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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


16 days 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 9 21 18
Principals’ Post 9 21 18

Dear Craughwell Families,

Grandparents Week was great! It is so nice to see grandparents/special guests come and enjoy lunch with the students. We hope everyone had an enjoyable time and thank everyone for coming!

We would like to welcome two new staff members to Troy Craughwell! Ms. Cheryl Hoffman is our new school nurse. She is getting to know the students quickly. Mrs. Teresa McKay is a new lunch recess supervisor. Mrs. McKay had substituted in the lunchroom before. Welcome Ms. Hoffman and Mrs. McKay!!

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.

Believe it or not, but I heard students talking about their Halloween costumes this morning as they were unloading from the bus! Yes, it’s that time of year again. 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. Students in need of costumes will have an opportunity to “shop” beginning in October.

The first Craughwell Parent/Student event is quickly approaching! Troy Craughwell girls and Moms get ready for a Freaky Friday (on Thursday) on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Just like in the movie Moms become the daughters and daughters become the moms, so Moms, you are asked to dress like your the Troy Craughwell girl, and Craughwell girls, you are asked to dress like your the mom! There will be crafts, treats, and dancing! Reservations and money are due by Friday, September 28.

The annual Taffy Apple sale is under way. We encourage you to collect orders from family, friends, and coworkers. We do not suggest students do any door-to-door sales. All money and orders are due on Monday, October 1. The apples 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 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing our Craughwell parents, Moms and Dads or Guardians, at the Craughwell’s PAC (Parents Activity Council) on Monday, September 24 at 7:45 a.m doughnuts and coffee/juice. We appreciate everything our fabulous PAC does for us!! Enter through Door 4. Students are able to attend as well.

The Mobile Dentist will be visiting Troy Craughwell on Wednesday, November 14. Registration forms were sent home this week to sign your child(ren) up. The school nurse has asked that the forms be completed and returned by Monday, October 15.

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.

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.

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
Monday, September 24 - PAC the Parents - Troy Craughwell School - 7:45 a.m.

Friday, September 28 - Freaky Friday-Mother/Daughter Reservations Due

Monday, October 1 - Affy Tapple Orders and Money Due

Thursday, October 4 - Freaky Friday- Mother/Daughter Event -Craughwell 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 5 - No School - Institute Day

Monday, October 8 - No School - Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 9 - School Store Week
Picture Retake Day
Scholastic Book Fair begins - Troy Craughwell Library

Wednesday, October 10 - Family Education Night - Troy Craughwell

Thursday, October 11 - PAC Meeting - Troy Craughwell - 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 17 - School Board Meeting - District Office - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19 - Affy Tapple Pick-Up - Troy Craughwell - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Smaller orders will be sent home with students. Larger orders will need to be picked up at Troy Craughwell)