3/17/16 Email Blast

Dear Timber Trail Families,

It is hard to believe that spring break is here and there are less than 10 weeks of school left.  Before we go on break, I want to share some of the great learning that has been happening at Timber Trail.
Last week our fifth graders presented their summative project for their "What's Up Doc" PBL unit.  After being given patient dossiers and collaborating in small groups over several weeks, they diagnosed each of their patients.  The groups created slide shows and presented their findings to a board of medical professionals.  The panel asked the students about the symptoms and findings and were very impressed by how knowledgeable and professional the students were.
To understand how the legislative branches of the state government work, each fourth grade class created their own class government complete with a governor, senators and representatives.  Students drafted bills that were then passed through both the house and senate.  A few of the bills that were sent to President Radke for approval, giving students the opportunity to learn how a presidential veto works.
Timber Trail is proud to have had 25 students represented in the annual DCSD student art show which concluded on Monday.  This was the largest group of students from any school.  Look for an upcoming story about this in the Castle Pines Connection.
Kindergarteners applied their knowledge of force and motion to plan, design and create leprechaun traps.  While no leprechauns were caught, they did create quite a bit of mischief in the classrooms last night.
These are just a few examples of how our students take the skills and knowledge and apply them at higher levels, making the learning authentic and sustainable.
Have a wonderful spring break!
Michele Radke
     11       Variety Show audition forms due
     13       Daylight Savings Time starts-spring forward!
     14       TTEA meeting 9:00 am
     18       Spring break starts
     28       School resumes
     28       Red Apple Recycling challenge begins
     30       Timber Team movie night featuring "Monsters, Inc."
                 (see attached flyer for more info)
       4-8     Book Fair
     4-15     PARCC/CMAS testing for grades 3, 4, 5 
       8        Muffins for Mom 7:30 am
      11       TTEA meeting 9:00 am
      20       SAC meeting 5:30 pm
      22       No school-Comp Day
      28       Red Apple Recycling challenge ends

       4        Variety Show 6:00 pm
       9        TTEA meeting 9:00 am
     11         Kindergarten Orientation for incoming Kindie parents 6:00 pm

     11-13    Outdoor Ed for fifth graders
     24         Last day of school
     25         Summer break starts!


Clean out your closets and help Timber Trail raise money!

Please bring the following items to help fill our Red Apple Recycling donation box which is located in the bus loop:

ANY type of clean clothing

- Shoes

- All other household textiles

- Toys & stuffed animals

- Belts, purses & backpacks

For every pound we collect, the school will earn money to help pay for sustainability and wellness programs throughout the year.

For more detailed information about Red Apple Recycling and their very worthwhile mission and what may be donated, please visit www.redapplerecycling.com


Remember to check the lost and found after spring break!  We will donate all unclaimed items to the Red Apple Recycling Box on April 1, 2016


Timber Team is excited to announce Family Movie Night benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  We will be showing Monster's Inc. onWednesday, March 30th at 6:30pm in the TTE gym. Door open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $2 per person with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bring the whole family for a night of fun while supporting a great cause! Flyers came home last week and they are also available here.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mandy Smith (acsmith@dcsdk12.org) or Jen Carpenter (jmcarpenter@dcsdk12.org). Space is limited for this event so be sure to order your tickets today!
Order your ClassBook TODAY!  ClassBooks distributed in May!
Due Date March 21, 2016.
Remember you must be registered with the TTEA website to order.
K-4th grades ClassBook- $40 a book
5th grade ClassBook - $50 a book
Please make sure you select the appropriate grade level for your child's book when ordering--"K-4th grade" or "5th Grade".
The RCHS Football Program invites you to join us for a day of education!  No matter what sport you play, it's important to stay on top of you health and wellness!
When: March 31, 20166:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Rock Canyon High School
See flyer for more information