Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #1

August 3, 2020


Welcome back to our returning families and students! A warm welcome to our new Terrapin families! You will soon learn that our TCES School Community is one of kindness, collaboration, and high academic achievement.

We are just four weeks away from the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This first SY21 issue of ourTerrapin Tidbits highlights some key details for families preparing for the fall.

We have staff on-site at our school and we welcome your questions and inquiries. Please call 301-863-4044, refer to the SMCPS website, or our TCES website for additional information.

Stay safe, keep smiling, and enjoy this last month of summer!


Lindsay Brenfleck

PS In case you missed it, here is the link to Superintendent Smith's July 30, 2020 communication to families.

Online/Virtual Learning

The new school year will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020, with all students enrolled in online/virtual courses through the Schoology Learning Management System.

Schoology (SKOOL-uh-je)

Schoology allows for teacher-led, interactive, standards-aligned instruction & assessment. Each teacher’s class will be in a closed session with the students in that class. Through this closed classroom environment, online learning will include face-to-face video instruction, screencasts provided by the teacher, and interactive instructional activities.

An overview of the Schoology Platform begins at 27:40 of last Wednesday's Town Hall Meeting below.

Town Hall Meeting - Fall 2020 Safe Return - 7/29/2020 Update

Technology Survey

Technology access will be imperative for all students. SMCPS has been working throughout the summer to pursue funding to purchase and prepare laptops/devices for distribution for students who do not have or are unable to obtain a device. Personally owned devices can also be used to access online course material.

Minimum device specifications:

  • Windows 10; iOs 11; Android version 6

  • Chrome (latest version); Safari Versions 10 and 11; Firefox (latest version); Edge for Windows 10

Please respond to the TCES online survey to let us know if your student has a device or access, as well as technology needs. Please complete a separate form for each child. The link to all schools’ surveys is posted online at this link: SMCPS Technology Surveys by School.

Please complete the survey for each of your students by Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

TCES School Device Response Survey [LINK]

Please complete this form for all TCES students in your household. Each student will require access to his/her own device.

Student Registration

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year is OPEN! Please pass along this information to any folks you may meet who are new to our district. Children who turn 5 by September 1st are required by State Law to register for school. We want to meet all new families and embrace them with warmth and kindness...even in these times of face coverings and social distancing!

Please call 301-863-4044 or email Ms. Tammy Ogle tbogle@smcps.org for assistance with the registration process.

Countywide Enrollment [LINK]

At this time, school buildings are open by appointment only. Registration documents and instructions can be found here.

Countywide Pre-K/Head Start Online Application [LINK]

SMCPS is pleased to announce that beginning June 15 an online application process for Pre-K/Head Start will be open to determine eligibility for SY21.

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Additional information will be shared between now and the first day of school for students on August 31, 2020. A Board of Education meeting will be held on August 12, where SMCPS will present the Plan for Reopening which will be submitted to MSDE.

SMCPS Recovery Plan Link

SMCPS YouTube Channel

Race and Equity Resources

SMCPS - Equity Matters

Mental Health Resources

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]