Paw Print

Special Parents Edition

End of the Year - Picking Up Student Items and Dropping Off School Items

When coming up to pick up your child(ren)’s supplies, please use a sheet of paper to post a sign in your front/passenger car window upon arrival. Please include the following info on your car sign: Student first and last name, grade level, teacher name. This will help us gather the correct bags of student belongings. It is helpful to organize this information for each child.


When the staff member returns with the bags of student belongings to your car, please pop or unlock your trunk. We will place the bags directly into your trunk space. If you have anything to return to school, please have those items in the trunk space ready for us to grab safely. This includes the following items: library books, orchestra instruments, and classroom books.


  • How to prepare to pick up your child’s items prior to arrival?

    • Create your front windshield sign

    • Locate library books, Reading Intervention books, classroom “take home” books, etc

    • Items should be in bags and labeled (i.e - bag of books labeled as “library books - Plumley”, “take home books - Simpson”)


Here is a list of the pick up / drop off times.

  • Thursday, May 21

    • 9:00-12:00 Last Names: A-G

    • 1:00-4:00 Last Names: H-L

    • 4:00 - 6:00 Evening Pick Up (any family that needs an evening pick up time)

  • Friday, May 22

    • 9:00-12:00 Last Names: M-R

    • 1:00-4:00 Last Names: S-Z


Technology

  • We will not be collecting Chromebooks during this pick up and drop off. Students are allowed to keep their chromebook through July 2nd. Additional information regarding collection will be shared as we approach that date.

  • What if a student is leaving Parkway at the end of the year? Devices should be returned to our repair center at Library Media Services. Starting May 18th, we start collecting, distributing, and repairing devices for students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm.

  • What if a family does not want to keep a chromebook over the summer? Devices should be returned to our repair center at Library Media Services. Starting May 18th, we start collecting, distributing, and repairing devices for students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm.


Yearbooks

  • Please stop by the "Station Y" if you ordered a yearbook. Please remember that all 5th graders should pick up a yearbook.


Thank you in advance for your patience. We will work our hardest to make the process go as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for your support and understanding.


Please refer to the map below to provide you with a visual of what to expect and the path you will follow on either May 21 or May 22.

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En Espanol

End of Year Details

10,000 Pencils

Please see the information below about 10,000 pencils. If you participate in this collection, you can choose to donate from this year's school supplies that you pick up on May 21 or 22. Please know you can choose to not participate. If you prefer to not participate, you can skip Station 5.
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Carman Parade - May 22 at Carman Trails

The parade will start at 4:30. Please do not arrive before 4:30, as this time is committed to parade organization. All parade attendees MUST stay in their car the entire length of the parade. There is no access to the building for any reason.


In order to help with traffic flow, please use the following guide to time your visit.

  • Last Name A-H from 4:30 - 5:00

  • Last Name I-P from 5:00 - 5:30

  • Last Name Q-Z from 5:30 - 6:00


As you exit the parking lot, please make a right turn only onto Weidman and head toward Carman Rd. We understand that this might not be the fastest way for you to travel home but we hope it helps with the traffic of the parade.


At the end of the parade, we will have a special photo opportunity for families as they remain in their vehicles. We will not be able to use personal cameras but will share all photos digitally via a Google Drive folder. You will have the option to opt out of having your picture taken. Due to time limitations, we are only able to take one picture per family.


All children must be accompanied by a parent. If you do not have access to a car for the parade, you are invited to attend the parade by walking along the sidewalks that are parallel to Weidman Rd and Carman Rd. This will allow us to keep you safe from the parade traffic as well as creating a safe distance between walkers and staff. If you are able, we prefer all participants to ride in cars.

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Last Week of School Events - Talent Show and (Virtual Field Day)

We wanted to bring you some of the traditional end of the year activities. Below you will find the links to the talent show and the virtual field day. The events will start next week. These links are here for your reference, but your child's teacher might assign these to a special day too.


A special thank you to our Talent Show Committee! You will not be disappointed when you see this year's talent. https://youtu.be/J-C-dOgUWwo


A special thank you to our Virtual Field Day Committee! Let's get the whole family moving!


Students can use this link to access the field day information score sheet. Everything they will need is on the sheet. They should click the blue "use template", the sheet will add their score for them. Let the fun begin!!


