Carman Paw Print
November 22, 2020
Blended (In-Person) Learning Model
Dear Carman Families,
I wanted to provide a reminder that Monday and Tuesday are distance learning days which means ALL students, Group 1 and Group 2, will participate in a full day of learning virtually. When we return from Thanksgiving break, students will participate in distance learning on Monday, Tuesday, AND Wednesday. Attendance will be taken and new learning will be introduced.
For your reference, here is the blended learning calendar.
With CT pride,
Virtual Campus School Supply Pick Up
Blended Learning Update
On Wednesday, November 18th, the Board of Education considered a recommendation at its meeting and approved changes to learning schedules for the remainder of the first semester, which ends January 15. You can watch the meeting online here. The new schedules include:
- Elementary students in grades K-5 will continue the blended schedule through the end of the semester. See the Elementary School In-Person Calendar here. Distance learning days have been added around the upcoming holiday breaks to limit the spread of illness. Distance learning days are the three days after Thanksgiving (November 30-December 2); and before and after winter break (December 21-22 and January 5-6).
We will continue to practice health and safety precautions at school and if at any time we reach critical illness or staffing levels, we may need to close an elementary school or schools for a period of time until the situation improves.
- Virtual Campus students will continue with their daily schedule for the remainder of the first semester.
- Parkway Early Childhood students will continue on their current schedule with the same distance learning days as our elementary schools as outlined above.
Updated Elementary In-Person Calendar -Updated 11/18/2020
November Sustainable Schools Challenge
This month, we're focusing on reducing our waste!
Waste reduction is a great way to start thinking about sustainability because we all deal with waste everyday at home, school, and work. We also all have the ability to make simple changes to reduce our waste everyday, if we know where to look.
Try peeking into your home or school trash can or recycle bin and think about what items are inside. Could any of those items in the trash have been reused or recycled? Could a reusable alternative have been used instead to prevent that trash? Consider picking one item that you commonly see in your trash that could be reduced and set a goal for the week to reduce it.
This month's mini challenges work toward our goal for reducing waste. At the end of the month, one elementary, middle, and high school with the most points towards waste reduction will win $100.
November Mini Challenges
Green (1 point; no photo required)
Take the pledge to reduce waste this month!
Greener (10 points; submit photo through Points Reporting form)
- Try to have a waste-free lunch (only reusable, recyclable, or compostable items)
- Carry a reusable bottle or mug and ditch the plastic bottles
- Create a sign to remind people what can and cannot be recycled at home or school
- Play an online recycling sorting game
- Try one of these tips for reducing plastic bag waste during COVID-19
Greenest (20 points; submit photo through Points Reporting form)
- Take your old electronics and batteries for recycling
- Donate old clothes/fabrics to a charity drop-box at your school or local thrift store
- Write to a local business, grocery store, or your city government about reducing the use of single-use plastics
- Start composting at home
- Try a design challenge:
Beyond the 3 R's
Rethink: Do you really need the item? Can you choose a reusable product or one in reusable/recyclable/environmentally preferable packaging?
Refuse: Say no to single-use straws, cutlery, plastic bags. Remove yourself from junk mail lists and pass on the unnecessary free pens and keychains.
Reuse: Switch out disposable items for reusable alternatives, reuse old t-shirts as rags, wrap gifts with newspaper - get creative!
Repair: Try sewing holes in socks or buttons back on instead of throwing out clothing, superglue that broken bowl, or have your cracked phone screen replaced.
Recycle: As a last step, recycle right - don't contaminate your recycling with trash.Composting your organic waste recycles it back into healthy soil.
School Picture Orders
Dear Carman Families,
Inter-State is only using an electronic flyer this year and the flyer will not have dates on them. The website for ordering pictures is www.inter-state.com and Carman Trails school's order code is 55562PA. When you enter this code, all of Carman Trails' picture days will appear. If you have any questions, you can call the Inter-State Studio at 314-878-1800.
Virtual Learning Students
If you missed the picture day on November 20th, you can schedule an appointment with Inter-State on the preset dates identified by the photography company. The available dates are November 23 and December 21 by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click here to schedule an appointment at the studio. The studio is located at:
46E WORTHINGTON ACCESS DR.
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63043
The website for ordering pictures is www.inter-state.com and Carman Trails School's order code is 55562PA.
We will let you know when retakes are scheduled.
