Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Upper Campus--Coke Product Codes

Just like Box Tops for Education...Coke product codes can be turned in for cash!  What is a code?  It is a number printed inside a cap or on the inside of a box.

We are just getting started! Turn in those bottle caps or codes off the 12 packs and higher. A collection box is in the Upper Campus media center.

Codes can be found on the following Coke products.
Need more information

Attendance Reminder


Important Reminder: The Attendance Secretary must receive either a parent note or a doctor's excuse within 5 days of each absence. Notes and excuses can be faxed to the school, emailed to the teacher and/or attendance secretary, or brought in to the front office when the student returns to school.  Please remember to do this within 5 days of the actual day(s) missed.  Thank you!

Lower Campus: 
Fax: 803-714-1301
Attendance Secretary: Caroline Hisaw (

Upper Campus:
Fax: 803-691-3361
Attendance Secretary: Angie Simpson (

December Fun: Lower Campus

Click here to see December pictures.
December has been busy with multiple types of  hands-on learning experiences at the lower campus. Preschool enjoyed learning about gingerbread men and even had a pajama day!  Kindergarten explored many parts of the world as they learned about cultural and holiday celebrations, and first graders got cozy on Polar Express day. Second graders opened a workshop to apply their economics knowledge of producers and consumers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upper Campus: Read to Succeed

  • Students read for 6 hours between now and February 20, 2015 and track time on reading log.
  • Once 6 hours have been reached, turn in the log to your child's teacher.
  • Each student turns in completed reading log will earn one free ticket to Six Flags over Atlanta for select dates in the summer of 2015.
  • More information

Message from PTO

Dear LCE Family,

The PTO would like to take this time to thank you for your past support as we have brought Eventbrite online.  Eventbrite is our online ticketing choice we used for Mother/Son Bowling last year and then this year's Gatorfest.

We know changing how we do things can be problematic, especially where technology is concerned.  We plan to continue using this service for Father/ Daughter Dance and Mother/ Son bowling.  And we would like to tell you why...

In order to make these events happen, many things 
​have to be done ​
behind the scenes.  Prior to using Eventbrite, we were busy making, copying, and distributing hardcopy fliers, collecting and collating your payments, developing the spreadsheet for these payments, printing the tickets, collating the tickets, putting them in the envelopes accurately, and labeling each envelope with child's name and teacher, distributing the tickets, etc. All of this takes much time and effort.  Eventbrite alleviates much of this labor so that we can focus on the event itself, i.e. decorations, food, photography, etc.

Eventbrite also allows us to bring online the ability for you to use all possible means of payment, i.e. credit card, cash, or check.  ​​

When you use Eventbrite for cash or check, you still continue to buy your tickets, but you click on the "show other payment options"
​ link (shown in picture below)​
.  You will continue to buy the tickets, but will send in the cash or check 
 the Eventbrite ticket number you are provided at the end of the order.

We continue to use this site for all our events.  The reason for this is so that we can plan accordingly for an accurate count of people for the event. We need to be able to tell our vendors so that they are able to supply the proper amount of their items (food, pictures, etc.) in order for you to seamlessly enjoy all aspects of the event.

Look for your Father / Daughter Dance Flyers when we return to school!  The event is January 23rd.

​​We appreciate your time in reviewing this information and wish you safe and happy holidays​.​

Talent Show Applications Accepted This Friday

Talent Show application forms are available now. Completed forms can be submitted by email beginning at 8pm this Friday, December 19 to

Only the first 15 completed applications will be accepted for each talent show.

Talent Show Dates:
Lower Campus--March 16 at 6:30pm
Upper Campus--March 9 and 10 at 6:30pm

(Please see application form for additional dates for students performing.)

Friday, December 12, 2014

PreK Ballet

All of our little gators really enjoyed their trip to the ballet. 

