Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Health Screenings

Our annual Health Screening will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the UPPER campus. Health screening for the LOWER campus will be Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 23. Vision, hearing, and dental screenings will be conducted by Richland District Two Nurses following DHEC recommendations. 

Students that wear glasses should bring them to school on these days. Parents will be notified by letter of any abnormal results identified during the screening process. In case of absence, the student will be screened individually after returning to school.
For more information, call your child’s school nurse:
Upper campus: Kathy Waldrep, RN: 691-3360 ext. 37104
Lower campus: Anne Bedlek, RN: 714-1300 ext. 3010

Monday, September 29, 2014

First Lego League at Upper Campus

First Lego League (FLL) is a robotics competition for elementary and middle school students. Teams research a topic to prepare a short presentation. Teams also build a Lego robot for tabletop competition.  Competitions are held in December and January.

Ed Gatzke is organizing a team for Lake Carolina Upper.  Team meetings will be Friday after school.  Cost per student should be under $100, depending on interest. Students must be 9 years old. Teams are limited to 10 students.  Interested? gatzke@sc.edu

Overview video:

Recycling Toner/Ink Cartridges and Electronics

Do you have an old cell phone, GPS, mp3 player, ipod, laptop or digital camera you want to recycle? Do you have empty toner or ink cartridges from your printer that need to be disposed of? 

Send these items to either campus and we will help you recycle them. Each item recycled equals points or cash for the school! 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, September 26, 2014

Gardening Club at Lower Campus

LCE Lower Campus: 
Are you interested in Nature and Gardening?

If so then this is the club for you!
We will meet every Thursday from 3:15-4:00.

Some of our projects this year will include:
  • Building our own LCE Fruit and Vegetable Garden
  • Composting
  • Recycling Rain Water

Please turn your application in to your homeroom teacher by October 15, 2014

Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 23 at 3:15.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Art Needs--Lake Carolina Upper

Lake Carolina Upper is looking for some creative, fun, and recyclable materials to add to the art program.

If you have of these materials, Ms. Morgan Williams would love to use them for art projects this school year. This would be great for our recycled art projects.

Thank you!
  • tissue paper
  • string/yarn
  • cardboard
  • recycled cereal boxes
  • buttons
  • fabrics
  • old books (altered books project)

Feedback for PTO

We would love to know what you thought of Family Movie Night on Sept 19th. Please click on the short survey below if you would like to give PTO your opinion. Thanks for your input!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Michael P. White--Guest Illustrator Visit

Michael P. White, illustrator of books such as the Library Dragon books, Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day, and Secret of Old Zeb, came to both Lake Carolina campuses last Thursday. Students learned how to draw some of the characters from the books as well as the techniques he uses as he illustrates children's books.

See pictures from this event and other school events.

Better Together 5K Benefit Run for Richland Two Backpack Program

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7 am 

Vive Church, 2630 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229 

Registration: $25 (early, Sept. 1-19)/ $35 (late, Sept. 20-Oct. 4)/
$15 (child, 12 & under)

Regan Roberts Youth Basketball League

Looking for players and coaches for co­ed basketball league from grades 1st through 12th.

This league fills up fast. Don't delay. There are six age groups with four teams per age group. We take the first 32 players for each age

Practice one day a week and games are primarily on Saturdays.

Registration Fee: $60 by October 17; $65 after October 17.

Grades 1st ­ 8th practice and play at Trinity United Methodist Church in Blythewood (beside Wendy's).

Grades 9 ­ 12 practice and play at Bethel-­Hanberry gymnasium.

Grades 1 - 8 tryouts begin on Oct. 27
Grades 9 -­ 12 tryouts begin Nov. 24

Grade 1 ­ 8 practices begin Nov. 3
Grade 9 ­ 12 practices begin Dec. 1
Registration forms available at Trinity UMC and www.trinityblythewood.org

Questions/Comments--Please contact Barry Mizzell
Cell: 603-­3520   Email: bmizzell@richland2.org

Nothing But Net

Inaugural basketball game for area charities between Richland One and Richland Two school districts.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Richland Northeast High School Gymnasium at 6pm
$5 Admission - Children age 6 and under are free

School Social Worker

Dear Lake Carolina Family,

My name is Becky Inman and I am your School Social Worker. Many families 
in our district either don’t know about or avoid contact with the School Social 
Worker. I encourage you and your family to use me as a resource in your school 
and community.

