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December 3, 2014

From the Director

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Break. As we enter busy holiday season before winter break, please remember that we still have 3 weeks of learning to do at school! Many families will have holiday activities on evenings and weekends over the next few weeks. As you are enjoying holiday activities, please make sure your child continues to get plenty of sleep and is prepared each day for school.

In the spirit of community service at Two Rivers, I hope that every parent will have the opportunity to help our two Rivers Students remember those who are less fortunate in our community. Helping your child donate time, gifts, or food during (and after) the holiday season is great way to celebrate the spirit of the season and learn a great life’s lesson in building community.
Don’t forget the sixth annual Peace Feast this Saturday at the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center from 11 until 2. There will be a Pasta Lunch, Activities, Bake Sale and a Silent Auction.
Two Rivers welcomes our new Kindergarten Special Education Teacher, Miss Pam, who started on Monday.
Reminder: Student-Led Conferences next week.
Picture re-takes Friday, December 12
Enter to win $50! Please complete and return the blue “Innovative Approaches Survey.” We are working with Appalachian District Health Department to collect information to help both them and Two Rivers offer better support to all of our families.

Dates to Remember

  • December 6 – Peace Feast
  • December 10 – Student-Led Conferences
  • December 12 – Picture Retakes
  • December 12 – Holiday Store Begins

News & Reminders

Pizza Notice

There will be no pizza available for lunch this Friday, December 5th. Pizza will be available for purchase Friday, December 12th. Please bring money on Thursday for pizza on Friday. That will be the last chance for pizza for 2014. Pizza sells will resume in January.
Pizza sells benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., which will take place in April. Thank you for your support!!

Car Wash……..ington!

Auto Bell Fundraiser for the 8th Grade Washington Trip!
$15.99 for a Full Service Car Wash – (this is regular price)
TRCS will earn 1/2 of the ticket price.
All Auto Bell washes accept the tickets.
Please send in a check payable to TRCS for total amount of tickets requested.
Or call/text,  email Natalie Lewis 828-268-4518;
Last day to buy is December 19, 2014

Garden NEWS

A few words of gratitude this week:
Thanks to Earl and Deborah Starkey for volunteering their time to organize, pick up and drop off a full load of compost for the garden beds!
Thanks to Jasmine’s Gardens for donating a load of compost for the second year in a row!
Overdue thanks to Jeff White for donating homegrown garlic for planting!
Volunteer opportunities:
-organizing and ordering seeds
-spreading compost on garden beds
-organizing tool boxes in the garden

If you are willing to volunteer some time to help with these tasks, please e mail Ms. Dani at


Greeting Two Rivers friends and families,

We hope the holidays are returning you rested, full and well. Thank you for all who have responded to our need for volunteers for the Peace Feast. However there are still needs available and details to know for this Saturday.
Our biggest need is to serve food from 1230-2 and a clean up crew from 2-3. respond to this email, or or visit here to see volunteer needs or to sign up
We will be selling soft drinks and baked goods for a $1 (tea and water will be included with your meal). We need volunteers to bake goods and individually wrap them, bring them the day of and drop them off at the bake sale table.
Last call for all donations for the raffle and silent auction due to Mrs. Beth in the office by this Thursday December 4th!
A small disclaimer~ there is a creek near the event site. It is the expectation that you supervise your children.

The address for The Foscoe Grandfather Community Center is:

Foscoe Community Center
233 Park Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Phone: 828-963-7272

There are plenty of activities planned for the kids, yummy food and donations from Stick Boy Kitchen and Over Yonder are helping to make this happen. We have a list of fun Silent Auction items to bid on such as guitar lessons, acupuncture, local art, and gift certificates for local restaurants and AMB. Come get your early holiday shopping done and support our school while doing it.  Win Win!



