Sunday, August 31, 2014

Guest Illustrator--Michael White

Illustrator, Michael P. White, is coming to Lake Carolina Lower and Upper on September 16th!  He is the illustrator of the Library Dragon books, Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day, and Secret of Old Zeb.  Students will attend his sessions, and he will autograph books if you would like to order them.  The order form is available on the link below, or you may pick one up in the front office or media center.  If you would like to have a form sent home with your child, please e-mail for Lower Campus or for Upper Campus.  All orders must be turned in by Monday, September 8th.  Please make checks payable to Lake Carolina Elementary or Lake Carolina Elementary Upper.

Friday, August 29, 2014

PTO Letter to Parents

Welcome back to an exciting year at the Lake!  Last year's Boosterthon Fun Run raised an unprecedented $33,707.37 for our school.  Because of this tremendous result, the PTO did not have any other major fundraisers.  At the time of our fundraiser, we did not yet know that our school would be split into two campuses, therefore our fundraising goal was to replace aging playground equipment.

However, when the school district decided to split our school, they also decided to retrofit the playground at the Lower Campus to safely accommodate the younger students.  This meant we did not need to use the funds we raised for this purpose.  It also meant that we could use the money to meet others needs of our schools.

While the school district did provide a lot of upgrades for the new campus, they did not provide the little extra touches that make our schools so inviting.  Therefore, Mr. Williams asked that we provide money to have murals installed at the Upper Campus.  The PTO paid $7,800.00 to have these beautiful murals completed. 

Mr. Williams also asked that we assist with the costs of creating an open grassy space for students to play soccer. We provided him with $3,762,32 for this project.

Additionally, safely navigating between the two campuses has been a major concern of many of LCE families.  We were asked by the School Improvement Council (SIC) to fund the purchase of two solar powered speed limit signs.  We provided the SIC with $5,690.00 for these signs.

At this time, we currently have $16,455.05 remaining from our Boosterthon earnings.  That money has been earmarked to provide sunshades for the playgrounds on the Lower Campus.  The process has begun to get these items purchased and installed as soon as possible.

We have successfully been able to use all fundraising proceeds to equally provide for the needs of both campuses and all of our students.  But we still need your help. 

With our 2014-2015 Boosterthon starting next week, we need the same level or more of participation that we had last year.  We are continuing our partnership with Boosterthon because we believe that their message of community, fitness and friendship are ideals that we want our children to learn and support.  The students loved the Boosterthon team and are excited to being doing this again. 

Please support our schools and your children by securing pledges for our Boosterthon Fun Run.  GO GATORS!

                                                                        Nashiba Boyd  &  Connie Black

                                                                        LCE PTO Presidents

College Colors Day

College Colors Day

Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson labels


Parents, does your child love recess? Teachers, do you want a duty-free recess? Next week is your chance to earn extra recess time for your campus! 

Clip those Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson labels and turn them in on collection sheets, in envelopes, or in baggies by Friday, September 5th.

Lower Campus is in the lead with Upper Campus trailing closely behind. The campus with the most turned in will be rewarded with 10 extra recess minutes and a much deserved break for those teachers! 

Contact Amy Teague at or Susan Keim at with questions.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

College Colors on Friday

Students can wear the colors or clothing from their favorite college to celebrate National College Colors Day on Friday, August 29.

Share your excitement and enthusiasm for higher learning and your favorite college!

After School Activities

Information on after school activities provided by local businesses that are held at each campus can be find from the following files:

Lower Campus
Upper Campus

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pictures from Lake Carolina

(Click on the camera to see our pictures.)

We had a great first day of school at Lake Carolina Lower and Upper campuses! Our faculty and staff loved seeing all the smiling faces as we began a new school year. 

Take a look at some pictures of our first day and keep checking throughout the year in our Picasa albums ( for more pictures.  

(Click on the camera to see our pictures.)

Boosterthon Fun Run

We’re excited to host the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run as this year’s fundraiser.  Please join us to kick-off the fun, healthy, and character-building program with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, September 2nd.  Lower Campus Pep Rally will start at 8:30am and Upper Campus will start at 1:45pm.

Plus, students will be learning five ways to make their community rock with Boosterthon’s music festival theme about community, Rock’n Town Live.

Along the way, students will gather pledges for how many laps they’ll run at the Boosterthon Fun Run event, which is on Thursday, September 11th. Your family is invited to come out and cheer on your student! Please help our school by connecting your student with sponsors. Thank you for your support!

Family Night Time Change

PTO Family Night on Friday, September 19 is from
at the Upper Campus

Monday, August 25, 2014

Orientation for 1st-5th Grade Parents

Tuesday, August 26th - Parent Orientation for 1st-5th Grades 5:30-6:10 and 6:30-7:10.
Choose one of the times and go to your child's classroom. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Upper Campus Update

Thank you so much for your help with the first couple of days. We will start our normal schedule Friday in which the building opens at 7:30 AM for car riders only. We will provide supervision for walkers/bike riders starting at 7:40 AM. As you likely saw this morning, our flow of traffic has improved dramatically from day 1 to day 2.  

