Carman Paw Print
March 13, 2022
Important Upcoming Dates
Dear Carman Families,
It's time for Daylight Savings Time to begin -- don't forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour when you go to bed Saturday night, March 12th.
There will be No School beginning Friday, March 18th and continuing all of next week (through Friday, March 25th) for Spring Break. We will return to school on Monday, March 28th. Have a safe and relaxing break!
Have you ordered a yearbook yet? Forms were sent home and the deadline to order was March 11th. The cost is $15.
Do you have a student who will turn 5 years old before Aug. 1, 2022? Kindergarten Registration is OPEN and online! Just go to https://www.parkwayschools.net/Page/1950 to register! If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Regan at 314-415-6104. Families are encouraged to register early for staffing and planning purposes. You can also visit https://www.smore.com/u9caf which includes information on registration, a recording of Wonderful World of Kindergarten and an interactive google classroom that has tons of stories and information on how to best prepare for kindergarten.
Please note, we will be having outdoor recess daily, when conditions permit. Please be sure your student arrives at school with a coat and gloves, and a hat if possible.
With CT Pride,
Students' Service Learning Project
Carman Families - our students' Service Learning Project will begin March 14th and continue through the end of the month. Students voted in each classroom and the amazing organization they have chosen to assist is Home 2 Home Canine Orphanage!
To find out more about this wonderful organization, please click the link here: https://home2homecanineorphanage.com/
We will be collecting the following items during the next two weeks:
Purina Pro Plan Chicken and Rice for puppies
Pro Plan beef bites for adult dogs
Towels, paper towels, 6 foot leashes, blankets, and more. Please see the full list of needs on the flyer below.
Thank you so much for helping our students with their Service Learning!
Another way to help Home 2 Home Canine Orphanage!
Hey Carman Families! Home 2 Home Canine Orphanage, the dog orphanage we are helping out through our service learning, is having a night at the Ambush game!! Check out the flyer and use the link below to purchase your tickets and $5 of every ticket sold goes straight to the care of homeless dogs and a new facility! Come enjoy the game and stop by in the concourse to see Mr. Steward at the Home 2 Home table to meet a puppy or 2 who is available for adoption!
Link for tickets:
Can’t make the game but want to donate?
Mr. Grant Steward
Barretts and Carman Trails
A Note from Mrs. Manley in the library
Spring Break Reading Bingo
Spring Break is a great time to read your favorite books or even try out some new books. A goal of 30 minutes of reading each day can really make a difference. It can be all at once or broken up into chunks. Create a cozy spot for your child to read, bring a book along for long car rides, or even read outside. Encourage your child to complete a BINGO with 5 in a row and then bring the sheet back to Mrs. Manley in the library. I have several surprises for each Bingo winner.
*Don't forget to check your house for any missing or overdue library books!
Your friendly Carman Librarian,
CARMAN COUGAR SPOTLIGHT - CHARACTER RECOGNITION
We are always so happy to be able to highlight great character and hard work in and out of school. This week we are acknowledging the efforts and dedication of some of our current and former students who had a great weekend at Starquest Dance Competition! Together they performed in over 15 routines:
Adelaide Woerner - tap solo - platinum - 1st overall
Sloan Sax - jazz solo - platinum - powerhouse performer award - 3rd overall - Jr Emerging Artist award
Tessa Wells - lyrical and jazz solos - costume award - platinum
Genevieve Finke - jazz duet - platinum - 3rd overall
Teagan Woerner and Olivia Greene also performed in group routines that scored platinum and/or 1st overall.
Congratulations to these amazing students -- we are all very proud of you!
Come be a part of our character recognition efforts! Now, whenever you see a student (or staff member) demonstrating character outside of school, you can nominate them using this Google Form - linked here: https://forms.gle/rtmmbkxByyZBRDR17
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.
Thank you for your help in recognizing and spotlighting character in our students!
Are you a Visitor to Carman Trails? Or are you a Volunteer?
We are excited to be able to welcome our families back into our schools, beginning February 22, 2022. As in the past, please be aware that the appropriate background checks are required for those wishing to volunteer in the school. Currently, MACHS FBI fingerprint background checks are mandated. The cost to you, the volunteer, for the MACHS fingerprint background check is currently $41.75. This fingerprint background check only needs to be renewed every six years provided you continuously remain an active volunteer from year to year.
Additionally, there may be other background checks as required by State Law for all Parkway School District volunteers who will be working with and/or around students.
To start the process for becoming a volunteer, you will need to visit the Volunteer Tracker website. This link will direct you to information on how to get signed up with AppGarden and how to complete all of the necessary steps in the process. This is an interactive process and you will be notified by email along the way as to your next steps.
Once you have been approved to volunteer, please reach out to the volunteer coordinator at Carman Trails, Mrs. Karen Regan. You must be approved before you can volunteer. You will receive an email notification from AppGarden when your approval has been finalized. You can reach Mrs. Karen Regan at 314-415-6104 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . Our teachers will reach out if and when volunteer or visitor opportunities are needed.
Please note the following specifics related to volunteer and visitor opportunities:
A Parkway volunteer is an individual who has an opportunity to be alone with a student.
A Parkway visitor is an individual in a school for a limited period of time who does not have the opportunity to be alone with a student.
Visitors and volunteers will follow the same health and safety protocols as students and staff.
If a COVID outbreak occurs in a school or building, volunteers and visitors would not be allowed in the building during the outbreak period.
Per Missouri Statute 168.133, those who wish to volunteer must complete a fingerprint background check through the Missouri State Highway Patrol and FBI. The cost for the background check is $41.75 and is the responsibility of the volunteer. The background check will remain current as long as a volunteer stays active. If a year passes, the volunteer will need to complete and pay for another background check.
