TRES Retriever Report December 8, 2023

Fri, 12/08/2023 - 10:12am

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mr. Hiel:

Dear Retriever Families,

This week was full of celebrations with Inclusive Schools Week and The Hour of Code. Inclusive Schools Week highlights and celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education for all students, including those who are marginalized due to disability, gender, ethnicity, geography or language. It also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and families to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. This week we celebrated our inclusive community by strengthening our commitment to inclusive education and ensuring that everyone at TRES feels like they belong! Together we created a display celebrating all of the great things that happen in our inclusive school!

All students also participated in the Hour of Code Celebration and Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code, created by, is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that everyone can learn the basics. Ask your child what they learned about coding and computer science this week. We also encourage you to check out the posters around school featuring students and staff sharing how they use computer science.

Dr. Tiffany TRESler, Principal TRES
Mr. Kory Hiel, Assistant Principal TRES 

Upcoming Events

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

  • December 11 - Deadline for Young Authors' Contest (see below)
  • December 13 - Early Dismissal, 12:15 p.m.
  • December 19 - Winter Advanced Orchestra & Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • December 22 - Pajama Spirit Day
  • December 25 thru January 1 - Winter Break; Schools/Offices Closed
  • SAVE THE DATE: January 23 - Folly Quarter Middle School Rising 6th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m.

News and Information

Deadline for Young Authors' Contest is Monday, 12/11
The Howard County Literacy Association invites students in grades 1-5 to submit their original poems and/or short stories to the annual writing contest called The Young Authors' Contest. Please see the attached Young Authors’ Contest Guidelines for rules and submission requirements. All entries must have a completed YAC Cover Sheet sent as a PDF. Submissions (and cover sheets) may be emailed to our TRES Reading Specialist, Lauren Rifkin at by December 11, 2023. In order to allow time for judging to take place to submit our winning school entries to the HCPSS level of competition, late entries cannot be accepted. All TRES student participants and winners will be recognized at a spring Authors’ Tea. Please feel free to email Mrs. Rifkin with any questions. Young Authors’ Contest information can also be found on the HCLA website.

Howard County Literacy Association welcomes parents as members.  Visit the HCLA Welcome Page  for information about joining.  

Cold Weather Reminder
As cold winter weather approaches, we want to remind you that students will still be going outside for recess. Please make sure you send your child to school with warm clothes. All clothing should be labeled with your child's name. Below you will find the HCPSS criteria we consider when having outdoor activities.

  • Temperature and humidity
  • Wind chill
  • Heat index and air quality
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)
  • Thunder and lightning

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess, physical education, or any other outdoor activity when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat index reading is less than 95.

HCPSS and The Council of Elders (TCOE) Community Academy - Social Emotional Well-being and Substance Misuse
December 16th from 9-10:30 a.m., parents and families are invited to attend a virtual session regarding how to effectively support students in maintaining positive Social and Emotional Well-Being and prevent substance misuse. Representatives from HCPSS and community partner organizations will provide resources for social and emotional development and education on prevention, risk factors, and warning signs of substance misuse. This session is for families of students at the elementary, middle, or high school levels and will be held virtually. To register, please complete the form linked HERE.

TCOE Social Emotional Well-being Flyer

Registration Approaching for HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Spring Session
This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer an in-person enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12 based on course availability. Registration will take place online Saturday, January 6, 2024  from 9:00 a.m. until capacity is reached. Class space is limited.  Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect website. For more information, please visit HERE.

BSAP SMA Spring 2024 Flyer

Order Your TRES 2023-2024 Yearbook Now
See TRES 2023-2024 Yearbooks. Please visit HERE to order.

  • You can order through March 22, 2024.  No orders will be accepted after this date. Please be sure to place your order if you would like a yearbook for your child.
  • This year all purchases will be assessed a $1.99 charge that the vendor must pay for credit card transactions.
  • Yearbooks will be distributed toward the end of the school year, once they have finished in production and are received at TRES.

Volunteer Training Required for Volunteers and Visitors

Anyone volunteering at school in any capacity, and parents joining their children for lunch, are required to complete volunteer training prior to their first visit.  Please visit HERE for more information.  Thank you in advance for your gifts of service and time.


Upcoming PTA Events:

  • Now through Tuesday, December 19th – Gifts of Gratitude (TRES Staff Gifts): Show your thanks and appreciation for TRES staff, who do so much for our children, by providing a monetary gift from $2 - $20 to each staff member of your choice. Your generosity can extend to as many staff members as you'd like. This is your opportunity to show appreciation not only for your child's main teacher, but the many staff members who contribute to TRES' success, including related arts, front office, paraeducators, student services, instructional support, educational support specialists, special education, cafeteria & lunch/recess staff, building services, and administration. All contributions will be combined and applied to gift cards for each TRES staff member prior to the winter break. Staff will receive a list of names of the families who contributed to their gift, but amounts will be kept completely confidential. Give to TRES staff HERE
  • Friday, December 22 - Pajama Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, January 10 - PTA Meeting: 7:00pm (TRES Cafeteria)
    • Friday, February 23 - Culture Night: 6:30-8:30pm. Please save the date for an exciting celebration of cultures represented at TRES and in our community! We are looking for participants to perform, provide a food dish, or host an activity. Sign up HERE
    • Friday, April 12 - Bingo
    • Friday, May 17 - Retriever Rally

Collecting Photos for Yearbook: Email any photos for yearbook consideration to When you email images, please include some context in the message, including name of people in the picture, grade level(s), and event.

The TRES PTA Student Directories are in!  To get your paper or electronic copy, join the PTA at: If you are already a member and changed your mind about wanting a paper copy, email with the name of your child and their homeroom teacher.

Finally, the TRES Lunch Volunteer Sign-Up has been updated through December school days. Please consider sharing your gift of time and sign up HERE.

Community News and Events

The HCPSS Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations. Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at