A contact from the school social worker does not always mean trouble. I may 
be contacting you to offer services, follow up on a previous contact with school 
staff, or simply to introduce myself. Just some of the supportive services I provide 
include but are not limited to: Backpack Food Program, holiday assistance, 
applying for community resources, provide hygiene/personal items, help with 
obtaining clothes and shoes, monitor attendance, and assistance with navigating 
other school resources. In the next few weeks, I will be contacting some of the 
families in our school to introduce myself in efforts to increase awareness of 
Social Workers being an available resource in our schools. Please feel free to 
contact me if there is anything I can help your family with. I am here for our 
students, our families, and our community. 


Becky A. Inman, LMSW

Richland District Two School Social Worker
Kelly Mill Middle (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
803-691-7210 ext. 3030
Lake Carolina Elementary Lower Campus (Tuesday)
803-714-1300 ext. 3131
Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus (Thursday)
803-691-3360 ext. 37115

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interim Grade Information for Upper Campus

Interim reports at Lake Carolina Upper will be accessible from Parent Portal this school year. Interims for the 1st 9 week grading period will be available to you from Parent Portal. If you have an active Parent Portal account, you may check your child's grades each week and September 19 will be the interim grade for each subject area. When you log in to your account, the grades will automatically appear on the screen. There is not a report tab to click in Parent Portal.

It is important to monitor your child's progress through Parent Portal before report cards are issued. The first grading period ends on October 24 and the first report card will be issued on October 31.

You can access Parent Portal at https://parents.richland2.org

Create a Parent Portal Account
1. Click Create an Account
2. Complete the top section with your personal information. Write down your  
3. Add your child(ren) in the fields below. To add student(s), you will need to enter an Access ID and Access Password.
a. Access ID - Student ID number (either 12 or 5 digits). Your child's teacher or the front office can provide you with your child's student id number if you need to create an account.
b. Access Password - Student’s birthday, using 6-digits without dashes or slashes.
Example: MMDDYY - 010104
4. Click Submit.

If you have any questions, please call the school at 691-3360.

We appreciate your support. Thank you!

Monday, September 15, 2014

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers at Lower & Upper Campus to serve as Lunchroom Monitors. 
  • Serving as a lunch room monitor allows our teachers a much needed break to return calls/emails, prepare lessons and eat their lunch. 
  • Each shift is about 2 hours & you can sign up for one shift or many. 
  • Simply click on a link below (there are 2 links - - one for lower & one for upper) and follow the steps in VolunteerSpot. 
  • Please note these links allow you to sign up for anytime during the 2014/15 school year. To see the different months, click on the calendar or on the tabs.
  • Currently, our most urgent needs are to fill September 29 - October 31 but welcome you to sign up for any time(s).
  • Lunch Room Monitor Procedures for volunteers
  • Please sign up today! 

LOWER CAMPUS/lunchroom monitor click on 


 UPPER CAMPUS/lunchroom monitor click on

Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. 

For Lower Campus: Contact Shelley Cadena at scadena@gmail.com or 803-260-5139
For Upper Campus: Contact Susie Watts at susieQwatts@gmail.com or 803-767-2303

PTO Box Top/Free Money News

Congratulations to Lower Campus!

We had a fantastic back to school Box Tops drive! Lower Campus won our first contest of the year turning in 3,336 Box Tops. Upper Campus turned in 2,554 for a grand total of 5,890 or $589 for our schools! Thanks to all families and staff members that contributed to this campaign. A special thank you goes out to the volunteers that gave an hour of their day last Friday to work on the playground during recess so the Lower Campus teachers and assistants could have a break.

Our September contest is called Hopscotch (click for box top submisison form). We have a drawing at each school for one student to win a free jump at Hi-Wire. Students will be entered in the contest for every 25 Box Tops turned in. Send in ALL your Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson Labels to your child’s classroom or the Box Tops mailbox at each school by September 26th.
Be sure to put the student name and teacher name on all submissions. We have attached a handy collection form for you to fill and return (we also accept baggies or envelopes). 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boosterthon Fun Run

The Boosterthon Rock 'N Town Live Fun Run was a great event for everyone. It was a day filled with fitness, leadership, character and fun!

