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March 14, 2021


Hello Carman Parents!

Just a few important dates to remember in the upcoming weeks:

* Monday, March 15th our In-Person students will attend school. It is NOT a Virtual Learning Day.

* Spring Break begins Friday, March 19th and continues through Friday, March 26th.

* Monday, March 29th our In-Person students will attend school. It is NOT a Virtual Learning Day.

* There is No School on Friday, April 2nd or Monday, April 5th.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

With CT Pride,


Supply Pick Up for Virtual Learning Academy - Monday, March 15th, 2021

Dear Carman Trails students and parents -

As a reminder, we are holding a supply pickup on Monday, March 15th for our Virtual students. Due to In-Person students being present on Monday when carpool lanes will be in use, we ask that you choose from one of the following times to pick up your student(s) supplies:

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We apologize for the need to modify the supply pickup to specific time frames; however, due to the carpool lanes being used it was necessary to alleviate any backups in student drop-off/pick up as well as assisting in delivering supplies to you quickly.

When you arrive at the building, please call 314-415-6100 and let the office staff know you are here to pick up your child's supplies. We will bring them out to you -- no need to even leave your car.

With CT pride,


Virtual PTO Meeting on MONDAY at 7:00 pm

Please come and join us for our next Virtual PTO meeting on Monday, March 15 from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Zoom Meeting Information

Meeting ID: 962 4723 1694
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Dear Carman Trails Parents,

The PTO has not been able to hold our biggest fundraiser, Trivia Night, for the last two years. In efforts to raise money for the school, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy some of the auction items that were to be used at the events at a discounted price! 100% of sales go directly to helping our school. Items include gift cards, certificates for family fun activities, home decor, kids' items, ring cameras, and much more! It is an awesome opportunity to get a great deal on these items while supporting the PTO.

Keep an eye on the Carman Trails PTO Facebook page for more information and to see what items are available each week!


To the amazing students, parents and P.E. teachers Mr. Pietsch and Mr. Sheretz:

Carman raised roughly $5K for the American Heart Association. I wanted to say thank you so much for doing an AMAZING job this year – this year ended up being Carman Trails BEST YEAR EVER!!!! That is so awesome and this is because of you – Carman students definitely saw a great deal of excitement for the AHA mission and blew it out of the water.

Also some more good news – Carman Trails PE will be earning $800 in US games!! I hope you can get some cool stuff for the kids and be sure to show them what you are able to buy because they are the reason for the new equipment.

With great appreciation for all Carman has done for the AHA -

Jen Rogers

Senior Youth Market Director

American Heart Association


YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE! Order now at Deadline to order is 03/22/2021.


The District purchased school supply boxes for every student and family at the beginning of the school year, which included all supplies needed for in-person learning. The goal was to save you money by purchasing supplies in large bulk quantities; we hoped this option would be more convenient and safer than going out to the store to purchase your own supplies.

If you haven’t had a chance to pay yet:

If you did receive school supplies, the District is asking you to please pay for them at the greatly reduced cost. If you can't remember whether you have paid, please use the directions below. If you have already paid, thank you! The amount varies by grade level, but is no more than $33 per child.

How to submit your payment:
If you did not pay for the school supply box at the beginning of the year, please pay online now. The school supply fee is listed on your child’s account in Infinite Campus.

  • To pay for your supplies, login to Infinite Campus, click on “More” and then “Online Payments” under “Quick Links.” More directions are located here.

  • If you are not sure if you already paid, please login to Infinite Campus to see if there is a charge on your account.

  • If you need technical support, email

How to help another family at our school -
You can help support families who need assistance by making a donation to the School Supply Fund. For example, a $30 donation would provide school supplies for one student. You can donate school supplies for another student here. Click Donations and then School Supplies K-8 to donate.


Join the Carman Trails Adventure Club family today!

Register now or call 636.891.6644 for more information.

Adventure Club Explores Coding!

This week Adventure Club is diving into the world of coding and programming. Students are getting hands-on experience with various coding robots such as Ozobots & Cosmo. They are also being introduced to concepts of failure, patience, and perseverance, and how these concepts relate not only to coding but to other aspects of their lives. The students will end the week with two activities that will help acclimate them to the coding world.

Learning Experience for the 2021-2022 School Year - A Message From the Parkway School District

In the coming weeks, we will ask K-8 families to select an in-person or virtual learning experience for next school year.

Virtual Campus, a full-time virtual learning experience, will continue to be an option for the 2021-22 school year. Our decision to continue offering Virtual Campus is part of our long-term plan to offer options to meet the diverse needs of families and each individual learner. Some families have said they prefer a virtual learning experience regardless of the status of the pandemic.

We are excited to offer multiple learning environments and choices for families next year and into the future. In order to match student needs with excellent staff and design successful learning experiences, we need you to select your experience for next school year.

When do students and families make this decision?

  • Elementary and Middle - Parents will receive an enrollment form via email on April 6. Families will need to complete the form to select an in-person or virtual learning experience for their student(s) for the 2021-22 school year. The form is due by April 18. This enrollment selection will be for the entire 2021-22 school year.

Look for more information in the coming weeks about enrollment for 2020-21. We are planning a Zoom webinar for parents to learn more about the Virtual Campus learning experience in early April. Look for an invitation and more information during the enrollment period.

Virtual Campus Parent Tip -- Study Habits

Take up bedtime studying

Rather than catching up on Netflix or Tiktok, take time to review your notes. You will better retain information practiced just before resting.

Break up marathon study sessions

Mental energy needs to be protected. Spread out your learning to avoid a marathon cram session.

