Carman Paw Print

December 19, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates

Dear Carman Families -

THANK YOU for your amazing generosity with our Spirit of Giving campaign! Because of your donations, we were able to help 32 students within our community to have a joyful holiday season! We appreciate you and all you do to help others within our school and Parkway.

Just a reminder that Carman Trails is once again participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee! Classroom spelling bees will begin this week. Good luck to all of our students!

Wednesday, December 22nd will be a Half-Day, with dismissal at 1:00 p.m. Students will have their classroom Winter Parties during the day.

Winter Break begins after dismissal on the 22nd and students will return on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. We hope everyone has a safe, fun break!

With CT Pride,


Carman Trails Teacher of the Year: Mr. Andy Hogan

Congratulations to Mr. Andy Hogan, 4th Grade Teacher and Carman’s Teacher of the Year! We are so proud for you to represent our school this year. It was shared by one of his colleagues that “Mr. Hogan cares about his students and is great at building relationships.” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you for providing a space where everyone belongs, Mr. Hogan!

Carman Trails Support Staff Member of the Year: Ms. Rena Noonan

Congratulations to Ms. Rena Noonan, Carman’s Support Staff Member of the Year!!! Ms. Noonan is one of our paraprofessionals in the school. It was stated that, “Rena goes above and beyond for the students she works with! She loves them with her whole heart and uses creative ways to understand and meet their academic and social/emotional needs.” Thank you for all the ways you support our students!

A Request from Nurse Connelly


We are out of small girls' underwear in the Nurse's office (size 5-6, to fit Kindergarteners). If you are able to send some in with your student this week or when we come back from Winter Break, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your help,

Nurse Connelly

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.

It's the Wonderful World of Kindergarten!

The Wonderful World of Kindergarten will take place virtually on January 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We will have 2 kindergarten teachers present to speak about what to expect on a typical day at a Parkway kindergarten. The registration link can be found below.

  • Kindergarten Registration will take place virtually again this year. The registration link will open on January 5th and we would like for families to complete registration by January 26th. All handouts will be emailed to families within a few weeks of completing registration.

  • Dr. Elena Polson

    Director of Early Learning

    Parkway School District

    office: 314-415-6951

  • It's Time for the Spelling Bee!

    We are so excited to once again be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! Classroom spelling bees will take place during the week of December 20th. One winner from each classroom will advance to the school-wide bee on Thursday, January 13th. One winner and one alternate will represent Carman Trails in the St. Louis Semi-final bee in March.

    Grade level practice spelling lists have been sent home for students to use for study.

    If you have any questions or would like additional practice lists, please contact Mrs. Manley at


    Carman Families: is your student missing a jacket? Glasses? A water bottle? Even a shirt? We have many, many pieces of clothing and accessories in the Lost and Found. Please see the pictures below and direct your student to pick up anything you recognize as belonging to them. After Winter Break, all items in the Lost and Found will be donated to charity.

    Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school tidy!


    This week our Cougar Spotlight shines on Mr. Hogan, 4th Grade Teacher and Carman Trails Teacher of the Year:

    The following message was sent in with his nomination: "I was my daughter’s running buddy for Girls on the Run and we paced near Mr. Hogan for most of the race. He was a running buddy for a couple girls in his class and was simply amazing. I watched him encourage them, stop with them, stretch, set goals, hit goals, celebrate goals and just supported them literally every step of the way, with a smile. I know he is loved by all students in the school and I was happy to see why. I attached a photo I took with about a mile to go. I know every other coach out there was just as amazing, but being able to watch him along the way was a highlight of the morning."

    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:

    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!


    Due to the depleted supply of paper 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 cloth 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.



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    Click below for information on registering for Adventure Club!

    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 December's Nurse Newsletter, which includes the following topics:

    The Covid-19 Vaccine is Now Available for children aged 5-11

    Decorate Safely

    Holiday Food Safety Tips

    Car Seat Safety

    Supporting My Child Using Mindfulness

    Have a healthy December!

    Nurse Connie Connelly

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    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

    December - National Month of Giving

    22nd - Half-Day - Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

    22nd - Winter Class Parties

    23rd through January 4th - No School (Winter Break) - Return on January 5th

    January - National Mentoring Month

    3rd & 4th - No School

    5th - Welcome Back to School!

    13th - Half-Day - Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

    14th - No School

    17th - No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

    20th - Virtual PAMEE Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

    26th - Parkway Kindergarten Registration Opens for the 2022-2023 school year