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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


3 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.

Principals' Post 4 20 18
Principals’ Post
April 20, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

Thursday, April 26 is a SIP Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. There will be no lunches served on this day. Any students that are not picked up by 12:05 p.m. or brought back to the school by bus will be charged the $75 Late Student Pick Up fee. Refer to the Troy Student/Parent Handbook (Parent/Guardian Late Student Pick-Up page 11).

There are a few changes in the lunch and breakfast next week. Please note the following changes:
Friday, April 27: Breakfast: Bagel & cream cheese
Lunch Red Choice: Pizza Dippers, Yellow Choice: Chicken & Waffles
Monday, April 30: Breakfast: Banana Bread

The Father/Son event, “Community Heroes,” was last night. The Joliet Fire Department was here with an ambulance and fire truck. The boys and dads were able to explore the inside of both vehicles! The boys learned what it is like to ride and work in the ambulance. The Joliet Police K-9 Unit was here. We learned about Ottie and his training to become a police dog. Students were then able to pet and have their picture taken with Ottie. The Boy Scouts provided training sessions on First Aid and rope tying. It was a great time!

On Monday, April 23rd, we hope you can join us at Chipotle for our Troy Craughwell Family Night! Visit the Chipotle at 2609 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. Bring the attached flyer and Troy Craughwell will receive 50% of the proceeds! Print out extra flyers and share them with family, friends, and co-workers.

Tuesday, April 24 is the Fourth Grade Step Up Day. The fourth grade class will take a bus over to WBO. They will meet the principal, Mr. Piatek, and the assistant principals, Mrs. Landers and Mrs. Munday, as well as the some of the staff members of WBO. The students will learn about the various activities and clubs that will be available for them to join in fifth grade. A brief guided tour will be led by current WBO students and staff members.

Mrs. Parker and the students in second and third grade have been working hard to prepare for their concerts which will be on Tuesday, April 24. The second graders will perform at 6:00 p.m. The third graders will perform at 7:00 p.m Students should arrive 10 minutes before the start of their concert (2nd - 5:50 p.m & 3rd 6:50 p.m.). The students will enter through the Gym Door #2 and report to their home room. Parents and family will remain in the gym. Once the students have completed their performance, Mrs. Parker will dismiss the students to their homeroom. We ask that 1 adult family member go to their child’s classroom to pick them up. Mrs. Blaauw will be hosting an art show highlighting the students work in the cafeteria. All families will exit through the Door 4 in the cafeteria.

The Fourth Grade Choir concert will be on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m at Troy Craughwell. Students should arrive by 6:50 p.m. and report to the music room. Please enter through Door #2. Parents and family members will remain in the gym for the concert. Following the performance, Mrs. Parker and the students will return to the music room. We ask for 1 adult to go to the music room to pick up the student. All families will exit the building through the Gym Door #2.

New student registration and re-enrollment are now open online. Part One of the process requires you to complete the online portion of registration/re-enrollment process 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.
Part Two: Check the Troy website for the dates and times to present residency documents. Residency documentation information can be found on the Troy home page under “School Information/Registration/Approving Residency for Registration 2018-19. If you have any questions about online registration please call the school at 815-577-7313

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, April 23 - Chipotle Night - 4:00 - 8:00pm - 2609 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL

Tuesday, April 24 - Fourth Grade Step Up Day
Second Grade Concert - 6:00 p.m. - Troy Craughwell
Third Grade Concert - 7:00 p.m. - Troy Craughwell

Wednesday, April 25 - 4th Grade Battle of the Books
Fourth Grade Choir Concert - 7:00 p.m. - Troy Craughwell

Thursday, April 26 - SIP Day - Early Dismissal 11:50 a.m. - No Lunches served

Monday, April 30 - MAP Testing begins

Wednesday, May 9 - Mobile Dentist - Troy Craughwell

Thursday, May 10 - TCBY Day - 930 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60404

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