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February 14, 2021


Dear Carman Trails Families -

Here are some upcoming important dates to know related to learning days:

*No school on Monday, February 15th for Presidents' Day.

*In-Person Learning on Monday, February 22nd. In-Person Students come to school on this day.

*No school for students on Friday, February 26th.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

With CT Pride,



Specials Rotation Schedule

While we considered adjusting the Specials rotation due to the Snow Day, we have decided that the rotation will stay unaltered for the remainder of the year. You can access the letter rotation and corresponding Specials class at this link. Please contact your child's teacher should you have any questions.

Carman Trails Parents: Please check Infinite Campus for any outstanding school supply fees

As you may remember, 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 wasto 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 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 in Infinite Campus to see if there is a charge on your account.

  • If you need technical support, email

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.

Seeking Donations

Nurse Connelly is seeking donations! If you have any girls' pants sizes medium and large (youth sizes 7-16) please consider donating them to our nurse's office. All donations are greatly appreciated.

The Online Book Fair is Coming SOON!

Dear Carman Families,
You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from March 1 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

New COVID Testing Site in Manchester

The City of Manchester is hosting a COVID testing site, starting on Friday, February 12th, at Schroeder Park (at the aquatic center.) This is under our "Manchester Cares" banner, which has previously included blood drives, food drives, and other efforts. It is notable that VISIT HEALTHCARE will take uninsured individuals at no charge with proof of ID.
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A Message from the School Office Staff

Hi Carman Trails Parents -

If your child(ren) will be absent from school, please be sure to let the Front Office know by calling 314-415-6126 before 8:30 a.m. Please leave a message including your name, your phone number, your child(ren)'s name, and the reason they will be absent. If they are missing school due to illness, we would appreciate your letting us know what symptoms your child has as well.

After 8:30 please be sure to call the main line to the school at 314-415-6100.

Thank you for your assistance with this!

With CT pride,

Mrs. Karen Regan, Ms. Hannah Warner and Mrs. Donna Carroll

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.

Virtual Campus Parent Pointers

A Message from Dr. Stanfill, Director of Parkway Virtual Campus

The Value of Guiding, Not Telling (adapted from The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents)

It is easy for parents and guardians to inadvertently tell children the answers. Over time, telling your children the answer when they’re stuck can contribute to learned helplessness. Instead, use a guided approach when your child gets stuck on an assignment or task.

  • When your child is stuck, ask what they know and don’t know. Their incorrect answer might have a lot of correct inside of it.

  • Ask questions to spark their thinking. Ask them what they know about the problem and what they are trying to solve. These questions can be in the form of the 5 W's: Who? What? When? Where? Why?

  • Prompt thinking by asking about background knowledge. Prompts are reminders of skills needed to complete the task. A writing assignment, for example, may have a checklist or rubric that the teacher has used before. It may be enough to say “Let’s look at the rubric to see what you might be missing.”

  • Use cues to shift attention. You might suggest, “Can you reread that second paragraph? I think you’ll find your answer there.” Or ask them to look back at a diagram or a glossary in their textbook.

  • If they still don’t know, explain your thinking as you provide them with the correct answer. If you don’t know the answer yourself, don’t be afraid to say so. Instead, ask them what they might do the next time they talk with the teacher.

The mission of the Parkway School District is to ensure all students are capable, curious, caring, and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world. Even though the information and resources change over time, we can teach our children to be lifelong learners.

Carman Trails Updates for Entire School Community

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February Is Black History Month!

Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month) is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history; it is the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

This week we showcase the following classes:

Ms. Plumley's Library groups are focusing on Black Americans all month in the library, from Ruby Bridges to George Washington Carver to The Tuskegee Airmen to Maya Angelou. We are incorporating research skills as we learn about our history. We are taking notes on the 5Ws - Who? What? When? Where? Why? At the end of the month, students will choose a Black American to research independently or with a group.

In Mrs. Miller's Virtual 4th Grade Class, they read and discussed "Letters From Minty, An Imaginative Look Into the Life and Thoughts of a Young Harriet Tubman." The book was written and illustrated by Fourth and Fifth Grade Students of Gateway Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a Winner of the 2016 Scholastic Kids Are Authors Award.

Mr. Hogan's 4th Grade Class read and discussed the book "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni. "Rosa" is the story of Mrs. Rosa Parks and her impact on the Civil Rights Movement. "Rosa" was a Caldecott Medal Nominee in 2006.

In Mrs. Auclair-Glascock's 3rd grade English Language Ac Lab group, we read the New Voices Award winning book "Hammering for Freedom" and discussed the book in turn. "Hammering for Freedom" is the inspirational story of William Bill Lewis, a hardworking blacksmith who slowly saved his money and bought the freedom of each and every member of his enslaved family. Multiple copies are available in the Carman Trails library that students can check out; my group and I really recommend it!

Mr. Lauter's 5th Grade Class, during Social Studies time, have begun to talk about the Civil War. We are looking at how Fredrick Douglas was a prominent voice for freedom, human rights, and social reform during the Civil War.

And from Mr. Foushee in Adventure Club, our Adventure Club students helped to create our Black History Bulletin Board this week (see photo at the top of this section). Great job!

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Got cabin fever? Channel it into a fun evening at the Parkway Virtual Trivia Night on Saturday, Feb. 27. You and your far-flung friends and family can gather via Zoom, so it doesn't matter where they live!

We will have prizes for 1st & 2nd places and best costumes/décor that reflect the "CABIN FEVER" theme. One free party box per team with libations, snacks and props; cost is $200/10 people. Possible online raffle TBA. Proceeds go to the Parkway Alumni Association programs for students & staff.

Visit to register.

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Virtual Band Informational Website

6th Grade Beginning Band Informational Website

The above website is provided in place of offering the Band Parent Information Night. We hope this website will help answer any questions you might have about Band, should you choose Band as your child's music class for 6th Grade. Please contact the Band teacher at the middle school that your child would attend if you have any questions.

Counselors' Corner

Dear Carman Families:

As the days continue to change our circumstances, we wanted to make sure you were aware of some of the resources that are available to you and your family. Please know that we are with you and for you! If you need help or have questions about any of these resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are happy to help you in any way we can as we all maneuver the days ahead.

The attached is a form you can fill out to request one or more of the resources that are available to you and specific ways we may be able to help. There is one in English and one in Spanish. Please complete the attached form and let us know how we can support you.

We are Carman and we are stronger together!

Tracy Kiso (K-3 Counselor) and Grant Steward (Grades 4-5) (English version) (Spanish version)

Counselor Connection Newsletter

Mr. Steward's Virtual Office

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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.

Stay Connected with These Updates!

February - Black History Month

February 15: No School - Presidents' Day

February 16: Virtual Supply Pick-Up 9:00 - 4:00

February 22: In-Person Students Attend School

February 22 - 26: National Public Schools Week

February 26: No School-Grading

March - National Music In Schools Month

March 1 - 14: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

March 1: All Students Virtual Learning

March 1 - 5: National School Breakfast Week

March 2: National Read Across America Day

March 8: All Students Virtual Learning


March 12: Missouri Schools Read-In Day

March 15: PTO General Meeting

March 19-26: No School-Spring Break

March 30: Vietnam Veterans Day

Nurse's Notes

Please check out the February 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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