Dear TRCS Families,
I would like to take this moment to thank all of our wonderful staff at TRCS and wish them a very happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We are so lucky to have such a dedicated and hard working group of educators who truly care about children. Have a great week!
These special people we call teachers often go above and beyond…I would like to publicly say thank you to…
- Ms. Beth for all that you do to be so caring, kind and attentive to the needs of our students, families and staff members.
- Ms. Rachel for your unwavering support and guidance work with our students on a daily basis – we love having a counselor with heart!
- Ms. Cyndi for your support of all of our students as you teach them valuable life skills through the use of Brain Gym and movement.
- Ms. Vicki for wearing so many different hats (webmaster, bus driver, teacher, before care, & Spanish) and doing it with style and a smile.
- Ms. Dani for sharing your gentle energy and contagious enthusiasm with Kinders and after-schoolers alike all day long and into the night.
- Ms. Chelsea for sharing your assistance and expertise with parents, students and teachers alike.
- Ms. Talia for your organization, professionalism and incredible expedition planning during your first year at TRCS.
- Ms. Sandi for sharing your creative flair with all of our students and teaching reading with enthusiasm.
- Ms. Ali for your teacher leadership on the Board and Development Committee and for being such a strong advocate for children.
- Ms. Mimi for directing traffic with a smile (rain or shine) and stepping up to help out in so many ways (phones, reading groups, JGBs, and so much more).
- Ms. Lindsay for your long hours and dedication to being the best third grade teacher – we love those weekly newsletters!
- Ms. Scarborough for bring music, art, and dance to the classroom and for always being willing to help out or step in.
- Mr. Michael for your wonderful sense of humor, enthusiastic Spanish songs and positive rapport with children.
- Ms. Natalie for your inspiring Science lessons, amazing instructional delivery and dedication to children.
- Mrs. Cronk for your creativity in teaching math, mentoring of new staff members, and positive attitude.
- Ms. Elissa for your phenomenal science lessons, helpful gardening and recycling efforts, and enthusiasm for teaching español.
- Mr. Mark for your creative and innovative use of technology with students and as a form of communication throughout the year.
- Ms. Kelly for being such an awe-inspiring teaching artist who leads by example and who is always willing to give time and energy to TRCS.
- Coach Pack for your dedication to children and your work to inspire children to be physically fit for a lifetime.
- Ms. Joy for your tireless efforts to help children learn to find the joy and magic in reading and your leadership with testing and assessment.
- Ms. Jo for supporting all of our students to do their best and be there best self throughout the day – you are always so supportive!
- Ms. Sallie for your advocacy for our children, your service on committees, and your generosity with your time and energy.
- Mr. Justin for your smile and supportive presence throughout the day and into the after school program.
- Mr. Will for your daily dedication to our successful and thriving after school program – we are so glad to have you on our team!
- Ms. Kathy for your positive energy and smile as you work with our speech students.
- Ms. Elin for your helpful suggestions and occupational support of students both in and out of the classroom.
Thank you for all that you do!
~ Ms. Jessica
Announcements & Reminders
It is End-of-Grade testing time once again and we need your help as Proctors. You should have received an email and letter in Wednesday folders from Mrs. Rachel explaining everything you need to know about this important volunteer opportunity. This is a great way for you to get your volunteer hours for the year completed. If you are available, please contact Mrs. Rachel by responding by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your availability, or stop by the office and sign up on the schedule. Thanks!Snow Make-up Days
Snow Make-up Days
- Friday, May 24th – we do have school, early release at 11:30
- Monday, May 27th – we do have school
- June 3rd – June 7th – full week of school, with full days of school
- June 10th – we do have school, early release at 11:30
- June 11th – last day of school, early release at 11:30
Dates to Remember
- Mother’ Day – May 12th
- 8th grade Passage Portfolios – May 30th & 31st
- PTO End of the Year Party – June 1st
- Last Day of School – June 11th
- Summer School Begins – June 12th (if your child has missed more than 20 days of school they will be required to attend summer school & make-up the time)
Last Day of School Changed
Due to the inclement weather the week before break, we will be adding two days onto the end of the school year. Our revised last day of school will be June 11th. The calendar on the website has been updated as well. Please plan on a full week during June 3rd – June 7th and June 10th and 11th will be early release days at 11:30. Please revise your calendars and plan your summer schedules accordingly. Remember that attendance counts through the end of the school year and it is very important (especially with new testing this year) that your child is present through the last day of school. Testing will continue into the first week of June should it be required. Report cards will be sent home with your child on the last day of school – June 11th.
Yes, it is warming up and it is that time of year again. The lice are back and we need your help. Remember, lice are just a part of life in the mountains as the seasons change. However, we would like to do our best to keep our school environments lice free. We have sent home a letter to you notifying you that we would be doing a preventative check and asking you to do them as well. Please make sure you doing these checks on a weekly basis – it will save us all a lot of time, energy and stress that comes from the appearance of these crawling creatures. Please remember that we have a no-nit policy. So if you find lice, you need to treat your child and remove the nits before they can return to school. Thank you for your assistance in preventing the spread of lice. A special thanks to the PTO for purchasing our new lice lights and to our amazing Ms. Beth who spends countless hours checking heads with kindness and care!
EOGS COMING SOON
Yes, it’s getting to be that time of year again. We’ve been working on our schedule for EOG testing. If your child takes Extend 2 tests, those will begin on May 8 and end on May 21. If you would like to know the exact dates your child will be testing, please call the office and ask to speak with me. All other students will be testing from May 22 until June 4.
