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October 25, 2020

Virtual Campus Updates

It has been fun popping into the classes the first two days of school. Over the next few days and weeks, the students will begin to see some familiar faces from Carman.

Below you will find additional information on the book fair our PTO will host next month.

It was nice to see everyone during the supply pick up today. I wish I could have shared nicer weather with you!

Return to Elementary School Calendar

Please make sure you are familiar with the calendar over the next two weeks. Full time will resume on November 9.
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Trunk or Treat Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Drive Thru Trunk or Treat last Friday! It was great to see you all. Our winners were:

First Place: Frozen

Second Place: Wizard of Oz & Chick Fil A

Third Place: Jurassic Park

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

-Carman Trails PTO

Transportation Change

Currently, Parkway’s transportation department is receiving many new requests to add students to bus routes. If you did not request bus transportation when you selected your student’s learning preference, your child may not ride the bus until the transportation department assigns a route and assigns a seat on the bus. If you want to request transportation, you must call 314-415-8415 or email Please submit requests no later than Tuesday, October 27.

It is important to know that changes can impact all students including the routes and pick up/drop off times as the transportation department works to ensure proper capacity and social distancing on each bus. Your request to add transportation will be acted upon approximately 48 hours after the request is received. Once the change has been made, you will be notified by Parkway’s transportation department.

Adventure Club has Openings!

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Adventure Club

Adventure Club is available this school year. Please contact our Adventure Club staff for more information. We still have space available! The phone number to the Adventure Club main office is 636-891-6644. The website is .

Online Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:

  • Carman Trails Elementary's own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)

Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site:

Fair Dates: Thursday, November 12, 2020 – Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Online Store:

We can't wait to "see" you at the fair!

Danielle Peterson and Ellen Woerner

Carman Trails Elementary’s Book Fair Co-Chairs

PTO's Pumpkin Carving Contest

PTO is hosting a virtual pumpkin carving contest!

Please be sure to view the PTO Facebook Page to participate in a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest that is meant to help students feel connected to the school community. Each pumpkin photo or comment on the thread will equal 1 raffle entry. The PTO intends to have similar activities on their page each month this school year so check back often

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5th Grade Boys Basketball Opportunity

Please click to read more about a 5th grade boys basketball opportunity for our Carman students.


Hello parents,

My name is Mike Shanfeld and I am the director of the Jr Patriots Boys Basketball Program. In a usual year we have tryouts for our two competitive feeder teams. With the COVID-19 pandemic we will not have tryouts and we will open the teams up to all boys in fifth grade that are interested in playing at a high level of basketball. We will enter the CNR league that is currently playing games St. Charles and Jefferson Counties and they hope to have more gyms available in St. Louis County from January thru March. We usually practice two to three times a week at Parkway South High School, however this year we will not be able to be in the gyms till January at the earliest and we might not be able to get in then either.

We will enter 12 games from January thru March and if we can practice starting in January we will, if we can not practice then….we will play games only. We would normally enter three tournaments, this year we are not sure if we will offer tournaments. We understand that this is not an ideal situation, however with the uncertainty of the times this is the best we can do for this season. If you would like to have your son play, please click on the link below.

Additional information:

Cost: Approximately $100 for 12 league games (depends on how many kids participate), plus a uniform for $60. Total of approximately $160. Additional fees may be added if we are able to practice and have tournaments.

Season: January-March

Teams: The number of teams for fifth grade will be determined by how many kids sign up. Our goal is to keep the players with other kids from their home schools as best we can.

Coaches: We will need parent volunteers to help coach, please check the appropriate box on the Google form if interested.

Refunds: If no games are played, a full refund will be given with the exclusion of the uniform.


Registration form:

* If anything changes we will let you know as soon as we know.

Deadline to register: Saturday, October 31th

Mike Shanfeld

Parkway South Boys Basketball Assistant Varsity Coach

Parkway South Jr Patriots Basketball Director

Parkway Community Health Dashboard

A message shared from the district earlier this month.

