Dear TMSA Families,
September was a busy month with getting back into the groove as well as adding additional families! Please remember that our systems and protocols have been put in place to ensure the overall safety and smooth transitions. Things have settled down much more quickly this year due to the DNP Transportation and after school providers. I want to personally thank all of the parents for their patience and understanding during our first couple of weeks and for paying particular attention to the procedures for drop off and pick up. I believe we have the potential to be one of the top schools in Greensboro and all of North Carolina. That is my goal and I will continue to do what I can to see that through.
This year we will highlight activities to engage our staff, students and parents in order to establish a well rounded teaching and learning community. There will be social and academic activities scheduled throughout the year. Some of which have already have taken place for our Tigers and their families! I hope that you plan on attending the Parent Academy Sessions scheduled throughout the year. In addition, I will have monthly Coffee Talks to discuss ideas and to fellowship together. I am also looking to have at least one Parent Volunteer per teacher this year. Please let your classroom teacher know you are available and interested in helping out in school. I love having you here in our school assisting teachers and students!
TMSA Elementary will be applying to be “A School of Character!” We are working really hard to help student learn to be the best in academia as well as having good character. Guidance lessons, monthly traits, daily pledge and character pledge are just the minimal efforts as we push to improve on all those teachable moments that help build great character. Please help by talking with your students about the character traits and best ways to show their Tiger Pride!
Lastly, I trust you will take advantage of home visits offered by school admin, school counselor and teachers to better connect with our students and families. Together, we can build a strong learning community that benefits the best outcomes for our students.
Saturday Academy 9-12 p.m.
Fall Picture Retakes/Makeup Day
Ice Cream Sales at Lunch;$1 Dress Down Day
Saturday Academy 9-12
TMSA School Board Meeting Cary
Red Ribbon Week runs through 10/31
1st Quarter Ends
Ice Cream Sales at Lunch
Teacher Workday – no school for students
NC Check In for 4th & 5th grade
TMSA Elementary Tiger News
One of the most important things you can do to help your child succeed in school is to make sure he or she is there every day. When students miss school, they miss critical opportunities to learn and participate. Each lesson and class is critical to learning. The material covered each day depends on the lesson from the day before and introduces ideas for the next day. When your child must be absent, be sure to let us know the reason for the absences. For absences of three or more days, we ask for a written note from your doctor. You can submit attendance notes via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember to keep the office informed of any changes in your contact information as soon as possible. It is important for us to be able to contact you in the event of an emergency.
If you have caller ID and you have a missed a phone call from the school, please understand that we are unable to identify the person, extension number, or department that was trying to reach you. Rest assured that if your child is sick or injured, the school nurse will leave a message for you.
Director's Coffee Night with Parents
Dr. Taysever will meet with parents of Triad Math and Science Academy on Thursday October 27th 2016.
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We are excited to announce that we are starting an outstanding Staff Member of the Month recognition program at our school. Nominations for this recognition can be made by parents, students, and staff members.
We encourage you to take this opportunity to nominate our staff members for the amazing work they do for our students every day. The principal of the school will select a winner from the nominations received each month.
A Staff Member of the Month may be someone that:
Goes above and beyond their normal duties
Clearly represents the mission of the school
Has done or achieved something special that you feel should be recognized
Has made a significant contribution to the efforts of the school
Please visit the school’swebpage to access the nomination form. It can be found in the parents tab. Paper copies will also be available in the office. We are excited to have a new way to honor our staff members for the great work they do. Please support this effort by submitting nominations for our Staff Member of the Month!
Please turn in forms toMs. Cavalier.
Important Dates to Remember
October 26, 2016 - Picture Make up Re-take! If you missed pictures in September don't worry, you can re-take them!
October 31, 2016 - Teacher Workday
November 1, 2016-Senior Pictures Tuesday
November 4, 2016 -Report Cards go home
November 10, 2016 - 7am - 7:45am, Honor Roll Breakfast for HS who have a 3.5 GPA will be invited to attend this breakfast, please stay tuned and encourage your students to excel in school!
STEM Fair Reminder, Step 1 Science Fair was due Tuesday, October 18, 2016, if you have not turned in your first step please do so today.
Step 2 background information and bibliography is coming up soon…The due date is November 1st .
If you are planning to play sport in winter, please see your coaches and get required forms ASAP. Forms are also available on the athletic board in front of the gym.
School Breakfast Program $2.00
To better serve the needs of our students, we are now offering breakfast each and every morning. See our website for breakfast and lunch menus for the month!
