Retriever Report - December 1, 2017

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Message from Dr. TRESler

Dear Retrievers,

We appreciate all of your support to ensure your child’s success at TRES! Recently, we have had an increase in the number of parents who are bringing in forgotten items, such as lunches, instruments, and homework.  Each time we call into a classroom to inform the teacher and student that these items are in the front office, it causes an interruption to instruction.  While it may seem quick, these interruptions can impact the flow of a lesson, or a student’s thinking/focus.  

Many TRES staff members are parents too, so we understand how hectic mornings can be as everyone in the family prepares to get organized and leave for the day.  We would like to encourage you to think twice before bringing in forgotten items into the TRES front office.  It may be a great opportunity to help teach responsibility or nightly routines, such as laying out all needed items the night before.  If a child forgets to bring a lunch, can he or she buy lunch that day? Did you know that even if your child does not have money on his or her lunch account, they can purchase a full lunch via debit and you can send money in the next day?

We recognize that some forgotten items may still be needed to be brought to school.  Beginning December 4th, we will not call into classrooms and interrupt instruction to inform teachers and students that these items are in the front office.  If a student forgets an item, such as a lunch or instrument, parents can leave the item clearly labeled on our “Oops! We forgot it cart” located right inside the front entrance. We will have masking tape and markers available to label items. Instruments can be placed beside the cart on the floor. All forgotten lunches will be brought to the cafeteria at 11:00 a.m. Please deliver any forgotten lunches to TRES by 11:00 a.m.

Thank you for your understanding and partnership.


Dr. TRESler, Principal

Reminder- Please Pick up you Yankee Candle Order (20 orders still remain at TRES)

Thank you for supporting TRES with you order. If you have yet to pick up your order, please do so as soon as possible Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A Wolf/Loving "Wellness Tip:"

Offering periodic tips and strategies from School Counselor, Mrs. Wolf, and School Psychologist, Dr. Loving:

Happy December!

In Friday Folders of youngest/only students, you will find a new installment of the Home & School Connection newsletter.  Many helpful ideas are given, including:  ideas for winter reading, hand-washing reminders, ways to cope with stress, and ideas for building independence in your child.  Just for fun--  Q:  What goes through towns and over hills, but doesn't move?  A:  A road.

Also, as we head into a new month, students school-wide have been (or are about to) view a new TRESmission broadcast with an emphasis on the E in T-R-E-A-S-U-R-E:  Empathy in Action.  It's wonderful to be able to feature the many ways groups and individuals within the TRES community are "stepping into someone else's shoes to understand their feelings."  From efforts supporting Grassroots to red/white/blue jeans being worn to support troops, the TRES community IS making a difference.

Taking it a step beyond as a family, please keep a look-out for the corresponding Empathy page which challenges kids to track the simple ways they are showing empathy in action.  (This optional page will be sent after the TRESmission is viewed in class.  THANKS!)

Due to Popular Demand- The TRES Spirit Wear Shop Has Reopened for a Limited Time!

Due to a lot of buzz at school about this year’s spirit wear, PTA decided to re-open the online store through December 15th with an estimated delivery date in mid January.  Visit to shop now!  Questions or concerns, contact Jennifer Levy / 443-398-5301.  

Food Drive Results

We had a tremendous response to TRES's Food Drive! Our school donated over 600 items of food and personal items to Grassroots homeless shelter. Thank you for being so generous and helping others in need!

Our annual Hour of Code celebration is coming the week of December 4-10, 2017!

What is Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

Attention parents who work in the computer science fields: We would love to have you as guest speaker during the week of Dec. 4-10! Email Mrs. Walker if you are interested at  If you can’t join us in person, we can offer a Skype option.

Visit our online Book Fair at

Our Online Fair is available from November 19 - December 2, 2017.

From the Rifkin Reading Room

It’s Young Authors’ time! The Young Authors’ Contest is underway for grades 2-5. This is an opportunity for children to showcase their writing by submitting a creative short story or poem (or one of each!). The complete set of contest rules and cover sheets were sent home in Friday Folders and have been explained to the children. If the paper has disappeared, the information is also available on the TRES website.

All participants will receive a certificate, will have their work “published” in our TRES Young Authors’ anthology and will be invited to a special “authors’ tea” in the spring. The winning entry in each category will move on the the Howard County level of the competition. Last year, TRES had three Howard County winners/runner ups! Please encourage your child to participate and feel free to email me with questions at Entries are due by December 15.

Happy writing!


The TRES PTA membership drive is happening now! Please consider joining PTA and making an additional donation. Membership and donations are the PTA’s sole source of raising funds to support the students, staff, and TRES community.  Click here to join.

Community News

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Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day)