Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Mon, Apr 14 - Fri, Apr 18
Spring Break
No school for students or employees; all facilities closed.
Tuesday, April 22
Ginza Night
Thursday, April 24
Kindergarten to McLeod Farm

Friday, April 25
3rd Grade to Historic Camden

5th Grade SEAGUL Field Trip
to Science Day at Carowinds
Spirit Day!
Wear your grade-level T-shirt!
Spring Carnival!!

Monday, April 28
Smoothie Monday
@ Books on Broad
Monday is Smoothie Monday! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of coffee shop items benefit Camden Elementary! Please join us!
Tuesday, April 29
3rd Grade SEAGUL Art Gala

Zaxby's Night

Daily Announcements

Teacher Requests for Next School Year
It is already that time of year when we start planning for next school year.  We have been looking at different scheduling options and even some new classes, all designed to meet the special needs of all our children.  While we 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. Please submit this information to Mrs. Przybyla by May 15.  Her email address is

We are so proud to announce that Ella Chandler has qualified for the state geography bee.  We know that we will be well represented!  Way to go, Ella!!!

Library News
We are once again participating in the Blowfish Reading Program.  March 31st-April 25th will be our Blowfish Reading Dates.  Students will have the opportunity to win a free ticket to a Blowfish baseball game this summer by reading 4 extra-curricular books during these 4 weeks. More details will be sent home at a later date.

CESCAbots, the CES Robotics Club has begun.  The club consists of 4th and 5th grade students and meets each Tuesday after school.  They will take part in a district-wide expo this April.  We are looking forward to seeing this program grow!


New School Resource Officer
We would like to welcome Officer Culp from the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department to Camden Elementary.  She will be serving as our school resource officer.  She has been busy educating our 4th and 5th grade students about internet safety during computer lab, and she will cover this important information with 3rd grade students later this month.  Officer Culp also did excellent stranger danger presentations with each grade level at school. 


Welcome to CES, Officer Culp!


PE News
We are excited about the start of our new Recess Running Club!  All students who have turned in permission forms will meet once a week during recess to learn some of the fundamentals of running.  If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions about this program, please contact Mrs. Knapko at


Mark your Calendars!  South Carolina Walk to School Day is Wednesday, March 5.  More information will be sent home later this month.

Save the Date!  The Clinic Classic is Saturday, April 26.  Parents and kids can sign up to do the 5k or 1 mile walk/run.  The school with the most participants wins $750.  Registration sheets will be sent home soon. 


The Arts at CES
Wonderful things are happening at CES because of our SCDE Distinguished Arts Planning grant!

  • A Dance artist-in-residence will be working with our 2nd graders for a week in February.
  • A Theatre artist-in-residence will be working with our 3rd graders for a week in March.
  • Several teachers have signed up for the Creative Teaching Institute at Spoleto USA in June.
  • Musical instruments, Choir music, Dancing supplies, and Visual Art equipment have been purchased.

All of these great things are happening to help our students continue to grow and develop in the Visual and Performing Arts!

Make-up registration for kindergarten will be held from 8am to 11am Monday thru Friday.  Parent/Guardian will need to provide the following information:



  1. Must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014.
  2. Must live in the Camden Elementary attendance zone or have a brother or sister already enrolled at Camden Elementary. (Grades K-4).
You will need to provide:
  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

WLTX's Golden Apple: Jennifer Wright
Congratulations to Jennifer Wright for being named the WLTX Golden Apple!
Here is a link to the story about Ms. Wright!

United Way Challenge
Thank so much to the CES family for raising over $1400 for the CHS vs. LEHS United Way Challenge! Mrs. Przybyla and Mrs. Norton came to school today as a CHS football player and a CHS cheerleader because we met our goal of $1000. Way to go, CES!!!

eChalk Parent Accounts

Parents of elementary school students can register for an eChalk Parent Account at  (All parents must create a new account for the 2013-14 School Year.)

Middle & high school students require a District ID number, which you will receive in a letter from the school that will be sent home soon.  This information will allow parents to access the student's homework schedule and view class pages directly.

Additional information on eChalk Parent Accounts - including a video walk-through - are available on the district website at

CEP Newsflash
Box Tops
We would like to thank all of you for your continued support with the Box Tops Program. Ms. Galloway’s class was the overall winner for the fall. The December winner was Ms. Semple. Please continue to bring in the box tops for this great program. 

Please mark your calendars! There are a number of events that will be coming in the next couple of months. The CES Golf Tournament will be held March 6 at the Camden Country Club. The Spring book fair will be coming soon, but a definite date has not yet been set. Also, the Spring Carnival will be held April 25. More information will follow soon about these events. For information about volunteering, please contact Crystal Smoak at


Grade Level T-Shirts
For safety reasons, students will be required to wear a grade-level t-shirt or a grade level colored t-shirt on all field trips.  If you have any gently-used t-shirts that you no longer want or need, we would like to collect those for students who forget to wear their shirts on the day of a field trip.

The grade-level colors are as follows:
K - purple
1 - lime green
2 - red
3 - light blue
4 - royal blue
5 - orange

Morning Drop-Off
Please remember the doors open at 7:00 each morning. Students should not be dropped off before seven as they will not be supervised. Also remember, that school starts at 7:30. Students arriving after 7:30 must have a parent come into the office to sign them in.

