May 27, 2015
News & Reminders
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Friday, May 29th
TRCS is hosting a breakfast for volunteers. We want to say thank you to everyone who has driven or chaperoned for field trips, provided additional support, participated in fund-raising efforts, and worked on various committees. Please come between 8:45 and 10:00 Friday morning so we can show our appreciation for all you do to help make TRCS a wonderful place to grow and learn!
Help! Calling All Community Members!!!
We need proctors! Please help us end the school year on a positive note by providing this much needed service for our school. We cannot sail through the 7 days of testing smoothly and easily without your help. We need proctors every day June 1–5 and June 8–9. Remember that this service counts towards your volunteer hours!
Our EOGs will be administered from June 1 through June 9. Please look at this schedule and mark your calendar for the days your children will be testing.
- Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2: grades 3 and 8
- Wednesday, June 3: 5th and 8th grade Science
- Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5: grades 4 and 6
- Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9: grades 5 and 7
Please do not make appointments or plan to leave early on vacation. The state requires that we use the last ten days of school for EOGs, and every child in grades 3-8 is required to take them.
Make Every Day a Productive Day
The days are longer now and everyone is enjoying lots of outdoor activities, which means dinner at a later hour, and possibly a later bedtime for our children. It’s especially important now, as the demands for the end of the school year are ramping up, for children to get enough rest and sleep. A good night’s sleep makes for a calm, productive day. Please establish or re-establish a routine that ensures your children are going to bed at a reasonable hour. More sleep equals less stress as our students finish projects for the year and go into End of Grade testing.
Two Rivers student have been hard at work getting the garden weeded and planted for the summer.
The big thank you to the Nicklaw family who generously donated beautiful starts for the garden.
We are excited to have a building technologies class at ASU building a garden shed for us! We will finally have a home for all our garden tools and a place to hook up our rain barrel. ASU will be providing most of the building supplies but we are in need of metal roofing, a door, and shelving.
SEEDLING SALE FUNDRAISER
This Friday the 29th from 2:30- 3:30 we will be selling seedlings to help raise money for the garden shed and other garden needs.
With Joanna Weintraub’s generous support we were able to start seedling in her greenhouse this year. There will be a variety of basil, peppers, tomatoes, summer squash, and pumpkins for sale.
Look out for the beautiful sign the 2nd and 6th graders painted, park your car, bring some cash, and come down to the picnic tables in front of the office to get some seedlings for your garden.
Dates to Remember
- May 29 – Volunteer Breakfast
- June 1 – EOGs begin / PTO Meeting
- June 6 – End of Year Party
- June 10-12 – Snow Day Makeup
The first grade class recently completed a year long service project that we’d like to share with our school community. With the help of our high school intern Ms. Teri, we made fleece blankets and cards that we donated to Project Linus. Project Linus provides new, handmade blankets to children who have experienced trauma in their lives–what better comfort than a new blanket to call your own? We hope you enjoy this picture of our celebration when we gave our finished blankets to Ms. Julie, the project coordinator for Western NC.
~ Ms. Tina, Ms. Sandi, Ms. Teri, and 1st grade
Summer Break is just around the corner, and we are wrapping things up and starting some review in Spanish class. Some good ideas to keep up with Spanish during the break are to encourage your kids to sing the songs they remember from Spanish class as well as review their drawings and notes in their notebooks that will be going home soon.
Also, this Summer Break, you may be visiting some Mexican restaurants, so why not practice some Spanish with the waiters? The biggest word to remember is Quiero which means “I want.” It may sound too blunt as an English translation, but saying Quiero in Spanish does not have the same connotation and is actually polite to say. Just say Quiero followed by your favorite dish. Here are some examples.
- Quiero arroz con pollo (ACP), por favor. (I want rice with chicken, please).
- Quiero una quesadilla, por favor. (I want a quesadilla, please).
- Con (with) and sin (without) are some more important words to remember.
- Quiero un taco con pollo, por favor. (I want a taco with chicken, please).
- Quiero un taco sin cebolla, por favor. (I want a taco without onions, please).
If your waiter is already speaking to you in Spanish and asks Qué quieres comer? you can simply reply with your order and eliminate Quiero. For example, you could simply say arroz con pollo, por favor.
Next time you and your family go to a Spanish speaking restaurant, why not try some new phrases?
