HCR's Rosie Reader

Weekly Newsletter, January 2, 2022

Dear Highcroft Families

Happy 2022!

As we enter the new year, we are thankful for our Highcroft students, staff, and families. January is about fresh beginnings, goal setting, and positive change. I am certainly optimistic we will have more "normalcy" in 2022. I am more hopeful we will be able to have in-person community events, visitors, volunteers, and student performances.

Dr. Marty's Health and Safety Update is included below. Please see Parkway School District's updated COVID-19 guidelines for 2022. They will be reviewed every thirty days. Please note that masks are required through January 17, 2022, however, quarantine procedures have changed.

Parent nights for our 5th graders are coming up. Please read on for more information.

Please note the Art Show is at Central High School. There was a previous error stating it was at the Middle School.

Please be sure kids are dressed for outside recess. Outside recess is so good for them to be mask-free and active. We will make every effort, when the weather allows, to take them outside.

I am hoping you and your family are staying warm and healthy. We are really excited to see your children on Wednesday, January 5th!

Take care,

Tracy Nomensen

Important Dates

January 2022

  • 5 School Resumes
  • 6 Central Middle School (CMS) Band Performs for 5th Graders 3:25-3:55

  • 10 HCR at Art Show at Central High School (CHS) 6-8 pm

  • 10 Grade Parent Night for Future 6th Graders - WMS

  • 11 5th Grade Parent Night for Future 6th Graders - CMS

  • 12 PSO Meeting

  • 13 Half-day AM - End of 2nd Quarter

  • 14 Records Day - No School

  • 17 No School

  • 19 Running Club (8 AM)

  • 24 All Read 3:20 PM

  • 24 Progress Reports sent out

To see events for the year click here.

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ALL are welcome to attend! Parents will be individually notified if their child’s work is included!

Central Middle School Parent Night

  • 5th Grade parents are invited to attend 5th Grade Parent Night on January 11, 2022 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

    • This is an in-person event.

    • Special meeting for parents of students with IEPs at 5:30 pm.

    • Please view the flyer for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Graders Parent Meeting for Students Going to West Middle School -January 10th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm pm

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Voluntary Sharing of Student COVID - 19 Vaccinations

As a reminder, Parkway is asking parents to consider sharing vaccination records if their child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Sharing proof of vaccination is entirely voluntary. Your child’s vaccination record will be kept confidential. If your child is vaccinated, please complete this voluntary form to share your record with our school. The form will ask for your child’s name, school, grade and will have a place where you can upload a photo/image of your child’s vaccination card. You will need to log into your personal Google/Gmail account or use your child’s Parkway Gmail account to complete the form.

Providing your vaccine information will help us measure vaccination rates within our school communities. If you have any questions

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Hubert at (314) 415-6410

Health and Safety Update

12/16/2021 -- At its meeting last night, the Board of Education voted 7-0 to approve updates to our pandemic response plans. The Board of Education is required to approve these plans every 30 days. Therefore, the board will meet and vote again on January 13, 2022 at 7 pm.

The most important things to know:

  • Masks will continue to be required of all students, staff and visitors through January 17, 2022.
  • At its January 13 meeting, the Board of Education will vote to determine if Parkway will move to a mask recommended environment. Pending board approval, masks will be recommended, but not required, effective January 18, 2022. This decision will be based on conditions in each school, conditions in the community at large and CDC guidelines.
  • Our plan includes safeguards to address any outbreaks of illness at a school. If more than 2% of the student population tests positive for COVID-19 at a given time (and a minimum of 8 students), masks would be required at that school for two weeks.
  • Starting December 23, 2021, Parkway’s quarantine policies will be replaced with current board policies and state laws already in place to address all contagious illnesses in schools. Students will not be excluded from school solely as a result of being a close contact with a positive case at school, regardless of vaccination status.

For more details on these plans, visit our website here.

We know there are many opinions, needs and desires in our community related to these decisions. However, I’m confident we all want what is best for our children.

Our goals remain the same. We will continue to be flexible and respond to any changing conditions based on the best information at the time and make decisions in the best interest of our children.

We will continue to stay in touch as we move forward. I hope you enjoy winter break with family and friends and wish you all the best for a Happy New Year.

Dr. Marty