Carman Paw Print

September 19th, 2021

Hearing and Vision Screenings, Flu Shots and more!

Dear Carman Families,

Please be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Hearing and Vision screenings that will be taking place in September and October.

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

In addition, we are happy to announce that Flu Vaccinations will be made available here at Carman on Tuesday, October 26th for our staff as well as all students!

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,


Recess Updates

Our numbers for isolation and quarantines due to Covid exposure have been low. We are beginning to look at plans for allowing more than one class to use the same recess zones at a time. We plan to start slow with the hopes of transitioning to what recess looked like pre-Covid. The district gave building principals permission to begin the process. Each building's plan will not look the same. Some buildings have already started mixing classes and other schools are choosing not to mix at this time. There are a few factors to consider. At Carman, we will begin to transition back to a pre-Covid recess. Please look for us to roll this out in the near future. We are having a few more conversations at the building level and will then be able to move forward. Thank you for your support. Our goal is always to provide an atmosphere that allows us to keep all students safe and able to attend classes due to limiting the need for quarantines.

**While we will begin going back to mixing classes at recess, if a class is placed into a modified quarantine, they will have to wear masks at recess and could possibly have to go to a zone with their classmates.***

Thank you to our PTO!

A special thank you to our PTO for hosting a wonderful Back to School Social with Kona Ice! The evening brought so many good memories and community spirit! If you haven't already, don't forget to refer to the upcoming dates on our PTO's webpage.

Don't forget to sign up for the Membership Toolkit account to stay connected to all things PTO!

Grade Level Curriculum Videos Are Here!

Due to the cancellation of the Virtual Curriculum Night on September 9th, our teachers have put together some videos for each grade level. Just click on the link below that corresponds with your students grade level and you will learn about what to expect this year in their classroom.

Information Regarding School Breakfast & Lunch

For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch will once again be free for all students who attend Carman Trails. Menus can be found in the Parkway App, on the Parkway website, as well as this link:

Although lunch is free for everyone this year, it is important to have families fill out the form to apply for the free and reduced lunch program every year. The benefits of this distinction carry over to September 2022.

In addition, our building also receives additional funding to help with staffing and special programming based on the number of families that qualify. If in a typical school year it would benefit your family to receive free or reduced lunch pricing, PLEASE fill out this form.

Paper versions of the form are also being sent home with students.

Translated applications for Free and Reduced for 50 languages are available at

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Chromebook Insurance - ACTION NEEDED

This school year students in grades 3-12 will receive or have received a Chromebook, similar to a small, touchscreen laptop, that they will be able to use at school and home. We need every student to either opt-in or opt-out of insurance by September 24, 2021. Information on how to register can be found here.

We encourage you to opt for insurance that helps cover damage, loss or theft. Learn more about the fee and the protection it provides and how to register here.

We are so excited about the opportunities this will provide for our students this year

Thank you if you have already completed this process.

For additional support please visit this help website.



Please see the visual below for additional information about our Early Childhood dismissal procedures, as we are sharing some space on the north side of the building.

When utilizing the Car Pickup Line, please do not block Door 27 as our Early Childhood classes dismiss to their cars and busses from that area.

We appreciate your help with keeping all of our Carman students safe!

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Title 1 Update Information

The following link contains a PowerPoint presentation which shares more about how Title I funding has supported our school, as well as many of the exciting experiences we will bring to our students this year.

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, including the necessary 2-page form that will be needed in order to sign up for the flu vaccine.

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

Adventure Club News of the Week

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve explored what responsibility means and how each and every one of us can be more responsible in our daily lives (i.e. brushing our teeth, making our beds, etc.). Along with responsibility, we also talked about emotional control. We worked on mindful breathing (the Calm app is great for this although a bit pricey) and made anti-stress putty.

This past week we all turned into scientists and veterinarians and learned how to make “Elephant Toothpaste”. With fall right around the corner, in the next few weeks we will be cleaning up the Garden and getting it ready for winter. We might even try and plant some garlic this winter!

Mr. Foushee & the Adventure Club Staff

Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parkway Schools is pleased to offer free breakfast and lunch to students for the 2021-2022 school year. We encourage parents/guardians to complete the application to receive discounts and savings with several programs. It is important for families to sign up for the Free and Reduced Program so you are in the system for the 2022-2023 school year. This way your child would be covered under the 30 day grace period allowing you time to re-apply for the 2022-2023 school year without being automatically placed on full paid status.

Please click on the following link for details on how to apply:

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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 19: Parkway Family Day at the Ballpark -- Cardinals vs. Giants @ 1:15 p.m.

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


October 1: PTO Sponsored Outdoor Movie Night (details TBD)

October 4: PICTURE DAY!

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