Timber Wolf Times

News for TMS Families Week of February 14, 2022

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Principal Updates

Dear Trailside Families,

Later this week, we will be mailing home your child's MAP report from the Winter MAP assessment. Along with the report, will be a cover letter explaining the information. The following links also provide additional information: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

We will be hosting a Parent Information session later in the month regarding MAP data, growth, and achievement %.

All my best,

Bridget M. Beichler

Course Selection Information

Students in grade 6 and 7, must select their first and second choice for electives by Tuesday, February 22. The link to the elective videos :


Additional information can be found at : https://www.lcps.org/Domain/15885

If you have additional questions, please contact your grade level counselor.

Howl Outs to our Students:

All District Orchestra Students selected from Trailside:

6th grade

  • Claire Zhao - viola

7th grade

  • Ethan Shapiro - violin

8th grade

  • Ayiera Odenyo - viola
  • Ashleigh Allen - viola
  • Samantha Gloe - bass
  • John Gillette - bass
  • Katelyn Qureshi - cello
  • Victoria Bowman - violin

Congratulations to Nathan Sarma, our Spelling Bee Winner from TMS.

News from our Literacy Team

Caught Reading at Home:

The TMS Literacy Team is seeking help from parents to “catch” their children reading at home. Please use this form so parents can upload images of their children enjoying reading at home and for leisure. These images may be displayed on the school’s announcements or televisions in the grade level locker bays.

Pre-Order Your PE Gear for 2022-23 School Year

Spirit Days @ TMS

Supporting Trailside Middle School-Together in Education Program

A very easy and simple way to support our school is to link your Harris Teeter VIC card to our school. Our school code is 2529. Out of over 1100 parents, we have 62 links to our account.
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PTA Updates

PTA IMPACK Initiative: Outdoor Resources

THANK YOU to the families who have already made a donation. WE ARE ALMOST HALFWAY TO OUR GOAL! We have raised $2510!

Don't forget - Your contribution is tax deductible. Click here to make a donation and to get our tax ID. You may also send cash or a check made payable to TMS PTA. Please send it in an envelope marked "TMS PTA Outdoor Resources Donation".

We hope to see our kids using a gaga ball pit this spring!

Volleyball Game - CHAIR Needed

The fun has begun! We encourage all students to enter the t-shirt design contest. The TMS staff participating in the volleyball game will proudly be wearing the winning design! Information on how to enter was shared via COMPASS. It can also be found on PTBoard.

We are still in need of a chair to keep the fun going! The Trailside vs. Farmwell Station staff volleyball game is scheduled for Friday, March 11th at 6:30pm and we need YOU.

If interested, please contact Kristi at president@trailsidemiddleschoolpta.org.

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What's Happening in the Library!

What’s Happening in the Library?

The genre of the month is Realistic Fiction. Books in this category feature characters or situations that could realistically happen in real life. YA and Middle Grade Realistic Fiction books typically have characters who are facing current social and family problems/situations. Some of the most popular Realistic Fiction books in our library include,11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Our Winter Library Incentive, TMS Likes to Read a Latte, is going strong and our most recent winners were, Dev Srivastava - 7th grade, Sania Azad -6th grade, and Tyler Topansky - 6th grade. Winners are announced every other Friday. The next winners will be announced on Friday, February 18, 2022.

Makerspace activities for the month include Danish Heart Weaving using cardstock, as well as a Make Your Own Valentine section so that students can create their own valentines for friends and family. We have decided to leave the Keva Planks in our Makerspace for the remainder of the month as the students really enjoy building tall structures.

Blind Date with a Book has been very successful with the Library staff arranging “blind dates” for over 200 students so far. Blind Date With a Book requests will continue to be accepted until February 14th at 3:00 p.m. Any student who would like for the library staff to select a book for them should complete the Google Form that can be found in the TMS Library Schoology Course.

Counselor's Update

2/14/2022 Newsletter Updates Counseling

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Feb 10th-Feb 15th - 7th Grade Career/Academies Lesson through FACS

  • Feb 17th - Rising 9th Grade Parent Night @ 7pm - Stone Bridge High School

  • Feb 22nd - Last day for 6th & 7th Graders to pick electives for 2022-23 School Year

Check out the February Student Assistance Services Newsletter for information on current substance treads, a video from the Mental Health Conference that occured on January 29th, as well many links to various supports for students and families.

