There is enough sent home to help them learn to be responsible as an outside the school "thinking" situation, but not so much that the students do not have time to participate in after school activities.
On a day to day and student by student effort I have seen the leaders offer positive encouragement to help them learn that not every effort brings perfect success and they are helped to try again and again as needed.
I have two grandchildren attending this school with one in second and one in first grade to give me first hand experience with the programs, educators, office staff, specialist, and administrative entities. In each case starting with the principal, Dr. Linda Patrick, to the office staff, Cindy and Paula, I can tell you there is an extra effort extended to one and all that is rarely seen in any working environment. I watched Dr. Patrick offer a cute but motivating reward to the student body and when they achieved the goal she was right there to show them her support. She had challenged them to meet a goal that would bring electronic into the school for their benefit and told them she would do the "chicken dance" in front of the weekly assembly if they met the challenge. They did and she did, but she did this with such a positive fun attitude and projected so much fun, that the whole student body was up with her. That takes a lot of courage as an adult to show that even the people in charge are capable of leading them into fun situations while doing a good turn for the school as well as for the student body. I have seen through my personal experience during my volunteer work this attitude is woven through out the rest of the educators involved with the students so my comment is a big thumbs up for Carlisle Elementary School in Plano, Tx.
We have been pleasantly surprised with the school. There are enrichment activities both during the school day and before/after school. My children are excited to attend, feel no test pressure and enjoy school. Both made great gains over the course of the last school year. This is very much a neighborhood school, with great involvement and engagement - without being over the top.
We love Carlisle! I have a great relationship with my son's 2nd grade teacher, the principal, and the Instructional Support Specialists! It takes an active parent to advocate for their child--parents have to be involved! As a member of the PTA, volunteering is one of the best ways I stay involved with the school. We are sad that it is time for my daughter to leave Carlisle--as she will be going on to Schimelpfenig next year--she has loved her time at Carlisle (K-5)!