Friday, March 28, 2014

Early Registration for LCE Summer Camp

This summer, our LCE Later Gators will be offering "Camp Everglades Adventure 2014" summer camp for all LCE students in grades K-5. Camp starts June 9th and ends on August 8th. The camp location for ALL summer campers will be our LOWER Campus. If you are interested, don't miss out on our early registration offer.  Please see flyer for details.

New Addition to our School Improvement Council

We would like to welcome Melissa Shaver to our LCE School Improvement Council for the 2014-15 school year. Thank you to Melissa for being willing to serve our school in this way!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Reminders for this Week

Thursday, March 27:       11:30 Dismissal
                                       NO after-school activities except for Later Gators;
                                       *LCE Day at HiWire Trampoline Park in Sandhills 1-9 pm
                                         (portion of admissions donated back to LCE)

Friday, March 28:            School In Session (snow make-up day);
                                        SIC Ballots for 2014-'15 school year due to front office

March 25 - April 11:         MAP Testing for 2nd-5th grades (Teachers will notify parents of                                                 specific testing days and times.) 

Friday, March 21, 2014

School Improvement Council Elections for 2014-15 School Year

Below you will find a Bio of our SIC nominee for the 2014-15 school year, Mrs. Melissa Shaver. Click on the Bio link below to learn more about Mrs. Shaver.  Click on the Ballot link below to access a voting ballot.  Ballots must be returned by the end of the school day on Friday, March 28th to Mrs. Hisaw in the front office.  Please submit only one ballot per family.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 24-April 11: MAP Testing for Grades 2-5

The Measures of Academic Progress, MAP, assessment will be given in grades 2 through 5 between March 24 and April 11 at Lake Carolina. 

Teachers will notify parents of specific testing days and times. 

Please make sure your child is at school on scheduled testing days, has a good breakfast on days of testing as well as adequate rest the night prior to testing.

Date Change for Spring Pictures

Please Note:
Spring Pictures for students have been changed from March 21 to Friday, April 25

Monday, March 17, 2014

2nd Grade Squirm Musical

"Squirm", performed by 2nd grade students and directed by Mrs. Hansberry and Mrs. Owens, was a wonderful musical we all enjoyed last week! See pictures from this event at Lake Carolina's Picasa photo site

Walk and Bike Safety Day

Tuesday, March 25th will be Lake Carolina Elementary's "Walk and Bike Safety Day" as part of South Carolina Walk to School Day.

We are very proud to be part of a huge walk/bike-to-school community, and we will address some practices that can help keep our students safe. Teachers will lead bicycle and pedestrian/walker safety lessons in their classrooms before students will sign individual pledge sheets committing themselves to safe practices.

Mother's Day Cake Orders

If your child would like to purchase a cake from Publix Bakery to give to mom for Mother's Day, please send $8.00 cash and the order form that you received last Friday to your child's teacher by this Friday, March 21st.

Spring Pictures This Friday

Students will take their spring pictures at school on Friday, March 21st.
Friday is also a non-uniform day.  Details and order packets will be sent
home with students later this week.

Date Change for LCE Mother/Son Bowling

LCE Mothers - - Please note the calendar change to our annual LCE Mother/Son Bowling.  It will take place on Friday, May 9th instead of April 4th. The event will still occur at Royal Z lanes on Two Notch Road from 6:00 to 8:00 pm as previously planned.  More details about the event will be distributed in late April.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sparkleberry Fair Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Run

The 1st Annual Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Run will be part of the Sparkleberry Country Fair at Clemson Extension on Saturday, April 19. All proceeds will go to South Carolina Oncology Associates (SCOA) Cares Foundation.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ramesh Tippabhatla at
More information

PTO Board 2014-15

Please join us in welcoming the LCE PTO Board for the 2014/15 school year. The LCE PTO Board will function as one unit over both lower and upper campuses. 

We thank these parents in advance for their time and  talents. 