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tvQPj5T_Asf3ZBCFBh-FmaDeFjn867OSCD9JhuvvYz8/template/preview

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Until Next Time...

We would like the wish the following staff members well as they embark on their next journey.


Scharma Banks, .5 counselor, will be joining University City as a counselor.


Joyce Bright, .5 EL Specialist, will be joining Hanna Woods for a full time position.


Alicia Kilpatrick, 5th grade teacher, will join Wren Hollow as a teacher.


Kim Lahr, EL TA, will enter the world of retirement after 17 years at Carman Trails.


Sarah Rakers, PE teacher, will be joining Highcroft Ridge.


Nicole Reh, .5 Reading Specialist, will enter the world of retirement after 6 years at Carman Trails.


We would like to welcome the following staff members to the Carman family!


Ethan Sherertz will serve as one of our PE teachers.


Grant Steward will serve as our .5 counselor. He is also the .5 counselor at Barretts.

Parkway Updates and Carman Updates

Please visit https://www.parkwayschools.net/updates for regular district updates.


Please like us on Facebook for ways to stay connected to the school community and show your school spirit. In addition, I will send out emails and post to the app with updates.


While we are engaging in our eLearning experience, Paw Print will look a little different and come out in this format instead of the traditional format. Please revisit this newsletter weekly as we continue to make updates each week.

Thank you so much for your understanding and patience as we navigating our first week of eLearning. We are still making some revisions, so please stay connected to your child(ren)'s teacher(s) for updates.

Stay Connected with These Updates!

eLearning for Students: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2415


District Weekly Updates: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2416


Community Website: https://www.parkwayschools.net/updates for the latest information.


Meals for Families: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2421

If someone has question about the Parkway Food Pantry, please send an email to: foodpantryrequest@parkwayschools.net .


Technology Help: Help Desk ours from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

The Help Desk can be reached via email at helpdesk@parkwayschools.net

News from Nurse Connelly

Nurse Connelly has her own newsletter!


CLICK HERE to read and stay up to date with how to protect yourself and your family. She has a list of useful resources, so be sure to save this link for future use!

Counseling Connection with Mrs. Kiso and Mrs. Banks

Hello Carman families!


Welcome to Week 8 of eLearning! We are on the home stretch now! We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel of our stay at home order and the end of our school year is fast approaching! As we get down to the wire, it is important to keep up healthy habits and routines. This link has some ways for students to think about the habits and routines that will serve them best in the next two weeks. (Did we just say 2 weeks?!! Wow!)


Student Tip of the Week: Healthy Habits and Routines


Note to Parents: You may be noticing that your children are having trouble staying motivated to complete school work at this time. We want you to know that you are STILL doing a great job!

As unusual as the end of this school year has been, a loss of motivation is something we see our students experience at this time of the year every year. In that way, this is something that is actually “normal” right now!


Thank you for all of the work you have done to keep your students engaged and on track. As you may know, “Perseverance” is one of the core values at Carman Trails. In light of that, we wanted to give you some resources about this character value in hopes that it will help all of us to keep going until the end of the school year. Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work! We appreciate you!!

    1. Perseverance

    2. Love and Logic Parenting free resource - Love and Logic

    3. Behavioral Health Response Facebook Resources - BHR is hosting four events on their Facebook page this month – Parents and Youth, First Responders, Mental Health Professionals, and Mental Health Through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion. The events will run from 9am-2pm and will have articles, activities, videos, and a guest speaker each day at 12pm. They will have gift card giveaways with each of the events as well.

BHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BHRSTL/

We hope that your child(ren) is/are able to stay connected to their classmates and teachers during these last 2 weeks. Although our end of the year activities may look different, we are still having some! Students can attend class meetings, and you can check the weekly PawPrint and/or the Carman Trails Facebook page to stay up to date on everything that is being offered. Let’s celebrate the end of this year in the best way possible!


