Carman Paw Print

October 10, 2021

New Assessment for Grades 3, 4, and 5

Dear 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Carman Families,

Carman Trails, along with other Parkway schools, is piloting a nationally normed assessment called NWEA. This assessment supports our district- and school-level assessment plans.

The NWEA will be administered three times this school year and will replace the Parkway Benchmark assessments your child has taken in previous years. The first student report will be sent home with your child no later than Wednesday, October 13. One of the greatest benefits of this assessment is that it will share your child's growth over the course of the school year. The first assessment provides "baseline data" and serves as a starting point for the instruction your child with receive this school year. As with all of the assessments we administer, we view this as one piece of data and realize that one assessment cannot capture all of your child's learning in one testing session. Instead, we encourage you to look for growth from one assessment to the next.

Please read this resource to learn a little more about common questions from families.

In addition, please feel free to watch this video to learn more about the student reports you will receive over the course of the year.

With CT Pride,

Allison Love, Ed.D


Vision screenings will take place for all Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students on October 12th. In addition, all new 2nd and 4th graders to the Parkway School District will also be screened. Parkway Nurses will conduct Vision screening. If you have a concern about your child's vision please let the school nurse know and don't forget to send your child's glasses for vision screening.

We will have an Early Release Day on Thursday, October 14th, with students being dismissed at 2:05 p.m., and on Friday and Monday, October 15th & 18th, there is No School -- enjoy the long Fall Break weekend!

On Saturday, Oct. 23rd, our PTO will be hosting a Dine-Out at Ballwin Sno-Cone from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. See the flyer below in the Paw Print for details!

Flu Vaccinations will be made available here at Carman on Tuesday, October 26th for our students as well as our staff! The necessary consent forms (two pages) as well as information about the vaccine are attached below; they were also emailed to parents in PDF form.

More information on insurance coverage, etc. is listed further down in this Paw Print under our Nurse's Notes.



We cannot thank everyone enough for your overwhelming support of the Fun Run and Carman Trails. We reached our goal of $7,500. PLUS as of the end of the day on Friday, our total raised was $9,190.00!!

Donations will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, October 12th and the money we raise is used exclusively for Carman Trails School (events, classroom grants, books, capitol improvement projects).

Register now to set up your online donation page at:

(School Identifier Code: 5d385f5755367)

Parents who registered in 2019, click on the Login link.

Cash and checks (Made to: Carman Trails PTO, Memo: Fun Run) may also be turned in to the school. Be sure to ID your student for credit for prizes.

One Book, One School Starts Monday!

It is time for One Book, One School! By now your family should have received a copy of Cleo Edison Oliver - Playground Millionaire. Our reading starts Monday, October 11th. You can read the chapter with your child, have them read it alone, or listen to one of our staff read the chapter. There are also optional activities for you to try each night. At school, have your student be on the lookout for some trivia questions related to the book! Please refer to the schedule link below for activities! We hope you enjoy the book!


Please click on the box below to learn more about future events planned by the PTO.

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Our first Caman Cougar Spotlight goes to Mrs. Baker, Ms. Moellering, and Kenai!

Here is the message shared via the form: Mrs. Baker, Ms. Moellering and Kenai were so KIND to come support a baseball game that many Carman 2nd (and one 1st ) graders play on in Ballwin. The boys were extremely excited to see their current and past teachers support them playing! It was so KIND of them to take time out of their evenings to support the boys' outside event!

Come be a part of our character recognition efforts!

Dr. Love and Dr. Villigram have completed their Character Kick-Off tour of classrooms at Carman Trails. Now that students are experts in our five core values (Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Perseverance, and Integrity), we want to spotlight our Champions of Character both inside and outside of school. Therefore, we are introducing our Cougar Community Spotlight! Now, whenever you see a student (or staff member) demonstrating character outside of school, you can nominate them using this Google Form - linked here:

Nominees will be randomly selected and spotlighted in future Paw Prints and possibly other school communications. By submitting a photo (by choice, not required), you are granting permission for us to use the photo in school-related communications. Thanks for your help in recognizing and spotlighting character in our students!

