Principal e-Note

Crestwood Elementary School

January 3rd, 2023

School Resumes Thursday January 5th!

Upcoming Dates

January 4th: NO school, staff professional learning day

January 5th: School Resumes! 8:55 am is the official start time of our school day

January 5th-6th: Passport Days at Crestwood. See below for more information

January 10th-11th: Passport Days at Crestwood

January 11th: PTO General Board meeting 6:30 pm

January 16th: NO school, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King day

A Note from Dr. Bright & Mr. Norton

Happy New Year Crestwood! Welcome to the second half of our school year! January, "Curiosity" will be our schoolwide-themed focus.

Our January message to students will be centered around Curiosity: Being curious means you are wondering about something or someone with the desire to learn more. You may be curious to learn all about dinosaurs, or our community garden and how plants grow. You may be curious to learn more about a new student in your class. Being curious about classmates' various cultural backgrounds and traditions is a great way to bring value to our school community. Most inventions and scientific discoveries have come about because people saw a problem and were curious about how to solve it.

We want all our students to be curious about the world around them because that is the beginning of learning. What are you curious to learn in this New Year?

We are looking forward to a wonderful second half of this school year! Our entire staff wishes you and yours the very best in 2023!

In service,

Kit Norton & Dr. Bright

Winter Celebrations/Parties

A snow day canceled school and our Winter Celebrations back on December 22nd. As a district, the decision has been made that those celebrations are not being rescheduled.

We are so very grateful for all the amazing parents, family members, and caregivers that planned activities for our students. Please feel free to send in anything that you would like the students to have. Teachers will either do them in class or send them home with students. Again, thank you for understanding.

A Mazdra Minute from our Library Media Specialist! Winter Reading Challenge

Crestwood Elementary: Lost and Be Found Facebook page!

Missing your child's hoodie, coat, hat, or gloves? How about the missing water bottle that's usually rolling around under the seat in the car? It might be at school in our Lost and Found area at school! Let us or your child's teacher know if you spot something that may belong to your child.

Big thanks to Jaclyn Jezik (parent), Sarah Vescovo, and Karen Luning for coordinating this so we can share it with our families!

Check out the page!

Passport Days - Setting Expectations for a better schoolwide climate

During the first days of school when we return from Winter Break, we will have a schoolwide "passport experience" for all of Crestwood. The purpose is to refresh everyone's understanding of our schoolwide expectations.

The passport experience will involve our classrooms rotating through a series of 15-minute stations designed to provide students with our schoolwide expectations. Click here for more information about Schoolwide Expectations

District Updates

Student IEP information Night on January 31st

The Lindbergh Parent Advisory Council (LPAC) is presenting a series of informational nights to support families of students with an Individual Education Plan. You are invited to attend the second meeting in this series, from 6-7 p.m., Jan. 31, at Lindbergh Central Office, to learn about the Assistive Technology consultation process and to participate in demonstrations of universal tools available to all students who have an IEP. Examples will be provided for low- and high-tech Assistive Technology options that can be used in both the home and school environments.

St. Louis County Offers Free COVID-19, RSV, Flu Testing

Testing is one of our most important tools during the fall and winter months. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers free drive-through testing for COVID-19, RSV and the flu at South County Health Center on Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. This testing will continue through March 2023.

Patients of all ages are able to get tested, no appointment required. To receive a test, simply enter the drive-through line at the clinic. Patients can pre-register through the NextGen patient portal, and they will receive results by email. If a patient does not have an email account, NextGen staffers will register them at the site and call them with results. The Get Tested patient portal can be found at

COVID test kits continue to be available for pickup at South County Health Center Mondays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information please visit the DPH Testing page.

Winter Weather Update for Families

As colder weather approaches, now is a good time to remind families and staff how we prepare for potential school closures that can result from snow, ice, or other severe weather events.

In the event of inclement weather, we will decide to close school based on a number of factors, including student safety, bus transportation, road conditions and wind chill temperature. When possible, the decision to close school is made by 10 p.m. the night before. However, if the decision cannot be made by 10 p.m., then a decision will be made between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. the next morning.

If the decision is made to cancel school, all families and staff will receive a phone call, text message and email notification.

Learn more about weather-related closures

Expect Traffic Delays on East Watson

Lindbergh families who use East Watson to travel to or from school may experience delays over the next several weeks, due to construction related to the MSD East Watson Sanitary Relief project. Work began in December and will continue through January 2023. Please allow extra time for pickup and drop-off during this time.

Lindbergh Schools and our partner First Student Transportation are in frequent communication with the contractors overseeing this project. In addition, we are communicating directly with families of students whose bus routes will be impacted.

For more information, please visit the MSD East Watson Sanitary Relief project website.

Crestwood Elementary School Mission Statement

The mission of the Crestwood Family is to inspire all students to learn and grow to be curious, caring and confident learners in a respectful, responsible, and safe community.