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August 29, 2021

Our 2021-2022 School Year Is Off To A GREAT Start!

Dear Carman Families,

What can I say? It was a great first week of school! Thank you so much for all you do! The first day of school brought slower arrival and dismissal times, but each day we improved. Thank you for all of your help.

It's really important that if there is a change in dismissal procedures for your child that you call the office no later than 2:30 pm. This helps to make sure we get the message to your child's teacher in enough time.

Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions. A member of our front office team can be reached at 314-415-6100.

With CT pride,


IMPORTANT Covid Guidelines

We must ask each parent or guardian to perform a daily health assessment of your child before sending them to school, in order to maintain our goals for this year in keeping everyone healthy and to avoid disruptions to in-person learning as much as possible. Please refer to the Student Symptom Decision Tree below if your child is exhibiting any symptoms.

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A Note From Our School Nurse

Regarding Food Allergies in Classrooms

In order to provide the safest environment for students with food allergies many of our classrooms are nut free. If you have been notified there is a nut allergy in your child's classroom please refrain from sending peanut/tree nut products for snack and lunch (when eating in the classroom). All snacks should remain nut free , however you may send nut products when your child is eating in the cafeteria.

If you have questions about when your child is eating lunch in the classroom please reach out to their teacher. Thank you for your help in keeping our Carman Trails kids safe!

Nurse Connie Connelly

It's hot outside!

Parents, please remind your children to bring a water bottle to school every day. The temperatures during the day while the students are at recess will be in the 90's for at least the next month; it is important that we keep hydrated every day. Carman has several touch-free water fillers throughout the building where students can refill their water bottles during the day.


Regular attendance is essential if children are to gain the most from their educational experiences. We urge you to have your children attend school with as few absences and tardies as possible. If your child must be absent please call the absence line, 314-415-6126, before 9:00 a.m. You may call this number at any time, 24 hours a day, to leave a message. If we do not hear from you, and your child is not at school, we will contact you by phone to be sure that your child is safe. Again, please ALWAYS call the absence line or speak to a secretary in the office if your child is absent.

A Message From Mrs. Kiso, School Counselor

Hi everyone!

The Parkway School District is sponsoring a Mental Health night on September 2nd, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The presenter will discuss how we can support the mental health of our students as they begin another school year during a pandemic; warning signs of struggles; and share resources that we can all use to better our mental wellness.

This will be in a webinar format and you are welcome to scan the QR code on the flyer below to register.

Looking forward to another fantastic year!

Tracy Kiso

Carman Trails K, 1, 2, 3 School Counselor


Virtual Curriculum Night

Please mark your calendars for VIRTUAL Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9 from 6:30 - 7:35 pm. The focus of this night is to discuss the grade level curriculum as well as the procedures and routines of the day.

Please use this link to access the grade level meeting links.

There will be two parent sessions offered. The first session is from 6:30 - 7:00 pm. The second session is from 7:05 - 7:35 pm. The night is designed with a presentation by the grade level team followed by a short Q&A session. Please look for a form from your child’s teacher to submit any questions you have. We ask that you submit your questions prior to the event so teams are able to customize the presentation as much as possible. If you have more global questions about decisions that are made at the district level, please use feel free to contact Dr. Love or Dr. Villigram. We would like to keep the focus of Curriculum Night on classroom learning and procedures due to the limited amount of time.

We want to thank our families for your ongoing support. Thank you for always being our biggest supporters!

Upcoming PTO Dates

Please take a moment to click on the PDF document below or the picture to the right to view upcoming PTO events.

To keep up with the PTO visit their Facebook page!

And the Carman PTO Website!

Soon to come:

PTO Sponsored Fundraiser Restaurant Night at El Maguey on September 9th! A flyer and more information to come!

Interested in Girl Scouts/Daisy Scouts?

Please contact Jeni Oliver at Girl Scouts 314.400.4632 and for more information!

School Lunch and Nutrition

For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch will once again be free for all students who attend Carman Trails. Menus can be found here, in the Parkway App, and on the Parkway website.

Although lunch is free for everyone this year, it is important to have families fill out the form to apply for the free and reduced lunch program every year. The benefits of this distinction carry over to September 2022. In addition, our building also receives additional funding to help with staffing and special programming based on the number of families that qualify. If in a typical school year it would benefit your family to receive free or reduced lunch pricing, PLEASE fill out this form.

Sustainable Schools Challenge

What is the Sustainable Schools Challenge?

This is an annual Parkway program for all students, staff, and families to participate in sustainability activities while competing for prizes for their school running Sept 1, 2021 - April 29, 2022. It's designed to connect our district mission of preparing students to respond to an ever-changing world with our district sustainability goals incentivizing actions that reduce our environmental impact.

What you can do:

  • Share and watch the 21-22 Sustainable Schools Challenge video presentation (6 mins) introducing the program, new updates, and a walkthrough of the website.
  • Sign up now! Each student, staff, and family can sign up to earn a point for their school and receive the monthly newsletter with activities.
  • Get the word out - schools have had success encouraging participation through their school newsletters and websites

Updates to the program include:

  • Monthly prize winners will be selected through a drawing
    • 50 points = 1 drawing entry
  • New Mini-Grant program to fund projects up to $400
  • Virtual Elementary, Middle, and High added as competing schools
Sustainable Schools Challenge homepage

Sustainability Department homepage


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Adventure Club is Hiring !

Do you know someone looking for a fun and flexible job working with students? Send them our way, or consider applying yourself! Community Ed is currently hiring Adventure Club before and/or after school care staff at all Parkway elementary schools. Pay starts at $12/hr. Flexible hours with no nights or weekends. Perfect for a college student or adult looking for a part-time job. Be part of the fun before and after school! Learn more:

Stay Connected with These Updates!


September 2: Parkway School District Mental Health Webinar, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

September 6: Labor Day - No School

September 7: General PTO meeting - Everyone is invited and encouraged to welcome the new board - link will be shared at a later date

September 9: VIRTUAL Curriculum Night - 6:30 - 7:35 (links will be shared at a later date)

September 9: PTO Fundraiser Night at El Maguey

September 15: Early Release - Dismissal at 2:00 PM