Middle School Schedule
6th, 7th, and 8th graders will take Math and Reading EOGs on May 22 and May 23. 8th graders will take Science on May 28. 6th graders will take Science on June 3 and 7th graders will take Science on June 4.
The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take Reading and Math on May 30 and May 31. 5th graders will take Science on May 27.
Attendance is very important on these days. Also, please make sure your children get a good night’s sleep and have breakfast on testing days.
If you have any questions, please call and I’ll be glad to speak with you.
~ Joy Schlagal, Testing Coordinator
No Subway this Week
This is a reminder that there will be NO SUBWAY Subs on Thursday, May 9th as Kinders will be off campus at Tweetsie. Thank you for all your support!
Wyatt Family Update
As you all know, Orion Wyatt (3rd grade) was in a car accident the day before Easter. He spent several weeks at the children’s hospital in Winston-Salem recovering from injuries to his pancreas. He is home now but will require ongoing care for several more weeks before he is able to return to school.
Our community knows how helpful it is for a family in their shoes to receive prepared meals at regular intervals. The Wyatt family would very much appreciate some nourishing, healthful meals this month.
I have set up a sign-up sheet at the following link:
Orion is on a low-fat diet while his pancreas is returning to normal function. He is allergic to dairy products. The family prefers no wheat, although an incidental amount is not a problem. They are accustomed to a whole food diet. Keeping within these suggestions will make the best use of our efforts.
Orion’s fat intake is being carefully tracked, so with any meal provided the family needs a list of included ingredients.
Meals can be dropped off at school or at Bare Essentials Natural Market.
Questions should be directed to Andrea Morgan 963-6489 email@example.com.
A big thank you in advance for your support!
The ALPHABET COUNTDOWN for Kinders started yesterday, Tuesday, May 7th with A- Animal Day! We will count down the last days of school with a letter of the Alphabet for each day we have left. This week is Animal Day, Bear Day, Cool! We are going to Tweetsie Day and Dance Day! These last days of school will go by quickly and before we know it, we’ll be at Z Day when we ZIP up our book bags and ZOOM home!
Kinders have kicked off their Expedition, “Water, Water EVERYWHERE!” We will learn about how important water is and how certain creatures in water are indicators of healthy water systems. We will be presenting puppet shows to the community at our Expedition Exhibition on Wednesday, June 4th at 4:30 PM. Mark your calendars!
The kinders would like to take this time to thank everyone who has helped us raise funds for field trips, field work and our trip to Tweetsie this school year by purchasing Subway subs to eat. We are thankful for all the support we’ve gotten from the community!
We’ve gotten to watch our class tadpoles growing thanks to Alex’s family. We learned parts of a frog in Español. Huevos are eggs, renacuajo (reh-nah-coo-ah-ho) is tadpole, rana con piernas is froglet, and rana is frog!
First Grade News
First Grade is finishing our Expedition “Animals in Our Neck of the Woods”. We have had fun learning about animal habitats as well as animal classification. Every student has worked on a research paper based on a certain animal as well as an animal classification book and animal expedition dictionary. Our Expedition Exhibition will be held this Thursday from 5-6pm. This will be a time where your child will be able to share with you all of the hard work they have done throughout our expedition.
Ms. Teryn’s last day is today. We are sad to see her go. She has been an asset to our classroom and we would like to say thanks for everything she has done with us. You will make a wonderful teacher!!
~ Ms. Talia & Ms. Sandi
Second Grade News
Second graders have some exciting announcements. First of all, we have a class of talented and driven artists. We were visited this month by Ms. Lane Weiss, who coordinates the Water Conservation Education Program in Boone, NC. She discussed how precious our water is on Earth. She explained a county wide poster competition in which all second graders in Watauga have the opportunity to create a poster to advocate conserving water. Students were given three themes: Every Drop Counts, Water-Use It Wisely, or Reduce Your Use. They were sent home with a poster board to express these themes with pictures and words. Posters throughout the county were judged by county employees. We had three people in our class who placed out of four in the entire county! Zea Marty came in second place, Zoey Albert came in third place, and Charlize Bowen was an honorable mention. Awards for these students will be given out at the regularly scheduled Boone Town Council Meeting on May 21st. It was wonderful to see all the effort put into these posters and to see the quality of the work that was turned in. Most students really took their time and made beautiful posters. Congratulations to all second graders. Because everyone participated, we will be going on a field trip to the water treatment plant and then to the park for pizza and games. Date TBA.
Second grade has also been hard at work finishing their expedition. Our exhibition date is this Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 5:00pm. As a celebration of our expedition work, we will be taking an overnight trip to Cherokee, NC on June 3-4. We can’t wait!
~ Ms. Alli
Parents! Please remind your child(ren) to bring a water bottle to school so that they can stay hydrated during after-school. Make sure to update us with any dietary restrictions so we can provide nutritious snacks for all students.
Please encourage your child(ren) to complete homework during after-school. We try our best to help students finish their homework before they get picked up, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to get out and complete his or her homework during homework time. Students are also expected to bring a reading book to after-school every day. We are so thankful for parental support in these areas. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Friday, May 10th and Monday, May 20th Ms. Karee from 4-H will visit and share some hands on science activities! Ask your kids about her last activities: nature journal making and dry ice experiments!
Your after-school directors,
~ Mr. Will, Ms. Dani and Mr. Justin
The PTO meeting for Tuesday evening was canceled and has been tentatively rescheduled for next Tuesday, May 15 at 5PM. We will discuss details for our End of Year Party scheduled Saturday, June 1st.
Thank you for all your support this year!
~ Your PTO Officers
“Genius is play, and man’s capacity for achieving genius is infinite, and many may achieve genius only through play.”
~ William Saroyan