Welcome new parents! The transition to middle school can be both an exciting and uncertain experience for students and parents. Here are some FAQ’s to help you navigate those first weeks at Timbercrest.
- How do I stay up to date on what is happening at Timbercrest?
- What role can a parent play in supporting the entire school?
- What about backpacks, lunch and school supplies?
- Physical Education Uniforms
- How does Timbercrest help 6th graders make the transition to middle school?
- What if I have concerns about my child's progress in school, or any other student issues?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 requested but not required. Teachers may request additional supplies for their individual classrooms.
If purchasing school supplies creates a financial hardship, please contact the office manager and supplies will be provided for you.
Want to donate supplies? Visit the Northshore Schools Foundation to make a donation.
Health/Fitness uniforms purchase for the 2019-2020 year will be available online at https://schoolsales.nsd.org/. A school purchased uniform for TMS Health/PE classes is not required, but highly recommended. If not purchasing the Timbercrest uniform, students will be required to wear a charcoal t-shirt (no logos) and black shorts with minimum 7-inch inseam (no logo) – Name is optional on front of t-shirt (first initial and Last name).
Sizing is as follows:
- YS – Youth Small
- YM - Youth Medium
- YL – Youth Large
- AS – Adult Small
- AM – Adult Medium
- AL – Adult Large
- AXL – Adult Extra Large
Dry fit T-shirt 100% polyester – ($7.00 tax included).
Dry-fit shorts (7 inch length) – 100% polyester ($9.00 tax included).
Cinch Sack – nylon bag to carry PE Uniform to and from school.
* Stock available on site during Wolf Day or Via your teacher
Full set: T-shirt, shorts, and cinch sack $20.00
Colors and design may vary due to vendor change.
Purchased uniforms will be provided to students the first day of Health/PE each semester. We will not be selling uniforms on Wolf Day so please purchase early to assure your order. Students will pick sizing during class.
Questions? Contact Brigitte Wheeler at email@example.com
- WEB – Where Everyone Belongs – is a program specifically designed to help students’ transition into middle school.
- The process starts in the spring of 6th grade with classroom visits and campus tours
- 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
- 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 (currently Parent Assistant/On-Line Grades).
- Parents and students can easily communicate with teachers within the portal.
- Counselors are available on campus to support students’ emotional, social, and academic needs
- 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 $30 per school year and can be purchased through the Timbercrest on-line store at https://schoolsales.nsd.org or through the main office.
- Personal electronic devices (mp3 players, phones, etc.) are allowed on campus however, risk is assumed by the owner.
- Personal electronic devices may be used in the courtyard and lunchroom.
- Personal electronic devices may not be used in the hallways.
- Personal electronic devices may not be used in classrooms, except with teacher permission.
- An excused absence, late arrival or early dismissal requires a written note, phone call, or email from the parent/guardian within 48 hours. Contact Attendance by phone at 425.408.6910 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Date(s) of absence
- Reason for absence
- Student’s full name and grade level
- Signature of parent/guardian
- Late arrival students must sign in at the Attendance Office upon arrival to school and sign the late arrival clipboard.
- Early dismissal students need to sign out in the Attendance Office when leaving campus during the day. A parent/guardian signature is required to come to the attendance office to sign them out when the student does not have a note.
- Pre-Arranged Absences – If your child has a scheduled absence of three or more consecutive days
- Student brings a note to the attendance office signed by the parent/guardian that includes the student’s name and the dates they will be absent.
- Student picks up a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the attendance office
- Student returns completed form to the attendance office prior to absence.
- Please visit the Attendance page for instant access to all forms and policies.
- 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 mid to 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. 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. The request must include:
- First and last name of the student requesting the pass
- Name of the student they will ride with
- Stop location OR address of the student they will ride with
- Bus number
- Signature of parent/guardian
- 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 avoid parking on the street as this causes congestion and limits bus access.
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: