Monday, November 20, 2017

Spring Valley Rotary Donates Dictionaries

Many thanks to the Spring Valley Rotary Club for donating a personal dictionary to every 3rd grader at LCEU.  As part of The Dictionary Project, the Spring Valley Rotary promotes literacy in the local area by providing dictionaries for students in 3rd grade. We appreciate their support of literacy!

Representing Spring Valley Rotary: Mrs. Patsy Brewer, Dr. Traci Cooper, Mr. Marion Hanna

Friday, November 17, 2017

4th Grade Performs Go West!

The fourth grade students performed Go West! at the general PTO meeting on Thursday, November 16 as well as for the school on November 17 at Upper Campus. It was a wonderful performance and we learned so much about this time in US History! 

Special thank you to our music teacher, Mrs. Gray Hansberry, for her time and talents for this very special show.

Pictures from Go West

R2 Art Show

Canned Food Drive at Lower Campus

Our students really enjoyed meeting a few of the Ridge View High School football players and cheerleaders this morning! We loved having you come out to the lower campus to encourage students to bring in nonperishable food for the Winter Wishes food drive. Remember you can bring in items until Dec. 1st.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Friendly Reminder

There has been a large increase in the number of items being dropped off during the school day recently. 

We strive to have our students live by the 7 Habits of Happy Kids with Habit #1 that teaches being Proactive and being in charge of ourselves. Lunch boxes, student binders, after school activity items, hats/jackets, etc. are being forgotten. Please help us by reminding your children to be prepared to come to school each day. Calling into classrooms is an interruption of valuable instructional time. 

Thank you for your assistance!

Information from the School Nurse

Acetaminophen: It’s in more medicines than you might think.

Acetaminophen, commonly called Tylenol, is in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications. Some medications containing acetaminophen include pain relievers, fever reducers, cough, cold, allergy, and sleep medications.

When acetaminophen is taken as directed on the medication label, it’s safe and effective. But did you know there is a limit to the amount of acetaminophen that is safe to take per day?? Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.

Three Steps to Take Acetaminophen Safely:
1.      Always read and follow the directions prior to taking any medication

2.      Read the label to see if the medication contains acetaminophen- look for the “Active Ingredients” section of the Drug Facts label for the word “Acetaminophen”.

3.      NEVER take two medicines that contain Acetaminophen at the same time. Taking too much acetaminophen can lead to liver damage.

For more information go to

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pathways 2 Purpose (R2 Online Magazine)

Read the 2nd edition of the district's new magazine, Pathways 2 Purpose.

Congratulations to the Richland Two Teachers of the Year!

Lower Campus TOY: Becky Anne Struthers
Upper Campus TOY: Pat Earle

Lower Campus Service Learning

Lower Campus is excited to be collecting canned goods and
non-perishable items to donate to Harvest Hope.

We are still collecting aluminum cans for the Paws for a Purpose too! Lonnie B. Nelson appreciates the help!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

R2 Middle School Shadow and Tour Information

5th Grade Parents:

Please see the attached quick reference chart for information about middle school Magnet Programs in Richland 2. Contact information for each program is listed so that you may have a source for answers to questions about specific programs.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day 2017

Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all of the military families for their service to our community and country. 

Special thanks to sponsors: Chick-fil-a, Village Church, and Golden Corral.

Parent University Reminder

Reminder that you are invited to attend our annual Parent University at Upper Campus that will be held on Monday, November 13th from 5:307:00 p.m. Here are some comments from last year's event: 
  • The entire session was helpful!  The resource sheet provided will be helpful to use at home. I would attend future sessions- Extremely informative. 
  • I want to go to them all- Thank You!
  • Helpful hints on the websites.
  • Awesome- Please do more of these! 
At Parent University, teachers and staff will share information about curriculum and assessments, as well as provide strategies and tips that you can use at home to support your child's education. Our topics will address ELA, Math Homework, Study Skills, and Parent Portal Resources. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Military Parent Seminar

Attention Military Parents,

Please see the flyer about a free community event on November 16 for Military Parents hosted by the Military Child Education Coalition's Parent to Parent initiative.

