Elementary Newsletter

From the Desk of Mrs. Buchanan-Rivera

Dear Families,

These first few weeks of school have been joyful and full of excitement! It is rewarding to see the smiling faces of your children! Every day I witness God’s love through interactions between educators and students. The sense of belonging is evident within classrooms, hallways and throughout the building! We are off to a great start and I am looking forward to all of the great things that God has in store for TPCA this year!


When we belong to a purpose, mission, or organization, we intentionally strive to function in ways that align with the correlating vision. Therefore, as a school and ministry, we also want our students to operate in ways that honor and glorify God. Thus, a Positive School-Wide Behavior (PBS) committee of TPCA educators developed biblically-influenced guidelines, known as P.R.A.I.S.E.: Prepare Respect, Affirm, Integrity, Safety, and Engage. This acronym serves as common language among all K-8 grade students. You may hear your student(s) talk about P.R.A.I.S.E. and how those concepts are applied in various settings. Each month the students will also delve into an in-depth study of a particular fruit of the spirit. Love is the fruit of focus for September. The students are doing a wonderful job with our school-wide expectations!

Writers Workshop Initiative

K-4 teachers have a daily writing block incorporated into their schedules this year. We have developed a partnership with Butler University which has helped to deepen our understandings of the workshop model for writing. Elementary teachers also attended a writing conference led by Matt Glover, who has done extensive research on a national level pertaining to writing in primary grades. Teachers are consistently learning and implementing strategies that will guide students in conventional as well as compositional writing. We are eager to see how our community of writers will grow throughout the year.

Tip for Families:

If you want to motivate your child to write, then try implementing an interactive writing journal! Take a notebook and write a question pertaining to your child’s day. Inform your student to respond to your writing and commence an ongoing dialogue with your student… it could last for years! This practice inspires students to write in partnership with those they love and makes a great keepsake too!


Eagle up is a block of time within the instructional schedule (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) that allows students to participate in skill-based groups for the enhancement of learning. Interventions and enrichment opportunities will be implemented based on data in order to accelerate all learners. Teachers are still assessing students to determine skills of emphasis. We anticipate starting EAGLE UP towards the end of September once data (NWEA) is collected and analyzed. Meanwhile, teachers are using that time to assess students and reteach skills.


Parent Information Night will be held on September 14, 2015. Mr. Ron Evans will give an overview of our 15-16 Goals at 6:15pm. There will be two sessions following the opening presentation. Families will directly report to the homeroom of their student. The first session will begin promptly at 6:30pm and the second will start at 7:10pm. The second session is offered for families who may have more than one student enrolled at TPCA. We hope to see you there!

God Bless,

Mrs. Erica Buchanan-Rivera