Trebein Tribune

January 2021

A Note from our Principal, Mrs. Walk

Dear Parents,

Well, we've just about made it halfway through this crazy year! We continue to put forth our best effort in keeping everyone safe.

While the devastation and loss from COVID-19 is heartbreaking on many levels, I feel compelled to look for a silver lining. Below are some lessons learned and positive take-aways:

* We have developed a new appreciation for time with friends and family.

* We have learned more about technology than we could ever have imagined.

* Less paper is being used around the world.

* We have fewer kids getting strep throat or stomach bugs with all our masks and hand washing.

* There seems to be a renewed respect for education and its role in our community and world.

* Carbon Dioxide emissions are down - making our planet healthier.

* Staff members are supporting and helping each other as we learn new teaching methods and programs.

* Students have received free lunches this school year.

* We've learned to have grace and resilience with changing decisions and plans.

* We've enjoyed a slower life pace.

* More than ever, we see that kids truly want to learn!

We had approximately 70 students come back to in-person traditional school in September when given the opportunity. All families had another opportunity to reevaluate their needs for the second semester. I am so pleased that families can choose the option that works best for their situation. We have some students coming back to Trebein for the second semester and some students going to virtual - resulting in a net gain of 10 students in person. We've also had several new families join us lately. So, our in-person enrollment for the second semester will be right around 700. With 100 kids learning virtually this year, our total enrollment is right around 800. Although that is large for an elementary school, the culture at Trebein is such that students seem to feel comfortable, engaged, and happy. We have exceptionally well-behaved, polite children and this makes our school a pleasant place to spend our days. Thank you for the effort you put in from home. It makes a difference!

Please Send in Photos of Students Working Together

This year, the character education theme is Creek United. We plan to display students working together, socially distant with masks of course, on a bulletin board at school. If you have picture of your student(s) working together virtually or even just playing a game with siblings, please send them to Mrs. Durham ( or Mrs. Tate ( to be included on the display!

Drum Roll For Our December Staff Spotlight!

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A Note from Mrs. Tate, Trebein's School Counselor

Resiliency Skill #2: Problem Solving

As the school year progresses, we are continuing our focus on strengthening our resiliency skills. With our 2nd resiliency skill, we are learning how important it is to be good problem solvers. We all have roadblocks, challenges, and problems that come up in our lives, but when we face them with a problem solver attitude, we can help ourselves feel and do better.

So here is what good problem solvers know:

· First, we know that we may need to try a few solutions before we find one that works. Problem solvers look for ways to overcome challenges and don’t give up when their first strategy doesn’t work.

· Problem solvers also look at a problem from different angles and persevere even when things feel hard.

· Problem solvers know that they can learn from their mistakes so they don’t let mistakes derail them from accomplishing their goals.

· Problem solvers know that it is okay to ask for help if we need it before we get too frustrated.

· Problems solvers know that problems come in different sizes and in order to successfully work through a problem, your reaction to the problem much match the size of the problem.

o Small: Problems that can be quickly and easily solved, you can usually solve on your own or ignore, and they might make you feel a little upset or disappointed.

o Medium: Problems that can take a little bit longer to solve, you will probably need an adult to help you solve, and they might make you feel angry, hurt, or confused.

o Big: Problems that might be an emergency. They are harder to solve and can last for a long time, you will need help from an adult or community helper to solve serious problems, and they might make you feel scared or panicked.

As we all know, it isn’t always easy to be a good problem solver especially when you are tired, stressed, or in the middle of a tricky situation. Because of this, we spent time practicing by identifying the size of common problems and then matching expected reactions up based on the problem’s size. When we are able to match our reaction to the size of the problem, we can stay calm and others around us feel comfortable about our ability to problem solve too.

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Congratulations Eileen! Our December Shine Award Winner!

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A Peek Inside a Classroom

Check out Ms. Bolton's kindergarteners enjoying seasonal fun!

5th Grade Mini-Mall

Learning in Progress

A Peek Inside the Halls of Trebein

Where great programs did the PTO sponsor in November and December?

3rd grade Living History Virtual Field Trip (what is normally held at Wartinger park)

Classroom Supply Grants-Headphones for skills lab and science lesson supplies for Mrs. Busch and Mrs. Hoh.

Coffee Hub Staff Appreciation Event

Teacher Stipends - a small reimbursement for classroom supplies that they personally purchase

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If you have anything to contribute to the newsletter, please send an email to

Katrina Wrzesinski and Suzy Massengill at