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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 1 11 19
Principals’ Post
January 11, 2019

Dear Craughwell Families,

All Troy Schools have had new safety equipment installed. The new equipment is an Airphone system. The system provides a visual and audio connection from outside the main entrance of the school. The Airphone system was installed for the safety our students.Beginning Tuesday, January 22 all visitors must make visual and auditory contact before being allowed entrance into the building.

Wanted substitute lunch recess supervisors at Troy Craughwell and all other Troy Schools. If you are or know someone who is available during the day to work as a lunch recess supervisor, please visit the Troy School District website. The work shift is 3 hours. During this time you will supervise students in grades K to 4 at recess and in the lunchroom.

Friday, January 18 is a School Improvement Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. There will be no lunches served on this day. Breakfast will be served. It is also a Spirit Day! The theme for the Spirit Day is Snuggle Up with a Good Book. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite book and stuffed animal!

The Daddy Daughter Ties and Tiaras Dance is Thursday, January 31, 2019. All Craughwell girls and one special adult male guest (dad, step-dad, grandpa, uncle, etc.) are invited for an evening of fun. There will be dancing, refreshments, photos, quiz type game, and a craft. Corsages and boutonniere must be pre-ordered. Reservations and money are due no later than Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The 5 Essentials survey is open for parents. You may access the link here. 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.

Nurse Hoffman wants to remind 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." Forms can be found on the Troy District website under Health Services (Spanish). 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".

Be sure to bundle up your child with coat, hat, gloves, and a scarf in this cold weather. We do hold outdoor recess when the wind chill temperature is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip from “The Bugsmasher”: It is important that children know their complete address and at least one phone number. Many of the students know their street name but not their house address. Please help your child learn and remember their complete address - house number, street, and city and state. Students should also know at least one safe person’s phone by memory in case of an emergency.

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. Adults picking up students from school and PreK and Kindergarten students at bus stops should be listed in your Skyward account.

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

Important Dates:
Monday - Friday, Jan. 14 - 18 - School Store Week

Wednesday, January 16 - School Board Meeting - District Office - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 18 - SIP Day - Early Dismissal at 11:50 a.m. - No lunches served
Spirit Day - Snuggle up with a good book - (Stuffed Animal Day)

Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Tuesday - Thursday, Jan. 22 -24 - Marco’s Pizza Nights

Thursday, January 31 - Father/Daughter Dance - Ties & Tiaras - 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


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