Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Friday, September 19
2nd Grade Field Trip

Mon, Sep 22 - Fri, Sep 26
Book Fair
Book Fair Week

Tuesday, September 23
Ginza Night

Thursday, September 25
Family Reading Night / Open House
Papa John's Night

Tuesday, September 30
Picture Day
Smile for the camera!
Thursday, October 9
Chick-fil-A Night

Tuesday, October 14
Zaxby's Night

Thursday, October 23
Papa John's Night

Tuesday, October 28
Ginza Night

From the Owls' Nest

Welcome back to a wonderful new school year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and you are ready to tackle the fun and excitement of a new grade, new teachers and new opportunities for learning. 
I am sure you have seen the new mobile classrooms, (or cottages, as we like to call them) that we have added to our campus.  With the addition of two new classroom teachers and several part-time support staff, we found it necessary to add the additional space.  One of the cottages will house the SEAGUL classes, one will be for our new reading coach as well as a space for professional development.  The third cottage will house our part-time guidance counselor, social worker, psychologist and ESOL teacher.  They are thrilled to have a place to put down roots and not have to borrow someone’s office, a conference room or even the TV studio.
We have adopted a school-wide writing program this year called The Empowering Writers Program.  All teachers in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will be utilizing the program.  We have sent about half the staff to training already, and the rest will go later this month.  The teachers are excited that the children will have a common way to approach the teaching of writing.  With the same writing vocabulary being used each year, it will make an easy transition for the students and we expect to see growth in our students’ writing skills. 
We have also added an enrichment block to our daily schedule.  Each grade level will have a block of time for enrichment based on their schedule.  This time will be used to meet the different needs of their students.  SEAGUL students will be pulled during this time, as will students being served in resource and those who will receive additional assistance in reading by our new reading interventionist.  The students who remain in the regular classroom will be working on special enrichment activities based on their specific needs.
I am excited about this school year and I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.  We are all part of a very important team and as our school theme states,

Together We Make The Difference!
Carol Przybyla, Principal

** Limited Phone, Email & Internet Access

Storms this weekend did significant damage to Camden Elementary School's networking infrastructure, causing school staff to have no phone, email  or Internet access.  The main office does have phone access, so please contact the office at 425-8960 if you need to contact a teacher or staff member.  The Technology Department is working as quickly as possible to repair the infrastructure.  Thank you!

Daily Announcements

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.

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.

CES Golf Squad

Golf Squad at Camden Elementary

We are excited to be offering Golf Squad for fall 2014 at Camden Elementary School! This will be an eight (8) week session open to grades K-5 meeting on Tuesdays starting September 16th. Classes will run from 2:30 – 3:30. All classes are taught by golf industry professionals only. All class essentials are provided (handbooks, visors, ALL EQUIPMENT, all training tools, etc.). Simply show up and enjoy class! Each student receives the Golf Squad Handbook and visor to keep. 

Building the foundation
to enjoy golf for a lifetime.

-- Golf Squad

Please see the web address below for more information and to register your child.

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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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3rd Grade Strings Program

Strings Program for 3rd Graders

Camden Elem. Doby’s Mill Elem.
 Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 - 10:45 a.m.
 Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Beginning September 16, 2014, this program is sponsored in part by the Upton Foundation, The South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Kershaw County School District.  (See an example program.)  There is no charge for the class.  Instruments can be rented for $19.99 a month. A limited number of scholarships are available.  For more information call: Dr. Alisa Goodman, Kershaw County School District Office at (803) 432-8416.

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