Friday, May 30, 2014

5th Grade Butterfly Release and Tea

Fifth Grade students participated in a butterfly release and tea today before their
Awards Day Ceremony.  Special thanks to the PTO for their assistance for these events!
See more pictures in our school Picasa Album.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Beef O Brady's Lunch for Reading Counts

Students that earned 500 points or more in Reading Counts for this school year went to lunch at Beef 'O' Brady's today with Dr. Berry, Ms. Hutcherson, and Mrs. Chandler-McCray. 

Congratulations to the 86 students that participated--43 students in grades 1, 2, and 3 and 43 in grades 4 and 5.

Many thanks to Mrs Faile and Mrs Black for their planning of this special event!
See pictures from event

News from the Cafeteria

We will be serving bag lunches tomorrow (May 30th) for any student wishing to purchase a school lunch  The line choices will be as follows:


Also, please be aware that all negative balances in the cafeteria should be paid in full by the end of the school year. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More Summer Camps and Classes

If you are interested in any of the following summer programs, click on the links below for more information:

Kelly Mill Students Visit LCE

Students in 7th grade INC. at Kelly Mill Middle School participated in a project called Guess Who is Coming to Kelly Mill. Each student chose a significant historical figure from their studies this year in Social Studies. They wrote and illustrated a children's storybook based on the person they chose from history. The students were selected by their peers to come and read their stories to several kindergarten classes at Lake Carolina Elementary.  

The students who were chosen to read their stories were:

Sophie Pirich, Maddie Clark, Anne Heiler, Kristian Trifinova, Chase Middleton, Kelsey Depositar, Ansley Rabon, Sadie Lofton, Sarah Baloga, Shawn Wallace, Abby Griffin, M'Chaelah Brown, Andrew Curfman, Emma Hall, Katie Murphy
See Pictures from this Event

Friday, May 23, 2014

LCE Upper Campus Scavenger Hunt

Students currently in grades 2, 3, and 4 participated in a scavenger hunt to become more familiar with the Lake Carolina Upper Campus on May 22 and 23. The scavenger hunt had the students visiting all parts of the three story building before having a treat. What a great way to learn a little more about their next school! See more pictures from this event.

A Few Extra Yearbooks

We have a few extra 2013-14 yearbooks left.  These will be for sale in the front office on a first come, first served basis on TUESDAY. Please make checks payable to LCE for $25.

Spring Picture Money Due

If you desire to purchase spring pictures that were sent home a few weeks ago, please return the payment for the sheets you chose to keep by Tuesday, May 27th (checks written to Strawbridge Studios).  If you do not desire to purchase these portraits, please return the portrait package to school by Tuesday, May 27th.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

11:30 Dismissals on June 5th and 6th

Parents: Please be reminded that students are dismissed from school at 11:30 am on both June 5th and June 6th. 

Please make sure that teachers are aware of how your kids are getting home on these last two days.

Reader's Challenge Competition

Congratulations to the LCE Readers' Challenge Team!  They won the district competition at Doko Manor on May 15 vs. Round Top and Bridge Creek.  The teams competing at the finals had previously won their school level competition and a district regional competition.  Members of the championship team are 5th graders Taylor Kohn (captain), Victoria Cotton, Freddie Lawrence, Alexia Pryor, Ellie Bolio, and Jordan Felder.  The team sponsor is Mrs. Faile.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Address Verificiation

Richland School District Two schools are currently conducting the annual verification of addresses for all Richland School District Two students. In order to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted transition from the 2013-2014 school year to the 2014-2015 school year, we urge you to bring/send/scan in your proof-of-residence for your students now. 

Acceptable proofs include: Electric Bill,  Landline Phone Bill, Cable Bill, and Water Bill.

Click here for more information.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Gator Games 2014 Pictures

See Pictures from Gator Games 2014

Gator Girls on the Run

The Gator Girls on the Run club from Lake Carolina participated in the 13th Annual Providence Heart and Sole Run on April 26, 2014. The girls walked or ran in the 3 mile event. 

