Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #22

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February 1, 2021

Greetings Terrapin Families!

This week's issue comes to you filled with excitement and hope over the brighter days ahead. We are celebrating that return dates for students are set and the fact that our SMCPS educators are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dr. Smith shared this letter [LINK] with families last Thursday as a follow-up to Wednesday's BOE Meeting [LINK]. Check out the rest of this issue for more details!


Lindsay Brenfleck

Notable Dates

  • Feb 1-5: Counselor Appreciation Week
  • Tues, Feb 3 (changed from 2/2): Report Card Distribution
  • Mon, Feb 15: Holiday, Presidents' Day - No School

  • Tues, Feb 16: Phase 2 (K, 1), Group B Students Return
  • Wed, Feb 17: Phase 2 (K, 1), Group A Students Return

  • Fri, Feb 26: 2 Hour Early Release; MP3 Interim

  • Mon, Mar 1: Phase 3 (2-5) begins

National School Counseling Week: Feb 1-5, 2021

Thank you, Ms. Maier, for all you do for our students, families, and TCES!

We appreciate you!

Asynchronous Specials

A Week 2/1 - 2/5: Specials are asynchronous/independent on Schoology this week.

Hybrid & Virtual Learning *Update*

Week of Feb 16: Welcome Back KG and Gr 1 Students

Hybrid (M/W or T/Th) schedule resumes!

Week of Mar 1: Welcome Back Gr 2, 3, 4, and 5 Students

Hybrid (M/W or T/Th) schedule begins!

The "virtual" option remains in effect.

IMPORTANT: With students returning to the Hybrid Model [LINK] of Instruction, we need to confirm students' learning locations. Expect a call-out message with a follow-up text and email for each of your TCES students this week. The message will communicate which learning location (Hybrid A, Hybrid B, Virtual) that we have on record for your student.

If you have questions or need to make a change, email Mrs. Suzanne VerHaagh smverhaagh@smcps.org or call our office 301-863-4044.

Accessing Report Cards on HAC

Marking Period 2 Standards-Based Report Cards will be available on the Home Access Center [HAC] on Wednesday, February 3.

Teachers will email narrative reports directly to parents/guardians on Wednesday, February 3.

Parent Guardian Email Digest

SMCPS Food & Nutrition Services

Meal distribution for all students will continue at all sites on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Starting this week, Friday distribution will include meals for Saturday and Sunday.

SELECT THIS LINK to sign up to have your student who is attending school in-person receive take-home meal bags at the end of the school day for the following day's hybrid schedule.

[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]

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

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.