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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal
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Principals’ Post
January 5, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

The 5 Essentials survey is open. Click here to begin the 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. To receive the parent report we must receive 20% parent participation. We currently have only 4% parent participation. Your input is very important to us, and we thank you for your time and cooperation in completing the 5 Essentials survey. The survey will close on January 31, 2018. We will have computers set up to take the survey during our Movie Night and Snowfall Ball. Parents are welcomed to come to the school to take the survey as well.

Wednesday, January 10 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 Favorite Team Day. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team attire! This can be a professional team or their own sport team!

The first Troy Craughwell Movie Night will be next Thursday, January 11 at Troy Craughwell. Admittance to the movie is FREE! Come enjoy a free movie with your family. We will be showing Charlotte’s Web. The movie will begin at 6:00 p.m. Door 4 will be open at 5:30 p.m. to enter. Water, popcorn, and candy will be available for purchase. Families are asked to bring blankets to sit on during the movie. There will be a brief intermission. We look forward to our first movie night!

The Daddy Daughter Snowflake Ball is Wednesday, January 24, 2018. 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 16, 2018.

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.

Tuesday, January 23 is the next PAC sponsored Donuts with Dad - D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) event. Donuts will be served in the cafeteria beginning at 7:45 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the program and volunteering, please plan on attending. PAC members will be available to discuss the D.O.G.S. program.

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.

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
Wednesday, January 10 - SIP Day - Early Dismissal 11:50 a.m. No lunches served
Spirit Day - Favorite Team Day

Thursday, January 11 - Movie Night - Troy Craughwell - Charlotte’s Web - Free admittance. Popcorn, candy, and water will be available for purchase.

Monday, January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16 - Daddy Daughter Reservation and Money due

Wednesday, January 17 - Mid-Trimester Team Huddles - Wear mustache shirts
School Board Meeting - District Office - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23 - Donuts with Dad - Troy Craughwell - 7:45 a.m. (Door 4)

Wednesday, January 24 - Daddy/Daughter Snowflake Ball - Troy Craughwell - 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Monday - Wednesday, January 29 - 31 - Marco’s Pizza Fundraiser Nights

Tuesday, January 30 - 4th Grade Choir Concert - Troy Craughwell - 7:00 p.m.

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


7 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.