Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts
Wednesday, July 30
Registration for All New and Returning Students
& 3-6pm
at CES

From the Owls' Nest

It can't be May already - where did this year go?  I hope everyone can agree that this has been a fantastic year!  I know that it definitely has been for me.  The students, parents and staff have been absolutely wonderful to work with, and it amazed me how generous the local community has been.  Thank you for adjusting to the changes that were initiated this year.  Its not always easy to change, and I appreciate how understanding and accepting everyone has been.  This has also truly been a fun year and little did I know in August that I would find myself dressed as a Camden football player, duct-taped to a wall, and dunked in freezing cold water - but it was all worth it!
It is May, so get ready for a whirlwind month!  PASS testing begins next week, and the teachers and I are confident the students are ready.  We are asking for your help in encouraging the students.  We definitely don't want to stress them out, but we want them to know that we believe in them and we just ask that they do their very best.
Every grade level has something exciting going on this month.  Lots of field trips, an authors' tea, kindergarten and fifth grade graduation . . .   This will be my first year to experience Bloomin' Arts and Field Day, and from everything I've been told, it will be exciting.  Be sure to check the dates for the awards programs in the newsletter.  We had to make some changes recently due to an unavoidable field trip change which also affected Water Day. 
As we plan all these end of the year events, we are also planning to say goodbye to a number of our Camden Elementary family.  Mrs. Faye Harrell, Ms. Joyce Sumpter, and Mrs. Trudy Ranges will be retiring at the end of this year, and Mrs. Rebekah Welborn will be moving to Greenville and will continue her teaching career at Lake Forest Elementary School.  We will truly miss them and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
Carol Przybyla, Principal

Registration Information

Elementary Registration is July 30th!!!
All Camden Elementary students and parents—both new and returning—should plan to attend registration July 30 at the school.  Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.

“These registration days allow us to make important contact with our students and their families,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan.  “Students and parents can find out who their children’s teachers are and learn valuable information about the new school year.”

Morgan said that persons can download and complete necessary forms from the
district’s website to bring with them to registration to speed up the process. 

Parents can also complete applications for free and reduced priced meals online.  Families must reapply for this status each year and doing the paperwork online before school starts helps speed up the notification process. 

All forms will be available at the schools if persons do not download them in advance of registration. 

Again this school year, a fee schedule has been implemented due to reduced local and state revenue.  Fees will be assessed according to a student’s meal status as stated below:

Elementary School




Incidental Fee








Kershaw County School Board policy requires parents to bring to registration the following documents to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child's birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord and a current (two months or less) utility bill (electric or water) that contains the student’s address.  A child’s registration will not be complete without this documentation.

Parents of returning students who have already established the student’s residency will be required to provide a current (two months or less) utility bill (electric or water) that contains the student’s address in order to register.

Immunization requirements for school are mandated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Students who do not have or have not previously presented a S.C. Certification of Immunization that indicates they have completed or begun the immunization requirements will not be allowed to complete their registration. Shots and the immunization certificate may be obtained through the student’s physician or the Kershaw County Health Department.

New immunization requirements mandate that 7th and 8
th graders must receive or have already received a dose of Tdap vaccine on or after their 7th birthday to protect them from pertussis (whooping cough) and students in 5K must have received two doses of the Varicella vaccine. Parents will need to present new South Carolina Certificates of Immunization showing that these students have received this immunizations.

Complete information about the schedule of immunizations required by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control for the 2014-2015 school year can be accessed on the 
DHEC website. Parents who have questions or are unsure of their child’s immunization status should ask their child’s physician, health department or school nurse. 

Registrations are held to verify student enrollment and to share information with students and parents concerning class assignments, bus routes, lunch programs, school rules and regulations and other information about the upcoming school year.

Persons who are unable to register on the indicated day should contact their school’s office prior to Aug. 18, the first day of school for students.

Camden High United Way Color Run

Color Run
& Family Fun Day!
August 16th at Camden High School!


Color Run & Family Fun FAQ
What is a Color Run?  Watch this!

CES Golf Squad

Golf Squad at Camden Elementary

We are excited to be offering Golf Squad for fall 2014 at Camden Elementary School! This will be an eight (8) week session open to grades K-5 meeting on Tuesdays starting September 16th. Classes will run from 2:30 – 3:30. All classes are taught by golf industry professionals only. All class essentials are provided (handbooks, visors, ALL EQUIPMENT, all training tools, etc.). Simply show up and enjoy class! Each student receives the Golf Squad Handbook and visor to keep. 

Building the foundation
to enjoy golf for a lifetime.

-- Golf Squad

Please see the web address below for more information and to register your child.

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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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