Carver Middle School Newsletter

October 11, 2020

Principal's Message

Greetings Carver MS!

Good luck to all of our families who are sending children back to school tomorrow throughout our feeder pattern elementary schools. We wish the best to our future Cougars and their families on a fantastic return to school!

Thank you all very much for an awesome week and for all of your support during MAP testing over the last two weeks. As a reminder Friday, October 16, is now a full day of school. It was scheduled to be a three hour early release day on the CCPS calendar. This has been updated and it is now a full day of school.

Our daily schedule has been updated slightly as cohort 2 returns to school. The schedule is updated below. Essentially our Flex block has been shortened to correspond with our normal dismissal time.

Please see the newsletter below for additional information and updates.

Thank you for your support and have a great week!


Anthony J. McLaurin, Sr., Ed.D.


G.W. Carver Middle School

Return to Learning

Thank you very much to everyone who has completed the Carver MS Return to School Survey If you have not completed this survey, please do so by this Thursday, 10/15/2020. Survey results will assist with critical information as we prepare for our return to in person instruction.

Carver Library! Updates from Mrs. Fontana!

Carver Curbside Library: Students can preorder library books for checkout by going to the Carver Library Canvas page and clicking the PINK paw. Follow the directions to search our books and put one or two books on hold for checkout. A librarian will check books out for the student, and have them packaged for curbside pickup outside door #6 on the bus loop side of the building on Wednesdays from 9:00-1:00. Look for the tent to pick up your books. It's very simple to check out new books and/or return any old books, even though you can't actually visit the library yet. Keep the pages turning and escape with a great book from our Carver library!


2020 - 2021 Virtual Bell Schedule-October 12-November 6, 2020

Office Hours- 7:25 am - 7:55 am

First Block- 8:00 am - 9:10 am

Second Block- 9:15 am - 10:25 am

Third Block- 10:30 am - 11:40 am

Lunch- 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Fourth Block- 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

PAWS Time- 1:30 pm - 2:05 pm

Carver is having a BOOK FAIR!!!!

Scholastic Books is offering a virtual book fair at Carver from October 26 - November 8. You'll be able to shop online from home and purchase some of your book fair favorites. You'll be able to find the newest Diary of the Wimpy Kid, graphic novels, romances, mysteries, sports books, and so much more. Books will be safely shipped to you at home, so you never have to leave the comfort of your pajamas and slippers.

More details are coming soon.

Key Dates

  • Oct 16- Full School Day (No longer a 3 hour early release)

  • Oct. 25-Nov. 8- Virtual Book Fair

  • Oct. 30- End of the First Marking Period

  • Nov. 2-Parent-Teacher Conferences-11 am-7 pm. No School

  • Nov. 3- Election Day- No School

  • Nov. 9- Cohort 4 Students are scheduled to return to school

Carver Attendance Line

If you are aware that your student will be absent from class please call our attendance line directly at: (804) 524-3627.

CCPS Resource Hub

Please see the link below for CCPS resources and upcoming events for the week.

Virtual Career & Resource Fair!

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Social Services, Virginia Career Works - Capital Region, Office of Community Wealth Building - The Maggie L. Walker Initiative, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Goochland County, Hanover County and the Virginia Employment Commission are gathering to present a Virtual Career & Resource event on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

The first hour (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM) is reserved for veterans.

Anyone interested can register here:

Chromebook Support Desk Schedule - Oct. 12 - Oct. 15

Monday, October 12th

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Monacan HS (11501 Smoketree Dr.)

Tuesday, October 13th

8:00 am - 9:30 am at L.C. Bird HS (10301 Courthourse Rd.)

Wednesday, October 14th

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Monacan HS (11501 Smoketree Dr.)

Thursday, October 15th

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm at L.C. Bird HS (10301 Courthourse Rd.)

Carver MS School Counseling Assignments 2020-2021

Welcome to Mrs. Cathy Whitaker our new School Counseling Coordinator! Please see below for your Counselor's contact information. Sixth grade students are assigned counselors based on last name. Please complete the Carver Schedule Request Form if your child's schedule needs to be adjusted and the appropriate counselor will contact you ASAP.

Thank you!

Grade 6

Mrs. Redding A -

Mrs. Whitaker L -

Grade 7

Mr. Cunningham-

Grade 8


Canvas Support Videos

Thanks to Mrs. Smith for hosting Canvas Support Sessions last week! Please see the videos below if you could not make it to the session.

Carver Canvas Support-Video 1

Carver Canvas Support-Video 2

Carver Canvas Support-Video 3

Back to School Links!

Please use the links below to for Back to School Information!

Carver MS Back to School Site

Carver MS Canvas Support Center

Carver Schedule Request Form

Message from our School Nurse Mrs. Geisz

Carver MS School Nurse Video

Here are a few reminders from the school clinic, even though we are starting school virtual all of the following are still required for this school year:

1. Proof of immunization: For a complete list of all required immunizations please see the Virginia Department of health link There are 2 Middle School specific requirements. Note :Effective July 1, 2019, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 7th grade. Also note: Effective October 1, 2008, a complete series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine is required. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 6th grade, however with HPV, after reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.

2. Immunization records can be faxed to 804.520.0189 to the School Nurse.

3. Update Individual Health service plan: If your child lives with any of the following:

    1. Asthma
    2. Life-threatening allergies
    3. Diabetes
    4. Seizures
    5. Or any other health concern that requires medication or specific health related procedures while in school please make sure that we have an updated health service plan and/or medication administrations forms. Required forms can be found here

4. Please keep in mind due to COVID 19 the use of nebulizers will not be allowed this school year, so please make sure to discuss plans for treatment with your physician if your child has asthma.

I am looking forward to supporting your child to be safe, healthy and ready to learn at Carver Middle School! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at or call me at 804.524.3620 ext.143.

Get a library card over the phone!

Check out this exciting information from the Chesterfield County Public Library!

This will give you access to so many more ebook titles!

Get a library card over the phone link!

Self-Care During COVID-19

Please take a look at the COVID-19 Resources link. As we are all dealing with difficult times children and adults both may benefit from ideas and resources to help us to cope positively with our present reality.

Carver PTA!

The Carver PTA needs you!

Use the PTA website at: to sign up.

1. Log in or create an account.

2. On the "Join School" pop up screen enter code: 9XKCHR.

3. Sign up to assist with events, purchase spirit wear, raise funds and assist the PTA in supporting our students!