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Volume 7 - Issue 6 - September 6, 2017

Forever Moving Forward... NO Learning Limit!

Hours of Operation

Office Hours:

Mondays-Fridays: 7:30-4:00


Student Hours:

Mondays: 8:45-2:55

Tuesdays-Fridays: 8:00-2:55

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On Friday, Sept. 8 your child will bring home a parent-teacher conference parent letter for you to indicate your conference time preferences. Please complete this form and return to your child's teacher by September 18. The teacher will send home conference confirmations by September 27.

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Mid-Term Progress Reports--Go Home with Students on September 8

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Students will bring home their mid-term progress report on Friday, September 8. The beginning of the school year is filled with learning procedures, routines, and expectations. This is also a time when teachers are getting to know the students both academically and socially with both formal and informal assessments. The mid-term report is a means of giving parents a checkup of how the student is performing.


Typically, there are a handful of grades collected in each subject by the mid-term. The first mid-term is different, as there are not many assignments that go into the total calculation of the mid-term grade. Parents should take the mid-term grade with care and not place much emphasis on this checkpoint.


Another item we want to point out is your child has only had one complete special class rotation (art, music, PE) at this point. If they have not had the class yet this grading period they will not have a grade or if they just started the class, it may be an incomplete grade with just a few scores. This also applies to the subject areas of science and social studies. Depending on how the teacher provides the curriculum/instruction for science and social studies, students may not have a grade for one of those subjects at this time, or it may be just a small number of assignments that calculate the current grade.


Parents are able to log into Skyward to check up on student progress 24/7. Any questions may be addressed with the classroom teacher.

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Students are encouraged to wear their Red, White, and Blue on September 9th for Patriot Day

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After School Opportunities

Forms have been sent or will be sent home soon about the following after-school activities:


*TZ Spell Bowl--Open to 4th and 5th Grade Students--Students Qualify Based on Assessment--Direct any questions to Mrs. Dickey or Mrs. Hendershot.


*Student Council Classroom Representative--Open to 3-5 Grade Students--Classrooms Vote for Classroom Representative--4th & 5th Grade Classroom Reps May Run for Officer Positions--Direct any questions to Mrs. Lewis.


*TZ Art Club--Open to 3-5 Grade Students--Starting in October--Direct any questions to Mrs. Frank.


*TZ Book Club--Open to 3-5 Grade Students--Starting Soon--Direct any questions to Ms. D'Amore or Mrs. Myers.


*Fitness Intramurals--Open to 3-5 Grade Students--Starting in middle of September--See Calendar for Meeting Days--Direct any questions to Mr. Phillips or Ms. Cross.


*No Strings Attached Musical--Open to 4th and 5th Grade Students--Practices most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays after school, starting the end of Sept. and running through mid-November. Direct any questions to Mrs. Hamilton.

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Volunteer in the Classroom, Eat Lunch, or Field Trip--Need Background Check On File--Good for One Year

Greetings TZ Parents/Guardians!

At TZ we appreciate parents/guardians that would like to volunteer to assist in the classrooms and/or go on field trips. As a part of any volunteer activity, we must have a cleared background check on file for each person wanting to assist here at school or accompany a class on a field trip. New this year, we will require anyone going beyond the office that will have any interaction with students to have a cleared background check on file. Also new this year for all GCSC schools, a background check expires at the end of the school year, and a new background check will need to be completed at the start of the new school year.

I wanted to take time to clarify the limited/volunteer background checks. These background checks are free to our volunteers. A limited/volunteer background check is only good for one calendar year. If a volunteer wishes to continue volunteering after one year, they must submit a new application.

A link to the form that needs to be completed and turned in to the TZ office is below. You may also come by the school to complete the form. We do need to have a copy of your driver’s license to process the request.

Again, we appreciate your willingness to volunteer.


Mr. Strube

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Have you wondered what makes a staff member's day? Check out the link below to find out.

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School-Wide Behavior Program

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Click on Links Below for Helpful Health Information

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Now is the time to ENROLL or RECONNECT your Kroger Plus Card to Help Earn FREE Dollars for TZ


For those that already have a Kroger account and a linked Kroger Plus Card


Note: Each December you will need to reconnect your Kroger Plus Card to the organization you wish to support. If you have already connected your Kroger Plus Card to TZ, we ask that you take a few minutes to reconnect your card to continue to support TZ.

Are you looking for an easy (no extra cost way) to HELP TZ?

If so...you may send in these to help TZ earn dollars for our school.

We are looking for a few good men to volunteer their time at TZ.

Men can play an important role in the lives of our students. Please consider volunteering an hour of your time each month to help students, and support TZ. We are looking for volunteers to help welcome students as they start their day, provide classroom support, and help with special events and spirit days. If you are willing to help, please fill out the form below. If you have questions, please contact Brian Cox at briancox@gogreencastle.com or Jon Strube at jstrube@greencastle.k12.in.us. Any men interested in volunteering would need to have a current background check on file. Please request a background check form from the TZ office or you may go to printable forms on the TZ webpage to print your own form.
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Check This Out...How the iPads are being used to enhance instruction and student learning at TZ

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