TCS@ODU Family Newsletter

February 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Fri. Feb. 19 - OELPA Testing - Click here to RSVP
  • Tues. Feb. 23 - Free Produce Drive-Thru - 4:00-6:00pm
  • Tues. Feb. 23 - Family Crew - 6:00-6:45pm
  • Wed. Feb. 24 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm
  • Fri. Feb. 26 - OELPA Testing - Click here to RSVP
  • Wed. March 3 - SAT Testing
  • Fri. March 5 - OELPA Testing - Click here to RSVP
  • Wed. March 10 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm
  • Wed. March 10 - Quarter 3 Ends
  • Thurs. March 11 - Fri. March 12 - No School Mid March Break
  • Mon. March 15 - No School - PD Day
  • Tues. March 23 - Family Crew - 6:00-6:45pm
  • Wed. March 24 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm

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Have you completed the Family Feedback Survey?

As we consider the opportunity to return to in-person school this spring, we value the feedback of our families as part of the decision making process. We invite you to share your ideas and questions below. Please be assured that any decision to return to the building would include safety protocols for our entire community and will be communicated ahead of time allowing you and your family the opportunity to prepare. Thank you for your input.

Click here to complete the survey.

OELPA Testing Starts Feb. 19

Annual OELPA testing will start on February 19th for students receiving ESOL services. English learners will need to come to the TCS building for testing. Letters with dates and times and other information were sent out in early February. Please contact us at if you have questions or if you did not receive a letter about your English learner's testing. Click here to RSVP for the OELPA test.

SAT Testing for 11th Graders on March 3

SAT testing for 11th graders will be taking place on Wed. March 3 at TCS@ODU. Students should arrive at 8:15am with testing starting at 8:30am. If a student is late they will not be able to take the test. Face masks are required in the building and during testing at all times. Ask your student about the e-mail they received with details about testing. Student must RSVP (link will be in the e-mail) to take the state-funded SAT. Students should utilize Khan Academy’s free SAT Testing Resources to prepare for the test. These resources can be found at

TCS@ODU Family Crew

Please join us for the February Family Crew (Tues. Feb. 23 - 6:00-6:45pm) during which we will all learn more about Crew, with a focus on Social and Emotional Learning.

At the end of January we launched Family Crew, an opportunity for families to learn and connect with our essential core practice of Crew. Mindfulness was the focus of this Crew session. We enjoyed an hour together of interaction between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Visit the school website for more information and resources.

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Free Produce Drive-Thru Tues. Feb. 23 at 4:00pm!

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Did you miss TGFS College Access Night?

Every TCS@ODU Student Until the End of the School Year Qualifies to Receive Free Breakfast and Lunch!

REMINDER that TCS students are able to receive FREE MEALS for the 20/21 school year. Students and parents can sign up below to pick up school meals on either Tuesdays or Fridays between 10AM-1:00PM. We ask that you call the office when you arrive and a staff member will meet you at your car. Please sign up in advance to ensure an accurate count. Call 614-258-8588 with any questions.


Free Internet Hot Spots Available for All Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch!

Through a partnership with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and PCs For People we are offering free Internet Hot Spots to all families eligible for free or reduced lunch. If you are eligible, please call the front office to set up an appointment to pick up a hot spot to improve internet access for student Chromebooks. Click here to complete a Free and Reduced lunch application. Please contact the front desk (614-258-8588) with any questions.

When you shop at Kroger, and/or Amazon you can help TCS@ODU raise money for class supplies


Go to: or call 1-800-837-4483 to enroll in the program. If you enrolled last year you must re-enroll each year to help TCS@ODU. Add TCS@ODU to your card. You can search for TCS by name or use our school code: DC649. Shop! Every time you use your Kroger Rewards Card TCS@ODU gets rebates. Kroger totals those rebates and sends TCS@ODU a check.


Amazon Smile gives to The Charles School! When you make a purchase on Amazon they will now donate 0.5% of your total purchase to TCS@ODU. Go to to start shopping!

Do you know anyone interested in attending TCS@ODU?

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The Graham Family of Schools COVID Policies:

  • Any visitor or staff member entering the building will be required to have their temperature taken and logged.
  • Masks on. If you are entering the building you must wear a mask.
  • If you have been sick, have a fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or recent loss of smell please do not enter the building.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between one another.
  • Wash your hands for the safety of everyone. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Use a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

All of our buildings have contactless thermometers that will be sanitized between each use. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to any of our COVID policies please feel free call the front office at 614-258-8588.

EL Education

Our partnership with EL Education empowers our teachers to unleash the potential of their students. EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning , and the culture of schools. Watch this space for information each month about design principles.


The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University is proud to be a member of the Ohio Early College Association. Representatives from each of the 13 Ohio Early College High Schools meet monthly to share best practices and resources, plan occasional group initiatives, and celebrate our work.

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The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University has been a member of Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) since opening the school in 2007. MCNC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of high school students across the country who have access to college classes with an integrated support system that positions students for success. Member schools develop and sustain a successful model of collaborative education that expands student's future opportunities.

TCS@ODU is a School-wide Title 1 program, enabling us to receive Federal Funds to ensure that our students receive the support they need to reach and exceed grade level goals in reading and math. We welcome parent involvement in planning, review and improvement of Title 1 programs including the family engagement policy and the schoolwide program plan. Please contact Debbie Addison at with any questions.


Per House Bill 21 community schools are now required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please be sure to contact the school immediately in case of an address change. Proof of residency must be submitted within two weeks of an address change. If evidence is not provided, requests for additional documentation or a home visit may occur.

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