The Timbers Howl FEBRUARY 17, 2020

"Nurturing the Heart. . . Inspiring the Mind!"

  • Mrs. Micah Bachemin, Principal
  • Mrs. Lori Paschall, Assistant Principal
School Hours: 7:55 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. (PreK 7:55 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.)

Doors to the building open at 7:30 a.m. daily. The first bell rings at 7:50 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Students who arrive to school after the tardy bell rings must be signed in by a parent/guardian at the front office. Please remember there is no student supervision prior to 7:30 a.m.

Early check-out ends at 2:30 p.m. Please arrive by no later than 2:30 p.m. to check your student out of school early. If a student is going to go home a different way than usual, please contact the front office by no later than 2:30 p.m. so the teacher can be notified. Sending an email to just the teacher does not guarantee that the information will be received prior to dismissal, so please contact the office at 281-641-2000.

What's Happening at Timbers?

100 Acts of Kindness!

We are still working towards reaching our goal of 100 acts of kindness! Please continue to share the kind things your children do at home by clicking here and we'll count them towards our challenge goal!

Here are some of the kind things our Timberwolves did last week:

  • 1st grader Chloie Smith visits her older home-bound neighbor.
  • 3rd grader Addison McGilbery always offers to help her family and peers. At school, she helps others in her class with their work. At home, she is proud to help her mom with cooking and cleaning.
  • 3rd grader Ava Littleton is very helpful to younger children in her neighborhood.
  • Kindergartener Nathan Gooden is always trying to comfort his mom after a long day. He will help with picking up at the end of the night and help with his little brother.
  • 3rd grader Kameron saw a little boy trying to win a stuffed animal from a claw machine. He asked his mom for a dollar to try to win it. Kameron won the stuffed animal and ran to the parking lot to give to the little boy!
  • 1st grader Rayden Dominguez picked up her friend’s lunchbox to give to her just to be kind.
  • 4th grader Jozlyn Padilla is always very helpful around the house and loves to help others with their work.
  • 2nd grader JordynRae Padilla loves to help her little sister with her sight words and reading. She loves to help others in the classroom.
  • 1st grader Alajah Hernandez is a very good friend and shows kindness to all her classmates.
  • 3rd grader William Wilson held the door open for his classmates when it was raining.
  • 3rd grader Isabella Holguin volunteered to help a peer correct his math work.
  • 3rd grader Emme Brittain helped a student (who was gone for several months) during the class science activity.
  • 3rd grader Caitlyn Hutchinson came over to help a classmate who was struggling with straightening up the tub on his desk.
  • 3rd grader Olivia came into the classroom one morning and offered to pass out the lunch cards to the class.
  • 3rd grader Carson cleaned up a supply bucket without being asked.
  • 3rd grader Isaac helped another student with a math problem.
  • 3rd grader Gavin picked up trash in the classroom.
  • 3rd grader Eden approached his teacher at the end of the day and asked how he could help her.
  • 2nd grader Evie Elvir always gives hugs to every one in the class every day. The students look forward to getting her hugs!
  • 2nd grader Kendall Petty always brings little gifts to her classmates.
  • 2nd grader Jayden Wilkerson is always willing to help anybody with anything.
  • 4th grader Jack Parsons found a beaded crystal bracelet on the sink. He asked if it belonged to anyone in the closest room. It did not, but they were able to locate the owner in Mrs. Marquez's classroom. She had removed it when washing her hands and was thrilled to have it back, thanks to Jack!!!

Let's Keep the Kindness Going!

Thank you, Christian!

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to 4th grader Christian Odell who represented Timbers extremely well at the Humble ISD Spelling Bee on Saturday!

Spring Family Picnic Day

We are excited to host our 1st Annual Spring Picnic Day! The picnic will be held Friday, March 6th, during your child’s lunch time. Please look below for each grade level’s amended lunch time. Feel free to bring blankets since we will picnic in the playground area. Please click here to RSVP!

¡Estamos muy contentos para organizar nuestro 1st Picnic Primavera Anual! El picnic será viernes 6 de marzo durante la hora de almuerzo de cada grado. Por favor mire abajo para la hora de almuerzo corregido de cada nivel de grado. Usted puede traer cobijas para sentarse ya que el picnic será en el patio. Por favor presione aquí para de RSVP.

Congratulations to Mrs. Rebecca Spurgeon, our Teacher of the Year!

News from PTO

Here's a sneak peek of our 2019-2020 yearbook! Make sure to order yours ASAP (we sold out last year)! To purchase your yearbook go to https://www.balfour.com.

Parents, do you have any photos that you'd like included in the yearbook? We are still in need of photos for our Adventure Book. You can send images to the yearbook staff from your smartphone by searching "Balfour Image Share" in your app store and sharing pictures with our school's yearbook project #007215. Also, 5th grade parents, please remember to purchase your student dedications. The deadline is quickly approaching!

Visit the Timbers Elementary PTO Facebook page for more information.

