TCS September Newsletter


Principal's Update

Dear TCS Families-

What a great start to the school year we have had! Students are off and learning this year and the days are flying by. Smiles, friendships and growth are a part of each day with our students and we are happy to be back with them.

I cannot say it enough - our staff at TCS is TERRIFIC and they have made our transition back to school look easy. I want to extend a big THANK YOU to our custodians, kitchen and office staff, paraprofessionals and teachers for all that they do to make TCS a warm, welcoming place for students to collaborate and learn.

You will be receiving a monthly e-newsletter from me throughout the school year and I hope that it will help keep you informed, while also providing a sneak peek at what is happening in our school. Also, if you haven't done so already, find us on Facebook; we are the "Tuftonboro Owls!"

I also send reminders in the form of emails and calls to TCS families ahead of a big event, or when I need to pass along time sensitive information. If you have not been receiving any emails this year from me, please contact us at 569-2050 to ensure that we have your correct email and phone contact information on file. That should do the trick!

I consider it an honor and a pleasure each year to be the principal here at TCS - such a terrific community school. Please reach out at any time with questions you may have. I can be reached by phone at 569-2050, or email at

Happy Fall!

Katie Small


Here are a Few Snapshots of fun at TCS!

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For more photos, follow us on facebook; you can find us as the TCS Owls!

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What a Terrific Open House! Thank you, TCS PTCO!

Many thanks to all for taking part in such a fun, lively and community building open house!

What are the Words All About on the Fence?

You may have noticed that the fence that runs along the ballfield now displays four words: to be READY, a THINKER, CONSIDERATE, and a CONTRIBUTOR. These are our TCS school-wide habits. These habits set the foundation within our school community of shared expectations for behavior of students and adults. The expectations guide all aspects of the our school's operation in and out of the classrooms, including interactions amongst students, between students and teachers, transitions between classrooms and behavior in public/shared spaces.

On the announcements, in the classroom and at the start of our whole school meetings, we often talk about, for example, what it means to be "ready" for an activity, a class, lunch, or a challenging task ahead. Or, for another example, we may work on what being "considerate" looks like on the bus, or when engaging in a discussion with peers.

Because these habits are such an important part of our school culture, we are excited to also share them with the community by displaying them on the fence!

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School Clubs at TCS

We are happy to be able to offer more opportunities for students to join after school clubs this year at TCS!

Below is the list of clubs that will be offered this fall:

Girls on the Run (currently operating on Tues and Thurs)

Lego Club (fall session will be for students in grades 4-6)

Yoga Club (fall session will be for students in grades 3-4)

You will be receiving more info about our fall clubs as the get ready to start towards the end of the month.

We also look forward to offering the following club options after the fall season:

Yoga Club (sessions for students in younger and older grades)

Lego Club (sessions for students in younger grades)

Drama Club (more info to come)

Art Club (more info to come)

Gardening Club (more info to come)

These are just the clubs that we know of now, so stay tuned, as the list may easily expand!

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School Picture Day is Coming on October 12!

Our School Picture Day will be on October 12. Students will be coming home with the school picture information today (9/22). We have not yet received the online ordering option from the picture company, but when we receive the log in, we will be sure to pass it along.

October 13 - Student Flu Shot Clinic

Once again this year, our school district will be offering flu shots for students. The clinic takes place at 9:00 at TCS on October 13. A parent/guardian consent form was recently sent home and if you are interested in your student receiving a flu shot, you will need to complete the consent form and return it to TCS. Please contact the office if you need additional information or another set of forms.

TCS Welcomes our New Food Service Staff Members!

We are pleased to welcome Jen Morin (left), our new food service site supervisor, and Ramona Donahue (right), our new food service assistant. As you can see, you can't miss their smiles when you come into the kitchen!
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Upcoming Calendar of Events

October 9 - No School (Indigenous Peoples' Day)

October 12 - School Picture Day

October 13 - Student Flu Shot Clinic

October 23 - Fire Prevention Day

October 31 - Halloween Parade/Classroom Parties

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Good Things to Know

Here are a few items that may be helpful for you:

1. If your student is tardy, absent, dismissed or needs a bus stop change, please use the absence and dismissal notepads that were sent home for your convenience. If you need extras, please give the main office a call and we will be happy to help.

2. If you have not completed Info Snap for your student as part of the back to school registration, please do so as soon as possible. If upon doing so you encounter any issues, please contact Brooke Rines at for assistance.

3. The start of school means that we are seeing more student illness. In an effort to try to keep our school healthy, please be sure to keep your student at home if they are not feeling well and give us a call to let us know that your student will be out that day. Our policy remains that any student experiencing symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or a fever cannot return to school until at least 24 hours have passed since the last incident. We thank you for your help and wish all a healthy fall season!

3. We LOVE volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering at TCS this year, you will need to fill out the volunteer paperwork, which includes a background check. It is never too early to get this process started, as it also includes fingerprinting and sometimes takes a bit of time to be approved. Please call our main office if you would like a packet.