Retriever Report - November 3, 2017

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Message from Dr. TRESler

Dear Retrievers,

Did you know that the average Trick-or-Treat pumpkin can hold approximately 250 pieces of candy?  We need your help  with monitoring the amount of candy your student brings to school over the next few weeks. A good rule of thumb is to permit about two or three pieces per day, enough for personal consumption. While healthy foods fuel our brains and bodies for learning, sugar can cause our young learners to be less alert and cause difficulties with focus.  Please consider this as you and your child pack lunches and/or snacks for school.  

On the heels of Halloween, we get to experience another fall tradition on November 5th: Daylight Saving Time. The American Academy of Sleep Education recommends that we take this opportunity to increase our sleep. Here are the tips identified by Thomas Heffron in his article "Fall back to an earlier bedtime as daylight saving time ends” posted on the academy website. Here are some tips to take advantage of the fall time change:

  • Wait to change your clocks until it is time to get ready for bed.
  • Go to bed at your normal bedtime.

  • Just before getting into bed, set your clocks back one hour.

  • Wake up at your normal time in the morning.

  • Take note of how much better you feel after an extra hour of sleep.

  • Continue to go to bed each night at the earlier bedtime.


Dr. TRESler, Principal

American Education Week and Honoring Veterans Day

We are excited to host parents and adult family members during American Education Week on November 13th-17th.  We encourage you to visit TRES on Monday, November 13th, however, visitors will be welcomed all week.

To keep classroom disruptions to a minimum, please adhere to the following:

  • Only adult family members are permitted to visit during the school day.

  • Silent cell phones.  If you need to make a call, please do so in the front lobby.

  • The HCPSS Student and Parent Handbook prohibits visitors from photographing students during the school day.  You may only photograph your own child(ren).

We are excited to honor Veterans Day at TRES during the first day of American Education Week on Monday, November 13th! We will be having a flag raising ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and are asking any parents and/or family members who are Veterans to consider joining us to be recognized during the ceremony.  You would have reserved seating and all that is required of you is to stand and wave when your name is read.  Veterans will be invited in after the ceremony to enjoy some light refreshments and are welcome to visit classrooms. If permitted, uniforms are welcomed.  If you are a Veteran who will be joining us to be thanked and recognized on November 13th, please complete this form by November 10th, so we can reserve your seat and read your name.

Also, on Monday, November 13th, we are asking that all of our Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts wear their uniforms.  Staff will be wearing jeans with a $5.00 donation to the GI Go Fund. We encourage our visitors to also wear jeans and consider donating to the GI Go Fund.  You will have an opportunity to donate at the visitor sign-in table.

Parent Conference Information

Parent conferences will be scheduled on Monday, Nov. 20th and Tuesday, Nov. 21st beginning at 12:45 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.  

Synergy will be open to parents to schedule conferences beginning Nov. 8th at 9:30 a.m. and closing on Nov. 17th at 3:30. Please plan to use Synergy to schedule your conferences.  

*This year, due to HCPSS not having winter conferences in Feb/Mar on the calendar, teachers will have limited conference spots. Please know that you are not required to schedule a conference if you do not have a concern.  If a concern arises, a conference can always be scheduled later in the school year.  

*To ensure that there is sufficient time for all parents to meet with a teacher, parents are asked to schedule only one conference per student in Synergy. 

  • Grades K-2 student led conferences will be with the homeroom teachers only. If a math teacher has a concern, and would like to meet with a parent inside or outside of the conference window, the teacher will contact the parent.

  • Grade 3 student led conferences will be with the language arts/reading teacher only. If a math teacher has a concern, and would like to meet with a parent inside or outside of the conference window, the teacher will contact the parent.

  • Grades 4, 5, & G/T conferences Parents will be asked to select one teacher (either ELA or math) to conference with during the window. Students are welcome to attend the conference.  If another content teacher has a concern and would like to meet with a parent inside or outside of the conference window, the teacher will contact the parent.

*Parents of math students in Mrs. Murphy’s class, please note that she will only be at TRES on Monday.

If you have a concern in a Related Arts area (media, technology, band, strings, music, art, and physical education), please email the teacher to set up a conference.  Teacher’s emails can be located on the TRES website.  

If you are unable to use Synergy to schedule a conference, or if you need to schedule after Nov. 17th, call the TRES front office at 410-313-2560.  As a reminder, we cannot schedule a conference for the same day that you call. If you would like to set-up a conference, we highly encourage you to plan ahead and use Synergy.

Click here for directions on how to schedule a conference in Synergy.

Saddle Up and Read! at Scholastic's Wild West Book Fair coming to the TRES Library Media Center November 20-21, 2017. We welcome all our pardners to come and lasso a good book any time from 12:00 noon to 6:45 pm each of those days.

WANTED: Volunteers for the 2017 Fall Wild West Book Fair.  Head'em up, move'em down to the ranch (library media center) for some old fashioned Wild West fun. We'll be looking for you outlaws to pony up at

Setup - November 16

Shopping - November 20-21

Clean Up - November 27

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from November 19 - December 2, 2017.