Presidents: Nashiba Boyd & Connie Black
Vice Presidents: Lindsey Bennett & Mary Karl Boepple
Secretary: Ann Marie Knight
Treasurer: Andi Gatzke
Volunteer Coordinators: Shelley Cadena & Susie Watts
Celebrations Chairs: Shannon Brophy & Jennifer Steck
Fundraiser Chairs: Raeann Auton & Sabrina Blocker
Corporate Programs: Amy Teague & Susan Keim 

Military Kids are Heroes

Flyer for More Information
Military Kids are Heroes
Village Green
Tuesday, April 15

Stuff the Duffle Delivery

See all pictures in Lake Carolina's Picasa Albums

The winners of the trivia contest for our 2nd Service Learning Project, Stuff the Duffle, spent the morning of March 12 delivering the 256 goodie bags to the USO at the Columbia airport and learning about the training process soldiers go through at Ft. Jackson before leaving for other military locations. 

Several soldiers waiting for their flight in the USO talked with the students and answered their questions. The students were also given a tour of the airport that included walking out to the area where the airplanes park. 

After leaving the airport, the students went to the U. S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum at Ft. Jackson. Four soldiers took the group on a tour of the museum to learn about the 8 weeks of basic training in the U. S. Army. It was a great tour because the soldiers shared their personal training experiences as they showed the students each section of the museum. 

The students enjoyed a picnic lunch and some recess time on the playground at Ft. Jackson before returning to school.

Thank you for all your support of the Stuff the Duffle Service Learning Project and Lake Carolina Elementary! 

Students that participated are:
  • Madison Thompson-1st Berzins
  • Mitchell Stalcup -1st Holmes
  • Jacob Stinnett-1st Bozard
  • Logan Davis-2nd Dingle
  • Anna Braswell-2nd Laval
  • Emma Etheridge-2nd-Laval
  • Salil Shah-2nd Davis
  • Jackson Carter-2nd Bright
  • Blu Martin-2nd Carroll
  • Jacob Hatchell-3rd Knight
  • Vincent Dia-4th Bequette
  • Cameron Barton-4th Morrison
  • Logan Stephenson-5th Stewart
  • Reagan Pender-5th Comisky
  • Peyton Jarrard-5th Rodriguez

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Talent Show DVD Orders Due Friday

If you would like a copy of the Talent Show DVD from last Monday and/or Tuesday, please email Mrs. Dia at by this Friday (March 14th). She needs to know how many DVDs you would like to order and for which night's show.  The cost of each DVD should be around $5. If you would like to order both Monday and Tuesday nights performances, you would order two DVDs for around $10.

Inclement Weather Make-Up Days

The board voted to make up two days of school missed because of winter storms in January and February. Those two days will be made up on the already scheduled inclement weather makeup days, March 28 and April 21. The board voted to forgive the remaining two days missed.

School Improvement Council Bios Due Friday

Reminder:  If you are interested in serving on our SIC (one for K-2nd and one for 3rd-5th) during the 2014-15 school year, please submit a Bio by Friday, March 14th to Caroline Hisaw in the front office or by email at  Please include with your Bio the name(s) and current grade level(s) of your kid(s).  
  • Bios of nominees will be published in our Communi-Gator Blog on March 21st along with a ballot form for voting.
  • The next SIC meeting that new members will attend is on April 2nd at 6:30 pm.  Meetings are once per month and usually last 30-45 minutes.

LCE Day at HiWire!

For our upcoming Half Day, HiWire Trampoline Park has invited us to have a Lake Carolina Day with them! A portion of our admissions will be donated back to the school.  Just tell them you are a Lake Carolina Gator!

  • Date: Thursday, March 27th (Half Day Dismissal)
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: The Plex at the Village of Sandhills

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PASS Writing Assessment for Grades 3-5

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will participate in the state PASS Writing Assessment on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19.  

