December 17th

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Dates to Know

Monday, December 19th - Fastbridge Testing (K-1st)

Wednesday, December 21st - Holiday Sing Rehearsal (students only)

Thursday, December 22nd - Holiday SIng Performances:

4th/5th - 10:00 am

K/1st - 12:55 pm

2nd/3rd - 2:00 pm

December 23rd - January 6th - Winter Break

January 16th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school

January 18th - Emerson's 5th Grade Student & Family Night - 6-6:40 pm

Dressing for Weather - Winter is Here

I think it is safe to say that winter is here! Please make sure that your child has the appropriate clothing for recess. We go outside for recess in snow and when it is cold. Please make sure that they have gloves, hats, boots and warm coats. Also, I notice that many of our students have those very thin gloves. Once snow is here and they start to build and have fun in the snow, those gloves get very wet and often don't keep their hands warm.

Holiday Sing

It's been awhile and some parents/families haven't even experienced the Holiday Sing yet. So here is some helpful information for you:

4th/5th - 10:00 am

K/1st - 12:55 pm

2nd/3rd - 2:00 pm

*Parking is on the streets. Please do not park in No Parking Zones or in front of our neighbor's driveways.

*Door will open 15 minutes before each performance. (Early forecast is snow, fyi)

*ENTRANCE is Door 16. This is the entrance that is tucked away by our north playground. This entrance is nearest to the performance in our north gym. This will be the only door that is unlocked prior to the performance.

*Additional family members are welcome within reason. Keep in mind that each show will consist of about 140 students, so you can anticipate about how many adults will need seating.

*Speaking of seating, most of the seats are on backless benches. There are some folding chairs available as well.

*If you happen to bring a stroller, it's typically best to "store" it outside of the gym in the hallway if you take a young one out. You can ask Mr. Degman, Mr. Biondo, or myself as we'll be out and about around the entrance.

*I'll speak to this at the performance, but please be respectful of others while enjoying your child's performance. Be mindful of blocking other's views with videoing. We also have to keep pathways clear for students' entrance/exit so do not crowd that path. Our Carpenter Families have been terrific in the past and I want to keep the experience positive for all.

*Each grade level does about 3 songs, so performance times for each grade level are about 10-15 minutes, so total show time is about 25-30 min. Fourth and fifth may be a little longer.

*The rest of the building will be inaccessible so please plan on leaving the building from Door 16. In the past, people have asked to go to their child's classroom, but this is not something we allow.

*Winter clothing/coat donation bins will be available at the location.

*I am also looking to set up tables with lost/found in hallway for a pre-break check.

*I'm sure I'm forgetting something, myself, so I may send something out prior to Thursday. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

2023-2024 School Calendar

At regular meeting, the Board of Education adopted the 2023-2024 school calendar. The calendar is posted on the website; below are some key dates:

  • Institute Days: Monday, August 21, 2023; Tuesday, August 22, 2023; Friday, February 16, 2024
  • First day of school for students (K-8): Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • Last day of school: Friday, June 7, 2024 (this is a potential records day, in which case the last day of school for students is June 6)
  • Winter break: Monday, December 25, 2023, through Friday, January 5, 2024; return to buildings on Monday, January 8, 2024
  • Spring break: Monday, March 25 through Monday, April 1, 2024; return to buildings on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  • Trimester end dates: November 16; March 8; June 7
  • March 19, 2024, is designated as "FPT" - schools will be closed (this is an election day)

SPELLING BEE - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Have you heard the BUZZ? The D64 Spelling Bee is back! Please see our D64 Spelling Bee Website for further details and links to registration forms. Contact Mrs. Miller (cmiller@d64.org) or Ms. King (kking@d64.org) with any questions about the Carpenter Spelling Bee.

CoVid Communicating

This year, instead of sending out an email for CoVid cases, we will be updating a slide on our website. Please bookmark this page if interested in keeping tabs of our current cases and associated homerooms. I'll leave this in my weekly updates as well, but I'll gradually move this towards the bottom of the reading material.