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Serving grades K-4 in the Troy School District 30C
Kathy Barker

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


5 months ago

Principal Kathy Barker

I have been the proud principal of Troy Craughwell for the last eleven 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 is 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 kindergartners until they leave us at the end of fourth grade.  

This is my 25th 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, and going to live theatre.  I live in Chicago with my 16 year old Westie, Keiron.

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Principals’ Post
May 4, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

There is a change for lunch next week: Wednesday, May 9: The red choice will be Double Stuff Pizza. The yellow choice remains the same.

Part Two of the Re-enrollment of students is this week. Families can be bring in proof of residency documents to Troy Craughwell on Tuesday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can find the required documents needed on this document. If you have not completed Part One of the re-enrollment process, you will need to complete that before proving residency. This can be done by visiting To re-enroll a returning Troy student, click on the quick link, “Registration”, “Skyward”, “Family Access” and use your current ID and password. To register a new Kindergarten - 8th grade student, click on the tab “New Student Online Enrollment” on your Family Access page in Skyward.

There are times throughout the day that we may need to contact you. Please update your Skyward account if you get a new phone number, email, or new mailing address. It is also important to keep your emergency contact list up to date as well. Students cannot be released to someone who is not on your contact list. Please let your emergency contact person know, they will be asked to show a photo id when picking up students. Sometimes parents may be asked to provide a photo id, if it is their first time picking up a child from school.

Students have the opportunity to purchase a hot lunch and breakfast everyday at Troy Craughwell. You may add funds to your child’s food service account electronically through your Skyward account or by sending money to school with your children). Students are served an “emergency lunch” once their food account goes below -$15.00. There is no “emergency breakfast.” Mrs. Barker or I call home with a courtesy reminder when a student’s account is near or past this -$15.00 threshold. Please remember to check your child’s account balance regularly. If you have any questions about adding funds electronically, please call the office at 815-577-7313.

Important Dates
Monday, May 7 - PAC (Parent Advisory Council) Meeting - Troy Craughwell - 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 8 - Proof of Residency - Troy Craughwell - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9 - Proof of Residency - Troy Craughwell - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. &
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Mobile Dentist - Troy Craughwell

Thursday, May 10 - Proof of Residency - Troy Craughwell - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. &
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
TCBY Day - 930 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60404

Friday, May 18 - Box Top Contest Ends

If you ever have a question, please email or call either Mrs. Barker or me (815)577-7313.

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