Carman Paw Print

September 26, 2021

Screenings, Cardinals Day, Picture Day, Flu Shots, Early Release and More!

Hello Carman Families!

We have so many important dates coming up:

Hearing and vision screenings will take place for all Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students. In addition, all new 2nd and 4th graders to the Parkway School District will also be screened. The Hearing screening will be performed by Special School District and Parkway Nurses will conduct Vision screening. If you have a concern about your child's hearing or vision please let the school nurse know and don't forget to send your child's glasses for vision screening.

Hearing screening- September 27th, 2021

Vision Screening-October 12th, 2021

On Thursday, September 30th we are inviting all students and Carman staff to wear their Cardinals gear -- let's go, Cards!

We will have an Early Release Day on Thursday, October 14th, with students being dismissed at 2:05 p.m., and on Friday and Monday, October 15th & 18th, there is No School -- enjoy the long Fall Break weekend!

Flu Vaccinations will be made available here at Carman on Tuesday, October 26th for our students as well as our staff! The necessary consent forms (two pages) as well as information about the vaccine are attached below. More information on insurance coverage, etc. is listed further down in this Paw Print under our Nurse's Notes.

With CT pride,


Cougar Community Spotlight

Come be a part of our character recognition efforts!

This week, Dr. Love and Dr. Villigram have completed their Character Kick-Off tour of classrooms at Carman Trails. Now that students are experts in our five core values (Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Perseverance, and Integrity), we want to spotlight our Champions of Character both inside and outside of school. Therefore, we are introducing our Cougar Community Spotlight! 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. Thanks for your help in recognizing and spotlighting character in our students!


Fun Run

The Fun Run is less than 2 weeks away! The Fun Run will take place during school on Friday, October 8th. Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, October 12th.

Register now using the QR code or link, to set-up your online donation page – httpS://

Cash and checks (Made to: Carman Trails PTO, Memo: Fun Run) may also be turned in to the school. Be sure to ID your student for credit for prizes.

Some of the prizes are shown here!



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Coming up on October 4th -- Papa John's Pizza Night! More information and a flyer are coming soon!

Notes From Nurse Connie Connelly

Flu Season and Vaccines

Dear Carman Families:

Flu season is coming up quickly and the best way to prevent influenza is with the yearly flu vaccine. Parkway will be parenting with the Visiting Nurses Association again this year to provide flu shots to all students and families ages 3 and older on Tuesday, October 26th. Receiving your influenza vaccine at school is not required, but it is easy and convenient. If you're interested please see the information below, as well as the necessary 2-page forms to fill out in order to sign up for the flu vaccine, located at the top of this week's Paw Print.

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Adventure Club News of the Week

Happy Fall everyone!

We have now been back to school for over a month. Wow! We are starting to settle in and are getting to know each other well. Over the last couple of weeks the students have discovered the fun of rubber band looms and have made all sorts of beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings. This past week the students created duct tape projects such as pencil roses and kindness bracelets. We also started a Color Change Flower Experiment this week. We placed Daisies in a container of water and added food coloring. The students observed the flowers and containers and then hypothesized what they thought would happen. We had a lot of great observations and I look forward to seeing how it turns out!

Mr. Foushee & the Adventure Club Staff

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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


September 27 - Hearing Screenings for ALL Kindergarten, 1st graders, 3rd graders, and 5th graders

September 30 - Wear Your Cardinals Red to school!


October 1 - PTO Sponsored Outdoor Movie Night - "Raya & the last dragon"

October 4 - PICTURE DAY! (Retake Day will be November 10th)

October 4 - PTO Dine-Out Night at Papa John's

October 8 - Fun Run (during the school day)

October 12 - Vision Screenings for ALL Kindergarten, 1st graders, 3rd graders, and 5th graders

October 14 - Early Release - Dismissal at 2:05 PM

October 15 & 18 - No School -- Fall Break

October 22 - 6:30 setup, 7:00 start -- Trunk or Treat

October 29 - Fall Class Parties (Trunk or Treat Rain Date) -- Half-Day Early Dismissal at 1:05 PM