Mrs. Woodley, Mrs. Knutson, Mrs. Ramos and Miss O'Neal's classes had fun!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nature Club Thank You

LCE Nature Club wants to thank all of our parents for helping us get our garden started by building garden boxes and donating soil. We cannot wait to plant some things next week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LCE in the News

Look and see Lake Carolina in the news...a picture of the 4th grade musical, A Kid's Life, was feature in The State newspaper on Tuesday, December 9 as well as in the In Our Schools newspaper online.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cranberry investigation in Child Development

Child Development enjoyed a cranberry investigation with math and science stations: sink or float, cranberry tasting, balance & weigh, fresh bounce test, and five senses.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Books-A-Million Toy Drive

Gullah Experience

Gervonder Brown, a Charleston native, came to speak to the 3rd grade students about the Gullah culture. Third graders have been studying the slave trade to the Carolina Colony and learned how the slaves kept their culture alive through music, songs, and dance. The Gullah language is a mixture of African languages and English. It is widely used throughout the Low Country of South Carolina. 

Students learned about the Gullah dialect by hearing songs and repeating words from the speaker. Ms. Brown also shared Gullah stories of how the Geechie people catch blue crabs, shared a sweetgrass basket and how they are made. As a finale, Ms. Brown taught the students a Gullah song!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Read with Gamecocks

Read with the Gamecocks log forms are due Tuesday, December 9th.

Students participating will receive tickets to 2 basketball games. The new Men’s basketball game date is February 28 at 6pm vs. Mississippi State. The Women’s Basketball game will be on February 15 vs. Vanderbilt at 12pm.

Let's show them how much Lake Carolina Gators love to read!
Click here for an additional reading log

Domino's School Night

Talent Show Reminder

Talent Show application forms are available now. Completed forms can be submitted by email beginning at 8pm on Friday, December 19 to

Only the first 15 completed applications will be accepted for each talent show.

Talent Show Dates:
Lower Campus--March 16 at 6:30pm
Upper Campus--March 9 and 10 at 6:30pm

(Please see application form for additional dates for students performing.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lower Campus Bus Loop

For the safety of everyone, please remember that parents are not permitted to access the bus loop until 3:30 pm or after. If you are picking up a child from Later Gators, please park on the Kelly Mill Side of the building or wait until after 3:30 pm to pick up in the bus loop area. Thank you for helping to keep the children safe!

Operation: Military Kids

Operation: Military Kids has offered to visit LCE Lower and Upper campuses to provide children of military personnel who are away from home for 30 days or more for a deployment or training a special treat. This small token of appreciation will be delivered to students after the winter break.  If your student qualifies for this, please click here to ensure there will be a treat for them.  Thank you to all of our military families for all that you do to serve us!

Take a Gator to Work: Help Students Explore Careers

To help our students explore possible career options at Upper Campus, Lee Gator wants to travel to work with parents and then report back on our morning show. 

If you are interested in participating with this program, please click on this link and complete the form. Mrs. Skinner will contact you when it is your turn to have Lee Gator (a stuffed animal) go to work with you for a day! Lee will come with a journal and camera to help Mrs. Skinner share your career with the school on the morning show.

Guest Principal

Gator Fest bidding allowed Catherine Fulkerson the opportunity to be the Guest Principal at LCE Lower. She did a great job! I think we might have a future principal!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Read with the Gamecocks

Click here for an additional reading log

It is time for us to show how much we read at LCE! Today you will receive a Gamecocks reading log. Students should record all pages read between now and December 8th. For participating, each student will receive a ticket (parent & student) to the women's basketball game vs. Vanderbilt on Feb. 15 and the men's game vs. Texas A&M on Feb. 21. Even if you do not want to attend the games, please support our school by turning in reading logs. Top schools and students will be recognized, and we want to be among them! Thank you for all your support!

LCE Events in Pictures

See what's been happening at Lake Carolina in our Picasa Albums.

Goodies for Grands

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all the Grandparents that came for breakfast today!

Preschool & Kindergarten Feast

Happy Thanksgiving from our preschool and kindergarten students! They enjoyed a feast together with their fellow Pilgrims and Native American today. We are so thankful for our little gators.

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break - November 26-28.
See you Monday, December 1. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lower Campus Leadership Club

Please welcome the Lake Carolina Lower Campus Leadership Club! These students are working on special projects throughout the year as well as practicing their roles as leaders for Lake Carolina! Back row: Kayleigh Brock, Lindsay Jackson, Judith Byrd, Kendra Fox, Carolina Munoz, Front row:Chase Buckley, Mason Kelly, and Bryson Hawkins.