Create a study schedule

Create a study routine and practice discipline in following your schedule.

Connect with other focused students
Sharing a common work ethic with a classmate will help boost both your focus and productivity.

Clear your space

Take the time to remove distractions and other coursework from your study space. Give yourself the greatest opportunity to focus on your review.

Shut off technology

When you sit down to study, put your phone on silent and set ‘do not disturb’ messages on any online messaging services. This will help keep you from getting sidetracked.

Ask for help

If you’re studying and realize you don’t understand a concept or theory, reach out to your teacher or classmates as soon as possible for clarification.

Take advantage of online resources

In your Virtual Campus course, you have received many resources and apps to help prepare you for the unit. Use these resources when reviewing the information.

Stay mentally and physically healthy

As a Virtual Campus student, you are likely to spend more time at your computers than traditional learners, making it imperative to take breaks, go on walks, get the recommended amount of sleep, and eat foods that nourish your body.

K-8 Summer School Information

Based on parent feedback, there will be changes to Parkway’s K-8 summer school programming to best support students this year:

Parkway will focus on academics this summer

We are doubling our efforts this summer in reading and math to support students in grades 1-8. Teachers will personalize instruction based on student needs and focus on one grade level and the priority reading and math learning targets that are necessary for starting the next grade.

By dedicating our Parkway teachers and summer school programs to reading and math intervention this summer, we can ensure students who need additional support are prepared to start the next school year. This also allows us to double the number of students we can serve this summer in academic intervention courses.

Families should have received an invitation if their child is identified as needing additional reading and math support based on academic performance this school year. If you did not receive an invitation, your child’s performance is on target, and/or they have not been identified as needing this additional support.

Camps and enrichment opportunities still available

Families who prefer enrichment opportunities and summer camps can enroll in Parkway-Rockwood Community Education for a fee. Registration for fee-based summer camps and enrichment courses opens on March 8 through Parkway-Rockwood Community Education.

Transition programs will be offered in August

Jumpstart to Kindergarten will be offered both in-person and virtually to rising Kindergarteners and Welcome to Middle School will be offered both in-person and virtually to rising 6th graders in August. The programs will be offered from August 2-6, 2021 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Registration for these programs will open on May 1.

Click here for our K-8 2021 Summer School guide.

Parkway STEMFest '21

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 8am to Saturday, March 27th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Parkway STEMFest '21 is taking on a new look this year! Due to current circumstances, we will not be hosting the traditional in-person event. Instead, we are going fully virtual. The event will run from February 28, 2021 - March 27, 2021. For more information, please click on the link below:

Each week will offer a new "bingo board" focused on a different theme:

  • Week 1 is Chemistry In Your Kitchen
  • Week 2 is The Art and Science of STEM
  • Week 3 is Make Me Move
  • Week 4 is about Making a Difference

Students and families will be able to choose from a variety of activities. Families can also post their pictures using the #ParkwaySTEM hashtag. In addition, we will have a link to a folder at the top of each Bingo card, where families can post pictures if they do not want them on social media.

Any students or families with an interest in participating in the traditional Science Fair please email Jenny Proffitt at

Counselors' Corner

Hi Carman Trails Families!

I know some of you may have had difficulty with the original link for the parent survey. I am so sorry! The link has been corrected and I would love it if you could take a couple of minutes to share your opinions with me.

In an effort to make the school counseling program the best it can be, I am asking for your help. I have a short survey that I would love if you had a few minutes to complete for me. It is strictly based on yours and your child's experiences with me as their school counselor. It is confidential and I am hoping for honest feedback to make sure I am delivering the most effective school counseling program possible.

You can click on this link to submit:

Mrs. Kiso's School Counseling Survey

Please let me know if you would prefer a paper copy to fill out and I will send one home with your child.

Thank you for your time! I appreciate it very much!

Warm Regards,

Tracy Kiso

Nurse's Notes - Information about Seasonal Allergies

Dear Carman Parents:

The link below is a detailed sheet of symptoms used to help you identify what illness your child may be experiencing (flu, cold, allergies, or Covid). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 314-415-6110.

Thank you -

Nurse Melissa Hermann

In addition, please check out for the March Nurse's Newsletter.

Information provided in the newsletter includes:

Rethink Your Drink


Promoting Good Oral Health Habits

Ask the Experts: Eyes on Screens: Maintaining Your Kids’ Ocular Health in a Digital World

Important Information from Parkway Health Services

Parkway Health Services and CDC Travel Recommendations for Spring Break

We wanted to provide some health and safety reminders as we continue to ensure our staff, students and families are safe at work and school.

Complete your Daily Health Check
Complete your daily health screening here and do not come to school if you are not feeling well. Even minor illness symptoms like congestion, cough and body aches can be an indication of a possible COVID-19 infection. As a reminder, here are some additional tips that will keep everyone safe.

Travel Considerations
We are aware staff and families may be planning to travel outside the area over spring break. We care about your health and safety, as well as our students, so we recommend you consider reviewing the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) if you are traveling. Review CDC Travel Guidance here.

Parkway Health Services

Stay Connected with These Updates!

March - National Music In Schools Month

March 14: Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 15: Virtual Students Supply Pickup

March 15: In-Person Students Attend School

March 15: PTO General Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 962 4723 1694

March 19-26: No School-Spring Break

March 22: Last day to order Yearbooks

March 29: In-Person Students Attend School

March 29: Vietnam Veterans Day

April - National Volunteer Month/National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2: No School

April 5: No School

April 6 - 9: National Library Week/Assistant Principal's Week

April 12: All Students Virtual Learning

April 19: All Students Virtual Learning

April 26: All Students Virtual Learning

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