Carver Coyote Newsletter October 2013 – Chinese proverb

Carver Coyote Newsletter
October 2013
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
– Chinese proverb
Dear Families,
Summer Reading 2
Halloween Safety
School Council
Family Directory 2
Drop Off
Calendar of
We are happy to share that our Information Night/Open House was extremely well
attended by many families! While you were here, we hope you were able to learn about
our curriculum and the expectations for your child while he/she attends Carver
Elementary. Many families participated in our Passport to Education. Our intention with
the Passport was to continue to encourage participation and to allow parents and families
an opportunity to become acquainted with our specialists and support staff. Thank you for
making an effort to be here! This year we had 2 opportunities to earn prizes, the parent
participation contest and the Passport to Education raffle. Congratulations to the winners
of the contest for the most parent participation; they are Mrs. Lynam and Ms. Balboni‟s
classes. Both classrooms will be rewarded with a pizza party. There were 5 names drawn
for the Passport to Education raffle. Congratulations to the following winners of the
drawing: Michael & Marianne Azzara, Michael & Jill Pierce, Lisa Putney, Holly Rudnik,
and David & Jen Vaillancourt. Prizes may be picked up beginning on October 7, 2013.
Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports
Carver Elementary School has adopted a school wide set of expectations for all our
students. The expectations for behaviors in our school are: Be Respectful, Be
Responsible and Be the Best You Can Be. Your child received instruction regarding these
expectations through an all school assembly on the second day of school. When you visit
the school, you will see these expectations posted throughout the buildings (i.e., cafeteria,
gym, bathroom, recess).
Summer Bingo
“How to Make the
Most of
Conferences” 6
Attendance Policy
9, 10
How will we teach PBIS at our school?
As part of our PBIS model, allied arts teachers are utilizing research-based practices to
increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students focused on
the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and
 Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
 Provide students with more praise than correction.
 Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
 Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
 Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
 Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent and
explicit feedback.
We appreciate your collaboration and support in helping our students to Be Respectful, Be
Responsible and Be the Best They Can Be.
Ruby Maestas
Paula Foley
Amy Furtado
Associate Principal
Associate Principal
Read Across America
We are excited to announce that students at Carver Elementary School will be participating in a year long,
school-wide reading initiative called Read Across America again this year!
For every 20 minutes that students read at home, we will travel 1 mile on a U.S. map. Students will be able to
track their progress on classroom maps. We hope to visit many places on this journey!
Summer Reading Rewards
Thank you to the PTO for collaborating with us to provide a special in school "Breakfast" for students in grades
1-5. Students that turned in their "Summer Bingo" chart will be receiving their invitation to a breakfast, which
will take place in mid-October. We appreciate that you have encouraged your child to read during the summer
months. Reading during the summer helps children keep their skills sharpened and develop a lifetime love of
reading. The complete list of summer readers is included in this newsletter. Again, thank for your support with
this important part of your child‟s education.
Halloween Safety Talk
The administrative team of Mrs. Maestas, Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Furtado will be providing Halloween Safety
information during student lunch blocks on Friday, October 25. The Halloween Safety talk will include child
friendly tips for trick-o-treating safety.
Parent/Teacher Conferences
For your planning purposes, conferences will be held on Thursday, October 24th. We have attached a guide to
successful parent/teacher conferences. This guide provides information on what to expect, what to discuss and
follow-up plans. Information from your child‟s teacher regarding scheduling a time to meet will be
School Council
Our first meeting will be held on Monday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. We currently have one parent vacancy on
the council. If you are interested in being on the School Council, please call the school to let us know by
October 9. According to state law, candidates must be voted onto the council by parents. An election will be
held by the Parent Teacher Organization during the week of October 15. The School Council meets monthly to
develop the School Improvement Plan and acts as an advisory group to the Principal. Returning as a parent
representative this year is Stephanie Clougherty. Our meetings are open meetings therefore all are welcome to
Family Directory
Thanks to Mrs. Kelly Yenulevich and Mrs. Pauline Lopez for compiling the Family Directory for the 20132014 school year. You will receive a family directory if you sent in the form by September 13, 2013. This userfriendly directory is handy to use and nice to have for play dates and birthday party invitations. Just a reminder:
In an effort to be respectful and sensitive to all our students‟ feelings, we ask that you do not send home
birthday invitations through school. Thank you for your cooperation.
