Timberview Family Newsletter

January 29, 2016

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TMS Choir Hype Night

TMS, it’s time to get to get hyped up! On January 29th, from 5:30-7:30 PM, the TMS Choirs are hosting a free event that is open to all 5th-8th graders at TMS. Pizza will be provided, along with fun music, games, and door prizes! This event will take place in the TMS gym. Students are encouraged to invite as many TMS (only) friends as they want!

If your student has any dietary restrictions, please e-mail alex.morgan@kellerisd.net

Code Red Team

Our TMS Code Red Team led by school nurse Jane Danielson serves as our first responders to crisis medical situations on campus. Keller ISD Communications has written an excellent story about the Code Red Team's response a recent student health crisis at Timberview. We invite you to read the story at the following link; http://bit.ly/1PDnJw9

Coach Ketcham Gets a Visit From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation on the Teachers.Do website contacted Brian Ketcham earlier this week. Teachers.Do is an interactive community, created by and for teachers, where teachers can discover, share, and collaborate with one another.

Once a month, they profile a teacher who will inspire the Teachers.Do community. Brian Ketcham was chosen for their profile for February. They saw on Twitter that Brian used the musical “Hamilton” in his classroom. After hearing how much he incorporates this is his class, he was interviewed and photographed for their story. They hope to show how he shares his love of history and theatre by using the Broadway smash “Hamilton” in his classroom, and by dressing as King George III while covering the founding fathers. To quote Hamilton, Brian is “Not throwing away his shot” to use this musical to get his kids excited about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers.

Look for his story to run in the 1st week of February, 2016

PTA Reflections Winners

The Keller ISD Council PTA celebrated Reflections Contest winners across the District Tuesday evening. Timberview was well-represented with nine students recognized, three of whom advanced to the State level of competition!

Congratulations Hawks!

Student Stories

Parents, we would love to hear about the awesome things your student is doing outside of school. If you would like us to share it with the Timberview Family, please send an email with a photo if possible to sherry.utchell@kellerisd.net.

FREE Insanity Fitness Class at Timberview!

Join us for a FREE Insanity Live class at Timberview! Class will meet every Tuesday at 4:15 PM for a super fun and exciting workout taught by Coach Gatzemeyer, a professional group fitness instructor. This class is open to teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members, so get your waivers from the front office or Coach Gatzemeyer and we will see you Tuesday at 4:15 PM for Insanity Live! Let's get fit together!!

5th Graders: Join the Timberview Cup Stacking Team!

5th graders,

Are you interested in joining the Timberview Cupstacking team? If so, please visit the website below or reach out to Coach Parnell for more information! We are very excited about this opportunity!


Hawklings Pep Squad

We will meet every Friday from 3:45-4:30pm in 7A collaboration. It is not too late to join! We will begin preparing for the March pep rally performance this Friday! Please see Coach Parten if you have any questions.

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair runs February 8-12 in the library. The Book Fair will be open each day from 8:00-4:00 closing early at 2:00 on Friday. Every Language Arts teacher will bring his/her classes to the fair sometime during the week. Cash, checks (made payable to TMS), and credit/debit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the TMS library collection.

Thank you and happy reading!

KISD Film Festival

The Keller ISD Film Festival is back and looking for student filmmakers to show off their creative talents behind and in front of the camera.

Entries are now being accepted through February 29.

The festival is an opportunity for students to develop their visual literacy and expand their educational experience in Keller ISD by fostering the creativity, artistic, communication and technical skills required for producing a movie.

Students have seven entry categories to choose from including: Story, Comedy, Music Video, Documentary, PSA Plus, and Animation.

Students have the chance to be honored at an Awards Ceremony on April 5, 2016, at the Alliance Cinemark XD Movie Theater. Students can win trophies, certificates, prizes, and more!

Visit www.KellerISD.net/Film between now and February 29 to submit your film.

Also, keep a look out for video tips shared on the Keller ISD YouTube page throughout the festival to learn how to make your film a winner!

For more information on the Film Fest, including details on how to submit your entries, visit www.KellerISD.net/Film!


These are highlights of upcoming events. For the full calendar, including all TMS sporting and fine arts events, please check out our web site calendar!

Feb 2 & 3 Beginner Instrument Drive for 5th Grade Students

Feb 5 NJHS Movie Night

Feb 8-12 Book Fair

Feb 8 TCHS Falcon Showcase for 8th grade

Feb 9 Registration Parent Night Incoming 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students

Feb 12 House Day

Feb 15 Student Holiday/Staff Development

Feb 19 NJHS Movie Night- Proceeds to Diabetes Walk

Feb 19 Spring Pictures- 5th & 6th Classes

Feb 20 One Act Play Contest at FRHS

Feb 24 World Read Aloud Day

The Kellys!

