Special Parents Edition
Parkway Updates and Carman Updates
Please like us on Facebook for ways to stay connected to the school community and show your school spirit. In addition, I will send out emails and post to the app with updates.
While we are engaging in our eLearning experience, Paw Print will look a little different and come out in this format instead of the traditional format. Please revisit this newsletter weekly as we continue to make updates each week.
Thank you so much for your understanding and patience as we navigating our first week of eLearning. We are still making some revisions, so please stay connected to your child(ren)'s teacher(s) for updates.
How Can I Prepare to Pick Up My Child's Personal Belongings?
Until Next Time...
Scharma Banks, .5 counselor, will be joining University City as a counselor.
Joyce Bright, .5 EL Specialist, will be joining Hanna Woods for a full time position.
Alicia Kilpatrick, 5th grade teacher, will join Wren Hollow as a teacher.
Kim Lahr, EL TA, will enter the world of retirement after 17 years at Carman Trails.
Sarah Rakers, PE teacher, will be joining Highcroft Ridge.
Nicole Reh, .5 Reading Specialist, will enter the world of retirement after 6 years at Carman Trails.
We would like to welcome the following staff members to the Carman family!
Ethan Sherertz will serve as one of our PE teachers.
Grant Steward will serve as our .5 counselor. He is also the .5 counselor at Barretts.
Stay Connected with These Updates!
eLearning for Students: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2415
District Weekly Updates: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2416
Community Website: https://www.parkwayschools.net/updates for the latest information.
Meals for Families: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2421
If someone has question about the Parkway Food Pantry, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Technology Help: Help Desk ours from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
The Help Desk can be reached via email at email@example.com
News from Nurse Connelly
CLICK HERE to read and stay up to date with how to protect yourself and your family. She has a list of useful resources, so be sure to save this link for future use!
Meal Pick Up Resumes
Meal Pickup Resumes
In the past few weeks, we have been working to ensure additional safety procedures so meals are available for students while also maintaining the health of our families and staff.
Starting this week:
Families can pick up five days of meals including breakfast and lunch each Wednesday, starting April 22. Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup at Fern Ridge, South High, and Park Meadow Apartments. Please complete this meal pickup form to request meals.
Meal accounts will roll to the next school year even if students move to different schools in Parkway. There are two other options. You can request a refund or you can choose to donate your current balance to the Parkway Food Pantry. If you would like to request a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate your balance, please email email@example.com. Please include the following information in your email: student name, school, parent name, mailing address and how you would like your balance applied.
Counseling Connection with Mrs. Kiso and Mrs. Banks
Hello Carman families!
Welcome to Week 8 of eLearning! We are on the home stretch now! We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel of our stay at home order and the end of our school year is fast approaching! As we get down to the wire, it is important to keep up healthy habits and routines. This link has some ways for students to think about the habits and routines that will serve them best in the next two weeks. (Did we just say 2 weeks?!! Wow!)
Student Tip of the Week: Healthy Habits and Routines
Note to Parents: You may be noticing that your children are having trouble staying motivated to complete school work at this time. We want you to know that you are STILL doing a great job!
As unusual as the end of this school year has been, a loss of motivation is something we see our students experience at this time of the year every year. In that way, this is something that is actually “normal” right now!
Thank you for all of the work you have done to keep your students engaged and on track. As you may know, “Perseverance” is one of the core values at Carman Trails. In light of that, we wanted to give you some resources about this character value in hopes that it will help all of us to keep going until the end of the school year. Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work! We appreciate you!!
Love and Logic Parenting free resource - Love and Logic
Behavioral Health Response Facebook Resources - BHR is hosting four events on their Facebook page this month – Parents and Youth, First Responders, Mental Health Professionals, and Mental Health Through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion. The events will run from 9am-2pm and will have articles, activities, videos, and a guest speaker each day at 12pm.They will have gift card giveaways with each of the events as well.
BHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BHRSTL/
We hope that your child(ren) is/are able to stay connected to their classmates and teachers during these last 2 weeks. Although our end of the year activities may look different, we are still having some! Students can attend class meetings, and you can check the weekly PawPrint and/or the Carman Trails Facebook page to stay up to date on everything that is being offered. Let’s celebrate the end of this year in the best way possible!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Mrs. Kiso, Mrs. Banks, your child's classroom teacher, or one of the principals or special area teachers. We are happy to help during these last few weeks of the 2019-2020 school year.
Ways to reach us:
Via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or via this Google form whenever you need to:
Mrs. Kiso: Mrs. Kiso's check-in form
Mrs. Banks: Mrs. Banks check-in form
*We are also available for Google Meet visits or phone calls if you let us know that you would like to hear from us that way!
Online Safety and Security and Internet Activity Alerts
Online Safety and Security
During this time, we know our students might be spending more time on their devices than in the past. Managing their safety can be very challenging. Here is a list of resources that can assist parents in navigating the online world with children.
Internet safety has always been important to our schools. As you may know, Parkway has systems in place to alert administration when students search for or visit websites outside of the expected scope of learning. These alerts are called GoGuardian alerts. In the event administration receives one, we will email parents or guardians so that they may follow up with students about what they are searching. We hope this is helpful to you while working with your children at home. Please email one of us if you have any questions.
Dr. Villigram and Dr. Love
As we continue to support eLearning, we would like to share some points on Chromebook care to help keep your devices in good functioning health. Below are some suggestions that will help ensure your device will continue to function properly.
- Reboot your Chromebook every two days to keep the operating system intact and to install any new updates.
- Clean your Chromebook screen and keyboard with a dampened soft cloth, like a microfiber cloth. A mixture of half vinegar and half water works very well in cleaning Chromebooks.
