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April 16, 2014

Director’s Note

I am writing to inform you of my intent not to return as the Director of Two Rivers for the 2014-2015 school year. I will finish up this school year and work to set up the school for success in the coming year, then hand over the reins to the next leader of Two Rivers. This is not a decision that I have come to lightly, however, I feel that it is the best decision for my family and for my studies. Next year I intend to work on the completion of my dissertation full time and will also be staying home to care for my daughter, Lillian. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with all of you and your children over the past three years. It has been my privilege to be in a position to watch this school grow and thrive through the dedication and efforts of our wonderful students, our dedicated staff, a hard-working board of directors and an amazing group of parent volunteers. I have learned so much working beside each and every one of you, and it is with mixed emotions that I leave this position. I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to lead this amazing school, and I hope that I will be able to stay involved, even if in a small way, with the community that has been my professional home for the past five years. Thank you for entrusting your children to me and to the professionals who make this place of learning a unique, different and engaging place to be. Please do not hesitate to call me or email me with questions about this transition and I will do my best to answer them. Please know that the TRCS BOD has been made aware of this decision and they are working to develop a plan for the recruitment of a new director. Finally, I would like to say that it has truly been a pleasure to work with such an invested group of families. You give so much to make your children’s education a success and I will miss working with you and your children. To the students, thank you for brightening my days and inspiring me with your “sparkiness”. I will miss seeing your smiling faces each day. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Sincere regards,

~ Ms. Jessica


 Spring Break is coming up! Don’t forget we have an early release THIS FRIDAY April 18th at 11:30  (No After School) and we are off the whole week from April 21-25th.


Dates to Remember

  • April 18  – Spring Break Early Release 11:30 (NO AFTER SCHOOL)
  • April 25  – Flower Power online orders due
  • May 28  – Student-Led Conferences

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 30-May 2 Sixth Grade
  • May 7-9 7th Grade
  • May 14-16 8th Grade Adventure Trip

Weather Make Up Days

  • June 9th
  • June 10th
  • June 11th – 11:30 Early Release
  • June 12th  – 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 remaining day in June — 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


News & Reminders

Lost and found

Lost and found going on Spring Break! We will be going on spring break in a week and half and so will the lost and found. It will take a permanent vacation at Goodwill. Please come and check the lost and found prior to April 18th! It is quite large these days.

Flash Fiction

A big thanks to Katey Schultz for an amazing Flash Fiction residency last week with 5th though 8th grade. The students learned a lot and some amazing stories were produced during the week. Thank you to the Arts Council for the grant to do this residency and thanks to Rosa Powers for making this residency possible with her organization, grant writing, and assistance.
THank you for car duty!
A big thanks to all of the duty staff and student safety patrol members for braving a winter full of snow, sleet, ice and rain to keep everyone safe and keep the car line moving. Thank you for doing car duty with a dedication and a smile. A special appreciation to Ms. Cyndi for organizing the car duty schedule and student safety patrol. Students – a big celebration of your dedication – thanks for being model citizens and serving our school community.


EOG testing will be held the last ten days of school. Please make sure your children are in attendance the last ten days of school.


Local First Farm  to School Grant

A big congratulations to Two Rivers, recipients of the High Country Local First Farm to School Grant. Two Rivers applied and received a $1000 grant this spring to promote and sustain our school gardening program. On April 1st, some representatives from High Country Local First came out to present us with the check and a plaque that is now hanging up in our school garden. A big thanks to High Country Local First for all of their work to raise the money to promote and support school gardening efforts in the High Country. We celebrate their efforts and look forward to a wonderful year of partnership together. Delicious home grown veggies coming soon!


The Yearbook Has Been Submitted!

We expect them to arrive in plenty of time to collect some signatures before summer break.
The Yearbook Group would like to thank all the folks that came together to make this project happen.  We could not have done it without the help of EVERYONE!

Thank you to our volunteer photographers, student artists, community sponsors, student, and adult volunteers! This book has truly been created by the TRCS community. The cover page, title page, and all of the backgrounds were hand drawn by our students.   We would particularly like to take a moment to recognize the students of Yearbook Group that worked, so very hard, to make sure that the book represents the spirit of Two Rivers Community School. A special “thank you” to the parent advisers that dedicated countless hours to computer work and student meetings. Megan, Leigh, Dawn, and Jennefer, your efforts are greatly appreciated .
With original artwork featured on every page and a “Find Lucy” adventure, the yearbook group feels that this book is the best yet. We hope you do too!

If you are still interested in purchasing a book, please contact the group, yearbook.trcs@gmail.com. Thank YOU!


Last Ten Days Of School Are Scheduled For Testing

Please remember that the NC Legislature passed a law requiring schools to do all End of Grade and End of Course testing in the last ten days of school.  This is a big change from years past when we were allowed to start three weeks before school ended.  This change in the law means that all students must be present the last two weeks of school–please do not plan to vacation or take off early. Testing will start on Friday, May 30 and we hope to get the bulk of testing done during the first week of June.  After spring break we will put together a schedule for each grade level so you will know exactly what days your child will be testing. Due to the tight schedule and our small staff we will not be able to accommodate any special requests for students to test outside of their scheduled days.
Thank you for understanding that we must work within the parameters set by the state.


Class news

Brain Gym

Dear families,
I am taking a short term medical leave for several weeks following a surgery I will have over spring break. I am grateful for Matt Heath and Chelsea Lanagan who will be the substitute teachers covering Brain Gym classes for each grade level. My individual student schedule will be temporarily suspended (if you are a parent of one of these students, please see the letter included in your child’s Wed. folder this week). Ms. Rachel will be the contact for Safety Patrol members. Students were informed this week of my leave. I will miss being here and look forward to returning towards the end of May.

See you soon,

~ Ms. Cyndi


PTO News

Flower Power online orders will keep going until April 25. You’ll also find an order form for “I Love Lucy” bags. This is not a fundraiser, but something fun to show school spirit for those who want to have something else and to celebrate Lucy. We will send this out by email as well. The cost is $15/bag if pre-ordering. There will be a few extra but the cost will be $20.

Check out Volgistics for Teacher Appreciation Week volunteer opportunities! We are having it May 5 thru May 9 and will be Cinco de Mayo themed.


Buffalo Cove Reminder

Happy Spring Two Rivers Families!!  I wanted to send out a quick note as we prepare for a great season of outdoor fun, learning and adventure.  PLEASE check your children’s head for lice before they come to Buffalo Cove with their class.  Those little critters can spread quite quickly in a camp setting and we all need to do our part to help prevent this.  Thank you!!

As you and you family are gearing up for outdoor fun this Spring and Summer, please consider stopping by REGEAR to search for any clothing or equipment you might lack.  Regear is a locally owned and operated consignment store for outdoor gear.  They are community minded and support some really great local organizations!  You never know what treasures you might find there . . . backpacks, kayaks, skis, climbing shoes, rain coats, fleece sweaters . . . . . all for a fraction of the retail price!

I look forward to our time together this Spring!

~ Nathan Roark