Friday, September 30, 2016

Talent Show 2016 Assistants

Is your child interested in helping with the Talent Show? Do they want to be a photographer? Do they want to help host a show? Can they help backstage? 

See the application for options for assisting in the two shows.

Completed applications are due to by Friday, October 7, 2016.

Gator Salute to Book Fair Volunteers

A HUGE thank you to all of our fall book fair volunteers! The funds raised from the book fair are used to purchase things like Reading Counts t-shirts and more books for the school library.

Lower Campus:
Shelley Cadena, Tina Dia, Kelly Powell, Andi Gatzke, Syreeta Woods, Stephanie Uehling, Lindsey Bennett, Janiery Hensley, Cynthia Becker, Nashiba Boyd, Stacy Gilchrist, Susie Watts, Rachelle Panzer, Ginger Jones, Kristen Chaneyworth, Suzanne Wells, Kathleen Peterson, Lisa Chapman, Jennifer Rassmussen, Bria Igou, Lashanda Bundy, Anita Higgibs, Christa Cassidy, Michelle Moureau, Amanda Frisby, Rachel Langohr, Tiara Bomar and Ervina Smith.

Upper Campus:
Ginger Jones, Daphne Patch, Kaitlin Patch, Jen Rasmussen, Monica Rasso, Stuart Keiner, Liza Kibler, Karen Hewlett, Susie Watts, Dietra Troy, Amy Edwards, Jeannette Campbell, Rhonda Griffin, Sontil Roseborough, Madeleine Dobson, Kristen Strange, and Suzanne Wells.

Boosterthon is here!

Our fundraiser is here! The Boosterthon Fun Run is kicking off this Monday, October 3. It’s a 9-day program. 

More information at

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Every Day Counts

Did you know?
  • SC State Law only allows for 10 absences per year. (This includes absences with medical excuses!)
  • Written excuses (parent or Dr. notes or parent emails) must be turned in to the teacher or front office within 5 days of the absence.
  • School starts at 8:00 am and ends at 2:45 pm. Tardies disrupt instruction for not only the late student, but also the teacher and all other students in the class.
For more information please contact:

Lower Campus: 
Caroline Hisaw
(803) 714-1300 ext. 3007
Fax: (803) 714-1301

Upper Campus:
Angie Simpson
(803) 691-3360 ext. 37000
Fax: (803) 691-3361

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

National Walk to School Day

LCE Lower and Upper are participating in the National Walk to School day on Wednesday, October 5th. Our slogan is "Even the Pokemon know, walking to school is the way to go!" We are encouraging students to wear their Pokemon gear, or to wear red and/or yellow.

Parents, if you are interested in helping decorate the walking trail with Pokemon ideas, please contact Nurse Mishoe at or 714-1300 ext: 3010. 

We are so excited and think the kids will have so much fun!! There will be a few little prizes for the kids who walk to school (first come first serve).

This is an excellent chance to teach our students about traffic safety, health and decreasing pollution in our environment. For more information see

Monday, September 26, 2016

SIC Bios & Ballot

The following parents are interested in serving on SIC at the Lower Campus. Please read the bios below and vote using this ballot. Voting will close October 3rd.

My name is Michael Kopans. I am parent to two children, ages 3 and 5, and married to my wife Suzanne. My professions are that of Certified Personal Trainer at The Village of Sandhills, MUV Fitness, as well as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in the Northeast of Columbia. I currently am a homeroom parent for Mrs. Rholetter's class. My family and I attend The Village Church on Sundays. My wife and I have lived in Columbia since 2008, having moved here from Dayton, Ohio. When we moved to South Carolina we were both Walgreen Store Managers, until I did my transition to Personal Training. I have always been involved in my local church, be it through Youth Leadership or other church leadership roles. In 2011 I was part of the mentor-ship program at Longleaf Middle. In the past I have assisted with summer-league basketball for Jr. Varsity basketball. I even assisted with soccer coaching for my daughters 3-5 team. I am extremely active with my children as their level of intelligence would reflect the importance my wife and I play on education. We both believe that a child's potential to learn is far beyond where most are and that supporting our schools and teachers is a necessity.

I would love the opportunity to assist on the SIC board as I am an active participant in my own children's lives and hope to assist the schools in as many ways as possible.

Michael Kopans

Theresa (T.J.) Wallace is the Assistant Director of South Carolina Humanities, a cultural nonprofit organization that is the state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A native of Orlando, FL, T.J. graduated from Furman University in Greenville and has now lived in Columbia for more than 10 years. She completed a year of service with the Americorps program City Year Columbia in 2005 and graduated from Francis Marion University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute in 2009. In Columbia, T.J. has volunteered with her church, the Midlands Reading Consortium, and Pawmetto Lifeline. She is married to Joey, and they are the parents of son Liam (in Kindergarten at Lake Carolina Elementary Lower) and daughter Lizzy (1).

