LAST CALL FOR THE FAMILY DIRECTORY – Please complete the PTA Connect Form by this Wednesday September 30th if you want your family’s information to be included in the directory. The PTA Connect Form can be completed online at our website www.trespta.digitalpto.com and Clicking the Paw on the right side of the page (please type this website into your browser if the link takes you to an hcpss website). You may also complete the form that recently came home in Friday folders and return it to school by Wednesday. Please consider joining the PTA at this time as well. There is no volunteer obligation, it’s an inexpensive way to support our school and only PTA members get a copy of the directory. Don’t miss out on this exclusive membership benefit! Thanks in advance to Niti Blackwell for taking on this important project for our school!
WALKING WEDNESDAYS IS NEW AND IMPROVED! – During Wednesday’s morning announcements your children will learn about exciting changes to the Walking Wednesday program. Walking Wednesdays, which runs for 6 weeks in the fall and repeats in the spring, is a program where the students are encouraged to walk laps around the back field during recess. Students earn prizes for every 10 laps they walk over the 6 week period. New this year, the classroom with the most laps each week will be awarded the “Golden Shoe Trophy” which will be proudly displayed in the classroom. Additionally, the student in each class who has the most laps at the end of the six week period will win a $10 Toys R Us gift card. A big thank you to Erica Haycock for leading this initiative and to the many parent volunteers who will participate this year.
ORIGINAL WORKS IS COMING – We are excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Original Works to offer an art-based program at our school again this year! Look for the artwork and order forms along with a product catalog to come home on Friday, October 23. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique gifts and keepsakes in time for the holiday season. Orders will arrive at TRES during the week of December 14th. Exact pick up dates will be announced later. Many thanks go to Michell Schalik for her leadership of the OW program and to the dozens of parent volunteers who are assisting our children in the creation of their artwork!
Our Coat Drive ends this Friday! The weather will soon quickly turn cold and we are happy to assist the PTA Council of Howard County with its annual Winter Coat Drive. We will gratefully accept your new or CLEAN, gently used coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves and donate them to needy students and their families in our community. We welcome both children and adult winter items. We will have donation boxes in the pods throughout this week so please send the items in with your children. Thank you for your generosity!
Our children’s favorite fall event is upon us! The annual Retriever Rally will be held on Friday September 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 at TRES. We’ll have carnival games, inflatables, our traditional Cake Walk, lots of food and ice cream for purchase and, new this year, a photobooth from Photobooth Wizards. We can’t do it alone so we need your help!
There are so many opportunities to help with this event: game stations, prize and craft tables, face painting and our Cake Walk. The Cake Walk is a little like musical chairs – but a lucky child gets yummy baked goods that our parents have made or purchased when the music stops! It’s a favorite with the kids and we want enough cupcakes, cookies, brownies, etc. to go around!
Volunteer spots are in 30 minute increments – so there is plenty of time to enjoy the Rally with your family and still volunteer. If you’re willing and able to volunteer and/or donate a baked good (remember it can be purchased!), please open the attached Google doc and add your name and EMAIL ADDRESS to a volunteer slot. The document is automatically saved and updated.
Thank you for your help – we look forward to working together to make this event a fun and an exciting start to the year for everyone. Can’t wait to see you at the Rally!
Have an extra coat in your closet? The weather will soon turn cold, and we are happy to assist the PTA Council Howard County with its Annual Winter Coat Drive. We will gratefully accept your new or CLEAN, gently used coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves and donate them to needy students and their families in our community. We welcome both children and adult winter items. We will have donation boxes in the school lobby at the Retriever Rally on September 18 and in the pods throughout the week of September 21-25. Thank you for your generosity!
We will be voting on the approval of the 2015-2016 budget at Back-to-School Night this Thursday September 3, 2015. Please review prior to coming. Only PTA members are eligible to vote so please join by Clicking the Paw at the right before Thursday night. If you have any questions about the budget please contact our Treasurer, Jenny Gillis at email@example.com. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday! Please meet in the cafeteria; the meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. You can access the proposed budget here: