Welcome to Monday Mail!
From the Principal
Greetings,

Happy Monday!! Final exams begin today and continue through Thursday. Click HERE for the full schedule. Please check the parent portal to stay up-to-date with final grades, however, the district will be mailing official report cards the week of January 18th.

As we close out this extremely difficult semester, I can't be more proud of the way in which our entire community has responded to the changes in our once "normal" school structure. Our teachers, students and parents have all made the necessary adjustments to keep learning as our focus, regardless of our learning format. A simply thank you is just not enough, yet it is all I've got. As we go into this holiday season, I wish each of you the peace and comfort that hope brings. Please rest and relax, as we all certainly deserve it. Here's to a happy and hopeful 2021!!
Final Exams will be given this week:
Monday, December 14 - Thursday, December 17

Let's finish first semester strong!!

We will utilize a block schedule on Monday/Tuesday and then again on Wednesday/Thursday.
Here is the schedule:

Monday, 12/14: 1st period and 6th grade A Connection
Tuesday, 12/15: 3rd period and 6th grade B Connection

Wednesday, 12/16: 2nd period and 7th & 8th grade A Connection
Thursday, 12/17: 4th period and 7th and 8th grade B Connection

You can access the schedule with specific times HERE
Trickum PTSA Holiday Gift Card Sale Fundraiser
Trickum PTSA is kicking off our Holiday Gift Card Sale Fundraiser. This is a perfect way to get your holiday shopping done, avoid the stores, and give back to Trickum PTSA. After purchasing a gift card, no extra money comes out of your pocket to support the school!

What: Purchase gift cards online from 700+ vendors. $5 and $10 gift cards are available.
When: Starting now until Christmas Day
How: Go to www.shopwithscrip.com. Enter our enrollment code: 24E8BLB3749L6. Purchase a gift card(s) with your credit card (please do not pick the check option, this will delay getting your gift card). You can then immediately print an e-gift card. Another option is to email the e-gift card to the recipient. If you would prefer to have a physical card, you can do this by ordering through the app www.raiseright.com, not the website.

Also spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors. You do not need to have a child at Trickum to participate, just the enrollment code. Holiday shopping done!

Thank you for your continued support of Trickum PTSA!
TMS Robotics Team

As a part of the research for the TMS Robotics Team for this year's project topic, exercise, the team would like to reach out to you through a quick survey in order to better understand our community's perspectives on it.

Click HERE to access the survey
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Girls Who Code Announcement
Are you interested in learning more about computer science? The "Girls Who Code" club is a club committed to closing the gender gap in Tech. "Girls Who Code" is open to all girls in grades 6-8 who are interested in learning more about technology, computers and coding. No computer experience is required. If you are interested in joining this club, fill out the interest survey located on the Trickum Middle School website, under extracurricular activities. This club will meet in person* and virtually. *In person will have a limit of 18 students.

Our club will start meeting in January 2021. Please email Ms. Killian if you have any questions.

Click here to access the interest survey

Mr. Wells' Theatre Arts classes have been participating in a lot of creative writing assignments. The students write and perform their poems in class. Here is one written by 8th grader, William Pearson, in Advanced Drama. He will perform his poem in class for his Final.
A Reflection On The School Year, So Far
 
The flicker of a screen is not the same. 
Inherently. 
Not the same as a real movement, 
Lagging, falling behind, imperfect enough to be false:
Tiring. 
I manage. We manage. 
We scrape by.
But that’s all. 
We have no rich and luscious gardens, only window boxes. 
Windows to a screen that is not the same.
Not the same as life, but we’re still here. 
Still together. Perhaps, distant enough to be near. 

We all step into this with a fresh face.
This will be better.
This will still work. 
It’s not until a day later. 
A day later, it crashes down on us. 
Me.
Everyone. 
No. No, it won’t. 
This is no better.
Last year was chaos. 
Everything was torn apart, 
Frustration, pain, stress, laid naked and bare,
Clear as day. 
This is the same. 
And still. 
Moments sneak in. 
Laughs, smiles, some interesting background that catches your eye, 
And that’s enough. 
That’s all. 
That’ll get us through.
We start our poem with flowery words,
Pointless speeches, sucking like leeches, what actually needs to be heard.
And, of course, when knocked off our high horse, we see that it needs some change.
We twist, we tweak, highlight/delete, until we have a poem on the opposite end of the range, 
Clear, precise, (we hope), it’s alright, now it’s something, it’s looking bright,
Though we’re getting there, there’s still work ahead, still homework in the night,
But with what this year’s been, surely, surely, that isn’t the worst, 
To create something, to write with hope, to laugh and pen and print,
I swear, for hope-giving, this has made a dent.
We. 
I.
We. We are here, in stress, we are all in pain.
Of course. 
Every day is another tear shed,
Every day is another choked whisper for this to end, 
Every day is a wish for the virus to stop,
For us to return
Home.
A true home, a home in which we can leave,
A Home where we can smile,
And laugh,
And not just for the little moments. 
Home. 
Such a warm concept. 
Home. 
Where everything belongs.
Where everything belongs in its grand circle of stars.
Where there is a school that works. 
Home. 
Home. 
 
