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November 2018

School hours
8:00am - 2:30pm

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November 15
Kindergarten Parent Preview Night for 2019-2020 kindergarten parents;
at Carver Elementary

November 15
Carver Carnival

Nov 21,22,23
Nov 26
Workshop day

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View your child's daily menu o n our NEW interactive Lunch 
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Please do not send cash alone or in an envelope not marked with your child's  first and last name on it.  
Parents - If you join your child for lunch please remember to bring the correct cash ($3.85) or check as the lunch room does not have change.
You may also charge your lunch to your child's account.

Principal June Johnson  

Fall Greetings Carver Elementary Families!
For the second year in a row,  
our PTO, Parent/Teacher Organization, has planned family events and activities throughout the school year.  The organization kicked off the year with the Pizza and BINGO Night!  It was such a fun evening with approximately 700 people in attendance!  October 12th, PTO sponsored Carver Elementary School as we marched in the Chaska High School Homecoming Parade! 
On November 15th, PTO will be sponsoring the  School Carnival!  This is a great event for the entire family!  There will be food served in the cafeteria and games & prizes in the gymnasium from 5:30-7:30pm.
Other family activities throughout the year also include:
  • Family Game Night - January 25th
  • Creativity Showcase - March 11th
  • Ice Cream Social and Fun Run - May 23rd
We are extremely grateful for the important role our PTO plays at our school!  From sponsoring activities, to fundraising, to providing conference meals and treats for our staff, we are extremely grateful
for our PTO and ALL the parents who volunteer to make it all possible!

If you would like to be involved with PTO, please consider attending the monthly meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 8:15am, follow the Carver Elementary PTO on Facebook or watch for more information in the Carver Elementary News and Updates email each week. 

Most Sincerely, 
June Johnson, Principal   
Art Room News painted_colorful_hands.jpg

     In November the art room would love your help on two important things; Artsonia Parent Permission and recycled donations! 
     First, some families will be receiving a yellow Artsonia Parent Permission slip from the art room this month.  This allows your student to have their photographed masterpieces on the Carver Elementary Website.  
It also allows me to see their growth as an artist from Kindergarten through 5th grade for grading purposes!  If you don't see the yellow permission slip come home with your student then your family filled it out last school year! Good job!  Or it is crumpled in the bottom of their backpack.
   Secondly, we want your recycled paper towel rolls or small cardboard boxes donated for cardboard sculptures.  Send them to school in a paper bag with your student.  We love shoe boxes, small amazon boxes, cereal boxes, and any cardboard packaging from your toothpaste, band-aids, crayons, maceroni, etc.  Other items around your house like kid-friendly magazines, old scrap-booking papers, extra fabric, and yarns are also much appreciated donations. THANK YOU!
Molly Nebel

Innovation Center News
All 3rd-5th graders are in the "design" phase of the Global Cardboard challenge as a part of Caine's Arcade research project. Students are working in teams to design and build an arcade game. This past month we have also been working on digital citizenship and our digital footprint.
All Kindergartners - 2 nd  graders have been exploring our "Dash" robots and coding them using the Puzzlet boards purchased by PTO. Thank you PTO for bringing coding and robotics to our youngest learners at Carver. Students have also been learning about how to be a digitally safe citizen when on mobile devices. Finally, each student has been introduced to the district keyboarding program, Typing Quest. We will continue to build keyboarding skills all year long.
Gwen Valiant
Information, Innovation Learning Specialist
Carver Elementary
Personal Wellness News 
In the Health room, Mrs. Souvignier has a theme for the year and it is "Learning ways to be the best version of you". This past month students learned about fire safety and nutrition using the My Plate Food Guide. We also talked about different breathing strategies to promote focus and help kids calm down when needed. The kids have been utilizing those same breathing/calming techniques in the gym as they learn to transition to and from the gym in both a respectful and responsible manner.
Speaking of the gym, this month we welcomed special guest Chuck Friedbauer, who is the head coach for the Chaska Lacrosse team. He came to our school to teach us about the history of Lacrosse and give the students a chance to practice the skills of the game. The students loved the opportunity to try a new activity! The kiddos also had the privilege of working on their soccer skills on our beautiful field out back! Students are now transitioning to our fitness assessments, specifically the PACER and Curl-ups. The PACER is a measure of cardiovascular endurance, and the Curl-ups a measure of core strength. The kids are working hard each day!
We continue to reinforce our expectations in the gym. We expect the kids to work hard, have fun, practice kindness, and leave having worked up a sweat!
Mr. Becker, Mr. Ford, Mrs. Souvignier
Band News
Hello from the Band Room!

Carver Band Students have been working hard these last few weeks to learn their first five notes.  Families at home should be hearing lots of practice. Ask your student about band karate.  They are working towards earning belts this semester.
Our first concert will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  Enjoy the music!
Karen Prescott
Instrumental Music Teacher
Carver Elementary and Clover Ridge Elementary

Music News
Hello from Mr. Kantos' music room!
K/1 students just finished learning the song "Miss White," which helps us learn the difference between rhythm and beat. These students now know how to create the best sound from a drum and use it respectfully.
1/2 classes  have just begun learning about the half note, a note that gets two beats. Students are learning to play the half note on xylophones, and sing the half note in a song called "All Through the Night."
In 3/4 classes we have been working to use our singing voices independently. Ask your child to sing "Hear the Raindrops Fall" or the spooky "Ghost of John" round.
4/5 classrooms are building the song "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors on xylophones, drums, ukuleles, and now recorders. Tell your child to check the Google Classroom page for the recorder melody so they can practice at home.
Coyote Choir students can check their Google Classroom page for .mp3s of our choir tunes that they can practice to. Encourage them to check the Classroom page once a week so they can sound their best for the concerts
Thank you.
Jeff Kantos