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Mrs. Caren Thomas

Welcome to the WONDERFUL world of 3rd Grade!!! 

The first day of school is August 23, 2021We will have a chance to meet prior to the first day on August 19 (specific times will be shared soon).  In the meantime, here is a little bit about me...

My name is Caren Thomas and I am so happy to be your child's teacher! This is my ninth year at MCES, but my FIRST year as a Third Grade teacher. I am especially excited to be looping up with my virtual students from last year, meeting all of my new students, and to be team teaching with one of my dearest friends and a fantastic teacher, Ms. LaMunyon.  I will be your child's English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, whereas Ms. LaMunyon will teach your child Math and Science.  I am thrilled to begin this exciting adventure with all of my students.

I graduated from College of St. Elizabeth with a B.S. in Business Management and later pursued alternative licensure in Elementary Education at East Carolina University.  I consider myself a lifelong learner because there is always new information or skills to discover!

My husband and I are originally from New Jersey, but moved to North Carolina in 2005. We live in Archer Lodge with our boys. Our oldest son, Jacob, who is 24, is a UNCW graduate.  He now has a successful career in computer science and is living in Charlotte. We are so proud of him! We also have 12 year old identical twin boys, Justin and Breyden, that are heading into seventh grade this year. They are our energetic, funny, smart, Mario and Luigi-loving boys!

I look forward to partnering with you to make this a successful year for your child. Together, we can make this an incredible learning experience.

A few of my favorite things:

Things to do: Beach, Reading, Movies, Making Family Memories

Color: Teal, Pink

Food: Pizza

Treats: Chocolate, Diet Coke

Restaurants: Carraba's, Fiesta Mexicana

Season: Summer
Books: Love You Forever, Charlotte's Web  

Our class site can be found by clicking HERE

If at any time you need to contact me, my email is 

My contact number is (919) 894-7161.

The best time to reach me is during my planning (10:10 - 11:00)

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    We are sharing information regarding non-credible threats made against several of our high school campuses today via social media. It is important to our district to notify our families of anything that may cause widespread concern.

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    At their August meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education voted 4-3 to make face coverings required indoors in all Johnston County Public Schools campuses and on all buses for students, staff, and guests. This updated mask requirement is effective immediately.

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    The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.

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