Armstrong Eagle Pride News

February 19, 2021

Letter from Principal Wallace

Good Afternoon Armstrong Family,


This week is School Board Appreciation Week so we thank them for their support of our Armstrong students as they become lifelong learners equipped with 21st century skills for success.


All grade levels continue our daily exploration of black excellence through our Armstrong Black History Month calendar of relatable poets, scientists, politicians and other "firsts." This afternoon, our classes watched the live stream swearing in ceremony of Cori Bush, our district's first ever African-American Congresswoman. We are pleased to report that Armstrong's efforts to provide consistent positive reflection of African Americans strengthens our students' self-esteem, self-efficacy, racial identity and their mental health.


Parents, we need you! Please volunteer in our "Virtual African American Guest Read-In" this Friday. Contact your child's teacher if interested.


On Saturday, our fresh food distribution returns, here at Armstrong. See flier below for more information.


We invite you to attend our Armstrong Family Return to School Extended & Acceleration Learning meeting next Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. on Zoom. The meeting includes discussing our plans for how Armstrong will address student learning loss and student learning acceleration.


Health departments across Missouri and Illinois have opened pre-registration websites for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please click here for more information and see our News from the Nurse below.


If your child needs help with schoolwork, we are here to help through the Homework Hotline.


Furthermore, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will return to in-person school on March 29. Additionally, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will return to in-person school beginning the week of April 6-9, 2021. Click on the link to HSD's Implementation/Operational Reopening Framework to learn more about the protocols for reopening. As soon as the district reviews how many families want their child/children to attend in-person school during the 2020-2021 school year, additional details will be shared.


Thanking you in advance for the opportunity to serve,

Ms. Wallace

Principal

Important Calendar Dates

Saturday, February 20: Food Distribution at Armstrong from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24: Armstrong Family Return to School Extended & Acceleration Learning meeting for parents

Thursday, February 25: Purim starts at sundown

Friday, February 26: Virtual African American Guest Read-In.

Saturday, February 27: Food Distribution at Armstrong time TBD.

March 1-4: Read Across America Week- More details to come

Friday, March 5: No School

Friday, March 12: No School/End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 19: Parent Teacher Conferences/No School

March 22-26: Spring Break

Monday, March 29: Pre-K, Kdg, 1st, and 2nd grade students return to in-person school

Tuesday, April 6: 3rd - 5th grade students return to in-person school

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Congratulations Armstrong Faculty and Staff!

News From The Nurse

Help Hazelwood get healthy!

The state of MO requires all students attending school in-person or attending school virtually have up to date immunizations. The district must receive the appropriate documentation of required immunizations for your student before March 15, 2021, or your student will be disenrolled from HSD.

Contact your child’s pediatrician or community clinic for proper immunizations or documentation needs to prevent any delay to school access. All exemption cards must be the original card and on file with the school nurse. Parents should contact their school to submit the proper immunization documents. Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently a required immunization. Please review the new district informational videos on keeping your child home when sick, how to wear a mask, and washing your hands with your child to prepare them to begin in person school. Report any positive Covid-19 cases in your family to the school nurse. Health departments across Missouri and Illinois have opened pre-registration websites for people who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and pre-registration, please go to: https://www.hazelwoodschools.org/Page/8753. The district has also partnered with CareSTL Health to provide additional vaccination clinics. These clinics are by appointment only and can be accessed through your child’s school nurse or contacting CareSTL Health directly at 314-882-1284. Nurse Tonya can be reached at 314-953-5500, ext 2. She is still available to assist you with any vaccine or immunization question to be sure your child is ready to return to school.

Armstrong Continues It's Celebration of Black History Month

From watching award winning drumline of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Bethune Cookman College and expressing ourselves through our first national poet Amanda Goreman to listening Chadwick Boseman give his Howard University commencement speech and reading a book about the first open heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, we give our students the positive self reflection much needed to combat other negative portrayals seen outside of school. Click on any letter below to see what your child is learning each day.

Armstrong Highlights Black Excellence in North County

Click on each picture below to learn more about these inspiring, influential people.

What to Watch this Month: Click on link for direct link to documentary.

PTA News and Girl Scouts Event

MEET THE CANDIDATE NIGHT MARCH 4TH, 2021

Join us on Thursday, March 4th (6:30 -8 PM) for an opportunity to meet and submit questions to our School Board Candidates during a virtual forum (zoom link). This forum will be moderated by the St. Louis League of Women Voters and is hosted by the Hazelwood PTA Council in cooperation with the Hazelwood School District. We have 3 candidates running for 2 open three year terms: Diane Livingston (incumbent), Betsy Rachel (incumbent) and Sparkl West-Pruitt (incumbent) and 3 candidates running to fill the remaining two years of the term vacated by Mark Behlmann: Aaron Craig, Ronald Reed and Sylvester Taylor II. Don't forget to vote on April 6th, 2021!

News from our Student Success Team

Don't forget about the Homework and Social/Emotional Support Line. Services are available Monday -Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. For assistance, please go to and fill out the form here.

Chatham Bible Church - Student Connection Spot Free care for children during virtual school hours is still available every Thursday. Please contact Ms. Weigel at 314-917-2926 to sign up.

Emergency Diapers from the St. Louis Area Bank are still available through St. Louis County Library. Free Diapers are also still available through A Red Circle by calling 314-328-2286.

St. Louis County Library: Drive-Thru Meals still available from 10:00-12:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flow kits from the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies are available at during drive-thru meals or curbside hours.

Fresh Fun Meals Food Drive still ongoing at 12 noon every Friday at 9080 Overland in Overland Shopping Plaza.

Missouri Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP)

Last week the St. Louis County Council approved a federal grant estimated at $30 million for rental assistance and utility assistance.

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 Office

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

Kathryn Weigel

Christine Williams