ReThink Winners

Way to go gators! We had over 20 ReThink projects submitted this year. Anthony Bell, Savannah Whaley, Kasen Shaw, Maya Hood and Meredity Cadena will take their projects to EdVenture this year.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3rd Grader Learn with Fossil Frank

Fossil Frank came to LCE Upper Campus as part of an in-school field study. He taught 3rd graders more about fossils as part of their Rocks and Minerals unit.

1st Quarter Honor Roll for 2017-18

Congratulations to our 1st Quarter honor roll students!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Second Grade Book Character Day

Second grade students and teachers looked great dressed as their favorite book characters today. Their creativity was amazing! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Paws for a Purpose

Lower Campus is collecting cans for Paws for a Purpose. 
There are large garbage cans in the entrance on both sides of the office to collect the empty cans. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PreK Harvest Fun

All of our preschool students enjoyed celebrating harvest day with friends!

ReThink Bat Project pictures

Wow! Lower Campus is so excited to share all of the ReThink bat projects. We are amazed at the creativity and hard work from the entries. Thank you to everyone that participated. The top 5 winners will be notified tomorrow and invited to attend the annual America Recycles Day on Saturday, Nov.18 from 9-11am at EdVenture Museum.

Monday, October 30, 2017

PTO Winter Spirit Wear Sale

The LCE PTO is selling youth and adult sized long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies and sweat pants with the Gator Pride design now through November 15

Orders will be delivered before the Christmas break, so this is a great opportunity to order holiday gifts! 

Order online at or print order form and return to your child's teacher. Please make checks payable to "LCE PTO".

Upper Campus Honor Roll Recognition

Students will be recognized for achieving 1st quarter honor roll on the morning show at Upper Campus in the upper level of the media center. The morning show begins at 8:10am. 

5th Grade: Monday, November 6  
4th Grade: Tuesday, November 7
3rd Grade: Wednesday, November 8 

Richland Two Middle School Magnet Programs

Attention Fifth Grade Families and Students,

Please see the attached link to view information about Richland 2's middle school magnet programs. The attached fliers include dates of information nights for each magnet program and information about shadowing current students in each program.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lower Campus Career Day

Thank you to everyone that came out to share about their careers with our students. The students really enjoyed learning about the different careers and getting to see some of the tools you use in your jobs. Thank you for helping to make this a very meaningful and hands on event!

Special Thank You to the following:

Columbia Fire Dept.
SC Dept. of Public Safety: Bureau of Protective Services 
Richland County Sheriff: Motorcycle & Patrol Car
SC Dept. of Natural Resources
Richland School District Two Security
Heartstrings Hospice: Julie Whaley, RN
Chick-fil-A: Kiah Caple
South Carolina School Boards Association: Dr. Tiffany Richardson
Grow Financial Bank: Areial Hutchinson
International Paper: Samantha Cook
Richland School District Two School Counselor: Leroy York
YMCA: Tiffany Council
City of Columbia Water Department: Nell Orscheln  
Richland County Recreation Commission: Ms. Venable
SC Works: Mr. Wright
Studiofit: Michael Labrador
USC School of Aerospace Engineering: Christopher Sacco
US Army: Lt. Col. Smith and Maj Smith
Palmetto Health USC Orthopedics: Josh Whitney
Moncrief Army Health Clinic: Ed Myles
Providence South Carolina Heart Center: Keith Stefanski

Parent University @ Upper Campus

LCE Upper Campus invites you to our annual Parent University event that will be held on Monday, November 13th from 5:30- 7:00p.m.

During this time, teachers and staff will share information about the curriculum and assessments as well as give strategies and tips that you can use at home to support your child's education. Our topics will address ELA, Math Homework, Study Skills, and Parent Portal Resources.

We look forward to seeing you!

Veterans Day Breakfast and Parade

The annual Veterans Day Celebration at Lake Carolina Elementary is almost here! We invite veterans and military members who are currently serving to join us on Friday, November 10 to enjoy breakfast with a parade immediately following. We would love for you to wear your uniform for the events. If your student has a parent who is unable to attend, please feel free to send a representative to enjoy breakfast and the parade as we want to make sure we honor them as well.

