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February 4, 2024

Carpenter Families,

Please read below for the latest updates and information. 


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 by February 9th: Honor a Teacher Google Form


School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 5-9 is School Counselor Appreciation Week.  We are so thankful for everything that Carpenter’s school counselor, Ms. LeGrand, does for our students every day. 


Board approves March 5 as a non-instructional day for students

During the January 16 meeting and in response to community and staff feedback, Board of Education members approved making March 5, 2024 (Primary Election Day) a 'Banked Day' for all 2023-24 instructional calendars. This means there will be no school for students and the day will be designated as a workday for school staff. 


5th Grade Moving Up Ceremonies

Mark your calendars, 5th Grade Families! Our 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremonies will be Monday, June 3rd at 9:30 for Track 1 and Wednesday, June 26th at 9:30 for Tracks 2 and 3 and at 11:00 for Track 4. 


Black History Month Spirit Week

Monday, February 19- Color Day- wear red, black, or green

Tuesday, February 20- Black Excellence Day- wear your business attire

Wednesday, February 21- Rep a Black Historical University- wear colors or shirt

Thursday, February 22- Throwback Thursday- wear an outfit inspired by the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s

Friday, February 23- Wear ALL Black Today

Monday, February 26- Shade of Brown Day- wear different shades of brown

Tuesday, February 27- Greek Day- wear your Greek wear or your school spirit wear

Wednesday, February 28- Wear clothes that represent your heritage

Thursday, February 29- Sneaker Day- wear your favorite sneaker/shoe that represents you



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

Science Expo! We are only a few weeks away from our Annual Science Expo which will be held February 15th from 5:30-7pm!  We will have 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

Guidelines for Projects:
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! 

Please send questions to


Upcoming Events/Important Dates

  • February 1-29- Black History Month
  • February 15- Welcome Back, Track 3!
  • February 14- 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