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T-Bird Weekly Message by Dr. Blakley Wallace

WEEKLY MESSAGE: 01/10/2022

  

Dear T-Bird Families,

Wow! What an incredible start to our new year! Despite our challenges, our T-Bird family truly stepped- up in T-Bird fashion to take care of each other this past week. Please know that if you are sick and symptomatic, we want you stay home and take care of yourself. Your teachers will work with you to get you caught up on any missed schoolwork. If you are feeling up to it, you can go into Schoology and access some of your schoolwork there. You may also communicate directly with your teachers through their email. Thank you all for being amazing and take care of yourselves! We need you all safe and healthy!

 

Important information for the week:

Monday, January 17 - No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

 

Taste of Thunder Ridge – Wednesday, January 19 @ 5:00pm

At this time, Taste of Thunder Ridge will be a virtual experience. Taste of Thunder Ridge will be accessible on our website starting at 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 19. You will be able to view all of the content at your convenience. We are planning an in-person event later in the Spring where incoming 6th grade students will have an opportunity to explore our school. We look forward to seeing you in the spring. We will let you know this date as we get closer to that time. Thank you!

 

New Process for Volunteers and Visitors in CCSD Buildings

Please see the below message regarding the new CCSD Volunteer/Partner Process. If you are currently volunteering or plan to volunteer in the future, please complete the online volunteer form. It should only take a few minutes to complete. We want to thank you in advance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

New Colorado legislation has prompted greater need to screen and document volunteers in our schools. Therefore, beginning January 2022, we must ensure that every volunteer completes a brief application to support activities in CCSD schools.  This information will be automatically linked to the Raptor System.  The good news is they only need to complete this form once per school year, and it will meet the requirement to volunteer in all CCSD buildings.

To access the form, please click on the following link: https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/NzU0OmVuLVVT

Definitions

  • Volunteers are guests who are supporting students, completing tasks, and under the immediate supervision and direction of District licensed personnel. 
  • Visitors are guests who are solely entering the building to conduct business such as participate in a meeting, eat lunch with their student, or attend a school sponsored activity. 

The safety and security of our students and staff remains our top priority. Every person entering our buildings must have a District ID or a badge printed from the Raptor System.

Thank you again for your continued support.

 

 

Educator of the Year

 

 It is that time of year where we can take a moment to recognize our outstanding educators who strive every day to help students be inspired to think, to learn, to achieve and to care. Below is a link where you can submit your nominations for the 2021-2022 Educator of the Year. All teachers, specialized service professionals and non-teaching licensed employees are eligible to be nominated, even if they have previously won a Teacher of the Year award.

 

The Educator of the Year Award for the 2021 – 2022 school year will be announced on April 21, 2022, at a the Foundations Gala/EOTY event. This event will be held at Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 E. Kentucky Ave., Glendale, CO 80246. Reserve this date on your calendar - you won’t want to miss this event.

 

Please submit your nominations starting on January 5th using this link below:

 

https://forms.gle/YW5ThzDeFq1319mY8

 

Black History Month Poetry Competition

Calling all student poets, writers, rappers, and lyricists -TRMS is having our 1st annual Poetry / Short Essay Competition for Black History Month. We're starting a little early because your original work must be submitted by Feb. 1st and it will be showcased the entire month of February. 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a CASH prize. Please check out the flyers around campus or contact Mrs. Whitt or Ms. Rojas in the main office for more information. Let your voice be heard and express your artistic expression! Click on this link for more details.

 

AVID Information Nights for Middle School and High School

Do you know what AVID stands for? Advancement Via Individual Determination is an elective class at TRMS that teaches college readiness skills, develops critical/creative/metacognitive thinking, engages in project-based learning, explores colleges and careers, and much more. AVID instruction is academically rigorous and is a full year elective class. Want to learn more about AVID and how to apply, join us for the AVID Virtual Student & Parent Information Night for Middle School on January 31, 2022 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. For High School AVID Information Night, join us on February 3, 2022 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. (Zoom link - QR code). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Maria Cobb at mcobb@cherrycreekschools.org. Thank you.

 

Boys Basketball Game

Wednesday, January 12 - 8th grade Home/6th grade Away v. Sky Vista

Thursday, January 20 – 8th grade Away/6th grade Home v. Fox Ridge

Tuesday, January 25 – 8th grade Home/6th grade Away v. Falcon

Thursday, January 27 – 8th grade Away/6th grade Home v. West

 

YEARBOOK AND BABY AD SALES END THIS MONTH! 

 Our TRMS yearbook is a full-color, 120-page book (and world supplement) that captures moments in time and features all that is great about student life at Thunder Ridge.  8th grade parents also have the option of commemorating their child’s completion of middle school by designing a baby ad!  Yearbooks cost $40.00 each, baby ads cost $15.00 each, and all orders close on Friday, January 28th, 2021.  Yearbooks did sell out last year, so order yours today!  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OFIKbY1Xdo7zVMa7a1IsTmDH5URahUQk/view?usp=sharing  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Colleen Holtman at choltman2@cherrycreekschools.org

 

 

Free English Classes for Parents

Please use the links below to see more information on free English classes for our families offered by CCSD.

 

Amharic

Arabic

Chinese

English

Korean

Nepali

Russian

Somali

Spanish

Vietnamese

 

PTO Meeting - Thursday, January 13 @ 6:00pm

Please join us for our next PTO meeting on Thursday, January 13 either in-person in our library or virtually through the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://cherrycreekschools-org.zoom.us/j/94469548851?pwd=V2psN2Y0cDhJZTZUbjFYUEg4K2JFUT09

Meeting ID: 944 6954 8851

Passcode: 108471

 

Remote Schedule

We have no plans at this time to go remote. In the event that would happen, here is a link to our remote schedule. This is the exact schedule we had last year. Student View

 

EHS Incoming Freshman Night – Current 8th graders

Raptor Welcome Night postponed. More details to come.

 

CTHS Incoming Freshman Night – Current 8th graders

Please go to CTHS website for information on CTHS Incoming Freshman night scheduled for January, 19.

 

Milk Caps for Moola

If you have Longmont Dairy delivered to your home, we are collecting their milk caps. We turn in those milk caps for money. We have a container in the front hall of our building for you to place them in. Please see the flyer for more information.

 

Amazon Smile Program

If you shop at Amazon a lot like I do, here is an easy way to give back to your school! Just simply go to smile.amazon.com then search for Thunder Ridge Middle School PTO, select them for your charity, and then shop and purchase as you normally do! Amazon will send a check to our PTO for the accumulated donations! It is just that simple! You must go to smile.amazon.com every time first for your purchases to qualify! Please join me in supporting our PTO and our school!

 

Food pantry

We would like to let you know about a resource in our community and surrounding feeder schools.  We have a food pantry in our building.  This resource is for any family needing to help with groceries.  Please contact Deanna Rojas at 720-886-1570 to schedule an appointment to visit TRMS Food Pantry.

 

Upcoming January dates:

January 11 - Feeder School Choir Concert @ EHS

January 13 - PTO Meeting @ 6:00 In-person in library or virtually

January 17 – No School – MLK Day

January 19 – CTHS Incoming Freshman Night @ CTHS

January 21 – Thunderations @ 8:15 in Library

January 25 – EHS Registration

 

Thank you for all of your support this year!

 

Sincerely,

Blakley Wallace

Blakley Wallace, Ed. D.

Principal, Thunder Ridge Middle School

bwallace@cherrycreekschools.org