Though the flicker of the screen is not the same, 
We will survive it. Inherently. 
We will see real movement, 
Smiles, pen and print and moments:
In the flesh. 
We’ll thrive.
We’ll stretch our arms wide and our window boxes will
Stretch into vineyards.
Under trees, we will cry. But together. 
We will smile in those moments. Together. 
We will see. We will wish. Together, our pains will meld, mosaic tile. 
Soon. Close, and soon, we’ll be free. And smile.
Los Hermanos Spirit Night
Spirit Night at Los Hermanos will be on Thursday, January 7th. Take Out and Eat In.

Time: 5-9 PM

Location:

Make sure you to mention Trickum!!
Bruster's Spirit Night
Bruster's Spirit Night for Trickum will be Thursday, January 14th, from 5-8 PM

Location: 5314 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047

Make sure to mention Trickum when you order!!

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
DATE: Thursday, January 21st

TIME: 4-8 PM, Drive Thru Only

LOCATION: 4801 Lawrenceville Hwy NW, Lilburn, GA 30047

Make sure to mention Trickum when you order!
Yearbook Picture Proofs
With the initial picture day now complete, your child's image proofs have been delivered to the school. All in-person students who had their picture made on the initial picture day should have brought home their picture proofs for review. All Digital Learning students who participated in Picture Day can pick up their picture proofs at the Trickum Middle School reception desk, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm. Use the “Portrait ID” on the proof form as well as the unique “Access Code” to securely view and order your student’s images online at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/.

If you have any questions after receiving your proofs or want to order pictures over the phone, you can call the Lifetouch customer service number at 1-800-736-4753. The customer service center is open Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm EST. 

**The proofs for students who had their picture taken during the picture retake day are not available as of yet.**
Important Message Regarding Digital Learning Attendance
Trickum has updated its attendance procedures for digital learners.

Teachers are now taking attendance for digital learners who are online during live instruction. Digital learners who are not present during live instruction will be marked with the code “NPD“ which stands for “Not Present Digitally.” Students who are present during live instruction will continue to be marked present digitally with the “DL“ in their teacher’s gradebook.  

The new process is more aligned to our normal attendance procedures and the expectations of in-person students. More importantly, it will help families to better support their students as they can clearly see that their student was online during class and interacting with their teacher and classmates, not just logging on to the computer at some point during the day. This information will help families as they partner with the school to maximize their child(ren)’s school experience.  

If you have any questions about this new process for capturing attendance, please contact your child(ren)'s grade level office.  
Thank you to those of you who have submitted positive feedback for teachers or staff members! This link will be continually monitored, so feel free to drop a kudos in whenever you see or hear about your child's teacher or another staff member doing something great. We'll be sure to let them know and help brighten their day!
Click on the link below to leave positive feedback!

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) lottery registration window is now open!

GSMST is a unique high school that focuses on advanced and challenging studies in the fields of engineering, biosciences, and emerging technologies. Enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester, 2021; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full unit of Carnegie-eligible Accelerated Algebra I or higher.

Registration applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 freshman class. The registration deadline is January 22, 2021.

Detailed info and the registration forms are available on the GSMST website. You will also find information regarding upcoming informational meetings that will be held at GSMST on the website.
Parent Portal App is now live for GCPS families!
Available for both Android and iOS, all you'll need to do is download the ParentVue app and log in with your parent portal credentials.

If you do not have a parent portal account, please email Drew Schoen to get one set up!


Message from the Yearbook Staff
The Yearbook Staff is trying to reach you! Check your school gmail. Scroll down through all the Google SPAM and see if you've received an email from a yearbook staffer. You may be asked to fill out a quick survey or answer some easy questions. Just take a few seconds and respond. This year matters. And YOU matter. Send us your responses today! 
Yearbook for 2020-2021

Since the copies are limited and school schedules continue to change, we ask that you please order your yearbook online this school year.


Time to send in your pics to the yearbook staff! Click here to upload your images.
When uploading your images, please use ID code: 415464640
Note from our Media Center -
Days, Times, and Location of Book Pick-Up for our Digital Learners:
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In order to better serve you and give you more flexibility with the number of days and hours available to pick-up and return books, we will no longer be having book pick-up outside on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will now have book pick-up and returns everyday Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 2:00 at the front desk. Please have your STUDENT ID card to pick-up your books.
 
***IMPORTANT: Please do not come before 10:00 or after 2:00 to pick-up or return books due to the school buses arriving and space needed. THANK YOU! 
 
HAPPY READING! 
PARENTS: Please make sure to frequently check the GCPS website for all updates regarding digital and in-person learning. You can also visit the Trickum website for information and updates at www.trickum.org.

**Also, please stay up-to-date with your child's progress through the Parent Portal. Please reach out to individual teachers if you have questions regarding your child's performance.**

Student hours are:
9:00 AM - 4:05 PM

Updated TMS Parent's Guide to Digital and In-Person Learning
The Parent's Guide to Digital and In-Person Learning has been UPDATED on our Trickum website under Tiger News. Please make sure to keep this document handy as it contains all of the important information you will need as we navigate through this school year.

Please notice the change in the schedule for Fridays for ALL grade levels.

Remember, we are all in this together!


All students returning for in-person learning are strongly advised to bring a device with them to school each day as teachers will continue to utilize a digital learning platform to serve all of their students, and in-person students using their own devices will minimize sharing and reduce any potential spread of germs.

Does your student need a device or a hotspot?
For families in need, we have a limited number of Chromebooks for checkout available to assist students during digital learning.

** HOTSPOTS AVAILABLE**

If you are experiencing issues with the internet in your home or if problems arise in the future, please contact Kelly Gresham. We have hotspots available for distribution.

You can contact Kelly Gresham at kelly.gresham@gcpsk12.org.

UPDATED: GCPS Lunch Service Information

GCPS will provide meals free of charge to students and children 18 and younger through December 31st.

Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their scheduled meal times.

Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners

Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up at each school. Trickum's curbside pick-up time is Monday - Friday from 11:45 AM through 12:45 PM. Each day's pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch. Individuals will NOT be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. Trickum's curbside-pickup will be the same as it was for material pick-up. You will enter the lower parking lot at the traffic light and then drive on the gravel driveway around the back of the school to the outdoor theater.

**Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free Or Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when the grant waiver expires. Please click HERE.**
Orientation Agreement Forms and school contributions must be completed via MyPaymentsPlus.com. All returning students (this includes students who attended Trickum this past year as well as upcoming students from one of our four feeder elementary schools) may simply go to MyPaymentsPlus.com and login to complete the process. Those without an account will need to create one by going to MyPaymentsPlus.com; click on “Register” for a FREE account.

**It is important to sign up for MyPaymentsPlus to ensure all orientation forms are completed each school year, and you do not want to miss out on any school contributions that can be paid for on the site! ** If you have not already, PLEASE make sure you complete all of the forms in MyPaymentsPlus regardless of your child's current learning environment.**
Have you signed up for Parent Portal?

Parent Portal is always important but especially as we begin this school year in a digital format. If you have not already signed up for Parent Portal, please contact Drew Schoen at drew.schoen@gcpsk12.org to complete the sign-up process. The Parent Portal allows parents to monitor student progress throughout the year. No more waiting for report cards to get an update on grades; you may simply check the Parent Portal at your convenience. Other features allow you to view attendance, lunch account balances, checked out and overdue books, and emergency contact information.

Supply Lists
Supply lists are available on our website on the Registration page.
Trickum Spirit Wear
Interested in purchasing Trickum Spirit Wear?

Please visit the online store today!! A portion of the proceeds goes to Trickum's PTSA.

Are you a PTSA supporter?

We are all in this together!

While our school year may look different, we are still here to support our students, families, and our teachers and staff at Trickum Middle School! We still need you!

We encourage you to support Trickum by becoming a PTSA member. This year PTSA is offering three levels of membership. Basic Level ($10) includes a single membership. Tiger Level ($30) includes two memberships and two car magnets. Top Tiger Level ($50) includes two memberships, two car magnets and a Trickum spirit wear t-shirt. You may join PTSA anytime via MyPaymentsPlus.com. Please consider joining at any level. You can also send our Executive Board ideas for programs, activities, or support for both our students and parents. Click here to email our PTSA!

Trickum Spirit Wear is available via an online store . A portion of the proceeds go to the Trickum PTSA, so do not forget to stock your closet.
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The community continues their support of our schools, students, and staff through generous grants.

Always keep up with what's going on at TMS!

We've expanded our use of social media so that parents and students can see what's going on around school. Follow The Roary Report on Facebook and Instagram.