Friday, October 31, 2014

Bythewood HS visits LCEU

#50 Camp Britt, #22 Zavion Holmes, # 25 Tylo Kelley, #3 Dominique Lemon,
Coach Morgan and his daughter, Reese Morgan, a 3rd grade student at LCEU

Blythewood High School Head Football Coach Dan Morgan and four players visited upper campus today to help end Coach Wittig's unit on football at the school. The players and high school coach talked with students about the importance of school and how it affects playing sports as well as how they enjoy playing football. 

He's on the roof!

Mr. Williams spent the day on the roof of the school after the students met his challenge of reaching our school fund raising goal with our Boosterthon program. Students and their families raised over $40,000 for the school. Thank you to all of the families and friends of LCE for your support!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kdg Harvest Day

Click here to see more pictures from Harvest Day!

Kindergarten children had a lot of fun today celebrating Harvest Day! Watch the video to see some of the fun!

Coffee Talk

Thanks for coming out to the Coffee Talk meet and greet this morning!

School Fees

Reminder for school fees for 2014-15 are due by Friday, November 7.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Upper Campus Principal

Aidan Simmons, a 5th grader in Ms. Earle's class, won the opportunity from bidding at Gator Fest to be the upper campus principal for part of the day.

Recycling Club t-shirt orders

Attention Recycling Club!
T-shirt orders and payments are due no later than October 31 at noon. Click here to see the flyer for more details. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Upper Campus Honor Roll Recognition

Students will be recognized for achieving 1st quarter honor roll next week on the morning show. The morning show begins at 8:10am.

Monday, November 3: 3rd Grade

Wednesday, November 5: 4th Grade

Friday, November 7: 5th Grade

Gator Fest 2014 Video

Thanks for coming out to Gator Fest! We appreciate your time and support of our school. Special thanks to the PTO, school staff, sponsors, volunteers, vendors and those that donated to the auction.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Reminder for Coffee Talk

Please join our Principals, Dr. Berry & Mr. Williams, for an informal meet and greet time.
  • Thursday, October 30 from 7:30-8:00am 
  • Upper Campus in the PTO Room (located in the 4th Grade wing) 
  • Light refreshments will be provided 
  • Please register via Volunteer Spot so we can plan for appropriate food & beverages 

United Way Campaign

The district office is celebrating our "Blockbuster School Year" with characters from The Wizard of Oz. The staff of Lake Carolina Lower and Upper Campuses were recognized by Dorothy and friends for having 100% participation during the Richland Two campaign to support the United Way.
Go Gators!

Fall Book Fair

If you missed shopping at Gator Fest, come shop at either campus.

--Lower campus is open 7:30-3:30 Monday-Thursday and closing at 2PM on Friday.

--Upper campus is open 7:30-3:00 Monday-Thursday and will be open late on Tuesday, October 28th. Come shop until 6PM on Tuesday! Book fair will close at 11:00AM on Friday.

Can't make it to the book fair on want to shop? You can shop online until November 8th and get free shipping to the school. Online orders are not processed until after November 8th.

Upper campus:

And don't forget you can preorder at either campus...
Diary of a Wimpy Kid-The Long Haul

Recycling Program

Are you replacing a cell phone, GPS, mp3 player, ipod, laptop or digital camera soon? Do you want to recycle your old electronics? 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!

Pawmetto Lifeline---Service Learning Project

Pawmetto Lifeline
Needs Our Help!

Lake Carolina Lower and Upper Campus have decided to help the cats and dogs of Pawmetto Lifeline as a Service Learning Project. Pawmetto Lifeline is a local shelter for homeless animals. Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, October 27 and Friday, November 7.

                    30 gallon trash bags and tall kitchen trash bags
       Paper towels and toilet paper
       Canned dog & cat food any brand
       Dry dog and cat food any brand
       Small, medium & large dog collars
       Antibacterial soap & liquid laundry detergent
       DAWN dish washing soap and dishwasher detergent
       Metal collapsible dog crates and plastic cat carriers
       Dog and cat toys like KONGS or cat nip toys
       Save us newspapers so we can give them to puppy fosters
       Batteries AAA or AA
       Gift cards to Staples or Wal-Mart
       Dog treats 

Thank you so much for your support in this Service Learning Project. Together we can make a difference and help our community!

