October 24, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The year is going quickly, isn't it? It's been another terrific learning month at Carpenter! We look forward to seeing all of you at parent-teacher conferences next month.
In November, our focus skill will be on the appropriate expression of feelings: Know How You Feel November. We teach our children that everyone experiences feelings and we help them to identify those feelings. As we often share with our children, the most important thing is how we express and share those feelings appropriately and encourage and support one another. As we enter the month of November, please use our work here at school to continue conversations with your children at home helping them to identify their feelings and express them appropriately. Help them to understand that it's okay to become frustrated, but help them with strategies to manage their frustration; starting with identifying their feelings. There often are feelings hidden behind frustration such as fear, embarrassment, sadness, self-doubt that can lead to frustration. By helping children identify how they are feeling, it helps them to identify the right strategies to effectively manage them.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at the ELF Halloween Hustle this Saturday. We will be meeting in our staff parking lot at 6:55 a.m. and leaving to go to Hodges Park at 7:30 a.m. Please feel free to bring decorations for your car as well (optional).
Mr. Brett Balduf, Principal
Carpenter Elementary School
LAST REMINDER TO SIGN UP FOR PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Picture Retake Day
School picture retakes are scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The photographer will be here for approximately one hour. P.M. Kindergarten parents can bring children in at 8:30 a.m. for their picture.
If your child was absent, new to our school, or did not previously order pictures but you want to now, you have this opportunity for a retake.
If you feel the pictures taken earlier this month were unacceptable, the pictures must be returned the day of retakes. Instructions for retakes, as well as ordering additional prints, were enclosed in the original picture package. Extra order forms are available in the school office.
(The survey is really important. Many kids don't always know if they are supposed to have the retake or not. When we try to organize and schedule, it becomes disruptive to instruction when we call for kids to come to take retakes and even those who don't need a retake start to ask their teacher because they aren't sure - mainly our younger students. Please let us know so we can plan and schedule accordingly).
Hundreds will "Hustle" at annual ELF benefit. . .still time to join! Other schools are making a final push to take the trophy away from Carpenter. Come join us!
The District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF) expects a big crowd at its third annual Halloween Hustle on Saturday, October 26. The family-friendly 5k run/walk begins at 8:00 a.m. at Hodges Park. "Day-of" registration will open at 6:30 a.m. See more details here!
Schools are actively competing to see who will have the highest participation percentage in the event and a friendly rivalry between schools continues to drive registration. The winning school is awarded the coveted ELF trophy for 2019.
Interest in the logo contest was high with about 100 student entries. The winning design came from second-grader Declan Kerrigan of Field School. His design of pumpkins running in the race will be featured on the bibs and t-shirts.
Starting and ending in beautiful Hodges Park, the loop will allow for a 5k Run or Walk, as well as a shorter 3k distance. The event is stroller-friendly for those too little to run. There is even a Tiny Tike Trot loop around Hodges Park for participants aged 5 and under! Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!
The event is the largest fundraiser for ELF and funds raised go directly to teachers and schools to support innovation grants.
FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING:
Friday, October 25th:
2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Packet pick up at Dick Pond Athletics - 29 S. Prospect Ave.
We have many exciting upcoming events for Halloween. We have set expectations for our children regarding Halloween activities and participation and we need your help reinforcing these expectations. The PTO will be hosting the annual Halloween festivities on Friday, October 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The trunk-or-treat event runs from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. and will be in the teachers’ parking lot.
We will be celebrating Halloween at Carpenter on Thursday, October 31st. Parties will take place throughout the day based on homeroom teacher discretion. We will have our annual school parade that will start at 3:10 p.m.
It is important that your child/children follow theses expectations.
*Children should be able to see and be able to navigate the school and many people - nothing should be obstructing their vision.
*Costumes should permit students to sit, move around the room and use the bathroom without assistance.
*All costumes must be of a NON-VIOLENT nature and appropriate for the school setting during the day and in the evening.
*NO WEAPONS or “look-alike weapons” are to be brought to school, even if they are part of a costume.
*Costumes should be brought to school (except for A.M. Kindergarten). They will be worn AFTER lunch only. Children will change into their costumes during lunch/recess time.
*Please do not bring any spray cans to school.
*When coming to the PTO event on Friday, October 25th, your children must be accompanied by an adult.
*Please do not send food items/candy for your child to share with their class or take home. Other items such as stickers, pencils, etc. are permitted. (This doesn't include Trunk or Treat).