The Kinders welcome Mrs. Pam DeBord to our class for the remainder of the school year. WELCOME to Two Rivers Ms. Pam! We are glad you are in our class!
In the month of December, the Kinders will be doing research on the many Festivals of Light around the globe. We’ll find out about places that celebrate in the winter months and how the connection they all have is LIGHT! We’ll end our Festival of Lights with our Polar Express pajama party the last week of school before the break!
The Kinders would like to thank everyone who helped us with our service project of collecting food items for the pantry at our local Hospitality House. Kinders collected 401 food items, blankets, mugs and silverware. The Hospitality House gave us a tour during our Expedition and showed us their hoop houses and hoop garden. We learned that there are 16 homeless children who live there. We hope that with the things we donated, their holidays will be better. While there, the folks at the Hospitality House gave the Kinders a wooden bench for our classroom. Thanks to Mrs. Kelly Snider, it has now been decorated and is going to help us to help others! Thanks to ALL for helping the Kindergarten class!
Mrs. Vicki, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Pam and the Kinders

First Grade

First grade has been very busy!  Here are some of the learning highlights from November.
First graders and their parents participated in a Thanksgiving celebration the last day before break.  We sang 3 songs for our families, and then shared a nice Thanksgiving mini feast with our parents.  We also learned all about turkeys and the real story behind the holiday.
In writing, we completed the final drafts of fables and reports on Ancient Greece.  We also completed a short biography about Mebrahtom Kefligizhi—Meb K. for short!  We discovered he is a talented marathon runner and Olympic medalist, worthy of being honored on our 10 mile Mighty Milers certicates.  Additionally, we are also taking time once a week at lunch to write about current events as a class.  Check out our website to read what the class thinks is trending.
As a service project, we are working to create fleece blankets for Project Linus.  When we are done, our blankets will be donated to children who need something new, warm, and cuddly to call their own after experiencing trauma in their lives.
Our latest science experiment was to tape cups together, put weights inside, and then roll them down an incline to see what happens. Coincidentally, we also became experts on all the ways to use masking tape to make the weights stay inside the cup where they belong


As November comes to an end, students in all grade levels and classes are gearing up for student led conferences. Meanwhile, in middle school, students have been preparing for, and have already participated in, a Global Student Led Conference via Skype.
7th graders were the first to take the reins with their Mystery Skype with a school in Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Playa del Carmen is a large city near Cancún in the Yucatán Peninsula.  Our students used Spanish and correctly guessed the country and then state of the other school.  8th graders also participated in their first Mystery Skype with a school in the capital city of Managua in Nicaragua, and finally 6th graders just finished up their cultural exchange with Monterrey, Mexico on December 2nd.
Using Skype in the classroom has been an effective way to create more autonomous learners and prepare our students for future success in the 21st century world. Not only do these video conferences seamlessly coincide with our current classroom curriculum, but it’s done in an engaging format that motivates our students to explore more.  These virtual field trips are the closest we can get to studying abroad, but while in the comfort of our own classroom, and what’s better than communicating with native speakers live from their home country?
Stay tuned for more updates!
-Srta. Maria

Middle School

We have lots of exciting things happening in the middle school as we approach the end of the quarter, the semester, the year, and some fantastic expeditions.
This week the 8th grade is experiencing the culmination of our river based expedition, “ NC Flow,” with a field trip to Charleston, SC. While visiting this beautiful, historic city, students will seine the marsh and look at indicator species, comb the beaches, learn about Native American and colonial cultures, and visit the South Carolina Aquarium.
7th graders are gearing up for their wind turbine competition, which is the culmination of their expedition, “The Winds of Change.” Teams will design their turbine with the goal of producing the most electricity. Students have been reading “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” the true story of a Malawian teenager who built a windmill out of scraps and spare parts to pump water and generate electricity for his village.
In addition to their expedition work, the middle school has been excited to forge friendships with middle schoolers in Latvia. We are currently working on a digital letter and holiday cards to share with our new friends.
At the end of this week, we hope to see all of you at this year’s Peace Feast. As always, the 8th graders will be deeply involved in the activities there and will benefit from this event, as part of the proceeds go to the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. this spring.