Each campus will be hosting a breakfast and parade at the same time. If you have a student at both campuses, please RSVP to the campus you will be attending on November 10.

Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15. You and your child will be in the parade that begins immediately following breakfast.

RSVP to the campus you will attend by Monday, November 6.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Make Up Pictures Friday

If your child missed having their picture taken on Sept. 22 or if you are a new gator, bring your smile this Friday, October 27.

All make up pictures will be taken in the morning, don't miss your chance to have your smile in this year's yearbook!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ReThink projects due Friday


All ReThink bat projects are due Friday, Oct. 27th. 

  • Bat must be created from recycled materials
  • Students need to write a few sentences about how they created their bat and what they learned from their research.
  • Label project with student's name, teacher and grade
Please be sure to take your completed project to Mrs. Struthers in the Science Lab.

We can't wait to see your creativity with this project!

Reminder from PTO

Please complete and return the class directory flyer sent home last week if you want to be included on your child's class roster. We will collect the last of them this week. If you have any questions, please e-mail Suzanne Wells at Thank you! 🐊

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Learning About Oztag (Non-Contact Rugby)

Thank you to Andy Lucas from Oztag USA for coming to Upper Campus to show our students what Oztag is and how to play it.

If you are interested, there is an information session on Saturday, November 4 at 9am at Doko Meadows in Blythewood. 
Also, all students were given a flyer to take home for parents to receive more information.

Contact Andy Lucas at

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Important Food Allergy Information

Please be aware that we have some children who are allergic to peanuts or other nuts. An allergic reaction to nuts, whether the allergen is in the form of peanut butter or a nut hidden in a piece of candy or a cookie, could easily become fatal. There is NO safe amount that can be ingested for a person with this allergy. Some people are so sensitive that they develop symptoms when the allergenic food comes into contact with their skin. One way to avoid an allergic reaction is to AVOID the allergen.

Please try to avoid sending in snacks or treats that contain any nut ingredients. If you are a parent of a student that has a food allergy, you may want to consider keeping a small box of approved snacks in your child’s classroom. That way if a snack or treat contains an allergen, the teacher can give your student one of their own approved snacks. Through a cooperative effort we will be able to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students.

Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!

Kathy Waldrep RN, LCEU
Sarah Mishoe RN, LCEL

R2 Job Fair

LCEL Principal for the Day

Jasmine enjoyed her job as the principal for the day! She did a great job and it looks like she might have a future in administration! Jasmine was the top seller from our fundraiser Read Books 2 Raise Bucks. Way to go Jasmine!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thank you AKA

Huge thank you to AKA Sorority in Blythewood for choosing LCE Lower as a school that would benefit from care packages to support Childhood Hunger Awareness.

Wall of Heros at Lower Campus

Help us update our Wall of Heroes! The wall of Heroes is displayed in honor of our veteran and active duty military family members of LCEL.  It is located in the hallway on the way to the cafeteria.  Students and parents can request a template from their classroom teacher or pick one up in the front office.  Please complete the template and add a photo of your special hero and return to your classroom teacher.  If you posted a hero last year, we will keep those photos up but you are welcome to bring in an updated photo if you would prefer.  Thank you for helping us celebrate our military families at LCEL.

PTO Mother-Son Bowling

Thank you LCE moms and sons for participating in Mother-Son Bowling on October 6 or 13 at Royal Z Lanes.

Mother-Son Bowling Pictures

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kindergarten Writing Celebration

Our kindergators are growing as writers! They are learning to write and share their true stories with others. They are celebrating their hard work as they continue to build a strong writing community in their classrooms. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

RETHINK Contest at Lower Campus

Gear up for Bat Month 2017 with student research and upcycling

Learn how local bat species benefit the Midlands.
Here are some links to get you and your students started:

Submit your bat research and upcyling project by Oct 27th 
Students create a bat using recycled materials. Entries should include a few sentences about how they created their project and what they learned from their research.  Be sure each project is labeled with the student's name, grade and teacher. All writing should be done by students.
Bring completed projects to Mrs. Struthers in the Science Lab. 

