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March Calendar

3   - Spring Pictures

6   - Golf Tournament Sponsorship Forms Due

10 - Camden Military Kids Club @ 7:00 am

11 - Statewide Tornado Drill

12 - Golf Tournament
12 - 3rd Grade to Charlotte

14 - Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

23 - 27 - Book Fair

24 - Family Reading Night

25 - Kindergarten Round-Up

26 - Report Cards

27 - 5th grade to Charleston
A Note from Mrs. Goodwin

I want to thank our School Improvement Council for sponsoring our Daddy/Daughter Dance and our Mother/Son Bingo Night.  These were two awesome family events with great participation!  

Our School Improvement Council meets monthly and we discuss school goals, parent involvement, and our school’s Title One Plan.  If you are interested in serving on our council next year, please email Valerie West (

I also want to thank our Camden Elementary Partners (PTO) for all of their dedication and hard work to prepare for our annual golf tournament.  Remember, all sponsorship forms are due Friday, March 6. Our Camden Elementary Partners (PTO) also meets monthly to plan fundraising goals for our school and various teacher appreciation activities.  If you are interested in participating on our CEP board next year, please send an email to

This is the time of year when we begin planning activities, schedules and classes for the next school year.  I do not accept teacher requests, but I will accept a letter about your child’s specific needs for our class placement team to consider.  You may send letters to .  As always, thank you for supporting Camden Elementary School where we are Galloping to Greatness with a Team Spirit!  

~Mrs. Goodwin

Kiwanis Breakfast
 Pancakes with Syrup

The Kiwanis Club of Kershaw County will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 14. The Pancake Breakfast will be held in Camden Elementary School's cafeteria from 8am-11am. Besides lots of pancakes, syrup and butter- sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and juice will be served! Proceeds will benefit Kiwanis service projects for the youth of Kershaw County and clubs at CES.  They also support our Terrific Kids Program. Tickets cost $7.00 and may be purchased using the link or from a Kiwanis representative. Thank you for your support!  

5210 Challenge
 5210 Logo

We are so proud of all our students who participated in the 5210 challenge!  Students are encouraged to try to continue working on the 4 challenges even though the competition is over.  What a great way to be heart healthy!

5 - Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables

2 - Spend two or less hours of recreational screen time

1 - Get 1 hour or more of physical activity

0 - Drink 0 surgery drinks

Relay for Life Update 
  Girls at Little Debbie Sale
Students Running the Little Debbie Bake Sale

Mrs. West on Hat Day
Mrs. West on Hat Day
  The Relay for Life Fundraiser is over for February!  We raised over $660 dollars through our penny drive, hat days, Little Debbie bake sales, and teacher raffle.  All of this money will be donated to Relay for Life.  Thank you for helping us fight cancer!  
American Heart Association Fundraiser

5K-5th - Extra Recess

This year, CES is raising money for the American Heart Association by having an extra morning recess fundraiser.  The extra recess is $2, and students can pre-pay for the recess from March 1- March 13. The schedule for the grade levels' recess is below.  If it is too cold and/or wet outside, the recess will be postponed until a later date. In addition to free time on the play equipment, there will be other physical activities such as hula hooping and jump roping.  It is our goal to raise money for the American Heart Association while promoting physical activity. Students are also learning about being heart healthy during PE class.    

4k - Pennies for Parachute

The 4k class will collect pennies for the American Heart Association.  Students can bring in donations from March 1-March 13. As a reward, the 4k class will get to do parachute activities with Mrs. Knapko.

Monday, March 16        7:50-8:15 1st grade

                                       8:30-8:55 5k

Tuesday, March 17        7:50-8:15  2nd grade

Thursday, March 19      7:50-8:15 3rd grade

Friday, March 20           7:50-8:15   4th grade

Monday, March  23       7:50 - 8:15 5th grade

                                       8:30-8:55 4k (Pennies for Parachute)

Make up days March 24-March 31.

Attention CES Military Kids! 
  Please join us for the March meeting of the Military Kids Club at 7:05am on Tuesday, March 10th.  CES students who are currently serving as military children of active duty, National Guard and/or Reserves are cordially invited to attend.  Please contact or for more information.  We look forward to seeing you!  
CES Run Club
  Calling All Runners!  Be a part of the CES Run Club.  It is open to all 2nd-5th graders.  We are limited to the first 50 students to sign up.   We are meeting Thursdays from March 12 through April 23 from after school until 3:30.   The cost is $25. Permission forms and money are due by Friday, March 6. Permission forms will be sent home with all 2nd-5th graders, but if you need another one, please contact Mrs. Knapko:  
Notes from Nurse Rhonda

It is currently flu and respiratory disease season. Remember to take everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs.

*Stay home when you are sick

*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

*Cover coughs and sneezes

*Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects

*Wash hands for 20 seconds

Music Notes 

Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade will be attending the Columbia City Ballet: Beauty and the Beast in Camden at the Arts Center Wood Auditorium on Thursday, March 12th at 9:30am.  Please fill out the permission slip that was sent home and return with $4 by Tuesday, March 10th for your child to see this amazing performance! 

