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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 13 19
September 13, 2019

Dear Craughwell Families,

Tuesday, September 17 is a School Improvement Day. It is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. There will be no lunches served on this day.

Grandparents' Week is next week!. Grandparents (or a special adult friend) are invited to have lunch with their grandchild(ren). See the schedule below. Guests will enter the building through Door 2. Pre-K guests will enter through Door 2 as well. Lunches are not served on Tuesday due to the SIP Day (Early Dismissal)
Fourth Grade - Monday, September 16 - 12:25 to 12:50 p.m
First Grade - Wednesday, September 18 - 10:50 to 11:15a.m.
Third Grade - Wednesday, September 18 - 11:55 to 12:20 p.m.
Second Grade - Thursday, September 19 - 11:20 to 11:45 a.m.
Kindergarten - Friday, September 20 - 1:00 to 1:25 p.m.
Pre-K - Friday, September 20 - 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. - ENTER DOOR 2

Mrs. Forlenzo will be hosting a Book Fair in the cafeteria during Grandparent’s Week. Students will visit and can shop at the Book Fair during their scheduled library times. If you are sending money with your child, please be sure it is in an envelope with his/her first and last name and teachers name on the outside. Make checks payable to Troy School District 30C. Scholastic Book Fairs offers a secure, cash free way for your child to shop! Create and account and set a spending amount, so students can purchase books without having to bring money to school. To set up an account simply follow this link: Grandparents will have some time to shop with their grandchild(ren) after lunch for a short period of time. If grandparents want to shop without their grandchild before lunch, they can enter through Door 4.

In conjunction with the Book Fair, we will be celebrating reading with various schoolwide activities. On Monday, classes with read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs outside. Tuesday will be Star Wars day “Light Up with a Good Book - students are encouraged to bring a flashlight to school. On Wednesday, Finding Nemo - Students will find a friend to read with. Thursday will be Toy Story day Read with a stuffed animal - students are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to school. Friday will be Freaky Friday - teachers will switch things up and read to other classrooms! It will also be a Spirit Day - Freaky Friday - Students can dress like teachers and teachers will dress like students.

On Monday, September 16 we will be conducting Bus Evacuation drills. Every student will practice evacuating a bus. Students that ride a bus to school will exit the bus through the back door on the bus. Students that are car riders will be placed on a bus, so they can practice the evacuation procedures. Bus drills are state mandated. The Transportation Department and Troy Craughwell staff ask that you continue to stress the importance of following our expectations of being respectful, responsible, peaceful, safe, and kind while on the bus.

The first Father/Son event is scheduled for Thursday, October 3. Guys Night Out is a time for Craughwell boys and their dad or an important male influence (stepdad, uncle, grandfather, or adult aged older brother) to spend a fun filled evening at Troy Craughwell. There will a dj, games, activities, snacks, and photo memento. Reservation and money are due no later than Friday, September 27. Please make checks payable to Troy School District 30C.

This week we began our Personal Learning Time sessions for every grade level in ELA and Math. This time is used to address specific needs of students. Students receive either enrichment and extra support depending on their needs. This is in addition to their regular grade level instruction time.

The Troy School District has implemented the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) program in the event of an intruder. A.L.I.C.E. allows for staff to make informed decisions based on information in the case of a school crisis. During ALL types of drills - fire, bus, 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.

It may seem a little early to be talking about Halloween, but I’m sure your child has seen the costumes in the stores and are trying to decide what exactly he/she wants to be for Halloween. The Craughwell P.A.C. once again is hosting a costume drive at Troy Craughwell. They are asking for gently used or new costumes to be donated to Troy Craughwell. You can send costumes with your child to be donated or drop them off at the school office beginning Monday, September 16. Beginning September 30, students in need of a costume will have the opportunity to shop for a costume here at Troy Craughwell.

The annual Affy Tapple Sale continues. We do NOT encourage or want students to go door to door to sell apples. Ask family and friends or take the order forms to work. The funds raised will be used to purchase items for students. The orders and money are due no later than Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Late orders cannot be accepted. Any orders or money sent in after Tuesday, October 1 will be returned. When returning orders and money please, put your child’s name and his/her teacher’s name on the order form and envelope. Please make checks payable to Troy School District 30C.

Box Tops are changing this year! You can scan your receipts and earn money for Troy Craughwell. No more cutting, saving, and sending in the little Box Top clips anymore! We can accept the Box Tops clippings until Friday, December 6. If you have any Box Top cut-outs send them to school with your child now, because as of December 6 we will now longer be able to accept them.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (815) 577-7313 Mrs. Barker’s extension is 6004 and my extension is 6005 or email us at or

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

Important Dates
September 16 - 20 - Book Fair in cafeteria
Monday, September 16 - Bus Evacuation Drills (rescheduled) in the morning as buses arrive
4th Grade Grandparents Lunch - 12:25 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. - Enter Door 2
Schoolwide Reading Activity - classes will read outside
Costume Drive begins - donations can be sent to school or dropped off at the front office

Tuesday, September 17 - SIP Day - Early Dismissal
11:50 a.m. - No lunches served
Star Wars Day - Bring a flashlight to school

Wednesday, September 18 - 1st Grade Grandparents Lunch - 10:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
3rd Grade Grandparents Lunch - 11:55 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. - Enter Door 2
Schoolwide Reading Activity - Find a friend to read with

Thursday, September 19 - 2nd Grade Grandparents Lunch - 11:20 a.m. to 11:45 am. - Enter Door 2
Schoolwide Reading Activity - Read with a stuffed animal - Students can bring in a stuffed animal

Friday, September 20 - Pre-K Grandparents Lunch - 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 - Enter Door 2
Kindergarten Grandparents Lunch - 1:00 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. - Enter Door 2
Spirit Day - Freaky Friday - Kids dress like teachers and teachers dress like kids
Schoolwide Reading Activity - Teachers will read to other classes

Friday, September 27 - Guys Night Out reservation and money due

Thursday, October 3 - Guys Night Out Event - Troy Craughwell - 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Troy Craughwell Family Day - Babe's Hot Dogs - 2600 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435