participated! You did a fantastic job!
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.
Our semester awards’ programs are scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd and Wednesday, January 24th. On the 23rd, first grade will have their program at 8:30am and 5th grade at 9:30am. On the 24th, third grade’s program is scheduled for 8:30am, second grade at 9:30am and fourth grade at 10:30am. Be sure to put these dates on your January calendar!
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!
Holiday Greetings Owl Family! I cannot believe holiday break is upon us. I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Break. Our Career Day on November 20th was a hit. I am in awe of the wonderfully supportive community we have here at Camden Elementary. Our hope is that this Career Day becomes an annual event for all of our students and students to come.
My fifth grade Ambassadors have been busy with their various jobs around the school. I do not know if they realize what an example they are setting, but I am stopped daily by other students in younger grades who cannot wait to be an Ambassador. I am so grateful to have such a great group of student leaders. We will be selling facepainting one last time before we purchase items for the family we adopted for the holiday season. Facepainting will be $1.00, and 100% of the proceeds will go to our adopted family.
We will have an Ambassador meeting on December 13th from 2:45-3:30pm to wrap the gifts we purchased with the money we have raised. Also, in other Ambassador news, our official t-shirts have come in and will be distributed to the students soon.
As always parents and students, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and if you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Allison Hepfner