Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Wed, Oct 22 - Thu, Oct 23
3rd Grade Field Trip
Wednesday, October 22
5th Grade Field Trip
Scientific Circus
in Sumter
Thursday, October 23
CES Blood Drive
Papa John's Night

Friday, October 24
Kindergarten Field Trip
McLeod Farms
Tuesday, October 28
Fall Make-Up Pictures

Ginza Night

Friday, October 31
1st Grade Transportation Day

Tuesday, November 11
Zaxby's Night

Tuesday, November 25
Ginza Night

From the Owls' Nest

Welcome October!  I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and all the activities that come with the season.  Weve had a great start to the school year and it is hard to believe that our first report cards will be issued soon.  Teachers recently sent home information about parent conferences. If you have not yet set up a conference with your childs teacher, please do so as soon as possible.
We had several new events this school year that were a great success.  We received very positive comments on Grits for Grandparents and our first Small Talk with the Principal drew a group of around fifteen parents.  A lot of good information was shared and questions answered at our first Small Talk.  Check out our website for the highlights of that meeting.  The second Small Talk will be held in the early evening on December 3 rd . 
We now have all our teachers trained in our new schoolwide Empowering Writers program.  We greatly appreciate our Camden Elementary Partners for supporting our writing program and paying for the teacher training.  CEP also, once again paid for our Accelerated Readers program.  Both programs will greatly benefit all our children, and we could not have implemented them without the assistance of our fantastic parent group.
Please check out our school calendar for all the activities and events during the month of October.  Our Walk-To-School Day is October 8 th , fundraiser items are returned on the 16 th and we are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on the 23 rd .  Also please remember that Monday, October 13 th is an early dismissal day.  Elementary students will be released at 11:30 and teachers will be involved in professional development during the afternoon.
Thank you for all you do to assist your child and the teachers to make this a successful year. 
Together We Make The Difference!
Carol Przybyla, Principal

Daily Announcements

100,000 Book Reading Challenge
The Kershaw County School District received grant funds from five businesses (Target, Walmart, Coca Cola, Carolina Motor Sports, and Central Carolina Technical College) in our community to support and encourage reading in the elementary grades.  The grant initiative is called the “100, 000 Book Reading Challenge”. Each elementary school student in the district is being challenged to read a minimum of 21 books during the 2014-2015 school year. Students who meet this 21 book challenge will be rewarded with a special lunch bag and sport cup which reads “I met the 100,000 book reading challenge!”

100,000 Book Reading Challenge
The Kershaw County School District received grant funds from five businesses (Target, Walmart, Coca Cola, Carolina Motor Sports, and Central Carolina Technical College) in our community to support and encourage reading in the elementary grades.  The grant initiative is called the “100, 000 Book Reading Challenge”. Each elementary school student in the district is being challenged to read a minimum of 21 books during the 2014-2015 school year. Students who meet this 21 book challenge will be rewarded with a special lunch bag and sport cup which reads “I met the 100,000 book reading challenge!”

Your child’s teacher will be sending home a simple reading log for students to record and keep track of the books that they have read at home or school. We prefer that they read books that are on their reading level. Once he or she reads and records 21 books, they will return the complete reading log to his/her teacher, and receive their one time reward!

Our school will begin this program on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. As an incentive to help our school meet this challenge, Mrs. Przybyla has generously agreed to reward the first class that has 100% of its students meet the 21 book goal in grades k-2 and grades 3-5 with an Ice Cream Party!

Mrs. Przybyla has also promised that she will have a special school-wide Pajama Day Celebration for students and staff when 100% of our students reach their goal of reading 21 books! On this special celebration day, Mrs. Przbyla has promised to come to school dressed as her favorite children’s book character!

Remember, this is a reading reward program aimed at a district wide goal of 100,000 books being read by all elementary students.  Let’s help our district exceed the 100,000 books goal!

Happy Reading!

Sara Fakoury
Reading Coach

Fundraiser Pick-Up Is Today!
Fundraiser pickup is Thursday afternoon from 2-6 pm  Please remember that parking in the bus circle is restricted until 3:15.  