With CT pride,
Carman Trails Elementary School
School Supply Payment
Online Book Fair
Dear Parents and Families:
The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:
- Carman Trails Elementary's own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points
- A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
- Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)
Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site:
Fair Dates: Thursday, November 12, 2020 – Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Online Store: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/carmantrailselementarysch
We can't wait to "see" you at the fair!
Danielle Peterson and Ellen Woerner
Carman Trails Elementary’s Book Fair Co-Chairs
Parent Pointers: Parent University
Are you interested in learning more about the online platforms that Parkway is using with students during distance and virtual learning?
Parent University is a course created in Schoology, our district Learning Management System, that has information about Schoology, Google for Education, videoconferencing, and digital citizenship. Within the course, you will find information that will help you understand the tools students use as well as opportunities for you to experience the tools from the student perspective. The goal of the course is to support you in feeling confident that you can help your child(ren) with online learning in Parkway. While you are welcome to explore the materials in any order, it would be beneficial to work through the Schoology folder first to learn how to interact with tools you will encounter in other folders. Follow these directions to enroll in the Parkway Parent University Schoology Course! Be sure to scroll down to page 2.
Adventure Club is available this school year. Please contact our Adventure Club staff for more information. We still have space available! The phone number to the Adventure Club main office is 636-891-6644. The website is http://www.prcommunityed.org/adventureclub/Pages/default.aspx .
Daily Health Screening
Daily Health Screening
- All students and staff will complete a daily health screening before coming to school. If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu or cold symptoms, you should stay home and call your school. Medical evaluation will be required if students are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-like illnesses.
Parkway Community Health Dashboard
The Community Health Dashboard now includes the number of cases and quarantines for our students and staff in each school. The dashboard is updated daily.
You can follow our key metrics on the new Parkway Community Health Dashboard
As we return to in-person learning, we want to share the procedures we will use to notify parents and staff when there is a positive case of COVID-19 at school and how you can help keep our children, staff and school communities healthy.
We have also outlined some scenarios here to help you determine what to do if your child has had contact with a symptomatic person or positive case, as well as other scenarios.
Free meals and changes to food service
All meals including breakfast and lunch will be distributed for free to all students K-12. Free meals will be available for Virtual Campus students and those attending in-person at school.
Students enrolled in Virtual Campus will need to complete the weekly meals signup page. You can sign up for meals here. Only students not attending school in person need to signup for meals. You can choose your pickup location as well as how many days you will be picking meals up for your children. Families can choose a box that includes three meals or five meals, which will be available for Virtual Campus students and during blended learning schedules
Students learning in-person will receive lunch at school. This free program is provided to all public school districts with federal USDA funding through December 31, 2020.
Free and reduced lunch links for parents.
Meals and menus can be found here.
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
Coronavirus-Evaluation of Symptoms
All students and staff should complete a daily health screening before coming to school.
If your child has any symptoms, including known exposure to COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms, they should stay home and call your school.
When will your child be sent home from school?
- If your child has 1 low risk symptom they will be sent home and may return to school in 24 hours after symptom resolution if there is no known COVID-19 exposure
- If you child has 2 low risk symptoms OR 1 high risk symptom they will be sent home and require a medical evaluation
When will we need a doctor's note?
- Healthcare provider confirms alternative diagnosis for symptoms
- Medical clearance required from your healthcare provider or Department of Health for student to return to school after medical evaluation
When can my child return to school after COVID testing?
- If negative, the student may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving
- If positive, the student may return to school after 10 days since symptoms onset, 24 hours without fever, and symptoms improving
When can my child return if they are found to be a close contact?
- The student may return after 14 days from last contact with COVID positive individual, unless symptoms develop
- If symptoms appear the student should receive a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test
Please check out the Parkway Nurse's October Newsletter. This is a great source for health information, resources, and safety tips!
Stay Connected with These Updates!
November 23: Distance learning K-5 (at home)
November 24: Distance learning K-5 (at home)
November 25: Virtual Book Fair Ends
November 25: No School-Thanksgiving Break
November 26: No School-Thanksgiving Break
November 27: No School-Thanksgiving Break
November 30: Virtual Learning Supply Pick-Up
November 30: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
December 1: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
December 2: Distance Learning K-5 (at home)
December 17: Virtual PAMEE Meeting
December 23: Winter Break Begins
Please remember to send a water bottle to school with your child each day. We have the means to re-fill water bottles, but the drinking fountains are not being used at this time.