8/15/14 Email Blast

18         TTEA meeting  9:00 am in the library

20         Picture Day (Grades K, 1, 2)

            Curriculum Night (Grades1-2) 6:00 pm
21         Picture Day (Grades 3, 4, 5)
             Curriculum Night (Grades 3, 4, 5) 6:00 pm
28         Assessment Day (more info coming soon) 
29         Assessment Day (more info coming soon)

1           No school-Labor Day
5           Mother/Son Kickball Tournament 4:30 pm Coyote Ridge Park
8           TTEA meeting 9:00 am in the library 
26         No school-Professional Development Day for teachers   

Dear TTE Families,
FIrst of all I want to thank you for taking the time each week to read our email blasts.  We know how busy everyone is, so our goal is to make these emails informative and timely.  We will be archiving the blasts on our TTE website under the "Email Blast" tab.

What a wonderful first week of school it has been.  There is so much positive energy in the building and lots of smiling faces everywhere you look.  Many of us have said that this is the best start to a school year we have ever had.  

I want to thank each of you for your part in creating this feeling.  Arrival and dismissal are going very smoothly.  Thank you for pulling up all the way in the car line :)  Arrival is one of my favorite parts of the day as I get to see and greet our  students.  Many stop to share the fun things that are happening at school and home.  
I also want to thank TTEA for all they have done this first week. It began with a camping theme and a sweet treat in our mailboxes on Monday.   The fun continued with breakfast on Wednesday, lunch today, and snacks all week in the teacher's lounge.
Thank you again for your support of our staff and students.  You are the reason that Timber Trail is the school "Where Hearts and Minds Connect".  Have a wonderful weekend.
Michele Radke

The Colorado Department of Education has released the 2014 TCAP scores.  Individual results will be mailed to homes in the next few weeks.  Below are Timber Trail's results and the district's, expressed in percent of students proficient and advanced in each area:

                             TTE      DCSD
3rd Reading:         87          79
3rd Writing            70          61
3rd Math               91          80

4th Reading          88          78
4th Writing            72          62
4th Math               86          83

5th Reading          86          83
5th Writing            79          67
5th Math               90          78



Please sign up soon, space is limited.
Deadline to register is August 24.
Go to timbertrailparents.org to register and to print out the liability waiver.
The liability waiver must be signed and turned in to participate.
The 3 ways to turn your waiver:
1. Bring it to the front desk
2. Send it with your child in the Thursday folder
3. Scan it and email it to your teacher and they will get it to the front desk
This is a fun and exciting event to "kick " off the year!

Order online at www.AmericanOutfittersLTD.com .   Orders can be made now through August 31st.  Items will be delivered a few weeks later through homeroom teacher/class.  Any questions can be directed to me.  Renee Fichtl  fichtl@att.net
Picture Day for kindergarten, first, and second grades will be Wednesday, August 20.  Picture Day for third, fourth, and fifth grades will be Thursday, August 21.
Curriculum Night for first and second grades will be Wednesday, August 20.  Curriculum Night for third, fourth, and fifth grades will be Thursday, August 20.  Both nights will begin at 6:00 pm in the gym.  Please note that kindergarten will not have a curriculum night as theirs was held in May.  

In the event of unsafe weather conditions at Timber Trail, the
principal or designee will decide to delay dismissal.  This is not
something we can plan in advance-often the decision is made 5-10
minutes before school ends.  If it appears that the storm will be
brief, students will be kept in their classrooms  and then proceed as
normal when the storm dies down.  When lightning occurs at dismissal
time, students will be required to remain in the building until it is
safe. Buses will depart as soon as it is safe.

Please limit end of day messages to emergencies/last minute change in plans.  Please call Timber Trail Elementary prior to 3:00 pm.  It is difficult for the buses to depart on schedule if we delay their departure by pulling students off the bus.

The entrance to the parking lot needs to remain passable at all times.  This is a safety concern for Timber Trail.   Emergency personnel must be able to enter and exit the parking lot.   PLEASE do not enter the parking lot if there is not room for a car to pass on the left side.
Do not block the entrance. The waiting line of cars should stay as far to the right side as possible in the parking lot to allow emergency responders to pass in case of an emergency and to allow others to enter and exit parking spaces.
We are teaching "The Six Pillars of Character" to your children.  Please lead by example.
              Trustworthiness* Respect* Responsibility* Fairness* Caring* Citizenship

Please be aware of parking restrictions on Bristolwood Drive, the street directly to the east of TTE.  Parking is limited or restricted in various areas.  These restrictions are noted by signs or red curbs.  If you are dropping off your student on Bristolwood, please let them out on the west side of Bristolwood, the side closest to school.  There is not a crosswalk on Bristolwood and students are often running across the street in front of cars and buses.
Also, just a reminder that once Bristolwood  enters The Crossings neighborhood, it becomes a private street.  Please do not use Bristolwood as a shortcut from or to Monarch or park on the streets.  Thanks so much for your help as we work hard to keep our students safe while being good neighbors with the residents of The Crossings.
Please take a moment to write your child's first and last names in their lunch boxes, back packs and coats.  Our Lost & Found basket is already full!  If names are written in these items, we will make sure they are returned to their rightful owner as soon as possible.  
Just a reminder that it is Douglas School District policy that non-service dogs are not allowed on school grounds from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm