Carman Paw Print
October 4, 2020
Return to Elementary School Calendar
Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up
Please take a moment to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences the Week of October 5. Below you will find all grade level, specialists, and intervention teachers' links. We hope that having all of the information in one spot will allow for families with multiple kids to receive the information all at the same time. As always, if you are not able to find a time on the sign up that works for your schedule, please contact your child's teacher directly.
MOSAICS: Mrs. Gold
Library: Ms. PlumleyNurse: Mrs. Connelly
PTO's Pumpkin Carving Contest
Please be sure to view the PTO Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CarmanTrailsPTO to participate in a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest that is meant to help students feel connected to the school community. Each pumpkin photo or comment on the thread will equal 1 raffle entry. The PTO intends to have similar activities on their page each month this school year so check back often
PTO TRUNK OR TREAT
Parkway Community Health Dashboard
A message shared from the district earlier this month.
Our ultimate goal is to return to school as soon as possible and safely provide in-person instruction for families who prefer this option. Here are some important things to know right now:
If we are able to return to school with an in-person option for the second quarter, significant staffing changes will be needed to provide both in-person and virtual learning options for families. This will require time and planning.
You can follow our key metrics on the new Parkway Community Health Dashboard which includes detailed information for all Parkway zip codes. As new data becomes available we will update it and also share a weekly update with you.
We will share frequent updates with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on high-quality distance learning for our students and celebrate what our teachers, students and parents are achieving together every day.
With the exciting news that the updated Return to Learn plan was approved by our Parkway School board, some parents may be concerned with their child's ability to wear a mask at school. Here are a couple of short stories from Tara Tuchel for children that may help. We would also encourage families to practice at home for short periods of time. You can set timers, let children decorate a mask, wear them as a family for a short time together, etc.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you would like to talk about your concerns.
"I would like to share the link to my virtual office where students/families will be able to access everything counseling related so that it can be in the newsletter as well. Through my virtual office they can click to enter my calming room, resources room, lesson classroom and my counselor's cafe. Below is the link to my office. Thank you!"
-Grant Steward, Counselor
Curbside Library Pick Up with Ms. Plumley
Here is the Google Form for Kindergarten-2nd grade to request book bundles
Curbside Pick-Up Dates Have Changed!
Here is the curbside flier for you to check out!
Meals for Children
Parkway will provide "grab and go" meal boxes for children ages 18 and under at Parkway Central High School. The meal boxes will be available for curbside pickup every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at the front entrance of Parkway Central High School at 369 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017.
A box includes five lunches and five breakfast meals for the week. Under the guidelines from the USDA, meals will be provided to Parkway families based on their meal program status.
To request meals, click here.
Online Tutoring-St. Louis Public Library
St. Louis County Library wants to support your students and their educational success in a virtual learning environment. As part of the Digital Equity Initiative we have acquired Tutor.com, a service offering online live tutoring for all ages on over one hundred K-12 topics. Free, unlimited one-on-one virtual tutoring is now available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. Anyone with a valid SLCL library card can use Tutor.com.
Other features of Tutor.com include:
24/7 drop off for review of writing assignments and resumes
Over 400 video lessons for math and language including AP classes
Princeton Review SAT/ACT Essentials with practice tests, drills, video lessons, and full score reports
100+ practice quizzes
Tutor.com has a 50 minute training video on how to use their services. You may access that video here. I have also attached three flyers on how to use the Tutor.com classroom as well as Top 10 Facts for Educators and for Parents. I encourage you to share these resources with students and parents in your district and school
We have librarians at SLCL who are happy to give virtual presentations to any group about using Tutor.com and other resources for school. Educators, students, and caregivers are always encouraged to reach out to us by chat, email, or phone call for assistance using Tutor.com or any other of our resources. We will even meet via Zoom appointment.
To get started using Tutor.com, simply go to www.slcl.org/tutor. All you need is your library card!
Parkway 2020-2021 Academic Calendar Update
Parkway’s Board of Education voted to revise the calendar for the 2020-21 school year as a result of Distance Learning for the first quarter of this school year. This shift requires us to adjust our calendar with new dates that align with the end of each quarter grading term.
These updates include the removal of all 2-Hour Early Release Days to maximize instructional time as well as other changes.
Concerned your child might be colored blind?
Some students who are color blind may have difficulty with virtual learning because of the way that the screen appears to them. “Color-blindness”, which is also sometimes referred to as “color deficiency”, includes a range of conditions characterised by a difficulty in distinguishing certain colors. It is estimated that approximately 8% of males and about 0.4% of females are color-blind.
In order to help create an optimal learning experience for students with color vision deficits, the school nurse would like to know the following information.
If your student has a color blindness diagnosis, please inform your school nurse.
This information will be documented in our electronic health record and will be made available to assist your student in the following ways:
The information will be shared with your student’s teachers to make them aware of your student’s difficulty seeing certain colors.
Your student’s teachers will receive information about color blindness and different strategies they can use to assist your student.
The nurse will send your student information about different applications or technology advances that may enhance your student’s learning online.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
Exciting news free eyeglasses!
Parkway School District has worked with Eye Thrive (formerly Eye Charities of America) for years to help provide free eye exams and glasses for student's in need. Due to the recent pandemic, Eye Thrive has stepped up and eliminated their qualifications for free glasses. They are currently offering free glasses to ANY child ages 4-18 with a valid prescription that is living in St. Louis and surrounding areas. Parents can also go to one of the six St. Louis County Libraries at the dates listed in the flyer to obtain a free eye exam and glasses. Please review the attached documents for details on how to receive free glasses for your children!
Eye Thrive Forms
During the school year, Parkway’s Technology Help Desk will be available to support students, parents, and teachers from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday. The Help Desk can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 415-8181.
You can also find answers to common questions at the Technology Help Desk self-help webpage. You'll find help with Chromebook troubleshooting, Infinite Campus, Google sign-in, Schoology, blocked websites or videos, WeVideo, accessing Schoology as a parent and more.
How do I set up a Schoology account?
Parents will receive an email with directions for accessing Schoology to support their students in accessing instructional resources.
How do students log into Google?
Parents of students entering Kindergarten will receive an email with the student's login information. Parents of students in grades 1 - 12 will use the same login information they used in the spring. Any parent who needs assistance logging into a Chromebook can contact our Technology Help Desk, 314-415-8181, or email@example.com.
Stay Connected with These Updates!
October 5-8: Conference Week
October 9: No School-Fall Break
October 12: No School-Fall Break
October 22 & 23: Hybrid Learning Starts
October 23: PTO Trunk or Treat at Carman Trails
October 26: No School - Records Day
October 27: Second Quarter Begins