Tusculum View Tiger Talk
News for the week of January 16, 2023.
Tusculum View Mission Statement
Tusculum View has a heart for ALL kids by providing engaging opportunities to achieve excellence.
Good Afternoon Tiger Families,
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I want to let you all know what a great job our Tigers did last Thursday during the severe weather shelter in place. Everyone calmly and quietly went to their location and remained quiet.
I hope you all have a great week!
There is NO SCHOOL Monday, January 16th. Schools and Tiger Time will resume as normal on Tuesday.
Front Circle Pick up
Afternoon dismissal will now begin at 3:08 pm. Please begin lining up for car riders at 3:00 pm.
Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Hoese as she was selected as the GCS district PreK - 4 Teacher of the Year! We are so grateful for Mrs. Hoese and her dedication to students! We love you!
Tiger News begins this week! Check out our website for the awesomeness!
Birthday Book Club
Each year, Tusculum View has a Birthday Book Club to help students celebrate their birthday with a fun-filled event. This provides our library with new books and is a great way to honor your child’s birthday!
A form will go home with students on Jan 9th. Please fill out and attach the form with your $15 cash or check made payable to Tusculum View and return to school before January 20, 2023.
You can also sign up and pay in the Tusculum View school store, found on the TV website. For more information about Birthday Book Club, you can read the letter here: https://tusculumview.gcschools.net/apps/news/article/1704170
Lego League will resume after school on Jan 19th for 4 Thursdays. We will ONLY stay after on Thursdays, no Tuesdays.
Lego League state competition in Cookeville February 10th and 11th. Congratulations and GOOD LUCK to the Mysterious Lego Society! We are so proud of you!
ESSER 3.0 updates and highlights
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. The plan included Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to help state educational agencies and school districts safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, as well as address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. Greeneville City Schools received funds from the ESSER program. A list of ESSER 3.0 updates and highlights, along with the opportunity to provide feedback, is available at https://bit.ly/ESSERHighlights through February 15, 2023. The list is also available in Spanish at https://bit.ly/ESSERSP23SPN. Information on Greeneville City Schools' ESSER funds, along with the opportunity to provide feedback on a continual basis, is located on our Web site at https://bit.ly/ESSERGCS, which will also include the upcoming updated Spending Plan and Health and Safety Plan.
TDOE and GELF Partner to Give Free Reading Resources to Tennessee Families
TDOE and GELF Partner to Give Free Reading Resources to Tennessee Families
In partnership with Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), the department is opening up an opportunity for parents to order free at-home reading resources this winter for any of their children in grades K-2.
Through this partnership, the department and GELF want to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers outside of the classroom. Based on if a child is in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, they will receive seven At-Home Decodable Book Series, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice, and age-appropriate, high-quality books from Scholastic.
All Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using this site.
This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students.
NHRA YOUTH AND EDUCATION SERVICES PROGRAM IS BACK! AT THE 2023 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Friday June 9, 2023
(Deadline to Register and Receive a Free Race Ticket is Wednesday June 7th at 3:00 PM EST)
In order to sign up and attend the NHRA YES Program, simply go to www.nhra.com/yesprogramregistration. You will then be prompted to the registration page with the same registration questions that you are accustomed to seeing in previous NHRA YES Program events.
Nurse Sally's Corner
Learn more about Sleep
- Our brains need sleep. Brains process and consolidate our memories while we sleep. It helps our kids remember the important things in life. Sleep helps remove toxins from our brain that build up while we are awake. Without sleep, we can’t form new pathways in the brain that help us learn new things.
- Our bodies need sleep. This is especially true for babies and younger children. Sleep is necessary for muscle growth and repair. Some growth hormones are secreted and synthesized during sleep. Poor sleep is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It also helps our immune system and we are more prone to colds when we are sleep deprived.
- Sleep isn’t just about quantity. Quality is important, too. Poor sleep quality is associated with poorer school performance as measured by teacher ratings, grades, and neurocognitive functioning. It can make kids and adults be more moody, angry, and anxious.
- There are significant benefits when we get enough sleep. Good quality sleep is associated with greater ability to focus. Kids are better able to solve problems, are more creative, and do better socially when they are well-rested.
Studies have found the following strategies to be most effective:
- Know how much sleep they should be getting. Take a look at the guidelines above. Set a goal to hit a goal somewhere within those parameters. There is a range for each age group, because kids do differ in their need for sleep. Figure out where in that range your child should fall.
- Limit screen time before bed. Also, get the TV out of the room. Kids should not be exposed to the glow from electric screens for at least an hour before going to sleep. Some researchers would say that two hours before bed is an even better idea. (This applies to parents too!)
- Stick with the same bedtimes and awake times. Yes, these can change a bit on the weekends or over the holidays, but they shouldn’t change very much.
- Have a bedtime routine that includes non-stimulating activities. These might include activities like a bath, stories, prayers or daily reflections, and snuggling.
