Retriever Report February 3, 2023

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 11:34am

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mrs. Moraff:

Dear Retriever Families,

As you will read in this Retriever Report, there are so many great activities coming up for our students and community. Due to the length of our last message and this week’s newsletter, we will keep our message short.

Our wonderful TRES PTA's Donation Drive is underway! Please read more about it below and consider supporting them if you have the means. Our PTA supports so many activities and programs for our students, including many that are coming up! In addition, they support the TRES staff with appreciation activities and reimbursements for some additional classroom supplies. We were so excited to support our PTA that we will each take a pie to the face from a lucky student, chosen by random drawing, from the winning grade level team!

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

TRES Twitter Handle: @hcpsstres

Upcoming Events

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

  • February 6-10 - Random Acts of Kindness Week (see below)
  • February 9 & 10 - Early Dismissal, 12:20pm. Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • February 15 - Unheard Perspectives Showcase (see below)
  • February 15 - Mural Reveal Celebration
  • February 15 - PTA Meeting at TRES
  • February 16 - Reading Night, 6:30-7:30pm (see below)
  • February 16 - PTA Restaurant Fundraiser, White Oak Tavern
  • February 17 - TRES Spirit Day
  • February 20 - Presidents Day, School & Offices are closed
  • February 21 - Hearing & Vision Screening (see below)
  • February 23 - 4th Grade Field Trip, MD Science Center
  • February 24 - PTA Winter Dance

News and Information

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2/6-2/10

Next Monday through Friday is Random Acts of Kindness Week at TRES. The purpose of this week is to promote belonging, friendship, and inclusion in our school community. Students are encouraged to participate in school-wide activities during SEL that focus on the themes below:

  • Monday February 6 - Be Kind to Yourself
  • Tuesday February 7 - Be Kind to your Caregivers
  • Wednesday February 8 - Be Kind to your Teachers
  • Thursday February 9 - Be Kind to your Classmates
  • Friday February 10 - Be Kind to your Friends

Please RSVP for Mural Reveal Scheduled for 2/15

TRES students have been hard at work the past few weeks with our art teachers and artist in residence Saz Ross to complete a new art installation in the school’s front lobby.  Ms. Ross will be joining us Wednesday evening, February 15, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. prior to the evening’s PTA meeting to reveal the completed mural.  Please RSVP HERE only if you can attend so our PTA can plan refreshments for this celebration.

Volunteers Needed to Assist During Lunch/Recess

We currently have a very big need for extra assistance during lunch and recess.  Please consider volunteering! Your gift of time is greatly appreciated!
Sign up HERE.

Field Day 2023 - Volunteer Sign Up Requested by 3/15

We are excited to share that planning is underway for Field Day on May 18th, with a rain date of May 26th.  This is an all-day event for students.  More than 100 volunteers are needed for the day. ​ ​Volunteers can sign up for the morning, afternoon, or all day. The morning shift is 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., and the afternoon shift is 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 pm.  We are asking anyone who plans to volunteer for the day to please register by March 15th to allow our PE staff adequate planning time.  If we do not have enough volunteers, we will make alternate plans, which would most likely reduce the event to a half day. 

Within a week after you complete the sign-up form, you will receive a confirmation note with your time slot.  It will come home in your child’s folder. 

Please use the following link to sign-up to volunteer. For the safety of our students, please stay tuned for more details about signing in for your volunteer shift and completing required trainings. We are working through the process to make it as safe and quick as possible. Thank you for your support!

Sign-up Form: TRES Field Day 2023

Hearing & Vision Screening:

Initial screening: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Re-screening: Monday, February 27, 2023

The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) will be performing hearing & vision screenings for all kindergarten and first grade students. The HCHD will also be screening students grades 2-5 who have been referred by teachers, and newly enrolled students from out of state who do not have a record of prior hearing & vision screening within the last 12 months. An information letter has been sent home for all those in the above-mentioned categories. If parents/guardians wish to opt out, please contact school nurse Kelly Weiss ( in writing.

Judges Needed for Unheard Perspective Showcase on February 15th

The Unheard Perspectives seminar is for students in grades 4-5 who volunteer to learn more about an often unheard perspective of a minority innovator in history.  This rigorous, performance-based program has students researching and delving through primary sources such as letters, songs, interviews, pictures and maps, as well as reading newspaper articles, biographies, and much more. Part of each project focuses on contextualizing historical events and innovations in relation to others that are occurring/have occurred.  Students showcase their knowledge in a culminating presentation.

Read more about it here! Then, sign up to be a judge!

Reading Night February 16th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The students from Glenelg High School’s Literacy Magazine are hosting a reading night for our kindergarten-second grade students to promote literature in our community and raise funds for a larger literary-centered community event they are holding this Spring, LitFest, at Glenelg High School. The TRES event is free to attend and they will have snacks available for sale. The high school students will do read-out-louds and perform selected books for the students. This event is limited to students in kindergarten through second grade and is not a drop off event. Parents can network in the front hallway and lobby area and do not need to remain in the cafeteria. TRES administrators will be attending to assist the high school students.

Lunch and Recess Update

Parents wishing to eat lunch with their child(ren) must complete the volunteer training process found HERE. Visitors are no longer allowed at recess. This follows a review of county wide practices. Please inquire at the front office if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

TRES 2022–23 Memory Books Are Now on Sale!

It’s not too early to order your 2022–2023 yearbook! To make sure your child will have a memory book when they are delivered in June, you must order through our vendor. Books will not be available for purchase after the deadline of March 31st! Don’t delay, order today! Books are $20.00. Please view the attached flier for directions to order online. Click HERE to begin your order.

Yearbook Flier.PDF 

Upcoming Events and News

Our TRES website is a valuable resource for all our families to find upcoming events including testing dates on our school CALENDAR.  Our school newsletters are also posted there for review/reference under the NEWS tab.

When Your Child is Absent From School

Please see guidance for reporting absences or early dismissals HERE.


Share the Love February Donation Drive

We need your help to raise the $40k a year the PTA spends on staff and students! Please consider making a direct donation. The grade that raises the most money by February 28th will earn a GLOW party in PE and two students from that grade will be randomly selected to PIE Dr. Tresler and Mrs. Moraff!  DONATE TODAY or send a check payable to TRES PTA to the main office with your child’s name and grade level. VIsit HERE to learn more about how the PTA supports our staff and students.

Winter Dance RSVP Needed by 2/17

The TRES PTA Winter Dance is on Friday, February 24th, from 6-8pm in the school cafeteria. A DJ, photo booth, and food truck will be here to make sure we dance and have fun into the night. Children must be accompanied by a chaperone. Due to space constraints, we ask that you reserve an available slot for EVERY GUEST ATTENDING. Should your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please edit your sign up so others can attend. RSVP HERE by February 17.

Directions to sign up:

  1. Select a SIGN UP button for EACH MEMBER of your family attending the event.
  2. Hit Save and Continue
  3. Enter the names of the people attending in the Comment Boxes
  4. Fill in your name and email
  5. Select the Sign Up Now button

IF NO SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE, unfortunately, capacity has been reached, but you can check back later to see if more open.

White Oak Tavern Restaurant Fundraiser February 16th, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In order for the PTA to earn 10% of sales you must place your receipt in the basket on the host stand.  PLEASE NOTE this is different from other fundraisers where you just mention TRES or show the flier!