3rd Grade Dictionaries

Every student in 3rd grade received a dictionary.
Thank you to the Blythewood Rotary for their support! 

Gator Fest Lunch Winners

Gator Fest auction winners enjoyed lunch out 
with LCE Administrators at Beef O'Bradys. 
If you have a cell phone, GPS, mp3 player, ipod, laptop or digital camera you want to recycle, please send it to the school. We also accept empty toner or ink cartridges.

These items equal points or cash for the school through a recycling program we participate in. 

This is just another way to support LCE as well as being responsible with recycling electronics. See list of acceptable items.

Thank you for recycling and for your support of Lake Carolina Elementary!

Friday, November 21, 2014

State Report Card

The South Carolina State Department of Education released the report card ratings for schools. Lake Carolina Elementary earned an Absolute rating of Excellent with a Growth rating of Good. Report card ratings are based upon Spring 2014 data.

Congratulations and thank you to the staff, students and parents of Lake Carolina Elementary!

Lake Carolina Elementary Report Card 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Child Development Family Math Night

Child Development students and their families came back to school for a Family Math Workshop based on the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."  Some of the activities included counting, patterns, graphing, cookie tasting, family picture with the mouse, guessing jar, and lots more!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Guest Media Assistant at Lower Campus

Gabby won the chance to be the guest Media Assistant at LCEL from the Gator Fest Auction. Today she unpacked and sorted new books, pulled animal books for a teacher, checked out books and delivered a book fair order to a classroom. Great work Gabby!

Richland 2 and BAM

Richland 2 School Choice and Magnet Programs

Richland School District 2 School Choice and Magnet Program Fair at Westwood High School on December 2, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 pm. 

Information on middle school magnet programs is available by clicking on the logos below. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Helpers sponsored by BHS

Do you need to get some shopping, baking, cooking, or cleaning done? An afternoon out or maybe just some “ME” time? Holiday Helpers is here for you! Drop off your child/children ages 4-12 at BHS and let us keep them SAFE and ENTERTAINED! Children will be involved in all sorts of fun activities….games, movies, arts and crafts and MORE! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Make-Up Picture Day

Make-Up Pictures
(If you missed picture day on September 26.)

Friday, November 21

PE Long Sleeve Apparel

Download the order form

If you are interested in ordering a long sleeve t-shirt or a sweatshirt for PE, please click on the link and return your orders to the Front Office by Tuesday, Nov. 25th. Please make checks Payable to Lake Carolina Elementary.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Richland Two Middle School Magnet Programs

This year all Middle School Magnet interviews, writing samples and activities will be scheduled on February 7, 2015 at Spring Valley High School. Students will be asked to bring a personally meaningful artifact to the interview. This artifact is primarily used as a prop to put the student as ease and give the interview team a way to personalize the interview.  Students will participate in a 15 minute individual interview with a team of two teachers and then move to the auditorium to complete the writing sample.  From there, students applying to certain magnets will move to another area for a hands-on activity.  More details will come out soon, but for now, please be aware of the upcoming important dates listed below.

Choice Fair (featuring Magnet Programs), Westwood High School, 6:30-8:00 pm
December 2
Choice Application Process Begins On-Line at
January 6
Choice Application Process Ends On-Line: All applications are due by 5:00 pm on January 30
January 30
Choice Acceptance/Non Acceptance Notifications Posted On-line
March 18-24
Parents Accept or Decline Choice On-Line    
March 18-24

The Choice Fair and the school information meetings are highly recommended for students changing schools, school levels, applying to magnet programs or students new to Richland Two. Information regarding individual school and magnet programs will be provided during informational meetings.  Please refer to the schedule listed below.  All informational meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Type of Meetings
January 6
Blythewood Middle, Gymnasium
School Information Meeting  
January 7
Dent Middle, Cafeteria
School/ Magnet Information Meeting: The Learning Collaborative - TLC, FAME
January 8
Longleaf Middle, Gymnasium
School/Magnet Information Meeting:  Longleaf Engineering and Arts Program LEAP, ZooBot
January 12
Dent Middle, Cafeteria
School/ Magnet Information Meeting: TWO Academies – Single Gender, FAME
January 13
Summit Parkway Middle, Gymnasium
School/Magnet Information Meeting: The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine and The STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI)
January 14
Muller Road Middle, Gymnasium
School/ Magnet Information Meeting:  Leadership Academy at Muller 
January 21
E. L. Wright, Gymnasium
School/Magnet Information Meeting: LAW & International Baccalaureate Program
January 22
Kelly Mill Middle, Gymnasium
School/ Magnet Information Meeting: Kelly Mill, INC.

