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September 27, 2020

A Few Reminders...

Our next Cougar Curbside is Monday!! Your child's teacher would have informed you if you have additional learning materials to pick up at this time. Please refer to your class' weekly update email from Friday for additional details. Not all grade levels will have additional materials for pickup, but please come on up to pick up any books you reserved with our Cougar Curbside.

Thank you so much to our PTO for a successful movie night. They have worked so hard behind the scenes to make sure that we could have a safe event for all. If you did not get a chance to attend this time, please look for additional ways to work with our PTO. The first step is to follow them on Facebook at Carman Trails PTO for the latest events and volunteer opportunities!

Book and Instructional Material Refresh

Parents have the opportunity to swing by Carman Trails on 9/28 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm to refresh their student’s supplies for the next four weeks of virtual learning. Kindergarten students should keep their current books, but are also invited to pick up additional books too. Students in Grades 1-2 can trade in leveled books and get additional writing paper. Students in Grades 3-5 will use the Cougar Curbside to replenish their books for the next few weeks.

Second Quarter Learning

As we begin to think about the second quarter and all the decisions you will need to make for your family, please know we understand that not knowing some of the specifics could present a challenge for you. We will work as quickly as possible to hash out all of the details. Staffing assignments for in-person and virtual involve a lot of factors. In order to help protect staff members' personal circumstances, please refrain from asking staff members if they chose in-person or virtual. As soon as enrollment numbers are set and HR has shared how many positions we need to staff each of the models, we will share with our school community the assignments for each teacher. Our hope is to have the least amount of disruption to our class lists as possible. At this time, I am not able to give a definitive answer until I see our student enrollment and staffing numbers. Our goal is to provide this information as soon as we have it. There will be a lot of logistics to sift through, but we want to provide as much consistency as possible for our students.

As the district continues to plan for 2nd Quarter, please feel free to review this In-Person FAQ document to help answer your questions should we return to in-person learning. Of course, we will have more information as the weeks unfold. Thank you so much for your support over the school year. We are in this together!

Questions and Answers

We have answered many of your questions regarding health and safety, transportation, technology and more on our updated Return to Learn webpage.

View the Health and Safety FAQ here.

View the Mask FAQ here.

View the Technology and Transportation FAQ here.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up

Carman Families,

Please take a moment to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences the Week of October 5. Below you will find all grade level, specialists, and intervention teachers' links. We hope that having all of the information in one spot will allow for families with multiple kids to receive the information all at the same time. As always, if you are not able to find a time on the sign up that works for your schedule, please contact your child's teacher directly.

Kindergarten: Mrs. Baker Mrs. Chambliss Mrs. Donnelly Mrs. Howren

1st Grade: Mrs. Duy, Mrs. Goyal Ms. Moellering

2nd Grade: Mrs. Brigance Ms. McArthur Mrs. Rudman Ms. Wiese

3rd Grade: Mrs. Finke Ms. Ho Mrs. Tran

4th Grade: Mr. Hogan Mrs. Miller Mr. Schultz

5th Grade: Ms. Flint Ms. Klebolt, Mr. Lauter

Specialists: Mrs. Caroll Mr. Pietsch Mrs. Sampo Mr. Sherertz Mrs. Schisler

EL: Mrs. Emanuel Mrs. Volk

RIS: Mrs. Enberg, Mrs. Herbig, Mrs. Sioumcas

MOSAICS: Mrs. Gold

Library: Ms. Plumley

Nurse: Mrs. Connelly

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

How to Motivate Students Who Are Distance Learning - From Khan Academy

9 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated During Online Instruction from Common Sense Media

Validation Tips For Parents

Fern Ridge Counselor Anne Kraus gives parents validation techniques to work with children through an emerging situation. Watch here.

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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Carman Core 5

Hi Cougar Families!

I would love to feature our fabulous students on the Carman Morning News during the Carman Core 5 song. Click on this link and follow the directions carefully.

*The link will take you to flipgrid and look like this:

Carman Core 5

Take a picture of yourself holding a sign with one of our 5 core values-respect, responsibility, kindness, perseverance, or integrity written on it. Make sure it is easy to read and spelled correctly.


Take a short video (3 seconds or less) of yourself showing the Carman Core 5 hand sign-CC5. (Make sure to watch your video to check that the C isn't backwards). No audio will be used so no need to say anything.

Don't forget to smile!

Join Code: c0e6404c


Miss Plumley

Curbside Library Pick Up with Ms. Plumley

Here is the video tutorial on how to request books (2nd-5th)

Requesting a Book for Cougar Curbside (2nd-5th)

Here is the Google Form for Kindergarten-2nd grade to request book bundles

Cougar Curbside Request Form for Kindergarten-2nd grade

Curbside Pick-Up Dates Have Changed!

