Parents Want to Know

2015/16 TriEA Scholar Handbook – Outlines all of the procedures and expectations of parents and scholars this school year.

Code of Conduct 2015-2016 – Board Approved – Specifically outlines the Board approved scholar Code of Conduct.

2016-2017 Dress Code Reminder – REVISED w Pics – A helpful two-page document for parents.

TriEA Anti-Bullying Policy – Board Approved – Outlines expectations of scholars, teachers, administrators, and parents with regards to bullying.

Permission Form of Scholars to Walk – For those scholars that live close to school and will be walking to or from school each day.

TriEA Parent & Volunteer Training Checklist – For those parents and volunteers that want to work with scholars, this is the training checklist.

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TriEA Carline Procedures – Information regarding gate and building open/close times and carline traffic flow.

TriEA Volunteer Procedure

Any individual who would like to volunteer for a TriEA event must provide at least 5 business days prior to the event.

Volunteers must complete a volunteer application, provide a copy of a government issued form of identification and complete a Background Check form that will be screened by the Department of Public Safety. Once the results of the background check has been confirmed, the person will be able to volunteer on the TriEA campus. Volunteers must also wear a badge at all time while on the TriEA campus. All background checks are valid for the current school year.

Volunteers can be in the presence of scholars in a effort to accomplish a specific goal or task – reading to scholars, chaperoning on a field trip, etc. While the teachers and staff members will be present – a volunteers level of background check may allow them to be in the presence of scholars without direct supervision of an employee. This is different from a visitor who is escorted for a specific task under the direct supervision of a staff member.

Parents, legal guardians, grandparents or the immediate family of a scholar may participate in school-wide events without completing a background check or having to present a government issued ID.

Scholar Safety is Our #1 Priority!

Volunteer Opportunities

During the year, opportunities for parents and community members will be posted here. Since school just started – we are working on that list right now! Please feel free to contact us and let us know what talents you have that you can contribute to the school. info@triea.org

TriEA Visitor Procedure

In order to maintain a safe environment for scholars, staff and our community, Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA) conducts criminal records screening on visitors and volunteers who have the potential for indirect or direct contact with our scholars.

All visitors will be in the presence of aTriEA employee at all times.

Everyone on the TriEA campus must have a visible badge of identification. Those that DO NOT have a Paul Quinn College badge or a Trinity Environmental Academy badge must be screened at the main office. All visitors must check in at the main office immediately upon entering any of the TriEA buildings.

All visitors must have a government issued form of identification (–e.g. driver’s license, passport) for screening purposes. Once scanned, the visitor will receive a visitor’s badge that must be worn on their shirt while on campus grounds.

If a person does not have a government issued form of identification, the visitor will not be permitted access to any part of the TriEA campus and must remain in the main office to conduct their business. Once the visitor completes their business, he/she will be escorted out of the building.

Scholar Safety is Our #1 Priority!

TriEA Parent Academy – Night Classes in 2016-17: We are excited to announce weekly parent classes this year! Each Tuesday night, we offer classes with different topics. Our first class is Tuesday, 9/6, 5:30-7:00pm. The topic for the month of September is computer technology. Come up to the school and learn something new!

September is Computer Technology, October is Nutrition and Wellness, November is Parenting Skills, December is Financial Literacy, January is Health Awareness, February is Employment Search Support, March is Physical Fitness, April is Mental Health.

Please call us at 972-920-6558 or e-mail us at info@triea.org. Thank you!

Attendance in 2016-17 – Truancy Policy: For all scholars enrolled in a K-12 school, attendance is required. Absences, either for part of the day or the full day, are recorded and reported to the State of Texas and become part of the scholars permanent record. Our staff and families know the importance of attending school and not missing out on instruction. TriEA will enforce the Truancy Laws if necessary. The parent of a scholar that is continuously tardy or absent will receive a verbal and written notice in order to change the behavior. Involving the Truancy Courts will be the last option should the absences continue.

For more information about our Truancy Policy, please call the office at 972-920-6558 or e-mail us at info@triea.org.

Carline Cards for 2016-17: All parent vehicles require a carline card on the dashboard while on campus. This allows security to pass you through the front gate and allows the school to identify your scholar for you during afternoon pick up.

All cards (Pre-K-7th Grade) have been distributed as of Wednesday, 8/17. If you don’t have one or need an extra one for another car, please visit the office and we will supply you with one.

Carline Changes for 2016-17: We have two drop off locations this year – one for Secondary/Pre-K and one for Primary/K-2. Secondary/Pre-K scholars are dropped off at the Chapel Annex, Primary/K-2 scholars are dropped of at the Tiger’s Den in the Student Union Building (SUB). Just follow the signs!

If you have Primary/K-2 only, you will not drive up to the Chapel Annex, you will U-turn at the end of the Avenue of Roses then release at the SUB in the mornings.

