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January 30, 2022

Important Upcoming Dates

Dear Carman Families,

We have some fun dates coming up -- Football Fridays, which began on Jan. 28th and continues every Friday until Super Bowl Sunday on February 13th. Students and staff are welcome to wear their favorite football team colors or jersey to school.

"Leaders of 2-Day and 2-Morrow" will take place on Weds., Feb. 2nd, and students are encouraged to dress as an occupation of their choice -- we'd love to see their career ideas on 2/2/22!

Just as a friendly reminder, we will be having outdoor recess daily, when conditions permit. Please be sure your student arrives at school with a coat and gloves, and a hat if possible.

Looking ahead to February, our PTO will host a virtual General Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 447 703 3725

We are pleased to share with our families that Carman Trails Elementary has been recognized as a 2022 State School of Character! This recognition is given to schools and districts who have achieved a standard of excellence in the area of character development through their exemplary implementation of’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework for whole-school improvement.

With CT Pride,


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A Message Regarding Masks In School from Dr. Marty

Dear Parkway Community,

The Parkway Board of Education approved the following updates to our health plan.

The Board approved the following:

  • Masks will continue to be required inside all Parkway schools and buildings through February 18, 2022. This is subject to change based on conditions in each particular school building, conditions in the community at large and CDC guidelines.
  • The board will continue to review health conditions and our plans, including again at the February 16 meeting.
  • We continue to update data daily on our Community Health Dashboard so you can follow health conditions in each school.

The updated plan is posted here.

Dr. Keith Marty
Parkway Schools

Friendship Parties - February 17th

All of our classes will be holding a friendship party on Thursday, February 17th. Please note: students are not allowed to bring in food or candy items per our district's food policy. The friendship party will consist of students participating in activities created by our parent party planners; students will wait to open their valentines until they are at home.

PTO Upcoming Meetings / Events

February 1 -- Virtual General PTO Meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

March 3 -- Papa John's Fundraiser Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

April 2 -- PTO Sponsored Trivia Night at Trinity Lutheran Church 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

April 14 -- Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser Night 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

May 3 -- Virtual General PTO Meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

PTO General Meeting 2/1/22 - Agenda

We hope you can join us at the upcoming PTO Meeting on Tuesday, February 1st. The meeting will be virtual and the Zoom link will open at at 6:30 pm.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 447 703 3725

Among the topics we will discuss are:

  • President’s Welcome

  • Principal’s Report

  • Capital Improvement Update

  • Upcoming Events

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Trivia Night

  • PTO Board Vacancies for 2022-2023

  • New PTO project ideas

We hope to see you there!

Can You Help with Trivia Night?

The PTO needs your help - we are still looking for volunteers to help with Trivia Night. There are many ways to get involved, and you will not be alone! The past chairs will be available to answer any questions.

If you are interested or have any questions, please fill out the Google form below and someone from the PTO board will be in touch. We cannot make Trivia Night happen without volunteers. We are excited to partner with you on this great event!

Regarding Music Programs and Performances

Dear Carman Families -

With the start of a new semester I wanted to send an update on music programs and performances. I would love to say I have a definitive answer whether performances will be virtual or in-person, but unfortunately with things constantly changing, I cannot. What I can say is that we will have performances of some kind.

Since Mrs. Schisler will be doing a performance of some kind with 3rd -5th orchestra students, I am going to do programs with K - 2nd. We will continue to watch and monitor how everything is going and will make a decision after Spring Break as to what kind of performances we can have.

The kids did a great job with our virtual Veterans Day performances and Winter Sing-A-Long. I know that whatever kind of performances we have this spring will be a great experience for the students. It has been wonderful to get to sing with them again this year and I know they enjoy performing and sharing what they learned. I appreciate your patience and support as we continue to navigate these ever changing times.

I would appreciate your feedback on communication and accessibility. Please respond to the questions by clicking the link below by Feb 4th.

Thank you for your help and your patience -

Mrs. Carroll

Parent Notification - Parkway Illness Guidelines for Students

Dear Carman Trails Families,

Just a reminder if your child has been sent home from school due to COVID like symptoms or is home from school due to COVID like symptoms a note from a healthcare provider or negative COVID results are required to return to school. Please email the note/results to the school nurse at prior to returning to school. In addition, please send a hard copy to school if possible. Students will not be permitted to return to class if this documentation has not been received per Parkway protocol. Please review the information below regarding the Parkway illness guidelines:

If a student has any 1 low risk COVID symptom, they should remain home until the symptom has resolved for 24 hours.

