TBMS March Update
We are Safe, Kind & Responsible
Message from Mr. Beierman
Hello Twin Bluff Middle School families!
Maybe it was just my perception, but February really seemed to fly by. I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. We had some exciting learning experiences in February with Grade 6 going to the Capital and Minnesota History Center and Grade 7 trying something new and going downhill skiing at Welch Village. I always feel it is important to reflect on what we have done and look forward to what is to come.
We have Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for March 7th and 9th. Our students are going to be “leading” the conferences and talking with parents and teachers during their scheduled conference time. This allows our students to share their voices and have ownership in their learning experience. Since it is our first try at student-led conferences, our teachers are prepared and ready to assist and support you as needed to ensure you get accurate and timely information.
Twin Bluff will also host the middle school musical "Honk! the Musical" on March 17th and 18th. The students have been working really hard and I can't wait to see their production. Please plan on attending and supporting this awesome event!
We are also excited to host our “Leadership Dance” on the evening of March 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm. All students that meet our school-wide expectations; Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible, are invited to attend. The cost will be $5.00 and parents are expected to arrange for timely drop-off and pick-up of their students. Snacks will be available for purchase during the event as well.
I have to take this opportunity to remind you to drive safely and pay close attention when you are driving on campus (and always). With the recent snow, our sight lines are higher and we need to ensure that we are stopping, looking, and proceeding in a safe manner. This is especially true during student drop-off and pick-up times. We also ask you to stay out of the lower parking lot (swimming pool doors) during bus times. Mixing small vehicles, large vehicles, and rambunctious middle school students is not a recipe for safety. Please use the designated pick-up and drop-off locations to ensure student safety. Also, please note the image to the right of this column. No LEFT turns when leaving the school, please. Take the right, loop around the traffic circle, and then head back up Twin Bluff Road.
Thank you for your continued support as we work our way to spring and green grass. We appreciate your dedication to our students and student safety!
Upcoming Calendar Notes
March 3: End of Trimester 2
March 7 & 9: Conferences
March 10: Spring Dance 6-8 pm
March 15 & 16: Maturation videos/discussion for 5th & 6th grade, more information coming
March 17: Honk! the Musical 7 pm
March 18: Honk! the Musical 3 & 7 pm
March 14th: Dental Clinic
March 23rd: End of 3rd Quarter
March 24th: No Students, Teacher work day.
March 27-31: Spring Break, no school
Twin Bluff Middle School will be holding their student-led conferences on Tuesday March 7th and Thursday March 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Please sign up with the teacher as listed in the letters that went home on Friday February 24th, by using the link to PTCFast.com. There is one 15-minute session available per student. If you need assistance please call Rhonda McKim at 651-385-4532. Yeimmy Yusty-Rojas can be contacted at 651-385-4607 for Spanish speaking families. Please come in the main doors, the ID system will not be used during conferences.
Pictures from the Capitol and MN History Center Visit
Welch Village Ski Outing
Honk! the Musical
News from the Nurse
Attendance Line can be used for appointments too!
Please use the Attendance Line 651-385-4550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to leave messages about absences, appointments and late arrivals for your students. We prefer that you do not email teachers, because they may not see the email, especially if there is a substitute. Traci will give your student a pass for leaving early and your student will wait in the office until you pull up and you won't even need to come in.
Friday afternoons the office tends to get a lot of parents just dropping in to pull their students out. It would be much more efficient if you could call the attendance line and make your request earlier in the day. Thank you.
School Safe ID
A new visitor check in system has been in use at all district buildings this past month. The safety of all within our buildings is a priority, but also welcoming parents and community members. This system allows the district to do both.
Please bring your state-issued I.D. in the building when you come to volunteer, or attend a parent meeting. The system will use the visitor's name and date of birth to check the national offender database. Once cleared, the visitor will be issued a badge that has their phone, name, date and destination in the building. If the visitor doesn't have the I.D. with them, the staff can enter the name and date of birth manually. If they don't want the data entered, the staff can escort them throughout the building. If a visitor is just dropping off something for their student, the system will not need to be used. Please be patient as we all adjust to this new system together.
Outdoor Recess Policy
Please be mindful that the 5th graders have recess, so they should always have their winter gear with them. They will be outside if the temperature (including the wind chill) is zero or above. Please email Liz Kittelson (email@example.com) if you would need some winter gear to keep to use on a daily basis.
School Volunteers Needed for the Book Fair
Free Money for our School
Family Fare grocery receipts can still be dropped off in the office. We put them with all the other building's receipts to receive a donation to the district when we reach a certain level.
Great resource to answer any general questions you may have about TBMS