Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts

From the Owls' Nest

I know I seem to say this every month, but it truly is hard to believe that we are into the last month of school!  It has been a fantastic year, but how it passed so quickly, I just dont know!  All the teachers have done an outstanding job this year and our third through fifth graders are ready to test.  Be sure to check out this newsletter as well as the ones from the teachers for the dates and times of the many events and awards program scheduled for this month.

We are also very busy planning for next school year!  If our enrollment stays where it is now, we should be able to keep all the programs we had this year, to include the reading interventionist and our first and second grade enrichment classes.  If you have friends or family with rising kindergarteners that they have not registered, please encourage them to come in and register the children as soon as possible.  We will again take parent requests, in writing, for the type of teacher you believe your child needs.  However, we cannot take any by-name requests.  Please check out the Parent Request article on page four for more information.

Thank you so much for supporting your child, the teachers and Camden Elementary this year.  We could not have accomplished all we did without your help!  Together we truly made the difference! 

                                                                                      Carol Przybyla, Principal

** From the Principal **

From Mrs. Przybyla - To all the families and friends of Camden Elementary, I need your help!  As of today, our kindergarten numbers are very low – about half of what we would like to have at the start of school.  That being the case, we are in danger of having to reduce a position, which is something that no principal wants to face.  I am confident that the children are out there, but they just haven’t been registered yet.  Until they are, I am forced to make plans to reduce a position.  So please, I really need your help in getting the word out to your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers that if they have a child that will be attending kindergarten this year, they need to get him or her registered now!  This is affecting almost all of the elementary schools in the district, so it doesn’t matter what school they will attend, please encourage them to register now.  Registration packets can be picked up at all elementary school offices which are open until 5:00 Monday through Thursday.  I greatly appreciate your help with this and please call us at the school office if you have any questions.

Daily Announcements

Students received a Summer Reading flyer (attached here) earlier this month with information about how to get an invitation to the CES Summer Reading Pizza Party in the fall.
Please complete the reading activities on the Reading BINGO card and write the titles you read for each box on the log located on the back of this sheet.
Make sure you read at least 15 minutes for each activity and include the number of minutes beside your titles. Chapter book titles can be repeated for more than one activity.
If you complete every box, bring it with you when you return to school no later than August 21st and you will be invited to a pizza party!
BONUS: Show your card to the Kershaw County Library and Books on Broad in Camden during the summer for extra rewards!

Summer Reading Bingo.docx
Awards Ceremonies and Graduations
The times and dates of our awards ceremonies and graduations have been announced!  We will again be recognizing the honor roll and attendance for both the semester and the year and students reaching the Accelerated Reader goal for the year.  The fourth quarter awards will be presented in the classroom.  Students making all A’s for either the semester or year will be invited to the Principal’s Cook-Out.  Students making the A/B Honor Roll for either the semester or year will be invited to the Ice Cream Social.  Both events will take place on Wednesday, May 27th during lunch.  Please note that if students made both the All - A and A/B honor rolls for the semester and year, they may choose to attend either the cook-out or the ice cream social.

The dates and times for the awards ceremonies and graduations are as follows:

Saturday 5/23
3:30 pm—Mrs. Thompson’s Class Graduation

Tuesday 5/26
8 am—Kindergarten Graduation
9 am—3rd Grade
10 am—1st Grade

Wednesday 5/27
8 am—4th Grade
9 am—2nd Grade

Thursday 5/28 
9 am—5th Grade Graduation

If your child participated in the Blowfish Reading Rewards Program, he/she should have received a letter (attached below) explaining how you could accept his/her prizes.
The CESCA game will be on Monday, June 15th, at 7:05 p.m.
To reserve your ticket(s) and prizes, please call (803) 254-3474 before that date.
The Lexington County Baseball Stadium is located at 474 Ball Park Rd, Lexington, SC 29072.
Blowfish Letter to Parents.pdf
CESCAbots News
We are still looking for a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other community member who would be interested in helping out with our robotics club, the CESCAbots.  Please contact Beth Jeffers at or call the school at 803-425-8960 if you are able to pitch in  Thanks!

Also, the CESCAbots will be demonstrating their coding skills at our Bloomin’ Arts festival this year.  We would love to have everyone stop  by and check us out!

Parent Requests
It is already that time of year when we start planning for next school year.  We are hoping to keep our schedule similar to this year, but as always, that will depend of staffing.  As always, our primary concern is making sure we meet the needs of all students in the most effective way possible.  While we again will not be accepting teacher requests by name, for either the teachers you would or would not like your child to have, we will accept information regarding your child’s specific needs.  If you are interested, you may submit, in writing, information about your child’s strengths and needs as well as characteristics of the teacher and/or classroom environment that you feel will help your child succeed.  If a teacher’s name is noted in your written communication, your request will not be considered.

We are very proud of our teaching staff at Camden Elementary and know that, just like the students, they have different strengths.  The administrators, guidance counselor and classroom teachers will work together to place children where we feel they will be most successful.    Your input is valued as we work through this process.  Please submit this information to Carol Przybyla, Principal of CES, no later than, May 14
th, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call her at 425-8960, Ext. 4400.

CEP/PTO Newsflash!
Thank you to all the sponsors, players, and volunteers who participated in the 9th Annual Camden Elementary School Golf Tournament.  It was a huge success and such a fun event for all involved!  We raised $8,046.14 this year, which is close to $2000 more than last year!  Fantastic!! We would also like to thank all of those who helped with Family Reading Night.

Library News
Yearbooks have been ordered and we will have just a few extra yearbooks that can be purchased for $20 in the library after they arrive. Students who have already ordered them should receive them the week after testing. 

The Blowfish Reading Rewards Program parent notes were sent home. Please read it carefully and make sure to use the contact information on that letter to reserve your tickets and prizes. A reminder will come home soon with that same information. Camden Elementary's designated game will be June 15th and will start at 7:05 that evening.

All students' library books need to be returned by Friday, May 15th. Bills for lost or damaged books will be sent home by Friday, May 22nd.

Please be on the look-out for summer reading information. We hope to have a pizza celebration after returning to school in the fall for those students who participate.

The last day for students to take AR tests will be May 18th. Please check the school calendar or the calendar outside the library door for the schedule for afterschool hours since we do close periodically for meetings and such. Thank you!

Makeup Kindergarten Registration 
Makeup Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year can be done any school day from 9am-11am and from 1pm-2pm.  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

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!”

Be a Part of TEAM ASIANA!

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.

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!

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.

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.  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.

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.

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.  Also, 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.

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.

From the Assistant Principal

Norton's Notes
Happy May to everyone!!  As always it has been my pleasure to serve you this year.  As we head into our testing season, I would like to commend the teachers and students for working tirelessly, and diving head first into the unknown.  We work hard for our students every day, and I have no doubt in my mind that hard work always pays off.  Also, to the Camden Elementary School family and community, I appreciate your loving kindness and understanding towards us.  Have a blessed and restful summer.  Time always flies when you’re having fun, so cherish every moment with family and friends for time with loved ones is priceless. 

You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
Charles Buxton

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