Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Monday, October 27
Library Closed for a Meeting
Tuesday, October 28
Fall Make-Up Pictures

Ginza Night

Wednesday, October 29
Author Visit
J.E. Thompson will be here!
Friday, October 31
1st Grade Transportation Day

Monday, November 10
Library Closed for a Meeting
Tuesday, November 11
Library Closed for a Meeting
Zaxby's Night

Monday, November 24
Library Closed for a Meeting
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!”

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!


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.

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.


Library Schedule
Monday through Friday
Please check the school calendar or the calendar posted outside the library for monthly afternoon closings for meetings.
If the library needs to be closed on days other than those indicated, a sign will be placed on the entrance door.
New Books!
We now have lots of brand new books! Students can ask Mrs. Harris where to find these gems in the CES library! 
Author Visit!
4th and 5th grade students have been given an opportunity to hear author J.E. Thompson talk about his experiences as an author. Mr. Thompson lives in Charleston, SC and has written two books for older elementary and middle school children. The Girl from Felony Bay and Disappearance at Hangman's Bluff are both suspenseful mysteries that are set in SC. Mr. Thompson will be here at 8:00 on October 27th.
Accelerated Reader
AR is now up and running!
If you have books at home and would like to know if they have an AR quiz, please go to the Library page on our school homepage and click "AR Bookfinder." This site lists every AR quiz ever created. If the quiz is in their list, it's available at our school.

Relay for Life Hat Days
This month will be hat month. 5th grade will be raising money for Relay for Life by allowing students to pay $1 every Friday this month to wear a hat. So bring your $1 every Friday this month and wear your favorite hat!!

Wall of Heroes
Please allow your child to participate in our Wall of Heroes to honor those who are serving or have served our country. Please be sure you write your child’s name, teacher’s name, and the soldier’s name on back of your photo.  The soldier does not have to be in uniform and does not have to be a relative. We suggest you send a copy of the original, but please send a note with the photograph if you want us to make a copy and send the original home. You may send more than one photograph.  Help us cover our wall this year and show our students we support those who have sacrificed so much for us.

Shoeboxes for Soldiers
Once again, we are collecting items to send to our military serving out of the country.  If you know of someone serving, please let your child’s teacher know!  Your teacher will be sending home more information this week. Students will present these boxes on stage during our Veterans Day Program on November 10, 2014.  We hope everyone will be able to attend this very special program.


CEP Newsflash
Thank you to all of those who participated in the Charleston Wrap fundraiser.  It was a great success!  If anyone would like to order anything else, the link is on our school website.  

We would also like to thank all of those who supported and came to the Grits for Grandparents and the Birthday Book Club event.  The grandparents and children had a great breakfast together, and a lot of wonderful books were purchased and donated to our school library.

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!

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!


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.

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.

From the Assistant Principal

I would like to take this opportunity to give Kudos to the great student organizations that we have here at Camden Elementary School.  We have our Safety Patrol, Stage Crew, and WISE TV News Crew up and running.  I appreciate the parents’ willingness to allow the students to participate.  They take their jobs very seriously, and they do an awesome job.  We appreciate them keeping our hallways safe and in order, reporting the current news, and setting up for our programs.  Great job fifth grade leaders!!

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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