Carman Paw Print

October 2, 2022

Dear Carman Families,

It's already October! We will have flu shots available for students and staff on October 24th - please have your child's consent form filled out and sent in with them if you would like them to receive the shot.

A friendly reminder, we will have an Early Release Day on Thursday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. Fall Break (NO SCHOOL) begins Friday, October 7th and continues through Monday, October 10th. We hope you enjoy the 4 day weekend!

As always, you can find upcoming important dates and events at the end of the Paw Print.

With CT Pride,


It's Pumpkin Time! A Note From Mrs. Manley

It is that time of year again where we decorate pumpkins as our favorite book characters. The students and teachers have so much fun decorating their pumpkins as a favorite book character. Plus, the library looks amazing with all the pumpkins on display.

Our goal is for each classroom to have a pumpkin to decorate. We need your help!

Can you donate a pumpkin for your child’s classroom or another classroom?

We would love to have all pumpkins by Friday, October 7th. You may bring them to car lane or drop them off at the main office.

*Wal-Mart currently has pumpkins for $5! Aldi usually has great deals, too.

Contact Mrs. Manley, librarian, with any questions.

Click on the google form to sign up to donate. Thanks so much!

Thanks for your support!


We are excited to be able to welcome our families back into our schools!

Please be aware that the appropriate background checks are required for those wishing to volunteer in the school. Currently, MACHS FBI fingerprint background checks are mandated. The cost to you, the volunteer, for the MACHS fingerprint background check is $41.75. This fingerprint background check only needs to be renewed every six years provided you continuously remain an active volunteer from year to year.

Additionally, there may be other background checks as required by State Law for all Parkway School District volunteers who will be working with and/or around students.

To start the process for becoming a volunteer, you will need to visit the Volunteer Tracker website. This link will direct you to information on how to get signed up with AppGarden and how to complete all of the necessary steps in the process. This is an interactive process and you will be notified by email along the way as to your next steps.

Once you have been approved to volunteer, please reach out to the volunteer coordinator at Carman Trails, Mrs. Karen Regan. You must be approved before you can volunteer. You will receive an email notification from AppGarden when your approval has been finalized. You can reach Mrs. Karen Regan at 314-415-6104 or at

Please note the following specifics related to volunteer and visitor opportunities:

  • A Parkway volunteer is an individual who has an opportunity to be alone with a student.

  • A Parkway visitor is an individual in a school for a limited period of time who does not have the opportunity to be alone with a student.

  • Visitors and volunteers will follow the same health and safety protocols as students and staff.

  • Per Missouri Statute 168.133, those who wish to volunteer must complete a fingerprint background check through the Missouri State Highway Patrol and FBI. The cost for the background check is $41.75 and is the responsibility of the volunteer. The background check will remain current as long as a volunteer stays active. If a year passes, the volunteer will need to complete and pay for another background check.

  • Those interested in volunteering may begin to complete the App Garden (Parkway volunteer tracking software).

Examples of Volunteers and Visitors


  • Anyone in the building to accomplish a specific task during school hours
  • Chaperone for a field trip
  • Anyone that has the potential to be left alone with a student
  • Tutors
  • Volunteer Coaches or After School Club Sponsors
  • Class reader
  • Attending a school assembly
  • Attending a meeting with teachers
  • Guest speaker
  • Anyone coming into the building after students are gone to help work on a project with other adults only.
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Volunteering Protocols

The Parkway School District updated its volunteer process last year. To access the most recent information regarding the protocols, please use this link.


Our Candy Monsters have awakened, and they are hungry! They have been roaming the school and causing trouble looking for candy. We need your help to feed them.

The PTO is looking for donations for the Carman Trails Trunk or Treat. Have your child feed the Candy Monsters inside the front entrance, or bring donations to the school office, between Mon., October 3 and Fri., Oct. 28. Everyone who contributes will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card.

Please write your name on the candy bag, and sign up below! Thank You!

We are excited to host another Trunk-or-Treat and can't wait to see all the creative trunks! Please sign-up below to reserve your spot! Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners.