Some 2nd and 3rd grade items did not arrive today and are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.  We will notify you when they arrive.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Perfect PASS!!!
Congratulations to Olivia Bishop and Miguel Davila for their perfect pass scores on last year’s ELA test!  That is quite the accomplishment that only 5 other fourth graders in the district achieved.  We also extend congratulations to their ELA teachers, Ms. Darlene Cantey and Ms. Jennifer Ellis for the excellent job they also did last year.

Small Talk with the Principal Highlights!
Our first Small Talk with the Principal was held on Wednesday, September 17th and was a great success!  We had a group of approximately fifteen parents who came and shared concerns, asked questions and offered praise for teachers and the school. A great suggestion was made at the end of the meeting that it might be a good idea to share some of the topics that were discussed with other parents in the school.  So here are the highlights!


CEP/PTO has partnered with Charleston Wrap for our major fundraising campaign this year. There are over 500 high quality items to choose from and every purchase you make earns much needed money for our school. Simply click the link above or go to to shop. All items purchased will ship directly to you and there is free shipping on all orders over $75.

First, register your student and a six digit code will be automatically generated for your student to earn prizes during our fundraising campaign. Then click on the “SHOP NOW” button that will take you to the “Choose how you would like to Assign Credit and Shop” section. If you wish to assign credit to your student, enter the six digit student code in to the ”Student & School Credit” section. If you don’t want to assign credit to a particular student, simply enter our school’s four digit ID in the “School Credit Only” section, and CES will earn credit from your purchases. You can even support the school year-round after the sale is over by simply using the four digit school ID. Our school’s four digit ID is 5936.

CEP Newsflash

Fall Book Fair and Family Reading Night
The Fall Book Fair will be held in the library the week of 9/22-26. Be sure to join us for Family Reading Night on Thurs., 9/25 from 6:00 – 7:30. The Book Fair will be open that evening for families to shop. This is also Open House and Papa John’s Night. We hope to see you all there!

Fall Fundraiser
Our Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser kicked off on Friday, 8/29th.  There are lots of great holiday items for sale, and a majority of the profits will go directly into the classroom in the form of grade level grants.  Orders will be due on 9/16.  Thank you for your help!

If you have not had a chance to join CEP this school year there is still time. Membership dues are only $5, and forms are available in the office. We have lots of exciting events planned throughout the school year and hope you will join us!

Grits for Grandparents/Birthday Book Club
Birthday Book Club books will be available next week during our Grits for Grandparents events.  This club, which is sponsored by CEP allows grandparents and parents to purchase books for the school library in honor of a student’s birthday.  Each book is labeled inside with the student’s name and the purchaser of the book.  The books are presented to the student on his or her birthday during CESCA Live (the school-wide morning show).  This is a great way to add new and exciting books to our library!

There will also be an opportunity to have your picture taken with your grandchild(ren) by CESCA parent volunteer and professional photographer Amy Keltner.  These pictures will be available for purchase for $10 and include two 5x7 photographs.

United Way
Thanks to our Camden Elementary School students and families for helping us raise $1565.90 for United Way in such a short time.  I'm sure it was not easy, since it was the first week of school, but we did it.  We always enjoy assisting Camden High School Bulldogs in their race against Lugoff High School Demons.  Remember, Go Dogs!

Counselor's Corner
Showing your child you support education is one of the best ways to inspire them to do their best.  Your child will know school is a top priority the more you do these things:
  • Meet and talk with your child's teacher-even when there's no problem.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Monitor school work.
  • Attend school events.
  • Post school work on the refrigerator for all to see.
  • Ensure your child has needed school supplies.
  • Volunteer at school.
Here's to another wonderful year of learning at Camden Elementary!

Welcome to Our New Staff!
We are very excited to welcome our new staff to Camden Elementary! They are an enthusiastic group and they are excited to be working with your children this year! I hope you will take the time to meet:

Ms. Allison Newman our reading interventionist from Horry County, but a Kershaw County native.

Ms. Jennifer LeGault, SEAGUL from Richland 2, and also a Kershaw County resident.

