March 5, 2014
Dear TRCS Families,
As many of you might have heard, we held our first lockdown drill of the year this past Monday. In preparation for the drill, we had a two hour staff training last week on what to do in the case of the need for a lockdown of our campus. Each teacher and the specials teachers then practiced with the students in their individual classrooms. On Monday, our school resource officer, Barry Adams and the captain came out to the school to observe us in action during our drill. They observed us, gave us some feedback and gave us a chance to ask any questions that we might have had. Overall, their feedback was extremely positive and they felt that our students did an excellent job following directions and quickly getting themselves to safety. However, from within the classrooms, we did get a few reports from staff members of student silliness and humor around this drill. We are so proud that most of our students took this drill as serious practice and they exemplified SPARK behaviors, but a few did not. We ask that you take a moment to talk with your family about why we have lockdown, tornado and fire drills and how important it is that we take these important drills seriously. Practice drills can feel scary to the children, however, if you can support us at home by having open dialogue about the reasons that we do these drills, then it will help all of our students to take them as serious practice that could possibly someday save their lives. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Rachel, Ms. Jessica or Ms. Beth if you have any questions about the drills or any our school safety procedures and we will do our best to answer your questions and address your concerns.
~ Ms. Jessica
Parents please remember, if we have an early release at 11:30, then there will be NO After School that day. Thanks for your support and understanding!
Weather Make Up Days
- March 13th – Full Day
- March 14th – 11:30 Early Release
- June 9th
- June 10th – 11:30 Early Release
- June 11th – 11:30 Early Release
Future Weather Make-up Days
If we are required to have a snow day again, please remember that we will first try to make it up on Saturday. Then, we will use the two remaining days in June – June 12th and June 13th.
If you would like to receive text reminders about weather and important school events, please text the following confirmation:
@trcsnotify to 828-355-5380.
Dates to Remember
- March 7 – Art Crawl Student Art
- March 13 – Full Day of School (snow day make up)
- March 14 – Early Release 11:30 (NO AFTER SCHOOL)
Buffalo Cove Spring Dates
Please remember to save the date for your child’s trip to Buffalo Cove and mark your calendar today. This is a highlight of the year and no one wants to miss out.
- April 10-11 Third Grade
- April 16-17 Fourth Grade
- April 30-May 2 Sixth Grade
- May 7-9 7th Grade
- May 14-16 8th Grade Adventure Trip
- 5th grade will be heading to Sound to Sea this spring instead of Buffalo Cove for their own adventure on the coast.
- March 14th – Full day to Early Release
- April 4th – Full day to Early Release
News & Reminders
Can You Wew?
Some of the rooms around the school and in the main building are in need of some curtains to spruce up our indoor spaces and how they look from the outside. If you can sew and would be willing to make us some curtains, please get in touch with Ms. Jessica at email@example.com. We would really appreciate any help you can offer!
Do you need financial assistance with a school related activity? Are you struggling to pay your after school bills? If so, please don’t worry silently. Reach out and ask us for help by contacting the office or email Ms. Rachel, Ms. Jessica or Ms. Beth and we share information with you about the financial assistance opportunities we are able to offer.
Open Enrollment Begins on March 10th. Do you know someone who might be interested in attending Two Rivers next year? If so, encourage them to contact the office and make an appointment for a tour and to attend an open house. Thanks for sharing what you love about this school with your friends!
SPRING POSITIVE DISCIPLINE CLASS
Learn to understand why children misbehave and learn specific, non-punitive methods to help solve these problems in Positive Discipline parenting group, March 19-April 16, Wednesdays 6-8pm in room 168 at the Institute for Health and Human Services in University Hall. You will also learn how to help your children develop self-discipline, responsibility, problem-solving skills and self-esteem. Childcare may be available. Please email Julie Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and to inquire about childcare.
The Stakeholder’s Committee will meet Monday, March 10th at 3:30 in the Student Support room. We are going to brainstorm topics for the spring Parent Night and reflect on our great Parent Night that we had in January. If you have suggestions for topics please let us know so we can add them to the discussion on Monday.
Ms. Sallie and Ms. Jo
Kinders have been working on writing, “How To” stories and working on mechanics of writing. You can ask any Kinder what kind of work they are producing and they’ll tell you, “Quality work.” When you ask what that means, they’ll tell you, “Accurate, detailed and neat.” Kinders have worked on taking pride in their writing and creating the best work they can. We assess our work using rubrics, having peers look at our work and revising if it’s needed. We in Kindergarten know our work has to be “Worthy of public display.” Come by our classroom some time to see the quality work being produced in Kindergarten. Kinders would like to thank everyone who has purchased Healthy Kids’ Meals from Earth Fare to help us attain our funds to attend Tweetsie Railroad’s Letterland Days! We continue saving money for our trip in May and look forward to having enough money for us to either pay very little or nothing thanks to your generous support!
Ask the second graders how they kicked off their expedition today. We began our study entitled ‘All Earth’s Critters Have a Place in the Choir’ with some centers to get us excited. Throughout March and April we will be exploring the following guiding questions:
- How do different animal and insect cycles compare and contrast?