Em-Power Service Club

Message from Founders - Anvitha & Elina

We, Anvitha and Elina are 7th graders and the founders of the EM - Power club. We believe that every child has the right to learn regardless of gender, race, location, or any other circumstances. Girls' education saves lives , strengthens families and communities, and reduces the risk of poverty. You can make a difference in the world by joining our club where we raise money to help girls get proper education and possibly change many small girls' lives. Despite the fact that this program focuses on girls' education, all genders can also make a difference by joining our club too! 6th through 8th graders are welcome to join. If you join our club you will be able to participate in activities/fundraisers like Bake Sales, raffles, trivia night and so much more.

If you would like your student to join, please fill out the below permission slip. Our first meeting will be on February 17th. https://forms.gle/ATgD4c8gpkt19zBfA

Compass & SEL Learning

Please find below what your student discussed in Compass the week of February 7th and some questions to discuss with your student.

6th Grade

Last week, your child and their peers created bullying awareness posters. The posters will be displayed around the school to educate others about bullying and how they can help stop it.

  • Ask your child to tell you about how their attitude toward bullying has changed as a result of what they've learned in the unit.

7th Grade

Last week students learned how they’re protected from harassment at school and their responsibility not to harass others.

  • Tell your child about a time you or someone you know had to speak up about something difficult. Ask your child what might make it difficult for people to speak up when they experience or witness negative things like harassment.

8th Grade

Last week, your child explored how two strategies, speaking up and starting a movement, can disrupt the factors that enable bullying and harassment.

  • Ask your child about these strategies and how they think they can help eliminate bullying and harassment in their school. Expand your discussion to include areas outside of school.

8th Grade Counseling Updates

Campus Presentation & Info

Is your student thinking about attending college and may to be the first in their immediate family to attend? Is your student interested in attending college, but you attended higher education in another country? Is your student a part of an underrepresented population? Then your student may be interested in CAMPUS.

CAMPUS is a 4 year college prep program offered at Stone Bridge High School to aid students in their pursuit of higher education after high school. This opportunity is available to Rising 9th Graders who may meet one of the three criteria above. This wonderful program would occur out of your students Study Hall while in high school and would provide students with the opportunity to explore colleges, receive assistance in picking an institution aligned with their interests, assistance with applications, help maneuvering the financial aid and scholarship field, and so much more.

If your student is interested in applying for this amazing opportunity, please have them fill out an application on the CAMPUS Application Website. If they need assistance with filling out the

application or has any questions, please have them reach out to Mrs. Perinis or

Ms. Handy.

The deadline to apply is March 4th, so if your student is interested please make sure they apply and don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.

7th Grade Updates

February 22nd is the last day for 7th Graders to pick their electives for the 2022-23 School Year. If you would like to review students' options and learn about what next year will look for your student next year, please view the Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Presentation (English) or Selección de cursos de 8vo grado (Spanish).

Please reach out to Ms. Handy (Lisa.Handy@lcps.org) should you have any questions or concerns.

6th Grade Updates

February 22nd is the last day for 6th Graders to pick their electives for the 2022-23 School Year. If you would like to review students' options and learn about what next year will look for your student next year, please view the Rising 7th Grade Course Selection Presentation (English) or Spanish 2022_23 Selección de cursos de 7º grado en ascenso.

Please reach out to Ms. Boateng (Nadia.Boateng@lcps.org) should you have any questions or concerns.

Timber Wolf Scholar Award Ceremony 2nd Quarter

With the high percentage of COVID cases and transmission occurring, we will not be having in person ceremonies for the Honor Roll during the second quarter. All students will receive their pins out of COMPASS. We are looking forward to hosting in person award ceremonies at the end of the third quarter.

School Contact Information

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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School Hours

Arrival: 8:10-8:30 AM

Late Bell: 8:35 AM (students are tardy if arriving after the bell and will need to report to the main office for a tardy pass)

Dismissal: 3:23 PM

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