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December 6, 2020

Blended (In-Person) Learning Model

Dear Carman Families,

I wanted to provide a reminder that students will participate in distance learning on Monday of this week. Attendance will be taken and new learning will be introduced.

For your reference, here is the blended learning calendar.

With CT pride,


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Virtual Campus Parents - Assessments Information Link

Please click the link below for information on Virtual Campus assessments.

Cougar Curbside

The library will be continuing Cougar Curbside for all of our virtual students! Click here for more details.

Spirit of Giving - Deadline for Dropoff is December 10th

Thank you so much for all of the donations we have received so far this year! Your generosity will allow some of our Carman families to be blessed by items during this giving season.

The holiday season always brings to mind wonderful memories of our school community. We have fantastic children who love to come to school and learn, and supportive families who are willing to help achieve our school goals. We are also reminded of the families in our school community who are in need. Carman Trails has decided to help “give back” to these families to try to make their holiday season a little brighter.

In an effort to show kindness to others, Carman Trails is adopting several Parkway Families for the season. If you are able to help, we have organized a sign up for each grade level as well as for Faculty and Staff Only. We would really appreciate your kindness. This is also a wonderful learning experience for the children in our classes, so they can learn about the joys of giving and helping others. Please remember that participation is optional. We understand that this time of year is difficult for many and that not everyone is in a position to participate. If you are wanting to donate an item for our Spirit of Giving, please click on the link that has your grade level and sign up for an item of your choosing. When you click on the link below, you will see a list of items families have requested for their children. The number in parenthesis after each item on the wish list is the total # of that item requested. You may sign up for a portion of the number requested by clicking that item and indicating the quantity you would like to provide. *If you notice that your child’s grade level list is filling up or is completely filled, please feel free to click on another grade level to select a gift.

Kindergarten: Spirit of Giving 2020

1st Grade: Spirit of Giving 2020

2nd Grade: Spirit of Giving 2020

3rd Grade: Spirit of Giving 2020

4th Grade: Spirit of Giving 2020

5th Grade: Spirit of Giving 2020

Gift cards are always appreciated. Please use this link if you would like to donate a gift card for the Spirit of Giving. If you would like to send in a cash donation, Carman Trails staff will do the shopping for you and share the gifts with identified families. Your donations need to be dropped off in the front office at Carman Trails no later than December 10th.

Please send your donation in unwrapped so we can see what else the family might need.

Thank you for considering this!


Your Carman Trails School Family

Elementary In-Person Calendar

  • Elementary students in grades K-5 will continue the blended schedule through the end of the semester. See the Elementary School In-Person Calendar here. Distance learning days have been added around the upcoming holiday breaks to limit the spread of illness. Distance learning days are the three days after Thanksgiving (November 30-December 2); and before and after winter break (December 21-22 and January 5-6).

We will continue to practice health and safety precautions at school and if at any time we reach critical illness or staffing levels, we may need to close an elementary school or schools for a period of time until the situation improves.

  • Virtual Campus students will continue with their daily schedule for the remainder of the first semester.
  • Parkway Early Childhood students will continue on their current schedule with the same distance learning days as our elementary schools as outlined above.
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Chromebook Insurance

It is not too late to insure your child(ren)'s Chromebook. Students are expected to show ALT equipment the same care and respect given to any other district property. Parkway has partnered with Arthur J Gallagher Risk Management Solutions to bring an affordable and efficient device protection option to the Parkway ALT Project. Parents who opt-out of insurance will be responsible for the full cost of any repairs or replacement. Chromebook insurance will cover a variety of scenarios including cracked screens, accidental damage, fire, liquid damage, and much more. Please click the following link to learn more about how to get your child's devices registered. Chromebook insurance is available for 3rd grade and up.

Click here to register for Chromebook insurance

December Sustainable Schools Challenge

December: Environmental Justice

This month's mini challenges focus is on environmental justice! But what does that mean?

