Retriever Report - January 5, 2018

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Message from Dr. TRESler and Mrs. Moraff

Dear Retrievers,

Happy New Year! We hope that our TRES families had a fantastic winter break, and had the opportunity to spend quality family time together.  As we move into the coldest part of the school year, we would like to remind you to please make sure that your child comes to school dressed for the weather.  While we do not go out to recess if the temperature and wind chill combined are less than 20 degrees, there could be times when the children are outside for shorter periods of time, such as an emergency evacuation like we had the week before winter break.  In a situation such as that, we would move the children to a warm location as soon as possible (FQMS); however, we would still need to walk there.  Dismissal is another time that students may be outside for up to 10 minutes, especially if a bus is running behind.  Again, we would move the students inside as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about our cold weather and winter practices, please call or email us.


Dr. TRESler, Principal

Mrs. Moraff

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

As we ring in the new year, here at school, we have been talking about being the best we can be through goal-setting. In a recent TRESmission broadcast, students heard about the importance of setting a "S-M-A-R-T" goal. Here are some strategies that help all of us with sticking to resolutions!   Try to keep your goal:

S- Specific.  What exactly do you want to accomplish?

M- Measurable.  How will you see when you reach the goal?

A- Attainable.  Is this something that pushes you, but is still a possibility?

R- Results.  Is the end result going to make a positive impact?

T- Timely.  What time frame will you give to reach your goal?

Another TRES "Jingle Goal" that was recently shared by Dr. Tresler involves the idea of working hard, writing your name on all submitted work, and taking pride in work that is submitted.  Students were encouraged to positively represent themselves and families with a message of "Work hard. Claim it. Name it!"  

Dinner Discussion:   Are you ever looking for ways to get your child to open up more about his/her school day?   Be sure to ask your student about the fun Jingle Goals song that has been sung by our chorus and played as a reminder.  Today's "Stop-Drop-Draw" booster activity might be another great discussion starter about how we can shine with positive TREaSured Trait behavior in 2018; with RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, INTEGRITY, and CARE.   Stay warm!

Attention 5th Grade Parents- Middle School Information

The Folly Quarter Middle School Parent Orientation for world language and related arts will be held at FQMS on January 24, 2018 6:30-7:30 p.m. Performing arts and world language letters with the selection forms were sent home today, January 5, 2018.  Please return the forms by the deadline on the letter.

Helping Homes Fundraiser

We would like to thank our amazing and generous TRES community for all of your contributions to our incredible fundraising efforts this fall. Your donations totaled an outstanding $1696, that is being divided between The United Way of Greater Houston and the Florida Disaster Fund, to help them with continued rehabilitation efforts following the natural disasters that have impacted these areas. Thank you does not even begin to explain the gratitude we have for all your generosity. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Mrs. Bucci-Lee & Mrs. Schalik

TRES First Lego League (FLL) team the Totally Clogged Pipes needs your help!

We are a 5th grade TRES FLL team trying to improve how gutters help drain water away from your house and we are considering innovative improvements to gutter design as part of our FIRST Lego League project.  We want to interview some TRES families with homes that have poorly functioning gutters, especially ones where existing gutter guards are not doing their job properly!  Please contact our coach, David Schlanger (, if you are interested in talking with us.  We are targeting early January for these interviews.

Congratulations to Our Young Authors!

The student entries this year are fantastic, and the judges had many difficult decisions.  We are proud of all of our students who submitted writing for the Young Authors’ Contest! The winning students’ writing will move on to the next level and compete with other students in the county.

Grade 2 Poetry -

  • 1st Place - Kyle B

  • Runner Up- Christopher O

Grade 2 Short Story -

  • 1st Place - Quinn C

  • Runner Up - Delilah G

Grade 3 Poetry -

  • 1st Place - Anayah H

  • Runner Up - Ava P

Grade 3 Short Story -

  • 1st Place - Mariam G

  • Runner Ups - Andrew E, Darsh P, Saahib S

Grade 4 Poetry -

  • 1st Place - Sophia C

  • Runner Up - Samantha W

Grade 4 Short Story

  • 1st Place - Victoria Y

  • Runner Ups - Luke G, Gabriela C-T

Grade 5 Poetry

  • 1st Place - Shyla N

  • Runner Up - Sachin J

Grade 5 Short Story

  • 1st Place - Aiden Z

  • Runner Up - Morgan M

Pennies for Patients

TRES's next community service project is beginning next week! From January 8th to 26th, the Student Council will sponsor the Pennies for Patients drive to support families impacted by leukemia and other blood cancers. Thank you for all your generous support to help others!

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your calendars for the second annual Cardboard STEM Challenge to be held on February 15, 2018! More details will be coming home soon.


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, January 5, 2018 (All day)