Tiger Tales Newsletter
October 5, 2020
October 5 - Grades K-3 Hybrid AA group begins
October 8 - Grades K-3 Hybrid BB group begins
October 21 - Virtual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser event
October 25 - TCE MOD Pizza fundraiser event
October 26 - Grades 4-5 Hybrid AA/BB Model begins (depending on metrics)
October 27 - PTA Honk or Treat Halloween drive thru, 6:00-7:00
October 28 - Taproot Theater Virtual Assembly
- Chromebook AND Charger
- Journeys and Math Expression Textbooks (if applicable)
- Basic School Supplies (folder, notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils)
- Water Bottle
Students in fourth and fifth grade will remain online for three more weeks. They will follow the same Google Meet schedule for ELA and Math that they have been using this year. In person instruction will begin for these grades the week of October 26.
Students who chose distance learning will begin this week with their online teacher. They will follow the same Google Meet schedule for ELA and Math as before. On Monday when students sign in through Clever they may still see their previous teacher information. Updates to the system should be complete by Tuesday, October 6.
Students must remain 6 feet socially distanced at all times. There are signs and tape throughout the building as visual reminders.
Students will remain with their classroom cohort during the day and will not come into contact with other cohorts. This is in an effort to minimize the number of contacts a student has per day.
Family Member Expectations
We will not allow walk up parents this year in the gym. If you walk to campus, please check in with a staff member out front of the school who will radio for your child at dismissal.
We will not be allowing volunteers in the building at this time. While we love and appreciate our volunteers tremendously, we are limiting any outside contact for our students. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to a day again where you can help out at school.
If you need to come inside the building for a meeting or to drop something off in the office, please wait to be buzzed in. Upon entry, you will need to complete a Health Attestation and take your temperature. Masks must be worn and please follow social distancing guidelines and signs.
Student Health Screenings
All students will be screened by an adult when they arrive on campus. Bus riders will be checked before getting off the bus and car riders will be checked before getting out. If a student has a temperature or COVID related symptoms, they will be isolated in our health room until an adult can pick them up.
Please complete the Google Form Health Attestation this week. By completing the form parents are agreeing to screen their child daily and not send them to school with any symptoms of COVID-19. You are also agreeing to communicate with the school if your child becomes ill.
Breakfast and Lunch
All meals and snacks will be eaten in the classroom rather than the cafeteria. Teachers and paraeducators will provide supervision while students eat. This will be the only time students are allowed to take their mask off while inside the building.
Families can pre-order a 5-day Grab & Go meal bag for when your child is not in school. This includes both a breakfast and lunch.
To participate you need to complete the pre-order form (below) between Monday at 3:30 pm and Tuesday at 7:00 pm each week.
Meal pick up will be the following Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:30 at any of the five elementary schools. When arriving to pick up meals, identification will not be required at this time. If students are not present, parents and/or guardians will be required to sign a document.
Students will have two 15-minute recess breaks per day. While outdoors student will be allowed to take their mask off for a break as long as they remain 6 feet socially distanced.
Students will not have access to any playground equipment or big toy structure during recess. Social distancing signs have been placed on the playground as a visual reminder and adult directions must be followed at all times.
Classrooms have been assigned a specific area on the blacktop to use for recess. Students must remain in their assigned area and will not be allowed to mix with other cohorts of students.
PE will be held in the gym but will be low intensity, no contact lessons. Library/Tech will be held in the classroom. At this time we will not be checking out library books to students.
Hybrid students will no longer have Google Meets with their specialist teacher while at home. On days that your child is not in the building they will have access to prerecorded specialist lessons in their Clever account.
- Knutzen, Erickson, Alwert - blue (outside first grade classrooms)
- San Nicolas - restroom within classroom
- Heichel & Richards - red (outside kindergarten classrooms)
- Delich, Taylor, Meier - yellow (outside second/third grade classrooms)
- Flickner, Trampush, Shoe - orange (outside Resource room)
- Keck, Kelley, Jacoby - green (gym bathroom)
Only one student can use the restroom at a time. There are "Wait Here" circles in the hallway that students should stop at and verbally check if bathroom is clear before entering. Students must wash their hands with soap and water before returning to class.
Walkers and pick up students will be released at 3:15.
Walkers will go directly out the front doors to the sidewalk.
Pick up students will gather in the gym. Spots have been marked on the floor and students will be seated 6 feet apart by cohort. Once a student's name is called they will exit from the gym side doors and walk to the front of the building and get in their car.
Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:30. They will exit out the second floor doors to the bus zone and will wait on a spot 6-feet socially distanced until the bus driver allows them to board.
Non-Attendance Day Expectations
On the three days that students are not attending in person, instruction, assignments and homework will be provided. Teachers may choose to send home paper materials or may provide assignments in Seesaw or Google Classroom.
Attendance on these days will be based on activity. Students will be expected to demonstrate work completion on their assignments or online learning programs such as iXL or Reflex Math.
Counselor Corner with Mrs. Schwarze
Courage is to choose what is good, right, and kind, even when it’s hard or scary. We will focus on this character trait for the whole month of October. This week some of you will begin class in-person with kids you might not know and a teacher you might not know too. Some of you will continue to have school online with possibly a new teacher and students you may not recognize. It takes courage to walk into new things. No one loves to do what is hard or scary in the moment, but when we push into the unknown with the superpower of courage, we often reap big rewards. You might feel that flutter in your tummy like there are butterflies in there this week with all the newness in front of you. That is totally normal! Move forward with courage and try to take it a moment at a time. You have so many people at school that are here to support you, you are not alone!
I am in the building Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday afternoons should you need to visit with me at school. I am in the same office as I have been in the past right by the library. I am also available by email or phone, so don’t ever hesitate to reach out.
Counselor Corner slide decks will be back this week. Stay tuned for more information as I work out how best to deliver these now that we are in a hybrid model. Take care Tigers! We are all in this together.
PTA Upcoming Events
Our fall membership drive resulted in 97 new TCE PTA members. Welcome and thank you for supporting our students and our school this year. Our membership drive prize winners are below. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange prize pick up. Congratulations!
- Angelia Carvalho (Norah & Margot Cowan) - Dinner for 4 at MOD Pizza
- Gina Polenski (Lacey Holbrook) - Tiger Pride Hoodies
- Megan Vogel (Otto, Soren, Maria Vogel) - Scooter
In October, our TCE PTA has many fun and engaging events planned. More details will be shared in the next couple of weeks, but mark your calendars for these dates:
- VIRTUAL Jog-A-Thon fundraiser event on Wednesday, October 21
- MOD Pizza fundraiser event on Sunday, October 25
- Honk or Treat Halloween drive thru event on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00-7:00
- Taproot Theater Virtual Assembly on Wednesday, October 28