October 17, 2014 - Weekly Parent Update

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is back at Trail Ridge Middle School. Teams are forming now! Please email Shane O’Meara at shane.m.omeara@gmail.com for information on joining a team. 

Attendance at TRMS

Did you know....*  Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from high school, college and keep a job.*  Did you know that students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation? What can you do at home to help your child's attendance stay on track?*  Make it a family priority to attend school every day.*  Help your child maintain daily routines for doing homework at night and getting to bed at an appropriate hour.*  When your student is sick, have them talk to their teachers to get make-up work. We want to partner with you to help your student stay on track for graduation with good school attendance.   Starting 2nd Quarter; Monday, October, 20th, 2014*  After 3 absences, we will check with your child to make sure they are getting make up work and understand how to stay on top of their grades when they are sick.  We will also check in with them to make sure there isn't any unaddressed social anxiety that is causing them to stay at home and we will help them work through any issues.*  After 6 absences, we will meet with the family, counselor, and a support teacher to set goals and provide any other resources the family may be in need of.   Thank you for remembering to call when you know your child is going to miss for an illness.  Also please remember to call at least 2 weeks in advance for family trips you are taking that will cause them to miss school. 

GT Student Announcement

There will be a meeting for parents of students with Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) on October 21 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Digital Commons. The purpose of the meeting will be to introduce parents to the ALP goal-setting process. While students will be setting their own goals, we would like parents to have input and understand the process. If you have any questions please contact Chris Harrison, the TRMS Gifted and Talented liaison, at harrison_christopher@svvsd.org or (720) 494-3820, ext. 35466.  

From the Music Room. . .

Choir and 6th and 7th grade orchestra parentsMany thanks to you for your wonderful support at our concert last week.The students were very excited to perform for you and so thankful for your great listening behavior!  Attention:  All Families of Music StudentsMusic students are selling Butter Braids for the next two weeks!Your student will be given a selling sheet and money envelope this weekin their class.  Please help our fundraising efforts by purchasing these sweet treats for your family and friends.   Flavors this year areCaramel Rolls, Cherry, Apple, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Cinnamon, and Strawberry Cream Cheese.  Each item is $12 and profits for music are $5 per item.  Orders are due on November 6 and will be delivered to TRMSon November 19.Thanks for your support! Parents of 7th and 8th grade BOY choir students!We have been invited to participate in the Men Only Choral Festival at SkylineHS on 17th during the school day.  Your child will receive a permission slip next week.  Would you like to chaperone with us?  Email Dr. Williamson at williamson_susan@svvsd.org 

Digital Commons

iPad Tip of the WeekThere is no need to download iOS8 just yet. Please read this release from SVVSD about the new operating system from Apple. How to Back up your iPadMake sure your iPad is backing up to iCloud before you update to iOS8 or in case you need to do an iPad factory restore. Follow these steps:Go to settings --> iCloud --> Storage & Back Up --> iCloud Back Up should be green --> Tap Back up Now Infinite Campus AccessWith parent teacher conferences just around the corner, you might be wondering what your child's grades are looking like. Follow the steps below to access Infinite Campus via your child's iPad or click here to access IC via a web browser:

  1. Make sure the app is downloaded. If it is not go to Absolute Apps --> App Store --> Infinite Campus Mobile Portal --> Install. Press the home screen button and you will see IC downloading.
  2. Open the app.
  3. Enter in the district code: FXZDYT
  4. Enter in your username and password. If you don't have a parent account set up, please call the front office. In the meantime, you can enter your child's login information.
  5. In the upper left hand corner you will see three lines. Tap this icon and it will give you a sidebar menu.
  6. Under this sidebar menu you will have access to planner (schedule), grades, assignments, attendance, help.

