Armstrong Eagle Pride News

November 20, 2020

Enjoy A Virtual Thanksgiving!

Help Hazelwood Get Healthy over Thanksgiving Break! Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. However, this holiday season, consider how your Thanksgiving plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. Our next newsletter will be in two weeks, December 4 issue date. Enjoy Thanksgiving...virtually.
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Important Calendar Dates

Saturday, November 21st :

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m: "Armstrong Food Box Distribution" at building

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m: "United Way Turkey Giveaway" in St. Louis City

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: "Virtual PTA "Armstrong Turkey Trivia" via Zoom

Tuesday, November 24:

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m: United Way Turkey Giveways in Jennings and Cahokia, IL

Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, Nov. 27th

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 28:

"Armstrong Fresh Food Distribution" at Granada Condominiums in Hazelwood

News from our Student Success Team

Full Day Care at Chatham Bible Church

If you are in need of full time care while your student is in virtual school, we have a solution for you. Chatham Bible Church is offering a full day of virtual learning support for our students every week on Thursday. Parents can drop off their student at 8:30am and pick them up at 4pm. Lunch is provided. The church has volunteers to assist students with their class work throughout the day.
Turkey Giveaways

The Urban League is serving 6,000 people with three events totaling $250,000 in items. Urban League will provide a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for you to prepare at home along w/PPE materials. The distribution on the 21st at their new regional headquarters will serve 3,500 on a first come first serve basis. Happy Holidays from the Urban League! All locations, dates and times of the giveaways are attached.

PTA News: Sign up now for membership and events.

News from the Nurse: Stay Home, Stay Healthy

News from Nurse Tonya
COVID 19 numbers are climbing at an exponential rate. Slow the spread this Thanksgiving:
  • Follow all of the St. Louis County safety guidelines. Limit your interactions with anyone who does not live in your household.
  • Instead of large in person Thanksgiving gatherings, try: Zoom, Skype, or Google meets to see those that we miss.

Thanksgiving Video Dinner Party Suggestion

Have a video dinner party. Practice placement of your choice devices before Thanksgiving so you won’t have to worry about anyone’s head missing from calls during dinner. Make it easy and save space by having just one gadget at play per location, be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Check out a variety of video chatting apps here to see what works best for your family.

Who should not attend Thanksgiving dinner?

The following people should not attend in-person holiday gatherings

People with or exposed to COVID-19

Do not host or participate in any in-person gatherings if you or anyone in your household

Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

People at increased risk for severe illness
If you are an older adult or person with certain medical conditions who is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.

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News from the Library

Fun Thanksgiving activities to do with your family

Grateful during Thanksgiving

We can all fall into the trap of discontentment. Focusing on gratitude helps our kids see their blessings. For Thanksgiving we encourage thankfulness because it also shows where we should be more grateful too. Practicing gratitude makes you happier. Focus on recognizing people and things which your family is thankful for on Thanksgiving by using a "Gratitude Journal" which can be written on any paper or notebook. Click on image for inspiration to journal, write or draw while your child Facetimes their cousins, friends or family they'd normally see Thanksgiving.

Kid President's 25 Reasons To Be Thankful!

Create a Canva Thank You Card

Say thank you by designing your personalized Thanksgiving Card in Canva. Create unique designs straight from your google account via your Canva account.

Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner Games: Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Watch a FREE Thanksgiving Movie with your Household.

Present your screen. Cast a Thanksgiving movie during your family virtual Thanksgiving party. Click on image below to watch " Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"' together. Cast free movie here to share during your Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner Party at link below. Enjoy!
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

HSD Holiday Design Card Contest

The holiday season is quickly approaching; therefore, it is time for our annual Holiday Card Design Contest. HSD will select a winner from each grade level and one district winner. The winning card will be sent to all HSD employees and community partners. The winning card and student will also be featured on the district’s website and social media pages. Guidelines for the contest are below:


  1. Actual size is 8 1/2” by 5 1/2”, which is one-half of an 8 1/2” by 11” sheet of paper.
  2. The design can be done vertically or horizontally.
  3. The design should be an original design, not copied or traced.
  4. The design can be in color or black and white.
  5. The name of the artist, school, grade-level, and the teacher’s name should be placed on the back of the original design.
  6. The artist should initial or put their name on the design in some location.
  7. Basic holiday/winter themes that are not religious in nature are appropriate.
  8. Original entries will also be sent to U.S. Military Service personnel, veteran and retirement homes, as well as, children’s hospitals in the area.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2020

Entries should be scanned or photographed and emailed to Please include the student’s name, school, grade-level, and their teacher’s name in the email. Winners from each grade level will be asked to deliver their original designs to the Hazelwood School District Administration Building, 15955 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63031

Ameren Utility Assistance

Starting on October 21, the Ameren Missouri COVID-19 Clean Slate program offers additional assistance to help you pay your electricity bill.

Spire Winter Heating Assistance

Households with a member that is 60 years old or older or with a member who is disabled (including children) can apply for LIHEAP assistance beginning November 1, 2020. Applications for all others will be accepted beginning December 1, 2020.

News from the Front Office

Armstrong Elementary School

Happy Birthday Eagles (1) by Armstrong Elementary School

Armstrong Elementary School - Hazelwood School District

Marsha Wallace - Principal (314-309-4387)

Robert Payne - Assistant Principal (314-953-4015)

Rebecca Thompson - Secretary (314-953-4002)

Armstrong Communications Committee:

Ni'Cole Gipson

Tracy Jones

Robert Payne

Crystal Estey

Stacy Litzinger

Courtney Mast

Tonya Renfroe

Kathryn Weigel

Christine Williams