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September 2017 Newsletter
The Mission of Two Rivers Community School is to cultivate in every student: Passion for learning and high achievement through creating rigorous, interdisciplinary learning experiences on topics relevant to the students that culminate in original work aimed at engaging and positively impacting themselves, the community and the world.
 We do this by creating opportunities for our students to participate in:
1) A rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum leveraging community resources and partnerships
2) Building global awareness through second language acquisition.
3) Building authentic and respectful relationships within the school and throughout the community.

What Does Community Mean?

Greetings TRCS Families,

For those of you new to TRCS, may we extend a warm welcome to our community school.  What makes us a community school you may ask……

Perhaps most importantly is that members of our communities started this school with a desire to educate children within the warm embrace of their school community. They wanted no student to be anonymous and all students to be known for their unique personalities and talents. To that end, community members, in collaboration with educators, wrote the school application and subsequent grants to fund it. They showed up at meetings  over the course of a year to advocate for the school with local districts and the State. The creation of this school  took  several  years. Many contributors came and went adding their opinions and expertise throughout the process. Core founding  members have continued to work on behalf of the school  through leadership on fundraising and accountability committees as well as the Board of Directors.  We are strong because of our school community.

In the words of Margaret Mead.. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. “


 

If you have just joined the TRCS community, we look forward to getting to know you better.  Help us keep our school strong by becoming involved. It matters!


Respectfully,

Adriana Ayala-Hire   Ed.D Director of Business and Outreach

Rebecca Ruland  Ed.S  Director of Education

Nurturing Culture


We build community with students through multiple activities.  Each morning each class has Unidad  which means unity in Spanish. Each student has an Unidad teacher who sees them daily, helps them to problem solve when needed, and works with the whole class to become a team. Teachers make a two year commitment to students in the grade groupings of K/1, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8.  They know students well by the end of that time period and can tell you just about everything you need to know about each child’s  academic strengths and struggles, talents, and personalities.  Teachers maintain a core group  that is  joined by the incoming grade each year; one year students are leaders and one year they are learners.  This multigrade grouping promotes integration of grades and friendships.  In small schools,  expanding the peer group in this way allows for more friendships to form.  Finally, once a month during  Unidad,  two teachers partner for an activity that integrates  students across grade levels.  The grade levels are  a combination of upper and lower grades.  The goal  is for each student to have a little buddy to look out for and know well.

 

Important Dates

We have several family nights every year to be enjoyed by all. They are often fundraisers for the 8th grade trip to Mexico each year, but they are also opportunities for families to get to know each other. Prices are affordable and we hope this  means you won’t have to cook one night. This month  our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  will take place to officially open our new building and pay tribute to those who made it possible. The event will include dinner. See dates and attachments for details.
 
Dates 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Dinner September 22nd 5:00 to 7:30pm
Board Meeting September 25th 5:00pm
PARCC State Test Results Sent Home with Students Sep/7- Sep/11
Hispanic Heritage Night/Dinner October 26 5:00 to 7:30pm (This is a change from the school calendar.)

 

Field Studies 

09/12- 09/13 Camping Trip to Chapman Reservoir grades 5/6
09/12 Roaring fork conservancy visit- Water Cycle Grades 2/3
09/12 Ashcroft Historial Site Grades 3/4
09/14 McCoy Fossil Beds with Walking Mountain Center Grades 2/3
09/21 Smuggler's Mine Grades 3/4
09/22 Rifle Riparian Zone Grades K/1
09/26 RFC- Terrific Trees- Two Rivers Park Grades 2/3
 

First Lego League Team-
Interested in helping us start our own TRCS First Lego League Team?- Please email Adriana for more information. FIRST LEGO League gives elementary and middle school students and their adult Coaches the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem. Challenged to research a real-world problem, then create an original solution for that problem, plus design and build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit within a common set of rules to accomplish “missions” on a playing field, brings out the best in students and adults alike. The theme changes each season, requiring teams to be extraordinarily creative. FIRST redefines “winning” by rewarding teams for achievements not necessarily gained on the field of play − excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism, community outreach, and more are recognized with awards. Winning is always secondary to the quality of the overall experience.
 

Hot Lunch

We have the pleasure of having Danielle Evans as the kitchen director at Two Rivers Community School. She will be able to provide the students with homemade hot lunches everyday. We have chosen not to participate in the National School Lunch Program, as we believe that we can offer our students and staff better-tasting, local, healthy food. We plan to start offering food services on September 11th  

Every NEW family will be given an email address and password for their child/ren lunch account. This will be the only form of payment for lunch balances. This account will also send reminders when a child's lunch balance is low. We remind you that lunch accounts must be paid beforehand. If you have any questions regarding your child's lunch account, or have not received the login information please email Christina.Prebble@tworiverscs.org

Only online payments are accepted. Here is the link for lunch payments: https://www.schoolpaymentportal.com/Default.aspx

*For parents who already have lunch accounts set up please continue using your same accounts.