TMSA Saturday Academy will begin October 13, 2018 and will consist of 25 three-hour high-impact learning sessions (9:00am – 12:00pm) designed specifically to help our students prepare for the NC State EOG tests. Classes are fast-paced, dynamic, and interactive. Teachers will engage students in discussing and explaining subject matter concepts, challenging and teaching one another, creating and solving each other’s questions and working collaboratively to share their results. This program is offered to 3rd-5th grade students only.
Additionally, Saturday Academy will celebrate student milestones in learning achievement through programmatic incentives that includes a combination of rewards, theme weeks, and extracurricular excursions.
We upgraded our Raptor system over the summer to the latest and greatest version. The Raptor system is how we track visitors, student pickups and tardies. We were unable to keep our parent data in the upgrade. This means that we need every adult that comes into our building for lunch, conferences, early pickups, etc... to bring a PICTURE ID with them. Thank you for helping us keep our Tigers safe at school!
Responsibility is the September Character Trait. Responsibility is the state or fact or having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.
The first month of school has flown by! Students have been learning routines of their new classes. Every morning, they complete a page of their Morning Work Journals. It includes review of both math and reading/writing skills. We will be starting guided reading where we can target each child's needs. In reading, we will be focusing on main idea and key details in the coming weeks, while continuing to read stories that contain the phonics lesson on the week. In math, we have finished reviewing addition and have begun reviewing subtraction. Please allow your child to practice their math facts on XtraMath at home. We have a fantastic group of first graders and we are excited to help them grow this year!
Kindergarten is off to a great start for the 2018-2019 school year! Students have been participating in ABC Boot Camp to learn to recognize and write letters. They have practiced letter formation, made fun letter crafts, and listened to great stories in their classrooms. Also, they are learning to identify, write and count numbers 0-10. Beginning of year assessments are wrapping up and students will begin meeting in their reading groups soon. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, October 5th. Parents, please schedule a conference with your child’s teacher to learn more about their progress. You are such an important part of your child’s education and we want to work together to make this a successful year for your child! Also, Kindergarten will be going on their first field trip to the Kersey Valley Maze Adventure on Thursday, October 11th. Please return the permission slip and money as soon as possible. Money is due by Friday, October 5th. If you would like to serve as a chaperone, we need you! Chaperones are required to have a background check so please see Ms. Fogleman at the front desk if you would like to go. Background checks must be completed by Wednesday, October 10th. Thank you for helping this be a great start to the year and we look forward to seeing you at parent-teacher conferences!
The character trait for the month of September was Responsibility - and that is something that Second Grade has been working diligently on. Each of the classes have been working to learn new routines and remember old routines. Our thanks goes out to the parents who are helping to reinforce these lessons at home as we transition between early elementary and older elementary. These lessons in responsibility are so very important. It has been a busy month reviewing our first grade achievements and finishing our mClass and MAP testing. As a grade level, we are ready and excited to leap into our second grade learning! As we enter October, our second graders will begin working in reading groups to advance their skills. We will also be moving on to place value (ones, tens, and hundreds) in math; this is an important stepping stone to understanding double and triple digit addition and subtraction. Community and government will still be a focus for us in Social Studies and we will finish our weather unit in Science. Second Grade is the place to be this month!
The 3rd grade team has been busy helping students make the jump from lower elementary to upper elementary. Since this year the focus of reading will be comprehension, we are busy teaching the students both reading and test-testing strategies.
Math continues to build on skills from previous years with a big push for math fact fluency. The expectation is that students will be fluent in addition and subtraction facts by December with multiplication fluency expected by the end of the year. The best advice…start learning and practicing now.
Science and Social Studies aligns with our ELA curriculum and it has been great exploring our roles in the community and abroad as well as learning about ecosystems and matter.
We are so excited to see these students learn and grow!
We are off to an exciting year in 5th grade. We are working on learning the scientific method. This will prepare our students for their upcoming STEM Fair project. We are also working on fundraising for our upcoming 5th grade trip to Washington DC in the spring. Stay tuned for more information.
In fourth grade, we have some very hard workers and we are doing many exciting things! In science, the students are learning about the moon phases and even did a moon phase project with Oreo cookies! Good thing they didn't eat their projects!! In ELA, the students are learning about natural disasters which correlates to what is going on with the devastation of the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. In math, students are continuing to work with the 4 operations, except this is with even BIGGER numbers! In social studies, the students are continuing to learn about North Carolina and its people and the five themes of geography.