Principal e-Note

Crestwood Elementary School

December 18th, 2022

Upcoming Dates

December 21st: Ugly Sweater day - wear a festive sweater!

December 22nd: 1/2 day for students- 12 pm dismissal

December 22nd: Winter Parties 10:45-11:30

December 23-January 3rd: Winter Break. Enjoy!

January 4th: NO school, staff professional learning day

January 5th: School Resumes. See below for Passport Days information

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

We continue in the month of December to celebrate and put into practice our theme of "Caring." For January, "Curiosity" will be our schoolwide-themed focus. As we finish off this first half of our school year, Dr. Bright, myself, and our entire staff wish you the very best in the coming new year!

Thank you all for caring for each other during this season and making Crestwood an amazing place to be.

In service,

Kit Norton & Dr. Bright

Crestwood Social Media Students Interview Dr. Bright!

Crestwood's Social Media Crew brainstormed some questions to get to know Dr. Bright. Then, they conducted an interview and created a video. Here is the YouTube link to see the final product.

Way to go, Social Media Crew! #WhyWeFly

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!

Winter Celebration Volunteers & Vistors

Our Winter celebration is on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 10:45 AM. To help the check-in process go faster, if you are planning to attend your child's classroom celebration, please sign up here. We will print name tags ahead of time for those who have had their ID scanned this school year. If you have not had your ID scanned this school year, it would be helpful to stop by Crestwood before December 22.

CLICK HERE to fill out the form, please. Parents/adults from home will be allowed to set up in the classrooms for the parties beginning at 10:30 am. Please do not arrive prior to 10 am on the 22nd. THANKS!

Crestwood School Nurse's Newsletter

Click here to read some excellent information on the importance of sleep for adults and children
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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 passport experience would involve 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

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 this week 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.

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

The holiday season means an increased risk for respiratory illness, but there are steps we can take to stay healthy.

  • Stay home when you are sick. This is the most important way to keep our friends and coworkers safe and protected.

  • Testing is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with getting vaccinated and boosted.

    • Learn when and how to take an at-home COVID-19 test here.

  • The CDC recommends that children age 6 months and older should get a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC also recommends boosters for children age 5 and up, at least 5 months after their second shot.

  • The CDC estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 are hospitalized each year in the United States due to influenza. The flu vaccine is safe and helps protect children from flu.

  • Did you know? Improving ventilation in your home can help you reduce virus particles and prevent respiratory viruses from spreading.

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.