Retriever Report March 3, 2023

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 10:26am

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mrs. Moraff:

Dear Retriever Families,

During its February 23rd meeting, the Howard County Board of Education adjusted the start times of schools for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no impact to the current school year. All changes will take effect in August.

The exact start time for each school will be determined this spring and shared with the community as transportation routes are finalized. However, TRES is part of Tier Two, which means our school start time will be approximately 8:40 a.m. next school year. If your child will attend a different school next year, the start times for all schools can be found on the HCPSS website.

I want to reiterate the words that HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano shared: “Finalizing and fully implementing this plan will be a months-long process.” Much more information will be provided to students, staff and families from HCPSS and our school throughout that process.

I encourage you to read more about the process to evaluate school start times on the HCPSS website. I know you may have questions; however, please note that there are many impacted pieces as a result of this decision and all details will not be available right away. We are working with HCPSS central office staff on the logistics related to the implementation, and additional information will be provided to you as it becomes available.   

Thank you for your continued care and support of our students.

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.

  • March 3 - PTA Winter Dance & Bingo, 6-8pm (see below)
  • March 6 - Spring Picture Day
  • March 6 - Kindergarten Registration Begins for School Year 2023-2024 (see below)
  • March 6-10 - MISA Testing for 5th Grade Students
  • March 9 - Math Family Night
  • March 13 - Pre-Kindergarten Registration Begins for School Year 2023-2024 (see below)
  • March 15 - Early Dismissal, 12:20pm

News and Information

Spring and Class Photographs Are Scheduled for Monday, 3/6

Monday, March 6th, we will be hosting Strawbridge Photographers for our Spring Picture Day.  All photographs must be ordered in advance.  Only those students whose families have purchased a package will be photographed.

Please note: Class Photos will also be taken on this day.  These must also be purchased in advance if your family would like to have one.

Visit HERE to order individual student Spring Pictures.
Visit HERE to order a class photograph.

TRES Memory Books Must Be Purchased by 3/31

Be sure to order your 2022–2023 yearbook soon! 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 

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2023-2024 School Year

Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins Monday, March 6th.  Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2023, in order to enroll in kindergarten.

Pre-Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins Monday, March 13th.  Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2023, in order to enroll in pre-kindergarten. TRES will have a pre-kindergarten program on site.  Anyone wishing to register must first complete an application that the HCPSS Early Childhood Office reviews for qualification. You can review more information about eligibility on the HCPSS website.

Please visit the TRES Website and click on the front page link to learn more about enrolling for the fall.

Volunteers Needed for TRES Virtual Career Day - Please Respond by 3/24

Our school counselors’ work includes providing opportunities for students that will help them make future career choices and become career ready by the time they graduate. At this developmental stage, it’s all about career exploration.

During the week of April 17th - April 20th we will be having Career Week at TRES, which will include our Virtual Career Day. Volunteers are needed to discuss different careers in a recorded 2-5 minute video answering questions about your education/training, working conditions, and job description. It is helpful to integrate movement or hands-on engagement activity during your pre-recorded presentation as our students learn in many different ways.

If you would like to volunteer your time and create a video for our TRES Virtual Career Day, please email Mrs. Berdeguez at by Friday March 24th. Please use the subject line Virtual Career Day Volunteer: JOB TITLE. For example, Virtual Career Day Volunteer: FIREFIGHTER. Thank you in advance for your support.

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

Currently Need Volunteers for the Morning

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. ​We are currently still in need of volunteers for the morning or all day. The morning shift is 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.   We are asking volunteers 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 sign up HERE. Thank you for your support!

2023 Summer Programs Registration Reopened

Summer Programs registration is open again through Synergy for currently enrolled HCPSS students for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (all courses except credit recovery and Gear Up for 9th Grade), and Summer Math Scholars programs.

HCPSS staff will provide in-person assistance for current HCPSS families who need help submitting their Synergy online enrollment requests for the registration-based summer programs. Support will be provided on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the following elementary schools: Bollman Bridge ES, Swansfield ES, Talbott Springs ES, Waterloo ES, and Waverly ES.

Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page. Contact the individual program offices with additional questions.

Volunteers Needed to Assist During Lunch/Recess

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

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.


Tonight's Winter Dance and Bingo Raffle Information

The Winter Dance and Bingo tonight will also have a raffle for some great prizes!  Only CASH will be accepted to purchase raffle tickets.  Prices are $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, $10 for 15 tickets, or $20 for 35 tickets. Prizes include:

  • Color Street Nails set
  • Scentsy basket
  • Lego Star Wars set
  • Lego Friends set
  • Puzzles and games bundle
  • Arts and crafts set
  • Sports bundle 
  • 3 front row seats to the beginning or advanced spring orchestra concert

“Share the Love” Donation Drive Results

We want to thank all the families who donated to the PTA in the month of February.  The total amount raised was $5,150 and will be used to continue funding the many social events, teacher appreciation, and academic enrichment/programs for students!  FIRST GRADE donated the most money and won a GLOW Party! The Glow party will take place March 15th during related arts.

Retriever Run Registration Now Open!

The Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School PTA is excited to host the Retriever Run Fundraiser for all students, families, and community members on Saturday, April 15th, at 9am. The Retriever Run is a 5K RUN/WALK. This will be a fun school-wide event meant to bring the community together, show school spirit, and promote fitness.  Participants may run or walk the course! Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for ages 18 and under, and includes a race day shirt if you register by March 15th (link here). Prices increase after March 15th, so be sure to register early! T-shirt and race bib pickup will be April 14th from 5:30-8:30pm at TRES.

Walking Wednesday Sign Up

With Spring right around the corner, we are anticipating another fun-filled Walking Wednesdays Spring Season! Walking Wednesdays is a PTA sponsored walking/running program fully led by volunteers that gets our kiddos' hearts beating faster as they run/walk for prizes during recess. It is a great opportunity to encourage our children to be active as well as set goals and meet them! Please consider volunteering via this SignUp Genius.

**PLEASE NOTE**   Volunteer Slots are now for one hour rather than a half hour as in previous years. Also, please limit to 2 signups per child if volunteering before March 12th - this will allow others to have an opportunity to volunteer as well. Thank you!