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

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal
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Principals’ Post
April 18, 2019

Dear Craughwell Families,

The Little Caesars Fundraiser pick will be on Thursday, April 25 after school. We strongly encourage you to pick up your orders on Thursday, April 25. If you cannot pick up the order on Thursday, please call the school to make arrangements to pick up the order on Friday, April 26. Unfortunately we will NOT be able to store any orders after Friday, April 26.

Mrs. Parker and the students in second and third grade have been working hard to prepare for their concerts which will be on Thursday, April 25. The second graders will perform at 5:30 p.m. The third graders will perform at 6:30 p.m Students should arrive 10 minutes before the start of their concert (2nd - 5:20 p.m & 3rd 6:20 p.m.). The students will enter through the Gym Door #2 and report to their home room. Parents and family will remain in the gym. Once the students have completed their performance, Mrs. Parker will dismiss the students to their homeroom. We ask that 1 adult family member go to their child’s classroom to pick them up. Mrs. Blaauw will be hosting an art show highlighting the students work in the cafeteria. All families will exit through the Door 4 in the cafeteria.

The Fourth Grade Choir concert will be on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m at Troy Craughwell. Students should arrive by 6:20 p.m. and report to the music room. Please enter through Door #2. Parents and family members will remain in the gym for the concert. Following the performance, Mrs. Parker and the students will return to the music room. We ask for 1 adult to go to the music room to pick up the student. All families will exit the building through the Gym Door #2.

Tuesday, April 30 is a SIP Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. There will be no lunches served on this day. Any students that are not picked up by 12:05 p.m. or brought back to the school by bus will be charged the $75 Late Student Pick Up fee. Refer to the Troy Student/Parent Handbook (Parent/Guardian Late Student Pick-Up page 11).

The week of May 6 -10 Mrs. Forlenzo will be hosting a Buy One Get One Free book fair!! Students will shop during the school day that week. Scholastic is introducing a Book Fair eWallet. Please read here to find out how your child can shop without having to bring cash to school. You can begin putting funds into your child’s account on May 3, 2019. An interactive book flyer is also located on the site.

While students may bring electronic devices on the buses; however, Mrs. Barker and I do not recommend our students do so. We are not responsible for any devices that are lost or damaged either on the bus or at school, nor will we investigate any incident of lost or damaged devices. We do encourage students to read a book while on the bus!

Important Dates
Friday, April 19 - No School

Monday, April 22 - No School

Wednesday, April 24 - Choir Concert - Troy Craughwell - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 - 2nd Grade Music Concert - Troy Craughwell - 5:30 p.m.
3rd Grade Music Concert - Troy Craughwell - 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 3rd Grades Art Show - Craughwell Cafe - 5:30 - 7:00
Little Caesars Pizza Kit Pick Up - Troy Craughwell - Door 4 -
3:10 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 26 - Mid Trimester - Wear Bright Future t-shirts

Tuesday, April 30 - SIP Day - Early Release - 11:50 a.m. No lunches served
Spirit Day - “Exercise Your Brain” - wear workout clothes

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


5 months 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