Retriever Report August 8, 2022

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 1:54pm

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mrs. Moraff:

Dear Retriever Families,

First, a big WELCOME to all of our new families and students! We can’t wait to meet you! We hope that you can join us next week for our Picnic on the Playground with our neighbors, Folly Quarter Middle School. You can read more about it below in this newsletter. We also have a number of back to school events planned.

Our TRES website homepage has links to important information including the supply lists for students. You can also purchase all of your school supplies prepackaged from School Tool Box, sponsored by TRES PTA.

In addition to our new families, we are welcoming more than 20 new staff members to TRES! The additional staff is mostly due to the growth in enrollment and an increase in staff to support students, such as an additional .5 school counselor and G/T teacher! We also said goodbye to some staff members who were provided with opportunities to begin a new journey, such as moving to a new state, staying home with a new baby, and teaching in a high school. You can read more about our staff changes below.

If you or someone you know is interested in making a difference in the Howard County community, consider applying for a job with HCPSS! There are two upcoming job fairs and many types of positions available! At TRES specifically, we are looking for a lunch/recess monitor, and a substitute lunch/recess monitor. Please email Mrs. Moraff ( if you are interested in one of these positions. She can tell you more about the positions and how to apply on-line.

We hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer, and we are excited for the first day of school on August 29th, 2022!

Dr. Tiffany TRESler, Principal TRES
Mrs. Heather Moraff, Assistant Principal TRES

TRES Twitter Handle: @hcpsstres

Upcoming Events

Please visit or subscribe to the TRES calendar webpage to view important upcoming dates.

  • August 23, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Incoming Kindergarten only, meet the kindergarten teachers on the playground
  • August 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Kindergarten Back to School Night. This event is for parents only.
  • August 26, 9:00 -10:30 a.m.- New Family Welcome. This event is for families who are brand new to TRES, and have not yet had a child who has attended school at TRES. Children are encouraged to attend with parents.
  • August 26 - Open House - This event is for children and parents to meet their teacher and you can drop off your school supplies! Due to limited parking at TRES, please join us at your assigned time, and do not stay past your assigned time.
    • Student last name beginning A-J & All new to TRES families: 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    • Student last name beginning K-Z: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • August 29 - First Day of School.  Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Bell rings at 8:55. Parents are not permitted to walk students to class.
  • September 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - First & Second Grade Back to School Night
  • September 15, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - G/T Back to School Night. This event is for 4th and 5th grade students who are participating in G/T math.
  • September 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Third, Fourth, & Fifth Grade Back to School Night

News and Information


The 2022-2023 Family File is now available to parents. HCPSS requires that your Family File is completed BEFORE you can see your child’s teacher in Canvas (during orientation week).

Only families who have completed the Family File will be able to see their student(s) home room teacher during orientation week.

Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect PARENT ACCOUNT and selecting the MORE OPTIONS tab on the left and then clicking on Family File.

Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:

  •  Student Information
  •  Parent/Guardian Contact
  •  Emergency Contacts
  •  Medical Information
  •  Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
  •  Photo Approval/Data Confidentiality
  •  PTA/PTSA Directory Approval

Again, it is imperative that you complete the Family File in order to receive the name of your child's teacher for the upcoming school year.


Join Us on August 9th for a Community Picnic on the TRES Playground!

Folly Quarter Middle School and Triadelphia Ridge are hosting a family community picnic from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on August 9, 2022 on the TRES playground and fields. We hope that our families and students can join us to celebrate and come together as a larger community!

Bring your own food, blankets, chairs, and field equipment/games and enjoy some time to connect with others and our admin teams before school starts! This is a trash free event, so please take home everything you bring. All children must attend with an adult. Indoor bathrooms will be available at TRES.  Update:  Catalyst Hot Dogs and Churros, Inc. food trucks will be joining us and have food available for purchase!

The rain date for the picnic will be August 10th.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

Welcoming New Staff and Saying Goodbye

We wish our leaving staff members all our best as they move on to new adventures! They will always be a TREaSure at TRES! We say goodbye to the following staff members:

  • Susan McHale, School Nurse
  • Samantha Jones, Health Assistant
  • Michael Dorrien, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Katie Higgins, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Wenni Lee, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Carla Jefferson, ESOL
  • Annie Allen, .4 Art
  • Kelly Auxt, P.E.
  • Carly Ens, Speech Pathologist
  • Melissa Birdsong, Occupational Therapist

We are looking forward to working with our new staff Retrievers! Stay tuned for additions as we continue to fill positions.

  • Dennis Owusu, Night Custodian
  • Alison Holcombe, 1st Grade Teacher (returning in new position)
  • Mary Eklund, Speech Pathologist
  • Amanda Diaz, .5 School Counselor
  • Alessa Christenson, .2 School Psychologist
  • Melanie Parton, Heath Assistant
  • Jean Audain, .2 Social Worker
  • Kelsey Gardner, Student Assistant
  • Heather Weeks, .5 G/T
  • Emily Spencer, Lunch/Recess Monitor
  • Caroline Harrison, P.E.
  • Marissa Hapner, .4 music
  • Melissa Mink, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Megan O’Leary, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Erin Mitchell-Shenton, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Christine Skarvelis, .6 ESOL

Summer Curriculum Resources

The elementary curriculum offices have compiled several activities and strategies for students to enhance their learning during the summer. The resource can be found on the Canvas Parent Pages and can be viewed by grade level and subject. Additional resources and suggestions can also be found on the Parent Pages. These resources include games, strategy instruction tips, field trip suggestions and much more.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration- Please share with your friends and neighbors!

Kindergarten registration for families of children who will be 5 by September 1, 2022, continues. Please encourage any families you know who will have kindergarten students here this year to complete as soon as possible. Parents can begin the enrollment process online, after which our registrar will contact you to complete the registration process.

TRES Summer Reading Padlet

Visit the TRES Summer Reading Padlet to find links to HCLS Summer Reading and other fun programs. Everyone is invited to add a summer reading picture to the TRES Summer Reading Padlet. Kick up your feet, grab a good book, and snap a fun picture.