Drop-offs begin at 8:05 a.m. and the gate closes at 8:20 a.m.. Anyone dropping off after 8:25 a.m. will have to
bring their child into the school and sign the child in as a late arrival. Our classroom teachers are beginning their
morning activities promptly at 8:15 a.m. Late arrivals will be considered tardy and will be reflected in the
attendance section of your child's report card.
Please remember that if your child is absent from school, a signed note with the reason for the absence must be
turned in to the school upon their return. Thank you for your continued support in making school a priority.
We have attached our attendance policy for your review. If you have any questions regarding attendance,
please do not hesitate to call one of the administrators.
Volunteering at Carver Elementary
There will be a Volunteer Orientation on Friday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. in the GJC cafeteria. Since we have
updated our procedures everyone who volunteers at the school must attend the training, complete a new/updated
volunteer application and a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). Please note: Anyone who
chaperones a field trip must complete all the above.
Upcoming Events
October 4, 2013
Friday, 10/11/13
Volunteer Training 9:00 a.m., GJC cafeteria
No School for Students – Professional Development Day for
Monday, 10/14/13
No School – Columbus Day Holiday
Monday, 10/21/13
School Council Meeting, 3 p.m.
Thursday, 10/24/13
Early Release Day – 11:45 a.m. dismissal – Lunches are not served.
Parent/Teacher Conferences (by appointment only)
PTO Scholastic Book Fair
Friday, 10/25/13
No Tricks, Just Treats Event 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 3, 2013 Daylight Savings Time ends
Preschool Screening
If you feel that your preschooler, age 3 to 5 (just before kindergarten), has special needs, please contact the Preschool and schedule a screening. Screenings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the
school year. Please call Ms. Mitchell at 508-866-6265 or Ms. Wethington 508-866-6403 with any questions
and for scheduling.
Preschool Screening Schedule for 2013-2014
October 2 November 6
December 4 January 8
February 5 March 5
April 2 May 7
June 4
Physical Education
This year, the Carver Elementary School physical education department will be providing
monthly updates and reminders related to physical education in the monthly newsletter.
My name is Mr. Elder, and I am the new P.E. teacher at CES this year. I‟m looking
forward to the year ahead and becoming involved in athletics at Carver. Ms. DeMarsh will
be returning this year and she has been an enormous help getting me settled in. Some of
the activities we have planned for the year are the Fitnessgram, Jump Rope for Heart, and
units on basketball, soccer, hockey, and much more. We hope every student‟s experience in physical education
this year is a valuable and enjoyable one!
Mr. Elder and Ms. DeMarsh
Carver Elementary PTO
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one ~Malcolm Forbes
Happy Fall from the Coyote PTO!! We have a few important dates to share with you:
Cristoline orders went home 9/23 & need to be returned 10/9. Pick up will be at Winter Wonderland 12/7.
Our annual Fall Bookfair will take place on 10/24. This is an early release day due to parent teacher conferences. More
information will be going home soon. As always, we are looking for volunteers. We can't do this without you. For more
information email us at [email protected]
This year‟s No Tricks, Just Treats event will be held on Friday October 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (rain date is Nov. 1st). The
event will be held at the EKW Building, as in previous years. Admission to the event will be $1.00 or canned food, per
person. Canned goods will directly benefit our local food pantry. Money/canned goods will be collected at the door.
