Carman Paw Print
September 20, 2020
A Few Reminders...
As a reminder, the following are to-dos for the beginning of the school year. Please take a moment to complete these items if they apply to you, and if you have not already done so:
If you are a parent/guardian and need your Infinite Campus password reset or setup, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child needs his or her Google login, please reset or setup, please email email@example.com.
PTO sponsored Movie Night is September 25 and 26. Look for more information to come soon!
Conference Week is October 5-8.
Please remember the school day is from 8:30 - 3:30 each day. Please encourage your child to log in a few minutes before. Attendance will be taken each day.
Second Quarter Learning
As we begin to think about the second quarter and all the decisions you will need to make for your family, please know we understand that not knowing some of the specifics could present a challenge for you. We will work as quickly as possible to hash out all of the details. Staffing assignments for in-person and virtual involve a lot of factors. In order to help protect staff members' personal circumstances, please refrain from asking staff members if they chose in-person or virtual. As soon as enrollment numbers are set and HR has shared how many positions we need to staff each of the models, we will share with our school community the assignments for each teacher. Our hope is to have the least amount of disruption to our class lists as possible. At this time, I am not able to give a definitive answer until I see our student enrollment and staffing numbers. Our goal is to provide this information as soon as we have it. There will be a lot of logistics to sift through, but we want to provide as much consistency as possible for our students.
As the district continues to plan for 2nd Quarter, please feel free to review this In-Person FAQ document to help answer your questions should we return to in-person learning. Of course, we will have more information as the weeks unfold. Thank you so much for your support over the school year. We are in this together!
Movie Night - September 25 OR 26
Please join us for a movie under the stars. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED because we are limited to 50 people per night. Please use the sign up genius link below to register for Friday night https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044eadab23abfc1-carman1
Toy Story 4 will begin at 7pm on Friday Sept 25th.
Please join us for a movie under the stars. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED because we are limited to 50 people per night. Please use the sign up genius link below to register for Saturday night https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044eadab23abfc1-carman2
How To Train Your Dragon 3 will begin at 7pm on Saturday Sept 26th.
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
Book and Instructional Material Refresh
Carman Core 5
Hi Cougar Families!
I would love to feature our fabulous students on the Carman Morning News during the Carman Core 5 song. Click on this link and follow the directions carefully.
*The link will take you to flipgrid and look like this:
Carman Core 5
Take a picture of yourself holding a sign with one of our 5 core values-respect, responsibility, kindness, perseverance, or integrity written on it. Make sure it is easy to read and spelled correctly.
Take a short video (3 seconds or less) of yourself showing the Carman Core 5 hand sign-CC5. (Make sure to watch your video to check that the C isn't backwards). No audio will be used so no need to say anything.
Don't forget to smile!
Join Code: c0e6404c
Notice of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of the Parkway School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, disability, age, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities or employment practices. In addition, the School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Compliance Coordinator for Personnel and Other Adults:
Name: Dr. Michael Baugus
Position: Chief Human Resources Officer
Address: 455 N. Woods Mill Road
Compliance Coordinator for Students:
Name: Dr. Charlotte Ijei
Position: Director of Pupil Personnel and Diversity
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES/SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Students with disabilities are protected by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and, when eligible, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA-2004). Students with disabilities are entitled to a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE), which is defined by the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or §504 Plan (IAP). Parents/guardians who believe their child may have a disability can initiate the special education and/or §504 "identification" process
by making a request to school staff. When staff have significant concerns about a student they are to initiate the “problem solving” process and, when appropriate, refer the student to the school’s Care Team.
Students between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21) residing in St. Louis County, as well as St. Louis City residents attending Parkway schools, are eligible for special education and related services offered by the Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County if they are diagnosed with educational disabilities. The SSD also provides special education and audiological evaluations, hearing and speech/language screening services, Special Non-Public Access Program (SNAP) special education services for students with educational disabilities attending private/parochial schools, and a variety of adult education and "transitional" programs. Homebound instruction for home or hospital-bound students (both with and without disabilities) and applied technology/vocational programming are also available. Parkway provides accommodations and services for students with §504 disabilities who are not eligible for services under the IDEA.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents have the right to
review, request amendment of, and file complaints concerning the content or maintenance of personally identifiable information about their children. The rights of individuals with disabilities are available upon request from school staff or the Parkway Special Services Department. Appeals of disability related decisions should be submitted in writing to the Parkway and/or SSD Superintendents of Schools.
Questions or requests for assistance/information should be directed to the student’s guidance counselor, the school's special education Administrative Team, Ann Mathoushek, and Allison Love, or to Parkway's Special Services Department at the Student Services Center at 314-415-5002.
IMPORTANT - Update Your IC Family Profile
You can now update your family profile on the go with the Infinite Campus Parent app. Learn more here.
If you have any questions or need an Infinite Campus portal account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
"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, Counselorhttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AKXkg6Sxa4Drrauym6L-MqpcU3cUNT1FI9-ngnrsjQo/edit?usp=sharing
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.