Watch D.O.G.S. Return to CES!
We are excited to announce that the CES Watch D.O.G.S. will resume this fall. (D.O.G.S. stands for Dads of Great Students.) We will have an official kick-off on Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 pm in the Camden Elementary School cafeteria with pizza for dads and their children. We would love to see all of our Dads participate. Please click here for more information on signing up.
We are looking forward to seeing our CES Dads in the halls very soon!
A Note from Mrs. Goodwin
I absolutely love this time of year. The weather is cooling off, football season is in full swing and we are wrapping up the first quarter of the school year. As we finish the first quarter, I would like to take this time to reflect and celebrate all of the great accomplishments this year has brought so far.
Our music department was awarded a 9,000.00 Arts grant. The funds will be used for our 3 grade level productions that we have annually.
We had a very successful One School/One Book Reveal. Our Colts enjoyed dressing up for the Red Carpet. We are excited about reading The Nocturnals. We will read our book at school all month and we have an exciting finale planned for October 28. We will also celebrate Red Ribbon Week this month.
I want to thank all of you for assisting us in a very successful 1st quarter of the year. Report cards will come home on Monday, October 17. Please take some time and reflect on your child’s progress. Encourage your child to set goals for themselves and continue to work hard daily.
The 4th and 5th grade chorus has begun and we are off to a GREAT start! We will continue to rehearse after school every Tuesday until 3:30pm. Remember to turn in your $10 for your child’s chorus shirt. **IMPORTANT CHANGE** Students will be picked up in the bus loop area behind the school, not the car rider line starting next Tuesday, September 27th.
Fourth and fifth grade students need to remember to bring back their recorders from last year. If they are unable to find their recorder, please send in $5 for them to get another recorder for class this year. This is part of their school supplies for music. They are unable to participate and learn if they do not have one. If your 4th or 5th grade child is new to school, then you should have already turned in the blue form for your child to receive a recorder this year. Please contact Mrs. Morse, firstname.lastname@example.org or DOJO message if you have questions or concerns.
We would like to thank our CES families for a very successful book fair! We are already adding new books to our collection because of your generosity. We appreciate your support for our literacy efforts at CES!
We would like to ask your help with establishing good book borrowing habits. Students visit the library weekly. This allows them to check out something new to read every week! Please help your student come prepared to school with their library books in their book bags on their library day. Students may borrow books for up to two weeks. We hope you enjoy reading these library books at home with your student. That is a powerful way to encourage a love for reading! Thank you for your support.
School Reminders & Information
Our doors open at 7:00 am in the morning. Please do not drop children off at school before 7:00 am. Our instructional day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm. Students are tardy at 7:30 am. Make sure your child’s teacher knows how your child is getting home from school. In order for your child’s transportation to change, a written or emailed note must be sent to your child’s teacher. If you need to sign your child out of school early, you must arrive prior to 2:00 pm.
Notes from Nurse Rhonda
With the new school year, I wanted to review some health room procedures regarding medications.
- All medication (whether over the counter or prescription medication) needs to have a Permission for Medication form completed and turned in to the nurse.
- Medication given to the nurse needs to be in the original container unopened (if over the counter) and proper container labeled (if prescription).
- Medication will not be accepted if the proper paperwork is not completed.
- A new medication form needs to be completed for every school year.
- Please do not send medication with a student. Parents/Guardians will need to bring the medication to the health room.
Please remember to pack an extra set of clothing for your child in case of accidents or bloody noses. We do not have extra clothing for your child.
Please notify me of Covid positive students ONLY. Make sure to send a picture (if home test) or copy of the positive test results for attendance purposes.
Last year the district stopped contact tracing and quarantining close contacts. The district is continuing this policy. You can review our Covid policy on the District’s website.
Also per district policy, if you choose to quarantine your child for a close contact, then the absence(s) will be considered a parent note. If your child is positive (with proper documentation/photo), then the absence(s) will be considered excused.
If you notify me of your child being positive via the online form, please check your email for further instructions.
PTO (Camden Elementary Partners)
Our PTO (Camden Elementary Partners) is our fundraising group. Our PTO works with the school to fund projects that will benefit our students. Our PTO also supports our teachers and provides teacher appreciation incentives during the year. Our president is Lauren Downey and you can email our PTO if you are interested in receiving more information at: email@example.com
SIC (School Improvement Council)
Our school improvement council includes parents, community members, teachers and administrators working together in a partnership to increase student achievement. Our SIC meets monthly to gather data, assess school and community needs, establish realistic goals and create action plans for success. If you are interested in participating on our school improvement council please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Our School Improvement Council chair is Jac Carrington.
Field Trips & Volunteers
Volunteers are an essential part of our school’s success. We need volunteers and chaperones. If you would like to attend a field trip or volunteer at CES, please make sure you complete the Level 2 volunteer form on the Kershaw County School District website. https://www.kcsdschools.net/volunteer
Peyton's Story: A Book by Carol Przybyla
Retired CES Principal Carol Przybyla is a published author! She has written a book about her granddaughter Peyton.
Peyton’s Story is the story of a little girl who suffered a life- threatening illness due to an undetected heart defect. Peyton’s Story illustrates her miraculous recovery because of the expert care of her amazing medical team.
This book is for children, parents, teachers or anyone who wants to share a true story of a strong little girl who fought through a serious illness and won!
Peyton's Story is available on Amazon, and all proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital at MUSC in Charleston.