To make the event a smashing success, we are looking for the following:
1. Unopened bags of individually wrapped pieces of candy – we will need lots & lots!!!!
2. Volunteers to help set up, pass out candy, and „tear down‟.
Candy may be sent directly to the school. Please label all candy “PTO”. Volunteers may contact [email protected]
& let us know that you‟re interested in helping out.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Congratulations to Lizzie Kelly (grade 3) and Avery Craig (grade 3) for being the winners of our 2013 Summer Boxtop
Contest. Together, they collected 2,583 boxtops. That‟s $258.30 for our school. They each won a gift card to Target.
We are still counting boxtops and will have a complete summer tally soon! Thank you to everyone who participated! We
are off to a great start!!! The next contest will end on October 25th. The remaining contests will not be individual but
rather by classroom. The winning classroom will be allowed to have “Cocoa” (the boxtop mascot) hang out in their
classroom for the month.
Please remember that every boxtop collected is worth 10 cents!!! They all add up! Keeping in mind a few simple things
can make our job a lot easier:
Please do NOT staple box tops to the collection sheets, we cannot mail staples. It becomes very time
consuming to have to remove them all.
Please make sure that box tops are NOT expired. It only takes a few seconds to check the date. If we turn in
too many expired boxtops, we can be removed from the program!!!
Please do NOT attach bonus coupons to the collection sheets, only attach individual box tops! All bonus
certificates must be turned in separately (in a Ziploc bag is fine).
Please make sure your student’s name/grade/teacher is included on the collection sheet/Ziploc bag – we want
to be sure that credit is given to the correct classroom.
Thank you so much for following these simple instructions; it makes it a lot easier for everyone!!!
Summer Book Bingo Participants
Grade 1
Logan Mullen
Nolan Blackwell
Olivia Cornock
Jacob Drum
Sam Cheverie
Gavin Scolamiero
Finn Doherty
Aidan Mansani
Leo Lyman
Finn Manning
Grade 2
Joseph Mannix
Reese Phinney
Alexander Wawrzyniak
Eben McNeil
Delaney Welch
Lilly Young
Brooke Phillips
Victoria Chatsko
Bradley Harrington
Shawn Markham
Matthew Buck
Grade 3
Lynsey DeSisto
Abrielle Johnson
Shana Struski
Holly Weston
Matthew DeSisto
Jayden Worden
Riley Reed-Davis
Morgan Reed-Davis
Edward Ramsdell
Brandon Reichert
Abigail Johnson
Gracie McCarthy
Ashleigh Johnson
Derek Flood
Kraig Yenulevich
Lexi Gallagher
Emma Doll
Kyle Shott
Reese Colon
Claudia Peirce
Connor Tait
Zach Ieronimo
Justin Isabel
Mike Fox
Olivia Sontag
Emily Burns
Charlotte Gedraitis
Kyle Blair
Cassie Kennedy
Riley Walsh
Corin Clougherty
Brooke Slavin
Gracie Gagnon
Mackenzie Wall
Daniel Murray
Mark Holden
Daniel Obshatkin
Jacob Erickson
Amanda Byron
Griffin Young
Haley Kittredge
Charlie Peters
Chole Christen
Cornelius Shea
Derek LeBlanc
Marissa Gallego
Ben Cheverie
Sydney Lapworth
Ada Paessel
Ryder Holmes
Billy Beliveau
Isabella King