 DC Powertime (7:00-7:40am) and DC Afterhours (2:50-4:00pm)The Digital Commons is open everyday from 7:00am-4:00pm, except Thursdays when it closes at 2:50 for staff meetings. During these times students check in to the Digital Commons using a QR code reader and work on homework, checkout books, get iPad help, etc. We encourage all TRMS students to attend. Please see this Google Presentation to find out all that the Digital Commons has to offer. Coffee TalkAre you struggling with iPads? Do you feel like your child knows more than you do? Do you have questions about security, digital footprints, usage, etc? Do you just want to talk with other parents about iPad issues at home?Come join us at TRMS for our monthly coffee talk hosted by Kara Jostes, jostes_kara@svvsd.org. Our next meeting will be held on 11/04/14 from 9:00-10:00am or from 5:30-6:30pm. 

Counselor’s Corner

Help Your Child Avoid Poor Attendance Studies show that there is a link between being in school and doing well; both academically and socially!  Kids who miss school fall behind in their learning and they miss making social connections which help them to fit in.  Both of these increase the chances that a student may drop out of school and not graduate.  When your kiddo has a fever of 102 degrees or is throwing up, they need to stay home and focus on getting better.  But sometimes kids miss school for things that can be easily avoided if you keep an eye out!  Here are some of the top reasons for school absences, along with some ideas on how to avoid them: Child can’t get up – Yep, teenagers do need more sleep, but don’t let them sleep in to make up the sleep they missed while they chatted on their phone or iPad until midnight the night before.  Make sure your kids have a “friends” and “screen time” curfew during the week, and that they are getting to bed at a decent time.Doctor’s appointments -   Can your doctor see your student outside of school hours? How about weekends or school holidays?Student needs to help out at home – Many families rely on their older children to help take care of the younger.  Some elementary schools offer morning day care, early breakfasts, or clubs for kids before school.  Or, a younger child might be sick and you need emergency child care. Make a back up plan with other family members, neighbors or friends to help out.  It’s not fair to your older kids to keep them at home and have them fall behind.Can’t get organized - Help your student get into the habit each night to prepare for their next school day. Remind them to pick and lay out their clothes, get their back packs together near the front door, and set up an iPad charging station near their back packs so they can grab what they need as they head out the next morning. Student doesn’t want to go to school – Talk with your student and your school staff to see if there are issues that need to be resolved, but make it clear that your student is expected to go to school each day.  Truancy in Middle School is just the beginning of other problems that can be avoided with good house rules. If absences or tardies are a problem with your teenager and you need help, please call the TRMS Counseling department for resources, support, or problem solving.  We are here to help kids succeed!Marjie, Britt, & Jen 

School Fees

Don’t forget to pay your student’s fees. You can visit the district website to make online payments. You can also submit your payments to the front office. Please contact us in the office if you have any questions @ 720-494-3820. 

Breakfast at TRMS

Begins at 7:15 every morning. Cost: $1.50 

Yearbooks for Sale

So be a fabulous bear and buy yourself a yearbook. $30 only until November 1st 

PTO News Short

 Your student's homeroom class could win ICE CREAM if they bring the most Box Tops, Campbell's Labels for Education, and Tyson's A+ labels! Send in all the labels you have from now until October 23. After that date, start saving labels for our SPRING DRIVE!Did you know that you are already a member of the PTO? Our meetings are informative and open to all parents, guardians, teachers, and staff affiliated with TRMS. Your next meeting is NOVEMBER 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the TRMS Digital Commons (Library)!Watch the upcoming shorts for information on our first restaurant fundraiser.Don't forget to pick up your TRMS King Soopers or Safeway card from the front office. Easiest. Fundraiser. Ever. 

Upcoming Events at Trail Ridge Middle School

Basketball Game at West View MS, October 29 at 3:30Halloween Dance at Trail Ridge, October 30, 3-4:30 PMPTO meeting November 4 at 6:30Late Start Day November 5, classes begin at 10:15November 11, Veteran’s Day CelebrationBasketball Game at Trail Ridge vs Altona 3:30November 18, Potluck for Boys Basketball 4:45-5:45