Carman Paw Print

May 22, 2022

Important Upcoming Dates

Dear Carman Families,

Just a reminder to please be sure to send your child to school every day with a water bottle (preferably with their name on it) as we will be having outdoor recess and PE daily (the heat index is always taken into consideration).

Please be sure to check the calendar at the end of the Paw Print for all of our upcoming events, including No School on Monday, May 30th.

We will participate in 10K Pencils again this year. Please look for the information on how to give your child permission to participate as well as how this service learning opportunity supports others.

Do you have a student who will turn 5 years old before Aug. 1, 2022? Kindergarten Registration is OPEN and online! Just go to to register! If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Regan at 314-415-6104. Families are encouraged to register early for staffing and planning purposes. You can also visit which includes information on registration, a recording of Wonderful World of Kindergarten and an interactive google classroom that has tons of stories and information on how to best prepare for kindergarten.

With CT Pride,



Dear Carman Parents/Guardians -

School Health Services protocol requires that all medication housed in the school health office must be picked up by parents or guardians on or before the last day of school, June 2nd. In order to ensure the safe return of medication to parents, no medication will be sent home with students in backpacks on the bus/school transportation. Please fill out the form below to schedule a pickup time for the medication.

If your student will be attending summer school, please indicate on the form if you would like the medication transferred to the summer school location or if the medication will be picked up from school. All medication authorization forms and action plans from the 21-22 school year can be used for summer school.

Thank you for your assistance,

Nurse Connie Connelly

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PTO Project Vote Needed

Carman Trails Parents,

We are very excited to share the opportunity for you to vote on two more capital improvement projects! Thanks to our amazing community of parents and staff, we have surpassed our fundraising goals for this year.

In addition to the funds set aside for next year's operating budget, we have approximately $15,000 left to spend on improvement projects. Please review the two proposed projects and submit your vote. We are able to provide BOTH of these projects with our surplus funds this year! If approved, the new sound system will be installed over the summer. Also if approved, the teachers will be able to purchase items for their classrooms over the summer to be used in the fall.

View the projects and VOTE HERE.

Voting will close on Monday, May 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

(Per our by-laws, "There shall be no more than the budgeted operating expenses in

the account for the following year unless it is for a predetermined capital project or goal as set by the PTO Executive Board." (Article XI; Section 1)).

Update: We have not forgotten about the outdoor classroom! The shade sail has been slightly delayed due to the rainy spring. However, they will begin excavation in the next couple of weeks. The tables we purchased have been delivered to Parkway and are ready to be installed. We are sure you will see the new outdoor classroom popping up as you drive by Carman Trails this summer!

Thank you for your support this year!

PTO Executive Board


We have two retirees this year -

Ms. Linda Freund, TA, has served our school for a number of years. She worked most closely with our K-2 students and teachers. We can't wait to hear about your future endeavors.

Mrs. Ann Mohler, TA, has worked very closely with our 3rd-5th grade students. She has been a pillar in our school community. We wish you well as you start your next chapter.

We also have staff members that are looking forward to pursuing some of their goals in the upcoming year. -

Mrs. Renee Finke, 3rd Grade Teacher, is transitioning to the middle school level to teach ELA at Southwest Middle.

Mrs. Emily Gold, MOSAICS Teacher, is taking a year off to pursue some personal and family goals.

Mrs. Ashleigh Howren, Kindergarten Teacher, is continuing her career as a Kindergarten teacher at Oakbrook Elementary.

Mr. Andy Hogan, 4th Grade Teacher, is venturing into a different career path outside of education.

Mrs. Tracy Kiso, Counselor, will pursue furthering her education and obtaining additional certifications. Here is a letter from her to the school community.

Mrs. Julie Lazarus, South Area Social Emotional Behavioral Specialist, is making a career change outside of education.

Mr. Ethan Sherertz, PE/Health Teacher, is transitioning to middle school to teach PE/Health at Southwest Middle School.

Mrs. Tu Zott, 3rd Grade Teacher, is taking a year for childrearing.

We would like to wish everyone well in their next journey. Thank you so much for your many contributions to our Carman community!

Meal changes coming soon


Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Parkway has provided free meals for all students through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which was extended multiple times by Congress.

That funding is now set to expire, which means free meals will no longer be available to all Parkway students once the current school year ends.

