Carman Paw Print

August 28, 2022

What a great first week!

Dear Carman Families,

The first week of school is completed and we are looking forward to the many adventures of the coming weeks! We had a fantastic week and we appreciate all of the patience our parents have shown as we get settled into the routines. Thank you SO MUCH for attending our Back to School Social! It was a perfect night and the families had such a great time. A special thank you to our community partners for coming out also - Kona Ice, St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit and West County Fire and EMS Department. We couldn't have had such a successful night without our PTO board and Back to School committee. Stay tuned for more ways to connect this school year.

A few big upcoming events for your calendars:

There will be no school next Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Our PTO will be holding a general meeting on Tuesday, September 6th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the library. Please feel free to attend - it's a great way to meet our fabulous PTO members and share your insights into upcoming events! In addition to sharing the vision of the PTO, we will also have an update from Dr. Love and Dr. Villigram related to Title I and its positive impact on our school programming.

Be sure to mark your calendar for September 8th -- we will be hosting Curriculum Night here at Carman from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This is a great time for parents to learn about their child's curriculum for the school year and to ask any questions as well. There will be two sessions. Session 1 is from 6:30 pm - 6:55 pm. Session 2 is from 7:00 pm - 7:25 pm. This will allow families to attend more than one session if you have more than one child at Carman.

And the big day is coming up -- PICTURE DAY! Students and staff will have their class pictures taken on Tuesday, September 13th as soon as we finish attendance in the morning.

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

With CT Pride,


Changes to How Your Child Gets Home

In order to have students get home the correct way, families MUST communicate prior to 3:00 pm with any changes. This is very important and helps our staff out tremendously. As you can imagine, the last hour of the day is one of the busiest times of the day. Thank you for your support. All day of changes should be called into the front office at 314-415-6100. If you know more than a day in advance, you can write a note and send to your child's teacher.

Please make sure your child knows how they are to get home. Feel free to write a note and place it in their backpack until they feel more comfortable with their schedule.

Chromebook Updates

Starting this school year, families of students in grades 3-12 will no longer register for Chromebook insurance. Instead, Parkway is moving to a per-incident fine structure for Chromebook damage that is not covered by the manufacturer's warranty (e.g. damaged screens, damaged keyboards, missing/damaged chargers, etc.).

When a Chromebook is turned in for repair, the device will be evaluated and repaired by a Parkway technician. A fine will be assessed if a part is required to complete the repair AND the repair is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. The amount of the fine will vary depending on the total cost of the parts needed to repair the Chromebook. Repairs that require parts valued under $200 are considered minor and a $25 fine will be assessed. Repairs that require parts valued over $200 are considered major and a $50 fine will be assessed. The fine structure is designed to supplement the overall cost of the repair to Parkway.

Families will be able to view and pay Chromebook repair fines through Rycor (Instructions for accessing), Parkway’s fine recording and processing system. This change allows families to pay for Chromebook repairs in the same manner in which they currently pay for other items such as library fines and event tickets, and also removes the need to annually register for Chromebook insurance.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk ( if you have any questions.

Mental Health Night

Join Parkway and Brian Kuhn, MA, LPC, Director of the Student Wellness Program at Care and Counseling, on September 19th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Parkway Welcome Center located at 760 Woods Mill Road. You can join us in person or click here to watch the event live.

We will discuss how we can best support the mental health of our students as they begin a new school year, and at any time. Brian will share information about the importance of mental wellness in young people and how adults can support them. He will also share information about the Student Wellness Program, which will be offered in every Parkway school this year.


Here at Carman Trails, whenever a student (or staff member) demonstrates a core character principle, we like to spotlight them in the Paw Print.

This week, our Kindness character spotlight goes to 5th grader Vivian Biggs in Mrs. Miller's class! A staff member at Carman noted: "Vivian showed great kindness in helping a new Kindergartener by jumping right in and helping him get a juice from the cooler when he forgot it". Way to go, Vivian!

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Get those smiles ready!

Picture Day is coming up on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th!

Order before Picture Day to receive free shipping to the school.

Order online at and enter Order Code 72229EF

More information will be coming soon!

Fall Service Sign-ups

Our Parkway Food Pantry is looking for volunteers. Carman parents and high school students who are looking to volunteer -- please click on the links below! We greatly appreciate all your support and couldn't do this without you!

Spirit Wear Gear - A Note from your PTO

Carman Trail spirit wear is up and running! We are excited to announce our store will be open all year round. Be on the lookout for sales throughout the year.

Starting August 8th - September 7th, save 30% sitewide with free shipping over $60. No coupon code is necessary.

Click on the link below to check out our store.

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.

Update Your Family Profile - IMPORTANT

It is important that we have the most updated contact information for each family. Parents can update their Family Profile online using Infinite Campus or in the Infinite Campus Parent app. Please complete the update before the first day of school.

Update your family profile here.

A Note from the Nurse

Medication Administration Guidelines at Parkway

Hello, Carman Trails parents! A few notes about medication at school:

  • Medication Authorization Forms must be completed by the parent for all medication to be administered.
  • Prescription medications must be in a prescription-labeled container. The label must state the child’s name, current date, medication name, and directions for administration. All labeled prescription medication also requires physician permission/authorization. Signed emergency action plans may be used as physician authorization.
  • All over-the-counter medications must be in their original containers.
  • Physician permission must accompany over-the-counter medications given for greater than 5 days.
  • Medication Authorization Forms and Action Plans are available from your school nurse or found on the Health Service's website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 314-415-6110 or email

Your CT Nurse,

Connie Connelly

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SEPTEMBER - National Hispanic Heritage Month

5 - Labor Day - No School

6 - PTO General Meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

7 - Board of Education Regular Meeting @ Welcome Center, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

8 - Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30 — Information about curriculum shared with parents - see above for the times each session starts

10 - Manchester Homecoming Parade

12 - National Arts in Education Week

13 - Picture Day! Wear Your Best Smile!

14 - Early Release - Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

15 - PTO sponsored Night at El Maguey 6 - 10 p.m.; PAMEE Meeting @ Welcome Center, 6: - 7:30 p.m.

19 - Talk Like A Pirate Day! Arrrr, Mateys! ; Mental Health Night at the Welcome Center, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

20 - IT Professionals Day - Thank you, Mr. Walker!

23 - Fun Run at Carman (fundraiser during the school day); PTO Sponsored Goodcents Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

28 - Board of Education Tax Rate hearing and Regular Meeting @ Welcome Center, 6:30 p.m.