October 24, 2014 - Weekly Parent Update

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Calling all United States Military Veterans of the Armed Forces:Please join us at our annual Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. We wish to honor you and your service in the military with a Flag-Raising Ceremony starting at 7:30 am out front of our school, followed by a short slide show and a doughnut and coffee reception in our digital commons. We would like all Veterans to form an inner circle around the flagpole, before it is raised. If you would like to share your name, title (rank), years of service and which student you belong to, we can provide a special recognition slide for you. An example: Joe Smith, United States Army, Vietnam Era, 1967-69, Corporal - Uncle of Melissa Smith 7th grader (include a photo of you in your uniform if you like). Plan to arrive a little bit early to allow for parking.  All visitors must pick up a Visitor's Pass from the front office if you plan to join us inside. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit to our school or classrooms, please contact Martina Garcia (Social Studies Teacher). 720-494-3820 extension 35431 or garcia_martina@svvsd.org 

Halloween Dance

Our Student Council will be sponsoring the first school dance of the year, scheduled for Thursday October 30th from 3:00-4:30pm. Tickets cost $2.00 during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday, or $3.00 at the door. Candy grams will also be sold for .50 or 3/$1.00. For the dance, students are encouraged to wear black and orange. Please no costumes for the dance. Students will be allowed to wear costumes on Friday (Halloween) but still must follow the basic guidelines of the dress code. No face paint, masks, gore, or weapons. 

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. 

From the Music Room. . .
Choir and 6th and 7th grade orchestra parents
Many 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 Students
Music students are selling Butter Braids for the next two weeks! Your student will be given a selling sheet and money envelope this week in their class.  Please help our fundraising efforts by purchasing these sweet treats for your family and friends.  Flavors this year are: Caramel 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 TRMS on 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 Week
There 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
Internet Safety for Middle School Students

Caroline Knorr | March 19, 2012Summarized from: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/internet-safety-tips-for-middle-school-kids Young teens don’t yet have an “off” switch in their brains which means that they often act impulsively. This lack of impulse control combined with the need to socialize and their online anonymity could lead to dangerous behaviors like cyberbullying, inappropriate photo or video uploads, illegal downloads, meeting strangers -- even cheatingThinking before they post is important because once it is posted, it is permanent and can be forwarded by many different people in and out of their social circles. Monitoring your child’s behavior on the internet is important.  Teach them to be respectful, responsible, and safe.Internet basics·       Never share names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses.·       Never open an email from a stranger – it may contain viruses that     can harm a computer.·       Never send pictures to strangers or view pictures that strangers send to them.·       Keep passwords private (except to parents).·       Tell a trusted adult if something mean or creepy happens on the Internet.·       Visit age-appropriate sites. Many sites and apps are not intended for middle schoolers (ie. Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  ·       Minimize chatting with strangers. Tell your kids that people aren’t always who they say they are on the Internet. ·       Help kids think critically about what they find online. Young people need to know not everything they see is true. You may wish to use safe-search settings or filtering software for younger kids. And you can always check browser histories to see where your kids have been.·       If they wouldn’t do it in real life, they shouldn’t do it online.·        Set limits on the amount of time your kids spend online.·       Agree on downloads. ·       Talk about privacy. ·       Make sure kids feel safe reporting bad behavior.  Be involved and view your own habits carefully. Parents are their role models for safe and smart use. Enjoy the good stuff together! 

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. Yearbooks are $30 only until November 1st


PTO News Short
Please join your fellow students and guardians for TRMS's first RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER of the school year at MAC'S PLACE! On WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, use the LATE START DAY to bond with your kids by taking the whole family out to MAC'S PLACE. TRMS earns 15% of all sales that day if you show them our flyer. Flyers will be emailed to you soon!

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 sending in 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 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, at 6:30 pm in the TRMS Digital Commons (Library)!


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