Parents if you want to receive reduced lunch prices fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form and bring it to the front office to see if you qualify. You can find the form on this link: http://www.tworiverscs.org/lunch-menu/
 
 

Transportation 

We are currently at capacity on all routes, which also limits the amount of stops which the buses can make. We expect the capacity situation to change once the Grand Avenue bridge is reopened. 
Please bear with us as we work through the challenges and adjust to the bridge closure period. 
We would also like to bring attention to the bus rules. Please make sure that your child/(ren) understand the proper behavior while on the bus for everyone's safety. 
 

Bus Rules

1. Obey directions from the Driver first time given.
2. Remain seated, facing forward with feet, legs and other objects clear of the aisle while the bus is in motion.
3. NO eating or drinking on the bus (clear water is OK)
4. Keep all body parts and objects inside the bus window.
5. NO pushing, shoving, hitting, or fighting at any time.             
6. Never use foul language, tease, threaten others, or use inappropriate gestures.
7. NO loud electronic devices.
8. NO stickers, writing or markings of any kind on any part of the Bus.
9. Clean up after yourself Pick up all your belongings when you leave the bus
10. Never enter a school bus without a driver present.


Failure to following these rules will result in suspension from riding the bus. 

Fees-
We encourage parents to start making payments for their school yearly fees at: https://smartpay.profitstars.com/express/TRCS
You can find fee information at: http://www.tworiverscs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FeeSchedule17-18.pdf
Box Tops
Parents- Please make sure to send your Box Tops labels to us. We collect them in the main office. 

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Thank you! 

Substitute Teachers

We need to increase our pool of substitute teachers. The main goal is to follow the teacher's lesson plan so that the learning is not interrupted when the teacher is gone. If you enjoy working with kids, have a high school diploma, and need some extra cash, we encourage you to become a substitute teacher for us. 

Volunteers 


There are many volunteer needs that come along with maintaining our small, independent school. Please fill out the volunteer form found here and return it to your teacher or the front desk. Family involvement (parents, grandparents etc.) helps continue to create success in our school. The board requires 10 hours of volunteer time per family every year. 
You can find our volunteers sheet at the bottom of this page: http://www.tworiverscs.org/about-us/

 

Fine Arts Wednesday


We are so excited to offer the Fine Arts Wednesday Program this year again!  Terry Muldoon, our new Marker's Space teacher is coordinating a program that will incorporate art, music, and dance for early release on Wednesdays. This program will start the second Wednesday September 13th. Contact Terry Muldoon with questions at terry.muldoon@tworiverscs.org 
You can find the registration form on this link: http://www.tworiverscs.org/gifted-and-talented-program/
 
Remind App
This year we will only be using the Remind App. We used this app last year to communicate with parents via text and it worked very well.  This is a great way for parents to communicate with their child's teachers directly.  TRCS takes care of all the set up! You will start receiving text and email notifications via Remind. 

Saludos TRCS Familias,  

Para aquellos de ustedes nuevos en TRCS, podamos extender una cálida bienvenida a nuestra escuela comunitaria. Lo que nos hace una escuela comunitaria que usted puede pedir ......  Quizás lo más importante es que los miembros de nuestras comunidades comenzaron esta escuela con el deseo de educar a los niños dentro del cálido abrazo de su comunidad escolar. No querían que ningún estudiante fuera anónimo y querían que todos los estudiantes fueran conocidos por sus personalidades y talentos únicos. Con ese fin, los miembros de la comunidad, en colaboración con los educadores, escribió la solicitud de la escuela y subsecuentes subvenciones para financiarlo. Se presentaron en reuniones durante un año para abogar por la escuela con los distritos locales y el Estado. La creación de esta escuela tomó varios años. Muchos contribuyentes vinieron y fueron agregando sus opiniones y experiencia a lo largo del proceso. Los miembros fundadores principales han continuado trabajando en nombre de la escuela a través del liderazgo en los comités de recaudación de fondos y rendición de cuentas, así como en la Junta Directiva. Somos fuertes debido a nuestra comunidad escolar. En las palabras de Margaret Mead

 

“Nunca dudes de que un pequeño grupo de ciudadanos reflexivos y comprometidos pueda cambiar el mundo; De hecho, es lo único que alguna vez ha tenido.”

Fechas Importantes
Tenemos varias noches familiares cada año para todos nosotros para disfrutar. A menudo son recaudadores de fondos para el viaje del 8vo grado a México cada año, pero también son oportunidades para que las familias se conozcan. Los precios son asequibles y significa que no tendrá que cocinar una noche. Este mes tenemos dos eventos de este tipo. Una es nuestra ceremonia de corte de cinta para abrir oficialmente nuestro nuevo edificio y rendir homenaje a quienes lo hicieron posible. La otra es la Noche de la Herencia Hispana. Ambas noches tienen buena comida y buena compañía. Ver fechas y horarios.  
 
Datos Importantes
09/22 La celebracion para cortar cintas 5:00pm -7:30 
09/25 Junta Directive 5:00pm
9/7- 09/11 PARCC State Test Resultados llegan a casa 
10/26 Hispanic Heritage Night/Cena (Este es un cambio del calendario escolar.)

