Hoot Owl

October 1, 2021 - Parent Edition

A Message from Dr. Duckworth

Parent Hoot Owl October

October Dates to Remember

October 5 - Flu Shots for students, must sign up for them

October 8 - Craig Movie Night at JCC

October 14 - Early Release - Out at 2:00pm

October 15 - No School - Fall Break

October 18 - No School - Fall Break

October 22 - 6:30pm - Trunk or Treat

October 25 - Birthday Bakers

October 29 - Half day - School out at 1:00pm

Water bottles for students

Students get very thirsty throughout the day. Please send a refillable water bottle with your student every day. The drinking fountains are turned off because of Covid protocols but the bottle fillers are still available for the students to refill as needed.

School Start Times

Just a reminder that school begins at 9:05. Doors open at 8:50. Please be sure your child does not arrive prior to 8:50 as we are not able to provide supervision. Thank you for your help.

Parkway dismissal procedures during severe weather

As you know we have had some experience this school year with storms during dismissal time. With this in mind the district wanted to streamline some guidelines on a district level. Most of the guidelines pair nicely with what we are already doing here at Craig but we wanted you to be aware of Parkway Policies.

When severe weather occurs at dismissal time, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Parents should expect a delay in the dismissal process, including possible delays in buses dropping students off at home.

  • Students will continue to be dismissed in rainy weather if lightning is not detected in the immediate area.

  • If lightning or severe winds are occurring near the school, or if the National Weather Service activates emergency sirens, students will be brought inside the school and the dismissal process will be delayed until it is safe to resume the dismissal process.

  • In the event the normal dismissal schedule is altered due to bad weather, students will be relocated to inside safe areas.

  • The school will notify parents of students who are delayed in the dismissal via email and text messages.

  • Parents wishing to pick up their child may go to the school. Once the student is signed out, they will be released directly to the parent/guardian.

Diverse Holidays and Celebrations

Craig Elementary is a diverse school with many cultures and backgrounds and we want to celebrate all of them. Starting this month and going forward we will be highlighting many different holidays and celebrations that take place each month. Please take a look at October's many celebrations.
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Craig will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage during the month of October as part of our Cultural Awareness celebrations. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. This month we will celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We will include Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos- October 31-November 2). This multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. A sacred, joyous time, Day of the Dead traditions include food and flowers, visits with family members, prayers, and stories about those who have died.

Craig PTO

Hello Owl Families -

Happy Autumn! Cooler weather, falling leaves, pumpkins and Cardinal baseball!

First, a big THANK YOU for participating in our first restaurant fundraiser night at Freddy’s! We saw lots of Craig faces enjoying custard with friends. Be on the lookout for info on similar events throughout the year!

Upcoming Events

October 8th- Canned Film Festival Outdoor Family Movie Night

JCC Day Camp Pavilion Parking Lot

2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

Parking lot opens at 6:15PM, movie starts at 7:00PM

Voting in process - Movie to be announced soon!

Canned good donations may be delivered to the office or brought to the event.

Parking is first come, first served. Larger vehicles will be directed to the back while shorter vehicles will be arranged toward the front. There will also be room to park elsewhere so you can ditch the car and hang out in lawn chairs. Not a bad seat in the “house!”

October 22nd- Trunk or Treat 6:30pm-8:00pm

Craig Elementary Parking Lots (Parking for the event will be at Mt Zion UMC across from school)

Bring your princesses, superheroes, baseball players and ballerinas as we celebrate the season with festive music, candy and truly unique trunks!

$5 donations or bags of candy may be dropped off to the Office anytime before the event.

November 16th- ZOOM PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30p. Link to follow. All are welcome!

And 3 more easy ways to support our school…

#1: Box Tops- Scan your receipts with the new Box Tops app!

#2: Amazon Smile- Shop through AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase is shared with our school! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose “Craig School Parent Teacher Organization” as your charity.

#3: Owl Donations- All amounts are appreciated! Donate online at paypal.me/craigpto or send a check to Craig Elementary made out to Craig PTO.

Interested in getting involved in school events, yearbook or fundraising? Email us!

Go Owls! Hoot Hoot!