Our ultimate goal is to return to school as soon as possible and safely provide in-person instruction for families who prefer this option. Here are some important things to know right now:

  • If we are able to return to school with an in-person option for the second quarter, significant staffing changes will be needed to provide both in-person and virtual learning options for families. This will require time and planning.

  • You can follow our key metrics on the new Parkway Community Health Dashboard which includes detailed information for all Parkway zip codes. As new data becomes available we will update it and also share a weekly update with you.

We will share frequent updates with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on high-quality distance learning for our students and celebrate what our teachers, students and parents are achieving together every day.

Counselors' Corner

With the exciting news that the updated Return to Learn plan was approved by our Parkway School board, some parents may be concerned with their child's ability to wear a mask at school. Here are a couple of short stories from Tara Tuchel for children that may help. We would also encourage families to practice at home for short periods of time. You can set timers, let children decorate a mask, wear them as a family for a short time together, etc.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you would like to talk about your concerns.

Wearing A Mask - A Story for Children

Mask Etiquette for Children

Counselor Newsletters

Counselor Connection Newsletter

"I would like to share the link to my virtual office where students/families will be able to access everything counseling related so that it can be in the newsletter as well. Through my virtual office they can click to enter my calming room, resources room, lesson classroom and my counselor's cafe. Below is the link to my office. Thank you!"

-Grant Steward, Counselor

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Nurse's Notes

Parkway Nurse's October Newsletter

Coronavirus-Evaluation of Symptoms

All students and staff should complete a daily health screening before coming to school.
If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms, they should stay home and call your school.
When will your child be sent home from school?

  • If your child has 1 low risk symptom they will be sent home and may return to school in 24 hours after symptom resolution if there is no known COVID-19 exposure
  • If you child has 2 low risk symptoms OR 1 high risk symptom they will be sent home and require a medical evaluation

When will we need a doctor's note?

  • Healthcare provider confirms alternative diagnosis for symptoms
  • Medical clearance required from your healthcare provider or Department of Health for student to return to school after medical evaluation

When can my child return to school after COVID testing?

  • If negative, the student may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving
  • If positive, the student may return to school after 10 days since symptoms onset, 24 hours without fever, and symptoms improving

When can my child return if they are found to be a close contact?

  • The student may return after 14 days from last contact with COVID positive individual, unless symptoms develop

  • If symptoms appear the student should receive a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test

Please check out the Parkway Nurse's October Newsletter. This is a great source for health information, resources, and safety tips!

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Girl Scouts

Hi Families of Kindergarten and First grade girls at Carman Trails!

We have several kindergarteners wanting to do Girl Scouts . If we haven’t already spoken and your daughter is interested, please contact me. We have several adults, including myself who are willing to help but no one to be the head leader. If anyone would be willing to take on the troop, I can walk you through the set up and would be happy to be a co-leader. You have plenty of volunteer parents ready to support you!

K and 1: Everyone prefers a separate K group from first grade but, if we can’t get a head leader, then the kindergartners are being invited to join our first grade troop.

First grade: If any first grade girls who are not already participating want to join, contact me. We would love to have you! Another option, if we can not find a kindergarten leader but have a first grade mom wanting to lead is they can take over first grade and I will do K. No matter what, we will make sure all K and First grade girls will have the option to join a troop and participate if they wish.

Stephanie Ponder


Stay Connected with These Updates!

October 26: No School - Records Day

October 27: Second Quarter Begins

October 27: Group 1 in person

Octobrt 28: Group 2 in person

October 29: Group 1 in person

October 30: Group 2 in person


November 2: Group 1 in person

November 3: No School- Election Day

November 4: Group 2 in person

November 5: Group 1 in person

November 6: Group 2 in person

November 9: All in person back K-5

November 17: Picture Day

November 20: Picture Day

November 25: No School-Thanksgiving Break

November 26: No School-Thanksgiving Break

November 27: No School-Thanksgiving Break