Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weekly Reminders, February 19-23

Spring sports have begun!

What's happening at Carroll? Have a peek inside!
@CMMSCougars
@MsMacWilliams

Check out what's going on by visiting our Facebook page, too!

Monday, February 19
  • Happy Presidents' Day! Inclement Weather Make-up Day; School is in session.
  • Winter Athletics Banquet; 5:30 p.m. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Parkland, Florida School Shooting

An important message from WCPSS:

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that transpired yesterday in Parkland, FL. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

We want to assure you that our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.

We have proactive plans and procedures to protect our students. We frequently conduct practice drills and constantly improve measures for responding to emergency situations. We work closely with area law enforcement to continuously review, evaluate and strengthen security at our schools.

We also want to share some tips for helping your children cope with news of such events:

  • Take care of yourself as a parent – make sure you have a trusted friend or family member with whom you can talk in order to process your own feelings.
  • Maintain consistent structures and support for your child – children feel the safest when their routines remain intact.
  • Let your kids take the lead in the discussion. Invite them to ask their questions so that you are only addressing their concerns and sharing that which is necessary to help them feel safe.
  • Encourage your child to express their feelings, not suppress them. It is important that your child feel safe in sharing their thoughts and feelings with you, even though doing so might be uncomfortable.
  • Validate your child’s feelings while helping them to develop healthy ways to deal with emotions such as anger, fear or sadness.
  • Assure your child that they are safe, but don’t over promise concerning what may happen in the future. Instead, affirm that they are loved and cared for, and that there are people working to keep them safe.
  • Limit your child’s exposure to the news – after a tragedy, media sites are filled with images and stories that can be difficult for children to process. Also, pay close attention to the social media sites your child may be visiting, as these sites can quickly fill with stories related to a tragedy.

Ultimately, if you are concerned about your child’s response to this or any tragic event, reach out to the school counselor for additional resources and support.

The best means to keep schools safe is to maintain healthy and open relationships between adults and children at all times. Help us remind students that they have an obligation to bring information about situations that cause them concern to adults at the school so that we can respond quickly and appropriately to protect their safety.

Students and parents can also report concerns about student or school safety to our anonymous tip line, (919) 856-1911.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Positivity Project - It's Love Week!

This week, our students will be digging into the character strength of love. ♡

Coffee with the Counselors

Please join Carroll's school counselors for coffee and conversation on Thursday, February 15 at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. 
RSVP 

Attention Business Owners - Yearbook Club

The Carroll Yearbook Club is actively seeking donations, and selling ads for the 2017-18 yearbook. Advertisements range in sizes and offer competitive costs. Please reach out to carrollyearbookclub@gmail.com for additional details. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Carpool Incident & Reminders

Dear Carroll Families, 

Today, during dismissal, a child who was crossing Rowan to meet her parent in the vacant parking lot across the street from Carroll was struck by a vehicle. While the child sustained only minor injuries, I want to take this opportunity to remind all families about the importance of following carpool policies and procedures. 

At Carroll, we realize that our parents have obligations beyond transporting children to and from school. We live in a fast-paced world and our schedules are chaotic at best. This is the reason that we work diligently to establish clear procedures that support a safe and efficient carpool process. We are here to serve you.

When members of our school community follow carpool guidelines, the process runs smoothly and wait times decrease significantly. Conversely, when families choose to ignore communicated procedures, traffic patterns are disrupted, walking traffic slows the flow of vehicles, wait times increase, and the safety of our school community members is jeopardized. 

As a friendly reminder, all vehicles must enter our carpool by way of a right-hand turn off of Rowan. Left-hand turns are not permitted. Once on our campus, vehicles must fill up both lanes that run parallel to Rowan. This alleviates congestion throughout our neighboring streets. At the turn leading down to the sidewalk, vehicles merge to create a single line along our sidewalk, which marks our drop-off zone for students. Vehicles must pull as far forward as possible to expedite the drop-off and pick-up process. 

Dropping students off and picking students up on Rowan, Camelot, neighboring streets, and the vacant parking lot across the street from Carroll is not permitted.

Thank you for helping #TeamKidsFirst best serve and support our awesome students. 

Always Carroll Proud, 
Elizabeth MacWilliams
Principal and Lead Innovator

Monday, January 29, 2018