Mrs. O'Brien's Class Goes Bowling

Mrs. O'Brien's class from Upper Campus attended a Special Olympic's Kickoff at Royal Z Bowling Alley on Thursday.  It was a wonderful time for our Gators!

Winter Arts Camp at Westwood High School

Camp registration form
The Westwood Theatre Program will host a Winter Fine Arts Camp for children ages 5-12 at Westwood High School on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9am until 2pm. The cost is $35 per child and includes a drink and snack, lessons in dance, theatre, crafts, and musical theatre, as well as a take home craft that students will create during the camp. Families with 2 or more children attending will receive a discount of $5 per child. 

Please note this is a change in date from December 6, 2014 due to the Football Playoffs!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Impact Aid Forms

Parents, your child is bringing home an blue Impact Aid form. The school needs a completed form for every child at each school. Please make sure you have filled in the necessary sections and signed the form at the bottom. Please return these forms as soon as possible. 

PE highlights from Lower Campus

This week in P.E. students played beanbag bocce, had a bocce ball tournament outside and Ms. Reeves picked a student fitness instructor for the day to lead the class.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Media Center Assistant

At Gatorfest, Skyye Thompson won the opportunity to be the media assistant at the Upper campus. Skyye helped students check out, shelved books, ordered supplies, helped select some ebooks, and processed new books. Skyye did a great job during her time in the media center!

Veterans Day 2014

Thank you to all of the military families for their service to our community and country. Special thanks to all of the guest speakers for sharing their experiences with our students.

Talent Show 2015

Talent Show application forms are available now. Completed forms can be submitted by email beginning at 8pm on Friday, December 19 to

Only the first 15 completed applications will be accepted for each talent show.

Talent Show Dates:
Lower Campus--March 16 at 6:30pm

Upper Campus--March 9 and 10 at 6:30pm

(Please see application form for addition dates for students performing.)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Fair Thanks

A huge THANK YOU to the following volunteers who assured the success of the Book Fair at Lower and Upper Campus.

Nashiba Boyd, Andi Gatzke, Shelly Cadena, Tina Dia, Amy Teague, Jennifer Rasmussen, Caroline McInnis, Ann Marie Knight, Turkquoise Linton, Shannon Brophy, Susan Keim, Kristian Hardy, Kelly D'Amico, Jen Steck, Kristin Wallace, Vanessa Mosier, Madeline Dobson, Jennifer Fox, Kristen Strange, Nicole Edwards, Stephany Uehling, Celeste Brown, Meg Wessels, Carrie Smith, Timea Boross, Jessica Smith, Laura Denton, Kelly Powell, Sabrina Blocker, Kristen Chaneyworth, Monica Moody, Amanda McGuff, Lolly Branham, Kristi Benson, Maureen Henderson, Cheryl Cook, Susie Watts, Jaquetta Bates, Nicole Willis, Ginger Jones, Poornema Ramasamy, Daphe Patch & her daughter, Raeann Auton, Liza Kibler, Susan Keim, Venesa Jennings, Cindy Collins, Mandy Butler, and Vashell Davis.

Lower Campus Video

Have you seen our new school video? Two of our video club members helped create this school spotlight using a Go Pro camera purchased with the Victory Initiative Grant. Hope you enjoy it!


K-12 schools in Richland and Lexington Counties were encouraged to hold a RETHINK Contest again this year. Students “up-cycle” used materials to make something fun, useful or beautiful.

LCE Lower campus had two participants: Lindsay Jackson and Kate Katzynski, both 2nd grade students in Michele Branham's class.

The girls were chosen as finalists and presented to over 50 people on Saturday November 8, 2014 at the MIDLANDS JUNK ART EVENT.