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"Anatomy of Gray"

The next TMS Theatre production is right around the corner! The competition piece for the 17th annual KISD One Act Play Festival will be "Anatomy of Gray" by Jim Leonard Jr. Please join us at Fossil Ridge HS on Feb. 20th at 1:00 PM and Feb. 25, 26, and 27th at 7:30 PM back on our own stage at TMS.

When June's father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there's a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town's preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. Set in Indiana during the late 1800's, deals with death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming of age story.

House Points Update as of January 29, 2016

Stryke 1525

Tipo 1360

Busara 1288

Luova 915

There was a miscommunication last week for the bonus points. The bonus points actually went to Busara not Tipo so the order has changed again! Don't forget you get points for attending sporting events!

KISD Communications Honors Utchell/Jackson Team as PR Reps of the Month

This month Keller ISD Communications Department recognized Mrs. Utchell and Mrs. Jackson as the PR Reps of the Month for the district. Each campus in Keller ISD designates a Campus PR Representative to collect positive stories and make KISD Communications aware of the great things happening at their school. Mrs. Utchell and Mrs. Jackson work as a team of Campus PR Reps.

With the PR Rep of the Month recongnition came $300 to put in a student account. Our PR Reps chose to put the funds toward the end-of-year House Banquet for students.

Parent Digital Fair

In order to provide parents with information and assistance regarding the new KISD campus/teacher website, the District will be providing a "Parent Digital Fair" on Feb. 16 from 5:30-8:00 PM in the KISD Board Room (Rock Gym). If parents have questions about the new sites, Canvas, Home Access Center, or any other technology related concerns, the people with the answers will be there!

Yearbook Needs Your Pictures!

The yearbook staff is currently in need of photos for the following events:

Run in the Dark

Wrestling (7 and 8 grade)

Cheer Competition

Individual student competitions or playing sports outside of TMS

Holiday vacation photos

Videos of events at TMS (one minute or less in length)

The staff needs the student name, grade and event along with submitted photos and video. Please submit them online to Jennifer.Bass@Kellerisd.net

Yearbook Ordering

The 2015-2016 yearbook staff has been hard at work taking pictures and saving memories from the first half of the school year. The last day to order is March 11.

Order your yearbook now, and you can add items to the yearbook like your student’s name by going to www.yearbookforever.com where you can pay with a credit card. If you would like to purchase the yearbook at school a yearbook flyer is available in the eMonday folder, http://bit.ly/1QLEE2B, and for pick-up in the TMS front office.

The TMS yearbook was a nationally recognized book last year. This year we hope to move to the next level with outstanding photography, exciting stories and exceptional design. If you have questions or need assistance please email Jennifer.Bass@Kellerisd.net

Parent Professional Presentations

So far this year we have enjoyed some impressive parent presentations on careers and other areas of expertise. These real-world experiences and the first-hand knowledge our parent experts can provide is of great value to meaningful student learning!

Please fill out the following form so our teachers can have a database of our school community professionals and experts upon whom they might call for guest instruction experiences. If we know you are willing to share your knowledge, we hope to be able to invite you to share with our students.


Timberview PTA

PTA Upcoming General Assembly Meetings

Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 PM

Monday, May 23 at 7:00 PM- This is also Hollywood Hawk Night

General Assembly Meetings are open to anyone and they would love to have everyone there!

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Scoliosis Screening- Our Hawk Nurse needs our help- she is doing scoliosis screenings and needs help with the kids- this is an easy fun way to help out TMS- the sign up genius is below


NJHS- these amazing kiddos are holding a fundraiser to raise money for the upcoming KISD Diabetes Walk- they are going to have a super fun movie night and would like to sell concessions- the PTA has been asked to donate items for the concession stand. This is a crazy easy way to help our Hawk Family- just send in treats- how easy it that? The sign up genius to help these wonderful kids is below


Hawk Lounge Donations- The PTA is now doing an amazingly fun monthly fundraiser- The Hawk Hangout- once a month kids have an opportunity to buy a raffle ticket to win a VIP Experience at that month’s school Pep Rally. For one dollar, the student can win courtside luxury seating with snacks, drinks and swag to take home with them- this is quickly becoming a very popular fundraiser for TMS. We need donations for the VIP lounge- purple drinks, snacks, purple swag, anything and everything that could add to the VIP experience. If you are interested in donating some items, or know of a business that would like to sponsor the VIP Lounge, please email timberviewpta@gmail.com for more information.

