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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


3 days ago

Principal Kathy Barker

I have been the proud principal of Troy Craughwell for the last thirteen 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 seventh 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 27th 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

Principals' Post 10 18 19
October 18, 2019

Dear Craughwell Families,

Our second graders enjoyed hosting their family members to our math fact fluency event today! All of these family events were super successful in Kindergarten through fourth grade! We are hopeful that our families spend time playing math fact fluency games with their child(ren) at home.

Members of our Troy School Board visited Troy Craughwell on Thursday morning. We are so very proud of our school and enjoyed sharing all of our successes with our Board of Education!

All students were shown a fun video during Thursday’s lunch periods which discussed the importance of being at school. A letter explaining the importance of school attendance and a student/parent commitment form was sent home with your child. Please read through these carefully with your child and return the signed commitment form to school by November 1, 2019. (See Attachments) We truly appreciate your support with this! Troy Craughwell has the highest student attendance percentage rate in the district!

Thank you for your patience with student pictures. We have a new fall picture date scheduled for November 8, 2019 with our new picture company, Van Gogh. This is the photography company that Troy has used in the past. Fall retakes will be on December 10, 2019.

Our teachers are finding that our students need extra practice/support with their keyboard typing. If you have access to a keyboard at home, extra practice will certainly benefit your child. Typing agent is a site that is aligned to Clever through our student portal. As soon as a student logs into their google account they will be connected to the classroom page where they can access all of our district subscriptions, including typing agent.

The community is invited to drop by for coffee and donuts with Dr. Todd Koehl, superintendent of Troy Community School District 30-C, on Thursday, October 24, 9-10 a.m. The district’s fall "Coffee with the Superintendent" is a time parents, residents, business owners and other interested parties can meet the superintendent in an informal setting to ask questions or just chat about the district’s schools. There is no structured agenda and those interested can drop in any time during the hour. It will be held at the Don D. Bacon Administration Center, 5800 W. Theodore Street, Door 10, behind Troy Middle School.
Troy Craughwell is partnering with Cub Scouts Pack 256 to promote their Winter Warmth Drive. We will be collecting Winter Items such as hats, gloves, blankets, and scarves. A Collection bin will be placed near our main office beginning October 21st. Thank you in advance for your support!
The Craughwell P.A.C. is hosting a costume drive at Troy Craughwell. They are asking for gently used or new costumes to be donated to Troy Craughwell. You can send costumes with your child to be donated or drop them off at the school office. Many students have already “shopped” for their costumes and we are running low! If you have a child younger than PreK, we also have little people costumes available. You can stop in at Troy Craughwell to find a costume for your little goblin!
We will accept the Box Tops clippings until Friday, December 6. If you have any Box Top cut-outs send them to school with your child now, because as of December 6 we will now longer be able to accept them. See the attached document for more information and how to download the app. We have already made almost $30.00 from receipts scanned to the app.
Please be sure to update your contact number and emergency (family) contact list in your Skyward account on a regular basis. Students cannot be released to an individual that is not listed on your emergency contact. Having a correct and current phone number is very important, in case, school staff needs to contact you.
If you have any questions, please contact us at (815) 577-7313 Mrs. Barker’s extension is 6004 and my extension is 6005 or email us at or
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Your Partners in Your Child’s Education,
Mrs. Barker and Mr. Foster

Important Dates:
Friday, October 25 - It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Spirit Day - Wear Halloween Themed Clothing and/or Colors (Black/Orange) or dress like Charlie Brown/Peanuts Characters - (No Costumes - save these for October 31st)
Thursday, October 31 - SIP Day - No Lunches Served - 11:50 Dismissal
Halloween Parties 10:30-11:30
Friday, November 8 - End of First Trimester - Fall Picture Day (Round #2)
Monday, November 11 - Veterans Day Assembly (Students wear Red, White, and
Blue) (See Attachment)
Week of November 12 -15 - School Store Week
Thursday, November 14 - Mother (or Special Female Adult) / Daughter Girls’ Night Out
Friday, November 15 - ABC End of Trimester Assembly (Students Wear their
Craughwell Shirts)