Timber Wolf Times

News for TMS Families Week of February 7, 2022

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Principal Updates

Dear Trailside Families,


Welcome to the second semester! Parents of current 7th grade students, please save the date for Tuesday, February 8 @ 7:00 PM, TMS auditorium. The parent meeting will last approximately 40 minutes and go over the course recommendation and elective process for next school year.


Students in 6th and 7th grade participated in the elective fair last week. On Tuesday, the course selection window will be open for students to select their first and second choice for each elective. Parents and students will also be able to view the core class recommendation from their current teachers. As discussed at the parent information events, the teacher recommendations will be your child's core level for next year.


All my best,

Bridget M. Beichler

A Note from the Clinic

A note from the Clinic:

Please note per LCPS Policy 8420 all medications required by students during the school day must be delivered by the parent. Students may not carry medications to school with the exception of inhalers, Epi pens, insulin or glucagon which require a doctors order. To clarify: students may not carry pills in a baggie, all medication should be in its original container and brought to the clinic. At that time the parent must complete a medication administration form which can be found on the Trailside website under medications at school.

I have had an increase this week of students coming to the clinic for inhalers only to find that we do not have one nor do we have an Asthma Action Plan. As you are aware, asthma can be life threatening. Please have your physician complete the Asthma Action Plan and keep an inhaler in the clinic. Your student may carry their own inhaler only if we have an Asthma Action Plan on file in the clinic.

Maureen Newton BSN, RN

Howl Outs to our Students:

8th grade student Ved Bhandare won the Silver Key Award in the Scholastic Writing Awards. He submitted his story, titled, The Backwards Boy. So impressed with his motivation and accomplishment! The story is outstanding.


All District Band Students selected from Trailside:

Warner Bench Ryan Mallett Bridget Lockett Mathew Ferrier Brogan Johanson Ben Briscoe Katie Helge


IMPACK Award Recipients for Second Quarter:

IMPACK Award Recipients

Student Council Event

The Student Council Association will be hosting a Valentine's Day fundraiser next week. SCA representatives will be selling CandyGrams during all lunch blocks between Monday 2/7 and Friday 2/10 with delivery to recipients in Compass on Monday 2/14.

CandyGrams cost $1 and will include a selection of goodies, including Smarties, Tootsie Pops, Swedish Fish, Hershey's Kisses, Junior Mints, and Jolly Ranchers. Students may send CandyGrams to recipients in the school building or bring them home for family and friends outside of school. Students may also opt to send an allergen-free CandyGram to recipients with food allergies.

We appreciate your support and look forward to spreading the love and sweetness!

Spirit Days @ TMS

Supporting Trailside Middle School-Together in Education Program

A very easy and simple way to support our school is to link your Harris Teeter VIC card to our school. Our school code is 2529. Out of over 1100 parents, we have 62 links to our account.
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PTA Updates


PTA IMPACK Initiative: Outdoor Resources

THANK YOU to the families who have already made a donation. WE ARE ALMOST HALFWAY TO OUR GOAL! We have raised $2510!


Don't forget - Your contribution is tax deductible. Click here to make a donation and to get our tax ID. You may also send cash or a check made payable to TMS PTA. Please send it in an envelope marked "TMS PTA Outdoor Resources Donation".


We hope to see our kids using a gaga ball pit this spring!


Musical Auditions Next Week!


SIGN UP HERE to audition for the Spring Musical!

Detailed information and the conflict calendar can be found on our PTBoard webpage.

Questions? Email the Directors at director@trailsidemiddleschoolpta.org


Volleyball Game - CHAIR Needed


The fun has begun! We encourage all students to enter the t-shirt design contest. The TMS staff participating in the volleyball game will proudly be wearing the winning design! Information on how to enter was shared via COMPASS. It can also be found on PTBoard.


We are still in need of a chair to keep the fun going! The Trailside vs. Farmwell Station staff volleyball game is scheduled for Friday, March 11th at 6:30pm and we need YOU.


If interested, please contact Kristi at president@trailsidemiddleschoolpta.org.



SEAC Meeting - 2/9/22

https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/domain/32727/feb_2022/February%20Meeting.pdf

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What's Happening in the Library!

What’s Happening in the Library?



The first three winners of our Winter Reading Initiative, TMS Likes to Read a Latte, were announced last Friday. Winners were Vivienne McCray - 6th grade, Lyla Sarma - 6th Grade, and Ethan John - 6th grade. Three more winners will be announced on 2/4/2022. All students are encouraged to come by the library to check out a book so they can be entered in the next raffle! A student is eligible to enter the raffle 1 x a day.