A few reminders for parents:

  1. Make sure your child has a good night's rest before a testing day.
  2. Have balanced, healthy breakfasts on the mornings of testing.
  3. Have your child(ren) to school on time.
  4. Avoid scheduling doctors' appointments and other out-of-school functions on testing days.
  5. Students may not bring any electronic devices to use during testing. This includes electronic book readers and cell phones.

Super Heroes for Peace Flag Celebration

Teachers and students dressed in super hero shirts to celebrate earning the Peace Flag for 20 days. It was a super day of Super Heroes! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lake Carolina Needs You!

Our Media Center is currently in need of parent volunteers to help shelve books. This 
can be done any day and at any time during the school day.  If you can assist us with this process, please email Mrs. Jan Faile, our Media Specialist, at  Thank you in advance for your help!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Parent to Parent for Military Families

This is a free community event for military families on Tuesday, March 25 from 6:30-8:00PM at Sandlapper Elementary.

For more information contact:

  • Mrs. Jessica Skinner, Lake Carolina Elementary, jskinner or (803) 714-1300 ext 3003 
  • Dr. Keisha McCoy Wilson or Ms. Ann Gordon, Army School Liaison Officers at or (803) 751-6150

See Event Flyer

Snowballs and Box Tops

The snowballs have been flying at LCE this winter! Our students, teachers and administrators all joined in to raise more than $900 for our school in our first-ever Box Tops snowball fight. The class in each grade level who threw the most snowballs won a cookie party.
  • Kindergarten - Ms. Jackson
  • 1st - Ms. Hobbs
  • 2nd - Mrs. Jackson
  • 3rd - Mrs. Knight
  • 4th - Mrs. Bequette
  • 5th - Mrs. Scriven
Mrs. Kelly Jackson's 2nd grade class won both the top thrower, with 72 snowballs, and the class hit with the most snowballs, with a whopping 83 snowballs! Mrs. Jackson's consolation prize for getting hit with so many snowballs was a silly, furry snowman hat.

Keep clipping Box Tops, Labels for Education and Tyson A+ Labels. We will have another contest before the end of the year. Way to go, Gators!

Lake Carolina's Future Chef

Congratulations to Lyra Byrd, a 4th grader in Mrs. Toda's class, for being chosen as a finalist in the 4th Annual Future Chefs Culinary Competition held by Sodexo in Richland Two.  Lyra made her recipe for a tuna fish wrap at the district competition held at Pontiac Elementary on March 4th. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Student Artists Represent LCE at the R2 Art Show

We are so proud of our Lake Carolina student artists who have artwork displayed in the Richland Two Art Show! (See list of student names & grades.)

Where: Columbia Place Mall on Two Notch Road (LCE panel is on the 1st floor in front of Burlington Coat Factory, and CFA panel is on the 2nd floor in front of Zales Jewelry.)

When: Now until 3:00 p.m. on March 17th 

Check out the artwork from all of our Richland Two Schools, and thank you for your support!

Gator Salute to our Book Fair Volunteers!

A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers for the book fair this year!  The money raised from the book fair is used to purchase Reading Counts t-shirts, fund the Beef-O-Brady’s Reading Counts celebration, and buy additional books for our school library.  The book fair would not have been possible without the following fabulous volunteers:
Tina Dia, Andi Gatzke, Amy Teague, Nashiba Boyd, Nicole Willis, Timea Boross, Lindsey Bennett, Shelley Cadena, Susan Keim, Meg Wessels, Daphne Patch, Karen Cattaneo, Carol Waters, AnnMarie Knight, Kelly Heitman, Kristen Strange, Trey Lofton, Jennifer Steck, Laura Denton, Sabrina Blocker, Patrese Howland, Joanne Guyton, Susie Watts, Raeann Auton, Ann Thompson, Argentyliz McFarland,Shannon Brophy, Jody Payne, and Rhonda Griffin