Amazon Shopping- The PTA now has a link to shop with Amazon and give back to Timberview! Just click on the following link and it will tell you what to do, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2647534

Box Top Help- Box top turn in date is Nov 1st- we are in need of people to help count these little guys. Super easy gig, just count and bag- we will provide the zip lock bags for you. The new Box Top Coordinator is Tatyanna Boyer and she can be reached at tmsboxtop@yahoo.com.

The Big Blue Bin- have you noticed that big blue bin behind the school next to the football field? If you didn't know, that bin collects shoes, clothing, linens, stuffed animals, all sorts of items you no longer want/need - they pay us per pound- all year long! Just drop off your unwanted items and put in the big blue bin, and please- tell your friends- this is a super easy way for the school to raise money!

"Liking" and "Sharing" on Facebook- One of the very easiest ways to help TMS is to simply "like" any post we put up on our TMS Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/timberviewpta?fref=ts the more "likes" and "shares" our posts get- the more other people will see the post and the more people who see it- the more people will be in the know and can help our school!

Deepest gratitude to everyone who has already spent time volunteering for our school- we sure do appreciate you so much! And thank you in advance to everyone for considering the above opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at Aubrey.conklin@gmail.com

By becoming a member of TMS PTA, you can become an important part of helping to ensure plans become a reality. You may come to TMS PTA general meeting where you can vote and voice your ideas that can benefit your children and the school. For the first time, you may register for the PTA online, allowing anyone who would like to donate to the PTA by becoming a member, anywhere in the country, able to do so easily. Please follow the link here for more information.

The new PTA website is http://www.timberviewpta.org/

Kroger Donations to PTA

You may enroll online your Kroger Plus card at the websitewww.KrogerCommunityRewards.comand link Timberview Middle School PTA to have Kroger donate a percentage of sales to the Timberview PTA. No more flyer to bring to the cashier! TMS PTA Rewards number is 90463, or you may select our organization from the list and click on confirm once you register your card online. Thank you for supporting the TMS PTA!

Nurse's Notes

Spinal Screenings

Spinal screening will be done March 10th and 11th for students in grades 5th and 8th. Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow-up is necessary.

According to Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children in grades 5 and 8 are required to be screened. If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit an affidavit of exemption to this office on or before the date of the screening. You may also submit documentation of a professional examination before the end of the school year.


Please see the Spinal notification letter found Spinal screening will be done March 10th and 11th for students in grades 5th and 8th. Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow-up is necessary.

According to Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children in grades 5 and 8 are required to be screened. If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit an affidavit of exemption to this office on or before the date of the screening. You may also submit documentation of a professional examination before the end of the school year.


Please see the Spinal notification letter found http://bit.ly/1PJq7ls for more details.

Intermediate Health & Hygiene

The Intermediate Health and Hygiene Presentation for 5th and 6th grade students will be held as follows:

  • Presentation for 5th grade students- February 26, 2016
  • Presentation for 6th grade students- February 26, 2016

Permission slips will be sent home and need to be signed and returned before the presentation in order for students to attend. If you would like to preview the video, please contact Nurse Danielson at 817-744-2620 or by email at jane.danielson@kellerisd.net to make arrangements.

Carter's House

Carter's House is an organization that donates clothes to those in need. Please follow the link if you have a need or would like to donate to them. http://www.cartershouse.org/clothing-request/

Camp Sweeney

Camp Sweeney is a residential summer camp for children ages 5-18 who have diabetes. Camp Sweeney has been around since 1950, and has served over 30,000 children. Our goal is to help children gain the knowledge, skills, and motivation to live long, healthy lives free of diabetes complications. There is a fee for their service buy most of their campers received financial aid. Camp Sweeney is a non-profit organization and receives funding from individuals, organizations, private foundations, and the United Way.

Here is the link for Camp Sweeney: www.campsweeney.org

If you have questions, please contact Camp Sweeney at 940-665-2011 or email: info@campsweeney.org.


Students are not allowed to carry medications in their backpacks or on them throughout the school day. All medication requires a form to be completed and medication will be given in the nurse’s clinic. Students may carry an inhaler if the physician signs paperwork and approves the child capable of administering the medication. Again there are forms to be completed and turned into the nurse’s office. The forms can be found at the following link in the eMonday folder, http://bit.ly/1VQCtgS. Please call Nurse Danielson with any questions or concerns at 817-744-2620.

Visit the KISD website and click on Our Schools, on the left hand side click Need to Know and then click Health Services or follow this link:


There is a new folder within the eMonday folder that has nurse flyers and information that she would like passed along to parents. The link is, http://bit.ly/1BmFvxx, and will be updated as new information is obtained. Just added this week is an offer for free sports EKGs by Cook Children's for students 5 and up.

If you need an Epi-Pen you may go to the following link for help.