Kindergarten and Second Grade presents “Camden Goes Caribbean” on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00pm. We will be singing, moving and performing on many classroom instruments to a variety of tropical songs. Students may wear beach type clothing such as a Hawaiian shirt, Columbia shirt, shirt with fish, sharks or flowers. Students may also wear leis (flowered necklaces) and grass skirts over their pants/shorts. Please NO hats so we can see all of our students faces and we will be moving on and off risers; sneakers or sandals with a back strap are required for safety!!

Camden's Chorus

Congratulations to the Honor Choir Students on an amazing performance at the Celebrating the Arts program Thursday, February 27th at Lugoff Elgin High School. Callie Sparks, MK Boykin, Christopher Vandergreon, Shayla Myers, Nicolas Lounsbery, Lillian Arnett, Isabella Davis-Henderson, Blair Gunter, Tristan Barnes and Mollie May. 

We will continue to have rehearsals on Tuesdays after school until 3:45pm. Chorus will have its LAST rehearsal on March 17th. Our final performance will be on Thursday, March 19th at 6pm. Students will need to wear their Camden Chorus shirts and meet in the music room at 5:45pm. We will be opening the performance for the Kindergarten and Second grade program in the gym.

Calming Your Colt:
Helping Your Child Put on Blinders to Testing Anxiety

With state-wide testing just around the corner, testing anxiety becomes a growing concern for our children.  Testing anxiety occurs when students are under high pressure situations that create stress. High pressure situations deplete memory and working performance.  Stress is not such an icky word as we think. Believe it or not, stress can be healthy. A little bit of stress and fear can heighten our senses and bring out our best.  Students just need the proper strategies to balance health anxiety, and here are a few you can start using now.

  1. Deep Breathing:  Teach your child how to calm their body and mind (e.g., GoNoodle  Go Noodle is a free resource that has excellent videos to teach children how to deep breath.  They are located under the social-emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness section.

  2. Get Rest:  Sleep is directly related to academic performance and can soothe anxiety (e.g., Develop a regular bedtime routine). 

  3. Eat Well:  Limit the amount of junk food your child eats and not just on the week of testing (e.g., fruits, vegetables, avoid sweets and caffeinated drinks).

  4. Keep Moving:  An adequate amount of physical activity helps clear the mind and decrease stress levels (e.g., biking, sports, dancing). 

  5. Positive Self-Talk:  A psychological reaction to tests can often be self-doubt expressed in the form of negative self-talk.  Teach your child how to rewrite the script of that little inner voice (e.g., "Today, I am doing my best" or "I prepared for this test, and I will do the best I can"). 

 Let’s work together to calm our colts!

Second Quarter Honor Roll Announced

Fifth Grade – All As
Serena Abraham-Brown, Lilian Arnett, Riley Grace Burch, Priscilla Brice Chivers, Maxwell Clyburn, Anakin Dover, Desaussure DuBose, Edwards Graham, Lilli Hall, William Haunert, Janiyah Hollis-Baskins, William Hutto, Logan Kersey, Kenneth Lawson, Matthew Lounsbery, Nicholas Lounsbery, Kathryn McLemore, Lailah Miles, Greyson Rimpf, Joshua Roberts, Katie Rush, Julia Rushing, Landon Santos, Hailey Scott, Finley Simmons, Mae Stegner, Aubrey Thompson, Owen Thompson, Tarren Wilson

 Fourth Grade – All As
Vaniah Blanding, Ellen Boyd, Madeline Carr, Nora Chandler, Katie Chivers, Scarlett Cobb, Samuel Daniels, Madison Fish, Kadence Fountain, Blair Gunter, Mary Long, Joshua Neal, Ryan Neal, Madilynn Thomas, Hunter Thompson

 Third Grade – All As
Gabrielle Alexander, Courtney Arnold, Averette Beckham, Stella Burch, Joseph Carrington, Cristopher Chavez Pu, Bryson Clark, Hannah Culp, Amelia Dabney, Westin Davis, Victoria Dominguez, Ann Downey, Daniel Graham, Elizabeth Greenway, Madison Hall, Haven Hines, Alexander Jenkins, Tyler Lawson, Anna Long, Lexie Mellichamp, Molly Mohr, Alexandra Murphy, Laekyn Peebles, Mason Peebles, Jordan Porter, Tegan Riechers, Caroline Riggan, Mason Singletary, Cecelia Sloan, Ty'Ren Stratford, Zariah Ward, Patrick West

 Second Grade – All As
Elizabeth Campbell, Ava Chandler, Jeslyn Chavez Hernandez, Hannah Chickering, Camryn Corner, Josiah Custard, Eleanor Eckenroth, Chase Everhart, Landon Freeman, Chatman Grant, Christopher Harrell, Aidan Harris, Abigail Hetrick, Jackson Hill, William Hill, Noah Hunter, Donald Johnson, TyMone Lee, Banks Lund, Molly Pacheco, Ian Potter, Kendra Ramirez Tamayo, Ellis Redfearn, Hudson Roberts, Nathaniel Roberts, Sammie Robinson, Milton Sanders, Benjamin Schenck, Ennai Simons, Easton Smith, Evelyn Smoak, Paul Spitzer, Caden Taylor, Brooklyn Thompson, Amelia Wall, Zachary West, Makiyah Whack, Aubrie Wiesen

