6th Grade and New Parents
Welcome to Timbercrest! Whether you are a new parent moving to the area or the parent of an incoming 6th grader we are happy to have you and your children join us!
In order to ease navigation this page is broken up into Events, Health Forms, and FAQs. Just expand the section you would like to see!
Timbercrest Administration and 6th Grade teachers from English, Math, Science, and Social Studies hosted a virtual parent night to speak about Advanced Academic Placement (AAP) on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.
A remastered video of this session is presented below, and the slide deck is available upon request. If you have questions on the AAP program at Timbercrest please do not hesitate to reach out to our principal, Kristi Hannigan.
Thank you to all parents and staff who were able to attend and make it a great meeting!
- Section 1 - Required Immunizations
- Section 2 - Required Health Forms
- Section 3 - Additional Information
Welcome new Timbercrest Parents!
Please take a moment to review the following document on the immunizations that are necessary for students in the Northshore School District:
Required Immunizations for School Year 2020-2021 (English and Spanish)
Once you have reviewed the above document please continue to Section 2.
Parents, please complete and return the following form(s) to the school nurse before fall 2020 so we may update your student's health records:
- NSD Health Registration Form (required for all students entering 6th grade)
- CIS Form if your child has any immunization updates: a copy of a Health Care Provider record documenting vaccines given must be attached to this form or the HCP may sign and stamp the CIS form.
- Medication Authorization Form: Complete a Medication Authorization Form if your student will need medications to be given at school during school hours next year.
Once these forms have been completed and returned to Mrs. Thompson you are all done. But please feel free to review the letters in the Section 3 if you like.
Here are letters from the District regarding current immunization, medication, and health related policies:
- Medically Verified Records Letter (Click here for Spanish)
- TDap Rule Change Letter (Click here for Spanish)
- Meningiococcal/HPV Letter (This letter contains both English and Spanish)
Additional language translations for these letters can be found at:
Welcome new parents! The transition to middle school can be both an exciting and uncertain experience for students and parents. Here are some FAQs to help you navigate those first weeks at Timbercrest.
- How do I stay up to date on what is happening at Timbercrest?
- What does the daily schedule look like?
- What if I have concerns about my child's progress in school, or any other student issues?
- Who is my student’s counselor and how can I reach them?
- How do I get a username and password to access ParentVue?
- How does Timbercrest help 6th graders make the transition to middle school?
- What about backpacks, lunch and school supplies?
- What is an ASB card, and does my child need it?
- What is the Electronics Policy?
- What do I need to do if my child is absent, late to school, or needs to leave early?
- If my child is absent, how can they request their homework?
- How can my child obtain a pass to ride another bus?
- If my child is transported to school by private vehicle, is there a particular location for drop off/pick up?
- What if I need to deliver and item or a message to my student?
- What if my student needs to take medication during the school day?
- Does Timbercrest offer and Clubs for students? Can you sign up for National Junior Honor Society?
- Can I visit during the school day?
- What role can a parent play in supporting the entire school?
- What sports are offered at TMS?
- How do I register for sports?
- Health/Fitness Uniform FAQs
- Check the TMS website frequently! The website is updated daily/weekly with announcements, school calendar, news and school resources.
- Read the Pack Report – Timbercrest’s weekly e-newsletter. You will automatically be subscribed to receive the newsletter in August based on the email address(s) provided on registration materials. Updates can be made through ParentVUE Web Portal (available in Aug/Sept.). The Pack Report can also be downloaded from the Timbercrest website.
- Open and direct communication is promoted at Timbercrest.
- Contact the teacher or staff member directly.
- Parents and students have access to view attendance, grades, etc. through the ParentVUE Web Portal. Parents and students can easily communicate with teachers within the portal.
- Counselors are available on campus to support students’ emotional, social, and academic needs.
- Additional resources are available - math help (am) and homework help (pm).
- WEB – Where Everyone Belongs – is a program specifically designed to help students’ transition into middle school.
