Terrapin Tidbits

SY20 TCES Family Issue #28

April 14, 2020

Greetings Terrapins!

I hope last week's spring break provided your family with many opportunities to smile, laugh, and make fun memories.

As a reminder, Terrapin Tidbits, Issue #27 was packed full of information about our continuous learning opportunity that officially begins today. Our outstanding teachers are eager to work collaboratively with you to help our students regularly access and make academic progress in the Imagine Learning platform.

Take care, stay well, and keep smiling.


Lindsay Brenfleck

SMCPS Update 1 [LINK]

Throughout the extended school closure, SMCPS is providing continuous opportunities for learning. This not our normal way of doing business, so there are many questions. SMCPS will provide ongoing updates for these questions in this format.

Notable Dates

  • April 15, 2020: Report Cards available on HAC

  • The SMCPS Academy Application Window is still open! Students interested in applying for the STEM Academy grades 4-9, the Acadamy of Global and International Studies, the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Academy of Finance must complete an online application. Academy Applications will close on Friday, April 17, 2020. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

  • April 22, 2020: Purple Up! for military kids

  • School Buildings Closed: State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon has announced that Maryland public schools will be closed through Friday, April 24, 2020.
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TCES Yearbook Pre-Order Instructions [LINK]

Last Call! Cost $16.04 + 1.96 [tax and handling] = $18.00 Deadline: April 17, 2020

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TCES Teacher Office Hours [LINK]

We will be available via email to answer and respond to questions and concerns. Although staff may be available outside of these times, please be aware that responses to any communications received outside of these hours may be delayed. Thank you!

Marking Period 3 Report Cards: Available on HAC April 15

  • Directions on how to access the Home Access Center [LINK] and where to find the report card can be accessed here: SMCPS HAC Manual [LINK].
  • Please email Suzanne VerHaagh smverhaagh@smcps.org for your HAC username and/or password.
  • For students in Grades K–4, teacher narrative comments will be emailed separately.
  • Individual progress reports for students receiving special education services will also be emailed.

April is the Month of the Military Child

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RESOURCE: On-line Reading Material

There are thousands of books available on-line. This screencast [LINK] walks you through some of the options available to SMCPS students. Many of them are searchable by grade level and some are available in read-aloud format. This screencast is just one of the resources linked on the SMCPS Library Media site [LINK].
Children's Activity: COVID-19 Time Capsule [LINK]

The COVID-19 time capsule is created by Long Creations – and gives your child an opportunity to document what we’re going through. It’s something to save and look back on at the role they played in this historic moment.

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Hello from our Intermediate TCES Bunch!

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Are You Receiving Text Alerts? [Link]

Stay up to date on events, closings, and alerts!

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