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January 15, 2024

Carpenter Families,

We have a busy week this week at Carpenter! All tracks will be in session at one point this week! We will say see you later to Track 3 on Wednesday and will welcome back Track 4 on Thursday! Please read below for important information. 

Feeling Generous?  The front office is in need of Clorox wipes.  We get lots of fun germs in the front office and health room, but we have run out of wipes to disinfect.  If you’d like to grab a container for us the next time you are at the store- we would certainly appreciate it!


Cary Chamber of Commerce Honor a Teacher  The Cary Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in supporting education in our community through numerous programs and activities. One of the most critical needs of Wake County schools is that of attracting and retaining the best classroom teachers. With the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Honor a Teacher Program we hope to help our school system in meeting that challenge.

Building on the success of the Discovery Award first sponsored by the Ashworth family in 1991, followed by the Clara Knoll Award in 2000 by Barry and DJ Mitsch, the Cary Chamber has secured sponsors to develop a teaching awards program for all schools in the Cary Area.
  Please nominate a Carpenter Elementary teacher using this link: Honor a Teacher Google Form


Extra Set of Clothes Please remember that all students need an extra change of clothes they keep at school for any accidents that may occur in the classroom or at recess.  We do not have any extra clothes at this time to lend to students.


Kids Heart Challenge 2024

I am excited to share with you that I’ve accepted the American Heart Association’s Principal’s Challenge. I’ve committed to being prepared to save a life by learning Hands-Only CPR*, learning how to take care of my heart and brain, and raising funds to help kids born with special hearts!


I’m really excited and want every one of our staff, students and families to join me. You can by completing Finn’s Mission on the AHA Schools App or YM SE KHC 2023-2024 WO-32243: Carpenter Elementary School - Kids Heart Challenge - American Heart Association


Learning how to save a life, take care of our hearts and brains and help kids with special hearts all at the same time! I am so excited for us all to help create a community of lifesavers.


Coach Schmidt will be sharing more information with the students and share about the fun activities that will go along with this challenge!


*Hands-Only CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.



Studio Time with Mr. B


Thanks to the PTA Cultural Arts Committee, our students are going to have an amazing time learning about their ELA standards while incorporating songs and movement. 

Wednesday, January 24 (Tracks 1&3)

K-2 1:00 - 2:00

3-5 2:15 - 3:15

Thursday, January 25 (Tracks 2&4)

K-2 9:30 - 10:30

3-5 10:45 - 11:45



Please remember that learning starts at 9:15, so please arrive before this time to give your child time to walk to their class to be ready to learn with their class. 

Lost and Found

With the cooler temperatures, our Lost and Found has grown! There are many jackets, sweatshirts, hats, and water bottles without an owner.  If your child is missing anything, please have them check the lost and found.  We have organized all items and have them hanging and/or displayed in the front hallway.  All items still left at the end of February will be donated

PTA News

 Carpenter Chameleons are full of S*P*I*R*I*T !!


  • New year, new spirit wear t-shirts for our Chameleon friends and families!  These t-shirts are made of super soft tri-blend material and come in a vibrant green color.  Only 100 youth size t-shirts will be available for purchase at the Science Expo on February 15th.  Prices are $10 for x-small and $12 for small and up.  We accept cash, check, or credit card.  Come get yours! 
  • Celebrate your student's birthday or big event by painting the spirit rock! You can 'Rent the Rock'  here 



Chipotle Spirit Event!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 23rd for our next spirit event at Chipotle in Park West Village from 4-8pm.  Order online for pickup using code PVPLWD7.  Chipotle will donate 33% of sales to the PTA!  


Science Expo!

Calling all Scientists!  Carpenter Elementary will hold their Annual Science Expo on February 15, 2024 from 5:30-7pm. Joining us will be two food trucks: Kono Pizza and Jam's Ice Cream Treats..  Any student at Carpenter can participate and multiple students can work on one project together. Please register all projects at this link:

What are the Guidelines for a Project?
Guidelines for the project are very flexible, but we ask you to follow these main criteria:
- The project idea, execution and display should be the work of the student. While parents are encouraged to assist, please ensure the student is the owner of their project.
- Use the scientific method. Great resource on YouTube:
- Display the project on a standard, three panel display board that is roughly 36” by 48”

We can't wait to see all the scientific thinking, problem-solving, prediction, and improvisation our budding scientists have to offer! 

Questions - please send to

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

  • January 24- Happy Track Out, Track 3!
  • January 25- Welcome Back, Track 4!
  • February 15- Welcome Back, Track 3!
  • February 15- Happy Track Out, Track 2!

Important Links to Access:

2023-2024 Year Round Calendar

2024-2025 Year Round Calendar

Carpenter's Breakfast and Lunch Menu




Kim Collins

Carpenter Principal