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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


22 days 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.

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Principals’ Post
February 23, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

Menu Changes for February: Please note the following changes to the breakfast and lunch menu choices.
Breakfast: Wednesday 28: Zucchini Bread instead of Apple Oat Bar

Next week is D.E.A.R. Week. There will be a book fair in the library next week. Students will have the opportunity to shop for books during their scheduled library times. The book fair will also be open on Wednesday night during the Family Reading Night. To celebrate books will be read each day during lunch. We are also asking students to join us in celebrating each day with dressing to match the theme.
Monday, February 26: Wear Stripes - wear any and every kind of stripe!
Tuesday, February 27: Wear Green - wear as much green as possible!
Wednesday, February 28: Wear Wacky socks and mismatched clothing
Thursday, March 1: Dress as your Favorite Dr. Suess character

Third and fourth grade students will be taking the PARCC assessment in April. If you would like to learn more about PARCC click here. On the site you will learn more about the PARCC assessment. You will find practice tests and other valuable parent and student resources.

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.

You may purchase the 2017-2018 Yearbook online until March 20, 2018. ORDER YEARBOOK HERE. The cost of the yearbook is $20.00. See attached flyer.

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.

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 child(ren). 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
Saturday, February 24 - Preschool Open House - Troy Cronin School 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 27 - Portillo’s Fundraiser Night

Wednesday, February 28 - Family Reading Night - Troy Craughwell 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1 - PAC Meeting
Spirit Day - Favorite Dr. Suess Character Dress Up Day

Friday, March 2 - No School - Institute Day

Monday, March 5 - No School - Casimir Pulaski Day

Tuesday, March 6 - 20 - Coldstone Creamery Fundraiser

Friday, March 9 - Fourth Grade Parent Event - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 - 22 - Smencil Sale

Thursday, March 15 - Spring Pictures
Father/Son Event

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