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CAES Weekly Update: November 9, 2019

Carrollton Families,

Told when to show up, told where to sit, told when to talk, told what to focus on – it’s not often that I have to follow someone else’s stringent guidelines, but this past week I served jury duty for the first time. For three days I was really surprised by how tired my brain became having to concentrate so intently for so long – doodling, daydreaming, and dozing were frowned upon by the judge. I received quite an education in “lawyer talk” and the workings of a courtroom and was also reminded of the fact that following rules is a huge part of my life as an adult (despite what I thought as an adolescent). It’s mandatory that we parents establish clear expectations for our children, letting them know what they can and cannot do and holding them accountable to these expectations. It’s just as important that we encourage our children to comply with the guidelines that make school run smoothly; we can do this by modeling respect for teachers and supporting their decisions. Our goal as grownups is to shape productive citizens in our homes and classrooms today so they will be ready for jobs and jury boxes tomorrow.



  • The heat is now turned on in all schools; the building’s HVAC unit either produces cold air or warm air, not both. 
  • You can check out the school lunch menu at this link:
  • Our Cardinal tweets can be found on Twitter at @CarrolltonES.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at


Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14 – Report cards come home  /  School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Nov. 15 – 1st Grade field trip to Virginia Living Museum  /  Fall Pizza Bingo (6:00 – 8:00)

Nov. 27-29 – No school: Thanksgiving holiday                   

Dec. 6   – No school: Parent-teacher conferences

Dec. 11 – Interim reports come home

Dec. 12 – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 18 – Last day of school before winter break


From the PTA

  • Carrollton PTA invites you to stay up to date on events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and more via our new online system MemberHub.  Here’s the link for you to join the PTA -- or just stay up to date on all things CAES by logging in here -- Thank you for your support of our school and kids.
  • Cardinal spirit wear is now available to order online!  Simply follow the link, make your selections, and checkout!  Order deadline is November 15, and the delivery time is approximately 4 - 5 weeks later. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, order forms will be coming home soon.  If you have any questions, please contact the PTA.


Thank you very much…

  • … to the Smithfield High School Ladies of Distinction for coming to read to our Cardinals!
  • … to the following staff members recently recognized for their years of service: 5 years – Mrs. Artis, Mrs. Berkeley, Mrs. Brant, Mrs. Buggs, Mrs. DeLong; 10 years – Mrs. Oparaji; 15 years – Mrs. Bloodgood, Mrs. Fraas, Mrs. Hill; 20 years – Mrs. Rosenberry; 25 years – Mrs. J. Smith; 35 Years – Mr. Evans


Thank you very much to all who have sacrificed to serve our country -- Happy Veterans Day!



Robert D. Brennan

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES