October 2

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Dates to Know

Monday, October 3rd - PTO Meeting (7:00 pm)

Thursday, October 6th - 5th Grade Camp Duncan

Monday, October 10th - NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 14th - Track-a-Thon


Our monthly theme is month is Understanding October. Throughout our spiraling Second Step Curriculum, our students will have lessons on understanding and respecting differences. Starting in Kindergarten and 1st grade, they begin to identify same versus different. In 2nd grade, they learn about respecting different preferences. In 3rd grade, they learn about accepting differences and understanding perspectives. In 4th grade, students learn about accepting similarities and differences and understanding different perspectives. Lastly, in 5th grade, they'll learn to take different perspectives, accept differences, and disagree respectfully. It is important that we promote that we are all different. We all have different strengths and areas for growth. We talk to our children about how understanding each other is important everywhere, in the classroom, on the playground, and in the lunchroom. Fair doesn't always mean equal. Our children have different academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs and at Carpenter and in District 64, we strive to give all of the children what they need, and it looks different. In this month of October, we'll utilize the theme of Understanding October in teachable moments to help reinforce this concept. Please join us in having conversations with your children at home about being accepting and understanding of others' differences and BE KIND as we've learned in September.

Health Update: Health Forms Due October 15th

Physical Exam/vaccine records: due for students in kindergarten, sixth grade, and new students.

Eye exam: due for students in kindergarten and new to Illinois schools

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.