November 13th

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Dates to Know

Friday, November 11th - Friday, November 18th - 6 Days of Giving (see flyer below)

Monday, November 14th - PTO MEETING 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 15th - Support Kiwanis by Dine-in/Dine-out at Harp & Fiddle

Thursday, November 17th - Carpenter Track-a-Thon Assembly (students only - 2:45 pm) (amK students may return at 2:40 if interested)

Friday, November 18th - End of First Trimester

Monday, November 21-25 - No School - Fall/Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 2nd - Report Cards go home

Thursday, December 8th - Winter Map Testing Begins (2nd-5th)

Monday, December 12th - PTO MEETING 7:00 pm

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


For safety reasons and in compliance with state law, a parent is requested to notify the school office by phone. If notice is not received, the school secretary will call parents at home or work to confirm the absence.

To report an absence, please call the school office anytime, day or night, to access the voice mail system. When calling, please provide: student’s name; classroom/ homeroom; date of absence; and reason for absence. For illness, please share symptoms or diagnosis. When reporting a case of influenza, please supply the following details: whether influenza was formally diagnosed by the healthcare provider, which type of influenza was diagnosed, and whether treatment (i.e., Tamiflu) was prescribed.

• EXCUSED: A valid cause for absence includes illness, observance of a religious holiday or religious instruction, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee. For a student to be released from school as an excused absence to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction, parents should give written notice to the Building Principal at least five calendar days before the student's anticipated absence. Teachers will provide the student with an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement. Please see Board Policy 7:80 Release Time for Religious Instruction/ Observance for additional information.

• UNEXCUSED: Absences due to vacations, attendance at a cultural or sporting event, or participation in a team sport, acting or fine arts performance are considered unexcused. The Illinois School Code defines a chronic or habitual truant as a child who is absent without valid cause (i.e., unexcused absence) for 5% (nine days) or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days. District 64, therefore, monitors student attendance on a regular basis and conducts an absenteeism and truancy program to ensure the attendance of students at school. To address high rates of unexcused absenteeism, a sequence of escalating interventions is followed leading to a Truancy Referral Form submitted to the North Cook Intermediate Service Center. A healthcare provider’s note is required if your child is absent five or more consecutive days due to illness; please bring the note to the Health Office upon the child’s return to school. In addition, consult Procedures/School Absence in Chapter 5 - School Health Services for detailed instructions about re-admittance to school following specific illnesses, injuries and other health occurrences.


Every school day is important, and the District strongly discourages scheduling family vacations on school days as these are considered unexcused absences. If your child will be absent from school for an extended period of time for a family trip, please inform the school office and your child’s teacher. Work will be given upon return for students leaving the country or immediate District area when your children RETURN to school. It must be completed at home under a parent’s supervision. Teachers are not expected to provide homework or assignments in advance for students who will be absent for an extended period of time for family vacation and other activities.
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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.

2nd Grade Chromebooks Going Home

Our 2nd graders will begin to bring their Chromebooks home after Thanksgiving Break. Please start to think of a place in your house that they will keep it and have a place to charge it.

Kiwanis/D64 Holiday Food Basket Drive

The Kiwanis Club of Park Ridge is hosting its Annual D64 Holiday Food Basket Drive to help families who could benefit from added support during the holidays. This year we have approximately 150 families in need.

All funds raised go directly back to our families in D64 in the form of a Holiday basket including a Mariano grocery gift card, pie, and holiday ham.

We understand the importance of family tradition and the role it plays in the life of a child. Holiday meals in particular help strengthen family bonds and provide an extra dose of happiness.

Can we count on you to help us bring holiday cheer to the children in our school district this holiday season? The drive will last for only a month, so please join us today. Donations can be made online or by check from 10/20/2022 to 11/20/2022.

To donate on-line, click https://kiwanisPR.org/

… or send a check to Kiwanis of Park Ridge

19 N. Seminary Avenue

Park Ridge, IL 60068-3037

Sound easy?... It is! Make your holiday brighter by making a family’s holiday brighter. THANK YOU for CARING!

Kiwanis Club of Park Ridge

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.