Dr. Timothy Blackwell, Principal

    From the Principal


    Dear Arden Families,

    Welcome back to 2021, and the second half of the school year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and we are happy all our families are back safely from their holiday travels.


    We had a great first half of our school year, and anticipate that the second part of the year will be even better!  As I have previously mentioned, our teachers will be working hard to engage students in meaningful activities daily whether it is in or out of the classroom.  Upon our return on January 4th, please be reminded that we will continue to January 19th in a virtual format.  We ask that you have your scholar prepared by 7:45 am daily for instruction to begin and for attendance purposes.  


    We completed our Winter STAR DIBELS testing in December.  We will be sharing information about your students’ progress.  Teachers and support teams will continue working hard to ensure increased student progress by the end of the school year.


    Our attendance remains a focus during the second half of the school year.  We encourage the attendance of every student when at all possible, but if students are ill please keep them at home.  We will be doing lots of hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing in the classrooms to prevent illness.


    Arden Elementary School is a great place to learn!  Families, thank you for your contribution to a great school year, thus far.  If we can be of further assistance, please contact us at 803-735-3400 or by email at timothy.blackwell@richlandone.org or shameka.stephney@richlandone.org.  Together Everyone Achieves More….thank you for being part of a great TEAM!  We stand ready to assist you in any way that we can! 




    Dr. Timothy Blackwell, Principal

    Ms. Shameka Stephney, Assistant Administrator


    We are Arden Elementary School, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.



    AM and PM Procedures clock

    • Instruction begins promptly at 7:30 A.M.  Announcements will begin at this time.  
    • All car riders must enter in the back of the school, and parents are to stay in the car rider line.
    • Please do no not park your car and let your children get out.
    • For safety reasons and for a smooth flow of traffic, please stay in the car rider line, and let your child out in the designated area.  We are asking all car riders to be dropped off in the car loop.  Please do not drop students off on Holmes Street.  
    • At dismissal, please remain in your vehicles.  For the 2020-2021 school year, car riders will be released at 2:30 pm.
    • The staff member in the front office will call your child's number over the intercom.  This is a new process and will take time.  
    • Student temperatures will be taken upon entering the building.
    • Breakfast and lunch will be in the classroom until further notice.  
    • Students must enter the building with a mask.  
    • After 7:00 A.M., teachers are not permitted to hold conversations with parents.  At 7:00 A.M. teachers are supervising their students and preparing to begin the school day.
    • Schedule a conference with your child's teacher by calling and leaving a message, emailing the teacher, or by placing a note in your child's agenda or Homework Folder.
    • All visitors must sign in with the office via the V-Soft system.  Please be prepared to present your state-issued ID to the secretary.

    Walker Procedures:

    • Walkers with siblings will enter the building through the cafeteria side door entrance.  Parents can retrieve their child/children from the cafeteria at dismissal.  Please use the side walk 6 ft markings.  We ask that you do not block the cafeteria entrance, the front entrance door or sit on benches during dismissal.
    • We strongly encourage parents not to park on Ashley Street or across the street and have students cross the street to get into cars.  This is a safety concern for us. 

      Thank you for your cooperation as we keep our scholars safe during this time!  



    Character Word for Month of October: Cooperation

    To play together or work well with others to accomplish a common goal