Retriever Report March 31, 2023

Mon, 04/03/2023 - 11:57am

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mrs. Moraff:

Dear Retriever Families,

We are thrilled to be celebrating another TRES staff member today! Mrs. Lauren Rifkin, our AMAZING reading specialist, was honored with the HCPSS Staff Excellence Award for Triadelphia Ridge! The award is given to a staff member for demonstrating exemplary work performance and a strong commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Howard County Public School System. We share the following text we submitted with her nomination:

Lauren Rifkin always demonstrates the criteria of value, achieve, connect, and she perfectly fits the description of empower. She is a valued member of our DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) team and always models asset thinking about our students. Additionally, she created and cultivated a DEI library for our school community. Mrs. Rifkin supports all teachers, even if she does not service students in their class, and goes out of her way to build relationships with staff. She does not set boundaries on her job description, and believes she serves all students, regardless of labels and programs. Mrs. Rifkin spends additional time getting to know her students as individuals and then weaves their interests into lessons, creating a sense of belonging and motivation. She is the ultimate professional and listens respectfully to other people’s opinions, even when they are different from her own. Mrs. Rifkin is always thinking about how she can make other people’s jobs easier, from helping a new teacher with planning, to helping with testing, and always being willing to problem solve with another teacher to help a student.

We are so proud to have Mrs. Rifkin at Triadelphia Ridge and we thank her for the dedication and passion she brings to us each day!

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.

  • April 3-10 - Spring Break, Schools Closed
  • April 13 - Reading Family Night, 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • April 14 - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Howard County Conservancy
  • April 14 - Retriever Run Packet Pickup, 5:30-8:30pm
  • April 15 - Retriever Run
  • April 18 - Red Bird Bistro Celebrity Server Night
  • April 19 - PTA Chat and Chew (see below)
  • April 20 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • April 20 - Kindergarten Worm Day
  • April 21 - Schools Closed for Students

News and Information

Please Complete This Survey by 4/28

As part of our school improvement process, we are asking families to provide input about their equity priorities at our school. Please use the link below to complete the HCPSS Indicators of Educational Equity Survey by April 28, 2023. We will use your input, along with other school data, to refine our school improvement plan for next year.

This survey is anonymous and available in multiple languages. If you have children at more than one school, please complete one survey per school.

English survey
Spanish survey
Chinese survey
Chin survey
Korean survey

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Tiffany Tresler or DeNeatra Barkley, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) Coordinator. or

TODAY Is The LAST DAY You Can Order Your TRES Memory Book

Today is the last day Memory Books are available to purchase for this school year. Books are $20.00. Click HERE to begin your order.

RSVP for Family Reading Night 4/13

Get ready to join us for a “GLOWING” night of reading fun!  Our “GLOW Read a Book” Family Reading Night will take place on Thursday, April 13th from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Students and families will participate in a variety of literacy based activities!  Get ready to unscramble sentences written in invisible ink, travel to activities on a glow-in-the-dark hopscotch, create reading “fortune tellers”, and receive tons of new ideas and resources to promote literacy at home!  One of our activities will be a Gently Used Book Swap.  Just bring a gently used book with you that you’d like to swap out with a “new” book!  To help us plan for staffing and materials, please fill out the following RSVP form.  Please only RSVP if you know you are available and intend to attend.  Feel free to dress in neon or “glowing” colors!

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

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year is underway.  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 has also begun. 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.

HCPSS Rainbow Conference - Register Now!

The HCPSS Rainbow Conference will be held on Saturday, May 6th, from 9am - 5pm.  The conference will be hybrid with opportunities for both virtual and in-person participation.  For more information scan the QR code on the Rainbow Conference Flier or access this LINK.

Last Day of School for the 2022-2023 School Year

Having used one inclement weather day, the last day of school for students in full-day Pre-K through grade 12 is now scheduled to be Wednesday, June 14.

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.


Retriever Run Volunteers
The PTA has an URGENT NEED for Volunteer Course Marshals at the Retriever Run on Saturday, April 15th, from 9-11am.

A Course Marshal is a volunteer who is assigned a location along the 5K route and helps direct the runners, making sure they are on the correct side of the street.  In some locations course marshals may be asked to direct traffic (on smaller side streets, not major roads). The Howard County Police require at least 15 course marshals for our race to take place and we currently do not have any volunteers! Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

We ask that volunteers arrive at 8:30 a.m. for directions, spot assignments, and to pick up a safety vest and flag. There is a 9-11 a.m. window for the race, but you may leave your spot once the final runner/walker has passed your assigned post, so ending times may vary!
Pleas sign up HERE.

Retriever Run Registration

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. New registrations are not guaranteed a t-shirt. T-shirt and race bib pickup will be April 14th from 5:30-8:30pm at TRES. Register HERE.

Chat & Chew Wednesday, April 19th, 7pm

Come CHAT with current PTA members to hear how you can take a more active role next year as a PTA board member, committee chair, or committee member, and CHEW on some delicious desserts! We will meet in the TRES cafeteria.

Open Board positions are: President, President-Elect, Vice President of Social Events, Treasurer and Secretary.

Open Committee Chairs are: Retriever Rally, Trunk or Treat, Bingo, Yearbook, PTACHC Delegate, Volunteer Coordinator, Hospitality, Reflections, Community Outreach, Cultural Arts, Fundraising, and Staff Appreciation Co-chair.

Walking Wednesday Sign Up

Our fun-filled Walking Wednesdays Spring Season has kicked off! 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.

Reflections Update

Congratulations to the winners of the state level Reflections Arts competition. Three TRES students have secured positions on the podium. PTA council had nominated six of our students for state level competition. Outstanding Interpretation award winners at state level move on to the national level competition. One of our students has now made it to the national level. Free State PTA will award all state level participants in July 2023.

Maryland State Results

Howard County Results

TRES School Competition Results

TRES students have done exceptionally well in Reflections competition this year. PTA needs your support to continue to bring these valuable programs to our community. If you would like to volunteer for the Reflections program for next academic year 2023-2024, please reach out to or

Field Day Shirts now available for ordering!

Show your school spirit by wearing your assigned class color on Field Day! OPTIONAL T-shirts are available to purchase now through April 25th.  

  • Kindergarten - wear the red shirts that were given to you at the beginning of the year!
  • First Grade - purple shirt
  • Second Grade - gold shirt
  • Third Grade - orange shirt
  • Fourth Grade - green shirt
  • Fifth Grade - wear your blue 5th grade shirt
  • Staff and Adult Volunteers- tie dye