Eagle Update

TLCA Parent Newsletter - February

All You need is Love

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching you see hearts everywhere. Cards, candy, you name it, it's everywhere. While this holiday may be just another way to spend money, it is a good reminder of the importance of telling people you love and care about them. So let me take this opportunity to let you know how much I love and care about your children. I'm grateful that you have chosen TLCA for your child.

After School Tutoring (3rd-9th)

We are now offering tutoring every week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Wednesdays will be for Reading for 3rd-9th grade.

Thursdays will be for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade MATH.
Fridays will be for 6th-9th grade Math.
Each day is from 4pm-6pm. (Must be picked up AT 6pm from 3-9th building)

There is a permission slip that must be filled out for students to attend.

If a student is performing above the grade level they are in or at a certain percentage, they may not be eligible for this.

Synergize

Synergize is when two or more people work together to create a better solution that either would have thought of alone. It’s not your way or my way, but a better way.
Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

WE WANT YOU!!!!!

TLCA needs volunteers, there are many ways in which you can help! If you are able to help in any of the following capacities, please fill out a volunteer form (available in the front office) Thank you!

Opportunities:- Beautifying the flower beds in front of the buildings (we may organize a weekend for this, but any help here is appreciated!)

-BOOK FAIR: run register, help students count money/find books, etc.

-Helping in classrooms by going over math facts, spelling words, or vocabulary (for times, check with your child's teacher)

-Lunchroom monitoring (assisting students with opening packages, etc)

-Making copies, laminating, etc.

-Sorting and labeling books for the new library

-Dismissal crossing guards

Attendance

Attendance is vital to a student's success in school. Each day or even hour that they miss can significantly impact their achievement in class. Please be sure to get student's here on time AND be mindful of "early outs" (leaving before 3:30) as those can also effect them. Here is the school (aligned with state) policy on attendance.

In support of this critical need, Texas Education Code Subchapter C, Section 25.092 states that a student must be in attendance at least 90% of the instructional days of the school year to receive credit. Kindergarten through eighth grade students who accrue more than 18 absences in a school year may be subject to repeating the grade level. Accrual of excessive absences is subject to review and possible referral for truancy. When a student’s absence for personal illness exceeds three consecutive days, the student shall present a statement from a physician or health clinic which verifies the illness or other condition requiring the student’s extended absence from school. If the student has missed 9 days, a physician’s or clinic’s statement of illness will be required for every subsequent absence. The student and/or parent is required to deliver a physician’s or clinic’s statement of illness within 3 school days to the school secretary of the student’s assigned campus or this absence will be deemed unexcused.


DISCRETIONARY EXPULSION

Offense: Excessive or persistent absenteeism, being absent, without acceptable excuse, more than 3 times in a 4-week period or 10 times in a 6 month period.

Penalty: Truancy action and/or discretionary expulsion.

For additional information regarding expulsion see policy posted at http://texasleadership.net Compliance-Board Policies-Expulsion Policy

Week of February 12th "Valentine's Grams"

Students or parents can purchase various items for students throughout the week as a special treat. Items will be delivered at the end of each day!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The following students were reported to be doing an outstanding job this past month

Addyson Luckett- Kinder Madison Moore- Kinder Jacari Triplett- Kinder

Elise Lauderdale- 1st Audrey Evans- 1st Mikaela Gomez- 1st

Rhys Bordelon- 2nd Titus Lowrie- 2nd Julene Diza- 2nd Elijah Spillman- 2nd

Isabella Garza- 3rd Alexis Pipkins- 3rd Julissa Dimas- 3rd Kaylee Quinones-3rd

Dutch Lowrie -4th Caleb Page- 4th Allison Martinez- 4th

Alexis Mugo -5th Jasleili Castrejon-6th Jonathan Kaniki- 6th

Elizabeth Conley-6th Faith Denard-6th Rachel Oyesile-7th

Alesiana Sanders- 7th Dante Martinez-8th Antonio Price- 9th

Carlos Fernandez-Cartagena-7th Kamsi Anyaka-7th Marquise Snead-7th



WAY TO GO EAGLES!!! I am very proud of these students as well as all of our amazing students!

CAMPUS WIDE EVENTS

February 5th "COLLEGE SHIRT DAY" (with khaki pants)

February 9th TLCA Olympics "Opening Ceremonies" 8:00am

February 13th- FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT 5:30pm-7:30pm

February 14th- Valentine's Class Parties 2-3pm

February 16th- Student Holiday (Staff Professional Development)

February 19th- President's Day--NO SCHOOL

February 23rd TLCA Olympics "Closing Ceremonies" 8:00am

Staff Spotlight

Meet Mandi McBain- K-2 Assistant Principal

Mandi McBain joined our Abilene campus of Texas Leadership Charter Academy in 2015. She transferred to our Arlington campus in 2016. Mrs. McBain has taught both first and second grade as well as serving as our campus reading interventionist.


Mandi McBain grew up in SE Texas, graduated from Brazosport High School and moved to the Arlington, TX area in 2000. She attended TCC, received a BA from UNT in 2006, and her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. Mrs. McBain believes in creating a safe environment where students feel comfortable and are able to express themselves freely. She wants all children to know that they are loved each and every day.


During her free time, Mrs. McBain enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, their four children, and spending time outdoors.

Meet Kevin Roe- 3rd-9th Assistant Principal

My name is Kevin Roe, and I am the Assistant Principal for 3rd-9th Grade. This is my 3rd year at TLCA, and I have taught computers, speech, and leadership, coached several sports, and served as Leadership Coordinator and Parent Liaison. I'm an Arlington native and graduated from Lamar High School, Baylor University (B.A.), Truett Seminary (M.Div.), and UTA (M.Ed.). My wife Rebecca (Nurse Roe) and I have been married for 17 years and have 3 kids. I enjoy sports and music, and I also pastor NorthPointe Baptist Church. My goal is to help students, families, and staff work together to fulfill our campus vision of being a "community that fosters and facilitates a love of learning and a strong culture of leadership."

Meet Denver Bowden- Coach and History Teacher

I grew up in Gilmer, TX. I graduated college from the University of Texas at Tyler with a B.S. in History. I previously have worked at Carrollton Christian Academy where I was the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, at Canyon Creek Christian Academy where I was the Associate Head Football Coach and K-8 P.E. Teacher and Lakehill Preparatory School where I was an Assistant Head Football Coach, Middle School Basketball Coach, and Middle School Baseball. I currently live in Plano with my wife of two years.

Meet Britney Carroll

I graduated, from The University of North Texas, with a degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2001. I began teaching in 2003. I have taught both 1st and 2nd grade. I am now currently a reading specialist. I will be returning to The University of North Texas this year to work on my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. I grew up near Houston but have lived in the DFW area for 19 years. I have been married for 17 years. I have 3 boys ages 20, 16, and 8.

Meet Jordan Wohlwend- 2nd Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Jordan Wohlwend and I am the new second grade teacher at TLCA. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and recently moved to Texas with my husband. In my free time I love to travel, hike, camp, scrapbook, and spend time with my family. I am so excited for the opportunity to teach at such a great school!