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- 1. Dates to Remember Timber Creek Families Spring has sprung and hopefully we have seen the last of those cold winter mornings. Thank You for in March helping Timber Creek in February. We are thankful for those volunteers at Tiger Shop and the Book Fair, Picture DayTBDCoupon Books Due back3Tiger Shop5Interskate Night7Spring Break10-14Pre K Registration 18-19Spirit Night @ Potbelly25for those who brought in wonderful treats for Teacher Treat Day and for those who enjoyed a delicious meal at Pazzos during out spirit day. Our Spring Fiesta Book Fair was a blast! Thank you for coming out and supporting Timber Creek Elementary. We were able once again to purchase some great books for the library which your child will be able to check out and borrow soon. March begins with the wrapping up of the coupon book fundraiser. We have heard so many great comments about the coupons in the book. Please remember to return all unsold books and/or money for orders by Wednesday March 5th. Have you been sending in those Box Tops, Coke Rewards and Labels for Education? These fund many great programs at Timber Creek including BOOKFLIX. Did you know that your PTA is committed to parent education, family engagement and advocacy? We are committed to your kids. At the end of March we will be sending home packets for the 2014-2015 school year. These packets will include the 2014-2015 PTA Membership form, Pre-Sale T-shirt orders to save you money and school supply kit orders. Dont forget to return these to save money and mark one thing off the to-do list for the next school year. Interested in a position on the PTA board or working on a committee for the 2014-2015 school year? Elections for board positions will be held in April and some committees will be starting to meet before the end of this school year. If you are interested in learning more about any of these roles, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. Wishing you all a wonderful and safe spring break Michelle Hernandez PTA President [email protected] mission of the Timber Creek Elementary PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children. We are dedicated to enriching the educational, social and individual experiences of our children by providing programs, activities and family events, to encourage parental involvement through volunteerism in our school. To seek out community partners to allow us to make every child's potential a reality. MAKE A DIFFERENCE, GET INVOLVED IN PTA!
2. Page 2Timber Creek ElementaryPrincipals CornerDr. Sharon Heier Principal Amy Acosta Assistant PrincipalPTA Executive Board 2013-2014It seems the worst of the cold winter weather may be behind us and warmer weather is here! The novelty of icy sidewalks, freezing temperatures, and inside recess wore off fast as the days continued. What a wonderful sight when the sun came out, the Morning Mile runners were back on the field, and recess was outside once again.Michelle Hernandez President Jessica Jordan VP 1 Education/Reflections Kyle Embry VP 2 - Programs Melanie Leaumont VP 3 Budget/Fundraising Chad HandleySomething else that is back again is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or the STAAR test. This test will be administered to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in April. The test is lengthy, has time limits, and has strict rules for the teachers and students to follow, so it is very different from a normal school day. For these reasons, we recently administered a practice test. Being familiar with the expectations should provide each student additional confidence and skills so they have the optimal testing environment on STAAR testing days. If you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade child, please be looking for the results of the practice exam to be shared with you soon.If you have a child in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, please be aware that during STAAR testing our campus will experience a slightly different schedule. Our lunch times, PE, Art, and Music rotations may be switched to accommodate the students testing. Please watch for information as the dates near. We appreciate your support and flexibility during these special testing days.VP 4 - Publicity Sincerely, Vacant VP 5 Council DelegateDr. Sharon Heier Proud Principal of Timber Creek ElementaryLauren Warden VP 6 - Membership Ashleigh HandleySTAAR Testing Dates: April 15th Grade MathSecretary April 2 Janelle Embry Treasurer Lyndsay Roome ParliamentarianTiger Tales Publication [email protected] Grade Writing Day 14th Grade Writing Day 2 5th Grade ReadingApril 22 3rd and 4th Grade Math April 23 3rd and 4th Grade Reading 5th Grade Science 3. MRS MACE Our first Texas Lifetime Member award for this year is being awarded to a member who been involved in PTA for a really long time. While teaching our children during the day, she has always found time to volunteer at Fall Festival and contribute to the bake off amongst other PTA adventures. She graduated from the University of