The entryway renovation has given us the opportunity to revisit our drop off an pick up procedures. The Safe School Committee met this week, and are proposing the attached changes. Please send feedback and comments to Mary Grover.
We LOVE our Teachers and Staff!
As a small token of thanks to the wonderful Caroline staff, Staff Appreciation Breakfasts are held the first Friday of each month. Each month, a different grade hosts the event and care providers of the children in that grade contribute items (e.g., baked goods, quiche, salads, etc). Additional details on these events will be in the Caroline Connections and via email through homeroom parents. Please mark your calendar and plan to bake or bring something in!
The Breakfast Schedule
January 5th : Kindergarteners host (if school is canceled b/c of freezing temperatures this will be rescheduled for 1/12)
February 2nd: 1st grade host
March 2nd: 2nd grade host
April 6th: 3rd grade host
May 4th: 5th grade host
June 1st: 4th grade host
Caroline students, grades 1 through 5 are eligible to participate in the after-school ice skating program at Cass Park. All levels of skating ability are welcome. The program runs Friday afternoons for five sessions. Transportation by ICSD bus to and from Cass Park is provided, leaving the school at 2:00pm and returning to Caroline by 4:30pm. Enrollment is limited to 40 students. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis with preference given to those with parents/guardians who volunteer to help with the program. See attached forms to register
Dear Caroline Community,
We have heard from many families and people in the Caroline community about their sense of frustration with the process and communication about our Caroline water lead levels. We have received the latest water results from the school district and they are concerning.
The PTA is currently organizing a working group on water.
This group is tasked with gathering Caroline Elementary School community feedback and communicating with the ICSD on behalf of our community. We want to provide direct feedback as well as suggestions on further testing and follow up. The group is also charged with communicating steps and process with the various stakeholders at Caroline.
We believe this working group on water will empower our families and people at the school and focus our energies and desires to do something and be part of the solution. While parents may choose to communicate, on their own, directly with the ICSD administration and board, this process is intended to provide leadership in partnership with our principal and district and to harness the power of our collective voice as a means of ensuring our input is considered seriously. We want our community to come together in a productive way to improve the process moving forward. We believe a focused working group of Caroline school stakeholders will help strengthen our trust relationship with the district and strengthen our Caroline community.
The PTA has been in touch with Principal Mary Grover on this issue since the initial results of the 2nd round of testing were communicated about two weeks ago. It is important to know that Principal Grover was informed at the same time parents were, and not in August when the initial samples were taken. Since finding out about these results, Principal Grover has advocated for our school with ICSD to ensure every water source was tested and that portable water was made available for anyone in the school (teachers) who wanted it at that time and before it was required.
We agree that our principal, families, teachers and anyone in the Caroline school community should have been notified in August, and that safety measures and follow-up testing should have been planned. The failures of process and communication are among the issues we need to have addressed for the future, along with any actions required to address the elevated lead levels.
As the district works to come up with an initial plan, we need the Caroline community’s input to be conveyed in an organized fashion that truly represents our needs and expectations. We want to move forward. Please send any initial comments or feedback to us at email@example.com . You can also share your questions and concerns anonymously here https://qtrial2016q1az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bln4QNIwUkd7XdX
You will be hearing from us often and we look forward to partnering with the Caroline community on this issue.
Thank you, Caroline Elementary, community for being amazing, resilient, and invested.
Treva Levine, PTA President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Jablonski, PTA Vice President, email@example.com
Adriana Rightmyer, PTA Treasurer
Erica Savoie, PTA Secretary
The Savings Program operates every Thursday from 7:40-8:00 am (right before classes) on-site at Caroline. It is run by PARENT VOLUNTEER TELLERS in connection with Alternatives Federal Credit Union.
Kids will learn to save money in a fun, safe, non-competitive way. It’s simple.