Thanks to Ms. Marianna Reeves, Mrs. Cindy Hahn, and Mrs, April Dominguez, the club sponsors, for a wonderful year and ending it with such a special event. Special thanks to Emma Koehler's family for sharing their pictures from the event. See more pictures at LCE Picasa Album Site.

2014-15 LCE Lower and Upper Campus Information

Please visit the web page that contains information on the upcoming transition to two campuses for Lake Carolina Elementary. This web page, Campus Information, will answer many of the questions that the community may have for the 2014-15 school year. Visit this page periodically as items will be added as information is decided.

Please contact us at if you have a question or comment.

LCE Eats Out

LCE Eats Out
Thursday, May 22nd

We are looking forward to our annual day of friends, fun and food at the
Village at Sandhills!

Many eating establishments have generously offered a percentage of their sales back to LCE for patrons that visit their restaurants during our event. The following businesses are participating. Please make sure to bring the coupon from the flyer to each establishment you make a purchase at so the school can receive credit.

Thanks for your support of our school and community!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Date Night, the Sequel

On Friday, May 23rd, Mr. Thompson's 4th grade class is hosting a great opportunity for Lake Carolina Elementary students and their families. From 6pm to 9pm we are offering another  "Date Night."  This means you can drop off any K-5 student that is currently enrolled at Lake Carolina and we will take care of them so parents can have an evening on their own.  We have many exciting activities planned and will also provide a pizza dinner for an extra $5 fee.  The cost of this evening is $10 per child and a max of $20 for a family. So… 2 or more kids in your family costs only $20. If you are interested, please email Mr. Thompson at and he will send a follow up email with all the information you will need to guarantee a spot for your child. Please act fast as space is limited.

Lemonade Friday

We are planning to re-open our LCE Lemonade Stand for Gator Games tomorrow. Students will be able to purchase a cool, refreshing lemonade to support our friends at Camp Kemo. If your child would like to buy a lemonade, they will be available for purchase for only $1.00.  Thanks for all you do to support the service learning projects at Lake Carolina. 


If you placed an order earlier in the year, your student will receive his/her yearbook tomorrow.  If you would like to purchase one at this point, we have a few extras.  These will be for sale on a first come, first served basis on MONDAY. Please make checks payable to LCE for $25.

Gator Games Tomorrow!

What to Wear: tennis shoes and sunscreen (bathing suit bottoms for water activity optional)
What to Bringtowel, complete change of clothes and water bottle 

BAG Lunches
*Students will eat lunches at different locations and at different times. Email individual teachers for specifics.

Line 1: Turkey/Cheese Sandwich
Line 2: PB and J 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chorus and Gator Jammers Performances

The Lake Carolina Chorus performed "On the Radio" on May 1 and 2. The audiences were entertained with songs that would have been heard on radio stations from the 1920's to current day. Songs included Hound Dog, We Are the World, and Home

The Gator Jammers also performed before the chorus with  a variety of percussion instruments as well as recorders and keyboard. 

Thank you to the chorus and Gator Jammers students for their performances and special thanks to Mrs. Sandra Owens and Mrs. Gray Hansberry for their leadership and dedication to these clubs. 

See more pictures from this event at LCE's Picasa Site

Turnaround Achievement Award

Congratulations to Julian McCay, a kindergarten student in Mrs. Kristen Hutchison's class, for receiving the Turnaround Achievement Award for Lake Carolina Elementary. This award is given to students that exemplify effort, perseverance, and commitment during the school year to overcome any challenges. The award ceremony and reception was held at Polo Road Elementary on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Summer Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the following summer programs, click on the links below for more information:

Camp for Rising 6th Grade Military Students

Self Defense Classes

The Richland Two high schools have placed on their websites information regarding Summer Camps, and we wanted to make you aware of this available resource.