- The process starts in the spring of 5th grade with classroom visits and campus tours.
- Incoming 6th graders are grouped with selected 8th grade peer mentors.
- First day of school is for 6th grade only (and WEB leaders).
- 6th graders will spend their first day at middle school with their WEB group and walk through their individual class schedule and classroom locations. The day will include a variety of fun orientation activities.
- WEB activities continue throughout the school year.
- There are no lockers at Timbercrest, except in the PE locker room where students enrolled in PE can store their items during their PE class.
- Students involved in after school athletics, need to make arrangements with their coach or PE teacher to store their gear during the school day.
- Students need a backpack they can take from class to class
- Typically, students don’t need to carry textbooks. Many of the textbooks are available online.
- Students who bring lunch need to carry it with them throughout the day.
- Various lunch options can be purchased in the cafeteria.
- Prepayments for lunch can be set up through PayPams on the NSD website, or by sending a check or cash with your student to be given to the kitchen manager.
- School supplies
- Less is more for the first day of school.
- Typically a binder or set of folders (one for each subject), paper, a couple composition books, and pencils will be enough.
- Click here for a printer friendly list of supplies.
- Teachers will communicate specific material requirements within the first 1-2 weeks of school.
- Families needing financial assistance can request a backpack with basic school supplies from their student’s counselor.
School supplies are requested but not required. Teachers may request additional supplies for their individual classrooms.
Want to donate supplies? Visit the Northshore Schools Foundation to make a donation.
- The ASB (Associated Student Body) card is required for all students choosing to participate in any extra-curricular school activity. This includes all clubs, athletics, Honor Society, theater productions, Jazz Band, etc. The money collected is used to pay officials at sporting events, buses for transportation, uniforms, materials for use by clubs, etc. The cost is $25 per school year and can be purchased through the Timbercrest on-line store at https://schoolsales.nsd.org or through the main office.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices are discouraged from being brought to school and may not be used at school during the school day. This means that the device(s) must be inaudible and put away and not visible (in students’ hands) upon arrival at TMS and stay away until the end of the school day.
Personal electronic devices may not be used in classrooms (except with teacher permission) or anywhere on campus.
- Report an absence (within 48 hours of absence…..complete one of the following)
- Call the Attendance line @ 425-408-6910
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send a note in with student when they return to school.
- Request early dismissal or late arrival (complete one of the following)
- Send a signed note with student to bring to Attendance desk. Student may then sign themselves in or out at the Attendance desk and meet parent/guardian in parking lot or return to class.
- Send an email to email@example.com with the requested dismissal time and then come in to the office to sign student out.
- Call the Attendance line @ 425-408-6910 with the requested dismissal time and then come in to the office to sign student out.
- Pre-Arranged absences - student will miss more than 3 consecutive school days.
- Student/Parent/Teachers complete Pre-Arranged Absence form (online or at Attendance desk) and returns completed form to Attendance desk prior to scheduled absence.
- Students will receive their bus assignment from the Transportation Dept. in August.
- Students wishing to change their assigned bus or stop location, will need to complete and submit a “Request Bus Stop Change Form” which can be found on the NSD website under Transportation.
- No bus passes can be approved until the bus loads are determined and the Transportation Department has given approval (usually late October).
- To ride another bus on a particular day, students must request a pass. Many buses are full and do not accept bus passes. Most buses limit the number of extra riders. Bus pass requests are good for that day only.
- To obtain a bus pass, students must bring a note signed by their parent/guardian to the Main Office no later than 10:30 AM. We cannot accept bus pass requests by phone or email. The request must include:
- First and last name of the student requesting the pass
- Name of the student they will ride with
- Stop location of the student they will ride with
- Bus number
- Signature of parent/guardian
- Students should pick up their bus pass from the main office at lunchtime.
- The front Parking Lot is used for all student arrival/departures.
