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Welcome Letter

August 1, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I truly hope that this school year will be filled with new learning experiences, insights and friendships for your child as well as the entire family. Even though we are one of the largest elementary schools in Los Angeles, we strive to create a close-knit school community. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone is included and afforded an opportunity to play a role in developing a learning environment that is second to none. My staff and I are committed to providing your children with a balanced elementary school experience focused on vital 21st century skills such as written and verbal communication, collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking alongside of a full enrichment program to include music, dance, art, fitness, and technology literacy. We believe that this dual commitment is essential to educating well-rounded children.

In this new school year, we will carry on with our school-wide, established innovative programs: Singapore Math strategies, Write…From the Beginning, Engineering is Elementary, Lego Robotics & MindUP. You can expect to learn more about how these programs are being implemented in your child’s grade level at Back to School Night. With the support of our teaching staff, Carpenter’s Governance Council, PFC, PTA and the hard work of our amazing parents and guardians we all can look forward to the following exciting additions:

  • New science teacher for primary grades
  • New P.E. coach for upper grades
  • Phase III of our implementation of LAUSD’s Restorative Justice practices to promote and strengthen positive school culture
  • New staff member who will be our point person to oversee our Restorative Justice program
  • Full-time librarian (second consecutive year)
  • Additional First grade classroom teacher funded by Carpenter’s Governance Council (ninth consecutive year)
  • Full implementation of the Engineering is Elementary program in grades K-5
  • Classroom Robotics Instruction for Grades 2 - 5
  • Expansion of the VEX IQ Competition Team, an after school robotics program for grades 4-5
  • Reseeded grass field for students to enjoy during and after school
  • Continuation of the Sk8 Str8 (a.k.a. Skate Straight) mentor program for select upper grade students
  • Creation of a mentor program for select primary students to be known as The Overcomer’s
  • The continuation of our highly popular 180∘Place - a safe, supervised playground area for students with injuries and/or students in need of assistance with interpersonal relationships
  • Use of Singapore Math Model Draw booklets to supplement our math program for students in grades 1-5
  • The continuation of providing all school stakeholders opportunities to cultivate cultural competency, promote empathy and deepen inclusion within our school community

Another exciting change to our school this year is the arrival of new teachers and staff members who are all very eager to become active members of our community. New to our administrative team is Vivian Perez-Kennedy who will be serving as our part-time Assistant Principal. Ms. Perez-Kennedy will be overseeing our special education program. Taking over the science instruction for our youngest primary students will be Matt Rivera. Mr. Rivera will now spilt his time between teaching art and serving as our part-time science teacher working with Lori Belateche. We are also thrilled to announce that we have hired some very amazing classroom teachers to join our staff. We have two new additions to our fourth grade staff, Lauren Manning and Yelena Resnik. Ms. Manning is an alum of the Teach for America Program. She has been teaching for the past four years at Haskell Steam Magnet where she developed STEM instruction and co-founded an after school robotics team. She is currently a candidate to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Like Ms. Manning, Ms. Resnik comes to us from within LAUSD. She taught the past five years at Limerick Elementary where she implemented Blended Learning, Project Based Learning and STEAM into her instruction. She is a National Board Certified teacher.

I consider it an absolute honor to work at this historic school and serve this community. It amazes me to think that for the past 95 years a new batch of children have come to this school eager to learn, make friends, and have fun on the playground. My staff and I are looking forward to welcoming your children to their neighborhood school. In addition, we are eager to collaborate with all community members to ensure that this school continues to be a beacon of public education for another century.

Joseph Martinez 2015
Joseph P. Martinez