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Carpenter Elementary PTA Newsletter
Fall Spiritwear Special Orders
Time to get your special edition Carpenter gear!  This year we'll have long sleeve tees, dry-fit shirts, performance shorts, full-zip hooded sweatshirts, pullover hoodies and joggers.  Most items will be available in Youth and Adult sizes.  Please download an order form, print, and send in payment to your teacher.  Deadline for all orders (with payment) is November 5th.  All items will be delivered by December 5th.
Fall Spiritwear Order Form
Square 1 Art
The kids have been hard at work in Ms. Gursslin's class preparing this year's Square 1 Art pieces.  Soon your child will be coming home with information on how to order.  You'll be able to order your child's artwork on keepsakes such as stationery, mugs, tote bags, canvas prints, and magnets, just to name a few.  There are tons of items to choose from, and they make great grandparent gifts!  The PTA earns a portion of every sale.  Preview the available items HERE, and keep an eye out for your student's masterpiece which will be coming home soon.
PTA Reflections
Calling all Chameleons, it's time to let your imagination fly and unleash your inner artist! Reflections is a national PTA program to recognize student excellence in the arts.  Students in grades K-12 can enter an original work in one of 6 categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Musical Composition, Dance Choreography or Film Production.  This year's theme is "Heroes Around Me."  Entries must be the student's own independent work, and must be based on his/her interpretation of the theme.  There is also a Special Artist Division as an option for students with disabilities.  Visit bit.ly/StudentEntryForm to download an entry form including official rules.  Deadline for all submissions is November 1st.  Our school's winning pieces will move on to the Wake County PTA level.  Questions?  Contact Tara at tarat23@gmail.com.


Advocacy
Due to Wake County's new enrollment plan, some addresses in our area may be reassigned to new schools next year.  Draft 2 of the plan has been submitted and is open for feedback.  This feedback will be used in formulating draft 3 which will be the final draft before approval.    If you have any concerns or questions please go to the online portal. 
Find out if your base school is changing next year: wwwgis2.wcpss.net/addressLookup/proposalFirstDraft/
Post your feedback on the online portal: wcpss.granicusideas.com/discussions/2019-20-student-enrollment-proposal

Draft 3 will be presented October 30th during a special school board work session.  The public hearing will be November 7th as part of the regular 5:30 board meeting.  Final approval of the 2019-2020 enrollment plan is scheduled for November 20th.

Upcoming Elections
Election Day is only a few weeks away.  Items on this year's ballot, including proposed school bonds, will affect educational funding in NC.  To learn more, click HERE to see a run down of what will be on the ballot and how you can find more information on the proposed bonds and other proposed legislation.

Kathy Hartenstine
Kathy Hartenstine, our District 7 Wake County Public School Board member, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 23rd.  She joined Wake County schools in 1987 and retired in January 2016 as principal of Baileywick Elementary School.  She was assigned to District 7 of the school board in 2017.  We are saddened to see the news of this advocate for our students and their education.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts during this difficult time.  There has been a public expression of sympathy throughout the County.  The Town of Morrisville began their Town Council meeting with a moment of silence,  and Council Member Steve Rao honored her beautifully during the Invocation.  Please see the video at the link HERE, starting at 1:35.
 
Annual PTA Online Auction is coming soon!

Bidding opens 10:00 am Nov. 5th
and closes at 9:00 pm Nov. 11th


Disney World tickets
Orthodontics packages
Luxury hotel stays (Mayton & Umstead)
Trackout Camps
Three Bears Acres
American Girl
Hand & Stone
Birthday party packages
Restaurant gift cards
Paint Your Pot
Rush Hour Karting
First in line - Carpool
Front row seats - Graduation


This is just a sample, more items will be added over the next few weeks.  So check back often to see what's up for grabs and plan your bidding!
www.32auctions.com/CESPTA2018
PTA Online Auction
October 19
Box Tops Due

November 1
Reflections Submission Deadline

November 5-11
PTA Silent Auction

November 6
Tasty Tuesday

November 8
PTA General Membership Meeting, 6:00 pm

November 9 & 13
Heroes Lunch

November 11
Camp Chameleon Maintenance Day, 3:00-5:00
The PTA would like to thank all of the amazing businesses that helped make our Family Fun Night a huge success. Thank you to Code Ninjas, American Robotics Academy, Zaniac, Mad Science of the Triangle/Relay by Republic Wireless, Lucas Blair from RTI International, Treasure Quest Mining, Potbelly and Marco's Pizza, Carolina Ice Cream Events, Justin Hinson- bpm Elite (our amazing DJ) and Best in Class Learning Centers who generously sponsored the inflatable obstacle course. 
A shout out to Lori Palen for connecting the PTA with RTI for the awesome VR booth and a huge thanks to Jackie Bonin for coordinating twelve amazing hands on experiments for the kids! Thank you to Joe Nicke, Tara Fisher, Mark Dixon, Amy Munn, Wendy Chen and Bekah Lu for their help setting up and cleaning up after the event. Thank you to everyone that has joined the PTA this year! Your support through membership helps make events like these possible!
The Carpenter Elementary School PTA is a non-profit organization committed to being an advocate for the education and well being of our students.
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