PARADE & PARTY INFORMATION:
On Thursday, October 31st, the children will participate in the Annual Carpenter Costume parade. This traditional event will begin with the morning Kindergarten classes, parading in and outside of the building at approximately 11:20 a.m. The “All” school parade will begin at 3:10 p.m. Our students will be parading outside of the Carpenter School building as well. Parents are invited to line the parade route in the front of the building to videotape or photograph their children as they walk by. In the event of poor weather, the parade will be canceled and parents will be notified via school messenger.
Only room parents and notified volunteers should be in the classrooms for the parties. There should be no younger children attending. Room parents should check in just outside the office.
It is extremely important that the rules above be followed for a successful and safe event. In advance, we thank you for your cooperation.
A.M. Kindergarten only
Party times determined by homeroom teacher
11:20 a.m. – A.M. Kindergarten Parade
11:40 a.m. – A.M. Kindergarten Dismissal
P.M. Kindergarten and Grades 1-5
Party times determined by homeroom teachers
3:10 p.m. – Parade begins
3:30 p.m. – Dismissal
Mr. Brett Balduf Principal
Halloween Costume Helper
D64 School Closing Guidelines
As the seasons change…keep school closing guidelines in mind
District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!
School Board Members Day
Students to honor School Board Members at November meeting
District 64 invites all members of our community to join us in thanking the members of our Board of Education for their contributions to public education on School Board Members Day officially celebrated across Illinois on Friday, November 15.
Lincoln Middle School students will have the honor of presenting certificates of appreciation to our Board at its regular meeting on Monday, November 11.
Our Board includes: Rick Biagi, President; Tom Sotos, Vice President; Carol Sales, Secretary; and members Fred Sanchez, Larry Ryles, Dr. Denise Pearl and Rebecca Little. Contact Board members personally via email through our website or #ThankABoardMember on social media! A roster of former Board members back to 1968 also is available here.
The 2019 statewide theme – Transform Vision into Reality – highlights board members’ critical role in creating lasting education opportunities that reflect the desires of the Park Ridge community.
District 64 encourages all local residents to take this once-a-year opportunity to thank these seven community volunteers for their oversight of the education of about 4,600 students supported by the work of more than 600 staff members.
Principal Appreciation Day
Thank a Principal on Principal Appreciation Day
District 64 is joining with other schools across Illinois on Friday, Oct. 25 to celebrate Principal Appreciation Day as a part of the nationwide Principal Appreciation Month.
We are asking all members of our school communities to thank their principals for their hard work and commitment to educational excellence.
While this honor happens each year at this time, we should remember that our principals earn our respect and appreciation each and every day. These school leaders face many challenges day-in and day-out, yet they continue to set the tone for educational excellence. Their positive attitude inspires our teachers and lifts students to greater success and their work with families and the community helps build successful learning environments for all students. Principals remain a key aspect of the many positive achievements happening daily in District 64.
Please take this time to thank our District 64 principals for their leadership and dedication through social media (#ThankAPrincipal), with a phone call, email or greeting card. View the District 64 staff directory to contact your school’s principal.
Carpenter Book Fair
We are very excited that Carpenter is hosting an Usborne Books & More book fair! You will have the opportunity to shop at Carpenter School during Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, 11/12 and Thursday, 11/14 from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. By participating in this book fair, Carpenter will receive 50% back in FREE BOOKS for the LRC. If you are unable to attend the book fair, you are welcome to shop online anytime, now through November 14th. All orders through the online shopping site will count towards the school's free book rewards as well. If you choose to have your online order shipped to Carpenter, shipping is free!
Please follow the link to order online at: https://e5402.myubam.com/1382713
Kiwanis Club Food Fundraiser
FOOD BASKET FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT D64 FAMILIES
The Park Ridge Kiwanis Club has again taken up the challenge to provide holiday food baskets to School District 64 families in need. But this year the Club will do it without a fundraising event at a local restaurant.
Instead, the Kiwanis will focus on accepting donations online to help more than 100 families in District 64 that fall below the poverty level. The website link is expected to be ready in early November and be open until early December. The link will be promoted in District 64’s weekly
In the meantime, cash donations will be accepted through the mail at Kiwanis Holiday Food Basket Fundraiser ℅ Frank Kaminiski, 200 S. Vine, Park Ridge, IL 60068.
It became a little too windy on the lake at Camp Duncan, so our students did a Water Ecology class instead,
Our students had different learning targets while on the Archery range.
The annual end of trip shot.
Our students earned an extra recess game of Kickball with Mr. Balduf and Ms. Creehan.
Up to Bat
Our students were lucky Bingo winners from our school positive office referral system.
Our older students helped our younger students learn the game and "coached them up."
School Board Members Day
Principal Appreciation Day
Art Institute Family Field Trip