Meagan McEnaney
Kathleen Lauzon
Kathleen Blotner
Samantha Murray
Nathan Erickson
Ethan Rogers
Olivia Correa
Luke Holden
Aria Giorgio
Christopher Darcy
Derek Lopes
Aiden Corbin
Grade 5
Tyler Blanchette
Emma Dion
Sara Mullins
Justin Ritz
Marissa Mattie
Nathen Fritz
Emma Larracey
Tyler Lovendale
Samantha Miller
Violet Perkins
Lauren Todd
Cole Farrell
Sage Paradise
Brenna Weston
Kailey Collins
Caitlyn Nelson
Alexxis Corr
Jeffrey McEachern
Camille LeBlanc
Megan Grimes
Jordan Vitale
Hannah Correa
Isabella Sheehan
Sydney Harrington
Nathan Bradshaw
Allison Thomas
Julian Grant
Kayleigh Shurtleff
Grade 4
McKenna Maloney
Juliana Bent
Chloe Nickerson
Josiah Berry
Matt Simmons
Emma Cotter
Andrew McAllister
Aaron Derouen
Ashley Reopell
Delaney Arendt
Tyler Corrigan
Quinton Kittredge
Anthony Barkowsky
George Beliveau
Lauren Farrell
Ciara Carey
Madison Chandler
Lorelai Gaynor
Baylee Osswald
Alyssa Weston
Matthew Drum
Hailey Nelson
Ashton Pina
Eric Umbrianna
Maddie Stearns
Samantha Quigley
J.T. Toomey
Nathan King
Tyler Dudley
Gemma Tibbetts
Avery Craig
Amber Thomas
Gianna Ieronimo
Victoria Bellew
Alison Strojny
Olivia Simmons
Allison Conner
Gabriella Teebagy
Casey O‟Connor
David McDonald
Jordan Young
Mario Pangione
Laura Kaufman
Jacqueline Ryan
Aine Manning
Ethan Nagle
Jack Barros
Abby Kennedy
186 participants
Conor Rowles
John Dishaw
Sydney Peterson
Hunter Owens
McKenzie Pauze
Brodin Benting
Caden Lewis
Chace Carey
Siobhan Mulready
Robbie Cottam
Timothy Ramsdell
Sarah Rudnik
Lindsay Rowles
Fred Doll
Shane Aresta
Mitchell Weston
Ella Russell
Grant Rego
Erin Rowles
Zachary Fisher
Isabelle Darcy
Amanda Lauzon
Rebecca Dion
Isabella Pompei
Carver Public Library Calendar
October 1
Toddler Storytime,
Ages 3 & under,
10:30 a.m.
October 2
October 3
Lego Workshop
Robot Design
All Ages, Drop in
6:30 p.m.
October 5
Paint Workshop
All Ages, Drop in.
11:00 a.m.
October 10
Marshmallow Shooter
Game Craft
Ages 5+, Please register
6:30 p.m.
October 12
Preschool Storytime,
Ages 3 to 5,
10:30 a.m.
October 8
Toddler Storytime,
Ages 3 & under,
10:30 a.m.
Make It, Take It
Shoe Moustaches
Dress Up your Feet!
Ages 4+, Please register
6:30 p.m.
October 9
Preschool Storytime,
Ages 3 to 5,
10:30 a.m.
October 16
Toddler Storytime,
Ages 3 & under,
10:30 a.m.
Pumpkin Moon Sand
Preschool Storytime,
October 17
“Tater Rots”
Potato Zombie Craft
Ages 8+, Please register
6:30 p.m.
October 19
Pumpkin Carving
We provide tools,
patterns and paint—You
provide a pumpkin and
adult supervision.
All ages, Drop in
11:00 a.m.
October 24
Preteen Sleepy Hollow
Can you keep your wits
about you as you try to
figure out the mystery of
the Headless Horseman?
Ages 8+, Please Register.
6:30 p.m.
October 26
Sleepy Hollow Trail
Ages 3 to 5,
10:30 a.m.
Ages, 3+, Please register
6:30 p.m.
October 29
Toddler Storytime,
Ages 3 & under,
10:30 a.m.
Haunted House Craft
Ages 5+, Please Register
6:30 p.m.
October 15
October 22
Toddler Storytime,
Ages 3 & under,
10:30 a.m.
Sleepy Hollow
Luminary Craft
Light up a path with this
creepy decoration!
Ages 5+, Please Register
6:30 p.m.
