Thank you to everyone who supported our Camden Colts Fun Run through sponsorship, pledging, donating cookies, and giving of time and talent. We appreciate you. Thanks to you, we reached our goal of $15,000 in profit that we can put toward the total cost of $25,000 for shade on the playground!
Another way to help is to simply use Amazon Smile when you do your online shopping this holiday season, and year-round. Amazon Smile is the same site as Amazon.com except that a small percentage of what you spend goes to a non-profit of your choice. Simply choose “Camden Primary Partners” as the recipient of your funds and shop as you normally would. There is even an Amazon Smile app for your phone. A link to Amazon Smile is found on the right side of this webpage under "Quick Links".
In the new year look for information about an upcoming general membership meeting - there will be snacks and door prizes and valuable information about what we have going on and how you can get more involved. Until then, we wish you a happy and safe holiday!
I hope everyone is enjoying the monthly READ-O activities! The December READ-O should have been sent home with students early this week. Please enjoy some of these fun literacy activities over the winter break and help heighten a love of learning and literacy in our Colts.
Awards Day Programs
Please save the date for our 1st Semester Awards Day Programs:
4th @ 8:30
3rd @ 11:00
1st @ 1:00
5th @ 9:30
2nd @ 12:30
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.
Thank you to Mr. Kerry Hayes, KCSD Coordinator for Bullying Prevention, for visiting with 3rd and 4th grade students and sharing valuable information about bullying and how to prevent it. He equipped our Colts with the tools they need to be a part of the solution, not the problem. Mr. Hayes also shared some information for parents from The BULLY Project:
Ten Actions ALL Parents Can Take to Help Eliminate Bullying:
- Talk with and listen to your kids everyday.
- Spend time at your child’s school.
- Be a good example of kindness and leadership.
- Learn the signs of bullying.
- Create healthy anti-bullying habits early.
- Help your child’s school address bullying effectively.
- Establish household rules about bullying.
- Teach your child how to be a good witness or positive bystander.
- Teach your child about cyberbullying.
- Spread the word that bullying should not be a normal part of childhood.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.