Bingo for Books!

Save the Date!

Bingo for Books is back! We are going virtual with our Bingo this year! The flyer you see on the right will be sent home soon so be on the lookout.

For now, mark your calendars for a night of free family fun!

Leah Manley

Library Media Specialist

Carman Trails Elementary



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Notes From Nurse Connie Connelly

Flu Season and Vaccines

Dear Carman Families:

Flu season is coming up quickly and the best way to prevent influenza is with the yearly flu vaccine. Parkway will be parenting with the Visiting Nurses Association again this year to provide flu shots to all students and families ages 3 and older on Tuesday, October 26th. Receiving your influenza vaccine at school is not required, but it is easy and convenient. If you're interested please see the information below, as well as the necessary 2-page forms to fill out in order to sign up for the flu vaccine, located at the top of this week's Paw Print.

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Adventure Club News of the Week

Happy Fall everyone!

We have now been back to school for over a month. Wow! We are starting to settle in and are getting to know each other well. Over the last couple of weeks the students have discovered the fun of rubber band looms and have made all sorts of beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings. This past week the students created duct tape projects such as pencil roses and kindness bracelets. We also started a Color Change Flower Experiment this week. We placed Daisies in a container of water and added food coloring. The students observed the flowers and containers and then hypothesized what they thought would happen. We had a lot of great observations and I look forward to seeing how it turns out!

Mr. Foushee & the Adventure Club Staff

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Sustainable Schools Challenge

What is the Sustainable Schools Challenge?

This is an annual Parkway program for all students, staff, and families to participate in sustainability activities while competing for prizes for their school running Sept 1, 2021 - April 29, 2022. It's designed to connect our district mission of preparing students to respond to an ever-changing world with our district sustainability goals incentivizing actions that reduce our environmental impact.

What you can do:

  • Share and watch the 21-22 Sustainable Schools Challenge video presentation (6 mins) introducing the program, new updates, and a walkthrough of the website.
  • Sign up now! Each student, staff, and family can sign up to earn a point for their school and receive the monthly newsletter with activities.
  • Get the word out - schools have had success encouraging participation through their school newsletters and websites

Updates to the program include:

  • Monthly prize winners will be selected through a drawing
    • 50 points = 1 drawing entry
  • New Mini-Grant program to fund projects up to $400
  • Virtual Elementary, Middle, and High added as competing schools
Sustainable Schools Challenge homepage

Sustainability Department homepage

Stay Connected with These Updates

October - National Disability Awareness Month

11th - "One Book, One School" Begins!

11th through 15th - National School Lunch Week

12th - Vision Screenings for ALL Kindergarten, 1st graders, 3rd graders, and 5th graders

14th - Early Release - Dismissal at 2:05 PM

15th & 18th - No School -- Fall Break

22nd - 6:30 setup, 7:00 start -- Trunk or Treat

23rd - 12:00 - 4:00 PTO Dine-Out at Ballwin Sno-Cone!

29th - Fall Class Parties (Trunk or Treat Rain Date) -- Half-Day Early Dismissal at 1:05 PM

November - National Healthy Skin Month

1st through 15th - VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR!

8th through 11th - Parkway Food Drive

11th - Veteran's Day

12th - No School (Professional Development Day)

17th - Early Release - Dismissal at 2:05 p.m.

18th - PTO Sponsored Dine-Out Night at Panera Bread

24th - 26th - No School

25th - Thanksgiving Day

30th - PTO General Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

December - National Month of Giving

9th - PTO Sponsored Dine-Out Night at Red Robin

15th - Early Release - Dismissal at 2:05 p.m.

22nd - Half-Day - Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.

22nd - Winter Class Parties

23rd through January 4th - No School (Winter Break) - Return on January 5th