Welcome to Week 9 of eLearning! We are on the home stretch now! We have one final week of eLearning to complete this very unique school year. Although the spring semester has not been what we would consider “normal,” we hope that you have all been able to come up with things that you are thankful for during this time. This year, will no doubt be one that you and your family will remember and talk about for years to come. Below you will find some suggestions of ways to close out the school year with your child/ren. It is important to find a way for your family to do this so that you and your child/ren feel some closure to the eLearning experience. It will help them feel a sense of accomplishment and pride despite the difficulties that this experience has brought with it. It will bridge them from this season into a season of summer where they can hopefully look forward to some safe, but relaxing fun times ahead.


Suggestions for end of the year activities:


Parent Tip of the Week:

This article has some other suggestions of ways that your child/ren can say goodbye to classmates and teachers. It also has suggestions for helping you navigate the conversation surrounding their disappointment of not being able to share this trimester of school together as we close out another successful year at Carman Trails.

Article for how parents can talk to their child about closure of the school year -

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-help-children-feel-closure-last-day-of-school-2020-4


When talking with your child/ren, remember this:


We wish you a safe and healthy summer! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do to help your child/ren with closure to their school year!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Banks and Mrs. Kiso


Ways to reach us:

Via e-mail: sbanks@parkwayschools.net

tkiso@parkwayschools.net

Or via this Google form whenever you need to:

Mrs. Kiso: Mrs. Kiso's check-in form

Mrs. Banks: Mrs. Banks check-in form


*We are also available for Google Meet visits or phone calls if you let us know that you would like to hear from us that way!

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Resources and Reminders from Our Counselors

Resources and Reminders:


Food information for Parkway Families: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2421


If you are in need of food, there are options and forms on our parkway website, accessible by the link above.


Parkway Technology link: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2420


If you do not have access to technology or need help with technology, please use the link above.



We will be checking email and will be available for virtual or phone appointments during normal school hours (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m). If you have an emergency outside of those hours please call one of the following resources for help:

  • 911/Take your child to the ER

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

  • Behavioral Health Response Crisis Line: 1-800-811-4760

  • Saint Louis Crisis Nursery: 314-768-3201

  • Salvation Army: 211 (mortgage, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, etc.)


Please check the district website for updates and resources frequently:

Updates https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2416

Meals https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2421

Technology https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2420

Health https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2413

eLearning https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2415

Summer Reading Challenge

Online Safety and Security and Internet Activity Alerts

Online Safety and Security

During this time, we know our students might be spending more time on their devices than in the past. Managing their safety can be very challenging. Here is a list of resources that can assist parents in navigating the online world with children.


Internet safety has always been important to our schools. As you may know, Parkway has systems in place to alert administration when students search for or visit websites outside of the expected scope of learning. These alerts are called GoGuardian alerts. In the event administration receives one, we will email parents or guardians so that they may follow up with students about what they are searching. We hope this is helpful to you while working with your children at home. Please email one of us if you have any questions.


Regards,

Dr. Villigram and Dr. Love

Chromebook Care

Chromebook Care
As we continue to support eLearning, we would like to share some points on Chromebook care to help keep your devices in good functioning health. Below are some suggestions that will help ensure your device will continue to function properly.

  • Reboot your Chromebook every two days to keep the operating system intact and to install any new updates.
  • Clean your Chromebook screen and keyboard with a dampened soft cloth, like a microfiber cloth. A mixture of half vinegar and half water works very well in cleaning Chromebooks.
  • Do not set anything on top of your Chromebook.
  • Keep all beverages at a 3 to 4 feet distance from your Chromebook.
  • Place your Chromebook on a sturdy, solid, level surface when in use. When not in use, place the Chromebook in a secure location.
  • Be sure to plug the charger in your Chromebook on a nightly basis. Only use the charger designed for your Chromebook. Other chargers may fit the power port, but there is a possibility they could damage the system board or the battery.
  • When carrying your Chromebook, be sure to hold it securely with the lid closed. Place it carefully on a level surface. Please refrain from tossing or throwing Chromebooks.
  • Chromebooks should remain free of any writing, drawing or stickers.
  • Make sure your Chromebook keyboard is free of objects before closing the lid.


Additionally, our Technology Help Desk is here for you to troubleshoot any issues you are having with your district-provided equipment. If there is an immediate need to replace or repair a Chromebook, please contact the Help Desk at 314-415-8181, option 1. Also, device repair for students is on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, by appointment only. Students with a broken device can schedule an appointment through the Help Desk.