Parent Newsletter - August 31, 2018

Parent Newsletter – August 31, 2018

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Message From the Principal

Trail Ridge Families,

September is upon us and we are in full swing here at Trail Ridge. I am so proud of the students and staff as we have had a GREAT start to the school year! We are continuing to encourage the students to "Be Respectful. Be Repsonsible. Do Your Best." as these are our three main expectations. Please continue to help us reinforce these thoughts at home. A strong partnership between home and school will only help the students go far!

Reminder that there is no school on Monday for Labor Day. We hope everyone has the opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with family. Also, Wednesday is our first Late Start Day of the school year. Students will begin school at 10:15. Please make sure they are not here too much before that as there is no supervision provided.

We are still looking for volunteers for a couple of important pieces to TRMS.

•We need some more volunteers to help with the PTO this year. If you are interested, please contact Carmen Vaughan at

•We need members of our of our school community to participate in Leadership St. Vrain, which is an essential part of the district's community engagement efforts. We would like Trail Ridge to be represented! Please visit the website at to register. This is really a great opportunity!

Thank you for all of your support! The TRMS Community is awesome! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, @trmsco.

Enjoy your weekend!

News & Notes

TRMS iPad Insurance – LTP iPad Insurance window for the 2018-2019 school year opened August 1st and will close on September 5th. Parents who wish to join the insurance pool for this year will need to make at least a partial payment within this window. The 2018-19 Insurance cost is $25.

This optional insurance fee will be added for every student. The fee will be voided if no payment has been made by September 5th. Students with unpaid insurance balances from last year will not have the optional insurance fee automatically added into Infinite Campus for this year. The past due amount must be paid before they can be eligible for this year’s insurance.

100 Mile Club – It’s time once again for Trail Ridge’s 100 Mile Club. Students meet at the track Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-3:30 pm. The first day of club is Wednesday, September 5. Ms. Elsen and Ms. Thoren look forward to seeing you at the track!

Soccer - Parent Volunteers Wanted! - We are looking for some parent volunteers to coach our TRMS soccer team.  If you are interested, please contact Grant Elwood at or 720-494-3820.

Volleyball Team Girls Volleyball Team will have their first away game at Altona Middle School on Wednesday, September 5th at 3:30 pm.  We hope to see you there!

Florida Trip 2019 - The Florida 2019 Trip is now available for student applicants. Need more information? Please join Mrs. Garcia-Valenzuela for further details at the Informational Meeting on Tuesday, September 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, here at TRMS room B209.

Message from the PTO - Welcome back everyone! Come join us at Starbucks (by King Soopers) on Tuesday night (9/4) at 6:00 pm for our first PTO meeting of the year! We'll talk about our plans and goals for the school year. It's a great chance to get involved and keep informed on what's happening at Trail Ridge.
Clean out that junk drawer - turn in your box tops and milk caps at the front office any time!
Please feel free to contact the PTO anytime with questions, concerns or suggestions at or 720-382-3979.

In Focus - This year your students will be learning about Social Emotional Intelligence through a program called In Focus.  Schools across St Vrain have been using this curriculum for several years and we are seeing great success with our students, parents and staff. In Focus teaches students how individuals think, behave and manage emotions.  Students who are taught SEL are better behaved, more positive, perform better in school, and are less anxious than those who are not taught these skills.  Additionally, students who can learn to identify, manage and express feelings constructively are more likely to form healthy relationships, avoid violence, anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders.  The first two weeks of school we have been learning about how the brain works. We have learned how our limbic system generates emotions and motivates us. We have also been learning about the nervous system and how to calm our brain down when we have too much energy or lack of focus.  Students have been learning about belly breathing and other ways to calm their nervous system.  Ask your student what activities may speed up, or slow down their nervous system and how they can manage this.

~Mrs. Tonia Beard

Counselor & Mental Health Interventionist