Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Break

Enjoy Spring Break! See on April 6, 2015!

School Board Meeting

Students from 4th grade presented Disability Sensitivity program that LCEU participated in this school year to the Richland Two School Board on March 24. They shared information on the program as well as how it has made all students more aware of disabilities.

Preschool students celebrating Spring!

Preschool students and parents celebrated Spring's arrival by participating in a hat parade and family picnic. Thanks to everyone for your creativity and coming to have lunch with your little gators! Hope everyone enjoys Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring MAP Testing Dates

The Measures of Academic Progress, MAP, assessment will be given in grades 2 through 5 between April 6 and 17. 

Classroom 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. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Talent Show Pictures

Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the shows this year. From hosts to photographers to singers and dancers, Lake Carolina students have so much talent!

Special thanks to Mrs. Tina Dia and Mr. Lou Estebanez for their time and efforts!

Lost and Found

Wow, the lost and found is overflowing with clothing! Parents, be sure to check the lost and found area (outside of the cafeteria) before Thursday. All items left at the end of the day will be packed up and donated. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Early Dismissal Information

Thursday, March 26th is an early dismissal day for Teacher Collaboration. Students are dismissed at 11:30. Please note that parents must provide written consent for children to be released to emergency contacts.

Emergency Contacts are people other than Parents/Legal Guardians. Emergency Contacts will be contacted only if Parents/Legal Guardians are not immediately available. With a state or federally issued photo identification, these individuals can pick up your student in an emergency ONLY. Other situations will require a note from the parent/legal guardian.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Box Tops For Education Collection

Download the collection sheet
Let the Box Top collecting begin! Cut your Box Tops For Education and glue them on the basketballs to help your class win a new ball for the playground. Turn in the completed sheets by March 26th!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Walk Home From School Day

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Students from both campuses enjoyed the nice weather today as they participated in walk home from school day. 

Upper Campus Art Club

The Art Club at Upper Campus will be beginning a new project this spring and is in need of old, wooden furniture. 

If you are able to donate any furniture, please contact Ms. Morgan Williams at or
803-691-3361 ext. 37169. We are looking for wooden furniture including but not limited to the following list of items:
  • chairs
  • stools
  • night stands
  • benches
  • wooden panels for painting 
  • small child-size furniture
We greatly appreciate your generosity. Thank you!  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Talent Show Monday & Tuesday

Tonight at 6:30 PM K-3rd Grades will perform!

Tomorrow night 4th-5th Grades will showcase their talent at 6:30 PM

Both shows at Upper Campus 

$1 per person for everyone age 5 and older

Please come support our students and school. All proceeds benefit the art and music departments at both campuses.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Information from Blythewood Middle

Blythewood Middle School is having their annual BMS Pathways to Success on Thursday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m., beginning in the school gym. The previous orientation in January provided information for those families considering expanded choice. While this program will be focusing on making a successful transition for those students and their parents who will be attending Blythewood Middle this fall, you will also learn about summer opportunities like the BMS JumpStart Camp and receive information about the summer reading activity, 6th grade supply list, and enrichment offerings.

Additionally, you will find out what Charger Kick-Off is all about and how you can receive information and keep in touch.  There will be brief sessions you can choose to attend on how to help your child with math at home, encouraging your reluctant reader, as well as learning about the adolescent child.  The evening will also provide an opportunity to visit the 6th grade area classrooms and meet the teachers.

Our goal is to provide tools for a smooth transition from elementary school to the middle school.  We are looking forward to meeting and working with you soon.

Stephanie Eastwood, 6th Grade Administrator at BMS

Pi Day

Kelly Mill Color the Wave Challenge

2nd Grade Performance

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The PTO musical, featuring our second grade students was entitled "GOAL". Based upon a soccer theme, the script and songs reinforced the important lessons of teamwork and sportsmanship, on and off the field.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chris Grabenstein Visit

Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and many other books, visited Upper Campus on Wednesday. He autographed books and shared how he writes and gets ideas for his books. Ask your child about the story of Henry, a water skiing squirrel.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Principal for the Day

As part of a district opportunity to be "Principal for a Day", Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Keim, spent the day shadowing Dr. Berry and Mr. Williams.

Upcoming State Assessments

New laws passed by the South Carolina General Assembly have resulted in new tests that will be administered during the spring of 2015 throughout our state. Students in Grades 3-8 will take a new, timed test this school year called ACT Aspire. In Richland Two, our students will take the paper and pencil ACT Aspire tests for writing, English, reading and mathematics. They will not take the optional ACT Aspire test for science that some districts may use. This new test will help teachers understand where their students are succeeding and where extra help or academic focus is needed. By having a better understanding of a student’s skills, abilities, and knowledge, parents and teachers can determine what students need to know to be successful in school in the future.

