Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #14

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November 16, 2020

Greetings Terrapins!

Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.

-Richelle E. Goodrich

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am especially thankful for our TCES School Family and Community. I am grateful for our students and their dedication to learning. I am grateful to our teachers and support staff for their innovative problem-solving, flexibility, and commitment to our students. I am grateful to you, our TCES families, for the ongoing support of our students and instructional program. We know it isn't easy and we could not do it without you.

Thank you.

Warm regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

11.13.2020 Letter from Dr. Smith

This communication from our SMCPS Superintendent explains why we are pausing in-person instruction for the next three weeks. Select the button above to read more.

Important Dates

  • Mon, Nov 16 - Fri, Dec 4: Due to ongoing high positivity rates of COVID-19 Cases in our area, there will be No In-Person Instruction

  • Wed, Nov 25- Fri, Nov 27: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Nov 16-20: American Education Week

For over 95 years, American Education Week has celebrated the hard-working men and women who work on behalf of America’s students. We appreciate the outstanding work and contributions of teachers, bus drivers, paraeducators, cafeteria workers, school nurses, school secretaries, building service workers and countless others!

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Board of Education will recognize American Education Week and Educational Support Professionals Day at its meeting.

THANK YOU to our staff, volunteers, and our entire school community who joins together to help our students!

TCES Educational Support Professionals

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We Appreciate You!

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SPECIALS are LiVe this week!

B Week: Specials are SYNCHRONOUS/LIVE on Google Meet this week.

Specialists' Google Meet Codes:

  • PE: tcessettle
  • Music: tcesnazimek
  • Art: tcessquier
  • Media: tcesstearns


Marking Period 1 Standards-Based Report Cards are now available on the Home Access Center. Select this link [HAC] and follow these [directions] to view.

Tip: Select the print button for a more viewer-friendly version of the SBRC.

Monitor Students' Progress

Quarter Two is well underway! Watch the SMCPS Schoology video below to learn how to track assignment completion and set up email notifications.
Parent View of Grades

AUP Form - Please Complete

SMCPS needs your response!

If you have not already completed the SMCPS Acceptable Use Policy and Online Platforms, please do so today!

Thank you, TCES Community!


Pretzel Breathing

"Pretzel breathing helps us to get our body calm and our mind ready to learn."

Thank you, Mrs. Beltran, for demonstrating how we can use this breathing strategy to ease frustration and prepare to learn.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Look for the next issue of the Terrapin Tidbits after the holiday.

[LINK] Technology Assistance

Technology support: Phone number (301) 475-2138 Option 1or email helpdesk@smcps.org

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  • Website: https://schools.smcps.org/tces/
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