Tyler Elementary Tiger Tribune
August 7, 2020
A world-class school where we engage, educate, & empower all learners with excellence!
It's a great day to love & learn! ¡Es un gran día para aprender y amar!
Thank you for joining us last evening in a discussion about some of our Tyler reopening updates. If you were unable to make it, here is our Tyler Reopening FAQs Session presentation which includes Pre-School through Grade 5 Schedule drafts: https://bit.ly/30APE02. In the future, we will plan to record the sessions to increase accessibility as well.
We learned from you yesterday and understand that you seek consistency and flexibility as families with different needs. You appreciate small group instruction, social-emotional learning supports, language development, continued student exploration, and more. In our safe space, you also shared ideas that have helped your family from outings to the Arboretum to enrichment through www.outschool.com. Finally, we still have more information to access and share with you regarding the virtual attendance policies. Class lists will be shared in next week's newsletter on August 14.
If you have not already, please make sure to complete the DCPS Technology survey at http://bit.ly/DCPSTechAccess and check out the DCPS Reopen Strong website at https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/ for FAQs, resources, and more.
We're in this together, so please continue to join us for virtual events and let us know how we can support you! As always, please feel free to reach out to us at any time!
I. August Class Community Meetings
During the week of August 17 OR August 24, your child's teacher will schedule virtual Class Community Meetings. You will have the chance to learn more about the new grade-level and connect with other parents in your child's class. Also, kids will have the opportunity to meet their peers! More details to come!
II. Tyler Points of Contacts
Main Office Phone Line: Ms. Shay Wireman (our new school secretary!)
Enrollment: Mr. Robert Arnett
Building Operations: Mr. Michael Green
Grades K - 2 & Special Education: Assistant Principal Jacqueline Walters
Grades 3 - 5 & Technology: Assistant Principal Willis Jefferson
Special Education / Communication Education Supports (CES): Ms. Cristina Restrepo
III. DCPS Technology Survey
IV. Polite Piggy's Update (A note from Director Duckett)
Polite Piggy's tutors and team members will tutor virtually starting 8/5. Tutoring will happen between 9:00 am-6:00 pm until school begins on 8/31; after, tutoring will occur between 3:30-5:30 pm. Children will receive academic and social emotional support while tutoring with Polite Piggy's. Children from any school can participate in our tutoring program.
Mr. Derrick will offer small group in-person play and fitness starting 8/5 outside of family's homes (masks on and temperature check by Mr. Derrick before play session begins) or at Lincoln Park (family must drop off, masks on for all, temperature taken by Mr. Derrick before drop off).
Equity is a value held deeply in our beliefs and hearts as an organization. We will offer scholarships to as many families as possible. Please email if you have any questions or want to sign your child up. We will also reach out to our school communities to get information to families.
We will add programming during and after the school day on 9/8/2020 such as: playgroup leaders to provide curbside after school fun and distance learning buddies to support children at home during the school day. More information coming next week.
The following tutors/team members are excited to begin this week:
1. Abby Sparrow- Maury ES 4th grade teacher
2. VanNessa Duckett - Maury ES 4th grade teacher
3. Henri’ Cooper - Maury ES 1st grade teacher
4. Katie Spellacy - Maury ES 3rd grade teacher
5. Stef Gordon- Maury ES Special Education teacher
6. Emmanuel Appiah - Maury ES PK3 teacher
7. Amadi Hemphill - Maury ES Kindergarten teacher
8. Anne Hemphill- Cleveland ES 4th grade teacher
9. Angela Randolph-Koop- 4th grade teacher at Rosa L. Parks ES (Hyattsville, MD)
10. Derrick Morgan- Polite Piggy's team member who specializes in fitness, art and reader's theater
If interested, families should book through: https://politepiggystutors.setmore.com/
For more information email: Politepiggysinfo@gmail.com
Polite Piggy’s Day Camp, President
V. DCPS Afterschool Information (Postponed Registration)
DCPS Afterschool will also be conducted virtually.
The DCPS Afterschool application process was postponed and more information will be provided soon. Remember, only currently registered students will have an opportunity to register for an afterschool seat.
Afterschool registrations are only accepted online using a laptop or desktop computer. If you do not have access to a desktop or laptop, please contact our OSTP Coordinator, Mark.Yow@dc.gov, or our Tyler team for assistance. Families are asked to reach out in advance if they need additional assistance, and to schedule a phone appointment.
The DCPS afterschool web-page has been updated and contains up-to-date information: https://dcps.dc.gov/afterschool.
VI. Free Yoga Classes
Self-care is not a luxury, it is a requirement - especially during these unprecedented times.
Looking for some additional relaxation and rejuvenation? Join expert instructor, Lashone, for FREE yoga class(es) sponsored by our Polite Piggy's Before and After-Care partners. Here are the details:
Saturdays: 9 am - 9:45am
Tuesdays: 7:30pm - 8:45pm
VII. Helpful Links
Check out our preliminary virtual school year schedules here.
Please complete this survey to provide information about technology in your home.
Learn more and stay connected with DCPS' plans to Reopen Strong via this site!
Please see this helpful resource for families about inclusion created by Ms. Restrepo.
VIII. Upcoming Events
Tyler Family Game Night
Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 6-7pm
This is an online event.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 960 9661 9546