News and Updates

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Parent Back to School Night

Carden Memorial’s Parent Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 with some important updates from the Head of School, Mrs. Goodwin. From 7:00-8:30, you may visit your children's classrooms to be instructed by their teachers. There will be three 30-minute sessions (7:00-7:30, 7:30-8:00, and 8:00-8:30), so you will have an opportunity to meet with homeroom teachers and specialists. Homeroom Orientation Sessions will be held in the following locations: Jr. Kindergarten: room 7 Kindergarten: room 9 Lower Prep (1st): room 10 Middle Prep (2nd): room 6 Upper Prep (3rd): room 3 A Form (4th): room 21 B Form (5th): room 23 C Form (6th): room 24 D and E Form (7th and 8th): room 17 It is our goal to create an atmosphere where teachers and parents can work together for the benefit of the students. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the curriculum and expectations for your child this year. Warmly, The Carden Administration

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Change in our late pick-up procedure

We wish to remind you of a change in our late pick-up procedure this year.

Our school day ends at 3:10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 2:10 p.m on Fridays. Students may be picked up on rounds in the west parking lot, the playground, or the church parking lot. The students will walk with their teacher twice around the building in order for you to pick them up. Please keep your car turned off until all cars are ready to leave.

In order to provide our teachers with time for preparation and meetings, students who have not been picked up by the end of second rounds will go to Afternoon Extended Care. It will no longer be an option to pick up children from the auditorium foyer. Students will need to be picked up and signed out in room 23 with Mr. Alm.

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Road Construction

We are eagerly looking forward to seeing your children when school starts on September 4. Please note that 27th South, the street directly north of Carden, is closed between Dearborn (west side of the school) and 1700 East. Follow the detour signs to access parking and drop off areas, and be aware that there may be increased traffic in the neighborhood surrounding the school due to the road construction.

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E Form electives

E Form electives will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays during 6th period. New this year, each term will be divided into four blocks of elective classes, each lasting three weeks. Since classes only last three weeks, students will not be allowed to switch once their choices have been made.

Please choose one elective for each block in Term 1:

(Classes will be filled based on when requests are received. If we don't hear from you, classes will be assigned to your student.)

  • Block One: 1. Art 2. Boys Bells 3. Team Sports
  • Block Two: 1. Creative Writing 2. Boys Bells 3. Team Sports.
  • Block Three: 1. Choir for all students
  • Block Four: 1. Team Sports 2. Creative Writing 3. Short Stories with a Twist

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B and C Form Google Docs

We wish to remind you that our B and C Form students will be using Google Docs to complete assignments this year in computer class. Since Google Docs is a web-based program, students can work on their assignments from both home and school. This will also help prepare them for high school as Google Docs is frequently used there.

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Dear Parents,

We are delighted to welcome your child for a new school year and hope you had a wonderful summer. In order to create a smooth transition back into school, we want to communicate a few reminders:

Carden Memorial Information Form and Immunizations: The Information Form was sent out with your Enrollment Agreement and must be completed and returned to the office before August 30. A copy of this form is attached to this email. If any of your student's information changes during the school year (change of address, medical, etc.), please contact the office so our records remain up to date.

Immunizations: New students, and all incoming Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students, must submit up to date immunization records prior to attending school. All D Form (7th grade) students should have received additional immunizations and also need to submit updated records. Records may be faxed directly to our office at (801) 487-5076.

Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House: This Open House is for Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and their parents on Tuesday, September 3, from 2 - 4 p.m. Please note that students will be given a Carden school bag and all necessary school supplies.

First Day of School: School begins Wednesday, September 4, at 8:30 a.m. Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students may go directly to their classrooms. Lower Prep - Upper Prep (1st - 3rd grade) students will meet on the north lawn until they are brought into the building by their teachers. A Form - E Form (4th - 8th grade) students will meet in the auditorium.

Parent Back to School Night: Thursday, September 12, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Details for the school year will be discussed by the teachers from each grade. Sessions will be repeated to allow for families with students in multiple grades.

Pancake Breakfast: Our annual Pancake Breakfast for Carden families will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Rounds: Our school day ends at 3:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:10 p.m on Fridays. Students may be picked up on rounds in the west parking lot, the playground, or the church parking lot. The students will be led around the building twice in order for you to pick them up. Please keep your car turned off until all cars are ready to leave. LATE CARS WILL NO LONGER BE AN OPTION FOR PICKUP. Students not picked up after second rounds will go to Extended Care. A parent will then need to come in to pick up their student(s) from Extended Care.

Extended Care: Registration and fee information is available in the office if you would like to enroll your student in Extended Care. Morning Extended Care (7:30-8:15 a.m.) is located in room 16 with Mrs. Smith and afternoon Extended Care (3:30-5:30 p.m.) is held in room 23 with Mr. Alm. Please complete the registration prior to your student attending.

Lunch: Students bring their own lunch from home. The option to order lunch from Zao, Noodles & Co., or Little Caesars will begin the week of Sept. 9th. A separate email with details will be forthcoming.