Thank you to the PTO, students, staff, parents, family members and friends for all of your support and pledges!

Pictures from this event

Video of this event

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Boosterthon Pledges

Collect Boosterthon pledges/donations from

Thursday, September 11th - Wednesday, September 17th.

Thank you for your support of Lake Carolina Elementary!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Last night for pledges!

Tonight is the LAST NIGHT TO GET PLEDGES before the Boosterthon Fun Run!!!

Remember to log pledges in at FUNRUN.COM

Please come out and support your Lake Carolina Gators at the Boosterthon Fun Run at Kelly Mill Middle School.

Tomorrow's Fun Run Times:
Pre-K - 1: 8:30
2nd-3rd:  9:45
4th-5th:  11:00

Carpool line

For the safety of our children, please refrain from texting in the carpool line.

Lower Campus Science Lab

Each class has had opportunities to refine their observation skills over the past few weeks in Science Lab. 

Kindergarten:  Looking closely at objects and using their five senses to notice observable properties such as size, shape, color and texture. 
First Grade:  Using magnifying glasses with 3X lenses to observe/closely examine the crystals of both sugar and salt.  
Second Grade: Investigating the magnetic force field through the use of magnets and magnetic objects.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Upper Campus Update

Thank you for helping us establish a routine as a new school!  We have focused our energy on safety as we should and hopefully you have seen that we will continue to make this a priority.  In the days ahead, we will continue to get to know our students using a variety of resources.  All students will be MAP testing in Reading and Math over the next couple of weeks.  You child’s teacher will let you know the specific date soon.

We are excited to have Mrs. Taylor Wagner as a new member of our family.  She will be teaching 5th grade as we have experienced tremendous growth.  We are beyond our projected numbers school-wide and can only expect more growth for our community.  The Town Center at Lake Carolina has started leasing and will have new families moving in by end of the month. 

Families living in the Ashland Neighborhood have expressed concern regarding speeding vehicles and children being dropped off in dangerous locations.  Please be careful driving as we want our students safe and secure.

Our district has shared with us details from the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010.  A district committee will soon be providing us with direction with regards to this policy.  Our district has asked us not to serve snacks during breakfast and lunch.  Our lower campus recently communicated that snacks brought to schools by families must be served during recess.  The upper campus wants to maintain consistency and follow this practice as well.  Of course, please keep in mind that we have students with food allergies and healthy snacks are always best. 

We have heard from several of you regarding email sent out from our Blackboard Connect System.  Please make sure our communications are not going to your spam.  We will need updated contact information, but you should be providing this when you complete Infosnap.  Thanks for keeping in touch.

Boosterthon Weekend Challenge

This weekend the Boosterthon team gave Lake Carolina Elementary a school wide challenge: Students who earn $2 pledge per lap (or $60 flat donations) over the weekend will receive an additional bonus prize, the All Day Flex Frame Sunglasses! 

Log your student's pledges on to www.funrun.com and check out the character videos while you're there! You can also download our HeroSteps app on your mobile device which contains all of our character videos. We are excited to learn more about being a great community while raising funds for our school. 

The Boosterthon Fun Run is September 11th! Our students and staff are super excited!

Recycling Club at Lower Campus

Are you passionate about the environment?

Are you interested in helping the earth be a better place? Are you interested in making a difference in our school, home and community? Join the recycling club now! All students in grades K-2 can join.

Applications can be found HERE or in the front office!

From the nurse...

With the Boosterthon Fun Run next week (September 11), students with asthma may need to use their medication before exercising. If you would like for your child to have medication at school, a medication permission form must be completed and signed by the doctor. These forms are available in the health room.

For more information, please call the nurse at 714-1300 ext. 3010 at the lower campus and 691-3360 ext. 37104 at the upper campus.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Parents, log onto funrun.com tonight and register your child! The access code is in the Pledgebook that is coming home today! 

"Nothing but Net"

"Nothing but Net" District Charity Basketball game at Richland Northeast High School Gym, Thursday, October 2nd at 6pm.

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the Richland Two District Office, 6831 Brookfield Road or email triley@richland2.org for more information.