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School Art Beautification Project

July 14, 2024
We are thrilled to officially announce a large-scale school art beautification project in collaboration with The Lee Arts Foundation! Our PTSA has been partnering with this incredible organization to bring a permanent salmon art installation to our school community.
Here’s a brief overview of the work done thus far and to come:
November 2023: The Lee Arts Foundation approached CEPTSA about a permanent clay art installation collaboration and brainstorming commenced about how to finance and staff such an undertaking.
December 2023-January 2024: Planning, planning, planning for the scope of the project. It was important to both organizations and the school that we use in-class time so every student could glaze a salmon and be represented through their art. We needed to bring in CEPTSA Art Docents, teachers and we needed an art space. Mrs. Frank, our principal, generously allowed us the use of an entire portable for the duration of the school year.
February-March 2024:
Funding from CEPTSA, The Lee Arts Foundation and Carnation Elementary made the project feasible. Materials were ordered and the new salmon art portable is cleared for use.
Incredible volunteers met every week to roll clay, cut and score salmon of varying sizes. The salmon were fired around the clock in batches in the school’s kiln. Getting prepped for glazing!
April – June 2024: CEPTSA Art Docents worked to schedule every classroom for glazing. These amazing volunteers prepped the salmon and taught students how to properly glaze clay. Students got so creative (see pictures)!
June 2024:
School staff and PTSA volunteers glazed remaining salmon.
A local professional painter and volunteers cleaned, prepped, primed and painted a vibrant blue base on the exterior east-facing wall of the school (next to the front doors) and the ramp hallway that leads from the MPR to the 4/5 wing.
Kilns are still running 24/7! We have completed close to 450 salmon and river pebbles!
July 2024: Volunteer artists are spending the entire week painting a river mural on the blue background. The salmon need a river to swim on!
August 2024: Volunteer engineers are working to install the salmon so they can be forever enjoyed by our school and Carnation community.
September 2024: Unveiling! Stay tuned for details about a ceremony to celebrate this unprecedented accomplishment and local collaboration.
We will be posting frequent updates about this project all summer. Check back for more!

July Play Date Update

July 7, 2024

Summer Play Dates

June 26, 2024
Join us for July summer play dates at the playground! Stay connected with classmates for your new grade.

The Last Day of School

June 21, 2024

Just a reminder! Friday 6/21 is the last day and school dismisses at 12:45!!

Last week of school

June 19, 2024


June 19, 2024

NO SCHOOL on 6/19 in honor of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day.

We can celebrate the precious gift of freedom!

Help Needed for the Salmon Art Installation

June 17, 2024

Special GMM

June 17, 2024
We need your help! Please join us for a special GMM so we can vote on an important playground update.
We hope to “see” you there!
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Meeting ID: 828 3334 6111
Passcode: 314508

June 17, 2024
It’s here! Have your kiddos signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the CarnationLibrary? Visit the library this week to learn more!
Learn more here:

Volunteer Appreciation Event

June 17, 2024
A huge thank you to PTSA volunteers as well as RSD Superintendent Dr. Leach, and Riverview Council PTSA President Sara Balsley! We are extremely appreciative of the time and energy that you pour into the school.
We are excited to display your salmon alongside the students’ creations!
Every bit counts and PTSA could not make a positive difference in our school community without our volunteers!
Thank you!

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4950 Tolt Ave. - Carnation, WA 98014


Carnation Elementary 

Phone: 425-844-4550

The mission of Carnation Elementary PTSA is to positively impact the lives of all students by partnering with staff, families, and community to foster a culture that values learning, builds community and advocates for all students to excel personally, academically and socially.

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