Carman Paw Print
January 16, 2022
Important Upcoming Dates
Dear Carman Families -
Just a reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, Jan. 17th. We hope you enjoy the long weekend and we will see everyone back here on Tuesday, Jan. 18th!
Kindergarten Registration will be virtual this year and opens on Wednesday, Jan. 5th. More information regarding Kindergarten registration is located below.
The PAMEE meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20th will be VIRTUAL.
With CT Pride,
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 January 19 and February 16 meetings.
- 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.
I hope you enjoy the long holiday weekend.
Dr. Keith Marty
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
-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:
-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.
We are hosting a virtual Wonderful World of Kindergarten event. You'll learn more about Parkway's Kindergarten program.
- What is REALLY expected of children who are entering Kindergarten?
- What happens on a typical day?
- How to help prepare your child for Kindergarten
Wonderful World of Kindergarten Registration information
When: January 12 from 6:30-8pm (Zoom meeting)
Register: Sign up here.
More information about Kindergarten can be found here.
Carman Trails Spelling Bee Winner and Runner-Up!
Congratulations to each of our class Spelling Bee contestants! You all did a wonderful job with some difficult words.
A special congratulations to our school Spelling Bee winner, Ella Manwaring from Mrs. Miller's 5th Grade class and our runner-up, Andrew Stuhlman from Ms. Wiese's 2nd Grade class!
COUGAR COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
This week's Cougar Community Spotlight shines on two of our 5th grade students, Eli Adou Gbougbo and Geo Butler! When a younger student accidentally dropped their breakfast tray, Eli and Geo were observed jumping right in -- without being asked -- and helping not only clean up the mess but also helping calm the student. Way to go, Eli & Geo -- showing that Carman Kindness AND Responsibility!
Come be a part of our character recognition efforts! Now, whenever you see a student (or staff member) demonstrating character outside of school, you can nominate them using this Google Form - linked here: https://forms.gle/rtmmbkxByyZBRDR17
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.
Thank you for your help in recognizing and spotlighting character in our students!
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
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.
PARENTS, PLEASE REMEMBER TO PACK EXTRA MASKS FOR YOUR STUDENT
PTO Upcoming Meetings / Events
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 Meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Special School District Is Hiring!
Carman Trails 2021-2022 Buzz Book Is Here - Click the Link Below
Notes From 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
Stay Connected with These Updates
January: National Mentoring Month
17th - No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
20th - Virtual PAMEE Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
26th - Parkway Kindergarten Registrations need to be completed
February: African American History Month
1st - Virtual PTO General Meeting at 6:30 pm (link will be shared at a later date)
2nd - Early Release -- Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
17th - Half-Day -- Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.
18th - No School
21st - No School (Presidents Day)