Please contact us for any questions or concerns:
Lower Campus: Valerie Hobbs,

Upper Campus: Tara Morrison,

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gator Fest Pictures

Thank you for coming out to Gator Fest 2014!
We appreciate your support of Lake Carolina Elementary!

See pictures from this event on the school's Picasa Album

Friday, October 24, 2014

Spirit Wear

From Lake Carolina PTO... 
All Spirit Wear orders have been filled.  

We apologize for the delay.  We encountered a back order issue that delayed the entire distribution timeline.  

Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding.

If you would like to buy more items that we offered during this order, we have inventory kept at Lower Campus.  Please visit Mrs. Mayo at the main desk to inquire and as of 10/28/14, credit cards can be used for spirit wear purchases.
Please note we even have adult t-shirts (dri-fit navy, and cotton ladies fitted navy) up to 2XL. Quantities limited... Get them while supplies last!
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may recall, a transition team of parents, teachers and administration started meeting last school year to talk about logistics for our new campus. These discussions included arrival/dismissal times for both sites. We agreed that we would start the school year and observe patterns to make sure we were safe and efficient.

After monitoring the traffic flow, we are pleased overall with how things have progressed. Families have settled into their routines and we feel we have already made slight adjustments to maximize instruction. We recently shared updates with our PTO Board and the SIC at both campuses and have received their support.

We have noted that the vast majority of our students are on the Upper Campus by 8:00 AM each day.  This has allowed both campuses to start instructional day at 8:00 AM. We also noted that the dismissal process is smoother for both sites if we dismiss the Upper Campus walkers/bike riders first so they can get to their siblings at the Lower Campus and get ahead of heavier traffic.

Please know that we will continue to provide supervision on both campuses starting at 7:30 AM in the mornings and supervise students until they are picked up in afternoon. We are especially sensitive to those families who are split between the Lower and Upper Campus. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding in our car rider lines and with bus transportation. Our ultimate goal is to get our students to their destination safely. We will continue to monitor our traffic flow as we grow.  

If you have any questions, please contact either Mr. Williams ( or Dr. Berry (

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Picture Money Due November 7

It's that time! You now have a hard decision to   make...choose the sheets/package you would like and send in money by Friday, November 7th. Please return any sheets you do not want to purchase to the school any time. 

Thank you!

GatorFest 2014

Friday, October 24 from 4:30-7:30pm
Lower Campus

Silent Auction and Information Book
(Information on food choices, auction items and entertainment for the event)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lower campus health screening October 22 & 23

Health screenings for Lake Carolina Lower are this Wednesday and Thursday. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be screened. 

If your child wears eyeglasses, make sure s/he has them for the screening

We will screen:
Kindergarten: hearing, vision and dental
1st grade: vision, hearing
2nd grade: Hearing only based on the school district guideline. Some of the district nurses will be screening at LCE-Lower. All elementary schools are screened yearly.

If you think your child needs additional screening, please notify the school nurse, Anne Bedlek, RN. MSN at Lake Carolina Lower 803-714-1300 ext 3010 or

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Book Fair Volunteers are still needed for the night of Gator Fest, October 24th and throughout the week of October 27-31 at both campuses. If you have an hour or two to spare, please sign up using the links below. Thanks for your support!

LCE Book Fairs:
  • Oct. 24: 4:00-6:00 pm (in 1 hour shifts) at LOWER campus
  • Oct. 27-31, 7:30 am-3:30 pm (in 2 hour shifts) at BOTH campuses

Sign up to volunteer at LOWER campus here:

Sign up to volunteer at UPPER campus here:

Coffee Talk with the Principals

Please join our Principals, Dr. Berry & Mr. Williams, for an informal coffee talk meet and greet.
  • Thursday, October 30 from 7:30-8:00am 
  • Upper Campus in the PTO Room (located in the 4th Grade wing) 
  • Light refreshments will be provided 
  • Please register via Volunteer Spot so we can plan for appropriate food & beverages 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gator Fest 2014

Purchase Wristbands Now

All children are welcome. Adults are free.

