Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #15

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November 30, 2020

Hello Terrapin Families!

I hope this issue of the Terrapin Tidbits finds you safe, healthy and recharged after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Dr. Smith shared [LINK] this calendar during the last Board of Education meeting on Nov 18. A review of COVID-19 Data will occur early this week and a decision regarding the return to hybrid learning will be communicated by the end of the week.

We're all in this together... and together, we will get through it. Stay safe!


Lindsay Brenfleck

Important Dates

  • Mon, Nov 16 - Fri, Dec 4: Due to ongoing high positivity rates of COVID-19 Cases in our area, there will be No In-Person Instruction.

  • Wed, Dec 2: LiVe Q&A w/ Conscious Discipline Instructor Amy Speidel - details below
  • Fri, Dec 11: Two Hour Early Dismissal - End of Interim Period
  • Fri, Dec 18: Save the date! TCES Materials Distribution
  • Mon, Dec 21 - Fri, Jan 1: Winter Break
  • Mon, Jan 4: School resumes

SPECIALS are LiVe this week!

B Week 11/30-12/4: Specials are SYNCHRONOUS/LIVE on Google Meet this week.

Specialists' Google Meet Codes:

  • PE: tcessettle
  • Music: tcesnazimek
  • Art: tcessquier
  • Media: tcesstearns

Conscious Discipline Parent Workshop

Parents and community members are invited to participate in a FREE two-part Conscious Discipline virtual workshop. This workshop series is being offered in English & Spanish by Conscious Discipline Master Instructors.

  • Recorded Webinar: A Quick View of the Seven Skills of Conscious Discipline
  • Virtual Live Session [Dec 2 from 7-8pm]: Practice, ask questions, and hear answers on the skills and language needed to be more effective in helping your children move through challenging situations.

Use the links in this flyer to RSVP!

SMCPS BOE Meeting - 11.18.2020

Following a review of COVID-19 data and student progress (11.18.2020 BOE Update), Dr. Smith, Superintendent of SMCPS, shared a message to all educators, parents, students and community members. Select play on the video below and advance to 22:45 to view it.
St. Mary's County Board of Education Meeting-11/18/20

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Data Dashboards

SMCPS continues to track state-wide, regional and school system data related to COVID-19 and the SMCPS Recovery Plan. This site provides data related to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Our own TCES Staff made quite a few appearances in this American Education Week video:
Celebrating American Education Week 2020

AUP Form - Please Complete

SMCPS needs your response!

If you have not already completed the SMCPS Acceptable Use Policy and Online Platforms, please do so today!

[LINK] Technology Assistance

Technology support: Phone number (301) 475-2138 Option 1or email helpdesk@smcps.org

Communication Methods

  • School Telephone: (301) 863-4044
  • Website: https://schools.smcps.org/tces/
  • Twitter: @TCES_SMCPS
  • School Messenger: phone, email, SMS (text messages)
  • Previous Issues of the Terrapin Tidbits [LINK]
Directions to Receive Text Alerts [Link]

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