TuES News

Tuscarora Elementary School - October 30, 2020

Check out this issue for...

  • Tuscarora Tuesday Spirit Days
  • Tutoring Changes!
  • Storytime and Coding
  • Calendar Reminders
  • Book Exchange
  • Save The Date: TuES Literacy Night - Nov. 2
  • Young Author's Contest
  • Classroom Libraries
  • Schoology and Tech Tips

Dear Timberwolves,

I am sending a big Thank You to all the Timberwolf families who attended conferences last week and have worked so hard to collaborate with teachers on their children's success. As we come to the end of Quarter 1 next week, we want to express our appreciation for all of you!

To kick off the spirit of thankfulness, I would like to say how very thankful I am that I was able to be in every Kindergarten ELA meet yesterday as the students officially became READERS! Each class worked to put their knowledge of letters and their sounds together to read words. This is a huge milestone and we couldn't be more proud of our Kindergarten Timberwolves! Way to go!

I was also able to see some of the wonderful percussion assignments turned into Mr. Widmann and Mr. Carriere. The student-created videos were full of joy and musical skill. It is so special to see our Timberwolves counting out musical notes in their own unique creations! It had me bopping along with them.

There were so many terrific things to see in google meet classes this week. It would take all day to write about them all. I can't wait to see what our Timberwolves do next week!

In the spirit of thankfulness, our TuES staff are planning special events for the week of Nov. 16th-19th. We can't wait to show you how much you mean to us and hear from our students about what they are thankful for! Look for details in next week's TuES News Family Newsletter!

Please take some time to review all the amazing things in this newsletter. There are many helpful items and some very special opportunities coming our way.

Stay Safe and Stay Well,

Dr. Mazaleski

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Tuscarora Tuesday Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 10th is Pajama Day!

Wear your most comfortable, school-friendly PJs to your google meets.

Tutoring Changes...

Due to lack of participation, evening and weekend tutoring will end after Saturday, Oct. 31st.

We will be re-evaluating how to best support our Timberwolves and new information will come soon.

Tutoring Drop-Ins during the school day will continue.

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TuES Storytime!

Thursday, November 5


Tuesdays, November 10, 17, and 24

7 - 8 PM

Join Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. Gray for a virtual Storytime!

7:00 pm - Grades 3, 4 & 5

Chapter book read-aloud

7:30 pm - Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2

Themed re-alouds

Google Meet Code https://meet.google.com/lookup/tues-Storytimes

(Your student will need to be logged into their account to use this link.)

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Tech Time: LET'S CODE!

Tuesdays, November 10, 17, and 24

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Join Mr. Brown in the TuES Virtual Computer Lab to learn about coding.

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/uzk-ayio-adr

(This meet can be attended by parents as well. You do not need an FCPS account.)

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Tuscarora "Virtual Career and Literacy Night"

November 2nd

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm on Google Meet

Please enter the Google Meets using your child's FCPS email.

Grades PreK-2 Sessions


“Family Strategies to Help Your Child Improve Reading Comprehension”

Session One: 6:30-7:00

Session Two: 7:00-7:30

Grades 3-5 Session


“Family Strategies to Help Your Child with Challenging Text”

Session One: 6:30-7:00

Session Two: 7:00-7:30

All Sessions Will Begin With Community Members Sharing Their Literacy Based Careers!

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School is closed for Students on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd and Monday, November 9th.

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Book Exchange Begins!!!

We are pleased to offer Curbisde Book Pickup on Friday November 6, 2020.

Books MUST be reserved by Tuesday, Nov. 3rd before being picked up on Friday.

Reserve Your Child’s Books

Reserved library books may be picked up Friday at Tuscarora Elementary between

11:00-2:00 OR 3:30-5:00

Please stay in your vehicle and call 240-566-0035 when you arrive at the building so that Ms. Houghton can facilitate a contactless delivery.

We are moving to an A/B week media schedule to accommodate Book Exchange.

The week of November 2 is a B week.

Your child's media time will be different on A weeks and B weeks.

Please consult TuES Grade Level Schedules to help your child get to media class on time.

The code for Ms. Gray's classes is tues-gray and Ms. Houghton's code is tues-houghton.

Please contact carrie.houghton@fcps.org with questions.

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Young Author's Contest 2020-2021

WHO? Students in Grades 1 - 5

WHAT? Write a poem OR a short story

WHY? It's an opportunity for your student to participate in a county wide Writing contest

Entries due by November 20, 2020

See the links below for more information.

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To Help Our Classroom Libraries ... Click Here!

We are excited to partner with the Curious Iguana in a classroom library book drive!

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Getting the most from your internet connection!

Virtual Learning has pushed our WiFi routers and internet connections to their limits. If you experience choppy video or spotty connections you may want to test your internet speed and try some of the tips below to boost your internet connection speed.

This article contains a list of minimum and optimum speeds.

One way to increase your speed is to make sure other smart devices are not hogging your bandwidth. Turn off Alexa, Chromecast and smart TVs while virtual learning is going on. This article offers 11 tips to improve your internet connection speed.

Schoology: Tip of the Week

Having trouble at home? Before you call, check out these resources and guides for families:

1) Schoology Troubleshooting Guide

2) Schoology Support Resources for Families Website

3) TUES Student Tech Support Site

Have questions not answered here? Send them to our TUES Schoology Ambassador, Mr. Collins at justin.collins@fcps.org