- Please use the drop off/pick up line.
- Once in the drop off/pick up line, stay in tight formation and please keep moving.
- Do not use the second lane to drop off/pick up as this creates a safety concern for students crossing through the parking lot.
- If your son/daughter is not ready to be picked up, please park in the parking lot until they are ready to be picked up in the drop off/pick up lane.
- Do not pick up/drop off in the back or side entrance to the school.
Please DO NOT park in the bus loading zone at any time.
- Please avoid parking on the street as this causes congestion and limits bus access.
- State law mandates several requirements for medications to be administered at school. This applies to all medications including prescription/emergency and over-the-counter medications such as inhalers, Epipens and Ibuprofen. Requirements include:
- Written authorization from a licensed health care provider including specific instructions.
- Completed Medication Authorization form on file in the health room
- If any medication adjustments in dosing or frequency are made, parents must notify the school nurse and a new order (Medication Authorization form) must be completed.
- Advanced planning with the school nurse is needed for students who need access to medications during field trips, after school sports, clubs and activities where students may not have access to school stored medications in the health room after school hours.
- Timbercrest has a number of clubs that meet regularly. Club offerings vary from year to year. The only requirement for participation is an ASB card. 2019-20 Clubs include: French, Magic Card, Learn to Code, GSA, Math, Robotics.
- National Junior Honor Society has very specific requirements students must meet to qualify. Please see the NJHS link on our Timbercrest website for detailed information and forms.
- We are a closed campus. Visits to classrooms during the school day must be pre-arranged with the classroom teacher and approved by an administrator. Volunteers must be cleared through Washington State Patrol. Volunteer forms are available on our website, the district website and in the TMS main office. Completed forms are turned into the Timbercrest main office and require 48 hours to process. Each NSD school maintains their own database of cleared volunteers.
- ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN IN (in the main office) and wear a Visitor badge while on campus.
- Join PTSA – The cost is $15 per person.
- At the beginning of the school year, we raise money through our one fundraiser, “Pass the Hat”, to support special school programs and classroom needs through grants.
- We connect parents to the school through volunteering.
- We publish a Student Directory.
- Support the ASB fundraisers
- Volunteer – complete volunteer forms (on the NSD or TMS websites). Volunteer clearance (Washington State Patrol background check) is good for two years.
- Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, and Track.
- Sixth grade sports are non-cut and include: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track, Wrestling, Girls Volleyball.
To participate, all forms must be completed online at: https://northshore-wa.finalforms.com/
- Online registration process must be completed. The parent/guardian must complete their part online at Final Forms, and the student must log into their district email to complete the forms. (Please note that incoming 6th graders will receive their final forms initial email mid-August).
- Turn in a current physical completed by your child’s physician to the office (physicals are good for 2 years).
- Purchase an ASB card.
- Pay Player fees.
- Student must maintain academic eligibility during the entire season.
- For assistance with registration contact Kristie Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the required dress code for Health Fitness?
- With no exceptions, the following dress code is required of all Health/Fitness students.
- A purchased Timbercrest uniform, or
- Student provided charcoal grey T-shirt (no logos, no V-neck, no sleeveless) and black shorts with a minimum 7-inch inseam or black sweat pants. No logo on shorts or pants and no yoga pants. Student’s name is required on front or back of the T-shirt (first initial and last name – hand written is okay.)
If it is cold outside, personal jackets and sweatshirts will be allowed for warmth/dry purposes.
Why dress code and uniform requirements for Health/Fitness?
- The uniform brings a positive level of consistency to our department and our students. We currently have regulations on the dress code in our classes for fitness reasons, but with the streamline uniform requirements, we are confident the students will have an increased sense of equality, ownership, and community. This will create a more inclusive environment and support those that may otherwise be left out due to socioeconomic status, clothing choices, and/or lack of proper athletic clothing.
How do I order the uniform?