Round-Table Discussions

We are looking forward to talking to you at our upcoming round-table discussions! Instead of sending a new survey, our discussion topics are based on parent responses to last year's survey. During these discussions, parents will collaborate with staff members to share information and generate ideas that support scholar success. Our discussion topics are: 1) Personalized Learning Experiences, 2) Engaging Scholars in Learning, and 3) Encouraging Creative Thinking and Risk Taking in the Classroom. If you are interested in participating in a round-table discussion on these topics, please click here. All round-table discussions will be held from 4:00pm - 5:00pm on the following dates:

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Monday, March 23, 2020

2nd & 3rd Grade: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

4th & 5th Grade: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Want to Volunteer at Timbers?

We appreciation our volunteers so much! If you'd like to volunteer at Timbers please remember to complete the District Volunteer Application.

Celebrating Our Staff

Teachers and staff have been touched by your words of appreciation for what they do! Please continue to share about what specific staff members have done to make your child(ren) love Timbers! Click here to tell me about the person who makes Timbers the best school for your student and your message will be included in our staff newsletter for all to see!

Keep Up with Timbers

Follow us on Twitter @HumbleISD_TE and tag us to share your special Timbers moments!

News from Nurse Shannon

February is Children's Dental Health Month

Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.

About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.1

1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.1

Children aged 5 to 19 years from low-income families are twice as likely (25%) to have cavities, compared with children from higher-income households (11%).1

The good news is that cavities are preventable. Fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third (33%) of cavities in the primary (baby) teeth.2 Children living in communities with fluoridated tap water have fewer cavities than children whose water is not fluoridated.3 Similarly, children who brush daily with fluoride toothpaste will have fewer cavities.4

Dental sealants can also prevent cavities for many years. Applying dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth prevent 80% of cavities.

For children younger than 2, consult first with your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste.
If your child is younger than 6, watch them brush. Make sure they use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out rather than swallow. Help your child brush until they have good brushing skills.

Counselor's Corner

Credit by Exam

Each summer Humble ISD provides testing sessions for students who wish to attempt credit by exam for acceleration to skip a grade and/or a course. To skip a grade, elementary students must take 4 tests and middle school students must take 8 tests – Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science for the grade they wish to skip. A score of 80% is required on all tests for the student to be eligible to skip the grade. Students are allowed 3 hours for each test although they rarely use that much time. Parents should be available on testing days so they can be reached if students finish early.

Below are the dates and deadlines for the Spring and Summer testing windows. Students can register for Summer testing beginning March 2nd. Keep in mind if your child takes the test in the spring/summer, the test will cover the entire year of curriculum for the next grade level (i.e., If your 2nd grader takes the test in the spring or summer the test will cover all of the 3rd grade curriculum.).

Testing Dates/Deadline

March 16-20/February 25

June 8-11/May 8

July 6-9/May 8

Please contact Ms. Collins at mcollin@humbleisd.net or 281-641-2007 for information on how to register.

Backpack Buddies

Timbers participates in the Houston Food Banks's Backpack Buddy Program. The program allows students who qualify for free/reduced lunch to qualify for additional student meals/snacks be sent home for the weekend. If you would like to enroll in the Backpack program, please notify Ms. Collins at 281-641-2007 or Marylana.Collins@humbleisd.net.

Guidance/Great 8 Skills

Timbers follows Humble ISD's adoption of the Great 8 character education skills. Timbers students are focusing on goal-directed behavior for the third nine weeks.

Attendance Celebration!

Congratulations to SCD, PRE-K, and THIRD GRADE for meeting our campus attendance goal of 97% the week of 2/10/20!

Attendance Reminders

Our campus attendance rate was 96.09% for the first semester (so close to our 97% goal) and is 95.28% so far this semester.

When your child(ren) are absent from school, you must call the absence hotline at (281)641-2019 for each day absent, and send a note to school the day they return. If the school does not receive a phone call or note from a guardian, the absence is considered unexcused.

Student Birthdays

Parents may purchase a frozen birthday treat for their child’s class during their lunch time. Frozen treats may be purchased from the cafeteria for 75 cents each to be distributed after the children finish their lunch. Please notify the cafeteria at (281) 641-2008 one week prior to the event in order to have enough treats on hand for all interested. If parents wish to bring cupcakes to school, they may do so. However, please ensure that the treats are store bought as well as notify the teacher two days in advance so that the teacher has ample time to contact the parents of those with allergies arranging for an alternate treat. Parents may drop off the treats at the front office so that birthdays may be celebrated the final 20 minutes of the school day. As a reminder of district policy, students are not permitted to pass out party invitations at school unless every student in the class receives one.

Important Dates

  • February 20: Spring Picture Day
  • February 21: Progress Reports Go Home
  • February 24: 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Downtown Aquarium
  • February 25: Mock STAAR tests for 4th & 5th Grade (Closed campus)
  • February 26: Black History Program (4th Grade Performance)
  • March 2: Dr. Suess's Birthday/Read Across America Day
  • March 2-6: Book Fair
  • March 2-6: 4th Grade Writing Camp
  • March 4: Mock STAAR tests for 5th Grade (Closed campus)
  • March 5: Spring Open House @5p
  • March 6: Family Picnic Day
  • March 9-13: Spring Break