October 23
Preschool Storytime,
Ages 3 to 5,
10:30 a.m.
October 31
Happy Halloween!
“Boo or Book!”
Stop by the library and
pick up a free book.
October 30
Preschool Storytime,
Ages 3 to 5,
10:30 a.m.
Follow the classic story of
Ichabod Crane and the
Headless Horseman with
related activities and
All ages, Drop in.11:00 am
Lunch Menu October 2013
Gilardi Stuffed Crust Pizza
(cheese or pepperoni)
Fresh tossed salad
Roasted chick peas
Pineapple chunks
Lunch Price $2.25
W/G Waffle sticks w/syrup
Hash browns
Baked sausage patty
Chilled cinnamon
100 % juice cup
Buffalo chicken salad
Popcorn chicken bites
Sweet potato puffs
Steamed broccoli
Fresh banana
Baked macaroni & cheese
Green beans
W/G dinner roll
Fresh orange wedges
Sal‟s Pizza Day
Cheese or pepperoni
Fresh tossed salad
Roasted chick peas
Chilled peaches
Teacher Professional Day
Buffalo chicken salad
Buffalo chicken salad
Columbus Day
No School
Chicken tenders
Oven baked potato wedges
Carrot coins
Chilled pears
Greek Salad
Hamburger or
Lettuce, tomato & pickles
Cape Cod RF chips
Chilled fruit cup
Greek Salad
Gilardi Stuffed Crust Pizza
(cheese or pepperoni)
Fresh tossed salad
Roasted chick peas
Pineapple chunks
Baked elbows in sauce
with mozzarella cheese
W/G dinner roll
Fresh tossed salad
Fresh grapes
Greek Salad
Meatballs & sauce on a
wheat bun
Baked sweet potato puffs
Carrot sticks
Chilled applesauce
Teriyaki chicken salad
BBQ Beef on a wheat bun
Oven baked crinkle cuts
Chilled fruit cup
Chicken noodle soup
Veggie sticks
Warm soft pretzel
Fresh apple
Early Release Day
No lunches served
Big Daddy Pizza
(cheese or pepperoni)
Fresh tossed salad
Roasted chick peas
Pineapple chunks
Teriyaki chicken salad
Teriyaki chicken salad
November 1
Beef Taco
Lettuce & cheddar cheese,
Whole Grain rice with
black beans
Chilled pineapple
Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken patty in a roll
Regular or buffalo
Celery sticks
Cape Cod RF chips
Chilled pears
Hot dog in a wheat bun
Goldfish pretzels
BBQ beans
Fresh Apple
Spooky bat nuggets
Sweet potato puffs
Cinnamon Graham snacks
Chilled peaches
Sal‟s Pizza
(cheese or pepperoni)
Fresh tossed salad
Chilled fruit cup
Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken Caesar Salad
Daily Choices
Choice 1 – WG Honey Wheat Bagel
w/cream cheese, cheese stick & salad
Choice 2 – Garden salad w/dressing
Cheese stick, croutons and fruit
Choice 3 – Smucker’s Uncrustable, with side
Salad and fruit
Choice 4 – Assorted WG cereals w/cheese stick
And fruit
All meals include choice of milk
(1% low fat or Tru-Moo fat free chocolate milk)
A‟ la carte milk $.50
No School for Students
Be sure your NutriKid account is updated and
current for the first day of school. To register for
Nutrikids, watch daily transacations, check balances
and make online prepayments, please visit:
At school prepayments: please make checks payable
to: CPS Meal Program. Please include student id#
on check.
Free and reduced applications are available on the
school website ( Applications can
be filled out anytime during the school year. Return
completed application to:
Carver Public Schools – Food Services
3 Carver Square Boulevard
Carver, MA 02330
Contact Kathleen Farrar ([email protected]).
