Carpenter Courier

November 30, 2017

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Principal's Corner

Dear Carpenter Parents,

It seems odd to be writing about the Holiday Sing while we are experiencing 50-degree weather and I still feel like we just started the school year, but here we are. We have another great month of learning and exciting activities in December.

I want to thank everyone again for your support of our Track-a-Thon. The money that our families raised ($29,934.21) has helped to contribute so much to the work that we are doing at Carpenter on a daily basis. Because of your support, we were able to open our IMAGINE LAB where students can work with their classrooms in whole group, small group, or individual. We were able to open up the Lab during indoor recess as well to provide our students with a fun, comfortable space to play board games. We are able to bring in child authors (see Kelly DiPucchio pictured below who visited Carpenter on November 29th). We have also been building our technology "resource library" that teachers can utilize to support their instruction in the classrooms. So thank you to our PTO and your continued support!

In December, we have four solid weeks of instruction with our annual holiday sing the highlight as we approach winter break. We will be completing our winter benchmarking in AIMSWEB (K/1st) and MAP (2nd-5th grade). MAP testing will be completed the week of December 11th, so please avoid scheduling appointments if possible.

Our monthly social-emotional theme for December is Dealing with Feelings December. Following the scope/sequence of Second Step, many of the lessons are focused on using strategies. So, throughout November, identifying feelings was important. Now, in December, it will be important to identify strategies to manage feelings. For example, what strategies can you implement if you feel embarrassed or nervous or angry? As always, please utilize our themes and work to support conversations that you have with your children at home to help us teach the children to generalize their skills to different settings and with different people.

Thank you for your continued partnership.


Mr. Brett Balduf, Principal

Carpenter Elementary School

Inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care.

CARPENTER HOLIDAY SING - Thursday, December 21st

Doors will open 15 minutes before each show


9:15 a.m. - A.M. Kindergarten & 1st grade

10:15 a.m. - 2nd & 3rd grades

1:00 p.m. - P.M. Kindergarten, 4th & 5th grades


Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Spellers!

It’s time to sign up for this year’s Carpenter grade level spelling bees which will be held after Winter Break. Fill out the entry form and send it back to Mrs. Douglass no later than Dec. 8.

Once the form is received, you will get an email that contains the word list, vocabulary list, and important spelling bee information.


Pizza Orders for Dec 7 – Feb 22

Due December 1st!!!!

Pizza ordering for the second trimester of the school year (Dec 7 – Feb 22) is now open in Rev Trak. Pizza is available every Thursday starting on Dec 7 - Feb 22 (10 pizza days).

We will be serving pizza from Spuntino’s, along with access to the fresh fruit and vegetable bar and a beverage (milk or water). One slice of pizza meal is $26.50 per trimester and two slices of pizza meal is $46.50 per trimester.

You must place your pizza order on or before Friday, December 1, 2017. This is a firm deadline. Your child will not be served pizza if payment is not made by this time. Cash will not be accepted for any orders on Thursdays at school. You are required to pre-pay using the following online payment system .

Please input the following information:
• Number of slices per week (1 or 2)
• Student Grade
• Student Last Name, First Name

If you have more than one child, a separate order for each child needs to be created. Once all orders have been added to the shopping cart you can purchase with one payment.

No refunds will be issued for absences from school due to illness or field trips.

If you have any questions, contact Sean Duffy at 224-412-6106 or


If you have a question about transportation, please email