All scholars are picked up at the Chapel Annex at the end of the day.

Please call us at 972-920-6558 or e-mail us at info@triea.org. Thank you!

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Girls Volleyball

Boys Flag Football

Boys Basketball

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Adding New Programs in 2017-18:

Co-ed First Tee Golf

Co-ed Soccer

Co-ed Cross Country

Clubs and extra-curricular activities are a way that teachers and passionate leaders from the community can connect with scholars on topics they enjoy. Examples are Cheerleading, Dance, Choir, Robotics, Chess, Decathlons, Theater, etc.

Once these volunteers commit to providing sponsorship for a club to meet at least once a week – we will post the club information here. Please contact Brenda Chapel, our Dean of Scholars for more information – bchapel@triea.org.

Aftercare Handbook8.1 – Description of the program, along with parent and scholar expectations.

6th Grade Tutoring Schedule

These are set times in which a scholar can attend tutoring to make up an assignment, retake a test they failed, or attend a “teacher required” tutoring lesson. If tutoring is required by a teacher, they will send a letter home requiring a parent signature – and attendance is not optional for the scholar once agreed between parent and teacher.

Monday – Math/Math Workshop – 4:00-5:00pm

Tuesday – ELA/ELA Workshop – 4:00-5:00pm

Tuesday – Science/Eco Class – 7:30-7:55am

Tuesday – ELA – 7:30-7:55am

Thursday – Social Studies Class – 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday – Science/Eco Class – 7:30-7:55am

Summer Packets for scholars entering the following grades in 2016-17 due on the first day of school, August 15th (August 11th for 6th Graders):

Kinder and 1st Grade Summer Packet Work

2nd Grade Summer Packet Work

TriEA Summer Packet 6th and 7th Grades

These packets are assessed because they tie into the lessons at the beginning of the year. Scholars that do not have these complete will be required to stay after school until they are complete in order to get caught up. All returning TriEA scholars received these before the end of the 2015-16 school year. New scholars can download, come up and get a copy, or request that a copy be mailed to them by calling the front office at 972-920-6558.

Visit TriEA’s YouTube Channel to keep up with all the latest!

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School Times in 2016-17: School starts at 7:50am each day. The security gates open at 7:15am and close at 7:50am. School ends at 3:10pm for Primary and 3:40pm for Secondary on Mon/Tue and Thu/Fri. The security gates close by 4:15pm. Wednesdays are early release days where Primary ends at 2:00pm and Secondary at 2:30pm. If you have siblings in both, we will hold the Primary scholar until the secondary scholar is released. If you are interested in our Aftercare program, see below for more info.

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Dress Code: We ask that scholars wear any shade of green or blue polo. Pants only, no shorts or skirts, dark blue or dark grey. Black shoes, either athletic or casual. Secondary should have a black belt and have their shirt tucked in. Primary shirts can be untucked, but not fall below their wrists. Scholarships to cover the costs are available, so just give us a call or e-mail info@triea.org!

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School Breakfast and Lunch: We want to establish good eating habits by offering low-cost nutritious lunches to children during the school day. We provide a prepared breakfast and lunch meal each day. Breakfast is $2, lunch is $3.25. Parents can qualify for Free or Reduced meals by completing a National School Lunch Program form. E-mail us a info@triea.org if we’ve not already given you the form. Meals are not free until the form is completed and certified. Scholars may also bring a healthy sack lunch as well.

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Parent Referral Program: For every scholar referral, we will offer a $25 Gift Card to the currently enrolled parent with prior notice. The new scholar just needs to enroll and show up for their first day! Help us make this one of the best schools in Oak Cliff by referring us to your peers, colleagues, and co-workers!

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Aftercare Program: For parents who need an option to pick up a little later than our release time, we offer an aftercare program run by school employees. The fee for aftercare is $30/week, paid in advance of the next week. For Wednesday releases only, the cost is $40/month. If you have questions about the program and how to sign up, please e-mail the Aftercare Manager, Ms. Kendrick at mkendrick@triea.org.

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Academic Program: While TriEA appears to be a regular school, we are incorporating strategies from proven research that children learn best when they are outside the four walls of the classroom. While we are required to cover the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and take the STAAR exams just like every public school – we teach scholars the way they want to be taught and learn best. To do this, we are creating our own curriculum under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Lieberman, author of the book Education and the Environment.

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Employee Contact List: Clicking the image above will give you a contact list of all the TriEA employees. Please remember that the first line of contact is the teacher. If there is a need to request additional information, please start with our Dean of Scholars, Brenda Chapel.

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The Mission of TriEA: Check out this video link. It’s a reflection of the type of learning that is happening at TriEA this school year.

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All The Research Says – Nature Works: This document put out by the National Wildlife Federation is a great resource for parents who want to understand how using nature impacts a child – on a social, emotional, and academic level.