Thank you for the opportunity!

Best regards,

I am lifelong resident of Columbia and my wife, Dr. Tammy Shadd, a school administrator, we have 4 daughters who are former or current students at Lake Carolina. I am a certified mentor in the district and volunteered with young men at Lake Carolina Upper Campus last year. I have served on several boards and councils including the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council this year.

James Shadd III

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Volunteers Needed for September 30

Next Friday, September 30, from 8:15-10:45am, volunteers are needed to help with a student disability sensitivity training. The training involves each student rotating through stations that simulate various disabilities. Volunteers are needed to run each station.  The directions for the stations are simple, and students will stay at each station for about 5 minutes before rotating to the next one. In the past, volunteers have really enjoyed helping with this event! After the students "experience" the disabilities, their teachers will follow-up with classroom discussions.  

If you would like to volunteer with this event, please contact for more information.  

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Active Gamecocks Forms Due

Has your child been active? Complete the log with the amount of physical activity that your child completes between Monday, September 5, 2016 to Friday, September 16, 2016 on the Physical Activity Log. Turn in logs this Friday for tickets to one of these 3 event:
Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Kentucky @ Carolina Volleyball Center
Sunday, October 9, 2016 @ 2 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Arkansas @ Stone Stadium
Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 7 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. UAB @ Stone Stadium

Talent Show Applications Due

K-3rd: Monday, November 14th at 6:30PM
4th and 5th: Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30PM
Talent Show Applications can be submitted beginning tonight at 8:00pm.

COMPLETED applications will only be accepted via email to 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Young Artist's Workshop


AdvancEd Parent Survey

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This year, Richland School District Two is participating in the AdvancED Accreditation process. As part of this process, parents are asked to complete a survey. The purpose of this survey is to find out your opinions about your child's school. The survey also allows the district to learn more about parent expectations for our schools.
Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey or click on the parent survey link at the top of the Richland Two home page at WWW.RICHLAND2.ORG. We ask that you complete the survey as soon as possible. Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey is greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Book Fair Online Links

Did you know you can already shop the school's Book Fair by shopping online? You can! Don't have time to stop by or want to surprise someone with a book. Shop online now through September 24th. 

Interim Grade Reports

All interim grade reports at Lake Carolina Upper Campus will be accessible from Parent Portal this school year. If you have an active Parent Portal account, please check on September 16 for your child's first quarter 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 on 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 20 and the first report card will be issued on October 28.

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

We appreciate your support. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Summer Learning Challenge Recognition

Congratulations to the students that participated in Summer Learning Challenge with Richland Library this summer. Students that participated in this program had time in the Rolling Video Game Truck today. There were 39 from Lower Campus and 67 students from Upper Campus. 

Thank you for your encouragement of learning and reading throughout the year! And special thanks to the PTO and parent volunteers for supporting this event!
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NEW Amazing Me Day Due Date

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We are extending the deadline for our Amazing Me Day from September 22 to Thursday, October 13. Based on recent feedback, we feel that postponing the deadline will increase the amount of involvement and participation, and we want EVERY child at Upper Campus to have the opportunity to share what makes them AMAZING! 

Our gallery walks will be October 13th between 9:30-11:00 am. We are looking forward to this community-building experience for our students. 

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility! 

Talent Show Information and Application

Is your child interested in this year's Talent Show? Please take time to review the application information that includes all of the dates you will need to be available for practice and performance dates.

Talent Show Dates:

K-3rd: Monday, November 14th at 6:30PM
4th and 5th: Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30PM

COMPLETED applications will only be accepted via email on Friday, September 16th starting at 8:00PM to 

Lower Campus Application
Upper Campus Application

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

School Improvement Council

Our School Improvement Council (SIC) is looking for parents who are willing to work with a collaborative group to generate ideas that will help improve our school. If you are interested in serving on our SIC during the 2016-17 school year, please submit a personal biography by Friday, September 23. SIC meetings are once per month and usually last 30-45 minutes. Please include your name and the current grade level(s) of your child(ren) in your submission.

There is one SIC at each campus of Lake Carolina Elementary.

Submit lower campus (K-2nd grades) bios to Caroline Hisaw at or to the front office.

Submit upper campus (3rd-5th grades) bios to Angie Simpson at or to the front office. 

Bios of nominees will be published in The Communigator Blog with a ballot form for voting.

This is a great opportunity learn more about our vision and get to know administration, teachers and community members. Thank you for your consideration!

Mark your calendars....Boosterthon is coming!

 Mark your calendar... Boosterthon is coming to LCE in October. 