- Provide a good environment for sleeping. Dark, quiet, and cool are the three magic words when it comes to good sleep. Some kids like a nightlight and that’s ok. Just be sure you get one that is as dim as possible. Same goes for noise. Some kids don’t like the quiet. In that case, a noise machine can be a good idea.
From: Ellen Braaten, PhD. https://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/the-importance-of-sleep-for-kids-mental-and-emotional-well-being-2/
Ballad Health Virtual Clinic Opportunity
Greeneville City Schools now have a partnership with Ballad Health for a School Virtual Health (Telehealth) Clinic.
Below is some information from Ballad Health about what the program entails:
· When your child needs medical attention during school, you’ve always been able to rely on the caring touch of your school nurse. Now, for minor illnesses or injuries that need a higher level of care, your child can have virtual access to our medical professionals without leaving the nurse’s office. Using telemedicine technology, students and school staff receive quality healthcare in the convenience of the school setting.
About the Ballad Health Virtual Health Clinic:
- Your child will be seen by a physician or licensed nurse practitioner who can assess the child, work with the school nurse to perform basic labs (flu, COVID, and strep testing) and write prescriptions if needed.
- The school will call you before initiating a visit to obtain your consent.
- Parents can come to the school to participate in the virtual visit or receive a link to participate remotely in the virtual visit.
- Our Ballad professionals will follow up with the guardian / parent after the call. There will also be a faxed copy sent to the primary care provider if this was indicated on the paperwork.
- Ballad will bill your insurance, or you can pay a flat fee of $49 for the visit. If your child does not have insurance, Ballad can also work to determine if they are eligible for the state health insurance plan (TennCare).
Attached is a PDF link to the Ballad Telehealth permission form packet for you to fill out for your student if you would ever like for your child to be seen. Participation is optional and not required. Packets should be turned in to the school nurse.
References: School Virtual Health Clinic in East TN & Southwest VA | Ballad Health
- If you would like for your child to eat breakfast please arrive by 7:45 in order to allow time for them to eat as class begins at 8 am.
- DO NOT pass cars in the car line unless instructed to do so by a staff member or SRO.
- When dropping students off at side parking lot in the mornings, please DO NOT turn LEFT out of the parking lot. Right turns only during drop off and dismissal.
- IF you are front circle pick up, please use the line on Lafayette St only. If you are side parking lot, please only use the line on Luther St.
- Please utilize Front circle for morning drop off as soon as the PreK sign is gone - usually around 7:40. This helps keep our lines moving.
- When you make the choice to be front circle or side parking lot during afternoon pickup, you must keep that same pick up location all year.
- Please DO NOT get out of your car in car line to help your student get out of or in to the car. If you need to do this, please pull over in to a parking space.
- Please pay school fees ASAP. Fees -$15; over the counter - $5;
- Computer protection plan for grades K-5 - $30. The protection plan is very beneficial if your student incurs damage to their device. It is very costly to repair them without the protection plan.
If you have questions about bus pick up or drop off times or need to add bus transportation, please reach out to Kristen Rollins at 423.787.8003. If you are changing your mode of transportation that you selected during registration, even if for just one day, you will need to submit this in writing to Mrs. Mary before it can be changed.
We cannot accept a phone call to change to/from riding the bus, walking, or pick up. Thank you for your help in this matter. Safety of our students and getting them home to you is our top priority!
To ensure the safety of students, all car rider vehicle’s picking up students MUST have a car tag issued from our office. Only a parent or guardian can obtain these from the office, but will need to distribute them to whoever will be picking up your student(s). All persons with a car tag MUST be on the approved pick up list. If a car tag is not present in the vehicle, the driver must park and come in the office to check out the student with their driver’s license and be on the APPROVED PICK UP LIST. If you have not gotten your car tag, please come to the office and pick them up prior to the 28th. You receive the following at no cost - 2 for car riders, 1 for bus riders, and 1 for walkers. Extras are $2 each. Only a parent or guardian can add or remove individuals from the approved pick up list and must do this in person at the office.
Please remember that we will not be able to allow vehicles to begin lining up in our parking lots or the side roads until 3:00 pm for afternoon student pickup.
If your child misses a day a school, per policy you must submit written documentation to the school office within two days of the child returning to school. You are allowed three parent notes per semester.
- Several ways to submit your written documentation
- Send written parent note, doctor, dentist, or therapy note with your child to school. Your child will give the written note to their teacher and it will be sent down to the school office.
- Email your excuse to Mrs. Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fill out the Online Absentee Reporting. This is found on Tusculum View Website at the top click Report Absence. Remember to give the reason why your child was absent from school.
If you have had a change in address, phone numbers, or emergency contacts, please contact the school at 423.639.2751 ASAP to get your information updated.
GET YOUR TIGER SWAG!
Visit our school store to get Tiger apparel to show your school spirit and Tiger Pride! You may purchase and pay on our site. Merchandise will be sent home with your student when it arrives.