Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #8

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October 5, 2020

Greetings Terrapins Families!


We can't wait to safely welcome our students back into the building! Dr. Smith presented our new return dates during last Wednesday's BOE Meeting and shared this letter with all SMCPS families on Friday afternoon.


Action Item by 10/9: TCES Return to School Response Form

With the change of return dates:

  • If you have already completed the form and you are not changing your response, you do not need to complete it again.
  • If you have already completed the form and you are changing your response, please complete the form again.
  • If you have not completed the form - please do so.


Your responses provide important information to help us plan appropriately for our students returning to school for each phase. We will be communicating hybrid A/B assignments once we have received all responses. We respectfully request your response by Fri, Oct 9.


Kind regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

Important Dates


  • Mon, Oct 12 - Two Hour Early Release; Parent/Teacher Conferences in PM


  • Wed, Oct 28 - Kindergarten Students Return


  • Mon, Nov 2 - Grade 1 Students Return


  • Mon, Nov 16 - Grades 2-5 Students Return

10/5-9 B Week: Synchronous (Live) Specials

TCES Specials are live on B Weeks!
*Note: Tues, 10/6 Art will be asynchronous! Ms. Squier will host synchronous (Live) art lessons next Tuesday, 10/13 during A week. This impacts students in Miller, Beltran, Jones, Combs, Galati, and Rushworth's classes.

Action Items:

1. Return to School Response Form

2. Permission for Individual Conferencing

We're 75% of the way there! If you have not done so already, please complete this Google Form: Permission for Individual Conferencing for each TCES student in your home after reading this information re: DIBELS administration.

3. PTA: Help [Still] Wanted!

Our TCES PTA is currently seeking PTA Board Members for the 2020-2021 school year. Please email our PTA at towncreekelementarypta@gmail.com to express your interest. We look forward to working with you! Email by this Friday, October 9.

TCES Educators are Excellent!

Excellence in Online Teaching

Help us recognize Excellence in Online Teaching. There are incredible examples in our little school and across our school system of educators who have demonstrated caring and connectedness with their students. Submit your nomination using THIS FORM.
SMCPS Update

SMCPS Biweekly Update for St. Mary's County Public Schools Families

SMCPS 10/2 Update

Select the gray button above to review important information about:


  • Upcoming School System Calendar Dates
  • Updated Fall 2020 Return to School Schedule
  • Safety Protocols
  • Return to School Response Form
  • Excellence in Online Teaching
  • Student Handbooks
  • Meal Services: National School Lunch week
[LINK] Technology Assistance

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

Directions to Receive Text Alerts [Link]

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

Communication Methods

  • School Telephone: (301) 863-4044
  • Website: https://schools.smcps.org/tces/
  • Twitter: @TCES_SMCPS
  • School Messenger: phone, email, SMS (text messages)
  • SY20 Issues of the Terrapin Tidbits [LINK]