The 9-day program kicks off with pep rallies on October 3.

The Fun Run will happen on October 12.

More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Soccer Strikers Tryouts

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The Strikers Soccer Club will have tryouts this Wednesday and next Wednesday (September 14 & 21).  Each student will participate these two days of tryouts. The tryouts are only for the students who have turned in an application.  Tryouts will begin right after school and will end at 4:00PM.  Pick your student up at the car rider line.

Students will need to wear athletic clothing and athletic shoes (sneakers). If they have cleats, bring them to the tryouts. Bring your own water bottle. Soccer balls will be provided.

After September 21, the team will be announced by September 23. Your child will get a notice if they did make the team, or if they didn't make the team.

Talent Show 2016

Hello LCE Families! It's time to start thinking about this year's LCE Talent Show! Do you have a special talent? Do you sing, dance, or play an instrument? Do you tell jokes, do gymnastics, martial arts? Can you perform a drama scene, skit or monologue? Now's the time to start planning your act.

Please take time to review the application information that includes all of the dates you will need to be available for practice and performance dates.

Talent Show Dates:

K-3rd: Monday, November 14th at 6:30PM
4th and 5th: Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30PM

COMPLETED applications will only be accepted via email on Friday, September 16th starting at 8:00PM to 

Amazing Me Day @ Upper Campus

Amazing Me Day will be September 22, 2016. Our students are very excited about this project. We hope you can join us for the gallery walks to showcase our AMAZING students between 9:30 and 11:00. 

More Information

Family Fun Night Friday

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Friday, September 16 at LCE Lower Campus 

Book Fair is open from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Food vendors in the cafeteria beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Movie and free popcorn start at 6:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and/or pillows to make themselves comfortable on the floor during the movie.

Red Robin Offer

Visit the Sandhills location:
 247 Forum Drive, Columbia SC 29229
to receive 15% off your check and donate back to LCE.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lower Campus MAP Testing (2nd Grade)

September 12-16 Lower Campus second grade students will take MAP Reading and MAP Math. Your child's teacher will send home more specific dates for you.

Please make sure your child is at school on scheduled testing days, has a good breakfast, as well as adequate amount of rest the night prior to testing. 

Upper Campus: MAP Testing Reminder

Upper Campus students will take MAP Reading on Thursday, September 8 and MAP Math on Tuesday, September 13.

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. 

Deadline to Apply for After School Clubs

If your child is interested in joining an after school club this school year, please have them complete/return the application by this Friday, September 9th. No late applications will be accepted.

Lower Campus:
Music Makers, Drama Club and Nature Club all meet on Tuesday afternoon, so students will need to apply to only one club.

  • Music Makers applications are available in the Front Office
  • Video Club applications are available in the Front Office
  • Drama Club applications are available in the Front Office
  • Nature Club: Apply online by click on this Application Link 
  • Recycling Club: Apply online by click on this Application Link 

Upper Campus:
All applications available in media center. Completed applications are due to media center.

Club Information Presentation

Military Kids Support Groups Sign Up

 LCE's military kids support groups are designed to address the specific needs of students with an active duty parent.  We focus on topics such as deployments, frequent family moves, transitioning into new schools, making friends, etc. These support groups meet once per month, during the school day, starting at the end of September.  If you feel that your child(ren) could benefit from participating in one of our support groups, please complete the google form below. If you have questions about the groups contact Mrs. Skinner at for Upper campus or Ms. Harper at for lower campus. (Please note- there is a separate form for upper and lower campuses. Students should be signed up each year to help keep our groups current.)

Thank you for your family's service to our country!

Lower Campus Military Kids Group

Upper Campus Military Kids Group

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Earn Gamecock Tickets by Being Active

Get active and earn free tickets to a variety of Gamecock Sporting Events. It is simple, just record the amount of physical activity that your child completes from Monday, September 5, 2016 to Friday, September 16, 2016 on the Physical Activity Log.
Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Kentucky @ Carolina Volleyball Center
Sunday, October 9, 2016 @ 2 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Arkansas @ Stone Stadium
Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 7 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. UAB @ Stone Stadium

Friday, September 2, 2016

College Colors Day @ Upper Campus

Showing our support by wearing the colors
of our favorite college teams today! #collegecolors

PTO Family Fun Night

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Friday, September 16---LCE Lower Campus 

Book Fair open from 4-6PM

Food vendors open at 5PM

Movie and free popcorn start at 6PM

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cub Scouts

Annual Cub Scout "Back to the Pack" event is being held for boys in 1st through 5th grade on September 6th at The Lake House in Lake Carolina.

Please RSVP by Sept. 5
Christopher Zell (803) 397-3326

College Colors Day 2016

Wear the colors of your favorite college team
tomorrow (September 2) for College Colors Day!