Thank you for bearing with us as we monitor and adjust our dismissal procedures. For the most part, they are the same, but there are a few changes. We will dismiss walkers at 2:20 for both Lyttleton and Fair Streets. A staff member will monitor their dismissal ensuring all have permission to walk. They will be followed by Lyttleton Learning Place and bus riders. The last students dismissed are K-2 car riders and 3-5 car riders. Students will be called and directed to where they can be picked up.

It is VERY important that you notify us in writing if your child’s mode of transportation changes, even for the day. Teachers and the office must know if your child is not riding the bus and will be picked up by car. Also, we cannot allow a child to walk home that normally is a car rider without a note from you.
Also, please remember, for your child’s safety, we cannot allow anyone to pick up a student that is not listed on their Student Safety Information form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Please Note!
The City of Camden Police Department has asked us to inform parents that if you drop your student off or pick them up from the road on Lyttleton Street rather than in the front car circle, they will be issuing tickets for safety violations.  Also, we want to remind parents that left turns into and out of our school parking lot are illegal.  Please take this as a warning.  Both of these motor vehicle violations carry very hefty fines, and we want our parents to avoid this expense and our children to be safe.

Parents' Guide to Common Core Standards
As we transition to the Common Core Standards this year, many parents may have questions.  Here is a guide to help answer some of these.  This site includes the standards as well as some ideas of how parents can help their children succeed.

KCSD Teacher of the Year 1st Alternate
We are very excited to announce that Alana Powers, one of our wonderful 4th grade teachers, has been named First Alternate for the 2013 Kershaw County Teacher of the Year!!! Congratulations, Mrs. Powers!  We are so proud of you!!!  Thank you for everything you do for CES!

Look Whose Picture
Is on the
CES Facebook Page

Morning Drop Off Hints

Here are some helpful hints to make your morning drop off a little easier:
    1)  Make sure your student is riding on the opposite side of the driver. 
    2) Parents should stay in the car. 
    3) Be sure you have signed all papers before leaving home. 
    4) Be sure your student zips up their book bag before leaving home. 
    5) Pull all the way up to the teacher at the end of the line. 
    6) Be patient. 
    7) The front doors open at 7:00 each morning.

Health Room News
The health room is in need of gently used clothes.  If you have any that you can donate, please send them to Mrs. Howle.  Thank you.
Our School Nurse has been busy reviewing immunization certificates to ensure compliance with SC Immunization Laws. If your child has any shots during the school year, please send an updated SC Certificate of Immunization to school.

Great Things are happening at CES!!!    

Congratulations to Alana Powers, the KCSD 1st Alternate Teacher of the Year, and Heather Jones, the CES Reading Teacher of the Year!     CES: A Palmetto Gold Award recipient!

Since Kershaw County School District received the SAFE Schools  Healthy Students Grant, we are able to have a district wide behavior process titled PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support.  We began this process last school year.
Our School Expectations are for every student to
Be a WISE Owl:

ork Responsibly
Involve Safety
Show Respect
Encourage Others

We hope that you will discuss these expectations with your child and help them follow these expectations at home and at school.  We are looking forward to a Positive School Year with our WISE owls.

Parent Portal, Report Cards, and Interim Reports 
We will be following the district schedule for interim reports and report cards.  Parents may also view their children's grades at any time by logging into the Parent Portal.  If you have not already signed up for this service, please contact Debbie Bowers in the front office for assistance.

Click here to find out what is happening at the
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Norton's Notes 
From the Assistant Principal
Now that we have recovered from our “Snowcations”, we are back on track and continuing to work hard to achieve our goals.  We are very proud of how our students have remained focused, even in the midst of all of the inclement weather and missed school days.  

We will be taking the writing portion of PASS in less than two weeks, and as always we appreciate anyone that can volunteer as classroom monitors on March 18
th and 19th.  We will begin at approximately 8:15.   

Jacqueline Norton

District Information

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From the Principal

This March newsletter is definitely the newsletter of winners!  Please check out this months edition for the names of students who have won the number of contests and projects during the month of February.  Those winners include the Superintendents Writing Contest, the Heritage Tea project and the science fair projects.  I am so impressed with the caliber of work seen on these projects.  Also, thank you parents and family members for the support you gave your students and the teachers in the completion of the projects.
These first few weeks of March the teachers are really going to be emphasizing writing as we prepare our third through fifth graders for our PASS Writing test on March 18 th and 19 th .  An informational letter regarding testing will be coming home soon and feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.  I think our teachers have done an excellent job of teaching writing skills and giving the students numerous opportunities to practice these skills.  The next few weeks will be a lot of reviewing and writing!
Spring MAP testing begins the second week of March.  We will begin testing kindergarten through second grade first and third through fifth will test after PASS Writing.  I dont want our students taking PASS to burn out with too much testing prior their writing assessment.
Dont forget to put these important events on your calendar:
March 5 th Walk to School Day
March 6 th CES Golf Tournament
March 27 th School Art Show
Carol Przybyla, Principal

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