Students in Grades 4-8 will continue to take SCPASS for science and social studies. Schools have the option of administering SCPASS as an online test or a paper and pencil test. Third-graders will not take any state tests for science and social studies.

For more information on ACT Aspire, visit the Richland Two Assessment Web page by clicking here or the S.C. Department of Education’s ACT Web page by clicking here.

ACT Aspire Assessment: 
Tuesday, April 28: Writing/Grammar
Wednesday, April 29: Reading
Thursday, April 30: Math

PASS Assessment: 
Thursday, May 7: Science
Friday, May 8: Social Studies

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Friendly Gator Reminder

Please help us by having your child use the LIFESKILL of responsibility and Habit #1: Be Proactive each day as they prepare for school. Lunches, snacks and classroom materials should be the responsibility of our students as it causes classroom disruption if brought in after the school day begins. 

Thank you for your help with this matter!

Lego Team Learning

The Lake Carolina FIRST Lego League Team at Upper Campus has been learning about how people learn. One fun way to learn is through learning games!

The Lego Team did research about the human body. They created Body Exploration, a fun game to help kids learn about bacteria, viruses, and plaque in the blood vessels of the body.  The player controls a nanobot flying through the blood stream to help save a life!

The students used Scratch to share their concept. Scratch is a free programming tool that introduces students to computer coding.

If you have a Scratch account, please "favorite" our original version:

Drew Gatzke did the original art and motion, Kendall Shealy did the logo and a lot of the concept, and the entire team helped work up the learning cutscreen dialog to test it out.

The team heads to the state tournament on March 21st at River Bluff High School in Lexington. Good luck Lego Team!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Talent Show Next Week

K-3rd Grades on Monday, March 16 at 6:30PM

4th-5th Grades on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30PM

Both shows at Upper Campus 

$1 per person for everyone age 5 and older

Please come support our students and school. All proceeds benefit the art and music departments at both campuses.

Walk/Bike Home from School Day

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lake Carolina Elementary is participating in the SC Safe Routes to School by hosting a "Walk or Bike From School" day on Tuesday, March 17. Students are encouraged to wear green and walk or bike home after school and be part of our "Mean Green Walking/Biking Machines".

PTO Board Applications

The Lake Carolina Elementary Upper & Lower
Parent Teacher Organization
Application for PTO Board Positions for 2015-2016

Positions are as follows:
·         President
·         Vice President(s)
·         Treasurer
·         Secretary
·         Volunteer Coordinator(s)
·         Fundraising Chairperson(s)
·         Celebrations Chairperson(s)
·         Corporate Programs Chairperson(s)

The application is due no later than Thursday, March 28, 2015.  

PTO Board Application

PTO Board Position Descriptions

Friday, March 6, 2015

Boxes of Love

Lake Carolina Lower and Upper Campuses were able to make 81 boxes to give to Palmetto Place Children's Shelter. Thank you for all of the donations for this Service Learning Project!

Read Across America

Both campuses had fun reading this week to celebrate
Dr. Seuss' birthday.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Surprise Return from Deployment

Second grader Nehemiah Ricks was surprised when his mom LPC Catina Barnes-Ricks surprised him at school after being deployed to Kuwait for four months. Welcome home!

Middle School Music Programs

Parents of 5th graders,

Recently your child attended an in-school performance of a Richland Two school band, chorus, and orchestra. Students learned about the instruments and programs offered to rising 6th graders at Richland Two middle schools.

During March, we celebrate music in our schools month and we use this time as our "signing days" for students to begin their musical education in the 6th grade.  If your son or daughter is interested in joining band, chorus, or orchestra when they enter 6th grade, please turn in the interest form as soon as possible.

Each student received a brochure with an interest form attached for you to sign and return to your child's elementary music teacher.

For your convenience, you may also sign the interest form online at the district website.

Go to the Middle School Music form or from>>Community and Parents>>Middle School Music.

We look forward to your child and family becoming a part of the the award winning Richland Two music family!

Military Families

Richland School District Two has a web page to assist military families to 
resources and information.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Talent Show

K-3rd Grades on Monday, March 16 at 6:30PM

4th-5th Grades on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30PM

Both shows at Upper Campus 

$1 per person for everyone age 5 and older

Please come support our students an school. All proceeds benefit the art and music departments at both campuses.

Monday, March 2, 2015

"Camp View" Movie Night

Ridge View High School's Senior Class is hosting "Camp View" March 7th from 5-9 pm in the gymnasium. The Cost is $20.00 per child ($10.00 each additional child) and includes a movie, dinner and a snack. Bring a blanket for the movie. 

For more information email: