Carkenord Chronicle

October 2021

A Message from the Principal

We have made it through our first week of school! Getting into the routine of school can be hard! Families are often balancing evening practices and events, homework, and bedtime routines in the evening and have a hard time getting the kids up early for school the next morning. It's quite normal for kids to be extra tired and extra grumpy as their little bodies get used to their new routines.

October is filled with many great events here at school. Our PTC (Parent Teacher Committee) has planned our Fun Run, Trunk or Treat, and is already working towards other great events throughout the school year! All parents are welcome to join us at our meetings. Thank you to all of our families for supporting our fundraising efforts with our Fun Run! Money is still coming in, but so far we have raised over $20,000! Thanks to the businesses who sponsored us, all of our students will be receiving new grade-level shirts. Each grade is assigned a specific color. Students will get their shirts the morning of the Fun Run (October 8th).

This past month, you probably heard your child mention some form of assessment. All of our students were assessed in the areas of reading and math using the NWEA assessment. Students in 3rd-5th Grade were also assessed in Language. In addition, all students are being tested for their guided reading levels or GRL. Teachers use the data from these assessments to help drive our instruction, as well as to plan for interventions to help students keep making growth. You will receive specific results for your child at mid-marking reports, which will come home the week of November 1st. At that time, we will also be scheduling parent-teacher conferences. Conferences will be held over zoom, but parents may request a face-to-face meeting if there is a need that would be better discussed in person. Conferences are on November 3rd and 4th. Teachers will send home sign-up genius links for parents to sign up for a time in the near future.

Please be sure to read below for more detailed information on some of our upcoming events.

Fun Run

Our building-wide goal was to raise $14,000 for the Fun Run, and between our sponsors and student donations, we have raised over $20,000! So, in the spirit of being a team player, Mrs. Szczepanski will be going on the roof as the fun run is beginning! Students will receive grade-level shirts the morning of the run.

Picture Day

Monday, October 11th is Fall Picture Day. All students will be photographed so that pictures will be in the yearbook. If you would like to order pictures, order forms were sent home. You can also order your photo packages online by visiting and using the code CARK21. There will be a retake day, but that has not yet been scheduled.

Trunk or Treat/Pumpkin Stroll

Thursday, October 21st, Carkenord PTC is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat event on the playground from 6:00-8:00 pm. We are in need of families to decorate cars. A flyer will be coming home with students soon. Students must purchase a wristband to trick or treat. Wristbands will be $2 in advance and $3 at the door. Families who are decorating will be asked to bring candy to distribute, but we are also asking for donations of candy to help supplement those handing out the candy and treats. Donations can be sent in to the main office right up until the 21st.

In addition, families are welcome to carve/decorate pumpkins so that we can line the bus loop with jack-o-lantern luminaries to guide you back to your cars with a "Pumpkin Stroll." Pumpkins can be dropped off at 5pm on October 21st in the bus loop. Any pumpkins left over after 8pm will be discarded, but families are welcome to take their pumpkins home after trunk or treat.

Look for forms coming home soon!

Trunk or Treat Form


Attention Carkenord male role models…we are looking for you to be a Watch “DOG” during the 2021-22 school year! Watch D.O.G.S. is a nationally recognized program whose goal includes providing male role models for our students during the school day. Our goal at Carkenord is to invite any special male role models (dads, grandpas, uncles, stepdads) to our school for one day to be a Watch DOG on Wednesdays throughout the school year. The Watch DOG won’t only spend time with his own student(s), but will also spend time in the cafeteria, playground, etc., making connections with other students who may not have male role models in their lives.

The following video clip provides insight as to what the program entails.

If you’re thinking you’d like to sign up for the program, please do the following things:

1. Complete a LCPS required Volunteer Form (attached pdf file) and return to school by Thursday, October 14, 2021

2. Use this Sign Up Genius link to choose one date slot that works for you to be a Watch DOG at Carkenord from 9:50 a.m.-3:05 p.m. Please only sign up for one day during this first sign up block to allow the opportunity for all to participate. Additional slots will be sent out in the near future.

3. Arrive at Carkenord on your scheduled day at 9:50 a.m., sign into the front office and you will be given a schedule of your day

Should you have any additional questions, please email Sarah Krug at

Halloween Parties and Parade

Classrooms will be celebrating Halloween with 1 hour parties in their classrooms on October 29th. Teachers may ask for 1-2 parent volunteers to help out during their parties. Teachers will communicate more information regarding times, volunteers, and donation needs.

Students may wear their costumes to school. Please keep in mind that students will still need to be able to sit at their desks/tables for much of the day. Students will also have lunch and recess. Please do not send students to school with props that depict violence (guns, knives, swords, etc.) Costume masks may not be worn during class time, except during the party and parade.

We will hold a Halloween Parade around the perimeter of the school at 2:15 pm. Parents are welcome spectators during the parade. Parents may stand anywhere around the outside of the building. We will make 2 laps around the school then return inside.

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 11 Fall Picture Day
  • Oct 13 NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 22 Half Day of School (records day)
  • Oct 29 Halloween Parties and Parade
  • Nov 2 No School-Election Day
  • Nov 3 Half Day-Afternoon and Evening Conferences
  • Nov 4 Half Day-Afternoon Conferences
  • Nov 4-Dine to Donate--Eat at Jillian's Coney Island to support Carkenord PTC
  • Nov 5 Half Day
  • Nov 11 BINGO Night
  • Nov 17 PTC Meeting