Students who may be eligible for free/reduced meals may apply for school year 22-23 starting July 1, 2022. Paper applications will be available through the Parkway Welcome Center office or your building secretary. However, we encourage you to apply online at

Welcome Cougar Cubs!

Dear Incoming Carman Trails Kindergarten Families,

We are so excited to host our first Cougar Cub event of the year! This event will take place on Monday, May 23 starting at 6:30 pm in our cafeteria. Our special event will be led by Ms. Sampo, our art teacher. This event will consist of students sharing their creativity through art.

Please take a look at the attachment for future events too. We hope to see you on Monday, May 23 at 6:30pm in the Carman Trails cafeteria.

If you have not had a chance to register for next year yet, please use this link to start the process OR contact our registrar, Karen Regan, at 314-415-6104. She would be happy to assist and answer any questions you have. If you are not attending Carman next year, please feel free to respond to this email.

In order to stay connected, please like us on Facebook at Carman Trails Elementary School!

With CT pride,


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End of the Year Carman Trails Art Show

The last online art show of the year! Check out how awesome our students are!

Amy Sampo

Art Teacher Extraordinaire

Kindergarten 2022-2023 Registration is OPEN!

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Students must be five (5) years old before Aug. 1, 2022, to enter Kindergarten for the school year. More information about Kindergarten can be found here as well as at

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Come be a part of our character recognition efforts! Whenever you see a student (or staff member) demonstrating character outside of school, you can nominate them using this Google Form - linked here:

Nominees will be randomly selected and spotlighted in future Paw Prints and possibly other school communications. By submitting a photo (by choice, not required), you are granting permission for us to use the photo in school-related communications.

Thank you for your help in recognizing and spotlighting character in our students!

Adventure Club Before/After Care Registration for the 2022-23 School Year Is Now Open!

Looking for before/after care for your child for next school year? Community Ed has you covered with Adventure Club, a high-quality program designed to meet the needs of working families in need of care for their elementary age child. Built on a foundation of safety and supervision, Adventure Club has a child-centered focus where a kid can be a kid while continuing to develop, learn, socialize and have fun beyond the school bell. Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open! Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the program fills fast, so early registration is encouraged.

To find out more information and to register your child please visit - call or text (636) 891-6644. You can also reach out to me directly at 314-415-6129 or email me at

Best Regards,

Mr. Prevost Foushee

Adventure Club Facilitator

PTO Upcoming Meetings / Events

May 26 - Fritz's Frozen Custard Fundraiser Night 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Carman Trails 2021-2022 Buzz Book Is Here - Click the Link Below

Notes From Nurse Connie Connelly

Dear Carman Families:

Please see the attached link for the May Nurse's Newsletter, which includes the following topics:

Be Sun Safe

Pedestrian Safety

Screen Free Activities

Staying Safe in the Heat

Healthy Summer Nutrition

Important Information from Parkway Health Services

Nurse Connie Connelly

Parkway Strings Camp - August 1 - 5

If your child is interested in joining Strings Camp in August, registration for 2022 Strings Camp is available through the following link:

Held at:

Parkway Southwest Middle School

701 Wren Ave.

Ballwin, MO 63021

Dates: August 1-5, 2022

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Strings Camp Questions: Peggy Craig, Director of Strings Camp or 314-415-5147

Registration or Payment Questions: Terry Reddy or 314-415-7040

Summer Camp Opportunities!

Hello Carman Trails!

My name is Matt Roach and I am the Athletic Director at South High. I would like share with you the summer camp opportunities we have for your elementary age students. You can find information about all of the exciting programs we are offering on our athletic website

Stay Connected with These Updates

May: National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

23 - Cougar Cub event for incoming Kindergarteners 6:30 p.m. in cafeteria

24 - Field Day

25 - MAKEUP Field Day (if necessary)

26 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Busch Wildlife Gardens; PTO Sponsored Fundraiser at Fritz's Frozen Custard 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

27 - Carman Trails Talent Show - 1:30 p.m. in the Gym

30 - No School - Memorial Day

31 - 5th Grade End of Year Celebrations

June - National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

1 - 2 : 5th Grade End of Year Celebrations

2 - Last Day of School - Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.

13 - Summer School Begins (K-8)

20 - No Summer School

July - National Independent Retailer Month - Shop Small Businesses

1 - Summer School Ends (K-8)