 
Fechas de Viaje de Campo
09/12- 09/13 Camping Trip to Chapman Reservoir grado 5/6
09/12 Roaring fork conservancy visit- Water cycle grado 2/3
09/12 Ashcroft Historial Site grado 3/4
09/14 McCoy Fossil Beds with Walking Mountain Center grado 2/3
09/21 Smuggler's Mine grado 3/4
09/22 Rifle Riparian Zone grado k/1
09/26 RFC- Terrific Trees- Two Rivers Park grado 2/3


Si acaba de unirse a la comunidad de TRCS, esperamos conocerle mejor. Ayúdenos a mantener fuerte a nuestra escuela al involucrarse. ¡Importa!   
 

Respetuosamente,   

Adriana Ayala-Hire Ed.D Directora de Negocios y Divulgación Rebecca Ruland Ed.S Directora de Educación  

Somos Una Comunidad


También construimos comunidad con estudiantes a través de múltiples actividades. Cada mañana cada clase tiene Unidad que significa unidad en español. Cada estudiante tiene un maestro de Unidad que los ve a diario, les ayuda a resolver problemas cuando es necesario, y trabaja con toda la clase para convertirse en un equipo. Los maestros hacen un compromiso de dos años con los estudiantes en los grupos de grados de K / 1, 2/3, ¾, 5/6 y 7/8. Ellos conocen bien a los estudiantes al final de ese período de tiempo y pueden decirle casi todo lo que necesita saber sobre las fortalezas académicas y las luchas de cada niño, sus talentos y personalidades. Los maestros tienen un grupo básico al que se une el grado entrante cada año, de modo que un año los estudiantes son líderes y un año son aprendices. Este agrupamiento multigrado también promueve la integración de grados y amistades. En las escuelas pequeñas, la ampliación del grupo de pares de esta manera permite que se formen más amistades. Finalmente, una vez al mes nuestra Unidad empareja a dos maestros ya sus estudiantes a través de los niveles de grado. Los niveles de grado suelen ser una combinación de grados superior e inferior. Queremos que cada estudiante tenga un pequeño amigo al que mirar y saber. Las actividades que hacen juntos van del arte a la lectura.

Lonches 


Tenemos el placer de tener a Danielle Evans como directora de cocina en la escuela Two Rivers Community School. Ella será capaz de proporcionar a los estudiantes comidas caseras caliente todos los días. Hemos decidido no participar en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares, ya que creemos que podemos ofrecer a nuestros estudiantes y personal una mejor degustación, comida local y saludable. Planeamos comenzar a ofrecer servicios de comida el 11 de Septiembre.

A cada nueva familia se le dará una dirección de correo electrónico y una contraseña para su cuenta de almuerzo. Esta será la única forma de pago para los saldos de almuerzo. Esta cuenta también enviará recordatorios cuando el saldo del almuerzo del niño es bajo. Le recordamos que las cuentas del almuerzo deben ser pagadas de antemano. Si tiene preguntas sobre la cuenta de almuerzo de su hijo o no ha recibido la información de acceso, envíe un correo electrónico a Christina.Prebble@tworiverscs.org. Sólo se aceptan pagos en línea.

Aquí está el enlace para los pagos del almuerzo: http:// https://www.schoolpaymentportal.com/Default.aspx

Padres tienen la opportunidad para tener el precio de lonche reducido. Pueden recoger y regresar la forma en la officina para ver si califican o pueden ir a nuestro cito web para ver la forma alli. http://www.tworiverscs.org/lunch-menu/

Transporte

 Actualmente estamos en capacidad en todas las rutas, y esto también limita la cantidad de paradas que los autobuses pueden hacer. Esperamos que la situación de la capacidad cambie una vez que el puente de la Grand Avenue sea reabierto. Por favor, tenga paciencia con nosotros mientras trabajamos a través de los desafíos y nos ajustamos al período de cierre del puente. También nos gustaría llamar la atención sobre las reglas del autobús. Por favor, asegúrese de que su niño(s) entiendan el comportamiento adecuado mientras están en el autobús para la seguridad de todos.
  
Reglas del Autobus

1. Obedezca las instrucciones de la primera vez que el conductor da. 2.Permanezca sentado, mirando hacia adelante con los pies, las piernas y otros objetos alejados del pasillo mientras el autobús está en movimiento.
3.NO se debe comer o beber en el autobús (agua clara está bien) 4.Mantenga todas las partes del cuerpo y los objetos dentro de la ventana del autobús.
5.NO se empuja, golpea o pelea en cualquier momento. Nunca use lenguaje sucio, moleste, amenace a otros, o use gestos inapropiados. 6.NO dispositivos electrónicos ruidosos.
7. NO dejen etiquetas, escritura o marcas de cualquier tipo en cualquier parte del autobús. Limpie después de usted NO dejen basura o pertenencias en el autobús.
8.Nunca entre en un autobús escolar sin un conductor del autobús escolar presente.


 
     
     
Two Rivers Community School opened in August of 2014 and  is a public school chartered through the Colorado Charter School Institute. Presently, we have 300 students enrolled in Grades K-8. Check out our website for more information www.tworiverscs.org We are the first charter school to serve the Glenwood Springs to Rifle area.
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