First Grade – All As
Walter Almond, Landon Atkinson, Olivia Boykin, Margaret Burch, William Cantey, Cooper Carbery, Alexander Caulder, Riggs Cooper, Lilah Dabney, Charlie Davis, Khloe Dennis, Khloe Drakeford, Zoey Flowers, Harris Godfrey, Elizabeth Godwin, Baskins Hollis, Anna Horton, Elizabeth Hutto, Tristan Joyner, Mary Kirkland, Levi Marsh, Joshua Martin, Stella McCaskill, Greyson Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, William Mohr, Miles Moore, Andrade Moreno, Leighton Morris, Gavin Peters, McAlister Redfearn, Barniest Shirley, Weldon Shores, Sloan Thompson, Harrison Wiggins, Braylin Williams, Reece Williams, Tate Williams, Zaiden Williams


 Fifth Grade – A/B
Tristan Barnes, Thomas Boyd, Jude Branham, Xavier Brevard, Lillian Chmiel, Richard Dixon, Anne Harris, Iveth Higuera, Gabriel H., Peyton Jenkins, Nahra Joseph, Mollie May, Dai'Auyna McAllister, Ana Mendez, Kimberlynn Mitchell, Jordan Reed, Hunter Renninger, Paul Sloan, Kemry Torres, Emma Vinson, Tristin Ware

Fourth Grade – A/B
Harrison Arnett, Michael Atkinson, Johnathan Barton, Liliana Bishop, Mary Boykin, Rhett Campbell, Isaiah Clea-Osborne, Owen Daniels, Lucas Delost, Ava Douglas, Joseph Edens, BreShawn Fletcher, Olivia Frazier, Maddox Freeman, Noah Golston, Elijah Grant, Ellen Kendall, Zy'Reon Lee, Darion Loney, Andrew Lopes, Tristan McCauley, Parker McGee, Dominique McKay, Shayla Myers, Trey O'Bradovich, Emma Peebles, Robert Porter, Kayden Releford, Kaleb Roberts, Jovan Simon, Roger Smoak, Addison Snodgrass, Callie Sparks, Hank Thompkins, Kaliyah Thurston, William Tucker, Tiana Turner, Georgia Vincent, Baylor Wall, Gracelyn Young

Third Grade – A/B
Jaylen Adamson, Audrey Atkinson, Kedrick Barnes, Anna Black, Tre'Vayia Carlos, Lillian Dominguez, Taegan Douglas, Burch Funderburk, William Horton, Christian Howitt, Isabella Huggins, Christopher Juan, Kayden Key, Daniya Lewis-Toatley, Tyon Macklin, Connor Marquez, Graham Marsh, Justus Marshall, Mia Nunez, Lola Olney, Khy'Ayzia Porter, Zykeir Porter, Aleena Preacher, Lila Rimpf, Gabrielle Robinson, Avery Snodgrass, Haven Thomas, Lawton Tucker, Kevin West, Harper White, Myers Wilkes

Second Grade – A/B
Gabriel Alexander, Khloe Anderson, Levi Arnett, David Barrientos Zaldivar, Lucero Barrientos Zaldivar, Allison Barton, Lebron Beaufort, Kirsten Bowers, Bennie Brevard-Mays, Oliver Diaz Bueso, Annabell Dover, Jacob Gonzalez Corona, Bailey Graham, Jordan Green, Taylor Hall, Essence Halley, Zhoe Halley, Joseph Hayes, Carson Holden, Aubreigh Hopkins, Neymar Martinez, Asher Ndukwe, Hailey Neal, Oliver Sanchez Diaz, Hayley Sparks, Isabella Thomas, Khloe Thompson, Zyan Thompson, William Way

First Grade – A/B
Marceline Bowen, Levon Brevard-Mays, Nelaya Cook, Michael Culp, Elle Delost, Aria Ellis, Steven Fakoury, Easton Furniss, Zamya Greene, Arthur Johnson, Daryn Lewis, Huck McCaskill, Marley Mitchell, Nativia Peoples, Juan Ramirez, Rylee Renninger, Alexandra Rodriguez Lorenzo, Cody Rogers, Melissa Rubio, Idris Shareef, Jamya Sharperson, Mariyah Whack, Easley Williams

Candid Colts
  Last week we celebrated Literacy Week.  Friday, we honored Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day by dressing as his characters.  Here are a few pictures from this day.  
   Grandmother and Boy As The Cat in the Hat
Teresa Ross and Her Grandson Twinning as The Cat in the Hat
   Mrs. Eckenroth and Students Dressed in Suess Outfits
Mrs. Eckenroth and a Few of Her "Seuss"tacular Kindergarteners!
   Mrs. Morse and The Places She Will Go!
Mrs. Morse and The Places She Will Go!

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