Here is the curbside flier for you to check out!

Cougar Curbside

Meals for Children

Parkway will provide "grab and go" meal boxes for children ages 18 and under at Parkway Central High School. The meal boxes will be available for curbside pickup every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at the front entrance of Parkway Central High School at 369 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017.

A box includes five lunches and five breakfast meals for the week. Under the guidelines from the USDA, meals will be provided to Parkway families based on their meal program status.

To request meals, click here.

Online Tutoring-St. Louis Public Library

St. Louis County Library wants to support your students and their educational success in a virtual learning environment. As part of the Digital Equity Initiative we have acquired, a service offering online live tutoring for all ages on over one hundred K-12 topics. Free, unlimited one-on-one virtual tutoring is now available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. Anyone with a valid SLCL library card can use

Other features of include:

  • 24/7 drop off for review of writing assignments and resumes

  • Over 400 video lessons for math and language including AP classes

  • Princeton Review SAT/ACT Essentials with practice tests, drills, video lessons, and full score reports

  • 100+ practice quizzes has a 50 minute training video on how to use their services. You may access that video here. I have also attached three flyers on how to use the classroom as well as Top 10 Facts for Educators and for Parents. I encourage you to share these resources with students and parents in your district and school

We have librarians at SLCL who are happy to give virtual presentations to any group about using and other resources for school. Educators, students, and caregivers are always encouraged to reach out to us by chat, email, or phone call for assistance using or any other of our resources. We will even meet via Zoom appointment.

To get started using, simply go to All you need is your library card!

Parkway 2020-2021 Academic Calendar Update

Parkway’s Board of Education voted to revise the calendar for the 2020-21 school year as a result of Distance Learning for the first quarter of this school year. This shift requires us to adjust our calendar with new dates that align with the end of each quarter grading term.

These updates include the removal of all 2-Hour Early Release Days to maximize instructional time as well as other changes.

Learn more.

Nurse's Notes

Concerned your child might be colored blind?

Some students who are color blind may have difficulty with virtual learning because of the way that the screen appears to them. “Color-blindness”, which is also sometimes referred to as “color deficiency”, includes a range of conditions characterised by a difficulty in distinguishing certain colors. It is estimated that approximately 8% of males and about 0.4% of females are color-blind.

In order to help create an optimal learning experience for students with color vision deficits, the school nurse would like to know the following information.

  • If you believe your child is having difficulty with determining colors, you can request a screening through your school nurse at or fill out the Google Form.

  • If your student has a color blindness diagnosis, please inform your school nurse.

This information will be documented in our electronic health record and will be made available to assist your student in the following ways:

  1. The information will be shared with your student’s teachers to make them aware of your student’s difficulty seeing certain colors.

  2. Your student’s teachers will receive information about color blindness and different strategies they can use to assist your student.

  3. The nurse will send your student information about different applications or technology advances that may enhance your student’s learning online.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

Exciting news free eyeglasses!

Parkway School District has worked with Eye Thrive (formerly Eye Charities of America) for years to help provide free eye exams and glasses for student's in need. Due to the recent pandemic, Eye Thrive has stepped up and eliminated their qualifications for free glasses. They are currently offering free glasses to ANY child ages 4-18 with a valid prescription that is living in St. Louis and surrounding areas. Parents can also go to one of the six St. Louis County Libraries at the dates listed in the flyer to obtain a free eye exam and glasses. Please review the attached documents for details on how to receive free glasses for your children!

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Eye Thrive Forms

Tech Support

During the school year, Parkway’s Technology Help Desk will be available to support students, parents, and teachers from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday. The Help Desk can be contacted at or (314) 415-8181.

You can also find answers to common questions at the Technology Help Desk self-help webpage. You'll find help with Chromebook troubleshooting, Infinite Campus, Google sign-in, Schoology, blocked websites or videos, WeVideo, accessing Schoology as a parent and more.

How do I set up a Schoology account?

Parents will receive an email with directions for accessing Schoology to support their students in accessing instructional resources.

How do students log into Google?

Parents of students entering Kindergarten will receive an email with the student's login information. Parents of students in grades 1 - 12 will use the same login information they used in the spring. Any parent who needs assistance logging into a Chromebook can contact our Technology Help Desk, 314-415-8181, or

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Stay Connected with These Updates!

September 28: Cougar Library Curbside Pick-Up 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm

September 29: Board Of Education Meeting (Virtual) 7:00 pm

October 5-8: Conference Week

October 9: No School-Fall Break

October 12: No School-Fall Break

October 26: No School - Records Day

October 27: Second Quarter Begins