Influenza is widespread in Virginia, with major impacts on our local citizens and community. Students in many Henrico County schools are sick with the flu and flu-like illnesses. Parents, please read the attached for important info on influenza symptoms, treatment and prevention:
Our PTA’s “Patriot Pride Fund” underwrites our school-wide guest speaker program and dozens of other important initiatives to foster the growth and success of our students. We would welcome your contributions to this valued fund–the PTA’s only fundraiser of the year! https://tinyurl.com/patriotpridefund
The safety of our students and staff at TMS is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment, we will continue to practice our emergency and crisis response plans throughout the school year with drills at various times of the school day.
Review the HCPS “Crisis Preparedness: Parents and School Emergencies Handbook,” which will help you understand the safety drills we practice. Contact Katie Moorman, our Administrator for Safety, with any campus safety concerns.
Also, review details about student drop-off and pick-up, as well as incoming and outgoing traffic patterns on Three Chopt, to help ensure the road safety of our students.
Warm thanks to all of the students and their families who joined us at our PTA-hosted, Barnes & Noble Book Fair, at the Libbie Mill Store, over the weekend! Plus, special appreciation to PTA Parent, Kate Gardner and her team for planning, organizing and manning the entire event.
You can continue to benefit TMS with book purchases by shopping online through Dec. 6, using Bookfair ID # 12444030. Please spread the word to family, friends and neighbors! Contact Kate Gardner with questions.
Public schools countrywide celebrated “Red Ribbon Week” (Oct. 23 – 31) to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Throughout the event, TMS Principal, Ann Greene, sent the following short videos to parents to share with their school-aged children. The videos highlight the dangers and destruction of drugs, including a list of questions families can use for family conversations about this critical topic.
As you view “Hidden In Plain Sight,” with your children, discuss the following questions:
- Do you know what our family’s rules are about the use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs not prescribed for you, and other drugs?
- Have you seen any of the things that were shown in the video?
- Have you seen or heard of other items that are used for drugs, but were not shown in the video?
“Prescription Painkillers Use & Abuse,” highlights the misuse and addiction of prescription drugs. As you view it with your children, consider these questions:
- Why is it dangerous to take medications that are not prescribed for you?
- How do you feel about someone your age using prescription drugs not prescribed to them or abusing those prescribed to them by a doctor?
- How easy do you think it is to become addicted to drugs? Do you believe people who try drugs plan to become addicted?
- What can be the consequences of using drugs and becoming addicted?
“Safe Pill Disposal” highlights the importance of safely disposing of prescription medications. Please watch this video and compare your disposal methods with what the experts recommend.
- Why is it important to dispose of medication we no longer need?
- Do we have any medication in the house that we should dispose of?
- How can we better secure the medications we have in the house?
“Treatment for Addiction” highlights the resources that are available for those who are struggling with substance abuse:
- Is it okay to ask for help? Why do you think it might be difficult for someone to ask for help?
- If a friend were using or abusing alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs not prescribed to them, what support might you point them towards?
- Let’s create a plan and identify people you could call if you were ever in the situation where you needed help.
In 1988, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the country’s first “Red Ribbon” celebration. Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Today, the red ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
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During our tornado-related “shelter in place” in Henrico and surrounding county schools on Mon., Sept. 17, Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) provided parents with updates via text, e-mail, the HCPS website, and social media. In addition, TMS Principal Ann Greene sent out school-specific emails.
Learn more about HCPS procedures for sending and receiving messages during planned and emergency events, link here.
If you need to update your contact info, please contact TMS.
Patriot Parents can link to Schoology–our online assignment and document-sharing platform for all student classes. Find details about how to make that connection via laptop/desktop and smartphone. Also, learn how to set up email and/or text alerts when your child’s teachers post important messages.
Also, parents now view student grades in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
TMS has simplified grading policies among teachers school wide. Review these practices for details about grading categories, make-up work, and missing assignments.
To help your Patriot keep up with daily and long-term assignments, make sure they purchase a TMS Agenda for $5.00, available through their Block 1 & 5 classes. The agenda book includes the TMS student handbook, monthly calendars, daily matrix for recording homework, hall passes and more!
Roughly, two children per classroom suffer from a food allergy, with peanut allergies nearly tripling among children in recent years. Allergic reactions can range from a harmless itch, to shortness of breath, to life-threatening issues–such an anaphylaxis–creating a serious concern in schools. Familiarize yourself and your family on the facts and statistics of allergies with the timely, relevant website, F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education), featuring fact sheets on common allergens, strategies to deal with these allergens, and the latest medical research.
9000 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, VA 23229
Phone (804) 673-3720 | Fax (804) 673-3731
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.