Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Friday, January 30
3rd Grade to Jonathan Green
At the Koger Center
Spirit Day
Wear your grade level t shirt!
Mon, Feb 2 - Fri, Feb 13
Amazing Grams for Sale
50 cents each
Delivered on Friday, 2/13
All proceeds go to Relay for Life
Wednesday, February 11
La Fiesta Night
Join us for dinner tonight, or grab something to go.  CES will earn a portion of tonight's proceeds!
Thursday, February 12
Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance
Fathers and Daughters are invited to attend a dance on Thursday, 2/12 from 6-7:30 pm.  

Thursday, February 19
Chick-fil-A Night

Tuesday, February 24
Ginza Night

Thursday, February 26
Papa John's Night

Wednesday, March 18
La Fiesta Night
Join us for dinner tonight, or grab something to go.  CES will earn a portion of tonight's proceeds!
Tuesday, March 24
Celebrating the Arts Night
Time TBD
Ginza Night

From the Owls' Nest

HAPPY 2015!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable break and was able to rest to be ready to tackle the second semester of school.  When we turn this corner into the new year, it always amazes me how much we have already accomplished, then I look at the calendar and realize that we have SO much left to do this school year!  January is packed with celebrations recognizing academic achievement, attendance and good behavior.  Be sure to check out this months newsletter for descriptions of all the other fun activities that will be taking place this month.
One of the very important tasks that we have ahead of us for the next few months is preparing our students for the end-of-year state testing.  I have hesitated in sending out any specific testing information to you before now because the information that we have been receiving from the State Department of Education is constantly changing.  The biggest change in testing that we know now is that the ELA, math and writing tests will be timed.  The teachers have been working for a while helping the students complete a writing piece in the thirty minute time frame.  We also know that they will not have to type their writing on the computer, which is a great relief.  Teachers will also be giving the students timed tests in the other subject areas to get them used to working under a time limit.  Right now the test dates appear to be the last week of April through the first week of May.  I will keep you posted as more definite information is shared with us.
Our last Small Talk With the Principal was scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 rd at 5:30 in the evening.  We did not have any parents attend that meeting, so I have no highlights to share with you at this time.  Our last Small Talk With the Principal meeting of the school year will be held on Wednesday, April 8 th at 8:00 am.  Please understand that even if you are unable to attend any of these meetings, you are always welcome to stop by and share any of your questions or concerns.  I value your questions and comments.
Remember that 
Together We Make The Difference !
                                                                                    Carol Przybyla, Principal

Daily Announcements

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!

DVDs for Sale
Professional DVD's of our December 4th concert, An Arts Event for the Holidays is available for purchase.  It includes performances by the Strings, Dancers, Recorders and The Chorus Kids.  The cost is $15.  Please make checks out to Larry Dixon Productions. What a great way to commemorate the hard work or our students!

Artist in Residence
We are looking forward to our Artist-in-Resident, Ms. Nancy Basket of Kudzu Kabin Designs.  She will be working with 5th graders for 2 days, creating baskets with natural fibers and sharing stories of her Native American heritage.

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.

Awards Ceremonies
The first semester ended on January 9th and report cards will be going home on Wednesday, January 21st.  Our awards’ programs will be held on Thursday, January 22nd for first grade at 9:00 and second grade at 10:00, and on Friday the 23rd for third grade at 9:00, fifth grade at 10:00 and fourth grade at 11:00.  The programs will be held in the multi-purpose room and family and friends are invited.

We are excited to once again have the Principal’s Luncheon for all students who made all A’s for the first semester on Tuesday, January 27th during their regular lunch time.  The Ice Cream Social will be held on Wednesday, January 28th following lunch.  This social is for all students who made all A’s and B’s during the first semester.  Students will get their invitation at the award’s program.  Both of these events were very popular with the students last year and we know they are looking forward to them again this year.

Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance
The School Improvement Council (SIC) will be sponsoring a Father / Daughter Dance on Thursday, February 12th, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 in the evening.  This will be a memorable evening for the students and dads with music, dancing and refreshments.   Photos will be available and the Beta Club will be selling carnations.  The cost for the dance is $3.00 per dad and daughter with no more than $5.00 per family.  Tickets will only be sold at the door, but we will be sending home a reservation form to be sent back so that we have an approximate count of attendees.

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.

St. Valentine's Day Amazing Grams!
The related arts teachers will be selling “Amazing Grams” from 2/2-2/12.  These tokens of friendship will be 50₵ each and will be delivered on Friday, 2/13.  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

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
We are so excited to welcome Chad Crews, Educational Entertainer, to our school for two afternoon performances on March 5th. Mr. Crews promotes reading and libraries in stimulating, creative ways that will engage students and get them excited about reading!

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. More details will be sent home in our February newsletter.

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.

Library Schedule

Monday through Friday 7:15-3:00
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 red sign will be placed on the entrance door.

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
Happy New Year!!  We are so glad to have everyone back safe and sound!!  We are ready to begin 2015 with a bang!  As we are preparing for our new testing, please be sure that your children are completing classwork and homework assignments. This is pertinent to their success.   If you have any questions, you can check their weekly newsletter for better clarification.  We want all of our students to be well prepared when we begin our testing!!  I hope and pray for a prosperous new year for All!!