Congratulations to our Student Artists!

Congratulations to the following artists who have their artwork on display!    

Where: Blythewood Arts Center (152-B Blythewood Road)

When: Tuesday-Friday 11:00-5:00Saturday 10:00-2:00  (now through May 27)
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 23rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with light refreshments and the Mayor of Blythewood! 

Note: Most of this artwork is from the Columbia Place Mall Art Show.  Mr. Lane and Ms. Schoultz will also teach a summer art camp at the Blythewood Arts Center-more information coming soon!

Kate Kaczynski, Christian Ariail, Rachel Christensen, Scarlett Pegram, Jack Aldighieri, 
Cami Bills, Bailey Knight, Makaleigh Martin, Timarjiel Jones, Jessica Grieb, 
Victoria Cotton, Lilly Grace Pantoja,Taylor Harman, Hannah Beth Mcentire, Zaria Lemon, 
Janie Holmes, Ella Gruendler, Isaac Willis, Tori Person, Hannah Henrich, Ben Reay, 
Alex Simmons, Zaina Salah, Caleb Dixon, Seth Baloga, Logan Buckley

Two Pieces of Artwork on Display:
Bobby Bond, Ashleigh Alexander, Skylar Hayes, Elly Denton, Audra Petroff, Laura Eargle

Important News from the Nurse

ATTENTION PARENTS (especially if you have a 5th grader):
There is a change in immunization requirements for middle school students that will affect your student.  All 7th grade students must have one dose of Tdap vaccine.  Students can start receiving this vaccine as soon as they turn 7 years old and they MUST have it to start 7th grade.  SC DHEC is providing the following information in advance of this future immunization requirement.  This requirement began with the 2013-2014 school year.

One (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) administered on or after the 7th birthday will be required for all seventh graders.

We are sharing this information with you in advance so that as you take your children to the pediatrician for their well visits, this can be addressed.  This vaccine is also available at local Health Departments.  

If you have questions, please call the school nurse, Kathy Waldrep, RN  at 714-1300 Ext: 3010.

Important End of Year Dates: Mark Your Calendar!

May 14: Due date for spring picture money and any picture sheets not purchased

May 16: Gator Games (extra shirts for sale on a first come, first served basis in office)

May 19: Last day for Reading Counts tests to count on this year's totals for incentives

May 23: Final due date for all students' books to be turned in to library

May 26: Memorial Day Holiday

May 30: Non-uniform dress day

June 3: Reading Celebration (top readers recognized)

June 4: Last day for *Later Gators after school program for this school year

*Parents, please make notes of ending dates for ALL after school activities (each activity is different), then notify teachers of other arrangements for dismissal.

Monday, May 5, 2014

PASS Assessment for 3rd-5th Grades

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will participate in the state PASS Assessments for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies from Tuesday, May 6 through Friday, May 9. 

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.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LCE Book Swap

Need to clean out some of those crowded bookshelves before the summer?  You are invited to participate in our annual spring book swap!  Children can bring in used books that are in good condition and appropriate for other students in their grade level or above between May 5th and May May 23rd.  For each book donated, students will receive a ticket.  On May 28th, students will bring their tickets to the media center to trade for other used books.  This gives students an opportunity to get some reading material to finish out the year and read over the summer. Thank you!

Important Updates for Mother/Son Bowling

EVERYONE ATTENDING MUST REGISTER ONLINE!  Click on the following link to take you directly to the page where you need to register: 

Your spot is not guaranteed until you've registered at the link above AND made your payment (online with credit/debit card OR with *cash/check turned into main office). *If paying cash, please select "pay by check" and submit to office exact amount stated online.

See Flyer for more information (blue hard copies sent home also).  If you are paying with cash/check, please turn in this flyer with your eventbrite order # to the office.

Please note: ALL orders, regardless of payment type, will have a processing fee of 
$1-$2 per ticket.  Thank you for your understanding.