Uniforms: Uniforms are to be purchased at Dennis Uniform. If you are unsure of the dress code, please visit our website or the Dennis Uniform website for a full listing. Please note the following uniform requirements:

  • Shoes for all boys are to be SOLID black or navy with a dark sole.
  • Dark belts and socks are to be worn by all boys. Magnetic belts work well for younger students.
  • Girls' skirts and jumpers are to be to the knee.
  • Shoes for girls are to be solid black or navy with dark soles. (Please no slip-on shoes for the younger girls since they can cause injury on the playground.)
  • No ankle booties or boots. In winter, snow boots are permitted for outdoors.
  • C Form - E Form PE clothing is plain black, grey, or navy knee length shorts with a plain black, navy, or grey t-shirt. Small logos are acceptable. This uniform must always be worn to PE.
  • A Form - B Form PE students will not need a PE uniform but are asked to bring athletic shoes appropriate for sports activities.
  • All students may wear the Carden sweatshirts (crew or quarter-zip) in the classroom on Monday - Wednesday. Formal uniform sweaters and blazers (optional for Monday - Wednesday) are required for Thursday and Friday. All other jackets and sweatshirts may be worn to recess, but not in the classroom.

Grooming: Students' hairstyles need to be conservative and reflect a well-groomed appearance in keeping with our traditional atmosphere. Boys' hair may be no longer than the top of the collar and trimmed above the eyebrows and ears. Designs cut into hair are not acceptable. Girls' hair is to be worn out of the face. Girls' hair accessories are to be conservative and match the uniform. Girls may wear a single pair of small earrings (nothing that dangles).

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices: Cell phones and other electronic devices (smart watches, tablets, etc.) are NOT to be used at school. If a student must bring one, we ask that it be turned off and kept in your child's backpack until he/she is picked up at the end of the day. Devices must not be in the student's possession at any time during the school day. If a student chooses to disregard this policy, the phone or electronic device will be taken to the office until a parent is able to retrieve it. If you need to send your student a message, please do so through the office. Students may use the office phone if a need arises. Arrangements for after school rides and activities should be made before the student arrives at school. Your support in this policy is greatly appreciated, as we are trying to keep students focused on learning and technologically safe.

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Carden 50Th Anniversary Save The Date

50 years of excellence in education

This fall Carden is celebrating 50 years of excellence in education. We hope you will plan to join us at our gala event on November 9. Please see the attached announcement and mark your calendars.

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Cursive Penmanship Class

We are offering a special cursive penmanship class for Middle Prep, Upper Prep, A Form, and B Form students who are new this year to Carden or who need some extra help and practice with cursive. This ten-week class will run from Tuesday, September 10th through Tuesday, November 12th. Students will meet after school each Tuesday from 3:20-3:50 p.m. with Mrs. Craghead in Room 3.

Students should gather after first rounds near the south doors to the East Wing hallway.
Parents are requested to meet with Mrs. Craghead in her classroom from 3:50-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th to get information on the class, as well as guidelines for helping their children at home.

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Teaching Staff Changes

We are looking forward to the new school year and are excited to announce some changes in our teaching staff.

Mrs. Carpenter is joining Mrs. Giles as an assistant morning kindergarten teacher, and will continue to teach afternoons in Jr. K.

Mrs. Moffat will be a new Lower Prep homeroom teacher.

Mrs. Johnson is moving to Upper Prep as a homeroom teacher, and Mrs. Peterson will assist Mrs. Craghead in the afternoon.

Mrs. Kessler has taught 2nd and 5th grade, and now joins our C Form as a homeroom teacher.

Madame Newman, a native French speaker from Paris, is joining our staff as our French teacher.

Mrs. Cunningham, who came to Carden last year, is expanding her role to teach PE and World History.

Our new art teacher, Mrs. Kern, comes with over 20 years of experience teaching art to a wide range of ages.

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Support Carden Memorial Foundation through AmazonSmile

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce an opportunity to support Carden Memorial Foundation through AmazonSmile. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion (.5%) of the purchase price to our school. Here's how to get started:
  1. Visit It's just like shopping on the regular site, but on the fundraising side.
  2. Sign in. You can use your existing Amazon credentials. If you don't have an account, you can create one. The first time you go to the 'Smile' site, you will be asked to choose the organization that you want to support. Search for 'Carden Memorial Foundation' and push SELECT next to our name.
  3. Start shopping. Once you have chosen Carden Memorial Foundation, Amazon will remember this for future visits; you do not need to select it each time you shop. However, you DO need to begin your shopping session by entering Amazon through Make it even easier by setting a bookmark.
  4. Spread the word. Once you've checked out, Amazon makes it easy to spread the news to your friends through Facebook and Twitter. Please be sure to let everyone know you've supported Carden Memorial and invite them to do the same. It costs the purchaser nothing and is a great benefit to our school.

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