Nov 24, 2016

Wednesday Assembly

Yesterday our students enjoyed an extra special assembly.  Enjoy the videos below. And a Happy Thanksgiving to all.

E1 students play "Linus and Lucy" (aka theme from Charlie Brown) on recorders:

November 2016 Carlton Students of the Month:

Nov 11, 2016

Veterans Day Show

Our students performed another wonderful Veterans Day concert. Click the link below to see the entire concert.

Nov 8, 2016

Carlton Votes

Yesterday, a day before Election Day, Carlton's E2 students ran a school-wide election. Students learned about the Electoral College and cast ballots. Hillary Clinton won the election.

Nov 1, 2016

Halloween Parade and Dance Party Photos

Our students had a wonderful time yesterday marching around the block from and to the school.  Our youngest students wore their Halloween costumes and our older students really embraced their tradition of wearing crazy hats.  

Click on the link below to see some photos taken by P1 parent and photographer, Susannah Bothe.

Oct 30, 2016


Mrs. Bouffard's P2 art classes have been learning about the tradition of Mexican calaveras in the weeks leading up to Halloween and the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. Originally the skulls were clay casts, decorated to adorn the graves of relatives. In modern times, it can mean a clay cast or any artistic representation, including the popular edible sugar skulls.

Oct 12, 2016

Welcome to the Jungle!

Goodbye Wonderland, welcome to the Jungle. Some of our E2 students spent the morning working backstage on scenery for this year's production of The Jungle Book. Here they are repurposing scene panels to fit in with the jungle.

Carlton Student Jaydon D Recognized for Heroic Efforts

Oct 8, 2016

Camp Carlton

Thank you to all our families and staff that turned out for last Thursday's Haunted Happenings parade. A special thank you to Mrs. Bouffard for putting together another marvelous float. We are all looking forward to continuing with Camp Carlton for the 2016/2017 school year.

Click here to check out some photos from the parade.

Oct 5, 2016

Walking Wednesday with Mayor Driscoll

October 5 is International Walk to School Day. The Carlton crew was led by Safe Routes to School coordinator (and Carlton parent), Melissa Wilson and Mayor Driscoll.  What a great way to start the school day!

Walkathon Photo Gallery

Check out some of our youngest students during last month's Walkathon. Thank you to P1 parent Susannah Bothe for the photos. This year's walkathon has raised nearly $2574 so far! These funds will go to pay for the many wonderful things our PTO does, including busses for field trips and our upcoming family event, Pumpkin Fest. Thank you to all our wonderful walkers and their sponsors. And thank you to the volunteers that spent the morning stamping cards.

Sep 22, 2016

Fitness for Fitness Walkathon!

9:00-9:45 - Grades 3, 4-5 (E-1 and E-2)

10:00-10:45 – Grades K, 1, 2, (P-1, P-2)

The Fitness for Fitness walkathon will take tomorrow, Friday Sept. 23rd. This PTO sponsored event will help raise money for fitness equipment for our very own fitness program at Carlton School. Students will walk for 45 mintues and receive a stamp for every lap they walk. An energetic student can walk an average of 15-20 laps. Pledges sheets came home last week and pledges can be made per lap or if you would rather not pledge, a donation can be made in any amount. Please contact your student’s teacher if you did not receive a pledge sheet.

We have volunteers signed up, but if you didn't sign up and would like to help, meet up in the lobby after dropoff and we'll see if we can put you to work.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Aug 20, 2016

Changing School Culture through Literature and Literacy

"Everything we do fosters language and literacy development"

Carlton's Literacy Coach, Shawna Erps, has written an article for the International Literacy Association.


Jun 22, 2016

School Picture, June 2016

Photo credit: Susannah Bothe

 P1 parent, Susannah Bothe, was asked by the PTO to take this photo as part of a gift to our departing Principal, Dr. Jean-Marie Kahn.  Thank you Susannah for helping to create such a wonderful memory and thank you to Dr. Kahn for all her years of dedication to the students and staff of the Carlton School.

Jun 21, 2016

Family Picnic 2016

Enjoy some of the photos from Saturday's Family Picnic. Thank you again Carlton PTO for an amazing day. Thank you to all the volunteers that make the picnic so much fun. Special thanks Carla Reid for organizing and Jeff Fox and Rob Pelletier for grilling up some delicious burgers and dogs.   Click below for more photos

Jun 20, 2016

Summer Literacy

One of the most important things you can do for your student is READ, READ, READ over the summer. A reading calendar came home with your student. They can keep track of their reading and return it to their teacher at the start of school. Click on the links below for some ways to keep your reader engaged.

Barnes and Noble are hosting a reading triathlon. Your reader can earn a free book by reading 8 books and completing 3 reading activities.

Here are the 2017 MCBA book award who read five or more will be able to vote through SSU. Carlton will have all these books available in the fall but feel free to get a jump on this list.