Low Risk symptoms:

-Fever greater than 100.4

-Congestion/runny nose


-Sore throat


-Muscle or body Aches

If a student has 2 or more low risk COVID symptoms or 1 high risk COVID symptom, they should be evaluated by a healthcare provider prior to returning to school.

High Risk Symptoms:


-Difficulty breathing

-Loss of taste and/or smell

Please note, Parkway does not accept at-home Covid tests at this time.

Kindergarten 2022-2023 Registration is OPEN!

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Students must be five (5) years old before Aug. 1, 2022, to enter Kindergarten for the school year. More information about Kindergarten can be found here.

Summer Expo is Back February 6

Plan your child's summer activities with 70+ local and regional exhibitors at this FREE event for families. Visit one-on-one with exhibitors to learn more about summer program options. Summer Expo is presented by Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed.

Sunday, February 6

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Parkway West High School, 14653 Clayton Rd in Ballwin

Visit the Summer Expo Facebook event page or the Summer Expo website for more information and to view an up-to-date list of exhibitors scheduled to attend.

"Let Me Run" for Boys - Registration opens Online Feb. 7th

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Upcoming Access Assessment for EL students

Next week, students who qualify for English Language services (EL) will be starting the annual Access test, which measures growth in English proficiency and is required by the state of Missouri. There is no need to study additionally for this assessment! Students just need to get a good night’s sleep and take their time on each session. Every year, EL students amaze us by what they can accomplish compared to the previous grade!

There are four domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) which are usually completed over four days, with each part taking around 45 minutes to one hour. This will be administered during the regular school day. We are beginning the test next week; however, since we have a large number of students who take this in small groups, some EL students will start the following week (Tuesday, January 18th.)

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Auclair, Mrs. Emanuel and Mrs. Volk

Adventure Club News and Notes

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Vaccination Records

As a reminder, Parkway is asking parents to consider sharing vaccination records if their child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Sharing proof of vaccination is entirely voluntary. Your child’s vaccination record will be kept confidential. If your child is vaccinated, please complete this voluntary form to share your record with our school. The form will ask for your child’s name, school, grade and will have a place where you can upload a photo/image of your child’s vaccination card. You will need to log into your personal Google/Gmail account or use your child’s Parkway Gmail account to complete the form.

Providing your vaccine information will help us measure vaccination rates within our school communities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Connelly.


Due to the depleted supply of masks that we have left in the building, please remember to have your child wear their mask to school every day as well as bringing an extra mask in their backpack. This is extremely helpful for us as the paper masks tend to come apart during the day. Thank you so much for your help with this matter.

Above & Beyond 5K

Please join us in the Above and Beyond 5k to honor and celebrate priceless Nancy Simpson. Our walk/run name plays off the Ephesians 3:20 verse that Nancy loved. It also encapsulates her as a person that went above and beyond for her family, friends, and her students.

The race will benefit the "Granting Dreams Program", a memorial fund set up in Nancy's name. This charity enables Parkway School District K-12 students to attend and learn in educational experiences outside their regular curriculum. Teaching, learning, and helping students were more of Nancy's passions where she went above and beyond.

The 5k will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 4/2/22. The kids 100 yard dash will follow the walk/run at 10:00 a.m.

You can find more information at the link below, including sign-up and location information.

Special School District Is Hiring!

Please see the flyers below for more information; anyone who wishes to apply should reach out to Dr. Allison Love via email or by phone (314-415-6100) once you apply so she can pass your name on to the HR Director for Special School District.

Carman Trails 2021-2022 Buzz Book Is Here - Click the Link Below

Notes From Nurse Connie Connelly

Dear Carman Families:

Please see the attached link for the February Nurse's Newsletter, which includes the following topics:

Covid-19 Booster Shots

Avoiding Winter Health Issues

Heart Health for Kids

Oral Health

Healthy Valentine Snacks for Kids

COVID vs. Flu

Important Information from Parkway Health Services

Nurse Connie Connelly

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

February: African American History Month

1st - Virtual PTO General Meeting at 6:30 pm

Meeting ID: 447 703 3725

2nd - Dress as Leaders of 2-Day and 2-Morrow Day/ Early Release: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

4th & 11th - Wear your favorite football team's colors to school

6th - Summer Expo 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Parkway West High School

17th - Half-Day -- Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.

18th - No School

21st - No School (Presidents Day)

March: Women's History Month

2nd - Early Release: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

3rd - PTO Sponsored Fundraising Night at Papa John's 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

13th - Daylight Savings Time Begins - Set your clocks AHEAD one hour

18th - 25th - No School - Enjoy your Spring Break!