Greetings fellow PIONEERS!!
This is my first welcome letter as the incoming PTA President and I am very excited about the school year! First, I want to warmly welcome all new families to Carver and San Marino. I remember back to my family’s first year at Carver (2002!) and I can’t believe my youngest is now entering 3rd grade. Time really does fly by! It seems like yesterday we were worrying about new kindergarten teachers, school supply lists and wondering if our neighborhood school was going to be a good experience or not. All of my concern was soon washed away as we became part of one of the best communities of families, teachers and staff in all of California. I would also like to extend a very fond welcome back to our returning families. I hope you all had a relaxing summer and are ready for a fun new school year.
When thinking of the theme for Carver PTA this year, I found myself looking forward to an exciting year bringing the future into the present. As our teachers, staff and administrators intertwine STEM programs into Carver’s curriculum, we’re going to see some exciting new learning opportunities for our kids. With these plans in mind, this year's PTA theme is "Carver Explorers…Pioneering the Future!"
The Carver PTA is an integral part of the Carver family. Not only do we host fun events during the school year, such as science fair, book fair and ice cream socials, we also provide funds and volunteers for our teachers and staff. Through the PTA's various fundraisers, we raise much needed money to help fund the art lab, library, music program and new STEM program. The PTA's four largest fundraisers this year are Mixed Bag designs, Jog-a-thon, Parent Party and the Carver Carnival. Our Mixed Bag Design fundraiser will kick-off August 25th. You can purchase beautiful recyclable bags, gift wrap, and household items. Our next fundraiser will be our Jog-a-thon on Wednesday, November 8th. Plan to sponsor and come cheer your child on! We will also be hosting our Parent Party on Saturday, March 3rd at the brand new Sheraton San Gabriel Hotel. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other parents, support the school and have fun! At the end of the school year, we have one of our most cherished traditions here at Carver, the Carver Carnival on Saturday, April 28th.
With your support, we can continue to make Carver academically challenging and nurturing for our children. Carver School is a community based on vibrant parent involvement. Your contribution, whether it is your time, knowledge, or resources make a difference. We personally invite you to become an involved PTA member at Carver. Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education!
First day packet information will be completed online. Your login information and a link will be emailed (or mailed) to you on August 1, 2017. Here you will submit all of the information Carver needs about your child as well as other useful school information, PTA membership forms and much more. If you have any questions about the online process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be kicking the school year off with our Newcomer's Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 13th from 3-5pm at the Carver lunch courts. This is a special event for all new students and families to meet other families and get familiar with Carver school and the PTA.
Tuesday, August 15th is the first day of school, and also the Volunteer Fair. The volunteer fair, at 8:30am in the “quad”, is a perfect opportunity to find ways to get involved. I hope to see you all there.
Save the date for Carver's Back to School Night on Thursday, August 24th. You will hear from your child's teacher about their goals and expectations for the year. Carver PTA will also be hosting four coffees in August and September (New Parent Orientation, Chinese translation, TK-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade) for parents to get more information about Carver, the community and what to expect for the upcoming school year. Please look at the Carver school website for dates and times.
We also hope you will join us for our monthly PTA meetings beginning with our first meeting on Monday September 11th, 8:30 am in the Scrim Auditorium.
Also, make sure to mark your calendar for the Carver Family Picnic on Thursday, September 14th. This is a fun Carver tradition where you bring your entire family to have a picnic dinner and enjoy the company of other Carver families.
To stay informed and connected to all Carver information (latest news, events, calendar, lunch menu, and volunteer information, etc.) please visit the school website at www.carverschool.us. And don’t forget to sign up for the weekly email newsletter.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Please know that questions and suggestions are always welcome! You can reach me by email at email@example.com.
K.L. Carver Elementary PTA President