Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #12

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November 2, 2020

Greetings TCES Terrapins!

SMCPS has slightly modified our return plan by pushing the start of Phase 2 to Wed, Nov 4. Please read the SMCPS October 30 Update for more information.

Last week, we welcomed our Kindergarten students into the building for the very first time. The energy and excitement could be felt throughout our entire school! We are so proud of our students and grateful for our teachers, staff, and families. Safety continues to be our top priority.

K & 1: we can't wait to welcome you back on Wed (Hybrid A) and Thurs (Hybrid B) of this week!

All the best,

Lindsay Brenfleck

1st Ever TCES Boo-Fest Drive-Thru!


Many, many thanks to all of our families and staff who donated candy for our First EVER TCES Boo-Fest Drive-Thru.

What a fun event; we thoroughly enjoyed seeing our students and families!

The great success of this event is due to YOU!

Important Dates

  • Tues, Nov 3: Election Day, No School

Hybrid Group Return Dates [Calendar Link]:

  • *DATE CHANGE* Wed, Nov 4 (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

  • Wed, Nov 11: Veterans' Day, No School
  • Thurs, Nov 12: Report Card Distribution
Directions to Receive Text Alerts [Link]

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TCES Hybrid Groups [A/B Groups]

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


Specials are SYNCHRONOUS/LIVE this week.

Updated Hybrid Schedules

[Effective 11/4 for K,1 & 11/16 for 2-5]:

SMCPS Food & Nutrition Services


Complete this form if you'd like take-home meals to be sent home with your TCES Hybrid Learner!

Student Arrival and Dismissal

Bus Reminders & Links

  • Masks are required.

  • Bus routes and times - SMCPS Elocator

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

I highly recommend tracking your student's bus through herecomesthebus.com (school code 86563) and/or the "Here Comes the Bus" app on your phone. Select this link for more info

Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up Reminders

Adults remain in vehicles and arrive on time (space is limited).

AM Arrival - staff members direct students from their vehicles beginning at 8:45am

PM Dismissal - drivers enter the vehicle lot, turn left, and drive down to the stop sign in a single-file line

  • 3:30pm - K,1,2 (and their intermediate 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 show photo ID to staff members
  • Students are escorted to vehicles

SMCPS 1:1 Devices

Ms. Stearns is in the process of assigning devices to those who have not yet been issued their iPad (K-1) or laptop (2-5). Your child's teacher will be in touch regarding expectations for transporting devices to and from school. Teachers may offer the option for students to store SMCPS-issued devices in the classroom if families plan for students to continue using personal devices while learning at home.

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



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.

[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)
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