Ms. Katie Sullivan, first grade, coming from Charleston, but previously a Kershaw County resident.

Ms. Christen Butler, second grade from Russellville, Kentucky.

Ms. Rebekah Branham, second grade from Lancaster County, and a Kershaw County resident.

Ms. Tristany Horton, fourth grade teacher from Columbia, SC.

Ms. Tara Miyasaki, the art teacher from Darlington County and also a Kershaw County resident.

Ms. Jacobia Adamson, has been with us for many years as a substitute and also one of the leaders in the afterschool PEP program. She will now be a fulltime teaching assistant in Ms. Horton’s kindergarten class.

Helpful Reminders
Every minute of instructional time is precious to our teachers! They start their morning work at 7:30 each day and teach up to the end of the school day. Keeping this in mind, it would greatly help all of us if you would keep the following points in mind:

Please make every effort to get your child(ren) to school on time each day. Students who come in late to school tend to disturb instruction which is already taking place in the classroom.

We understand that mornings are busy, but it would greatly help us, if you could limit the items that are brought to school after the school day has begun. Some of the items include snacks, books, money, lunches, etc. We have to interrupt class for your child to come to the office to pick up these items.

Unless it is an emergency, please do not ask that your child be dismissed from school early. We understand that sometimes doctor or other appointments, have to be scheduled, but please try to schedule all appointments after the school day. Again, teachers are teaching to the end of the school day.

Safety Concerns
For the safety of all our children and parents, we ask that you watch for them as they cross the school driveway in the mornings.  Many of our parents are parking in the church lot and walking their children to the school’s front door.  Please do not attempt to make a left turn through the orange cones into our lot, and the church parking lot should not be used as a cut-through to advance position in the car line.  Both of these moves are dangerous and we have had some near misses both to vehicles and pedestrians.  We understand the drop-off and pick-up lines can be frustrating at times, but, for the safety of everyone involved, please follow the rules.

Teacher of the Year
CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Valerie West, Camden Elementary School’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year! Ms. West is a third grade teacher. She has been teaching a total of twelve years and has been at CES for the last four. We are so proud to have Ms. West on our staff and represent us as our Teacher of the Year!

Notes to Parents
Class begins at 7:30am. Please have your child at school on time. It is disruptive to the class to have students arriving later than 7:30am. If it is necessary for your child to be tardy, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to come to the office and sign them in.

If your child needs to be dismissed early from school, please make arrangements to sign your child out by 2pm. Dismissal is a very hectic time.

If you need to change transportation from school for your child, please send a note indicating the change with a parent/guardian signature to the homeroom teacher in advance.

Thank you.

Golf Tournament

Thank You, Golf Sponsors!
We would like to say thank you to the following businesses and individuals for sponsoring our golf tournament last month:
  • Accuride Corp
  • Allstaff Employment & Occupational Health Services
  • Bob M. Cook, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • Bojangles
  • Camden IGA
  • Camden Optical Shop
  • Camden Radiology, LLC
  • Cantey, Tiller, Pierce & Green, LLP
  • Cassidy Allstate
  • Cassidy Grandparents
  • Catoe Family
  • Davis Green Family
  • Denton Builders
  • Elite Sports
  • Everyday Gourmet
  • First Palmetto
  • Ginza Express Hibachi
  • Golden Gate Mortgage
  • Greenway Family
  • Grumbach Family
  • Guild Mortgage
  • Horton Tire Company
  • Kona Ice
  • Lackey Survey
  • Mac's Auto Sales
  • McKittrick Lumber
  • Modern Turf
  • Mommy-Wise
  • Mrs. Borowski's Class
  • Old South & Catery, LLC
  • Radiate Technologies
  • Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk
  • Robert Stuckless Painting Contractor
  • Roberts Family
  • Rock-Ye-Tops Granite & Marble
  • Sanders Paint & Collision
  • Sentinel Opthalmology
  • Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin
  • Shirley Construction
  • Souminen Nonwovens
  • The Mouse Pad
  • Thompkins Family
  • Trey Cantey Agency, The
  • Turk Properties
  • Wateree Car Wash
  • Younghans Family

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