Terrapin Tidbits

SY20 TCES Family Issue #27

March 31, 2020

Hello Town Creek Families!

I hope this message finds you well, with all of our Terrapin Families safe and healthy.

This Issue of the Terrapin Tidbits is packed full of information about the continuous learning opportunity we are beginning together.

Town Creek Families, I thank you for your continued support during this unprecedented event. All of our TCES teachers and staff are missing our students, and we hope that you all continue to stay well.

Take care, stay well, and keep smiling.

Kind regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

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Imagine Learning

Elementary students will be using the Language/Literacy and Math components of Imagine Learning. Students will access Imagine Learning through the Clever portal on the SMCPS homepage. Students will continue to have access to other on-line resources through their Clever account, as well.

An Important Note about Assessments:

One of the great features of Imagine Learning is that after taking an assessment, the program determines the appropriate “learning pathway” for individual students. Please allow your child to independently complete the initial pre-assessments and all checkpoint assessments that follow. It is important that accurate information is gathered so that the learning pathway is matched to your child’s ability level.

The icons that they should be looking for are below. They will be using the orange Imagine Math and the blue Imagine Language & Literacy. (Students will NOT be accessing Galileo or Imagine Reading). Students should access Imagine Learning through the Chrome Browser.

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How To Access Imagine Learning

Sign In with Clever [LINK]

Example Elementary Student:
Student Name: Jeffrey Scott Gibson
Student ID: 123456
Student Username: jsg3456 [initials + last four of ID]
Student Password: 123456 [ID]

if ID doesn't work as the password, add 18 [ex 12345618]

*Student IDs can be found printed on the student's report card*

Online Learning Tips for Students

  • Log on to Clever and your school email daily.

  • Establish a space where you can work on your lessons. It should be as free from distractions as possible.

  • Designate a specific time every day when you will complete your school work.

  • Keep your space and your materials organized.

  • Communicate with your teachers. Let them know if you are confused or struggling.

  • When you’re not doing school work, keep up or improve your skills by reading a book, newspaper, magazine, or anything that you find interesting.

Print Resource Requests

If your student is unable to access online content, please email your child’s teacher and Suzanne VerHaagh, attendance secretary, or leave a phone message including:

  • your name
  • your phone number
  • student’s name
  • and an email address we can use to contact you.
We will make arrangements for your student to receive a printed packet.

smverhaagh@smcps.org / 301-863-4044

What to Expect from Teachers

On Monday, our teachers returned in a telework fashion. They began their learning of the online learning platforms that are being utilized for continuous learning. While your child already has access to the online tools through Clever, teachers are being tasked with professional learning and other responsibilities this week. Beginning Tuesday, April 14, teachers will begin to monitor student progress and provide feedback on Imagine Learning progress and participation.

Our teachers will be scheduling office hours and have been asked to attempt to contact each child’s family this week. If you do not receive any communication from your child’s teacher by this Friday, April 3, please email Tammy Ogle, secretary to the principal, to ensure that your contact information is correctly recorded in our school system database. tbogle@smcps.org

As you know, our TCES teachers are outstanding! This instruction can in no way compare to that of our teachers, but it is meant to provide a continuous learning opportunity. We are grateful for your patience as we learn new technology and a new way to facilitate learning. Our TCES students are always our #1 priority.

Notable Dates

  • Monday, April 6 - Monday, April 13: Spring Break [Teachers will not be on duty]

  • The third marking period has ended, with the ending date being adjusted effective March 13, 2020.

  • April 15, 2020: Report Card Distribution

  • Schools Closed: State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon has announced that Maryland public schools will be closed through Friday, April 24, 2020.

Mental Health Resources

The SMCPS site includes links to mental health resources.

Ms. Maier is also available, and can be reached by email. stmaier@smcps.org

Revisit last week's Terrapin Tidbits for some additional resources.

SMCPS Resources

The SMCPS website continues to be updated with information, resources, and links for families. I have linked the sample schedules Superintendent Smith provided in his communication last week.

SMCPS COVID-19 Updates

Description: As the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) grows in our area, SMCPS and the St. Mary’s County Health Department are working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to monitor the situation. SMCPS remains committed to providing all families, staff, and students with updated, accurate information regarding the impact on our school operations.

Internet Service Provider Information

If you do not currently have internet service, consider reviewing the information on these sites for multiple access opportunities.

Are You Receiving Text Alerts? [Link]

Stay up to date on events, closings, and alerts!

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