- How do the different sounds an animal makes throughout its life compare with one another and change?
- How do different animals make sound?
- How can we be advocates for animals and insects in our community?
We are continuing to look for some experts to help us with our study so if you are an expert or you know someone who is, please be in touch!
A reminder to second grade families: We will be going to the library this Friday (3/7/14). Stay tuned for other upcoming field trip dates.
The 5th grade has been marching through the curriculum. We just finished our unit on the Revolutionary War- we had mock battles, signed the Declaration of Independence with ink and quill, and learned about the Treaty of Paris 1783. Two weeks ago we visited the ASU Library and did research (with the expert guidance of ASU Librarians) for the American Revolution non-fiction articles that students are writing. In science, we have almost completed our unit on Forces and Motion. One highlight of our unit was racing mini-sleds down an ice track to learn about friction. What an incredibly productive time this is! Next week the 5th graders will be heading to the beach! We will spend 3 days at the Sound-to-Sea Outdoor Education Center where we will be learning about the different ecosystems on the coast.
The sixth grade classroom is now the final resting place for Hen-Isis. Last week, we completed our Egypt unit by removing our chicken mummy from its natron encasing and wrapping her in linen. Have no fear! She was given the proper amulets to help her make the journey to the afterlife and rests comfortably in her sarcophagus accompanied by the book of the dead. It was quite a way to “wrap” up our Egypt unit… ; )
Last week, we also modeled moon phases using Styrofoam balls and flashlights. The students were able to see how the moon goes through phases from the perspective of the Earth and from the perspective of the Sun and how those two are different.
This week we have MANY exciting things going on. Our very own Maylin Miller’s family will be coming to our class to share pictures, food, and their experiences in China. We will also have a group of ASU students putting on a living history museum for us, thanks to Mr. Eric Groce. And we will have a writer’s workshop with our very own Galen Miller’s Oma who will be in our classroom to continue building on stories that we have worked on from earlier in the year.
The Yearbook Group is pleased to announce that TRCS friends & family are now able to support the yearbook publication through sponsorship. Each sponsorship is a 2×2 text box that will include your well wishes for the students and your business name. This is NOT an advertisement. No pictures or logos will be allowed. All sponsorships must be received no later than March 19th. If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship, please contact the Yearbook Group via email. email@example.com.
From Ms. Kelly
I just wanted to say thank you for a great year. This is my last week before I take a break for the rest of the semester and care for my new baby. She is expected to arrive mid-March, so we’re getting very close now. Thank to all of you- teachers, students, and families, for your support this year. I am so grateful for you!
Lexie Danner will be substituting for me through the rest of this school year. She is experienced in teaching art and already knows many of our kids from her work in the community. Please introduce yourself and welcome her to our school. I will be returning to work at TRCS in August when the new school year begins.
March 7 Art Opening At Shear Shakti!
Please join the Boone community in Art Crawling this Friday. Two Rivers Student work with be on display and for sale at Shear Shakti in downtown Boone. The address is 693 W King St Boone, NC 28607 (upstairs of Lucky Penny). Proceeds will benefit the TRCS art program and allow us to replenish supplies to fulfill the creative yearnings of our talented and hard working students. Students have already submitted work, please come to the show if you can and purchase student art for your own collection.
Art Crawl festivities generally run from about 5-8 pm in Friday evenings. I will confirm the time and send that out via email as a reminder.
Kelly Sheets Snider
Two Rivers Community School
Autobell Fund Raiser
Please buy your Autobell carwash tickets by March 17. You can buy tickets directly from Ms Beth in the office or return the order form sent home with your child and your ticket(s) will be delivered by your child within 24 hours. Tickets cost $14.99 and half of the proceeds go to the school. Cleaning includes inside and out.These tickets can be used at any Autobell in the country and do not expire! Will make a great gift! Contact Rosa Dargan-Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Congratulations to the following classes for reaching their SPARK goal for the month of February: Kinders, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade! WELL DONE EVERYONE! Our goal is to have a Karaoke award for the classes! If we cannot get the things we need, we’ll announce the alternative soon. We are busily planning the goal awards for March and April and just let us say that they are going to be fun! Congratulations the K-6th grade students for collecting a whopping 2,072 SPARKS in the month of February! Let’s set goals to have Middle School students join us with their individual rewards and reach 3,000 SPARKS in MARCH!
~ Mrs. Natalie and Mrs. Vicki
March Earth Fare Healthy Meals
Thanks again for supporting the Kinder’s efforts to raise money to go to Tweetsie Railroad Letterland Days in May. Please note that orders are NOW DUE by THURSDAY MORNING. In the last newsletter I mentioned that there is a typographical error saying due by Friday. Please note that THURSDAY is the cut of date for wrap orders. I process them by 11:30 in the morning and fax off the order to Earth Fare by 12:30. Thanks in advance for your support and I’m sorry for the misprint on the order form! The order form needed is on this newsletter.