Timber Wolf Times

News for TMS Families Week of April 3, 2022

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Principal Updates

Dear Trailside Families,


Happy spring to all of our families! As we enter the last week of the third marking period and spring break; I want to encourage each of our students to have a strong finish. We are looking forward to more days for outdoor eating and consistent pack time outdoors! We do have an increase of students walking, riding bikes, and skateboards. Please be extra cautious when you are dropping off students as our pedestrian traffic has increased.


I am sorry to share with you that we have had increasing cases of students using foul language both in and out of class, at lunch, and on the buses. The use of foul language has a negative impact on the positive and inclusive climate we strive to provide for each student.


Last week in the resource talks with students, deans have reminded the students of language expectations and that parents will be called regarding the use of foul language. We appreciate your support as we partner to grow the best version of each of our students.


Ramadan begins this week and I want to assure parents and students that we have set aside quiet space for students to go to during lunch. Students may go to the library and/or any house office or main office conference area for a quiet space.


All my best,


Bridget M. Beichler

LOST AND FOUND

Ours carts and shelves are overflowing with lost and found items. We will be donating these items at the end of the week. If your child is missing water bottle, jacket, books, etc. please have them stop by. We will gather all of the items and have them out front on tables this Wednesday and Thursday if you wish to come by and look as well.

Phone, Ear Buds, and Head Phones

At Trailside, our school wide expectation is that phones are off and away in lockers throughout the day. We have found that with phones off and away, we have minimized learning interference and behavior incidences. We have very little discipline associated with phones, texting, social media posting, picture taking, etc. during the school day compared to other middle schools. While this may not be the most popular expectation, we do feel that it is in the best interest of each student and for their learning. We are asking parents to support our school expectation by directing your student to keep their phone off and away and not to be texting your student during the learning day. If you have an emergency and need to reach your child, please call the main office. Students also know that they can access the house phone if they need to contact home.

Ear pods and headphones are very popular and also expensive. We are experiencing an increase of students wearing ear pods during the day and connecting to their phones. We are also having more students reporting lost ear pods. We will be speaking with students about the expectation of head phones and ear pods should only be used in the classroom for specific instructional activities. We appreciate your supporting our expectations.

Mask Breaks

Mask Breaks will be discontinued after spring break. Students who are wearing masks, will be allowed to take an individual mask break when necessary.

MAP Assessments

After spring break, every student will be taking the third MAP assessment in reading and math. The assessments will be taking during class and broken down over several days. It is one of the most important assessments your child takes each quarter. The information we receive supports us in planning for instruction and placement for the next school year.

Grade Level Updates

Trailside is Redesignated as a Schools to Watch

What is Schools To Watch?

In 1999, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform began a national program to identify high-performing middle grades schools. The Schools To Watch program recognizes academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes in middle level education. The Commonwealth of Virginia joined the Schools to Watch program in 2003.

Part of our application team, attended the Virginia Middle School Association Conference where Trailside Middle School was recognized for being re-designated as a School to Watch!

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Library News

What’s Happening in the Library?


April is School Library Month as well as Earth month and we have many activities planned in our library. We will be kicking off the month in our makerspace area with make your own bookmarks and paper beads out of books that have been discarded due to damage or missing pages. By using these discarded books we are promoting the reusing and recycling of materials.


The genre of the month is Fantasy. Books in this genre tell stories about events or characters that do not exist in the real world. Some popular Fantasy books in our library are the Wings of Fire series, Harry Potter series, The Land of Stories series as well as The Red Queen series.



We are still in need of beads or rainbow loom supplies and welcome donations of any of those items. We have also created a Trailside Library Wishlist on Amazon for anyone who would like to purchase and donate.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1DCUYNGNY58FJ?ref_=wl_share


We are excited to announce that we have secured an author visit to occur in June with April Henry the author of many YA mystery books such as: Girl Stolen, Count All Her Bones, and The Body in the Woods. We are in the process of locating a vendor so that students who are interested can purchase some of Ms. Henry’s books before her visit. Ms. Henry will be available for book signings throughout the day. More details will be shared as final arrangements are made.


*Reminder*

Please ask your student to look around their bedroom, locker, or backpack and return any library books that they may have. We will be sending out overdue notices soon as we try to secure all of our books before the end of the school year.



Early Dismissals

EARLY DISMISSALS

Please report early dismissals via ParentVUE or by sending an email to TMSattendance@lcps.org. We ask that you notify us at least 2 hours in advance of the dismissal time. Dismissals after 3pm are highly discouraged due to the end of day dismissal and the congestion of the parking lot at that time.

Important Dates:

Spring Break: April 11-15th

Teacher work day, no school for students: April 18th

Friday, April 29th,7th grade dance 7:00-9:00 PM

Saturday, April 30th, 8th grade dance 7:00-9:00 PM

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SCA Announcements:


The SCA will be holding a Virtual Talent Show again this year. See the attached information: Virtual Talent Show. They have until April 19, 2022 to submit their entries. Please make sure you follow the criteria and submit your entries to the person listed in the information. Let's showcase our talented students!

The SCA is hosting a spring collection to support Loudoun County Animal Shelter and Friends of Homeless Animals. See the attached information: Animal Shelter Service Project. There are links included should you prefer to donate via Amazon and also specific items the shelters can use. Boxes will be in the house office area to collect other items included in the slides that students bring in. The collection will finish on April 4, 2022. Thanks for your support!

Pre-Order Your PE Gear for 2022-23 School Year -No extra gear will be ordered

We will not be doing a mass order of HPE gear for next year, if you would like you child to have HPE; you must pre-order .



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.

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

TMS School Spirit Store from Cheers is on-line New Winter Gear Items! check us out

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

Yearbook Orders are running high, available yearbooks running low

We have planned to have only 850 yearbooks processed based on order requests from past years. Please know pre-ordered yearbooks have increased over the past weeks. If you wish to have a yearbook, please order one today!
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Yearbooks Now on Sale!

Only 800 copies have been ordered, if you wish to secure a yearbook, please order ASAP! Supplies are running out