The Middle School students have been participating in a fitness challenge created by the 8th graders. The 8th graders divided themselves into three groups: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. This is a system created by the 2010-11 8th graders. They, then, create a workout that is appropriate for that level. Beginners are allowed to use modifications on exercises with no penalty. Those in the Intermediate challenge are issued a penalty for using modifications. No modifications are allowed for the Advanced challenge. The competition is similar to the Cross Fit Games, for anyone familiar with such. While everyone is competing to do their best, camaraderie abounds. Students cheer each other on vigorously.
Each year you have a few students who gracefully complete the challenges and appear unaffected by the workload. As beautiful as that is to watch, the tears run adrift for me with the students that struggle to even complete the challenges, but they absolutely refuse to quit. We had a couple students this year where this happened. Class was over. It was just the participant and their judges. They had no chance of “winning.” Their muscles, minds, and spirits were exhausted.Yet, they found a way. This perseverance and determination to complete the challenge was wildly inspiring for those of us lucky enough to witness their amazing feat.
I do not have results as of yet because the 6th graders performed the Advanced challenge on Tuesday since they were at Buffalo Cove last week.
This Thursday morning the 6th-8th graders will participate in the Middle School Mile. This is where all three classes run the mile together. I score the event using time averages, as well as by traditional cross-country scoring methods. While it is a fun way to throw in a little friendly competition, this is when we have the largest number of personal records set. As with the fitness challenges, the competition aspect is overshadowed by the camaraderie and the students encouraging each other push themselves.
Middle school news
Wow! This year has just flown by. What a wonderful adventure it has been! However, we are not quite done yet. There is still some excitement in the works.
Seventh Grade Expedition Exhibition
I want to extend a huge congratulations to the seventh grade for their hard work and exemplary performance with Model UN last week.
Model UN is a United Nations simulation in which participants craft resolutions for real world problems using parliamentary procedure. The issues that the seventh grade grappled with in their Model UN Expedition were climate change and the human right to water. Their speeches, their questions to each other, their representations of their countries, and the resolutions they drafted together all demonstrated a deep understanding of these issues and of world events in general. Even though I have walked with these students through this entire process, I was greatly impressed by their performance.
On behalf of the seventh grade and myself, I would also like to extend our gratitude to Emma Tzotschew and Sadye Franklin in eighth grade for their very professional work moderating Model UN for us. Thank you.
~ Ms. Kelly Lynn
“Dancing Through the Decades” This Friday!
Middle Schoolers – 6th, 7th, and 8th grades – our much anticipated Decades Dance is this Friday, May 29th, at Deer Valley Club from 4 to 7 pm. Dress in attire from your favorite decade while we do the Twist or the Jitterbug to top hits from years past. Costumes are optional. $5 admission. All proceeds go to relief efforts for earthquake victims in Nepal.
Parents – Also this Friday, May 29th, TRCS is hosting a breakfast for volunteers. Many of you have driven or chaperoned for field trips, provided additional support, participated in fund-raising efforts, and worked on various committees. Please come between 8:45 and 10:00 Friday morning so we can show our appreciation for all you do to help make TRCS a wonderful place to grow and learn!
The end of the school year means many things: wonderful weather outside of classroom windows, planning for summer vacations & summer camps, signing yearbooks, and tearful goodbyes. It also means testing.
Eighth grade test dates are June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Seventh grade test dates are June 8th and 9th.
Please make sure that your student gets plenty of rest and hydration. A good breakfast is also a good plan. In the effort to make sure everyone eats a good breakfast on test days, we are asking parents to donate breakfast foods the mornings of testing. Please contact Ms. Kelly AND Mr. Clint at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate breakfasts on those days.
Once through testing, a load is lifted and things lighten up a bit. We will have our last SPARK reward of the year on Wednesday, June 10th. This is for the ENTIRE middle school – 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. We will be taking the bus to Rocky Knob Park for a relaxing day of playing, hiking, and picnicking. Please make sure your student brings a water bottle. Look for permission forms in today’s Wednesday folder and return those by next Wednesday, June 3rd. There is no cost for this field trip, but it is a SPARK reward and is, therefore, behavior dependent.
Eighth Grade Graduation
We will celebrate the eighth graders Thursday, June 11th at 9:00 am in Ms. Kelly Lynn’s room. While space is limited, every effort will be made to make everyone as comfortable as possible.
The eighth grade Government Expedition culminated with the trip to Washington D.C. Eighth graders will be presenting their exhibition at the beginning of the graduation ceremony.
We are looking forward to celebrating the growth and achievements of the class of 2019, and wish them success and fulfillment in their future endeavors.
~Mr. Clint & Ms. Kelly