Our car rider line appears to be our most populated spot so we are asking all vehicles to pull as far forward as possible for arrival and dismissal. This will help us unload/load more students at one time and helps the line move smoother. The car tags provided will help our students and staff easily identify the appropriate vehicle. We are willing to give more than one tag to each family as long as supplies last. This will assist families who car pool for example - another way to save on traffic. Please do not drop off or pick up students in the front of the school nor in the bus loading loop. The front of the school is only for those families entering the building.  You will notice that our special needs students use the front of the building for their safety and a shorter path to their classroom. The car rider line from the Ashland neighborhood is open.

We plan to have Lobbyguard running on a daily basis now that we are back to our typical schedule. Thanks again for helping us make safety a priority.

2014-2015 Physical Education T-Shirts

These are not mandatory, but can be worn as uniform dress. Please fill out order form and return to Ms. Reeves or Mr. Wittig by September 2nd

Information from PTO

Parents, if you would like easy access to updates, information, and announcements from your PTO Board, please "LIKE" our Facebook page "Lake Carolina Elementary PTO".  

We have many items to share with you as we begin the 2014-15 school year. Our upcoming events are below and please check this posting for other forms, applications, and information.
  • Family Fun Night on Friday,  September 19th from 5:00-9:00pm
  • Boosterthon Fundraiser beginning September 2nd
  • Gator Fest on Fri Oct 24th from 4:30-7:30pm
We hope you will join us for these events and more!Here's to a great new school year!

1. Order Spirit Wear: Deadline September 5

2. Box Top Contest: Lower Campus VS Upper Campus

This contest starts today and ends September 3rd. The winning school gets 10 minutes extra recess on one day in September with the teachers having duty-free recess at the same time! Questions about the contest can be directed to Amy Teague at or Susan Keim at

4. ContribuGator Form
What does the ContribuGator fund?
During the last 12 years, all funds from this contribution were used solely for three items that continue to be important parts of our Gator school year (the approximate percentage of your donations toward each item is indicated).
1) ~ 80 %, School-wide Classroom Celebrations: Winter and End-of-Year Celebrations
2) ~ 15 %, Classroom Book for each Teacher (signed by the class)
3) ~ 5 %, Teacher Appreciation Events

5. LCE PTO Corporate Program (AKA: Free money for LCE)

6. Parent Calendar of Events-updated

7. Volunteer Application: Complete this application in order to volunteer at any of our many events. You must also attend one of two Volunteer Orientations on Thursday, September 4th at 6pm in the Media Center, OR Friday, September 5th at 8:30am in Room 110. Orientations will be at Lake Carolina Lower Campus (change from student calendar). We hope you will get involved and help us make this school year GREAT!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

See Our 1st Day of School

See our 1st day of day school at Lake Carolina Lower and Upper Campuses. 

Thanks for a great start to the 2014-15 school year!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Doors on the Lake Carolina Side of the Building

Beginning Wednesday, August 20th, Lake Carolina Lower  will be closing the doors on the Lake Carolina side of the school from 8:10-2:45. All visitors will have to enter our building on the Kelly Mill side. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

After School Karate Program

Genova Karate will be offering karate classes after school on Wednesdays at both campuses. Please read the flyer or visit their web site for more information.

Boosterthon 2014-15

We’re excited to host the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run as this year’s fundraiser. We kick off the fun, healthy, and character-building program on September 2nd. Plus, students will be learning five ways to make their community rock with Boosterthon’s character theme, Rock’n Town Live, a music festival theme all about community. Along the way, students will gather pledges for how many laps they’ll run at the Boosterthon Fun Run event, which is on September 11th. Your family is invited to come out and cheer on your student! Please help our school by connecting your student with sponsors. Thank you for your support!

Time for school!

Lower Campus

  • School Day begins at 8:00am 
  • Students are tardy at 8:05am
  • Dismissal begins at 2:45pm

Upper Campus

  • School Day begins at 8:10am
  • Students are tardy at 8:15am
  • Dismissal begins at 2:55pm

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Open House, Monday August 18th

Monday, August 18 from 4 - 6 pm at both campuses. 
Come meet your child's teacher and bring along your school supplies. You can also pay school fees, set up cafeteria accounts, purchase uniforms, learn about Later Gators, and join PTO. We can't wait to see you!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Countdown to Kindergarten at EdVenture

EdVenture Children’s Museum would like to invite all rising kindergartners and their families to the eleventh annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8.

The evening will feature FREE admission to the museum, costumed characters, games, face painting, karaoke, information booths and resources for parents on keeping kids safe and healthy. Rising kindergartners can visit a mock classroom, practice boarding a school bus and carrying a lunch tray. Proudly Sponsored by McDonald’s.