August 2, 2022
Good Morning Carpenter Families,
Time sure does fly by when we are having fun and learning lots! Shout out to our students and families for a smooth and successful start to the 2022-2023 school year. Here are a few school updates:
Fill out this form if your family needs free breakfast and lunch for your child/children. It takes at least 10 days to process this form. Students that do not qualify for free lunch and do not bring lunch from home will receive free fruits and vegetables.
PTA’s K Breakfast
Recently, the PTA sponsored a wonderful breakfast for new Kindergarten families on Tracks 1-3. Anyone who didn’t get to come, please join us for the next one on August 5th at 9:15 am. We were truly inspired by hearing a parent’s story of how she met one of her best friends at the PTA’s Kindergarten breakfast years ago.
Our Track 4 third graders will be taking their Beginning of Grade Reading 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.
Thursday, August 18th, is the last day for Track 2. We wish them well on their track out. We will welcome our Track 3 students back on Monday, August 22nd.
School will not be in session on Friday, August 19th, as it is a teacher workday for all tracks.
Tracks 3 & 4 will have their scheduled Picture Day on Tuesday, August 23rd. We so appreciate our PTA helpers that assist with Picture Day.
Our next Early Release day is scheduled for Friday, September 2nd. Teachers will be working on LETRS training for their state certification in literacy. School will be released at 1:45 pm. Notify your child’s teacher if you intend for your child to go home a different way. Students that need to be checked out early can do so through the front office by 1:00 pm. Otherwise, students will need to be picked up through carpool.
Please refrain from having pets with you while you come through our carpool line. Last week, we had a dog escape from a vehicle and a chase ensued. It was a tense situation as no one wanted a person to get bitten or a beloved pet to be run over. The added people, wait time, heat, and congestion at carpool can make even docile animals agitated. For everyone’s safety, please keep your dogs at home when driving through our carpool line.
Last year, we were able to run many Extended Learning Camps for reading throughout the year for multiple grades. We were able to do this because of the generous COVID funds from the federal government. This year, we are back to utilizing state funding and therefore, each track receives one Read to Achieve Camp for third and fourth graders. All camps are being held during the first track out and will end by September. Children that qualify for this two-week reading camp will be contacted by our Literacy Coach, Mrs. Darcy.
PTA’s Spirit Night
Our PTA has planned a Spirit Night on Monday, September 26th, at Andia’s Ice Cream. Mark your calendars to come and support this event. The ice cream shop will be closed, to the general public, on this evening and will be open specifically just for our school community. The PTA will receive a percentage of each sale. In addition, there will be some popular teachers participating in an ice cream eating contest!
Dental Hygiene Screenings
All WCPSS students receive an annual dental screening at the start of their Kindergarten school year. Our dental hygienist will be using a flashlight to provide a quick visual screening of students’ teeth on August 10th and August 24th. During the screening, the dental hygienist will follow all guidelines and precautions put forth by the CDC, NC Oral Health Section, and WCPSS. If there are obvious dental health problems with your child, we will contact you to share the results. Good dental health is important to a student’s overall well-being and affects a child’s success and performance in the classroom. We recommend all students visit a dentist once or twice a year for a thorough cleaning. Questions can be referred to Mary Lou Torbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you know, our beautiful school building was provided as a result of tax dollars. Our school building is considered a government building. School district personnel do not have a choice when our buildings are commandeered on election days. We do not rent our buildings for election days nor do we make money off being a polling place.
There were runoff elections on July 19th and Carpenter was used as a polling place. There was a member of our administration team seated outside the gym area throughout the day on this election day. We monitored individuals that needed to use the restroom and routed them through the teachers’ lounge.
The WCPSS school board is weighing some alternatives for future election days.
We reported three cases of COVID positive individuals last week at Carpenter Elementary. If your child is sick, please keep them home. If your child is sent home sick, you will need to submit a negative COVID test or an alternative diagnosis for your child to return to school. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, your child will need to quarantine at home for 5 days. Your child can return to school on days 6-10 but must wear a mask throughout the day.
Hope everyone has a fantastic week of learning and growing.
Dr. Fay Jones