Win Prizes: 
Approximately thirty Richland/Lexington students K-12 will be invited to participate in our annual America Recycles Day RETHINK Contest on Saturday, Nov 18 (9-11am) at EdVenture Museum. Multiple cash prizes. Top prize $100.

Pink Out Friday

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, LCE and Richland Two are encouraging everyone to wear pink Friday! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in their pink! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Safety for Bikers and Scootering

LCEU families-- 

Please assist us with helping us make safety a priority. We have recently had an increase in injuries among our students who ride bikes and scooters to school. The injuries are happening on the sidewalks between upper and lower campus. We have taught students they are to ride their bikes/scooters at a slow speed and not ride side by side on the sidewalks.  Students are racing one another and putting others at risk. In addition, our crossing guard at Bud Keefe Road has had to remind students to use the crosswalk and not cross road without their direction.  

Thanks for working with us to keep safety a priority!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Message from LCE PTO

Please help us celebrate the Lake Carolina Elementary faculty and staff on their birthdays this year! LCE PTO acknowledges each staff member's birthday with a gift card, but many times parents or classes like to shower their teacher with a little extra love on their special day. Sometimes a sincere homemade card from a student will make a birthday even sweeter.

See the attached list of birthdays and mark your calendar now. Feel free to take the lead to organize something special for your child's teacher. Parents often like to contribute to a gift from the whole class. If your favorite teacher's birthday has already passed since the start of school, a belated surprise will certainly be appreciated. Thank you!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Do you know your school Social Worker?

Becky Inman is the school social worker for both upper and lower campus. She has worked at LCE for the past 5 years.  School social workers partner with the school, families, and community to facilitate a supportive environment that enhances the student’s school success. Here are some of the services that are available through our school social worker:

*Back Pack Program (Provides students with food for the weekend. A regular school back pack is sent home every Friday with the student containing 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and some snacks.  The back pack is brought back the next week and sent home again at the end of the week.)   

*Food Pantry Items                       

*Clothing (school uniforms)                             

 *School Supplies

There are times we all face hardship and may need some help.  Please do not hesitate to contact Becky Inman if your family could benefit from any of these resources. All information provided is kept confidential. 

Please click the link below if you would like more information on any of these services or email Mrs. Inman at

Boy Scouts Fall Popcorn Sale

Come visit the LCE Cub Scouts Pack 337 this week at the Lake Carolina Farmers Market!  The scouts will be selling their famous microwave popcorn and popcorn tins, including a limited edition USC Gamecock tin and a limited edition Clemson Tiger tin!  Prices start at $10. Popcorn makes great gifts for family, friends, teachers, and coworkers. Come support Pack 337 on Thursday, October 12 from 3-7.  Thank you!

Soccer Goals

 Gator Salute to Elite Soccer Training for donating new soccer goals for our students! We appreciate you giving back to LCEL! The students will enjoying playing soccer at recess with the new goals.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mother/Son Bowling Tomorrow: 60 Spots Left

Attention Gator Moms! We still have 60 spots available tomorrow for the Mother/Son Bowling night at Royal Z Lanes! We are opening up the option to pay at the door. It will be first come, first serve and we will accept cash, check and charge. Please make checks payable to LCE PTO. Hope to see you there!
Cost: $10 per person
This includes: shoe rental, up to 3 hours of bowling, 1 slice of pizza, and 1 drink.

(Other food available for purchase from Royal Z Lanes.)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Walk & Bike to School

We had another great turn out for our annual Walk & Bike to School event! LCE was one of 5,100 school in the US that participated in this event. Thank you to all the families that participated. There were smiles all around as students approached the school. Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TOMORROW is National Walk/Bike to School Day

The annual National Bike/Walk to School day is tomorrow, October 4th. We encourage everyone to walk or bike to school. We are very proud to be part of a huge walk/bike-to-school community!

This event promotes:

  • Physical activity
  • Teaching safe pedestrian and bicycle safety to children
  • Awareness of how walkable and bikeable a community is and where improvements can be made
  • Concern for the environment
  • Reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools
  • Sharing time within the community with friends and family

Green Steps Awards

Congratulations to Lower Campus for being named a Certified Green Steps School! This means we are a model school for visitors to come and see how we are good stewards for the environment.