TRES Retriever Report February 2, 2024

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 9:06am

Message from Dr. TRESler and Mr. Hiel:

Dear Retriever Families,

During the 2023-2024 school year our Pre-K program at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School is participating in Maryland Accreditation.
Our Pre-K program has recently completed their self-appraisal using the Maryland Accreditation Standards.  Participating in Maryland Accreditation is a way for our Pre-K program to demonstrate its commitment to providing a high-quality learning environment and continually making improvements to benefit children, families, and staff. Our self-appraisal team consisted of teachers, administrators, family, and community members.  As a result of our initial self-appraisal, we have developed a Program Improvement Plan that will address the following goals:

  • Increase the presence of fine arts integrated into each learning center area.
  • Provide opportunities to write at each learning center with a variety of materials and tools.
  • Increase our use of technology in the classroom by providing high quality interactive activities enhanced by the use of laptops, ipads, kindles, and VOX books.

Over the next few months, we will be collecting documentation and artifacts to verify the quality of our program.  We’re eager to make program improvements, and achieve Maryland Accreditation!  If you have any questions about Accreditation or our Accreditation Program Improvement Plan, please feel free to contact us or our Pre-K teachers, Melissa Palczewski and Michelle Sauro.

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

Upcoming Events

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

  • February 2 - Deadline for Scheduling Parent/Teacher Conference, 4pm
  • February 5 - Report cards available in HCPSS Connect at 4pm
  • February 7 - Early Dismissal; Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • February 8 - Early Dismissal; Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • February 9 - Schools Closed; Staff Professional Learning Day
  • February 13 - Vision and Hearing Screening (see below)
  • February 15 - Cardboard Challenge, 6:30-8pm (see below)
  • February 16 - TRES Spirit Day
  • February 21 - VIRTUAL PTA Meeting, 7pm
  • February 23 - PTA Culture Night, 6:30-8:30pm
  • March 22 - Yearbook Order Deadline (see below)

News and Information

Parent-Teacher Conferences February 7th and 8th
Window for Scheduling Conferences Closes Today at 4p.m.

  • All elementary schools will close 3 hours early on Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 8, for parent-teacher conferences.
  • On Wednesday, February 7th, afternoon conferences (1:00-3:30 p.m.) will be in person only.
  • On Wednesday, February 7th, evening conferences (3:30-6:30 p.m.) will be virtual only.  
  • On Thursday, February 8th, afternoon conferences (1:00-3:30 p.m.) will be virtual only.  

Vision & Hearing Screening
Initial screening:  Tuesday, 2/13/2024
Re-screening:  Tuesday, 2/20/2024

The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) will be performing Vision Screenings for all Pre-Kindergarten students and Vision & Hearing screenings for all Kindergarten and First Grade students. The HCHD will also be screening students in 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 vision & hearing screening within the last 12 months. If parents/guardians wish to opt out, please contact school nurse Kelly Weiss ( in writing.

Cardboard Challenge February 15th, 6:30-8:00 pm.
TRES families are invited to share and enjoy our students’ cardboard creations in the TRES gym, cafeteria and art room. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Please bring your projects to the event and take them home at the end of the evening. We anticipate this will be a well-attended event and have reserved the Folly Quarter Middle School parking lot for additional parking spaces. We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing creations! - Mrs. Jenkins ( and Mrs. Spangler (

Following is the schedule for the evening:
6:30 - 6:45:  Set Up Projects
6:45 - 7:15:  Visit Projects in Your Area
7:15 - 7:45:  Visit Projects in Other Areas
7:45 - 8:00:  Clean Up

Following the event photos will be added to this Google Photo Album

Please support Girl Scout Troop 1885's Book Drive!  
Between February 1st and March 5th we will be collecting new/gently used HARDCOVER children's books (PreK-5th Grade).  These books will be donated to the Triadelphia Ridge ES and Bryant Woods ES media centers.  Check out our Amazon Wish List to see what books the students and staff would love to see on the shelves!  Books purchased via the Amazon Wish List will be sent directly to us!  Donated books can be dropped off in the TRES vestibule.  Thank you so much for your support of our Bronze Award Project!  For more information, contact Sara Cuomo (


Deadline To Order Your TRES 2023-2024 Yearbook is March 22
See TRES 2023-2024 Yearbooks.  Please visit HERE to order (only online orders accepted).

  • 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.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Join the HCPSS STARTALK Program and Centennial High School for a spectacular Lunar New Year Celebration on Friday, February 9 from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Centennial High School. Enjoy an evening filled with authentic Chinese food, student performances, professional groups, cultural activities, and Chinese New Year entertainment. Past and potential HCPSS STARTALK Chinese Language Program participants and their parents/guardians are welcome. Space is limited. RSVP HERE.

National Pan-Hellenic Council of Howard County Black History Expo 2024
The annual Black History Expo sponsored by the National Panhellenic Council of Howard County and the Howard County Public School System will be held on February 17 at Long Reach HS from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “African Americans and the Arts.”

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:

  • Friday, February 16th – TRES Spirit Day: Wear TRES colors or purchase spirit wear here
  • Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm - VIRTUAL PTA Meeting (
  • Friday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm – Culture Night: Please save the date for an exciting celebration of cultures represented at TRES and in our community!
  • Monday, February 26th – Walker's Restaurant Night

New Event Dates:       

  • Friday, March 15th – Financial Fun Night
  • Friday, April 12th – Bingo
  • Friday, May 17th – Retriever Rally

We need band, strings and orchestra candid 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.

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