March 15, 2021  *  Volume 2, Edition 5

Important Dates


  • 8-12 : Food service staff recognition week

  • 10-12: old spaghetti factory dine to donate

  • 24: late start


1 : Deadline to register for Pup Running (4th & 5th)

2-9 : SPring break

13: math bowl competition

21: late start

21: administrative professional's day


Food Service Staff Appreciation Week - Thank you! We appreciate each & every one of you!

Thank you to our PTE Food Service Staff!



Dear CCS Elementary 4th and 5th grade parents, 

We are happy to let you know about a fitness opportunity that is being offered. Pup Running is a Carmel school-based youth running program that is committed to encouraging fitness among elementary age children through the sport of running. Pup Running strives to develop positive character qualities in students as they train and compete in cross country and track races—qualities like: Good Health, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Discipline, Perseverance, and Best Effort.

Amid these challenging times, we are cautiously optimistic in our ability to:

1.) offer this elective, growth opportunity to CCS families interested in participating in our program as well as

2.) remain committed to our public health responsibility and all safety protocols. Cross-country is considered a “lower-risk” sport as it relates to the spread of COVID-19 and allows for social distance. We are assiduous in offering the safest opportunity possible for our coaches, students and volunteers.

2021 Spring Cross Country Season:

Pup Meet #1 (Thur) April 29 time TBD at Northview Church XC Course

Pup Meet #2 (Thur) May 6 time TBD at Northview Church XC Course

Pup Meet #3 (Thur) May 13 time TBD. at Northview Church XC Course (It is our firm intention to give each athlete the opportunity to compete in (3) in-person 2K races; however, cancellations and/or modification to the meet schedule will be at the discretion of Pup Running, Inc.)

Important Details: ◼ We will move from our standard spring track season to a XC season. The season will consist of (3) in person 2K races. ◼ There will NOT be any Pup Running organized, coach-led practices offered (NO after school practices on school grounds). Runners will practice independently (or form a small, parent-led Pup Pack) at home in preparation for our meets. Pup Running will offer weekly updates and suggested workouts. ◼ If registration count is high, we will move to split our meets to offer east-side schools the opportunity to race first followed by west-side schools. We reserve the right to adjust based on registration numbers and current COVID-19 positivity cases. ◼ Pup Running is offered to ALL CCS 4th and 5th graders to include in-person AND virtual learners. ◼ ALL runners, coaches, volunteers and spectators will be required to wear face coverings and socially distance at the meets. Runners will wear face coverings at the start and be allowed to remove their mask once the pack spreads (typically first 50 meters). ◼ On-line registration via Race Roster is now open and will close April 1. We will NOT offer refunds. https://raceroster.com/events/2021/44642/pup-running-cross-country-spring-2021. ◼ Parents will be required to report positive COVID-19 cases thru the CCS hotline. Parents will also need to notify Pup Running, Inc. if their runner tests positive. ◼ Registration is $12 for the 3-race series. OPTIONAL spirit wear of t-shirts and face coverings is offered for purchase. Note: The t-shirt design is the same as the Fall 2020 virtual season. ◼ Top 25 place ribbons or finisher ribbons will be provided to meet participants. ◼ We are in need of parent coaching staff to assist at meets and organize runners at the starting line. Please contact Maria Gottlieb at puprunningcarmel@gmail.com.

Pup Running is committed to advancing your child’s physical, mental, social and emotional wellness. Please assess the risk/reward for your family when determining your child’s participation as well as your commitment to following the established guidelines. We are dedicated to a safe, positive, common-sense approach to leading a fun season for our CCS 4th and 5th graders


Parent's Night Out & Silent Auction

Parent's Night Out & Silent Auction

Save the date: Parent's Night Out and Silent Auction

Friday, June 4!

Parent's Night Out & the Silent Auction will be held at Prairie View Golf Club on the evening of Friday, June 4. If you would like to help out with the Silent Auction, please reach out to Jill Kuhfus (jill.kuhfus@gmail.com) or Robin Trzesniewski (rtrzesniewski1@gmail.com).


Mr. Jason Lumadue - PTE ART TEAcher

On behalf of the PTE PTO, we would like to welcome Mr. Lumadue to the PTE Family!

Mr. Lumadue grew up in northern Ohio and spent his adolescent and young adult years in Kentucky. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, graduating in 2008 with a BFA degree in art, specializing in painting & printmaking. After working as a professional artist for a few years, Mr. Lumadue began to gravitate towards teaching. He has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center, multiple community centers, the Lafayette School Corporation, & IPS. He and his wife Jennifer have a daughter, Isabella.

Mr. Lumadue: "I believe that the art classroom is a pathway to not only personal expression, cultures, and history, but also a place to practice problem-solving skills in innovative situations. We live in an increasingly visual world, where innovation and creativity are the cornerstones of future endeavors of our students."

To learn more about Mr. Lumadue & see some of his beautiful work: https://lumadueview.com/about/

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonLumadue


Mr. Matt Harris - School resource officer

On behalf of the PTE PTO, we would like to welcome Officer Harris to the PTE Family!

Officer Matt Harris has been a police officer for eight years and began working for the Carmel Police Department in 2018.  Officer Harris was a detective and a night shift supervisor at his previous department and has been a field training officer.  Officer Harris was a musician and teacher prior to becoming a law enforcement officer.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Butler University and a Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Music Performance.  Officer Harris is married with two children, a dog, a cat, eight chickens, and two parakeets. 



Spring break - cdc quarantine recommendations

Please be advised that the CDC has updated its recommendations for international travel. Any students traveling this semester, including during spring break, should follow the recommended quarantine protocols. 

CDC Recommendations - Spring Break 2021

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