A Wolf/Loving "Wellness Tip"

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

We hope you enjoy the new Home & School Connection resource that is being sent to youngest/only students in Friday Folders.  This month's edition includes homework tips, ideas for stressing good citizenship, strategies for making the most of parent/teacher conference time, and more.  Just for fun---  Q:  What does even the most careful person overlook?  A:  Her nose.   :-)

Also this week, students in all classrooms have been viewing the latest TRESmission video broadcast, with a November focus on the "R" in T-R-E-A-S-U-R-E:  Remembering Gratitude.  Mrs. Wolf shares the importance of keeping a thankful heart, focusing on the goodness we have in our lives, and reframing even tough situations into opportunities for growth and learning.

Speaking of gratitude, we appreciate our TRES families and the many unique ways we blend together to form a positive community!  During the TRESmission, students also heard about the yellow "Family Square" that we'd love to see decorated and returned to school by Nov. 7th.  Although it is an optional activity, we hope you choose to complete a square to show the many ways your family shines.   If you're visiting during American Education Week, Nov. 13-17, be sure to look near the cafeteria hallway so you can admire our finished work of 'heart.'  (A form was sent in last week's Friday Folder, delivered to youngest/only students.  Only 1 square per family!)

Yankee Candle Fundraiser Special Sale

On behalf of TRIADELPHIA RIDGE ELEMENTARY Group we would like to thank you for your support. Our group will receive 40% profit for each item you purchase.

We hope you enjoy your shopping experience. Please share our group information with friends and family.

Thank you again for your support.


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.

Picture Retakes and Make-ups for Absent Students

November 8th is picture retake day!  The Strawbridge photographers will be at TRES to photograph absentees, new students, and anyone that may have been dissatisfied with their portraits from the original photography session.  The students requesting a retake simply need to bring the original package to the photographer for their portrait to be retaken.  Students should bring the completed form with payment to the photographer. Forms are available in the front office or you can order online at with school code 109706.

Family Fit Night

Our third Annual FIT Family Night  Tuesday Nov. 7th from 6pm-8pm! We are excited to host families for an evening of physical activity! Space is limited! Please register early.  Click here for more information.

Hoops for Hearts

**For Grades 3, 4, and 5 Only**

Our school is participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association. We’re joining in the fight against our nation’s No.1 and No.3 killers- cardiovascular disease and stroke.

On Monday, November 20th, our school will hold a Hoops for Heart event for grades 3,4 ,and 5 only.  The event will take place from 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm.  Since this is an early dismissal day, please make sure your child eats lunch at school.

These events are held nationwide and help students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health while they raise funds to support vital research and educational programs.  The money we raise will help people in our community learn how to avoid heart disease and stroke and live longer, healthier lives. The school will also qualify for gift certificates for physical education equipment based on the amount we raise. Our efforts truly make a difference!

Pledge envelopes with money must be returned by Friday, December 1, 2017.

We ask that children do not go door-to- door or ask strangers for donations. Any contribution is greatly accepted. Students who raise $50 or more will receive a Hoops for Heart tee shirt. Checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association. No Cash! You may also raise money online by creating a website for your child by visiting

We will be in need of volunteers to help run the basketball stations at this event.  If you would like to register your child(ren) and/or volunteer, please go to .  Once your child(ren) are signed up we will send home a donation envelope.  We are looking forward to this afternoon of fun and community spirit!


Nancy Short & Suzie Lewis                                                

Physical Education Teachers  

Food Drive November 13-17, 2017

The TRES Student Council is leading a food drive to support Grassroots, Howard County’s homeless shelter. Donations of canned foods, dry goods, and personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, and toothbrushes will be collected in each team area.  Students may bring in donations beginning Monday, November 13th.  Thank you for your generosity to help those in need in our community!

Academic Enrichment Fair

*Click here to see the date, time and location*

Have you ever wondered what academic and enrichment opportunities are available to students? Come join us to learn about the wide range of enrichment offerings for kindergarten through twelfth grade. HCPSS and community representatives will be on hand to share information regarding the numerous opportunities that span all content areas. Parents and students are welcome to attend. Don’t miss out on this great event!

Basket BINGO at Mt. Hebron High School

Calling all BINGO lovers!  The Mt. Hebron High School Viking Backers booster club is sponsoring its annual Basket Bingo on Friday, November 17 from 7:00-10:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) at The Lodge in Catonsville.  Flier is attached.

Tickets are $30.00 which includes admission and 20 cards.  Bring extra pocket change because there will be special games, raffles, and concessions for sale!  Purchase tickets online at

This is one of the Viking Backers' primary fund raisers that helps support all of the sports teams, clubs, and student organizations at Mt. Hebron High School.

This annual event is a sell-out so invite all your friends and mark your calendars!  

Community News

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Friday, November 3, 2017 (All day)