Welcome to Carman Trails 2022 One Book, One School! We are excited to come together as a school and enjoy the amazing book "The One and Only Ivan". Teachers have a schedule for what to read each day in October as well as the activity planned for each section.

Students can read the book with someone at home, by themselves, or listen to the book by clicking on the YouTube links. In addition, students will stay tuned to Carman Morning News each day for trivia questions and prizes.

YouTube links for October 3 - 9:

Teachers' Schedules:

Cougar Community Spotlight - PERSEVERANCE

Throughout the year, we want to celebrate and highlight students AND staff for demonstrating perseverance in and out of school. Nominees, a description of their demonstration of the core value and their pictures will be forwarded to the school office; we will include the information in upcoming issues of the Paw Print as well as place the student or staff member's picture on the new Perseverance Board by the cafeteria.

Our first student demonstrating perseverance is Bella Alon, a 5th grader in Mrs. Miller's class. Bella was nominated for having received a medal in gymnastics for her performances. Carman Trails is proud of you, Bella!

If you have a staff member or student you would like to nominate for demonstrating perseverance, please use the link below.

Prop S for our school

Prop S for Our School
As you may know, Parkway is on the November 8 ballot with a zero-tax-rate increase bond issue - Proposition S.
Key projects funded by Prop S would ensure more safe, secure and accessible learning environments for our students.

What is included for our school?

  • Build safe and accessible playgrounds

  • Replace 10 roof sections

  • Replace three sections of pavement

  • Replace one exterior ramp

  • Replace seven sections of sidewalk

  • Replace 10 exterior doors

  • Removal of asbestos floor, ceiling and wallboards

  • Improve ADA accessibility in cafeteria

  • Replace aging classroom technology (interactive flat panels)

If approved by voters on November 8, Prop S will fund hundreds of similar projects across all 29 Parkway schools for the next six years (2023-2028) to keep our aging buildings in good working order. Prop S will not change the current tax rate.

Learn more about Prop S here or feel free to reach out with any questions.

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Save The Date - Trunk or Treat!

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Multicultural Night is Back!

Save the date! Multicultural night is back as Carman's Festival of Nations on Friday, November 18th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Flyers will be sent home closer to the event.
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A Note from Nurse Connelly


Flu season is coming up quickly and the best way to prevent influenza is with the yearly flu vaccine. Carman Trails will be offering vaccines to students and families on Monday, October 24th, from 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Parkway will be parenting with the Visiting Nurses Association again this year to provide flu shots to all students and families ages 3 and older. Receiving your influenza vaccine at school is not required, but it is easy and convenient. If you're interested please see the information below.

Thank you -

Nurse Connelly

Adventure Club Information

If you are interested in learning more about our Before and After School Care, please click the Adventure Club website link below. There is currently a waiting list but please do check out the website for more information.


OCTOBER - National School Principal Month - Celebrating Dr. Love all month!

3 - National Custodian Appreciation Day - Thank you Mr. Lonnie, Mrs. Mersida and Mrs. Mirzeta!

6 - Cougar Chorus Rehearsals before school 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.; Early Release at 2:00 p.m.

7 - 10 -- Fall Break - No School (we come back on Tuesday, Oct. 11th)

11 - National School Lunch Week

13 - Cougar Chorus Rehearsals before school 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.; Vision Screenings

14 - 5th Grade Field Trip to the Science Center 9:15 - 2:00

17 - Character Counts! Week (more information to come)

19 - PTO Sponsored Papa John's Night; Board of Education Regular meeting @ Welcome Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

20 - Cougar Chorus Rehearsals before school 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.; 2nd Grade Field Trip to MADE; PAMEE meeting at the Welcome Center 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; "Lights on After School" night

21 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Theiss Farm & Creve Coeur Park

24 - Student Flu Shots Available at Carman 9:45 - 11:15; National Red Ribbon Week (teaching drug and alcohol prevention)

27 - Picture Retake Day; Cougar Chorus rehearsals before school 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.; 1st Grade Field Trip to Purina Farms; 2nd Grade Musical "Squirm" 6:30 p.m.

28 - Half-Day Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.; Classroom Fall Parties 10:00 - 11:00; Trunk or Treat at Carman 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.