Carnation Ceremony welcomes kindergartners into school

This week, the student body came together to celebrate one of the school’s traditions during the school morning meeting — welcoming kindergarteners into the Charlotte Central School kindergarten-eighth grade community through a Carnation Ceremony.

Pairs of eighth graders presented each kindergartner with a carnation as a symbol of their bond and a promise of support for the coming year.

As role models, learning partners and mentors, this group of eighth graders will partner with the younger students throughout the year, creating memories while learning the meaning of being a caring citizen.

Another school tradition involves the staff, students and parents working to fill 12 boxes full of food for Charlotte neighbors. This annual collaboration gives others the foods they need for Thanksgiving. The students in the kindergarten-fourth grades focus on the Thanksgiving boxes. In December, students in fifth-eighth grades gather food to help neighbors through the winter holiday season. Please consider contributing to this cause.

PTO holiday market

The PTO’s holiday market is now accepting applications for vendor booths on Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be two gyms filled with vendors, a children’s do-it-yourself craft area, several on-site food options, a silent auction and raffle.

All vendor registration fees from the holiday market will go to the PTO to support student enrichment programs. Contact with any questions.

School library news

Celebrate a nation of diverse readers all year long. When adults make time to read with kids, children get the message that reading is important. Reading books that show all children they are reflected and respected helps them discover their own voices and learn from the voices of others. November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit the school library’s online guide to find featured titles.

Music and art news

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, Dec. 13. The annual fifth-eighth grade Winter Concert will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature the fifth-eighth grade chorus, jazz band and the fifth-eighth grade concert bands.

Also, at 6 p.m. concertgoers will be able to enjoy the kindergarten-eighth grade Art Walk in the east end of the building. We hope to see you there.

Spelling Club volunteers needed

A Charlotte Central School parent reached out asking about supporting a spelling club for kids using materials from the Scripps Spelling Bee.

Some students in third-eighth grade are interested in participating in a spelling club during the lunch and recess block. Some details are being ironed out which include finding a few adults to volunteer to help. Volunteers need to be able to commit for two days a week from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The actual days are still being determined.

Please email with your availability if you’re interested in helping. All volunteers will need to go through the fingerprint process as Champlain Valley School District volunteers.