The Salem Public Library has some really fun programming this summer and will be a Summer Meals site, where kids 18 and under can eat a healthy meal. Some of the library programming requires preregistration.

Happy Reading!

Field Day

Carlton students and staff enjoyed Field Day last Friday. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. Click here to enjoy some photos

Jun 16, 2016

Farewell, we will miss you

Words cannot express how heavily the departures of so many of our beloved teachers will be felt. Everyone in the Carlton community is happy for the wonderful opportunities afforded our talented and dedicated staff despite the loss to the school.

At this morning's E1/E2 Celebration of Learning show, Mrs. Cagney (who is never really going to retire) presented some of our departing staff with a lovely gift from the PTO, a small frame with one of the Carlton values stickers. We hope that each and everyday these wonderful educators get the opportunity to ask someone how they helped their community that day.

Best wishes to all of you. 

Jun 15, 2016

End of Year Principal's Letter

June 17, 2016

Dear Carlton Families,

I want to thank everyone for another AWESOME year at the Carlton. As we wrap up our fourth year as an innovation school, we continued to deepen our instruction and refine our innovation plan. Our Carlton community is stronger than ever and thriving with your support!

As you may know there are quite a few staff changes for next year. We are very excited that Mrs. Jellison will be taking over as principal. Mr. Michael Drouin will be replacing Mrs. vonBurn as the assistant principal. Mr. Drouin comes from a school in Lowell that has also made the transition from a Level 3 to a Level 1 designation. He is very excited about our innovation plan and he can’t wait to get started.

We are sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Mercier, who is retiring after over 20 years of service to the children of Salem. We thank her for her amazing contribution to the Carlton, and wish her the very best in her retirement. We will miss her greatly.

We are also sad to say goodbye to Ms. MacKay in the E2 Learning Skills class, Ms. O’Neil in P2, Ms. White in P1 and Ms. Wrobel our adjustment counselor. They are moving on to some exciting new opportunities and we wish them the very best. In addition, Mrs. Ciarmataro will be on maternity leave this fall and return to Carlton in January.

We are very excited that this year we were able to conduct interviews and hire for our open positions, early this spring. We had an amazing candidate pool and can’t wait to welcome our new teachers this fall. We welcome Mrs. Perlack and Ms. Carter to the P1 team, replacing Mrs. Mercier and Ms. White. Ms. Germain will be taking over for Ms. O’Neil in P2. Mrs. Eveleth will be moving into the Grade 3-5 math position that Mrs. Jellison previously held, and Ms. Bythrow will be replacing Mrs. Eveleth. We have made an offer to a wonderful teacher for the E2 Learning Skills position, and are waiting to hear if the hire has been finalized.

We will certainly let you know as soon as possible. We are also currently interviewing for the counselor and a long term sub for Mrs. Ciarmataro.

In addition to the staffing changes listed above, there will be a change to the P2 teams. Beginning next year, Ms. Hill will be teaming with Mrs. Townsend and Mr. Giso will be teaming with our new teacher, Ms. Germain. Most students will remain with their current homeroom teacher. If there are any changes to your child’s homeroom placement, you will receive a call from your child’s teacher.

You will find your child’s teacher and room number for next year with his/her report card. Be sure to sign up for Assessment Camp at the Celebration of Learning this week. Assessment Camp is an important part of our Innovation Plan and allows us to gather the information that we need to meet each individual student’s needs without taking away precious teaching time at the beginning of the year. Assessment appointments will last 60-90 minutes, and will consist of a reading, writing and math assessment. Appointment reminders with dates and times, will be sent in the beginning of August. We certainly understand that some families will be away this week and those students will take their assessments within the first few weeks of school.

Please don’t forget that the Carlton school has its own calendar again this year. This allows us to manage the

trimester transitions. At Carlton, students in grades 1-5 will begin school on August 29th , and kindergarteners will begin on September 6 th .

As you gear up for summer, I want to strongly encourage you to make reading a part of your child’s daily routine. Just 15 minutes a day can keep the summer slide at bay, and your child’s skills and learning sharp. I want to thank all of you for supporting this amazing school. I have loved every minute of my time here at Carlton and I am very sad to be saying goodbye. I know that the school will continue to thrive with your support and the dedication of the staff and the new leadership. Mrs. Jellison has been working hard to transition into the principal role and she is ready to continue this journey we started.

We would like to wish you a happy and safe summer. Please remember to read, read, read!


Mrs. Kahn, Principal & The Carlton Staff


17 de junio de 2016

Apreciadas Familias de Carlton,

Quiero agradecer a todos por otro ESTUPENDO año en Carlton. Al concluir nuestro cuarto año como escuela de innovación, hemos continuado profundizando nuestra enseñanza y redefinido nuestro plan. ¡Nuestra comunidad de Carlton está más fuerte que nunca y prospera con su apoyo! 

