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August 01, 2008

School Starts August 14!

How can you get your family ready for the new school year in less than two weeks? Our back-to-school guide covers the basics and will help you and your kids ease back into the first day on August 14. *****  

Bus Schedules

On or about August 10, parents should receive student bus schedules in the mail. You will also be able to look the information up on Parkway’s Web site through e-Link, an online information system. Just enter your street address, and you’ll be able to find the bus routes and approximate pick-up and drop-off times for your child. To access e-Link, go to and then log in with the user name and password of Guest. Students who enroll in school after Aug. 3 can receive bus information by calling the transportation department at (314) 415-8400.


School Messages and Emergency Alerts

Want to receive important information about school closings, emergencies and school events? Be sure your school has updated phone numbers and email addresses so you can receive voice or email messages via AlertNow, an automated notification system. Please include your current phone numbers and email addresses on your student’s Census Verification form, and notify your school if changes occur throughout the year. Read more about AlertNow at  


Lunch Menus
Look to see what’s on the lunch and breakfast menu each day at all Parkway schools and find the nutritional analysis of each meal by visiting our Web site: You’ll also be able to see your child’s lunch account balance at


Have the Right Stuff?

Find out what school supplies your child needs for the first weeks of class by visiting our Web site at  Most of our schools have the school supply lists online.  Be sure to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 1-3 (see related article).


Watch Your Mailbox for Back 2 School, a parent’s guide to the 2008-09 school year. It contains a directory of schools, important dates, student health information, parent notices, Parkway’s discipline policy and much more. It is also posted on the Parkway Web site at:



State Releases NCLB Progress Reports: Parkway Among Top 10

State education officials have released adequate yearly progress (AYP) results for all Missouri schools, based primarily on a state test called the MAP. *****AYP is part of a federal law called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This year’s results are based on preliminary 2008 test scores from Missouri’s MAP tests in math and communication arts.

You may read in news reports that Parkway’s test scores were among the top 10 in the region. However, Parkway and most area school districts did not make AYP based largely on individual subgroups’ performance on the tests. Districts are required by law to notify parents about these results, so letters are being mailed to all Parkway families the week of August 4. Parkway continues to be Accredited with Distinction by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and has been recognized for seven consecutive years for "Distinction in Performance" by the state. To read more about Parkway and AYP, go to

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Parkway Encourages Parent & Citizen Involvement

When schools and families work together, children are more inclined to succeed. Parkway offers numerous opportunities for parents and citizens to volunteer at the school and district levels.***** 

Alumni Association – A nonprofit organization of Parkway graduates working to encourage communication among alumni and foster programs that serve and support the Parkway community. One or two evening meetings per year. Contact: Jan Misuraca at (314) 415-8074.

– Volunteers are needed to provide positive news and photos of students, staff and school activities to Public Affairs and the media. Meet on a weekday morning in fall for training and once more later in the year. Contact: Cathy Kelly at (314) 415-8078.

Area Advisories – Two venues are offered to parents and citizens depending on the area of the district in which they reside--Central/North or South/West. Each group will meet once each semester on a weekday to discuss current topics of interest and share thoughts on major district plans and projects. The first meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at North High (Central/North) and Thursday, Sept. 25 at West High (South/West). Contact: Diana Stewart (314) 415-8069.
Government Relations Committee – Parents and citizens interested in legislative and policy issues affecting Parkway are welcome to participate. There are opportunities for advocacy; meeting notes are emailed and posted on the Web site. School representatives are asked to report on issues to/from their PTOs. Five luncheon meetings are held on Fridays throughout the school year. The first meeting is at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 27. Contact: Diana Stewart, (314) 415-8069.

OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring –
Mature adults are trained to help elementary students with reading skills for one hour every week. Training begins in September. Contact: Barb Clark at (314) 415-8121.
Parents Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities – Parkway parents committed to securing quality education for students with special needs receive support and information through monthly meetings. Representatives meet regularly with district administrators to discuss issues pertaining to children with disabilities. Contact: Steve Colombo at (314) 415-8071 or email Web site
Parent/Teacher Organizations Provide volunteer opportunities for direct involvement in school plans, programs and activities. Contact: School principals.
Safety Network – Established by the board of education to promote safe conditions in Parkway. Volunteers participate in annual safety audits and are involved in school safety and emergency preparedness activities, including the Block Homes program. Meetings vary as needed. Contact: Fred Crawford at (314) 415-8320.
(Coming Soon!) Parkway Long-Range Planning Committees
Three long-range planning committees will form in early 2009. Committees will focus on three major district goal areas: Student Achievement; School Climate (safety and health); and Technology/Fa­cilities. Each group will review and monitor progress toward district goals and make recom­mendations for improvement. Members will include parent and community representa­tives and district staff. Watch for application information in Parkway eNews and local media. Contact: Diana Stewart at (314) 415-8069.

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Save on Back-to-School Supplies

Once again, Missouri will celebrate a sales tax holiday for certain back-to-school purchases (clothing, supplies, computers, etc.). The sales tax holiday is *****Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 1-3, 2008.

Cities have the option of participating or not. The Parkway communities of Chesterfield, Creve Coeur and Maryland Heights will participate in the sales tax holiday, so eligible items purchased at businesses in those cities will be exempt from all sales taxes.
The cities of Manchester, Ballwin, Des Peres, Kirkwood and Town & Country have opted out, so items purchased at businesses in those communities will not be completely tax exempt. Shoppers in those areas will get the county and state tax exemptions on back-to-school purchases, but will have to pay the city sales tax.
For more information about items that qualify for the sales tax holiday and a complete list of counties and cities participating, click on the following link:

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