Caroline Ice Skating Program Fall 2017

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




Easy as Pie 5K 2017

The Easy As Pie 5K race is part of the Brooktondale Apple Festival.


Saturday October 21st.

Race starts at 9 a.m.


Proceeds from the race benefit Caroline Elementary PTA Programming and the Healthy Food Initiative!


You can register online here.

Caroline Elementary Farm to Table Market 2017!!!!

Caroline Elementary Farm to Table Market!

The Caroline PTA will host a Farm to Table Market on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 10:00am-3:00pm. Come join us at our farmer’s market to buy locally produced produce, meats, and goods.


-Students, farmers, and community members will be selling produce and goods that have been grown on or are locally sourced from a farm or garden.

-Educators will be present to help us learn about bringing food from farms to our tables.

-Caroline local cuisine will be sold – food dishes prepared by Caroline Elementary families and donated from Ithaca establishments with locally grown ingredients.

-A raffle will be held with prizes from local companies, plus 50/50.


Students and families are encouraged to grow and sell their own produce and goods! See below for forms to register and to advertise the market. Please contact Sara Barker for more information.


Registration:  CarolineElemFarmtoTableMarket_OnlineRegForm

Flyer to Share: CarolineElemFarmtoTableMarket_FlyerAdvert

Doug’s Fish Fry Friday May 19th!!!!

Doug’s Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit the Caroline Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTA) funded Programming for Teachers will be held on Friday, May 19th, from 11 am to 6 pm in the parking lot of CFCU @East Hill Plaza, 1022 Ellis Hollow Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850. This event is open to the public. The Caroline PTA supports teachers and their efforts develop innovative curriculum for our students and the Caroline Wilderness campus.

Pre-order your meal using the form on the Caroline PTA website by May 17th. On the day of the event, orders can be called in from 11am to 4pm at 607-423-5996 or you can order when you arrive. All Major Credit Cards and Cash (No Checks).  Caroline PTA will also host a Beverage and Bake Sale to accompany the Doug’s Fish Fry orders but please bring cash for the beverages and baked goods.

For order form and more information:

Doug’s fish fry Caroline 2017


Contact:  Treva Levine or

Sara Barker

STEAM Night at Caroline!

STEAM Night, promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education for children, to take place at Caroline Elementary School on April 27

The Caroline Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTA) will host its annual STEAM night on Thursday, April 27from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Caroline Elementary. This event is FREE and open to all elementary students in the area and their families.

STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math and was developed by the National Science Foundation (STEM) and the Rhode Island School of Design (+A) to promote STEAM education for earlier grades. During STEAM Night at Caroline, parents and children will move from station to station, participating in different activities geared towards teaching STEAM principles.

Organizations setting up activity stations confirmed at the time of this press release include: BorgWarner Morse Systems, Boynton Middle School Sixth Grade Science, Caroline Elementary Art Program, Caroline Elementary Pre-K, Caroline Elementary Kindergarten, Caroline Elementary Library, Caroline Elementary STEM Club, Cayuga Nature Center, Community Science Institute, Cornell Biomedical Engineering Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County GO SOLAR, Cornell Engineering World Health, Cornell EYES (Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists), Cornell FSAE (Formula Car Racing), Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell National Society of Black Engineers, Cornell Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Ithaca College Women in Computing, Ithaca High School Technology Student Association, Ithaca Physics Bus, Quinn Energy, STEMovators, TAITEM Engineering, The Indian Milk & Honey Co., Marla Coppolino The Snail Wrangler, Tompkins County Public Library, and Women in Computing at Cornell.

One of the stations at STEAM Night this year will be the grand opening of Caroline’s new Library Makerspace, generously funded by the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). Be sure to stop by the library to explore these new hands-on activities. From robots to circuits to duct tape, you’ll be sure to find some good tinkering opportunities in the library!

Every family will receive a map of the organization locations and a description of the various activities when they arrive at the school. A limited number of promotional STEAM bags and a STEAM-related book will be given away for free to families when they arrive. A fresh and healthy meal prepared by Chef Roy Despaigne including vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available for purchase in the school cafeteria from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Save room for dessert–families can sample Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies or That Indian Drink probiotic yogurt lassi, or make their own ice cream with Cornell EYES or a smoothie with Cornell Cooperative Extension! Financial and in-kind support for this fun event is generously provided by Emmy’s Organics, Ithaca Hummus, Ithaca Soy, The Indian Milk & Honey Co., Wegmans, and the Caroline Elementary PTA.

For more information, please contact Kelly White, Caroline Elementary PTA Steam Planning Committee -



Enrichment for Spring 2017

Caroline Elementary Spring enrichment registration has started.

We have a great line up of classes for spring!

Tree Climbing (gr 3-5)
Pokemon Fan Club (k-2)
Soccer Shots (k-2)
Japanese Language and Culture with Ms Grover! (k-2)
Knitting with Ms Rottenstein! (gr 4-5)
I-Jump – Jump Rope and more (gr2-3)
Cool School Food Cooking Program (gr 3-5)
Primitive Pursuits (k-2)
Outdoor Exploration and Nature Journaling FREE (gr 4-5)

Applications must be submitted by April 7th (March 31st for Primitive Pursuits).

Enrichment classes and application spring 2017

Teacher Appreciation Meal

Teacher Appreciation Meal


The PTA will be setting up a buffet style dinner for all teachers in the teachers’ lounge and are asking parents and care providers to contribute. This is the first day of parent/teacher conferences and a very busy time for teachers.  Let’s help them out by providing them with a meal to either bring home or enjoy as they are working late at school. To make sure we don’t have too many of one type of dish, we suggest the following dish based on your child’s grade:

-Pre-K & Kindergarten – Bread

-1st & 2nd Grade – Salads/Sides

-3rd & 4th Grade – Main Dishes

-5th Grade – Dessert


This is just a general outline – if you have a specific dish/recipe you would like to bring that does not follow a grade’s type of dish that is fine!  Please drop dishes in the teacher’s lounge anytime during school hours on Thursday, November 17th. The PTA can provide large, disposable baking dishes for cooking/bringing in prepared dishes upon request (email Jillian at Thanks for considering contributing! If you have any questions, please contact Jillian (

Basketball Program for 3rd – 5th grades!!!!

Interested in signing up for Basketball with the IYB and Caroline Sports Association?


Submit the registration form by Friday November 18th!


Practices begin the week of November 28th.

Games start on January 7th and conclude on February 25th.

5th Grade Tournament is March 4th.

Easy As Pie 5k

The Easy As Pie 5K race is part of the Brooktondale Apple Festival.


Saturday October 15th.

Race starts at 9 a.m.


Proceeds from the race benefit Caroline Elementary PTA Programming and the Healthy Food Initiative!


You can register online here.




Welcome Back!

Welcome back to School Caroline Families!


Are you familiar with Caroline’s PTA? We are a membership organization whose mission is to support out children’s educational experience and build school community. To learn more you can read Who the PTA is, What the PTA does and How you can help.


Would you like to be kept in the loop about what’s going on at that school? Or are you interested in having a hand in shaping our school community? Consider joining the PTA. Membership form.


Interested in helping out? The PTA is always looking for volunteers. Consider becoming a homeroom parent. Can’t commit to providing support as needed to the class? You can volunteer for specific events that match your interest and availability. For more information and to volunteer fill out this form.


Enrichment is back with lots of new and exciting classes and some old favorites. You can sign-up online! Or fill out the enrichment registration form and send it in to school!