Carver Elementary School
2013-2014 Student Handbook
Pages 22-23
The education of children is a responsibility shared by the school and parents. Teachers and parents work
together to develop characteristics important in the educational growth of children. Regular attendance is
essential to the learning process and helps to establish good student work habits. Participation in classroom
activities is an important factor in educational success. Student absences, tardiness and early dismissals affect
this learning process. Therefore students are expected to be in attendance every day of the school year from
8:15-2:45. Students should be home when they are ill; otherwise, all efforts should be made to have them in
school. To the greatest extent possible, all appointments should be made before or after school and recreational
trips scheduled during school vacations.
Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 76, Section 1 states that all children between the ages of six and
sixteen must attend school. A school district may excuse up to seven days or fourteen half-days in any period of
six months. In addition to this law, each school may have its own attendance policy with which
parents/guardians should be familiar. Parents/guardians are required under the law to ensure regular school
attendance of their children and are subject to a fine for failure to comply with the law. If a child is absent for
five (5) or more consecutive days, a doctor‟s note (certificate) is required when the child returns to school.
Failure to provide a medical note will result in the absence being considered as unexcused.
Parents or guardians will be notified of excessive, unexcused absences. Such absences may result in the school
taking legal action to remedy this situation. The school will always attempt to work with parents prior to taking
such extreme actions.
School vacations are planned well in advance, at appropriate intervals during the school year and parents should
make family plans accordingly. It should be realized that teachers cannot realistically provide work in advance
of planned absences that will adequately make up for missed instruction; therefore, teachers shall not be
required to provide work for any student prior to a planned absence. Parents who allow their child to be out of
school for vacations are assuming responsibility for their child‟s educational program. When a student returns
to school, he/she shall complete work not available during their absence. The time limit for completion is the
length of the absence.
Any child who is absent from school must bring a note indicating why he/she was absent when returning to
school. The parent or guardian must sign the note. The note should specify why the child was absent, indicating
the specific type of illness so outbreaks of common illness can be monitored. If a child is absent for five or more
consecutive days, he/she must present a physician‟s certificate when returning. In particular, the school nurse
must be notified if a child was absent with chicken pox, streptococcal infections, Fifth‟s Disease, or other
contagious diseases. Students with a fever should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours.
Similar to attendance policies, the fewer times a child is released from school, the better it is for his/her
education. A student will be considered absent from school if he/she arrives after or leaves before the mid-point
(11:30 AM) of any school day.
Excessive tardiness or early dismissal will be followed up by the school and may be investigated by the
attendance officer.
Students are expected to be in school on time. A student will be considered tardy to school if he/she arrives in
the building after 8:25 A.M. In such cases, the student and parent must report directly to the Erwin K.
Washburn Building office and sign in before the student can go to the classroom. Administration will monitor
student tardy issues on a regular basis. Excused tardiness is limited to documented medical appointments and
family emergencies brought to the attention of the school administration. Parents or guardians will be notified
of excessive, unexcused tardiness.
All appointments should be scheduled during non-school time, whenever possible. However, when it is
unavoidable that a student be dismissed, he/she is required to bring a parental note to the school by 9:00 AM.
Dismissal notes must include the reason for dismissal, the time, and the name of the person who will be
dismissing the student if other than a parent/guardian. Only a signed note by a parent or legal guardian is
acceptable. A parent or guardian must be present for the school to release a child, unless a signed note from the
parent or legal guardian allows the release of the child to another adult. Excused dismissals are limited to
documented medical appointments and family emergencies brought to the attention of the school
administration. Parents or guardians will be notified of excessive, unexcused dismissals.
Every student must be signed out from the Erwin K. Washburn Building office or either health office. Parents or
guardians must report to the office and not go directly to the classroom. The child will be called from the
classroom for dismissal. Please allow sufficient time for your child to gather his/her belongings from the
classroom before they are dismissed. Identification will be required. For student safety, telephone calls to the
office to change dismissal procedures will not be permitted except for cases of extreme emergencies.