Craig PTO


Birthday Bakers

Sending a big thank you to all who contributed to September Birthday Bakers:

Wanda Cole

Brittany Farmer

Jill Hooper

Heather Hopf

Maria Lindsay

Rachel Manning

Lindsay Minner

Ellen Overmann

Aruna Rajagopalan

Laura Rakestraw

Birthday Bakers is a great way to show our fabulous Craig staff our appreciation. Once per month,

parents send in baked treats and goodies for our dedicated staff as a way to celebrate those staff

members who have birthdays that month.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Birthday Baker, there are three ways to help:

1. You can drop your store bought goodies at Ellen Overmann’s house by the Sunday night before

the celebration date. All celebration dates will be on Mondays.

2. You can have your child drop the store bought item off at school on the morning of Birthday

Bakers. That morning, there will be a box located outside Door #1 at Craig, and it will be labeled

"Birthday Bakers".

3. You can send a venmo donation to Ellen @Ellen-Overmann by the Friday before our celebration

dates, and she will use your donation to buy goodies.

If you are interested in participating in Birthday Bakers, please email Ellen Overmann at

waltshel@yahoo.com. We will add you to the list of Birthday Bakers and send email reminders each

week before the celebration date. You are welcome to participate in as many or as few celebration

dates as you are able.

Here are the remaining dates for this year’s Birthday Baker Celebrations:

October 25, 2021

November 15, 2021

December 13, 2021

January 24, 2022

February 28, 2022

March 14, 2022

April 11, 2022

May 23, 2022

Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Breakfast Menu:


Lunch Menu:


All lunch and breakfasts are free to all students. However, this applies only to a full meal. If your student would only like to buy a drink that will cost $0.75. A student must have money in their account to be able to buy a drink. If you would like to add money to your account, please do that online https://www.parkwayschools.net/Page/3045

Free/Reduced Meal Applications

The Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program is for families needing financial assistance. Visit Free and Reduced Program on the Nutrition Services website.

Free/Reduced Meal Program Applications can be submitted online at: www.myschoolapps.com. Information includes how to complete the application. All files are in PDF format; you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

Forms can also be printed, completed and signed, then email, fax, or mail to the Nutrition Services Offices. The Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program is for families needing financial assistance. Visit Free and Reduced Program on the Nutrition Services website. A NEW APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED EVERY SCHOOL YEAR. Fax Number: 314-415-8244

Craig School Food Pantry

Craig Elementary has its own food pantry. Moonlight’s Meals is a food

program that utilizes our food pantry to assist our own families. To

participate in Moonlight’s Meals simply fill out this form.


Mrs. Munroe is our food pantry coordinator and can answer your questions.

Please email questions to amunroe@parkwayschools.net

Food donations are always welcome and appreciated. Please drop off the

following donations at Craig school. Pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly,

canned fruit and vegetables, canned pasta meals, canned tuna, canned chicken,

mac and cheese, granola bars, and personal care items.

Covid Guideline Updates

Our goals for this year are to keep everyone healthy and avoid disruptions to in-person learning as much as possible. In order to do this, we will need to have some safety measures in place based on the current recommendations and local health conditions, which we know may change throughout the year.

For the start of the 2021-22 school year, you can expect:

  • Masks will be required inside all Parkway schools and buildings until further notice.

  • Masks will be optional outdoors for all students and staff, including recess.

  • Masks are required on all forms of public transportation including school buses.

  • We will continue to use other basic health and safety measures at school including at least three feet of social distancing, frequent hand washing, routine cleaning and disinfecting and reminding everyone to stay home if they are not feeling well.

  • If your child is vaccinated, please consider sharing your child’s vaccination record with our nurse Ashley Gunn agunn@parkwayschools.net 314-415-6210

  • Sharing proof of vaccination is entirely voluntary, but it will save you time in the event your child becomes a close contact at school. We will need a record of vaccination to exempt them from quarantine and avoid any disruption in your child’s learning. Your vaccination record will be kept confidential. Providing your vaccine information will also help us measure vaccination rates within our school communities and guide how we might adjust our policies to promote a safe learning environment.

  • No visitors will be allowed in the building beyond the front office until further notice.

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Nurses' Notes


-Remember to screen children for symptoms of illness every morning and keep them home if they have any symptoms listed on the student symptom decision tree. The delta variant can look very similar to the common cold and allergies.

