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October  2018 

School hours
8:00am - 2:30pm

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Main Office:

October 4 
Late Start Day
School starts 2 hours late.

October 12
Chaska High School

Oct 18 & 19

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View your child's daily menu o n our NEW interactive Lunch 
Menu Website

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.

Fall Picture's went very smooth.  If you are not happy with your child's  photo retake day is Tuesday Oct 16th.

From the Principal June Johnson  

October Greetings Carver Elementary Families!

The first month of school has gone by so quickly as staff implemented the key programming components of Reading & Math Flex Groups, Den Time, and WIN Time.  

This year in math and reading, we are "flexing" into grade level groups.  Students are learning in groups with others at different levels, but in the same grade. Teachers continue to work to meet student needs in small groups whether at, above or below grade level.  Students performing at the 97%ile or above on their MAP, Measure of Academic Progress, tests are considered for the next grade level if it best meets their needs.

Thank you for giving us the first month of school to get settled into our routines.  If you would like to join your child for lunch at anytime, just check in at the front office and head down to the cafeteria.  If you get here ahead of time, please make yourself comfortable on the chairs in the hallway area.  Please remember to bring cash or check to pay for your meal.

THANK You to the Carver Elementary PTO and all the family and staff volunteers who helped to make Pizza and BINGO Night a huge success!  We estimated over 600 people attended this great event!  Watch for information about our upcoming Family Fun Night November 15th! 

Most Sincerely, 
June Johnson, Principal   
Teacher Conferences
Teachers are anxious to share your child's progress with you.  Conferences are Thursday Oct 11th & Tuesday Oct 16th from 3pm to 7pm along with Friday Nov 2nd from 11am to 3pm. Sign up with your childs teacher if you haven't already done so.  

Art Room News
This year of art started with drawing challenges to grow in skill, creativity, and expression. The students are beginning to understand the 'why' behind making a work of art--sometimes it is to practice a skill, sometimes it is to show a unique and imaginative idea, and sometimes it is to show who we are and what we care about. Then we introduced tools for drawing and collage that students use during 
studio work time, which is when the student has full artistic choice of what they feel inspired to create.
This month 2nd-5th grade was inspired by collage artists Romare Beardon (historic example from NYC) and Ashley Mary(living example from Minneapolis). Next month classes will earn painting as a choice in the studio! Fun and messy! Don't worry, it is all washable paints.

Molly Nebel

Media Center News
Book Fair

Instill the love of reading in your child! Carver Elementary will be hosting a Follett Book Fair, Thursday, October 11
and Tuesday, October 16
Stop by the Innovation Center classroom between 2:30 - 6:30 PM to check it out !
Thank you !
Gwen Valiant
Information, Innovation Learning Specialist
Carver Elementary
Personal Wellness News
This year as part of Personal Wellness, students will be getting a half hour of classroom instruction on health topics with Mrs. Souvignier.  This will happen on one day of their six day rotation.  This month we have been getting to know each other and celebrating our differences.  We're also talking about communication skills and building strong friendships at school.
In gym, we're welcoming a new teacher this year!  Mr. Becker has joined our Personal Wellness team. He is coming to us from East Union and happy to be here! Please remember to send your students with tennis shoes and a note if your child has any medical restrictions from injuries. 
We have an exciting opportunity coming up for students in grades 3-5.  3rd-5th graders have the opportunity to participate in the annual "Elementary Invitational" 1 mile running race at Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen.  The race will take place Thursday, October 11th at 5:25.  This is a fun event that exposes the kids to cross country running, which is an opportunity all our students will have when they enter middle school. Permission slips that detail the event will be available in the gym.  If your son or daughter would like to participate in the event, please have them ask for a permission slip and return it to their Personal Wellness teacher by Friday Oct. 5th .  Thanks so much, and as always, please feel free to contact us with questions.
Mr. Becker, Mr. Ford, Mrs. Souvignier

Band News
Hello from the Carver Elementary Band Room!
We are excited to get started with the first band lesson this week!  Students are learning to care for and play the first note on their instruments.  Here's to lots of good practicing! 
Good Luck and Go Band!

Karen Prescott
Instrumental Music Teacher
Carver Elementary and Clover Ridge Elementary

Music News

Mr. Kantos would like all 4
th and 5
th grade parents to know that their children can still sign up for after school choir! Choir will meet after school on Tuesdays from 2:30 - 3:40, starting Oct. 2. Students will learn how to use their singing voices by practicing music of all types and perform a concert for friends and family on Monday, Dec. 17. Students will get a daily snack and a t-shirt for their enrollment. If you are interested, sign up at . There will be no rehearsal on October 16
th .
Thank you.
Jeff Kantos