Community Meetings Scheduled for Replacement Referendum

A special election will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd, for a resolution to replace the Carmel Clay Schools' current referendum which is scheduled to expire at the end of the year.  The current referendum is an OPERATING referendum, which means it funds people and programs.  It generates roughly $14.5 million annually.  Without it, the school district will be forced to cut at least 260 jobs, as well as academic programs not required for graduation and extracurricular activities.  Dr. Wahl, Superintendent of Schools, will host a series of community meetings at the Carmel Schools where you can learn more about the referendum, what happens if it fails, and the impact it will have on your taxes.  Please consider attending one of these information meetings:
•             Orchard Park Elementary, Monday, April 10th @ 6:30 p.m.
•             Prairie Trace Elementary, Tuesday, April 11th @ 6:30 p.m.
•             Cherry Tree Elementary, Wednesday, April 12th @6:30 p.m.
•             Forest Dale Elementary, Thursday, April 13th @ 6:30 p.m.
•             Carmel Middle School, Monday, April 17th @ 7:00 p.m.
•             West Clay Elementary, Tuesday, April 18th @ 6:00 p.m.
•             College Wood Elementary, Tuesday, April 18th @ 7:00 p.m.
•             Carmel Elementary, Wednesday, April 19th @ 6:30 p.m.
•             Mohawk Trails Elementary, Thursday, April 20th @ 6:30 p.m.
•             Smoky Row Elementary, Wednesday, April 26th @ 6:30 p.m.
•             Towne Meadow Elementary, Thursday, April 27th @ 6:00 p.m.
•             Creekside Middle School, Thursday, April 27th @ 7:30 p.m.
In the meantime, if you have questions about the referendum, you can find answers on the Carmel Clay Schools website, under the referendum tab.




Spring is coming and the annual Forest Dale PTO Mulch Sale is now underway!  Many mulch varieties from Musselman Farms are available to you at great rates with no sales tax and free delivery.  Delivery is free to ALL homes within the Carmel Clay School district this year, regardless of zip code, so please share this great offer with your family, friends, and neighbors throughout Carmel!  This is a great way to help the school and beautify your yard at the same time!  Orders and payments will be collected electronically again this year, and you may access the order form by clicking this link: 

Four Wednesday/Thursday delivery dates are offered: March 22, March 23, April 19, or April 20. Orders must be received by noon one week prior to the chosen delivery date. There is a 3 cubic yard minimum order. If this is too much for you, consider splitting an order with a neighbor!  

Please contact Rebecca Horrocks ( or Debbie Neumann ( with any questions.




Staff Favorites 2016-2017

Need some shopping ideas for Forest Dale Staff Members? Please refer to this list of favorite things submitted by staff members.



Silent Auction Sponsors

Carmel Mirror & Glass

Carmel Total Fitness

Cleveland Lehner Cassidy

Finkelmeier Orthodontics

Harp Realty


Sanders Pediatric Dentistry


G&V Greenhouse

Spectrum Sports



Dine Out for Forest Dale

Support Forest Dale Elementary School PTO and enjoy some good grub at Scotty’s Brewhouse on 96th Street on Wednesday, March 8. Dine there from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and show our flyer to qualify for the donation! Note: If you purchase a gift card, the gift card amount qualifies towards the donation by showing the flyer as well, so get your Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Birthday gifts purchased while enjoying your meal all in one stop!!



Welcome to our Forest Dale PTO!

All parents of students at Forest Dale are members of our PTO. Many of our parents work together on committees to run events during the year that build community and spirit for our school. Ranging from helping out in our art room to running our Fall Carnival, there are so many ways that parents can help out.


If you are interested in finding a way to volunteer with the PTO, please email Beth Russo, our PTO Vice-President at, and she will help you find a good match for your interests & availability. 




Would you like to be a PTO Sponsor?

The PTO has several sponsorship opportunities. You can sponsor an event, a Falcon Fest activity, or make a donation for the PTO Silent Auction in March. Please see the link below to view our sponsorship guidelines. If you are interested, please contact Celeste Murnan at