Carman Paw Print

May 30, 2021


It's the last week of school for the 2020-2021 school year!! What an incredible year we have all had -- on behalf of myself, Dr. Villigram and the entire faculty and staff here at Carman, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to every parent & student for all of your patience as we navigated the years' challenges and overcame them!

Just a few reminders for upcoming events:

* There is No School on Monday, May 31st.

* The last day of school is Thursday, June 3rd - this is a half-day, students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m. Please plan accordingly for this earlier dismissal time.

* Virtual Students - any Chromebooks or teacher supplies that need to be returned can be brought to Carman Trails on Friday, June 4th, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

* ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! - the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year is Monday, August 23rd!

With CT Pride and Gratitude,




As per the guidelines set by the Parkway School District, please note the following information regarding returning books, math manipulatives, and Chromebooks:

Virtual & In-Person Students: Grades K-4:

Parkway Virtual families can turn in their Chromebooks and any books or supplies to their home school on June 3 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm or June 4th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. If these times will not work for your schedule, please call the school office at 314-415-6100 to make an appointment for a time that you are able to drop everything off.

In-Person students in grades K-4 will leave their Chromebooks at school at the end of the year. After June 4th, Chromebook returns can be scheduled through the district Help Desk (314-415-8181, option 1).

Virtual & In-Person Students: Grade 5

Students in 5th grade will take their Chromebook home with them this summer and bring it with them to their new middle school in the fall.

For those students keeping their devices over the summer, we will offer technical support through our Help Desk, (314-415-8181, option 1). Please contact us for all your hardware repair needs over the summer.

For those students scheduled to turn in devices at the end of the school year but are also taking virtual summer school, they will keep their devices through the end of summer school.

Any student not planning to return in the fall should turn in their Chromebook at the end of the school year. Students who unenroll from Parkway during the summer should coordinate the return of their device through our district Help Desk (314-415-8181, option 1).

Thank you and have a wonderful summer break!

Character Education Survey - Carman Parents, We Need Your Feedback

Next year, Carman Trails will be working to recertify our School of Character designation. Our character education, built on our 5 core values, drives how we teach character, inspire leadership, and incorporate character into building a caring school community. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and opinions which will help guide our work in the coming school year.

The link to the Google Form can be found here. Thank you for your assistance!

Dr. Villigram

Our Lost & Found is Full!

Is your child missing a jacket from the winter months? What about a pair of glasses? A water bottle? Carman's Lost and Found area has all of these items and more -- if you believe your child has left something here at school, please have them check the Lost and Found before the last day of school.

Items left in the Lost and Found after June 3rd will be donated. Thank you for your help!

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We need bus drivers for Carman Trails!

Right now, we are short 1-2 bus drivers every day for Carman Trails. We need your help! Do you know someone who would be interested in driving our students to and from school?
Across the country, and in Parkway, we currently have a bus driver shortage. We are at a critical point now where we need to hire more bus drivers for every school or it could impact our ability to drive students to school right now and also for the next school year.
Our students love our bus drivers and it’s a great job. Here’s why:

  • No experience is necessary and we will pay you to learn how to drive a bus.

  • Parkway bus drivers receive paid health insurance benefits, paid holidays, guaranteed hours and summers off. Starting pay is $16 per hour.

  • It’s a great job if you are retired and a great job if you like kids.

Can you help? If you know someone who is interested, they can call 314-415-8401 for more information or here is the link to apply:

Congratulations Carman Trails on Your Missouri "Hearties" Nomination

Carman Trails Families -

Because of you, the American Heart Association has been able to continue our lifesaving mission and I wanted to wish you CONGRATULATIONS because you have been nominated for one of our 2021 MO Heartie Awards.

We want to recognize you for your outstanding contribution this year at our virtual Missouri Hearties Award Ceremony (This year it will be prerecorded for you to watch at your convenience).

Congratulations and thank you for being a true heart hero!

Jen Rogers

Senior Youth Market Director

American Heart Association


This year we are partnering with the Grand Glaize Library to promote summer reading. We are offering 5 meetup times throughout the summer at the Grand Glaize Branch (located at 1010 Meramec Station Road in Manchester) and we would love to have your students join us! We will be
promoting the Summer reading programs, handing out prizes, and spreading the love of reading with all who come.

Meet-Ups will be held the following dates and times (all Tuesdays):

Tuesday, June 8th from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 22nd from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 6th from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 20th from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 3rd from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

No registration is necessary. We're looking forward to keeping our reading skills going strong over the summer!

~Mrs. Leah Manley


School may stop for the summer, but READING never should! Check out the Carman Trails Summer Reading Challenge! Build healthy reading habits by making reading fun! Aim for 20 minutes of reading each day!

Mrs. Manley


10,000 Pencils Service Learning Experience

Dear Carman Families:

We are pleased to be hosting a Day of Service at Carman Trails. In our renewal phase for School of Character, we received feedback wondering if a day of service could be a possibility at Carman. Last year, we offered the opportunity for families to donate any new or used school supplies on the last day of school to 10,000 Pencils, a local non-profit organization that helps communities who would normally not have school supplies. This year, we are able to make the experience more meaningful for our students and the recipients.

We began collecting supplies last week and will continue to collect them through May 30th. On June 1st, our in-person students will sort, bag, and box the supplies for pick up. Our Fifth Grade students will help lead this project. The easiest way for in-person students to participate is to donate their end-of-year school supplies. We hope you will consider allowing your child to donate their supplies.