North Texas, has her Masters Degree and has taught education for 42 years. Of which the last 23 have been here at Timber Creek. During her 23 years at Timber Creek she taught 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and the last 10 years as part of our wonderful special education department. She has dedicated herself to help the children of Timber Creek reach their potential in the classroom, even the stubborn ones. She is dedicated, hardworking, highly efficient and organized. It is because of these qualities that we are proud to present Linda Mace with the TX Lifetime MemberANGELA HOLCOMB Our final Texas Lifetime Member award for this year is being awarded to a member who been involved in PTA for over 7 years, 6 of them as a Board Member. She was a military brat, living in Greece and Germany, where she graduated high school. She attended Texas A&M and graduated with a Biomedical Engineering Degree. After marrying her husband, Chris, they moved to Reno where their daughter, Katie, was born. The pull of Texas was too great so they relocated back and settled in Flower Mound. Joshua was born in 09. Her dedication to school and the PTA makes this an honor to bestow. She is currently serving on the Lamar MS board as the treasurer and is serving on the Timber Creek Board as the book fair chair. Her dedication to the Timber Creek Elementary family amplified by the fact that she doesnt even have a child that attends here currently! She is dedicated, hardworking and has a kind and giving heart. It is because of these qualities that we are proud to present Angela Holcomb with the TX Lifetime Member 4. Be Your Kids Biggest Fan!!! Join PTA!!!2014-2015 Free Student Directory * Monthly Newsletter PTA Member Name: 2nd Member: Street Address: City:State:Zip:Home Phone: Email Address*@*This is the best way to find out about PTA sponsored events and activities. Your email address will not be shared with any outside parties. Student #1 Name: _________________________________________ Teacher/Grade: ____________________________ Student #2 Name: _________________________________________ Teacher/Grade: ____________________________ Student #3 Name: _________________________________________ Teacher/Grade: ____________________________ Student #4 Name: _________________________________________ Teacher/Grade: ____________________________ Please put the students full name if last name is different than the PTA Member. Membership Dues are $11.00. Please make checks payable to Timber Creek PTA Number of memberships purchased:_______ x $11.00 dues:________________*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* **Only PTA members and their children listed above will be included in the Student Directory and receive a copy. ____ Yes, include my child (ren) in the TCE Directory but exclude the following information : AddressPhonee-mail____ DO NOT USE any of my contact information in the TCE Directory __________________________________________________________________________________YOUR MEMBERSHIP and PARTICIPATION GO A LONG WAY!! 5. Timber Creeks Morning Mile Club Beginning on Monday, January 6, Timber Creek students will have the opportunity to participate in our Morning Mile Club. This is open to all students in Kindergarten 5th grade. Research shows that students are better prepared to learn when their day begins with exercise. Runners/walkers will start their day at 7:15, out by Tiger Field. They will walk or jog laps, while socializing with friends, each morning they choose to participate. The gym and cafeteria will still be open for all students who choose not to attend. Miles will be tracked, and students will be rewarded with a necklace and running charms for the completion of each 10 miles. There are many benefits to this program: Exercise helps to prevent childhood obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other health concerns Students expend youthful energy and go to class ready to learn Students gain self confidence while getting more fitStudents will develop a dedication to a healthy lifestyle. The morning mile will take place daily, Monday Friday, weather permitting. The Morning Mile Facebook page web address is https://www.facebook.com/TCEmorningmile . You can also sign up for Remind101 by texting (310) 776-6515 and typing @tcemm for the message. This will alert you, by text, of cancellations due to the weather. We will be running as long as the temperature/wind chill is above 34 and it is not raining. