Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #11

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October 26, 2020

Hello Town Creek Families,

We are so excited to welcome our youngest learners back to the building over the next week and a half! Read on for important safety information regarding the return of students (LINK: hybrid schedule) as well as details about this week's exciting events (RRW, Boo Thru).

It's a great day to be a Terrapin!


Lindsay Brenfleck

LINK: TCES Safe Return to School Video

Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Kile produced this TCES Return to School Video with support from Mrs. Carrigg, Mrs. Squier, Miss Moore and several other members of our terrific terrapin team. Select the button and view with your student(s)!

Important Dates

  • Fri, Oct 30: TCES "Boo Fest Drive-Thru" from 2:30-3:30pm

Hybrid Group Return Dates [Calendar Link]:

  • Wed, Oct 28 (Hybrid Group A) & Thurs, Oct 29 (Hybrid Group B) - K Students Return
  • Mon, Nov 2 (Hybrid Group A) & Thurs, Nov 5 (Hybrid Group B) - 1st Grade Students Return
  • Mon, Nov 16 (Hybrid Group A) & Tues, 17 (Hybrid Group B) - Grades 2-5 Students Return

  • Tues, Nov 3: Election Day, No School
  • Wed, Nov 11: Veterans' Day, No School
TCES Hybrid Groups [A/B Groups]

A Group --> Mon/Wed _____ B Group --> Tues/Thurs

Link: Add your Red Ribbon Week photos here!

Select this button and add your Red Ribbon Week photos to our Padlet! Ms. Maier will approve your posts and Mrs. Brenfleck will be adding a few photos to Twitter this week.

First Ever TCES Boo Fest Drive Thru!

Friday, Oct. 30th, 2:30-3:30pm

45805 Dent Drive

Lexington Park, MD

Drive-thru our bus loop to see our staff dressed in costume! Mrs. Brenfleck will send a Google Form so students can vote for "best costume!"

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

"Boo Fest Drive Thru" - Donations Still Needed

To make this event happen, we need your help!

Please assist with donations by dropping off individually wrapped bags of Halloween candy to TCES. Consider peanut-free options.

Call ahead to schedule your drop off time between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm starting today through Wed, Oct 28. (301)863-4044

Question: How will specials schedules change when students return to TCES?

SMCPS 1:1 Devices

SMCPS has received the resources to ensure that each child will have his/her own device (iPad, K-2; laptop, 2-5). Each student will have a device issued to them similar to the way textbooks are assigned.

Each TCES teacher will be in communication to inform families whether students will need to transport their SMCPS-issued devices to and from school. For students currently using personal devices, teachers may offer the option for students to store SMCPS-issued devices in the classroom.

If you would like to have your student's device checked out prior to their return-to-school date, please contact Suzanne VerHaagh in our main office to schedule a device pick-up time.



Student Arrival and Dismissal

Bus Transportation

  • In accordance with CDC recommendations, the SMCPS Transportation Department is working with its bus contractors to ensure that there is only one child assigned per seat (same household may sit together).

  • All students will be required to wear a mask while on the school bus.

  • Bus routes and times can be found by selecting SMCPS Elocator on the SMCPS Transportation Bus Stop & School Locator Page.

  • Track the real-time location of your child’s bus through the “Here Comes the Bus” app or at herecomesthebus.com (school code 86563).

  • Please note: There will be no bus passes provided this year for students. Students must ride their assigned bus home.

Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up

We appreciate your patience, grace, and smiles as we implement a new everyday car rider procedure this school year.

All adults transporting children must remain in their vehicles. Please arrive
on-time as our parking and space for vehicles is very limited.

Arrival -

  • Staff members will direct students from their cars beginning at 8:45am

  • Students will enter the school and walk to their classrooms (or cafeteria if they are having breakfast)

Dismissal -

3:30pm - K,1,2 (and their siblings) Every Day Car Rider Pick-up

~3:45pm - Buses Depart (after all primary students are safely in vehicles)

3:50pm - 3-5 Every Day Car Rider Pick-up

  • Drivers will show photo ID to staff members
  • Staff members will radio for students
  • Students will be escorted to vehicles

Health and Safety Corner

Safe Student Return Plan - for our Families

We will teach, promote, and foster appropriate health and hygiene practices on mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent handwashing. All of these practices align with our revised PBIS Matrix. We all work together to keep everyone safe.

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PBIS School-Wide Behavior Matrix

Our PBIS Team has revised our TCES School-Wide Behavior Matrix to include our new Safety Expectations. Ask your child how many expectations they recall from last year. Review the new safety expectations (in red) prior to your child's return date. Our teachers and staff will be reviewing, teaching, and providing opportunities for students to practice these expectations.

TCES Educators are Excellent!

[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)
  • Previous Issues of the Terrapin Tidbits [LINK]