- Uniforms can be purchased at the main office at the beginning of the school year ( cash or check payable to TMS ASB) or online through Touchbase (schoolsales.nsd.org) The online store will open on August 10, 2020. Purchased PE clothes will be passed out during PE class.
How much does it cost?
- T-Shirt - $7.00
- Shorts - $9.00
- Cinch Sack - $5.00
- Full Set - $20.0
Tax is included in all prices.
How does sizing work?
- YS – Youth Small
- YM - Youth Medium
- YL – Youth Large
- AS – Adult Small
- AM – Adult Medium
- AL – Adult Large
- AXL – Adult Extra Large
What if we can’t afford the uniform or provide for the dress code requirements?
- Scholarships are available. Please contact Brigitte Wheeler at email@example.com
Here is out current list of school supplies for 2019-20:
Click here for a printer friendly list of supplies
- General Supplies
- Organization System (binder, accordion folder, etc.)
- Pencil sharpener (small)
- Colored pencils – 1 set
- Composition books 2-3
- Red pen or pencil
- Graph paper
- Spiral notebooks, single subject 1-2
- Glue stick
- Sticky notes (post-it), sized 3 x 3
- Ruler with metric and inches
- PE/Health Fitness
Click here for more information on PE Uniforms
- Athletic shoes
- PE Uniform or
- Black Shorts (minimum 5½” inseam)
- Grey T-shirt - no tank tops or v-neck
- Graphing calculator (Algebra, Geometry)
- Scientific calculator (Math 7, Math 8)
- Stretch book cover (Algebra, Geometry)
Things to keep in mind regarding school supplies:
Less is more for the first day of school.
Typically a binder or set of folders (one for each subject), paper, a couple composition books, and pencils will be enough.
School supplies are requested but not required. Teachers may request additional supplies for their individual classrooms. This usually happens during the first 1-2 weeks of school.
Families needing financial assistance can request a backpack with basic school supplies from their student’s counselor.
Want to donate supplies? Visit the Northshore Schools Foundation to make a donation.
Online Progress Reports
Also known as grades, progress reports can be accessed for all secondary students using the same ParentVUE username and password. Grades are generally updated within three weeks after an assignment is due. Regularly checking for progress and/or missing assignments is one way to help your student stay successful.
Clubs and Athletics
Timbercrest has many dedicated adults who provide students an opportunity for extra-curricular activities ranging from drama, to volleyball, to National History Day. For more information, see our Activities section.
Google Apps for Education, which consists of Google Docs, GMail, and Google Calendar, allows teachers and students to communicate and collaborate inside and outside the classroom. For more information, see Google Apps for Education
Edmodo is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network such as sharing ideas, responding to each others' ideas, and keeping track of assignments. Timbercrest teachers use Edmodo to post assignments, provide links to useful information, and monitor discussions. Students create their own accounts and link up with their teachers' classrooms via a code provided by the teacher. It is a closed environment for learning.
Timbercrest does not have lockers for student belongings and carrying around textbooks can be a heavy load. Fortunately, most of the core classes have online access to the textbooks. Students receive their usernames and passwords within the first weeks of school. For easy access to the textbooks, please visit the Classroom Resources page.
Due to our concern for students and staff of the Timbercrest Middle School learning community, we strive to foster an environment that is safe, healthy, conducive to teaching and learning, and promotes the dignity of all students.
Student dress should be compatible with an educational setting—rather than an off-campus social setting. Students may express individuality in their dress and grooming as long as their appearance does not cause or have the potential to cause a disruption to the educational process for themselves, other students, or staff.
Administration and staff appreciate the cooperation of students and parents in reviewing the students’ dress to meet established guidelines. If a student’s dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health or safety of others, is not suitable to the norms of an educational setting, or otherwise violates this dress code, the principal or the principal’s designee may require the student to change their attire. A second or repeated violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action in accordance with school policy and procedures.
In an effort to maintain a safe and academic focus we ask that students adhere to the following guidelines: