WOLF PACK HOWL

Timber Point Elementary Newsletter November 2022

Message From Principal Evans

It was a great week for the Wolf Pack. MAP testing is completed and students truly did their best. We are looking forward to seeing the results. Reports cards are coming home today, be sure to check your students backpack. Our PTA is having a holiday movie night on December 16th, see the PTA section below for details! Thanksgiving break is next week so there is no school. Enjoy this time with family and friends. Sending you warm wishes from the Wolf Pack for a Happy Thanksgiving. School resumes on Monday, November 28th and it is a minimum day for students. All students are dismissed at 11:40am. We are the PACK!

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save the date- Join me for Coffee with the Principal on December 21st at 8:45am

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EVERY School Day Counts- Attendance is important

Support your child to be successful in school

Help your child understand that school is their very first job!

  • Make great school attendance a priority for your child.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of daily attendance in every class and how it helps his/her learning.
  • When students miss so much school they will not be prepared for Kindergarten, learning to read by the third grade, failing courses in middle school and dropping out of high school.

Help your child develop good habits

  • Help your child practice good daily habits like:
    • finishing homework and placing it in his/her backpack
    • laying out clothes and the backpack in the evening
    • having a regular bedtime for a good night's sleep
    • leaving early enough in the morning to get to school on time.
    • turn off electronic devices one hour before bedtime.
  • Help your child build responsibility skills by reminding them to make up any missed school work after an absence.

When your child is sick

  • Only let your child stay home if he/she is truly sick. Sometimes complaints of a headache or stomachache might be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. Contact the teacher for support if you think this might be happening.
  • Follow the Illness/Injury guidelines if you are not sure if you should keep your child at home due to illness.

Illness or Injury Guidelines

For health and safety purposes, students should not be sent to school if they are showing signs of illness, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, constant coughing, sore throat, or untreated infected skin patches / rashes. It is advisable that students with a fever are kept at home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours, without benefit from a fever reducing agent. Parents should notify the school office by calling the attendance line at 925-809-7551 or emailing the office staff within 72 hours whenever their child is going to be absent from school due to illness or injury.

During school hours if your child feels ill or is injured, the office staff or health staff will determine if your child needs to be taken home by checking the following signs or symptoms according to procedures and protocols set by the district in accordance with California Ed. Code:

• Temperature of 99.2°F or above with complaints of moderate/severe illness or pain

• Difficult or rapid breathing (with no relief from medications provided by parent)

• Severe coughing

• Eyes that are red, swollen and draining

• Vomiting / diarrhea

• Severe pain

If any of these conditions exist, the office staff or health staff will notify the parents. Parents are responsible for picking up your child or arrange for a designated person to pick up the child promptly. The adult picking up the child must be on the Emergency Card and sign out the student in the school office.

If your child has a long-term medical condition (such as asthma, severe allergies or Anaphylaxis, diabetes, seizures, etc.), please make sure it is noted in Aeries through the parent portal. In addition, please check with the office secretary and/or health staff to obtain other forms that may need to be filled out by you and the doctor.

Appointments and Vacations

  • Make every effort to schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments after school hours.
  • If your child must be out of school for an appointment, get him/her back to school for at least part of the school day. Please provide the office a note from the doctor’s office to excuse the absence or tardy.
  • Plan vacations when school is not in session. Utilize our breaks and days off.

Attendance Notification

  • Contact the school every time your child will be absent. All absences must be reported within 72 hours. Absences reported after 72 hours are unexcused. Call the attendance line at 925-809-7551 or email the office staff, Lisa Neri or Sonia Cubic
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TUPE- Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program- Join us on November 29th

Contra Costa County Office of Education & The Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program:

Join us in the Excelsior Middle School Theater on November 29th from 6:30pm-8:00pm (refreshments served at 6:00pm).

The Intersection Between Tobacco, Vaping and Cannabis- This event is geared for community members to receive a clearer understanding of the current public health concerns regarding the dramatic rise of adolescent use of e-cigarettes/vape pens, marijuana and tobacco.

This workshop will review current trends, policies, prevention strategies and resources available for parents and other adults

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WE ARE BYRON WEDNESDAYS!

Everyone is invited to wear purple every WEDNESDAY as a SYMBOL of the UNITY in our COMMUNITY! WE will use all WEDNESDAYS this year to wear PURPLE in UNITY as TEAM BYRON USD!

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free online tutoring through the california state library

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Volunteer & Driver Information- Driver Information is completed every year

Volunteer Information: How to become a volunteer with Byron Union School District:

  • Submit a completed Volunteer Packet (below)to your preferred school site.
  • TB Clearance (must be included with Volunteer Application Packet)
  • Background Clearance (Completed Livescan Request Receipt must be included with Volunteer Application Packet)
  • Volunteers will be contacted by the district office once they have been cleared to volunteer.

Volunteers who were previously cleared will need to check with their respective school site secretary to confirm whether their clearance is still valid or if updated information needs to be submitted in order to renew their volunteer clearance.

Volunteers who were previously cleared may need to submit an updated TB Clearance in order to renew their volunteer clearance. Updated TB results should not be submitted to the school site or district office staff. All updated TB Results should be uploaded to the TB Results Portal.


Driver Information: Driver Requirements: (Required for Field Trips even if only driving own child) School Driver Packet is below. **SIBLINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON FIELD TRIPS**

  • Volunteer Application Packet
  • TB Test results
  • Copy of Request for Livescan form with receipt
  • Driver’s License- expired license not accepted
  • Individual Department of Motor Vehicle Driving Record- from DMV
  • Insurance Policy Declaration Page- Must show name, expiration date and coverage amounts- all coverage amounts MUST be met
  • Insurance coverage- Bodily Injury= $100,000/$300,00, Property Damage= $100,000, Medical= $5,000 according to Board Policy Regulation 3541.1
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Driver Registration Form
If you have any additional questions regarding our volunteer clearance process, please visit the Volunteer Resource Webpage

Drop off/Pick up/Helmet Safety Information

Student safety is very important to us. As a reminder, students should not arrive at school prior to 8:20am. We do not have appropriate supervision to assure your child’s safety when they arrive before 8:20am. Currently there are students arriving as early as 7:45am and we are concerned for their safety.

Another safety issue is students arriving via bikes/skateboards/scooters. Helmets need to be worn for their safety. Per the handbook: The school also reserves the right to keep a student's bike, scooter, or skateboard if a student is not wearing a helmet or has broken safety equipment. We will keep the equipment until a parent can come and pick it up or a student can demonstrate they have their own helmet.


Starting October 24, 2022, we will be keeping bikes/scooters/skateboards for parent pick up if the student is not wearing a helmet.


Reminder for adults and children to cross only at the cross walk and to follow the directions of the crossing guards. Please follow the crossing guard’s directions and do not drive through the crosswalk while any students or the crossing guard is still in any part of the crosswalk.

Keep the traffic flowing in the parking lots by pulling your vehicle or golf cart all the way forward and dropping your children off quickly, yet safely.

When picking students up, keep the traffic moving by circling if your child is not there. Vehicles and golf carts in outer lanes (non curb side) are not permitted to pick up (nor drop off); it is expected that a vehicle or golf cart is parked along the curb when picking up children and children exit directly onto the curb.

Follow the directions of the adults directing traffic and be respectful … their job is to assure all students arrive and depart safely. Proceed slowly to keep students safe!

Thank you for your help!

Do not park or Double Park your vehicle or golf cart in a drop off/pick up zone (marked clearly in yellow); students are not permitted to enter a vehicle that is improperly parked due to safety concerns.

Never leave your vehicle or golf cart unattended in a drop off/pick up zone (marked clearly in yellow).

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Birthday Treats

Treats for the class need to be store bought and individually wrapped (Hostess cupcakes, Twinkies, Rice Krispy Treats, cookies, etc.) We cannot accept the bulk cupcake/cookie trays. The treats will be sent home with students at the end of the day so parents can decide if their child can have it. Instead of food treats, you can do pencils, stickers, crayons, color books, etc.
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Free Lunch For All Byron Union School District Students For The 22-23 School Year!! See below for menu

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PTA Information

Family Movie Night: Join us for our holiday movie night! We will be showing Home Alone! Please note this is a PG rated movie. 5:30pm-8:30pm in the gym (Movie starts at 6pm)


Spirit Wear: It's cold outside! Do you need a sweatshirt? Spirit wear can be ordered at any time! Order Spirit Wear using the link https://form.jotform.com/jrcustomcreations1/timber-point-spirit-wear


Join PTA: Help support our school by joining the PTA. PTA funds our librarian and art docent. We need your support to keep these programs available to your children. PTA also funds the Wildlife assembly, Rockets & Robots assembly, Halloween treats, Staff Appreciation, Teacher supplies, Field day and so much more. Click link to join. Thank you for your support!

https://jointotem.com/ca/discovery-bay/timber-point-pta

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See flyer above for information regarding Delta Lacrosse

Upcoming Dates:

11/21-11/25- Thanksgiving Break- No School

11/28- Minimum Day- All students dismissed at 11:40am

12/1- BUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm

12/7- Breakfast Book Club 8:00am

12/15- BUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm

12/16- PTA Movie Night- 5:30pm-8:30pm- movie starts at 6:00pm- Home Alone (rated PG)

12/21- Spirit Day- Pajama Day

12/21- Coffee with the Principal 8:45am-9:15am

12/21- Minimum Day- All students dismissed at 11:40am

12/22-1/6/23- Winter Break

1/9/23- Welcome Back

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