Wristbands: $15 per child, $40 for families with 3 or more children
          • Photo Booth with Props 
          • Inflatables
          • Rock Climbing Wall
          • Bungee Run
          • Train Rides
          • Hair Painting
          • DJ
          • Face Painting
          • Silent Auction

**Food will be available for purchase and is not included in admission/wristband price**

Monday, October 13, 2014

Military Families

Attention Military Families- It is not too late to sign up your child for the military kids group at LCE. These groups serve as a support for students with active duty military parents.  Groups meet once a month to discuss common challenges that come along with being a military kid as well as fun activities with other students that your child can relate to. Groups are led by Ms.Harper at the lower campus and Mrs. Skinner at the upper campus. If you are interested in having your student participate and have not yet signed up, please email Ms. Harper ( or Mrs. Skinner (  Please be aware that students will need to re-sign up each year. Thank you for your family's service!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trunk or Treat

Richland Northeast High’s Eleventh Annual Trick-or-Trunk

When: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Click for more information
               4pm to 6pm

Where: Richland Northeast
          7500 Brookfield Road
           Columbia, SC 29223

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your patience as we work through plans to re-design our Muffins for Moms and Doughnuts for Dads. We truly understand the importance of these events, but with the new federal guidelines, our previous menu items did not meet the guidelines. We have been working with Sodexo, our food service provider, to come up with an alternative option and this has taken a little longer than we thought. We also appreciate the tremendous support of the Village Church, so we wanted to exhaust all options before canceling these events.

We have been told by Sodexo that they can provide us options for our Goodies for Grandparents on Tuesday, November 25th and our breakfast for Lower Campus on February 26th and Upper Campus on February 27th (These were the original dates for Doughnuts for Dads). We would like to invite both moms and dads to join us for the February dates. It is truly important to us that our families have an opportunity to come together. You are welcome to visit both campuses for breakfast or lunch anytime. 

Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Berry and Mr. Williams

Pink Out at Upper Campus

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Walk/Bike to School

Walk and bike to school had a great turn out! Al really enjoyed seeing everyone that walked and rode their bikes to school.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers for the following events coming up this month. Thank you for your time and support!
LCE Books Fairs
  • Oct. 24, 4-6 p.m. (in 1-hour shifts) at LOWER campus 
  • Oct. 27-317:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (in 2-hour shifts) at BOTH campuses

Sign up to volunteer at LOWER campus here: 
Sign up to volunteer at UPPER campus here:
Gator Fest 
We need help setting up on Friday, Oct. 24, 12-3 p.m.
Dress comfortably. We will be working inside and outside.
Sign up here:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Walk/Bike to School

Celebrate International Walk to School Day
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Read more about it

Dental Program to Assist Families

The Children's Dental Program is free to children who live in Richland and Lexington counties who do not have dental insurance and meet the financial norms. (Anyone eligible for free and/or reduced lunch is eligible.)

We also have other programs which assist families with difficulties getting health care. Click here for more details.

For any questions, call your child’s school nurse:

Lower campus: Anne Bedlek, RN: 714-1300 ext. 3010
Upper campus: Kathy Waldrep, RN: 691-3360 ext. 37104

Pink Out on Friday

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wear PINK to show your support
for breast cancer awareness!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dear Families,

As you may have heard already, the Smart Snacks in Schools federal legislation began on July 1, 2014.  Due to the new federal regulations and strict guidelines regarding the food that may be served to students before school, we have decided to cancel our Muffins for Moms and Donuts for Dads events this year.  Although we looked into "healthy" options, we were concerned that they may not be very tasty.  Please know that moms and dads continue to be welcome to visit both campuses for breakfast or lunch any day!  Thanks for your support and involvement with our school.

Mr. Williams & Dr. Berry

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lower Campus Rethink contest


Students "up-cycle" used materials to make something fun, useful or beautiful.

Lake Carolina Lower can submit up to three winning projects.

Turn in your completed projects along with a short description about the project to Mr.Lane by October 15, 2014. Mrs. Woodley and Mr. Lane will choose the three winners to submit.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Upper Campus Dedication Ceremony and Time Capsule Event

October 1, 2014 was a memorable day for students, staff, school district and community. Thank you to everyone that attended and for your continued support of our school!