Carpenter Courier

March 21, 2019

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Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well, that was a quick month, but we certainly had a lot going on. The second trimester ended, some parents had spring conferences, our 3rd-5th graders completed their Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test (IAR), we've had some field trips, and hosted the Board of Education meeting this month. I want to give credit to all of our 3rd-5th graders who spent 5.5 to 6 hours of computerized testing last week. It is exceptionally challenging for them to sustain such mental attention and focus throughout all of that testing, yet they did their very best and gave tremendous effort.

All throughout the month, we've been focusing on our manners and next month it will be on our attitudes! Although it doesn't necessarily align with our Second Step lessons as previous month focuses were intended to do, we feel that it is a focus our students can easily relate with and is a great connector for daily conversations. It's important to approach our relationships, our school work, and each day with a positive attitude. It speaks to having a growth mindset and it aligns with continued work we are doing with our students on accepting feedback. As we return from Spring Break, you can help support our mission by encouraging our students to return to "student mode" and set goals to finish the school year strong with a positive attitude.

For all of those traveling over Spring Break, safe travels. If you are staying home like me, take the time to rest and relax. Remember, school doesn't resume until Tuesday, April 2nd.


Mr. Brett Balduf, Principal

Carpenter Elementary School

March Madness Manners

This month, to have a little fun with March Manners, we connected our positive office referrals to March Madness. If a student earned a positive office referral in March, they picked a number that corresponded with a college basketball team in the tournament. The four students that have the FINAL FOUR teams at the end of the tournament, will earn a basketball game with Mr. Balduf and Ms. Creehan. Our students will hopefully forever associate March Madness with having good manners and being kind. This was just a fun little way to continue to reinforce positive, pro-social behavior.

If your student earned an office referral, they'll know they picked a number with Mr. Balduf or Ms. Creehan. The list below shows what student has what team so they know who to root for.


Health Services Reminder


Springtime turns thoughts to warmer weather, outdoor activities, and spring break travel. Here are two important reminders to help your families enjoy this time of year!

Please continue to take time to regularly check your child for the presence of head lice. The Centers for Disease Control has practical information regarding head lice, which can be accessed here. In addition, your Building Nurse can provide you with useful materials regarding identification and treatment of head lice. Information also is available on the D64 Health & Safety tips webpage.

This time of year also is called “influenza (flu) season.” In the U.S., flu season occurs in the winter; however, flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May.

D64 has noticed an increase in the number of influenza-type illnesses in our schools, which is to be expected at this time of the year. Cleaning protocols have been adjusted in all buildings in response to this increase. In addition, frequent handwashing and proper cough/sneeze etiquette are regularly reinforced with our students and staff.

Please visit Cook County Department of Public Health for information about influenza, including prevention tips that you may find helpful at home, too.

Kindergarten Round-up Night

We will have our annual incoming Kindergarten Round-up Night on Monday, April 8th. The office will be open at 5:30 p.m. if you have any questions, or need to bring in any materials. The presentation will be in the south gym from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. This night is designed for parents.

One School One Book (OSOB)

Be on the lookout for your OSOB on Friday! Let's all get reading together!

That Man May See - Carpenter Fundaiser

Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world? About 20 million people in the world cannot see due to cataracts. A cataract forms when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Over time and without medical treatment, the cloudiness becomes worse and can severely affect a person's ability to see. This can be fixed with a simple, cheap 15 minute surgery. Carpenter is going to be doing a 10 Buck Challenge from April 8-12 to raise money to give the gift of sight to people suffering from cataracts in rural Nepal. The surgeries cost $60. Our donations will provide a $30 subsidy for each surgery. In other words, for every $30 we donate, a person in Nepal will be given the gift of sight. We are hoping that as many people as possible will bring in at least $10 to help people see again. Students can bring in cash or checks. Checks can be made out to That Man May See. A crowdrise sight for online donations will be available starting April 8. There will also be a special performance from the Dance and Music Academy on Thursday, April 11 at Carpenter from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. It is a free performance with a suggested donation of $10. More detailed information about the 10 Buck Challenge fundraiser will be sent home after spring break. Any questions can be directed to Ms. Keenan at

New Club for 2nd-5th Graders - Greek Folk Dance Club

Greek Folk Dance Club is open to all 2nd - 5th graders. 12 sessions from 4/9/19 to 5/16/19, Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 - 8:35 a.m.

Performance at Carpenter Talent Show! You don't need to be Greek - come and learn Greek folk dances and songs!!



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