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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


about 1 month 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

Principals' Post 10 12 18
Principals’ Post 10 12 18

Dear Craughwell Families,

This week we will be implementing our second phase of A.L.I.C.E. In this phase we will be evacuating the building. This will be a very control situation. Mr. Foster and classroom teachers will walk the grounds with the students to determine nearby “safe” places (We will NOT be leaving school grounds.). A.L.I.C.E. allows staff to make informed decisions based on information in the case of a school crisis. As the school year progresses, we will practice other portions of A.L.I.C.E. In January, staff and students will discuss and practice barricading for safety. During ALL types of drills - fire, severe weather, and intruder - student and staff safety and well-being are ALWAYS considered. If you have any questions or would like to discuss A.L.I.C.E. with Mrs. Barker or me, please contact us.

On Thursday, the Joliet Fire Department held a fire drill at Troy Craughwell. All students and staff exited the building in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds! Great job students!

Wednesday, October 17 is Preschool Parent and Child Learning Together Day. Parents of our Preschoolers are invited to come learn with their child! The students are excited have mom and dad come see all that they do at school with Mrs. Bishop and Ms. Follett!

The Affy Tapple orders will be ready for pick-up on Friday, October 19th. Smaller orders of 3 or 4 apples will be sent home with students. Larger orders will need to be picked up at Troy Craughwell from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

October 22 -26 is Bully Prevention Week. This is the seventh annual Troy Craughwell Bully Prevention Week. Mrs. Mahalick, Mrs. Capriotti, and the whole staff strive to make Troy Craughwell a safe and caring place to learn. Mrs. Mahalick will hold special guidance sessions with all the classes to discuss bully prevention. She will provide students with strategies to stand up to bullying behaviors. Students are asked to wear specific colors each day next to show they are against bullying behavior.
Monday - Red
Tuesday - Yellow
Wednesday - Green
Thursday - Blue
Friday - Red, White, and Blue

The students are excited about Halloween. Often times students are intrigued and attracted to the “scary” side of Halloween. Sometimes they look for scary video clips or shows on YouTube. We would like to remind you to be mindful of the things your child watches while online.

The PAC is sponsoring a costume drive. If you have any new/gently used costumes that your child(ren) have outgrown or simply will not wear, please considering donating the costumes to Troy Craughwell. Several students have already had an opportunity to “shop”. We appreciate and thank those who have been able to donate so far. Seeing the smiles on the students’ faces is so rewarding!

The Mobile Dentist will be visiting Troy Craughwell on Wednesday, November 14. Ms. Hoffman, school nurse, has asked that the forms be completed and returned by Monday, October 15.

The district’s first “Coffee with the Superintendent” will be on Thursday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the District Office Board Room, 5800 Theodore Dr, Plainfield, IL. The meeting is an informal time for parents, community members and staff to drop in and meet or say hello to superintendent Dr. Koehl, or to ask questions about the district. There is no structured agenda, so feel free to drop in any time during the hour. Coffee and donuts will be there, too!

The PAC has asked that families collect Box Tops and send them to school with their child(ren). This is just one of the many things that our PAC organizes to support the students at Troy Craughwell.

Looking for a chance to help out at Troy Craughwell? The PAC and Craughwell have a few volunteer opportunities coming up. PAC is looking few classroom helpers with the Box Top program. On Friday, October 19 at 9:00 a.m., the PAC is asking for volunteers to help sort the Affy Tapples orders. If you are able to volunteer at any of these events please contact the PAC at

The office receives several notes each morning regarding students. When writing a note to your child’s teacher, please include her/his full name (first and last), their grade level, teacher, and date. Including all this information will ensure the note/request is handled as promptly as possible.

Please be sure to regularly check and update your telephone numbers and contact information in Skyward. Emergency contact people and phone numbers should also be updated regularly as we may need to contact them when you are not available. Kindergarten and Preschool students must have a parent (or older sibling) present at bus stops at the end of the school day. This person must also be on your contact list.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to either Mrs. Barker or me, you can contact the school 815-577-7313 or email us Mrs. Barker Mr. Foster

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

Important Dates:
Wednesday, October 17 - Preschool Parent Learning Day 1:15 p.m to 2:45 p.m.
School Board Meeting - District Office - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19 - Sort Affy Tapple Orders - 9:00 a.m. - Troy Craughwell
Affy Tapple Pick-Up - Troy Craughwell - Noon to 2:00 p.m. (Smaller orders will be sent home with students. Larger orders will need to be picked up at Troy Craughwell)
Butter Braid Sale Begins (more information to come)

Monday, October 22 - Wear Red

Tuesday, October 23 - Wear Yellow

Wednesday, October 24 - Wear Green

Thursday, October 25 - Wear Blue

Friday, October 26 - Wear Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween Parties

Thursday, November 1 - SIP Day - Early Dismissal 11:50 a.m. - NO Lunches served

Thursday, November - PAC Meeting - Troy Craughwell - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.