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March 7, 2021


Dear Carman Trails Families -

I hope you were able to enjoy the warmer weather for this first week of March!

A few important dates are coming up at Carman:

  • Monday, March 8th is a distance learning day for all students, In-Person and Virtual. Students attending Virtual Campus will continue with their normal schedule.

  • Our Virtual Scholastic Book Fair began on Monday, March 1st and will run though Sunday, March 14th. More information below including eWallets for teachers' classroom libraries!

  • March 12: Spirit Day - Wear Carman colors or Carman gear! Virtual students who have a different home school, you are invited to wear blue and yellow OR spirit gear from your home school. We are all #ParkwayProud here!!

  • Sunday, March 14th at 2:00 a.m. is the start of Daylight Savings Time - don't forget to "Spring Forward" and turn your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR at bedtime on Saturday the 13th.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

With CT Pride,



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. And 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.


Adventure Club started out our Tech month by learning about computers this week. On Tuesday students drew what they thought the inside of a computer looked like. We then had a discussion on all the parts that make up a computer. On Wednesday we challenged the students to tech trivia to see how much they knew about the history of computers. After the lessons so far it’s clear that the students might have a thing or two to teach us!

Join the Carman Trails Adventure Club family today! Register now or call 636.891.6644 for more information.


Dear Carman Families,

As you are aware, our virtual Scholastic book fair is going on right now through March 14! This is a great way to grow your child's personal at-home library, but it is also a great way to help your child's teacher grow his or her classroom library. In lieu of asking teachers to compile a teacher wish list, we have asked each of our teachers to set up a teacher eWallet. You will find the links to these teacher eWallets below. If you would like to donate to your child's classroom library, please feel free to click on your child's teacher's eWallet link and make a donation to the eWallet. Your child's teacher will then be able to use these donated funds to purchase books via the book fair for his or her classroom library. If you don't find your child's teacher's link listed below, please feel free to reach out to the teacher directly to see if he or she has set up an eWallet.

Thank you so much for your consideration -- HAPPY READING!!

Carman Staff eWallet Links

Leah Plumley, Library:

Danette Baker, Kindergarten:

Abby Chambliss, Kindergarten:

Anne Donnelly, Kindergarten:

Ashleigh Howren, Kindergarten:

Kim Duy, 1st Grade:

Alicia Goyal, 1st Grade:

Sarah Moellering: 1st Grade:

Marjorie Brigance, 2nd Grade:

Jennifer McArthur, 2nd Grade:

Cindy Rudman, 2nd Grade:

Katie Wiese, 2nd Grade:

Renee Finke, 3rd Grade:

Tu Ho, 3rd Grade:

Jesse Tran, 3rd Grade:

Andy Hogan, 4th Grade:

Kelly Miller, 4th Grade:

Mike Schultz, 4th Grade:

Megan Flint, 5th Grade:


Dear Carman Families,
Our Virtual Scholastic Book Fair online continues this week through March 14, 2021! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

· Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs

· All orders ship direct to home

· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25

· All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

Happy reading!

Ms. Leah Plumley

Library Media Specialist

Carman Trails Elementary

Class Composite Pictures Now Available from Inter-State

Class Composites are now available to order! Get yours today at

Use Order Code 57590MQ. These are available until March 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Learning Experience for Next 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

Kindergarten Registration Is Now OPEN

Visit the Parkway School District website to enroll your student online

Students must be five years old before Aug. 1, 2021, to enter Kindergarten for the school year.

Incoming Kindergarteners - A Parents' Guide to Kindergarten

If your family has a child eligible to attend Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year, below we have a link to the Google classroom for families who have incoming Kindergarten students.

There are some really cool features including a library of video books about going to Kindergarten! A Kindergarten newsletter from District Communications will go out mid-February, including all of the information families would usually receive in the folders on Registration Day.

Although this is an exciting time, it is also one usually filled with many questions. Parkway Parents as Teachers has compiled an interactive Guide to Kindergarten to assist families. As you browse through this guide you will find information about registration, curriculum, readiness and preparing for the Big Day!

Click to access the Guide to Kindergarten.

Nurse's Notes - Information about Seasonal Allergies

Carman Parents:

Please read the following letter from our School Nurse, Ms. Melissa Hermann. The letter shares how to determine whether your child is suffering from seasonal allergies, a cold, or Covid, as well as how Parkway handles such situations.

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 1 - 14: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair Time!

March 8: All Students Virtual Learning

March 8: Registration Opens for Summer Camp/Enrichment Programs


March 12: Missouri Schools Read-In Day

March 12: Spirit Day - Wear Carman colors or Carman gear - Virtual students who have a different home school, you are invited to wear blue and yellow OR spirit gear from your home school. We are all #ParkwayProud here!!

March 14: Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 15: Virtual Students Supply Pickup

March 15: In-Person Students Attend School

March 15: PTO General Meeting

March 19-26: No School-Spring Break

March 22: Last day to order Yearbooks

March 29: All Students Virtual Learning

March 29: Vietnam Veterans Day

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