Here is a little information about 10,000 Pencils. In addition, you can watch this short video clip about the great work that has happened due to the generosity of students in our surrounding communities.

Here are the documents that will be sent to families to explain how to get involved. Attached you will find a flyer and permission slip for families to access.

We are excited to be able to host this Service Learning Experience -- our Carman Trails families are always so very generous!

Thank you for your help and support,

Allison Love


Welcome to Mrs. Robyn Bricker!

Hello! My name is Robyn Bricker and I am so excited to join the Carman Trails Community as a Math Support Specialist. I have heard the most amazing things about the Cougars and am eager to join this amazing team!

I have been teaching for a total of 16 years, all within the Parkway School District. I started out my first year at McKelvey Elementary, teaching morning and afternoon Kindergarten. Since then, I have spent the last 15 years teaching a combination of first and third grade at Claymont Elementary.

I am a Parkway girl all the way. I attended and graduated from Parkway schools myself, and now have a son who is a third grader in the district. My husband, son, dog and I are a busy family who loves to spend time together watching movies, taking walks, playing baseball in the backyard, vacationing at the beach, reading, and much, much more.

I am very passionate about math and decided to follow my heart, which has led me to transition into this new role. I absolutely love teaching young minds how to believe in themselves and how to be a mathematical thinker. I look forward to working with the wonderful staff, students, and families of the Carman Trails community!


My name is Charlotte Liesman. I am a mother of two daughters ages 17 and 8 and have been working in the ABA field for 12 years. I recently moved back from the Cayman Islands where I helped open an autism clinic. I started as a second-grade teacher and have helped create curriculum for adults transitioning from high school to employment. I've worked with children as young as 18 months all the way to 45 years old focusing on teaching replacement behaviors and helping them be successful in life. I have provided over 100 hours of free community parent trainings over the years and continue to focus on helping families learn more to help their children. My husband and I recently purchased a home in Ballwin so I will be close by and look forward to building relationships within the school community.

Feel free to reach out if you need anything else at all. My number is 636-266-8083.

Charlotte Liesman, M.Ed, BCBA,LBA

ABA Department Trainer

Board Certified Behavior Analyst #1-16-23766

Welcome to Ms. Michelle Gysbers!

I've worked for SSD as a Para for 5 years. I volunteer at Hope Ranch in Freeburg, IL, which has equine assisted therapy for special needs children. In my free time, I love to hike and paint. I have one niece who I adore. I'm excited to be at Carman Trails!


We are excited to welcome Mr. Toby Fales, Math Support Specialist back to Carman Trails in the 2021-2022 school year! Mr. Fales was a member of the Carman Trails staff several years ago and we're very happy to have him back with us.


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See all of the talented artists we have at Parkway Schools at the Virtual All-District Art Fair!

You can view selected artwork from Parkway's High Schools, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools by clicking on this link:

The Virtual Art Show will be available for viewing until June 7th.

Seeking Clothing Donations

Nurse Connelly is seeking donations!

Do you have clothing your children have outgrown? Would any of it fit Carman Trails students in Kindergarten through 5th grade? Please consider donating them to our nurse's office. All donations are greatly appreciated.


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May marks the celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month which will be celebrated in various ways throughout the month of May 2021. Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress in 1977 to celebrate this great group of Americans who have contributed so much to the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first people of Japanese descent to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. However, we must not forget that the majority of the workers who laid the tracks for the railroad were Chinese immigrants.

Please remember to help celebrate these wonderful cultures by recognizing the history, culture and achievements of all Asian Americans in the United States. You can also watch some of the documentaries that will be showing throughout the month on various television and cable stations.

Become curious about the cultures and the history as you greet students, parents and staff who identify as Asian Pacific Islander South Asian Americans (APISAA)

Free Eye Exams with Eye Thrive in June and July!

Eye Thrive's Mobile Vision Clinic visits to various St. Louis County Library branches this summer in June and July. Like last year, these visits will operate on a first come first served basis, with same-day eye exam appointments being scheduled for children in the order that they arrive on-site, until our daily exam capacity is full. Any child age 4-18 is eligible for a free eye exam and glasses at these visits. Parents/guardians do not need to do anything ahead of time.

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Dear Carman Parents:

Please join us in extending our heartfelt thanks to Nurse Melissa Hermann, who has been Carman's school nurse while Nurse Connelly was out on leave. Nurse Melissa has been a wonderful asset to our school -- we will certainly miss her!

And a big CT WELCOME BACK to our own Nurse Connelly!

The May Nurse's Newsletter for parents include the following topics:

Be Sun Safe

Pedestrian Safety

Screen Free Activities

Staying Safe in the Heat

Healthy Summer Nutrition

Important Information from Parkway Health Services

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Stay Connected with These Updates!

May - Asian & Pacific Island American Heritage Month / Missouri Bicycle Month / National Clean Air Month

May 31: No School - Memorial Day

June - National Men's Health Month

June 3: Last Day of School - 1/2 Day A.M. -- DISMISSAL AT 1:05 p.m.

June 4: Virtual students are asked to return their Chromebooks and any supplies between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00

June 9: Progress Reports released

June 14: Summer School Classes Begin / End on July 2nd


August 23: First Day of School - Welcome Back!