Environmental justice means that everyone has a fair chance of living the healthiest life possible. The opportunity to have a healthy life often depends on the environment where someone lives, plays, and works.

The fact is that many racial and ethnic minorities and poor people have to live, work and play in environments that cause them to be sick. Because they do not have the ability to move to other areas or change jobs, they often remain exposed to harmful materials for long periods of time, and suffer from a variety of illnesses.

December Mini Challenges

Green (1 point; no photo required)

Take a survey about environmental justice!

Take the survey >>

Greener (10 points; submit photo through Points Reporting form)

Greenest (20 points; submit photo through Points Reporting form)

Become a Green Classroom Professional!

We are excited to be able to offer 10 subscriptions to the Center for Green School's Learning Lab and the Green Classroom Professional certificate program. Please fill out this form if you are interested by December 10th!

Learning Lab is an online education platform for K-12 educators to find over 600 lessons, activities and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action.

The Green Classroom Professional Certificate is a certificate program that provides pre-K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces.

Learn More

Daily Health Screening

Daily Health Screening

  • All students and staff will complete a daily health screening before coming to school. If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu or cold symptoms, you should stay home and call your school. Medical evaluation will be required if students are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-like illnesses.

Parkway Community Health Dashboard

The Community Health Dashboard now includes the number of cases and quarantines for our students and staff in each school. The dashboard is updated daily.

Parent guide to student health

As we return to in-person learning, we want to share the procedures we will use to notify parents and staff when there is a positive case of COVID-19 at school and how you can help keep our children, staff and school communities healthy.

We have also outlined some scenarios here to help you determine what to do if your child has had contact with a symptomatic person or positive case, as well as other scenarios.

Free Meals

Free meals and changes to food service

All meals including breakfast and lunch will be distributed for free to all students K-12. Free meals will be available for Virtual Campus students and those attending in-person at school.

Students enrolled in Virtual Campus will need to complete the weekly meals signup page. You can sign up for meals here. Only students not attending school in person need to signup for meals. You can choose your pickup location as well as how many days you will be picking meals up for your children. Families can choose a box that includes three meals or five meals, which will be available for Virtual Campus students and during blended learning schedules.

Students learning in-person will receive lunch at school. This free program is provided to all public school districts with federal USDA funding through December 31, 2020.

Free and reduced lunch links for parents.

Meals and menus can be found here.

Nurse's Notes

Please check out the December Nurse's Newsletter for health information, safety tips, COVID resources, and so much more!

Coronavirus-Evaluation of Symptoms

All students and staff should complete a daily health screening before coming to school.
If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms, they should stay home and call your school.
When will your child be sent home from school?

  • If your child has 1 low risk symptom they will be sent home and may return to school in 24 hours after symptom resolution if there is no known COVID-19 exposure
  • If you child has 2 low risk symptoms OR 1 high risk symptom they will be sent home and require a medical evaluation

When will we need a doctor's note?

  • Healthcare provider confirms alternative diagnosis for symptoms
  • Medical clearance required from your healthcare provider or Department of Health for student to return to school after medical evaluation

When can my child return to school after COVID testing?

  • If negative, the student may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving
  • If positive, the student may return to school after 10 days since symptoms onset, 24 hours without fever, and symptoms improving

When can my child return if they are found to be a close contact?

  • The student may return after 14 days from last contact with COVID positive individual, unless symptoms develop
  • If symptoms appear the student should receive a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test
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Stay Connected with These Updates!


December 15: PTO General Meeting at 7:00 via Zoom (details in an email invite)

December 17: Virtual PAMEE Meeting

December 21: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)

December 22: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)

December 22: Virtual Winter Party (more directions coming from your child's teacher)

December 23: No School-Winter Break Begins


January 4: No School-Professional Development

January 5: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)

January 6: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)

January 11: Group 2 in-person, Group 1 Virtual

January 15: No School-Grading/Records Day

January 18: No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 25-27:Progress Reports Sent Out


February 15: No School Presidents' Day

February 26: No School-Grading