-Remember to send extra masks. Cloth face masks get dirty or wet and disposable masks break throughout the day.

Return to School Guidelines

-Students who are out of school due to illness will need physician clearance and documentation to return if they have 2 or more low risk symptoms or any high risk symptoms. Students with one low risk symptom should remain at home until the symptom has resolved for 24 hours. Students will also need physician documentation to return to school after a period of isolation or quarantine.

Important Dates

Hearing Screening- October 21st (Grades: kdg, 1, 3, 5)

Library Minute

All grade levels were introduced to their Missouri Reader Awards this past month! Kindergartners will be hearing all of the books that are nominated for the Building Block Award. Students will get a chance to hear all of these stories and do an activity that goes along with each book. Once they have heard all of the books nominated for this year's Building Block Award, they will vote for their favorite. Later this year we'll share the results of our Craig votes, as well as how the rest of the kindergartners in Missouri voted.

Our 1st-3rd graders will be hearing all of the books that are nominated for the Show-Me Award. Students will also do activities that go along with each of these stories. Once they have heard all of the books nominated for this year's Show-Me Award, they will vote for their favorite. Later this year we'll share the results of our Craig votes, as well as how the rest of the 1st-3rd graders in Missouri voted.

Our 4th and 5th graders are invited to read the books nominated for the Mark Twain Award. 4th and 5th graders who read at least 4 of the current nominees and fill out the Google Form (located in the library folder on their Schoology page and on the Craig library website) will be eligible to vote for their favorite book in March. 4th and 5th grade students who read at least 8 of the current nominees and fill out the Google Form will get to vote and choose a poster to take home. 4th and 5th grade students have until March to read the current nominees and fill out the Google Form to be eligible to vote.

Happy Reading!

Ms. Jorel

Chromebook Insurance

This school year students in grades 3-12 will receive or have received a Chromebook, similar to a small, touchscreen laptop, that they will be able to use at school and home. We need every student to either opt-in or opt-out of insurance by September 24, 2021. Information on how to register can be found here.

We encourage you to opt for insurance that helps cover damage, loss or theft. Learn more about the fee and the protection it provides and how to register here.

We are so excited about the opportunities this will provide for our students this year

Thank you if you have already completed this process.

For additional support please visit this help website.

COPPA Website Usage

Our school would like to use a variety of online tools at various grade levels to provide engaging and authentic learning opportunities for students. Before using these tools, we wanted to make you aware of federal regulations that apply to operators of websites and require parental consent when they collect information for children under the age of 13, as described below.

In order for students to use these programs/services, certain personal information must be provided to each website operator. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), these websites must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. For more information on COPPA, please visit bit.ly/ftccoppafaq.

Schools are permitted to consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of parents of students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to the website operator. Before doing so, we are providing you with this notice and opportunity to opt out.

Please take a moment to look at the websites we’ll be using, why we will be using them, as well as what personal information the site collects. We will have your student use his or her District-provided email account with these sites. If you would like to know which specific websites your child will be using in his or her class, please reach out to his/her classroom teacher. Here is a link to the list of websites Craig Students may use in their classrooms https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cyvOFn5r7Xv7fBA5rG1qKF-m_osgErArNee9Tw_Q26A/edit?usp=sharing

After reviewing the sites, if you would NOT like your child to have their own account for any particular site listed, please contact Michelle Behrle (mbehrle@parkwayschools.net) in writing before November 1, 2021. If we do not hear from you otherwise, your child(ren) will be using these sites within their classroom and/or the library.

Nominate your school for the chance to win $10,000

Wouldn’t it feel good to give the next generation a boost as they head back to school this fall? Frigo® Cheese Heads® will give one deserving school $10,000 (and 10 runner-up schools will each receive $2,000)! All you need to do is nominate your favorite K-8 school now through October 30, 2021. Simply tell Frigo® Cheese Heads® how these additional dollars would benefit your school and students for the chance to win. It’s that easy!


Do what you do best! Spread the word throughout the school and encourage others in the community to nominate your school, too. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to help build brighter futures! For official rules and to learn more, visit www.CheeseHeadsBrightFuture.com.