We hope you and yours were able to unwind, relax, and spend quality time with family and friends this weekend. Team Carpenter is looking forward to another wonderful week with the #1 students in America! Our teachers are busy planning lessons and structuring their classrooms so that all students know and feel that they belong at Carpenter! Below are a few updates that we wanted to share;
Assistant Principal Intern
We are delighted that Mrs. Diann Tucker will be joining our administrative team this year. Mrs. Tucker will be completing her internship for a Masters Degree in School Administration at North Carolina Central University. She will be functioning and learning, on the job training, for how to be a principal. Formerly Mrs. Tucker was a PLC Chair and 3rd grade teacher at Carpenter.
Picture Day is scheduled for this Thursday, July 21st, for Tracks 1 & 2 and Tuesday, August 23rd, for Tracks 3 & 4. There will be Lifetouch forms sent home to order these optional school pictures. Students will need to prepay for these pictures. Many thanks to our PTA volunteers for their organization and assistance on these Picture Days.
PTA’s Kindergarten Breakfast
The PTA will host a breakfast for Kindergarten parents, on Tracks 1-3, on Monday, July 25th, at 9:15 am. Come to meet other parents and hear about ways to get involved at your child’s school.
Our third graders are required to take a Beginning of Grade reading test. Tracks 1-3 will be taking the test on Wednesday, July 27th. Third graders, in Track 4, will be taking the test on Wednesday, August 17th. The purpose of this test is to provide baseline data, for instruction, as to the reading level of our third graders. In NC, there is a Read to Achieve Law, that states that students cannot advance to fourth grade until they are proficient in reading.
Early Release Day
Our first Early Release Day, of the year, is coming up on Thursday, July 28th. Make afterschool arrangements as school will be released at 1:45 pm. Our teachers will be working on the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) course which is professional learning that provides educators and administrators with deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in the science of reading. LETRS teaches the skills needed to master the fundamentals of reading instruction – phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.
Student Information Cards
Ensure that you fill out and return your child’s student information card to your child’s teacher. The forms are a light purple color and are on a half sheet sized piece of paper. These student locator cards are kept in the front office to quickly reach parents when students become sick or injured at school.
If you haven’t already received an invitation to join Talking Points, your child’s teacher should send one shortly. This multi-lingual communication Application allows parents and teachers to text messages back and forth in chosen languages. This Application pulls parent contact information from Powerschool and we are grateful to have access to it again! You can download the Application or read more about it here.
The more consistent your child’s transportation is in the afternoons, the better it will be for your child. Please communicate any changes in your child’s transportation directly to your child’s teacher. We must follow your written plan with transportation and not your child’s spoken word.
In the afternoons, display your carpool number in your windshield even after we record it. It helps our staff to see the carpool numbers up until your child loads into your vehicle. If your child is delayed coming out of school, it saves us time to recall the number when it is already displayed.
Checking Students Out Early
If your child has an unavoidable appointment, be sure to check him/her out of the office by 3:15 pm so that it does not interfere with our carpool traffic. Students must be picked up in carpool if they are not picked up prior to 3:15 pm.
During the summer months, the temperature can get extremely hot. We recognize that our students need daily time to run around and play outside. However, on days with extreme heat of over 94 degrees, our students do not play outside between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We adjust our recess times, as a precautionary measure, to reduce the likelihood of heat exhaustion. Wednesday and Thursday, of this week, are projected to be over 94 degrees. Please send your child to school daily with a water bottle full of water.
As always, thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education.
Dr. Fay Jones
July 21st = Picture Day - Tracks 1 & 2
July 25th = PTA's Kindergarten Parent Breakfast - 9:15 am