Como es de su conocimiento, habrá cambios en el personal para el próximo año. Estamos muy contentos de que la Sra. Jellison será la nueva directora. El Sr. Michael Drouin reemplazará a la Sra. vonBurn como asistente de la dirección. El Sr. Drouin viene de una escuela de Lowell que también ha hecho la transición de ser designada Nivel 3 a Nivel 1. Él está muy contento sobre nuestro plan de innovación y no puede esperar para comenzar.

Con tristeza damos un adiós a la Sra. Mercier, quien se va a retirar después de más de 20 años de servicio a los niños de Salem. Le agradecemos por su grandiosa contribución a Carlton y le deseamos lo mejor en su retiro. La extrañaremos muchísimo.

También estamos tristes al decir adiós a la Sra. MacKay de la clase de Habilidades de Aprendizaje en E2, Sra. O’neil de P2, Sra. White de P1 y Sra. Wrobel nuestra consejera de ajuste escolar. Ellas se están moviendo a nuevas oportunidades emocionantes y les deseamos lo mejor. Además, la Sra. Ciarmataro estará de licencia de maternidad en el otoño y regresará a Carlton en Enero.

Estamos muy contentos que durante este año pudimos tener entrevistas para contratar personas para las posiciones disponibles temprano en la primavera. Tuvimos una reserva de candidatos maravillosa y estamos ansiosos por darles la bienvenida a los nuevos maestros este otoño. Damos la bienvenida a la Sra. Perlack y Sra. Carter al equipo de P1, a remplazar a la Sra. Mercier y Sra. White. La Sra. Germain asumirá la posición de la Sra. O’Neil en P2. La Sra. Eveleth se moverá a la posición de matemáticas de los grados 3-5 que la Sra. Jellison tenían anteriormente, y la Sra. Bythrow reemplazará a la Sra. Eveleth. Hemos hecho una oferta a una maestra maravillosa para la posición de Habilidades de Aprendizaje, y esperamos tener información sobre si el proceso ha sido finalizado. Les haremos saber a la brevedad. También actualmente estamos entrevistando para las posiciones de consejero y sustituto a largo plazo para la Sra. Ciarmataro.

Además de los cambios mencionados arriba, habrá cambios en los equipos de P2. A partir del próximo año, la Sra. Hill trabajará en equipo con la Sra. Townsend y el Sr. Giso estará en equipo con la nueva profesora, Sra. Germain. La mayoría de los estudiantes permanecerán con su maestro de aula inicial. Si hay algún cambio de aula inicial para su hijo, usted recibirá una llamada del maestro de su hijo.

Usted encontrará el nombre del maestro y número de aula de su hijo para el próximo año escolar en su reporte de calificaciones. Asegúrese de registrarse para el Campamento de Evaluación durante la ceremonia de Celebración del Aprendizaje esta semana. El Campamento de Evaluación es una parte importante de nuestro Plan de Innovación y nos permite reunir la información que necesitamos para satisfacer las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes sin necesidad de tomar el tiempo precioso de la docencia al inicio del próximo año. Las citas de evaluación durarán de 60-90 minutos, y consistirán en evaluaciones de lectura, escritura y matemáticas. A principios de agosto mandaremos recordatorios de las citas con fecha y hora. Comprendemos que algunas familias estarán fuera esa semana y aquellos estudiantes tomarán las evaluaciones durante las primeras semanas de escuela.

Por favor, no olvide que la Escuela Carlton nuevamente tiene su propio calendario este año escolar. Esto nos permite manejar las transiciones trimestrales. En Carlton, los estudiantes de los grados 1-5 comenzarán la escuela el 29 de agosto y los de kindergarten iniciarán el 6 de septiembre. 

Mientras hace preparativos para el verano, quisiera enfatizar la recomendación de que mantengan la lectura como parte de la rutina diaria de su hijo. Tan sólo 15 minutos al día pueden mantener las habilidades de aprendizaje de su hijo afiladas a través del verano.

Quiero agradecer a todos por su apoyo a esta maravillosa escuela. He adorado cada minuto de mi tiempo aquí en Carlton y estoy muy triste de decir adiós. Sé que la escuela continuará prosperando con su apoyo, dedicación del personal y nuevo liderazgo. La Sra. Jellison ha estado trabajando duro para hacer la transición al rol de directora y está lista para continuar este viaje que empezamos.

Queremos desearle un feliz y seguro verano. ¡Por favor recuerde leer, leer, leer cada día!


Sra. Kahn, Directora y Personal de Carlton

Jun 7, 2016

Fifth Grade Finale!

Our fifth graders are barreling towards graduation! Check out the Fifth Grade Finale Gallery, which we'll keep updating as they approach June 21.