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April 4, 2021


We hope everyone had a wonderful week back! Just a few important dates to remember in the upcoming weeks:

* There is No School on Monday, April 5th.

* Parents will receive an enrollment form via email on April 6. Families will need to complete the form to select an in-person or virtual learning experience for their student(s) for the 2021-2022 school year. The form is due by April 18.

Please note, your enrollment selection will be for the entire 2021-22 school year.

* All In-Person Students will have Virtual Learning every Monday beginning on Monday, April 12th and continuing through Monday, May 24th. Be sure to check out the article below about signing up for Adventure Club for Virtual Mondays!

* There is No School on Monday, May 31st.

We appreciate your assistance with keeping your child home if he/she is experiencing any symptoms, until they are symptom free.

With CT Pride,


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Updated quarantine guidelines

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has released an updated isolation and quarantine order that is consistent with the latest CDC guidance. Parkway is adopting this new quarantine order effective immediately.

The length of quarantine for those who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days from the last exposure to the positive person, as long as the close contact remains symptom free.

  • If a student or staff member is currently under quarantine, this updated order applies to them and the length of their quarantine will be reduced to 10 days.

Similar to the quarantine guidance, those who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate themselves for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If patients have no fever for at least 24 hours and symptoms are improving, they can end isolation after 10 days. Until now, those who tested positive for COVID-19 would need to isolate themselves for as many as 14 days.


Exploring the 3rd Dimension of Printing!

We closed out our technology month by beginning to explore some technology of the future. The students learned about how 3-D printing works and some of its applications. Did you know that some countries are working on building homes with 3-D printers? Next week Ms. King will bring in 3-D printed yo-yo’s to show the students. We will discuss the parts that make up a yo-yo and work towards making one with our very own 3d printer.

Grab a Spot on Virtual Learning Days from 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join the Carman Trails Adventure Club family today!

Register now or call 636.891.6644 for more information.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-'22 school year is now open

Online Kindergarten Registration is open! Simply click on this link to get started:

If you or someone you know needs assistance navigating online registration, please reach out to Mrs. Karen Regan at Carman Trails at 314-415-6104.

**Please note: It is not necessary for current Parkway students (K - 11th) to register annually. When a student leaves Parkway and later wishes to return, then the student will need to register again.

Virtual Campus Parent Pointer - Mindframes for Students

Students’ mindframe is their ability to control and direct their behavior, emotions, and thoughts. It is important that students are able to do this while working towards long term goals. These are habits that need to be supported and practiced.

The authors of The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents organized the learning sciences into six statements.

  • Know their current level of understanding. Students are aware of their performance and understand that their current level of understanding can change.

  • Know where they’re going and are confident to take on the challenge. Students understand that there is more to learn and they are willing to take risks to get there.

  • Select tools to guide their learning. Students understand the ways learning tools work and they use them as needed.

  • Seek feedback and recognize that errors are opportunities to learn. Students seek out feedback. They also learn from mistakes.

  • Monitor their progress and adjust their learning. Students recognize that their learning is a marathon and not a sprint.

  • Recognize their learning and teach others. Student know when they learn something new and are willing to share that information with others.

It is imperative that students learning virtually develop and practice mindframe skills. Situations where you can support students’ growth mindset:

  • When your child does not know an answer

  • When your child makes an error

  • When your child experiences failure

  • When your child is anxious

Helpful Hints:

  • Do not tell your child that you were bad at math, writing, art, or anything they are trying to learn. Students need to have the foundation that they can learn anything and are not predisposed to struggle with a subject.

  • Focus more on the process rather than the final product or grade. What are the next steps of learning?


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Music In Schools

Laura Schisler shared this TED talk, Music and the Brain to finish off our Music in Schools Month celebration!

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Learning Experience for the 2021-2022 School Year - A Message From the Parkway School District

In the coming weeks, we will ask K-8 families to select an in-person or virtual learning experience for next school year.

Virtual Campus, a full-time virtual learning experience, will continue to be an option for the 2021-22 school year. Our decision to continue offering Virtual Campus is part of our long-term plan to offer options to meet the diverse needs of families and each individual learner. Some families have said they prefer a virtual learning experience regardless of the status of the pandemic.

We are excited to offer multiple learning environments and choices for families next year and into the future. In order to match student needs with excellent staff and design successful learning experiences, we need you to select your experience for next school year.

When do students and families make this decision?

  • Elementary and Middle - Parents will receive an enrollment form via email on April 6. Families will need to complete the form to select an in-person or virtual learning experience for their student(s) for the 2021-22 school year. The form is due by April 18. This enrollment selection will be for the entire 2021-22 school year.

Look for more information in the coming weeks about enrollment for 2020-21. We are planning a Zoom webinar for parents to learn more about the Virtual Campus learning experience in early April. Look for an invitation and more information during the enrollment period.

K-8 Summer School Information

Based on parent feedback, there will be changes to Parkway’s K-8 summer school programming to best support students this year:

Parkway will focus on academics this summer

We are doubling our efforts this summer in reading and math to support students in grades 1-8. Teachers will personalize instruction based on student needs and focus on one grade level and the priority reading and math learning targets that are necessary for starting the next grade.

By dedicating our Parkway teachers and summer school programs to reading and math intervention this summer, we can ensure students who need additional support are prepared to start the next school year. This also allows us to double the number of students we can serve this summer in academic intervention courses.

Families should have received an invitation if their child is identified as needing additional reading and math support based on academic performance this school year. If you did not receive an invitation, your child’s performance is on target, and/or they have not been identified as needing this additional support.

Camps and enrichment opportunities still available

Families who prefer enrichment opportunities and summer camps can enroll in Parkway-Rockwood Community Education for a fee. Registration for fee-based summer camps and enrichment courses opens on March 8 through Parkway-Rockwood Community Education.

Transition programs will be offered in August

Jumpstart to Kindergarten will be offered both in-person and virtually to rising Kindergarteners and Welcome to Middle School will be offered both in-person and virtually to rising 6th graders in August. The programs will be offered from August 2-6, 2021 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Registration for these programs will open on May 1.

Click here for our K-8 2021 Summer School guide.

Environmental Awareness and Justice

The following link was sent to Carman Trails from a Kindergarten Teacher at Green Trails -- some very interesting information!

Nurse's Notes - Information about Seasonal Allergies

Dear Carman Parents:

The link below is a detailed sheet of symptoms used to help you identify what illness your child may be experiencing (flu, cold, allergies, or Covid). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 314-415-6110.

Thank you -

Nurse Melissa Hermann

In addition, the Nurse's Newsletter for the month of April is also attached: and includes the following topics:

Move More, Sit Less

Teens During COVID

Testing Anxiety

Mindful Technology Use

Important Information from Parkway Health Services

Stay Connected with These Updates!

April - National Volunteer Month/National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 5: No School

April 6 - 9: National Library Week/Assistant Principal's Week

April 12: All Students Virtual Learning

April 18: Parkway In-Person or Virtual Enrollment Forms For 2021-2022 School Year Are Due

April 19: All Students Virtual Learning

April 26: All Students Virtual Learning

May - Missouri Bicycle Month

May 3: All Students Virtual Learning

May 3 - 7: Teacher Appreciation Week & School Nutrition Employee Week

May 5: National School Nurse Day

May 10: All Students Virtual Learning

May 17: All Students Virtual Learning

May 24: All Students Virtual Learning

May 31: No School - Memorial Day

June - National Men's Health Month

June 3: Last Day of School - 1/2 Day A.M.

June 14: Summer School Classes Begin / End on July 2nd