Carman Paw Print

December 5th, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates

Dear Carman Families -

Welcome to December! We have many important dates to look forward to this month:

Our Spirit of Giving campaign has begun and we have already received some items for our families in need this year -- thank you for your generosity during this holiday season!

More information can be found below in this issue of the Paw Print if you would like to donate to someone in your child's grade level -- you are also welcome to choose a different grade level if you wish!

Mercy's Chesterfield Clinic is offering Sensory Friendly Covid vaccines for children on Thursday, December 9th from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., with the second dose scheduled for Thursday, December 30th. Please see the Nurse's Notes below for more information.

Our PTO will host a Dine Out Night at Red Robin on December 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- we hope to see you there! Please see the flyer below for more information.

Our Spirit Wear store is up and running, with online shopping available through December 12th! All orders and payments take place online and shipping will take 3-4 weeks, so estimated delivery to school will be early January. Please visit and click on Carman Trails Elementary.

And please look for a Spelling Bee practice list to come home with your child Monday, December 6th -- Carman Trails is once again participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee!

With CT Pride,

Dr. Love

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It's Time for the Spelling Bee!

We are so excited to once again be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! Classroom spelling bees will take place during the week of December 20th. One winner from each classroom will advance to the school-wide bee on Thursday, January 13th. One winner and one alternate will represent Carman Trails in the St. Louis Semi-final bee in March.

Grade level practice spelling lists will be sent home by Monday, December 6th. If you have any questions or would like additional practice lists, please contact Mrs. Manley at


Due to the depleted supply of paper masks that we have left in the building, please remember to have your child wear their mask to school every day as well as bringing an extra cloth mask in their backpack. This is extremely helpful for us as the paper masks tend to come apart during the day. Thank you so much for your help with this matter.


Dear Carman Families,

The holiday season always brings to mind wonderful memories of our school community. We have fantastic children who love to come to school and learn, and supportive families who are willing to help achieve our school goals. We are also reminded of the families in our school community who are in need. Carman Trails has decided to help “give back” to these families to try to make their holiday season a little brighter.

In an effort to show kindness to others, Carman Trails is adopting several Parkway Families for the season. If you are able to help, we have organized a sign up for each grade level. We would really appreciate your kindness. This is also a wonderful learning experience for the children in our classes, so they can learn about the joys of giving and helping others. Please remember that participation is optional. We understand that this time of year is difficult for many and that not everyone is in a position to participate. If you are wanting to donate an item for our Spirit of Giving, please click on the link that has your grade level and sign up for an item of your choosing. When you click on the link below, you will see a list of items families have requested for their children. The number in parenthesis after each item on the wish list is the total # of that item requested. You may sign up for a portion of the number requested by clicking that item and indicating the quantity you would like to provide. *If you notice that your child’s grade level list is filling up or is completely filled, please feel free to click on another grade level to select a gift.







Gift cards are always appreciated. Each family has a spot at the end of their wishlist page for “Family Gift” gift cards, if you wish to contribute a gift card. If you would like to send in a cash donation, Carman Trails staff will do the shopping for you and share the gifts with identified families.

Your donations will need to be dropped off in the front office at Carman Trails no later than December 13th. Please send your donation in unwrapped so we can see what else the family might need.

Thank you for considering this!


Your Carman Trails School Family

Parkway Is Hosting Vaccine Clinics for Parkway Students Ages 5 - 11

We asked and the community answered. Over 3,000 requests have been tallied and based on the amount of interest, Parkway will host student vaccine clinics in the next month for elementary students. Parents of students age 5-11 will receive an email to signup.

The dates are:

  • Clinic 1: Friday, November 19th from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. with a return visit for the second dose December 10th from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Clinic 2: Monday, November 22th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. with a return visit for a second dose Monday, December 13th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Clinic 3: Tuesday, November 30th from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. with a return visit for a second dose Tuesday, December 21st from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Special School District Is Hiring!

Please see the flyers below for more information; anyone who wishes to apply should reach out to Dr. Allison Love via email or by phone (314-415-6100) once you apply so she can pass your name on to the HR Director for Special School District.

Carman Trails New Sensory Garden Needs YOUR Help

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Come be a part of our character recognition efforts! Now, whenever you see a student (or staff member) demonstrating character outside of school, you can nominate them using this Google Form - linked here:

Nominees will be randomly selected and spotlighted in future Paw Prints and possibly other school communications. By submitting a photo (by choice, not required), you are granting permission for us to use the photo in school-related communications.

Thank you for your help in recognizing and spotlighting character in our students!

Carman Trails 2021-2022 Buzz Book Is Here - Click the Link Below


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Notes From Nurse Connie Connelly

Dear Carman Families:

Mercy's Chesterfield Clinic is offering Sensory Friendly Covid vaccines for children! Additional information and dates are listed below.

Please see the attached link for December's Nurse Newsletter, which includes the following topics:

The Covid-19 Vaccine is Now Available for children aged 5-11

Decorate Safely

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Car Seat Safety

Supporting My Child Using Mindfulness

Have a healthy December!

Nurse Connie Connelly

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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

Stay Connected with These Updates

December - National Month of Giving

9th - PTO Sponsored Dine-Out Night at Red Robin

13th - Spirit of Giving donations due

15th - Early Release - Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

16th - Virtual PAMEE Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

22nd - Half-Day - Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

22nd - Winter Class Parties

23rd through January 4th - No School (Winter Break) - Return on January 5th

January - National Mentoring Month

3rd & 4th - No School

5th - Welcome Back to School!

13th - Half-Day - Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

14th - No School

17th - No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

20th - Virtual PAMEE Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

26th - Parkway Kindergarten Registration Opens for the 2022-2023 school year