Those interested in volunteering may begin to complete the App Garden (Parkway volunteer tracking software).
Below are a few visitor guideline reminders:
* For the safety and security of our staff and students, visitors should enter Door #1 to check in at the front office and receive a visitors pass through our District's Visitor Management System. Visitors must have their IDs when checking in.
* We welcome visitors inside the building for specific meetings; to check the Lost and Found; to take school tours; to be classroom speakers or readers; for business-related visits; or to conduct other activities in conjunction with teachers.
* Because our lunch and recess routines are very tightly structured and have limited space, we will NOT have lunchroom or recess visitors. Lunch and recess are also learning times for students to interact, build relationships, learn in social settings, and take a much-needed break with friends.
* We respectfully ask that visitors do not "pop" into classrooms, to prevent disrupting the carefully planned instructional process.
Examples of Volunteers and Visitors
- Anyone in the building to accomplish a specific task during school hours
- Chaperone for a field trip
- Anyone that has the potential to be left alone with a student
- Volunteer Coaches or After School Club Sponsors
- Class reader
- Attending a school assembly
- Attending a meeting with teachers
- Guest speaker
- Anyone coming into the building after students are gone to help work on a project with other adults only.
Trivia Night - April 2, 2022
Your PTO is thrilled to see the return of an in-person Trivia Night for the Carman community this year! Though we couldn't get the actual Saturday Night Live comedians on board with the event, we're really excited for our surprise emcee and the lineup of auction items that we're sure won't disappoint!
This is a great way to meet Carman families and staff, particularly for the younger families that haven't yet had the opportunity to network in person. If you have a group of 8 that you want to play trivia with, you can register a full group - OR - we will help place you with a table!
When: Saturday, April 2, 2022- 6pm Doors Open, 7pm Trivia Starts
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church (14088 Clayton Road, 63017)
Adventure Club News and Notes
Adventure Club Before/After Care Registration for the 2022-23 School Year Now Open!
Looking for before/after care for your child for next school year? Community Ed has you covered with Adventure Club, a high-quality program designed to meet the needs of working families in need of care for their elementary age child. Built on a foundation of safety and supervision, Adventure Club has a child-centered focus where a kid can be a kid while continuing to develop, learn, socialize and have fun beyond the school bell. Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open! Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the program fills fast, so early registration is encouraged.
To find out more information and to register your child please visit www.prcommunityed.org - call or text (636) 891-6644. You can also reach out to me directly at 314-415-6129 or email me at email@example.com
Mr. Prevost Foushee
Adventure Club Facilitator
Kindergarten 2022-2023 Registration is OPEN!
Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Students must be five (5) years old before Aug. 1, 2022, to enter Kindergarten for the school year. More information about Kindergarten can be found here as well as at https://www.smore.com/u9caf
Parent Notification - Parkway Illness Guidelines for Students
Dear Carman Trails Families,
Just a reminder if your child has been sent home from school due to COVID like symptoms or is home from school due to COVID like symptoms a note from a healthcare provider or negative COVID results are required to return to school. Please email the note/results to the school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to returning to school. In addition, please send a hard copy to school if possible. Students will not be permitted to return to class if this documentation has not been received per Parkway protocol. Please review the information below regarding the Parkway illness guidelines:
If a student has any 1 low risk COVID symptom, they should remain home until the symptom has resolved for 24 hours.
Low Risk symptoms:
-Fever greater than 100.4
-Muscle or body Aches
If a student has 2 or more low risk COVID symptoms or 1 high risk COVID symptom, they should be evaluated by a healthcare provider prior to returning to school.
High Risk Symptoms:
-Loss of taste and/or smell
Please note, Parkway does not accept at-home Covid tests at this time.
As a reminder, Parkway is asking parents to consider sharing vaccination records if their child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Sharing proof of vaccination is entirely voluntary. Your child’s vaccination record will be kept confidential. If your child is vaccinated, please complete this voluntary form to share your record with our school. The form will ask for your child’s name, school, grade and will have a place where you can upload a photo/image of your child’s vaccination card. You will need to log into your personal Google/Gmail account or use your child’s Parkway Gmail account to complete the form.
Providing your vaccine information will help us measure vaccination rates within our school communities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Connelly.
Above & Beyond 5K
Please join us in the Above and Beyond 5k to honor and celebrate priceless Nancy Simpson. Our walk/run name plays off the Ephesians 3:20 verse that Nancy loved. It also encapsulates her as a person that went above and beyond for her family, friends, and her students.
The race will benefit the "Granting Dreams Program", a memorial fund set up in Nancy's name. This charity enables Parkway School District K-12 students to attend and learn in educational experiences outside their regular curriculum. Teaching, learning, and helping students were more of Nancy's passions where she went above and beyond.
The 5k will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 4/2/22. The kids 100 yard dash will follow the walk/run at 10:00 a.m.
You can find more information at the link below, including sign-up and location information.
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Carman Trails 2021-2022 Buzz Book Is Here - Click the Link Below
Notes From Nurse Connie Connelly
Dear Carman Families:
Please see the attached link for the March Nurse's Newsletter, which includes the following topics:
Nurse Connie Connelly
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
Stay Connected with These Updates
March: Women's History Month
13th - Daylight Savings Time Begins - Set your clocks AHEAD one hour
14th - National Pi Day
18th - 25th - No School - Enjoy your Spring Break!
April: National Autism Awareness Month
1 - Half-Day; Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.
2 - PTO Sponsored Trivia Night at Trinity Lutheran Church 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
14 - No School
14 -Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser Night 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15 - No School
21 - PAMEE Virtual Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
26 - Chipotle Fundraiser Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.