Timber Wolf Times
August 4, 2022
Dear Trailside Families,
Happy August! We are gearing up for students to return to school in just three short weeks, on August 25th.
We have had a number of staff promoted into leadership positions at Trailside these past weeks. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Jesse Encapera who will be transitioning to central office in the Dept. of Instruction; specifically in the math department. We will be announcing a new assistant principal later next week.
I will send out another newsletter in the next week or so outlining the arrival procedures for the first day, lunch routines, and dismissal. Please keep a look out for that!
Counselor's and Deans return to school on Wednesday, August 10th. All communication regarding scheduling should be directed to your grade level counselor. We are not able to honor any requests for elective changes or specific teacher requests. In order to successfully schedule over 1100 students, remain in the VA Dept. of Education class size requirements and case load limitations; we cannot add on additional restrictions and requests. We appreciate your understanding.
Please see the outline below:
6th grade: Jessica.Joseph@lcps.org
7th grade: A-Kh: Nadia.Boateng@lcps.org
7th grade: Ki-Z Laura.Ricciardi@lcps.org
8th grade: Sarah.Jo@lcps.org
Teachers return to school on Wednesday, August 17th!
Outlined below are important dates as well as action items and information to support a smooth transition back to school for each student.
First Day Information available for LCPS - Online Verification
Families will log into PVUE and walk through the Online Verification tool to review and verify student data, provide opt-out information, and review documents. Once complete, PVUE will display student schedules, bus and other student-specific information.
8/25 Schoology First Day for LCPS
First day LCPS students and parents/guardians can view S1, T1, and YR sections and resources in Schoology.
8/22 Locker Set Up 4:30-6:00 PM
Students may come to TMS anytime between 4:30 and 6:00 pm to set up their locker. This event will also extend into our PTSA scavenger hunt and family picnic. See below for more information.
8/25 First day of school
9/9 PTSA Membership Drive kicks off
9/14 Back to School Night for Parents 6:00-8:00 PM
Parent Volunteers for the First Two Days of School and beyond.....
We also are always looking for parent volunteers to support lunch time, pack time outside, front office with answering the door bell and phones, as well as in the library. Please consider volunteering this year in any capacity. Though your child may say they do not want you at school, we have found just the opposite. Please know that your children need you to be involved even more as they journey through middle school and adolescence. Parent feedback in our annual survey stated that parents wanted more opportunities to be engaged with school. This is an outstanding opportunity to do just that.
PTA Scavenger Hunt and Family Picnic
The PTA is hosting the second annual Outdoor Scavenger Hunt and Family Picnic on Monday, August 22nd from 6-7:30pm, right after locker set up. This is a great opportunity for students and families to connect with each other before the school year kicks off. We kindly request that you RSVP so that we may plan accordingly. We hope to see you there!
Health and PE Gear and Requirements
T-Shirts (Medium & Large only) 192 ct.
Shorts (Medium & Large only) 200 ct.
This inventory will be available to purchase in the first two weeks of school. Students may bring either a check made out to Trailside MS or cash to their HPE class. The cost will be updated once the teachers are back on campus in two weeks.
Requirements for all students in HPE:
1. All students are required to dress out. The required fitness clothes are mesh/athletic shorts, grey or white t-shirt with the student's last name on the back of the t-shirt in 4 inch lettering with a black markers, socks, and sneakers. Students may also wear sweat pants/fitness long pants.
These requirements will begin the second week of school.
There are available dressing stalls for all students.
2. Recommendation for each student to have a water bottle for HPE. There is a water fill station.
Music classes: students are not required to bring their instruments to school on the first two days.
Cell Phone Expectations at Trailside
In addition, research has outlined the detrimental impact on children regarding access and use of a smart phone at a young age (prior to 8th grade). I encourage you to click on the following link and to consider the Pledge: Wait Until 8! I found the testimonials from executives at Google and Large Tech companies to be impactful. https://www.waituntil8th.org/
Student School Hours
8:50 AM to 3:38 PM
Arrival: 8:30 AM to 8:49 AM
Late bell 8:50 AM