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News for TMS Families Week of October 4, 2021

Principal Welcome

Dear Trailside Families,


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a part of our ongoing equity work across LCPS and at Trailside Middle School, we will be selecting students to represent our school to serve in the role of Student Equity Ambassadors. This opportunity for students stems from an action step included in the LCPS Action Plan to Combat Systemic Racism, which can be found on the LCPS webpage at https://www.lcps.org/EquityOverview. The goal is to provide a forum to amplify the voices of those students who have experienced or witnessed racism, injustice, marginalization, or discrimination.

Each middle and high school in LCPS will select up to three Student Equity Ambassadors to meet regularly with the Office of Equity and other LCPS leaders during the Share, Speak-up, Speak-out meetings. These sessions will occur six times during the school year. This opportunity is open to all students who, amongst other attributes, have a passion for justice, are willing to engage in conversations, will listen to learn, and will represent the voice of their peers.

Application is now open for students interested in serving as Student Equity Ambassadors for Trailside. Interested students may apply by completing and submitting this form by Monday, October 11. Selected students will be notified by Monday, October 18. Please be advised that the Equity Team, together with the principal and Equity Lead, will make the final decision regarding student participation.

Ensuring that our school is a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming environment for each student is important. Providing this opportunity for students to meet in a space where their voices are heard is one way of supporting this effort. We are looking forward to selecting our Student Equity Ambassadors and their future participation in the Share, Speak-up, Speak-out meetings.

Thank you for your continued support of our commitment to provide a safe and caring learning environment for our students.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Beichler and Dr. Overcash

School Contact Information

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Important Dates and Communication

Attendance

When your child is absent from school, please report it using ParentVUE or by sending an email to TMSattendance@lcps.org. If able, your child can check Schoology for missed assignments and classwork.

Yvonne

Yvonne Carolan

Registrar/Attendance

571-252-2280


Upcoming Dates:

10/6 and 10/7---Growth Assessments in Reading and Math

10/5 and 10/7 -Hearing and Vision Screening for 7th graders

10/11: No School, Holiday

10/14 PTA Meeting 7:00 PM in the library

TMS School Spirit Store from Cheers is on-line

School Hours

Arrival: 8:10-8:30 AM

Late Bell: 8:35 AM (students are tardy if arriving after the bell and will need to report to the main office for a tardy pass)

Dismissal: 3:23 PM

Harris Teeter Card

Beginning August 1, Trailside Middle School proudly joined Harris Teeter's Together in Education program to help raise funds for our school. It's easy and it's FREE. Simply give the cashier our code, 2529, and your VIC card when you check out and your card will be linked for the entire school year. That's it! You only have to link your VIC card once each school year. Once your card is linked, Trailside will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, T.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Organics, HT Farmers Market, and purchases in the HT Pharmacy) purchases credited back to our account.

This program does not interfere with your VIC savings or cost you any money!

Don't forget to link your VIC card to our account code next time you are shopping at Harris Teeter

TMS Online Payment Portal

Easy access to TMS's Online Payment Portal - now that PE Uniforms, Sketchbooks, Class Fees, Instrument Rentals, etc... are posted. Parents can always check the site for updates regarding products posted.

https://tinyurl.com/TMSOnlinePaymentPortal

Trailside Middle School

Online School Payments (OSP) portal is a service provided to parents to facilitate payment for school fees for a variety of products and services.

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Parent Liaison News

Our amazing parent Liaison is Mrs. Lisa Figueroa. She has been at TMS since we opened eight years ago. Attached to the newsletter is a TMS Family Assistance Form. If you are in need of support, please consider filling out the form. Below is a program Mrs. Figueroa manages where parents and community members have an opportunity to support our students and families who are in need.



Parent Liaison Fund

Financially supports Trailside Families-in-Need. Donations to this Fund will help some students cover costs for special projects & activities throughout the school year, as managed by our Parent Liaison, Lisa Figueroa, to include, but not limited to a student's Club & Field Trip Fees, School Pictures, Holiday Assistance, Yearbooks & Summer CAMPS, etc...



Parent Liaison Donation Portal

https://tinyurl.com/TMSOnlinePaymentPortal

Trailside Middle School

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6th Grade Dance!!!!

6th grade parents, the dance is coming up on October 22nd. Tickets are $10 each. No refunds. If you are paying by cash or check, please make sure your child brings the attached filled out form when paying for the ticket. We are selling tickets during 6th grade lunch on October 8th and 15th. Your child cannot attend the dance unless we have a permission form. If you are paying online via

https://tmspta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=2137&form=5, please fill out the form online at https://tmspta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=2137&form=6.

Please sign up to help with the dance, https://tmspta.ptboard.com/sgnvw?group=&signup=t5zZeTI3T5yaqn07Wpv_43N___6E8mhFT3___oPbHmRp

Thank you!