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR BOTH OF THESE!!! If you are interested in helping with the morning mile, please contact Mrs. Dutt @ [email protected] You will need to have a completed LISD background check to help. We look forward to healthy start to 2014! Laura Dutt and Amy Bailey Please fill out the information below granting your child permission to attend and have pictures taken!Students Name(s) _________________________________________________Teacher____________________________________ Email Address___________________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________ _____________Please initial here if your child has permission to participate in the morning mile. _____________Please initial here if your child has permission to have his/her picture posted on the Morning Mile, Timber Creek, and/or the Healthy Zone School Facebook pages. _____I would like to help with the morning mile. I will be available to: _____help set up for the Morning Mile (7:00) _____hand our straws as the students complete laps (7:15) _____help record laps students completed on grade level sheets (7:30) _____record laps in to a spreadsheet once a week (this can be done at Timber Creek or at home) _____help put equipment away after the completion of the Morning Mile (7:35) Days you are available to help: _____ Monday_____Tuesday_____Wednesday_____Thursday_____Friday 6. Shoe CollectionI am currently collecting gently used athletic shoes that the kids can wear, to PE, when they forget theirs, dont have any, or cant find them. Students are missing out on fun and exercise when they do not have on proper footwear. Please send gently used shoes that your kids have outgrown to the gym. If we receive an overabundance of shoes, some will be donated to our Timber Creek shoe collection box. Thank you Mrs. Dutt 7. Reminders & New Info!Arrival Process Change Effective Monday, Oct 28, there will be a slight change in our arrival procedures. The back drop-off area, or blacktop area, will remain staffed to receive students at 7:15 AM; however the front drop off area will not be staffed to receive students until 7:30. Students continue to be welcomed at school as early as 7:15, but if you are arriving prior to 7:30, please drop off at the back drop off area. Thank you for your flexibility as we transition to the new plan.Reporting Absences Reminder about Reporting absences: Please be sure to report your student's absence within 3 days by (1) sending in a note with the date, child's first & last name, teacher's name, and reason for the absence, (2) email this information to Mrs. Tarver at [email protected], or (3) call the school attendance line and leave a detailed message with the absence information (469) 713-5961, EXT 2. Please note that you only need to follow through with ONE of these methods of reporting the absence, not all three.Thank you, and have a great day! Dr. Heier and Mrs. Acosta 8. Timber Creek Elementary Name: ____________________________________________________________________Email: ____________________________________________________________________Address: ______________________________ City: _______________________________Zip: ___________________ Home Phone: _____________________________________Cell Phone: ______________________Work Phone: __________________________Place of Employment: ___________________________ Do they offer paid Community Service hours?YesorNoWould your employer consider being a funding partner for the school or the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program?If yes, whom should the coordinator contact? __________________________________ Students Name(s):________________________________________________________________________Homeroom Teacher(s):______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________ (Signature)(Date)Please return this form to one of the following locations: Scan and email to (Darlene Fields - [email protected] ) Drop the form off at the office or with your students teacher. If you have questions, please contact (Darlene Fields 972-350-1306 [email protected])Yes orNo 9. Page 15Ways PTA raises money for your childrenVisit the Chick-fil-A on FM 407Join us at Potbelly in the Shops of Highland VillageGrab some Pizza at Pazzo on Long Prairie3/25/20144/29/20145/15/2014Box Tops are coupons found on hundreds of products. Each coupon is worth $0.10 - this is an easy way to earn money for TCE!! Visit www.boxtops4education.com to view the entire list of participating products in addition to coupons, recipes, etc. Each month, the class who brings in the most Box Tops will receive something special!Use your Kroger card or Tom Thumb Reward to help support TCE! Sign up your Kroger Plus card and a % of the proceeds will be donated to TCE. You must enroll each year for this to count!Click the QR Code or URL http://goo.gl/Iq0njrTiger Shop Eat Campbells, Spaghettios or Pop Secret? Then make sure you save your labels to earn money for TCE!Love Coke products? Then go to www.mycokerewards.com and enter the code to earn TCE points!Visit www.labelsforeducation.com for more details, enter contests and win more points!Contact PTA with any questions: [email protected] 3/5/2014 During Lunches 10. Page 19March 2014 MONTUEWEDTHUFRI34567Field TripTiger ShopTBD3rd GradeInterskate NightReturn Coupon Books1011121314Spring BreakSpring BreakSpring BreakSpring BreakSpring Break1718192021Pre KPre KRegistrationRegistration252624SpiritSchool Spirit Day Wear a TCE Tiger Shirt2728EarlyNight @ReleasePotBellySchool Spirit Day Wear a TCE Tiger ShirtHighland Village31April 1April 2Starr Test (4th and 5th Grade)Starr Test (4th and 5th Grade)