Camden Elementary School

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  • Shoeboxes for Soldiers

    Each year in honor of our local Veterans on Veteran’s Day, students at CES work hard to send filled shoeboxes to an active duty unit that is serving overseas. These gift boxes from home bring hope and excitement to our military men and women. It is our desire to send as many shoeboxes as possible.

    Please consider sending in some of the following items to help your child’s classroom fill their shoeboxes! These will be presented at our Veteran’s Day program on November 12th at 9am.

    Food/Drink Items

    Beef Jerky/Slim Jims

    Canned Chili & Soup (pull top cans)

    Canned Fruit (pull top cans)

    Chicken & Tuna (Foil pouch)

    Cookies (individually packaged)

    Dried Fruit

    Easy Mac n Cheese Cups

    Granola/Energy/Protein Bars

    Microwavable Popcorn

    Nuts (all kinds)

    Pop Tarts

    Pumpkin Seeds

    Rice Krispy Treats

    Sandwich Crackers

    Sunflower Seeds

    Trail Mix

    Coffee Creamer

    Crystal Light, Gatorade (single serve)

    Instant Coffee (individually packaged)

    Protein Shake Powder


    Personal Items

    Sunscreen (lotion, non-aerosol cans)

    Bug Spray (lotion, non-aerosol cans)

    Antiperspirant/ Deodorant (solids only)

    Baby Wipes

    Bar Soap

    Chap Stick

    Dental Floss

    Fabric Softener Sheets (small boxes)

    Baby Powder


    Q-Tips (small quantity)

    Air Fresheners



    Miscellaneous Items

    Black Ink Pens & Mechanical Pencils

    Small Notebooks

    Crosswords or word search books

    Sudoku books


    Thank You for supporting our troops!!

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  • Red Ribbon Week

    Every October, Camden Elementary celebrates Red Ribbon Week.  We learn why it is important to make healthy choices and stand together against bullying and drugs.

    Monday-      “RED”y to be Drug Free (wear red)

    Tuesday-      Live Like a Star……Drug Free (dress like a movie star)

    Wednesday- Give Drugs the Boot! (wear boots)

    Thursday-    From Head to Toe, Drug Free! (wear crazy socks and crazy hair)

    Friday-         Our School Chooses to Be Drug and Bully Free! (wear CES t shirt)

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  • Parents'/Guardians' Rights Notification: 2018-19 School Year

    Parents/Guardians in the Kershaw County School District have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child's teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child's teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree. You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your student in a Title I program or if your school operates a schoolwide Title I program. Parents/Guardians may request this information from the principal by calling 803-425-8960 or by sending a letter of request to Principal Carol Przybyla at

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    CES is excited to begin a brand new Watch D.O.G.S program this school year.

    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.

    Program Benefits

    • 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.

    Program Recognition

    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 or contact Tyke Redfearn at

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  • Katie Sullivan Congratulations, Ms. Sullivan!

    We are proud to announce that 1st Grade teacher and CES teacher of the year Katie Sullivan has been named a District Honor Roll Teacher.  Only five teachers were selected for this honor from among the schools’ teachers of the year.  This means that Ms. Sullivan was a finalist for the KCSD Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of Ms. Sullivan's accomplishment!!

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  • 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.

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  • Thank You, Golf Tournament Sponsors!

    We would like to thank everyone for another very successful golf tournament. A special thanks to all our 2018 sponsors!

    AO Smith

    Palmetto Paint & Body Works


    Palmetto Paperboard, LLC

    *Brenda Starnes - KWNE

    *Party In A Tent - Columbia

    *Burch & Riley Families

    Pediatric Assoc

    Cantey Foundation Specialists

    Piggly Wiggly

    *Cantey Tiller Pierce & Green LLP

    Powers Roofing

    *Cassidy Allstate

    Rankin Law Firm

    Denton Builders

    *Rep Laurie Slade Funderburk

    Ella & Hudson Roberts

    Rushing Grandparents

    Every Day Gourmet

    *Sanders Paint & Collision

    Fellers Furniture Co.

    Shirley Construction

    First Palmetto Bank

    *Small Town Co. LLC

    Food Lion

    Snodgrass 4 Kershaw County Council Seat #5

    Golden Gate Mortgage

    Southern Tile & Stone

    *Graham Realty

    *Steeplechase Pathology, LLC

    *Graham's Tire Service

    *Stephen Smoak - City Council

    *Horton Tire Company

    Sumter Utilities, Inc

    Hunsinger Long Associates, LLC

    The Bishop Family


    The Carrington Family

    Jack Rushing for Sheriff

    *The Catery on Broad

    Jet Pools

    *The Colvin Family

    *Joseph Dental Assoc

    The Fakoury Family

    La Fiesta

    The Greenway Family


    *The Grumbach Family

    *Lighthouse Therapeutics, LLC

    *The Harrell Family

    McKittrick Lumber

    *The Przybyla Family

    Merrill Lynch

    The Roberts Family

    *Modern Turf

    The Schenck Family

    Morgan Stanley - The Davidson McNair Carrington Group

    The Thompkins Family

    *Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wells

    The Younghans Family

    * Sponsor of both the Golf Tournament and the Spring Carnival

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  • DAP Grant

    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  The next grant application is due in April.

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  • Volunteers Needed

    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!

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  • Important Reminders

    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.

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  • The Who, When, and Why of Retests

    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.

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  • Our Fall Fundraiser Has Begun!


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  • Background Checks for Chaperones and Volunteers

    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

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  • School Safety!

    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.

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  • Afternoon Dismissal

    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!

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  • 12/17/2018

    Corn Dog Nuggets, Baked Beans, Tater Tots, Very Cherry Fruit Cocktail, Red Apple Slices
    Fresh Express Option: PBJ Uncrustable Sandwich

  • 12/18/2018

    Minh’s Sweet and Sour Chicken, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Veggie Egg Roll, Mandarin Oranges, Seedless Grapes
    Fresh Express Option: Fruit Salad Bowl w/ Yogurt w/ Pretzel