Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Monday, April 27
Testing Pep Rally
Tuesday, April 28
Ginza Night

Interim Reports
Thursday, April 30
KCSD Arts Night
6-8pm @ LEHS

From the Owls' Nest

I am not sure if March will come in like a lion or a lamb, but personally, I am quite tired of this wintry weather!  We greatly appreciate your patience with all the things that we've had to reschedule due to weather.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and the golf tournament go off on Thursday , the 12th. The staff has done a great job being flexible with our unusual schedules.

We are so thankful to everyone who helped with the Rainbow of Love fundraiser for Asiana.  Whether you donated or helped to blow up and deliver the 1200 balloons, we greatly appreciate all the assistance.  We are currently selling 'Team Asiana' rainbow wristbands for $1.00 and will continue until we sell out.  If you or if you know of anyone in the community who wishes to donate to her fund, there is an account set up at First Palmetto in Camden Primary Partners name. Please tell them the donation is for Asiana Rembert.

Third quarter report cards will be going home soon, but you don't have to wait until then to set up a conference with your child's teacher.  We don't want to wait until the last minute if there are concerns that need to be addressed.

We will have our final Small Talk With the Principal coming up in April, but please feel free to give me a call or stop in to share concerns or ask any questions. Remember that
Together We Make The Difference !
                                                                                    Carol Przybyla, Principal

Daily Announcements

Clinic Classic Challenge
Help CES win $750 for the Clinic Classic Challenge.  The Clinic Classic is a 1 mile or 5k run/walk held on April 18 at 8:30.  The school with the most participants wins the challenge.  Students, parents, and other family members can sign-up for our school, but in order for it to count, you have to turn in your registration by March 27.  Registration forms were e-mailed through Peachjar, and a hard copy was sent home to all students. Forms are also available at the Front Office or through the link below.   You can turn in registration forms to Mrs. Knapko  no later than March 27.

Be a Part of TEAM ASIANA!

Our fifth grade students will be selling wristbands to support their friend and classmate, Asiana Rembert. The rainbow colored wristbands will sell for $1.00 each and students can purchase them during their lunch. They will be sold from Tuesday, February 24th through Friday, March 6th. Please help us in continuing to be "A Rainbow in Asiana's Life!"

Asiana's Balloon Release was absolutely beautiful!  Thank you so much to everyone who helped with this event, from the students who purchased the balloons, the community members who made donations, and the volunteers who helped get things organized, blew up balloons, or captured the moment on film.  Camden Elementary is such a wonderful community!  

If you would still like to help this sweet family, an account has been set up at First Palmetto in Asiana's name. To contribute to this fund and help the family with their medical expenses, you may write a check to Camden Primary Partners and put Asiana Rembert in the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at CES or at First Palmetto. Thank you for showing Asiana just how much she is loved!

Here is a video of the release in slow motion.

And in case you missed it, here is a link to Asiana's story on WLTX 
and from The State.

2015 Heritage Tea Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the 2015 Heritage Tea Winners from CES! 

3rd Grade
1st place – Meg Grumbach
2nd place – Kristen Skufca
3rd place – Orion Brunson

4th Grade
1st place – Liza Smoak
2nd place – Abbi Poushyk
3rd place – Julia Haunert

5th Grade
1st place – Will Douglas
2nd place – Katie Skufca
3rd place – Patrick Daniels

Makeup Kindergarten Registration 
Makeup Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be on Thursday, March 5 from 9am-1pm and from 3pm-6pm.  All students registering for kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015.  They must also live in the Camden Elementary attendance zone or have a brother or sister already enrolled at Camden Elementary. (Grades K-4).  In order to register, parents must provide the following:

1. Birth Certificate

2. Cert. of Immunization

3. Photo Id with current and correct address

4. Current & correct address on Tax document

5. Check stub with current & correct address

6. Mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized document from landlord

CEP/PTO Newsflash!
Thank you for participating in the restaurant nights and the Box Tops for Education.  So far this year, we have raised $1,968.30 from Box Tops, $112.50 from Chick-fil-A, $170.66 from Ginza, and $574.00 from Zaxby’s.  This semester we will be adding a La Fiesta night to our schedule.  The first La Fiesta night will be January 21st.  We will see you there!

Celebrating the Arts Night
Mark your calendars for Celebrating the Arts Night at CES on March 24.  You won’t want to miss the wonderful arts experiences that we have planned.  We will have a student art gallery, visiting artists in theater and dance, and more!  The time will be announced at a later date.

Keeping CES Healthy!
We had hoped when we returned from break that we would see fewer cases of the flu, unfortunately that has not been the case.  We are doing our best to keep everything clean and sanitized in the school and if you would like to help us out by sending in hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and/or antibacterial liquid soap, we would greatly appreciate it.  We do have hand soap in the restrooms, but it doesn’t really lather up, which is needed for it to be effective.  Plus, we are asking all teachers to have hand soap at their classroom sinks.  You may drop it off at the front office or send it to your child’s teacher.

CEP Newsflash

Shop at Target?

Did you know Target has a program called Take Charge of Education?