Blind Date With a Book is going on now in the library!


Students fill out the form linked below and the librarians will pick a book for them based on their interests. The book will be wrapped and delivered to the student’s COMPASS, starting February 3rd. Surveys will be accepted until February 14th.

https://bit.ly/3rShAZG

This link is in our Library Schoology Course too.


The Trailside Library welcomes great luck and good health this Lunar New Year.


Counselor's Update

Important Upcoming Dates


  • Feb 7th - Deadline to apply for the BLAST Program for Rising 9th Graders (more information below)

  • Feb 8th - Rising 78th Parent Night & Course selection window opens

  • Feb 8th & 9th - Sexual Harassment Presentations for All 8th Graders (Through PE)

  • Feb 10th - Countywide CAMPUS parent/student in-person meeting from 6:00-7:30 pm at Riverside HS (more information below)



Compass & SEL Learning


Please find below what your student discussed in Compass the week of January 24th and some questions to discuss with your student.


6th Grade

In this week’s lesson, your child learned three “upstander strategies” for responding to bullying. They’ll practice analyzing different bullying situations and choosing an upstander strategy they think would work best for each situation.


  • Ask your child about the three upstander strategies they learned and which one (or ones) they feel most comfortable with. Let them know they can always come to you if they need someone to talk to.

7th Grade

In this week’s lesson, your child learned about the effects of sexual harassment, and how to identify support resources available at school.

  • Help your child brainstorm a list of trusted adults at school who can help if they, or a peer, experiences sexual harassment. Remind them to report any incidents of harassment to you as soon as they can.

8th Grade

In this week’s lesson, your child explored how two strategies, speaking up and starting a movement, can disrupt the factors that enable bullying and harassment.

  • Ask your child about these strategies and how they think they can help eliminate bullying and harassment in their school. Expand your discussion to include areas outside of school.



8th Grade Counseling Updates


Is your student possibly interested in taking Chinese as an elective at Stone Bridge? If so, please see the Chinese Course Intro Video.


Campus Presentation & Info


Mr. Chris Clarke, the CAMPUS Program Manager for Loudoun County Public Schools. You are invited to attend the Countywide CAMPUS parent/student in-person meeting on Thursday, February 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Riverside HS. The following items will be discussed, “What is CAMPUS” followed by a CAMPUS Student Ambassador Panel, where a few CAMPUS Student Ambassadors will answer questions and share their experiences within the CAMPUS program. The meeting will be closed out by walking parents/students through the CAMPUS Online Application Process. We hope to see you all on February 10th and just a reminder that our meeting will have a LCPS Spanish Interpreter available to translate. Please see the CAMPUS Parent/Student Meeting Flyer for more information.


If your student is interested in applying to CAMPUS, students fill out the 8th Grade CAMPUS Interest Form or they can fill out the CAMPUS application at CAMPUS Application Website.


Building Leaders for Advancing Science & Technology (BLAST)

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology offers an exciting way for rising 9th and 10th grade students to spend three days of summer! Participating students get to stay in a college dorm and see what campus life is like on-site at one of our three partner universities: Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, or the University of Virginia. No previous experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is needed, and this program is FREE for participants. BLAST is designed to help students find their place in STEM.

Each day of BLAST is jam-packed with STEM-related activities and demonstrations led by faculty of the university. Students come away from BLAST with a greater sense of curiosity, deeper insight about the variety of careers that exist in STEM fields, and enhanced readiness for advanced programs in science, technology, engineering, and math.

For more information visit the BLAST Website to watch videos from past BLAST sessions, as well as access the online application.

7th Grade Updates

All 7th grade students participated in the Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Presentation on January 21st. If you would like to view the presentation please see the Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Presentation (English) or Selección de cursos de 8vo grado (Spanish).

Ms Handy will begin meeting with students next Tuesday to discuss course selection and will continue to meet with students individually through March 23rd.

6th Grade Updates

All 6th grade students participated in the Rising 7th Grade Course Selection on Monday, January 24th. If you would like to view the presentation please see the Rising 7th Grade Course Selection Presentation (English) or Spanish 2022_23 Selección de cursos de 7º grado en ascenso.

Timber Wolf Scholar Award Ceremony 2nd Quarter

With the high percentage of COVID cases and transmission occurring, we will not be having in person ceremonies for the Honor Roll during the second quarter. All students will receive their pins out of COMPASS. We are looking forward to hosting in person award ceremonies at the end of the third quarter.

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

TMS School Spirit Store from Cheers is on-line New Winter Gear Items! check us out

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

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