- Do not set anything on top of your Chromebook.
- Keep all beverages at a 3 to 4 feet distance from your Chromebook.
- Place your Chromebook on a sturdy, solid, level surface when in use. When not in use, place the Chromebook in a secure location.
- Be sure to plug the charger in your Chromebook on a nightly basis. Only use the charger designed for your Chromebook. Other chargers may fit the power port, but there is a possibility they could damage the system board or the battery.
- When carrying your Chromebook, be sure to hold it securely with the lid closed. Place it carefully on a level surface. Please refrain from tossing or throwing Chromebooks.
- Chromebooks should remain free of any writing, drawing or stickers.
- Make sure your Chromebook keyboard is free of objects before closing the lid.
Additionally, our Technology Help Desk is here for you to troubleshoot any issues you are having with your district-provided equipment. If there is an immediate need to replace or repair a Chromebook, please contact the Help Desk at 314-415-8181, option 1. Also, device repair for students is on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, by appointment only. Students with a broken device can schedule an appointment through the Help Desk.
Need Some Help or Want to Connect?
Arabic Support with Mrs. Bah Mrs. Bah is fluent in Arabic and English and would love to help students or parents if they need assistance. She will be available between 10:00-10:30.
Learning Fun (K-2nd) with Ms. Freund Ms. F (Freund) is available to help any student (K-2nd) who would like daily from 10:00-11:00. We can read together, write, draw, play a fun math game, work on sight words, or just say hi to each other. If so, just click on the link and join me.
Math Fun with Mrs. Lahr Mrs. Lahr is available to help students or parents from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. I would happy to help you any way possible!!! So login at my times and let’s see what we can do, together! Don’t forget I love math! We can do fact games. Really the sky is the limit, of all the things we can do as a group! Miss you all terribly and can’t wait to see/hear from you.
Math Fun (3rd-5th) with Mrs. Mohler Mrs. Mohler is available to help with any student (3rd-5th) or parent who would like daily from 11:00-12:00. Or, if you just want some math practice or to say “hi”! If so, click on the link below and join me.
Resources and Reminders from Our Counselors
Resources and Reminders:
Food information for Parkway Families: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2421
If you are in need of food, there are options and forms on our parkway website, accessible by the link above.
Parkway Technology link: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/2420
If you do not have access to technology or need help with technology, please use the link above.
We will be checking email and will be available for virtual or phone appointments during normal school hours (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m). If you have an emergency outside of those hours please call one of the following resources for help:
911/Take your child to the ER
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Behavioral Health Response Crisis Line: 1-800-811-4760
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery: 314-768-3201
Salvation Army: 211 (mortgage, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, etc.)
Please check the district website for updates and resources frequently:
Tips for Managing eLearning at Home
In an eLearning environment, students will need to practice a different set of skills to complete work and not take steps backwards during a prolonged period away from school. Here are some tips that will help families and students to manage and be successful in a digital learning environment.
- Manage your time - Be conscious and realistic of the time that it will take to complete tasks assigned to you by your teachers. Set aside consistent time each day to complete your school work and be diligent in that time.
- Stay connected with your teachers - Your teachers will be posting work and providing assignments and feedback on a daily basis. Stay connected by logging into Schoology and checking your email daily. All communications will now be digital so be sure to check in daily.
- Take regular breaks - Build in breaks to the time that you have set aside for your school work. It's important to stay active and keep to a regular sleep schedule during this time.
- Limit distractions - During that time you have set aside, it may be necessary to create a workspace free from distractions. We all work differently but if it seems like tasks are taking a long time, implement strategies like finding a quiet place to complete your work and turning off social media notifications can go a long way to helping with focus.
- Find time to be social - eLearning can be isolating and it's important to find and create opportunities to be social, even if it's using digital tools like Google Meet.
- Set goals - One of the most effective strategies for eLearning is to set and keep track of goals. Many of your teachers will create checklists to help you keep track of your assignments. Use these as a way to track your time and set goals for completion.
Please remind your child(ren) about digital citizenship and making safe choices while using their device.
eLearning Through Schoology
During this emergency closure, Schoology will serve as our eLearning platform for Parkway courses.
- Using Schoology as our single point of access provides consistency for our Parkway families so you have one place to go for all of your classes.
- All Parkway teachers and students have Schoology accounts and upon logging in can see all their courses. From their Schoology course, students will be able to access any materials and resources needed to complete work. If your teacher uses a different platform (Clever, Google Classroom, website, etc.) they will link from Schoology to that platform and give your child instructions to access the materials.
- Parents can also access Schoology to see what work their child has been assigned.
Refer to the the directions below for directions on how to get started with Schoology and tips and recommendations for eLearning days.
As Parkway implements eLearning days to provide instruction using the Schoology platform, all Parkway teachers and students have Schoology accounts and upon logging in can see all their courses. From their Schoology course, students will be able to access any materials and resources needed to complete work at this time.
- Go to Schoology: schoology.parkwayschools.net(Recommended browser: Chrome)
- Bookmark the site by clicking on the star at the end of the address bar
- Login using your Parkway Google Account
- Click on the “Courses” menu to see a list of your assigned course
- Click on a course to open it and find classroom materials. Learning resources and activities will be available in the center column of the page
- Your teacher will share specific information about how to access the materials and activities needed for your class. This could include external tools like Clever, Google Classroom, Flipgrid or other digital tools.
Downloading the Schoology App for Your Mobile Device
When you login be sure you select "Parkway School District"and login with your Parkway Google account. Do NOT select your individual school.