Enroll your Target REDcard(s) which include Target Debit Card, Target Credit Card or Target Visa Credit Card and 1% of all your purchases will be donated to Camden Elementary.  Simply go to   or call 1-800-394-1829 to select Camden Elementary as your school of choice.  Our School ID# is 92846.

Amazon Smile
Below is the link for the Amazon Smile program. When you use the Amazon Smile program to make purchases, Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the charitable organization you select. Please select Camden Primary Partners as your charitable organization.

Amazon Smile works with your Amazon Prime benefits if you are a member of that program, too!  


Thank you in advance for your support!

Playground Access
We wanted to let all Camden Elementary families know that we will be changing outside access to our school grounds and playground.  Unfortunately, due to multiple instances of loitering, vandalism and littering, we have decided that it was in the best interest and safety of our staff and students to no longer permit public access to our playground and campus after school hours or on weekends.  Beginning January 16th, 2015, the perimeter of our school will be locked after hours, and we ask you use one of the other neighboring public parks for your recreation.

This was a difficult decision and involved meetings with the Camden Elementary School Improvement Council, Camden Elementary Partners, the City of Camden Police Department, and Dr. Frank Morgan, Superintendent.  Please feel free to call us at the school if you have any questions.

Veterans Day Slideshow
Mrs. Cantey's twin sister created a wonderful slide show for us of photos of the Veterans Day program.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  Click on "Post" to go directly to the video.

Computer Lab News
Our 3rd-5th grade students are starting to work on their Science Fair projects. As in the past, we will be researching their topics in the computer lab. We will be using Google Docs to help us with the research and writing of the paper. Google has some exciting features that will make this so much easier for the children. 

One of these features is the portability of the students’ work. Google Docs is available on any internet connected computer. Students will be able to start working at school and pick up where they left off when they get home. Docs will save their work for them (So they can’t lose it!) and it will be available wherever they are when they log back in to Google. Students will not need to bring a flash drive to transfer their work between computers, nor will they need to email an attachment. 

Google Docs will make the students’ research much easier. They will be able collect data and pictures right from their document and can filter the images for usage rights so that their projects are copyright compliant. They will even be able to have Google cite these resources for them! 

Here is a link to a very short video explaining how these features will work:

Thank you!

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!”

ID Required for Visitors
Our new ID system is up and running and you are now required to present a drivers’ license or other state issued ID to sign in as a visitor.  The ID card is scanned and the visitor’s pass is printed.  This is required of all parents, volunteers and non-district employees.  As with any new system, there may be some kinks and we appreciate your patience as we work through them.


CES Wins Arts Grant!
We have been awarded the Distinguished Arts Planning  (DAP) grant from the SC Dept of Education, again this year!   Part of these funds will go to Professional Development for teachers and two week-long residencies with a Dance and Theatre artist.  If you would like to be a part of the grant steering committee, please contact Mrs. McDonald at  Creativity abounds at CESCA!


Library News
The Blowfish Reading Rewards Program will take place March 2-26. Students who read an extra 4 books during March will be able to receive 2 free tickets to a summer Blowfish baseball game, walk in the reading parade during the game, and receive a free Coke and hotdog! Students were given bookmarks and reading logs with specific details. Reading logs for this exciting event need to be returned no later than March 27th.

Yearbooks are on sale for $20 in the library through March 13th. Students were given order forms but extra forms can be picked up in the front office or library. Order yours today! 

Our Spring Book Fair is scheduled for March 16th through March 20th. We look forward to seeing families during our Family Reading Night on March 19th.

The CESCA Library is open most afternoons until 3:00 for Accelerated Reader. We hope parents will take advantage of this time to help their students meet their AR goals. Please check the school calendar on the school website or the calendar outside the library door for the schedule since we do close periodically for meetings and such. Thank you!


From the Nurse
Welcome back to the 14-15 school year!  What an exciting time with fall on its way and all the other holidays that are quickly approaching. I just wanted to take a minute to remind you of a few things to get us off to a great start.

Its Not Too Late
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.

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
Try some of these suggestions to reduce homework headaches:
¨ Let your child know homework is a top priority
¨ Set up a specific time for homework and keep distractions to a minimum
¨ Pick a quiet study area with supplies such as paper and pencils nearby.
¨ Review homework directions with your child
¨ Be available for questions, but allow your child to be responsible for their own work.
¨ Look over finished assignments to see that the work has been completed.

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.

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.

From the Assistant Principal

Norton's Notes
I think that you all would be in agreement with me that we are ready for Spring to spring!!  We appreciate all of your patience through all of the weather accommodations that we have made in order to ensure that all of our students of Kershaw County are safe. 

As we draw closer to our April Writing and ELA ACT Aspire testing in April, I would invite you to visit the South Carolina State Department website to see the format of the tests.

We have had writing prompts all school year to prepare our children for the first leg of ACT Aspire testing.  This is new for all of us, and I believe that we will all be well prepared.  Thank you for all that you do, and if you are willing to help monitor for our April testing dates, April 28-April 30, 2015, please give us a call!! 

District Information

Standardized Testing Info. for Parents
Information & quick Q&A video for parents on spring statewide testing for grades 3-8.

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