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Pancakes and PTA!!!

PTA Membership Drive: Pancakes & Prizes

We're now in the second week of our PTA membership drive - Pancakes & Prizes.

  • On 10/1, we awarded 10 lucky winners a spirit shirt courtesy of Cheers Sports.
  • This Friday (10/8), we'll provide donuts for the top 10 Compass classes with the highest membership!
  • On 10/15, the grade level with the most memberships will celebrate with a pancake breakfast. We are in need of volunteers for this special event. Please click here to sign up.

THANK YOU to those who have already joined the PTA. We currently have 261 family memberships. We'd love to reach our goal of 300! A family membership is $20. Won't you join in on the fun and become a member of the PTA?

How to become a PTA member:

1. Go to tmspta.ptboard.com and sign up for an account. Use code JFCRTH.

2. Pay for your membership. Click here to pay online. (There is a small convenience fee.) If you prefer to pay by cash/check (made out to TMS PTA), send it in an envelope marked PTA along with your name and your child's name and grade.

If you have any questions about membership or the PTA, please contact ptaboard@trailsidemiddleschoolpta.org.

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Kristi Vaughan

President

Trailside Middle School PTA

CALLING ALL ARTISTs, MUSICIANS, DANCERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, WRITERS,.....

Trailside Middle School participates in the National PTA Reflections Program and as parents and guardians, you’re in a great position to encourage your kids to reflect on the theme, create an original work and be recognized. The theme for the 2021 program is "I can change the world by ..." which is such a great theme! Adults can't help the students with entries, but they can ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT them. As a student, thinking about how they can change the world is such a worthy challenge. There are six categories available to choose from (and they can enter more than one) - dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. In an effort to provide an inclusive program, students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.

The PTA website has all of the rules for all of the categories posted here - https://tmspta.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=4270

Submissions are due 11/5 and instructions are on the Reflections page linked above. Gwen Meehan is the POC and can be reached at reflections@trailsidemiddleschoolpta.org if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for supporting our students and their expression of ideas through the arts!!!

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What’s up in the Library



It has been a whirlwind start to the school year in the library! Every English class from 6th-8th grade came through the library for a quick orientation on how to navigate and explore the library collection. The students joined the Library Schoology course and also participated in a QR code scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the library. The shortest time that the scavenger hunt was completed was 3 minutes and 14 seconds!

We will be highlighting a different genre every month and September’s Genre Spotlight was on Humor. Humor is much more than just Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants, we have many short humorous novels in our library for readers who like books that make them laugh.

This month we also featured Hispanic Heritage. This display features Hispanic/Latinx authors, or books about Hispanic culture and Hispanic Americans.

Beginning in 1982 the last week of September has been designated as Banned Books Week. Banned Books week is endorsed by the Library of Congress and sponsored by a coalition of organizations such as the American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Book Sellers Organization as well as many others. This year’s theme is Books Unite Us- Censorship Divides Us. The TMS library celebrated our freedom to read by featuring some books that are in our library that have been banned or challenged in school districts or public libraries around the country.

Our Makerspace is now up and running with only low tech activities at the time but we will be adding high tech activities such as 3D printing soon. Students are welcome to come enjoy the Makerspace area during Pack time or during resource with an ehall pass.


GREEN TEAM NEWS!!!

Great news from the Green Team! Cedar Lane Elementary School has donated their composter to us. A great big Thank You and shout out to them! We look forward to making this a student-centered opportunity and learning experience.

Thank you for the interest the Green Team has raised. We are excited to get different activities and initiatives in place. We have set up a club starting in October for our students to take part in the Green Team. For parents, our biggest area of need, right now, is volunteering at lunch time to help students remember where each of their items should be placed.

If you are interested in lunch volunteering, or helping in any other area, please fill out the form below:

bit.ly/2X9cJaJ

Mrs. Amy Santos

TechED 7th & 8th

Trailside Middle School

Counseling Updates


The application to apply for the Academies of Loudoun is open to all interested 8th grade students The admissions criteria for the Academies are:

  • Enrolled in Algebra I or above at the time of application

  • Writing Assessment

  • STEM Thinking Skills Assessment

  • Final grade of C or above in Math and Science courses in grades 6 and 7, and semester 1 of grade 8

The deadline to apply for the Academies of Loudoun is Friday, October 22 at noon. For more information about the admissions process, including parent information nights and a copy of their parent presentation, please go to the Academies admissions page at https://www.lcps.org/AcademiesAdmissions.

October is National Bullying Awareness Month and we will be having an Orange Out on October 21st to promote Bullying Awareness. Students and staff are encouraged to wear Orange on this day to show their support against bullying. Counselors will be discussing the signs of bullying, who to go to for help, and how to prevent bullying with students in the upcoming weeks through Resource.