Twin Bluff November Update

We are Safe, Kind & Responsible

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A quick word from Mr. Palmatier

Dear TBS Families,


I hope you are well! If you have not done so, please make sure to sign up for our Fall Conferences (11/11 and 11/16). Conferences are a great time to meet teachers, learn about the curriculum, and discuss your student's progress. Please click on this link to sign up for a 15-minute time block. As a reminder, please know that we do have a face-covering policy so make sure to have a mask. If you are not able to attend conferences at TBS, please contact your child's teacher to schedule an online conference.


I look forward to seeing many of you next week!


Respectfully,

Chris Palmatier, TBS Principal

cjpalmatier@rwps.org

651-385-4536

We have a Playground!!

It has been in the works since 2019 and it is finally here! Thanks to generous donors, TBS has been able to install a beautiful new playground for all students to enjoy! A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday, Oct 29th to make it official!

Scholastic Book Fair Online

A Scholastic Book Fair Online will be held from November 3rd through the 16th. Not sure what an online book fair is or how it works? Check out this link to a tutorial for the fair! https://players.brightcove.net/1543299976/Eyj59PHsg_default/index.html?videoId=6206818915001


If you are interested in doing a little early holiday shopping, this is a quick and easy way to get some fun, and educational materials for those you love.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/twinbluffschool

Mask up TBS

Recently we have had a few students test positive for COVID. When going through the close contact protocol to decide who needs to be quarantined, one factor which is considered is whether or not the student wears their mask correctly throughout the day AND while on the bus. Please continue to send your students to school with a mask and encourage them to wear it correctly during their time around other students.

Notes from the Nurse

Student Health Screening Checklist

Each day before your child comes to school, it is important to do a quick assessment of his/her health. Please take a few minutes to review the documents linked below, as they contain very important COVID safety information.

Parents are required and responsible for:

  • Screening their children for COVID symptoms each day Screening checklist
  • Keeping their children home if they are sick
  • Calling the school's attendance line (651-385-4550) if they are sick or have COVID-related symptoms
  • Reporting COVID symptoms, diagnosis, or exposure to the district
  • If parents have questions, contact Joni Gorman at jmgorman@rwps.org or Shanda Jorgensen at sejorgensen@rwp.org.
  • For more information on our RWPS policies please view the RWPS 2021-2022 Learning Plan


Please understand that any child who is exhibiting or complaining of symptoms that resemble those of COVID will be sent home. Our school nurse will always err on the side of caution to keep our school safe for everyone.


Care Clinic COVID Test Results

The school district cannot accept test results from the Care Clinic here in Red Wing. Their tests are Rapid (Antigen) tests that are not sent for cultures. Rapid tests that are not PCR tests can show a false negative. We can only accept PCR tests. Mayo does a Rapid test but theirs is a Rapid PCR test and we can accept these results. Please see this link to the Minnesota Depart of Health that explains the difference between the types of tests.


If you have questions please contact Briana Smith, TBS School Nurse @ 651-385-4535

Fall Conferences

Twin Bluff Fall Conferences will be held Thursday, November 11 (3p-7p) and Tuesday, November 16 (3p-7p). We will be using an online sign-up for conferences called PTCFast.com. We are hopeful this system will allow you to better choose a time that meets your needs.


To sign up, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your web browser. You may also access the link on the Twin Bluff School home page. Simply follow the prompts to register and choose a conference time. Make sure to select your son/daughter’s main teacher.

https://ptcfast.com/schools/Twin_Bluff_Middle_School


If you would prefer a virtual conference instead of an in-person conference, please connect directly with your child's teacher after signing up for a time, and he/she will provide you with a link to a Google Meet.


As per district procedure, we have one 15-minute conference time available per student. It is imperative that parents/caregivers who are connected to the student are receiving the same information and planning together, as a team, how to best support the student.


Please contact the Twin Bluff office at 651-385-4530 if you have difficulty. In Spanish, contact Kelly Hassemer at 651-385-4530/ext. 2682.

Community Flu Clinic

Goodhue County is sponsoring a flu vaccination clinic at Twin Bluff School on November 16th from 3:00-6:00. All family members are welcome

Free Money for our School

Box Tops are now digital! You can help our school raise funds to help students by enrolling in the program. It is free and an easy way to help the school earn money by scanning the groceries you already pay for! https://www.boxtops4education.com/Consumer-Login-Page

Helpful Numbers to Know

Twin Bluff School Office --> 651-385-4530

Attendance Line --> 651-385-4550

Kids Junction direct phone line --> 651-385-4633

First Student Bussing Questions --> 651-388-8244

District Transportation Route Questions --> 651-385-4795


***Reminder***

Please use the Attendance Line 651-385-4550 or email tbmsattendance@rwps.org to leave messages about appointments and late arrivals for your students. We prefer that you not email teachers because they may not see the email if there is a substitute. Thank you.

STAY INFORMED!

Click the links below for important information about Twin Bluff School and Red Wing Public Schools. Please pay special attention to the District Handbook and the Twin Bluff Expectations & Procedures. Both documents contain important information and are a great reference for many frequently asked questions!
TBS Expectations and Procedures

Great resource to answer any general questions you may have about TBS

Red Wing Public School 21-22 Calendar

What's coming up? What days are off?

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

What's on the menu today?