Monday Message 8-29-2022


TeSA Families,

As a uniformed school, we take pride in seeing our students representing TeSA through their clothing. We know Flynn O'Hara has many items on back-order, and we appreciate everyone trying to dress as closely to the requirements as possible while waiting on missing items. Thank you for referencing the dress code policy in the handbook and linked below. Please note the following most common uniform concerns:

  • All sweaters/jackets must contain a TeSA logo. Non-TeSA hoodies, jackets, etc. are only allowed outside for arrival, recess, and dismissal.
  • All khaki skirts, shorts, and pants must match the Flynn O'Hara style and color. If you chose to select these items at another store, please bring along a picture for reference.
  • Only the TeSA P.E./Dance shirt or a solid grey shirt are allowed in P.E. (Unfortunately, there was a misprint on the website regarding COWTOWN and Field Day shirts. Those shirts should be saved for Spirit Days only.)
  • Students may wear any style or color of closed-toe/closed-heel shoes, but tennis shoes must be worn for PE.

If your child is out of uniform compliance, one of the teachers will be sending home a dress code violation form. If you have any questions or concerns about the dress code, please reach out.

Artistically & Academically Yours,

Betsy Compton, M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed.



TeSA strives to create a positive learning environment for all students. Through teaching our behavior expectations and focusing on positive character development, we do our best to provide a school in which every student can grow academically, emotionally, and socially. We use the acronym STAR to define both student characteristics and behaviors. Please check your child's folder/binder every day to see if your child earned a sticker/stamp to indicate all behavior expectations were met, or the letter corresponding to one of the STAR behavior categories to indicate an infraction occurred. You can read the full TeSA Behavior Plan HERE.

TeSA Student Characteristics:





TeSA Behavior Categories:

Safety for All

TeSA Rules & Policies

Aggression toward Self or Others

Responsibility for Learning Tools & Materials

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Cafeteria Share Box & Angel Account

This week, we will be adding a TeSA Share Box to the cafeteria. Students will be able to place their unopened, non-refrigerated food in the box at the end of their lunch period. Students who are still hungry after eating their own lunch will be able to pick something from the box for free. If you are not comfortable with your child picking food out of the box due to allergies or family food preferences, please talk with your child about your expectations.

Another way we will be helping our students, will be through an Angel Lunch Account. This account will be set up to help families struggling to pay for their child's lunches. If you would like to contribute funds to the account, please bring a check or cash to the front office. If you would like to request assistance from the account, email our Kitchen Manager, Ms. Denise Thomas, at denise.thomas@mytesa.org.

Girls on the Run

TeSA is proud to partner with Girls on the Run to host a running club after-school on Mondays and Wednesdays for our 3rd-5th grade girls. Please read the message from their Program Director, Ms. Amy Taylor, below and reach out to them directly with any questions.

Every girl’s relationship and reaction to the words “back to school” is different. To some, the sound of those three words is simply musical, and the vision of new textbooks, smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and sound of busy classrooms is a welcome return. For others, “back to school” rings a slightly different tune — one that is perhaps more stress-inducing than it is exciting. Regardless of where your girl falls on the scale, one thing remains consistent; a strong start is EVERYTHING. How we initiate an experience is extremely telling of how we will conclude it. How do we enter this next chapter full of courage, self-assurance and optimism? At Girls on the Run, we choose confidence.

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Twice per week for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead 3rd - 5th grade girls through interactive lessons and movement activities. The season ends with a celebratory 5K event.

Don’t miss your chance to get involved in the fall 2022 season! Registration is open today at www.gotrdfw.org. Use Discount Code TESA40 for $40 registration fee ($135 off registration!). Limited spots are available. Please contact GOTR at (214) 484-3082 with questions or for more information.

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Save the Dates: Howdy Week

Howdy Week is a tradition at both TeSA and FWAFA to welcome students to the new school year. Students may dress up each day in the themes listed below. Students not in theme should wear their regular school uniform.
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Repeated Information


MySchoolBucks is up and running! Please visit our website to create your free account and add funds to your child's account. With MySchoolBucks, you’ll also be able to view your student’s cafeteria purchases, receive low balance alerts, and set up AutoPay to automatically fund your account when balances are low.

If you need assistance with your account, you can find helpful how-to videos and answers to commonly asked questions by visiting MySchoolBucks.com. In addition, you can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging into your account to start an online chat conversation or give them a call at (855) 832-5226.

For all other breakfast/lunch related questions, please contact denise.thomas@mytesa.org.

Student Allergies

Nurse Edna has reviewed all received medical forms, and at this time, we do not have any students with airborne food allergies. Therefore, all foods are welcome for lunch and snacks. If your child DOES have an airborne food allergy, please contact edna.robinson@mytesa.org immediately so we can make proper accommodations.

TeSA Accountability Ratings

The TEA accountability ratings are now public. We're proud to say TeSA increased from the last published ratings in every area! TeSA and FWAFA were also recently featured in an article in the Fort Worth Report. Our Chief Academic Officer, Anika Perkins was quoted to say, “We don’t just focus on academics, but just as our name states, it’s academics plus arts. We do it hand in hand, and I definitely know that plays a part in just how our students are able to perform so well.”

Visit TXschools.gov to see TeSA's scores.


All students are expected to attend school every day. If your child must be absent for any reason, please email your homeroom teacher and tammy.smith@mytesa.org. If the absence is due to a contagious disease, your child may attend Remote Conferencing to complete schoolwork and earn daily attendance. Assignments will be accessed through Google Classroom, and some online academic programs may also be utilized as needed. ONLY students with parent/doctor documentation of contagious symptoms may participate.

Remote Conferencing

Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.


After School Conservatory Classes

TCA+A offers after school classes in Dance, Music, and Visual Arts that provide a great way for your student to add to their artistic training. Classes happen after school on both the TeSA and FWAFA campuses.

Click HERE to see class schedules, tuition prices, details, and the link to register.

For any additional questions please contact Sheyna Ferraro at sheyna.ferraro@artsacademics.org.

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