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TreeRing Green Yearbook School
Serving grades PreK-4 in the Troy School District 30C
Kathy Barker

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal
Principals' Post 12 14 18
Principals’ Post
December 14, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

Today was Holiday Spirit Wear Day. It was great to see so many holiday themed sweaters and headwear! So many of them lit up too!

It’s a Wonderful Night was a great time again! It is so fun to see the smiles and hear the laughter throughout the building. It was nice that Santa and Mrs. Claus were able to join us at this busy time of year for them. If you ordered a picture with Santa, it will be sent home with your child next week.

The 5 Essentials survey is open for parents. You may access the survey at Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the fifth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. Mrs. Barker and I encourage ALL parents to complete the survey.

The fourth grade students will take the 5 Essentials survey for students next week. A letter was sent home earlier this week with your child. The letter included an opt-out option that was due today.

Nurse Hoffman wanted to remind all Kindergarten and Second Grade parents all students in Kindergarten and 2nd grade must have a dental exam prior to May 15, 2019. Per Troy School District policy, "Illinois law requires that all students in Kindergarten and 2nd grade present proof of having been examined by a dentist within eighteen (18) months of May 15 of the relevant school year." If your child has had a dental exam anytime between November 15, 2017 to present, please have your dentist complete the dental exam form. The forms can be found on the Troy District website under Health Services. If not, you still have time to schedule a dental exam and bring the form with you to have the dentist complete. Once completed, please return the form to school with your child in an envelope marked "School Nurse".

Troy Craughwell also offers Smile Illinois...the mobile dentists program. Our next Mobile Dentist visit is scheduled for May 15, 2019. This provides an opportunity for your child, during the school day, to have their teeth cleaned by a licensed dental hygienist as well as an oral examination by a dentist. Sign up forms will be sent home in March 2019.

Mrs. Mahalick’s Changing Families Group began on November 27. This group meets for 30 minutes on Tuesdays during lunch. The group is being offered to Troy Craughwell students of families that have experienced a divorce. Students have opportunities to participate in group discussions, activities, and stories to help them understand their journey. Students are invited to join at any time, even if there is one session left. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Mahalick at 815-577-7313.

Please do not send students to school with medication, this includes cough drops, without a doctor's order. All medication needs to be brought to school by a parent/guardian and given to the school nurse. A reminder from the school nurse any prescription, non-prescription and/or over the counter medication can not be sent to school with a student or be administered to a student unless a signed doctor's order or a completed Troy CCSD 30C’s Administration of Medication at School form is provided to the school nurse. This form can be found here or on the District website.

Your Partners in Your Child's Education,
Mrs. Barker and Mr. Foster

Important Dates:
Wednesday, December 19 - School Board Meeting - District Office - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 21 - Classroom Christmas Parties

Monday, December 24, 2018-Sunday, January 6, 2019 - Christmas Break - No School

Monday, January 7 - School Resumes - 8:35 a.m.


16 days ago

Principal Kathy Barker

I have been the proud principal of Troy Craughwell for the last twelve years.  Prior to becoming a principal, I was a reading specialist at Troy Heritage Trail and taught both kindergarten and first grade at three different Troy Elementary Schools - Craughwell, Shorewood, and Heritage Trail.

I was a Troy student myself from third to eighth grade and all three of my own children attended Troy.  You can say that my family loves Troy! 

My favorite thing to do when I am away from Craughwell is spending time with family and friends at our Wisconsin lake house.  I love boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter! 

Assistant Principal Steve Foster

I'm proud to say this begins my sixth year serving as the assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.  I have the pleasure of serving and watching the Troy Craughwell students learn and grow from the time they enter our building as 4 year old pre-schoolers until they leave us at the end of fourth grade.  

This is my 26th year in education.  I taught first, second, and third grades before joining the Troy 30-C District as an Instructional Coach.  I was an Instructional Coach for five years before becoming the assistant principal at both Troy Craughwell and Troy Heritage Trail schools. The following year I became full time assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.

I received my Elementary Education degree at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.  I obtained a master's degree in Teaching and Learning at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and a second master's degree in Educational Administration at Governor's State University in University Park, IL.

In my free time I enjoy running 5Ks, spending time with family and friends, ushering and attending live theater